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    Corvette’s new ZR1

    By John Griffiths
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    Published: October 10 2009 00:59 | Last updated: October 10 2009 00:59


    A word of advice to owners, or prospective owners, of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Aston Martins, McLaren-Mercedes or any others among Europe’s luxury sports-car elite: do not even think about dismissing or patronising America’s latest take on the “supercar”, the ZR1 Corvette.

    Over the years the car industry in the US has been really rather good at running over its own feet. While the European offshoots of Ford and General Motors have come up with some excellent, internationally competitive mainstream cars such as the Ford Focus and Vauxhall/Opel’s Astra, back in the US there is a long history of churning out hordes of indifferently designed and not very well-built cars of little interest to drivers anywhere outside north America or the Middle East.

    As a result, there is a long-standing habit among the European automotive cognoscenti of deriding homegrown US products. And one must concede that the Corvette, even in its flagship ZR1 version, is not quite the last word in grace and beauty when measured against, say, Ferrari or Aston Martin. But there the disdain must end.

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    Can you just feel the RESPECT?!

    btw - nice podium finish yesterday in ALMS GT2, again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike G View Post
    Can you just feel the RESPECT?!
    Hit the link and read the full article. They're actually pretty complimentary:

    Its styling is distinctly butch and instantly recognisable as all-American. Think of the ZR1 as a jeans-clad, gun-toting Clint Eastwood of a vehicle in a car park full of Armani and Savile Row suits.

    And it’s every bit as threatening as Clint in his prime. And then some. And then some more. Because in a performance shoot-out, all the cars produced by the hallowed European brands would wind up chasing its tyre tracks.
    And let's not forget that Jeremy Clarkson- historically, no fan of Corvettes- named the ZR1 his car of the year last December.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick View Post
    Hit the link and read the full article. They're actually pretty complimentary:

    Its styling is distinctly butch and instantly recognisable as all-American. Think of the ZR1 as a jeans-clad, gun-toting Clint Eastwood of a vehicle in a car park full of Armani and Savile Row suits.

    And it’s every bit as threatening as Clint in his prime. And then some. And then some more. Because in a performance shoot-out, all the cars produced by the hallowed European brands would wind up chasing its tyre tracks.
    And let's not forget that Jeremy Clarkson- historically, no fan of Corvettes- named the ZR1 his car of the year last December.

    That's what I mean! Another article that indicates the current status of the Vette worldwide. There's no put-downs or huffy challenges anymore- nothing but props.
    I could go on but I've been into Vettes since I was a pup in school and had a '69 427 in the Air Force but I'm runnin' lean now. SO tempted to throw caution to the wind and hit Bowling Green for a car!!!
    p.s. another podium finish in ALMS Saturday.

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