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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 First Test: Out With a Bang

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  • matt colvin
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    To me the Viper evolved quite a bit from the first generation to SRT 10. I'm sort of talking out of my bottom as I've never even driven one, but it seems like the first one was nearly a "kit car". SRT 10 sort of moved more into a strike at the exotics, albeit at a more attainable price.

    This last one, though. I think I would like it a lot...online video reviews look like a lot of fun and it's pretty darn nice now. You can get "barely" used ones for the price of a new Vette that has some options, which still is really expensive to me.

    If price didn't matter, I would call Superformance and order a Daytona Coupe. Probably with a slightly warm LS7 in it. I would like to add a little bit of power to the C7.

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  • surveyor
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    Originally posted by Spiritof96 View Post

    I had a Porsche owner tell me once, "The Boxster is your hairdressers Porsche". I always thought they were really cool though.
    I liked them because the price was attainable and it would be my wife's driver anyway. I've always liked Corvettes, save for the 1984 redesign. Those were the most generic looking Corvettes ever.

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  • Spiritof96
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    Originally posted by surveyor View Post
    I was wrong on the `99 Boxster - 0-60 was 6 seconds.

    Regarding the Viper, Road and Track featured an article a few years ago heralding the Viper as the last great American car.
    I had a Porsche owner tell me once, "The Boxster is your hairdressers Porsche". I always thought they were really cool though.

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  • surveyor
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    I was wrong on the `99 Boxster - 0-60 was 6 seconds.

    Regarding the Viper, Road and Track featured an article a few years ago heralding the Viper as the last great American car.

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  • Dwight Schrute
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    Originally posted by surveyor View Post

    That's nearly double the price for a new vette in 99. A Porsche Boxter with similar performance numbers sold in the mid $40s.
    You're right - I had thought a 'Vette started around 70.

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  • surveyor
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    Originally posted by Dwight Schrute View Post

    The sticker price for it at the time wasn't *that* astronomical. I think MSRP at the time was only around $70,000, which was pretty low for a super car.
    That's nearly double the price for a new vette in 99. A Porsche Boxter with similar performance numbers sold in the mid $40s.

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  • Dwight Schrute
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    Originally posted by surveyor View Post

    Nice.

    The Viper didn't have to be a Corvette. It was a respectable sports car in its own right. 450 hp was kickin' ass in `99. The GTS turned 0-60 in 4 seconds. Damned good for an American built muscle car in `99.
    The sticker price for it at the time wasn't *that* astronomical. I think MSRP at the time was only around $70,000, which was pretty low for a super car.

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  • surveyor
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    Originally posted by Dwight Schrute View Post
    Growing up, I lived next door to a Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep Dealer who let me take a Dodge Viper out for a spin (I was 18 at the time). It wasn't a corvette, but man I opened it up on a long straightaway and that was a huge thrill.
    Nice.

    The Viper didn't have to be a Corvette. It was a respectable sports car in its own right. 450 hp was kickin' ass in `99. The GTS turned 0-60 in 4 seconds. Damned good for an American built muscle car in `99.

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  • Dwight Schrute
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    Originally posted by matt colvin View Post
    Dwight, remember about what year it was? Those things are ruthless. I've never been in one but they seem like they would be more visceral and I do like how it's a nod of the hat to Cobra/Daytona Coupes of yesteryear.
    It was a 1998/99 I think? It was 2001 when I drove it but it was a couple model years old, I remember. He wouldn't let me really open it up obviously but I remember going down Ring Road in E-town and doing about 50 in a second.

    I remember it being *extremely* smooth and quiet for a V10 engine, though.

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  • matt colvin
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    Dwight, remember about what year it was? Those things are ruthless. I've never been in one but they seem like they would be more visceral and I do like how it's a nod of the hat to Cobra/Daytona Coupes of yesteryear.

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  • Spiritof96
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    Originally posted by Matt Dillon View Post

    But, were you ever able to reach it's top end speed?
    No. I may or may not have been in a car going north of 140mph on the Pennyrile Parkway once...

    Still, I'll make a sports analogy... The athlete with crazy top end speed or max weight lifting power will likely have an easier time accelerating to a sub-max speed or lifting a sub-max weight than someone whose max effort is slower and weaker. It isn't about maxing out the super car it's about how exciting it is to drive the super car from zero to the point where you chicken out.

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  • Matt Dillon
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    Originally posted by Spiritof96 View Post

    I bet if you drove one you would get the appeal. Driving my late Father's Corvette on KY back roads and parkways was exhilarating and terrifying. Simply going from zero to legal limit in the blink of an eye is unbelievably fun.
    But, were you ever able to reach it's top end speed?

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  • Dwight Schrute
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    Growing up, I lived next door to a Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep Dealer who let me take a Dodge Viper out for a spin (I was 18 at the time). It wasn't a corvette, but man I opened it up on a long straightaway and that was a huge thrill.

    That said, where I live now it would be pretty pointless because every car goes the same speed in traffic.

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  • Spiritof96
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    Originally posted by Matt Dillon View Post
    Other than being able to say you own such a beast, I've never understood the appeal of such cars. Unless you took it to the strip, the track or found a stretch of virtually deserted Interstate, you would never be able to attain anywhere near the top end speed such a car would be able to reach.
    I bet if you drove one you would get the appeal. Driving my late Father's Corvette on KY back roads and parkways was exhilarating and terrifying. Simply going from zero to legal limit in the blink of an eye is unbelievably fun.

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  • Matt Dillon
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    Other than being able to say you own such a beast, I've never understood the appeal of such cars. Unless you took it to the strip, the track or found a stretch of virtually deserted Interstate, you would never be able to attain anywhere near the top end speed such a car would be able to reach.

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