Friday 18 January 2013

Road - Corvette is back

The original and the latest
My favourite from the early 60s
American cars incite all sorts of opinions and passions from adoration to revulsion, but for most folks there is usually something in between which will appeal. 

Take the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray for instance. The early cars were stunning, then the design department lost its way, but at the Detroit Auto Show this week, the new designers showed they are back with a bang.

It looks as though they have been on an Italian diet of pasta and pizza though, compared to the raw beef and fries generation which designed the 80s and 90s cars. Squint your eyes and there is a distinct look of Ferrari about the new Corvette, or maybe it’s just the colour.

 In fact, it’s exactly 60 years since the first 150 hp Corvette V8 was revealed to the public. Sixty years later, the sixth generation of the car still has a V8 but with 450 hp.

It was also announced at the show, that Chevrolet will be building right hand drive models for the European market, the bad news is, it will be 2015 before we see and hear them.

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