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Created by John Eipper on 01/21/20 9:10 AM

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What is the Best Soundtrack for Your New Corvette? (from Ric Mauricio) (John Eipper, USA, 01/21/20 9:10 am)

Ric Mauricio writes:

Many thanks to David Duggan (January 20th). I will check out "Too Hot to Handel." Imagine playing that on your BOSE system in your new mid-engined Corvette. My client's dad just pre-ordered his. Need to catch a ride with him when he takes delivery.

John E mentioned that the new Corvette is offered only with an automatic transmission. I quote from the GM website:

"General Motors Executive chief engineer Tadge Juechter told Car and Driver that part of the reason that a manual transmission is not offered in the C8 is the desire to not breach the mid-engine C8's central tunnel: "That tunnel is the backbone of the car, and if you break the backbone, you lose a lot of structural efficiency. With a shifter, you have to have a big hole in the tunnel for the linkage to go through."

"Another factor is the dramatically increased performance of the new Corvette's automatic, which, for the first time in the car's history, is a dual-clutch unit. The launch-control functionality and far quicker shifts of this new eight-speed would easily outperform that of a manual-equipped car; Chevy claims that the C8 will be capable of hitting 60 mph in under three seconds when equipped with the Z51 performance package, a dramatic improvement of about a full second."

JE comments:  The new 'Vette is also a bargain:  $59,995 to start with, although I'm sure you'd never find one at the strippo price.  Five bucks shy of $60K doesn't sound cheap, but to get that kind of performance in a Porsche or Ferrari you'll need double, triple, or quadruple that amount.  The big question is whether the Coastal folks will humiliate themselves enough to buy a domestic vehicle.  Corvettes still have that gold-chain, midlife-crisis stigma.

But Handel as the soundtrack, Ric?  Way too churchy, even in its funky incarnation.  Prince did record his classic "Little Red Corvette," but that's painfully obvious.  I'm going to advocate for Bruce Springsteen, "Born to Run," or Mr Michigan himself, Bob Seger.

 


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