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One of America’s most iconic sports car is due for a refresh and now renderings of the new Chevrolet Corvette C7 has hit the Internet thanks to hours of hard work from Jalopnik who got a glimpse of the next generation
They decided to do all of us automotive nuts a favor, whipping up renderings rather than leaking the actual photos – to protect their sources – and confirms that this render is as accurate as it can get with the next-generation ZR1.
Jalopnik also confirms that they’ve showed the renderings around to different sources at GM, all of which have confirmed that it’s an accurate depiction of what we can expect from the Corvette C7. Obviously we’ll be seeing the base model Corvette hitting the market first, but the ZR1 variant is expected to bow sometime shortly.
There is quite a bit going on with the new C7 in terms of styling changes. At first glance it looks as if Chevrolet’s merely updating the Corvette’s look and feel, just as it has every other generation prior. But clearly there’s some Camaro-inspired design cues going on, and who can blame Chevy given how successful the Camaro has become.
Check out the link to Jalopnik below for more Corvette C7 renderings
At least that’s what Joel Ewanick, GM’s new Chief Marketing officer says. Ewanick, who was the brains behind Hyundai’s rather successful ‘Guarantee’ program, responded to a tweet by @chevyavalanche which said “I want a new El Camino. Badly, please!”
This latest ‘bring back the El Camino’ campaign was instigated after Jalopnik’s editor-in-chief Ray Wert, encouraged those using Twitter to follow Ewanick and ask him about a new Chevy car-truck.
Ewanick’s response indicated that the threshold for making such a car a reality was 100,000 interested parties. For the record, 100,000 units is about what the current Toyota Tacoma sells each year in the US and represents rather high volumes for a niche vehicle. The best sales total the original El Camino ever managed, was 64,960 units, back in 1979.
However, if 100,000 or so Tweets translate into real orders with deposits, perhaps the General might reconsider. For the full scoop on what happened between Jalopnik and Ewanick, click on the link below.
We all know the story of the infamous Frozen Gray BMW M3 Limited editions, the exorbitantly expensive special color M3 that costs nearly $20,000 more than a standard car while delivering very little compared to a standard car.
One enterprising member of Bimmerforums managed to secure one of the 30 places made available by BMW North America, and like any good capitalist, attempted to sell his spot on the waiting list for $2500 to someone else with more money than brains. Originally, the poster was looking for $83,000, for his Frozen Gray Coupe, or a $5,400 premium on a vehicle he hadn’t even taken delivery of.
Unfortunately for this gentleman, a BMW dealership employee who spoke with Jalopnik threw a wrench into his plans, by stating that slots cannot be sold, as the owner has 10 days to work out a deal with a local BMW dealership. If no deal is made, the next person in line will be contacted and offered the right to buy the car. Check out the original thread here.
Shaquille O’Neal is undoubtedly one of the greatest basketball players of all time, but his acting and music careers have not been so spectacular, with the athlete being nominated for a Razzie Award for “Worst Actor”. Shaq also has an interest in custom cars, but we’ll let you be the judge of this example, a Ferrari 456, that popped up for sale on Ebay.
Thankfully devoid of Shaq’s signature “Superman” motif, this Ferrari 456 was given some choice modifications to enable the 7’1″ O’Neal to ride in the car. The rear seats were removed to make room for a longer seat rail, so that O’Neal could achieve a driving position that was somewhat comfortable. A custom removable glass roof, something not previously available on a Ferrari 456, was also installed to give Shaq some more interior room.
For just under $39,000, it’s one of the cheapest modern Ferraris out there, but it’s also automatic and has some modifications that purist types would likely wretch at. But you get the provenance of owning Shaq’s old car, and one of the world’s only custom 456s.
Corner Carvers is the sort of internet forum where car setup and sanctioned, timed driving events dominate the conversation, rather than the usual forum drivel about street racing, JDM parts and insulting female family members.
But even the best slip up at times, and Corner Carvers has found itself at the center of attention when a Nissan executive joined their 49 page GTR thread and began spouting off his own opinions on the drivers “appalling” behavior behind the wheel, the car itself (“Frankly, it really isn’t overall my ideal in a sports car either (too heavy & complex) but it’s impressive nonetheless”) and sporadic insults directed at posters who questioned his credibility.
It turns out the poster, a man named Chip Goetzinger of Nashville, Tennessee, lists his occupation as “Technical Assistant to the Chairman of the Americas, Nissan.” Nissan confirmed to Jalopnik that someone of the same name works at their office, but there has been no official confirmation that the poster is an employee of Nissan North America.
As far as internet flame wars go, this is extremely tame, as no four-letter words or racial/ethnic/gender/sexual orientation-related insuts have been bandied abut. But the fact that the poster is supposedly a Nissan executive, and he was speaking about his employer in a negative light, strikes us as monumentally stupid.
[Source: Corner Carvers via Jalopnik]