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Old 02-10-2007, 09:39 PM   #1
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drove my first american car today

So I wanted to drive a 'Vette. I went down to the dealership and they gave me no problems. Very nice service and nice people.



So let me start out w/ what I like:


- I love the power. It is great and the sound is so much different than my car. Very throaty sound.

- I love the clutch operation and mechanical feel. My car's clutch is hydraulically assisted so there is not much feel.

- Gains traction very quickly when flooring it in first.

- I love the crappy interior. Means the car is not weighed down by useless junk.

- Comfortable seating.




Now for what I am not sure about....


- I can't even tell what gear I'm in sometimes. The gears are so scrunched together on the H pad that 4th seems exactly like 6th and 5th seems exactly like 3rd. It was hard to pick what direction to move the shifter.

- Very hard to shift gears. Requires a big thrust from your wrists. Not necessarily a bad thing, but could definitely become a pain in the butt. Not sure, though.

- Everything is operated by a button or remote use. There's no key hole even and the e-brake is even operated by a button somewhere when parking! This is a minor detail I can deal with lol

- Low redline? Lol, joking. There really is nothing else I dislike about the car


Now there are a couple questions I have. I'm not sure if anyone w/ first hand experience can answer.


I didn't get a chance to test the brakes. The brakes on my car are phenomenal, probably some of the best brakes in a production car. How are the brakes on this car?


I didn't get a chance to test the handling at all. I have no clue how it handles. How well does it handle? I don't track or anything so it doesn't need to be superb. I expect it to handle a lot worse than my Boxster, but not so horribly that I can't rip turns a fast speeds.



At first I was thinking, "Hmmm, it doesn't feel THAT much faster than my car in low gear." My thoughts were quickly silenced when I got back into my car and tried the very same thing as I did in the 'Vette, and my car felt so damn slow. I couldn't believe how slow I felt. I realized my car is just a completely different animal.

The corvette humbled me.


I hope to own one of these babies some day soon. VROOOOOMMMM!!!!
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I haven't driven a Corvette, but I've seen videos and it handles well, just that the suspension is very stiff and even the slightest bumps are noticeable.

Which one did you test drive? The coupe, convertible or Z06?
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Old 02-11-2007, 01:49 AM   #3
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- I can't even tell what gear I'm in sometimes. The gears are so scrunched together on the H pad that 4th seems exactly like 6th and 5th seems exactly like 3rd. It was hard to pick what direction to move the shifter.
I can see how that would be a problem on a test drive, but after the first couple of days of ownership you should know what gear you're in without having to look at the shifter.
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Old 02-11-2007, 02:29 AM   #4
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Gotta let us know what corvette you drove, or else we can't give you accurate advice.

Also, I can't believe they let you test drive the car hassle-free. That's almost unheard of.
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Old 02-11-2007, 03:10 AM   #5
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Gotta let us know what corvette you drove, or else we can't give you accurate advice.

Also, I can't believe they let you test drive the car hassle-free. That's almost unheard of.
...Not when he pulled into the dealership in a Porsche .
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Old 02-11-2007, 05:11 AM   #6
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I'm so sorry guys. I drove a c6 convertible. I don't know what suspension options it had.


The convertible and coupe are about the same exact weight so I figured there wouldn't be much difference.



I was worried about getting hassled too. He did ask what car I drove. I don't know if that made any difference.


I really appreciate the mechanical shifting and clutch.


I also drove a 350z a few hours later, the new 07, to test it out for my friend. That was a fun car. It's no Corvette, though.
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If you buy a corvette get the Z51 Its really not even that harsh of a ride.
Your boxster will probably outhandle and outbrake the Vette but not by much.
Coupe FTW.

So how much will you be loosing on trading in the boxster havent you only had it for a few months
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Old 02-11-2007, 04:32 PM   #8
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The Boxster is a lease so I will be keeping it.


As far as getting the Vette, it is not a right away thing, but I decided to put away half of my $$ every month in hopes of buying one.



"What" was the one who first brought the idea of a 'Vette to my attention when I was discussing buying a Lotus. Thanks, "What".
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Have you thought of buying a C5 Z06 Slightly better performance for less
(plus the ls6 is a 5.7 and makes 405hp, compared to the LS2s 6 Liters and 400 hp, so id have more hp/liter, im sure youd like that )
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I really like the looks of the c6.

It's what I'm after.


I'm not buying a Corvette for hp/liter... lol. If that's what I was in the market for, the Corvette might be the last car for me. I realize this is something entirely new for me and I'm really expanding my sphere of comfort in buying this car, but I know it will be well worth it.
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"What" was the one who first brought the idea of a 'Vette to my attention when I was discussing buying a Lotus. Thanks, "What".
Awww...how sweet. I get credit. I like Bronxie. He doesn't cry.

I haven't recently driven a Boxster, and I've never driven an open top C6 Vette. I've driven a Cayman S and a closed cockpit C6 fitted with the Z51 package.

The handling and braking differences between them is almost predictable. The Cayman handling feels lighter and more "accurate" and direct than the Z51 C6. The Cayman S suspension felt stiffer than the Z51 equipped Vette. The Corvette has plenty grip, but I didn't "weave" with it with the confidence the Cayman gave me. The braking feel on each car was equally excellent to me once I was comfortable with the mushy C6 brake pedal. If I had driven them back-to-back, I probably would like the Cayman brake pedal feel alot more than the C6's.

The Cayman probably had the better handling and braking feel, but the 'Vette wasn't too far behind. Or maybe it was...I only drove a Cayman once.

Either way, I preferred the faster and better looking Corvette.
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Lol. What, when is that conversation in your signature from?
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Lol. What, when is that conversation in your signature from?

http://www.car-forums.com/talk/showthread.php?t=7455

Inygknok had input, but I couldn't include his part in my sig.
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Heh, was just about to say I found it.
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...Not when he pulled into the dealership in a Porsche .

All the more reason NOT to let them go without trying to lock them down.
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