RE: Corvette C7 bows out with Final Edition

RE: Corvette C7 bows out with Final Edition

Thursday 31st January

Corvette C7 Final Edition launched

Bells and whistles version of America's sports car signals the approach of Chevy's midship C8



We've not long to wait before the hotly anticipated Corvette C8 arrives, with some predicting its reveal will take place in the next few months. The all-new midship model will take place of the C7 as Chevy's most athletic sports car, but, if rumours are to be believed, it won't necessarily signal the C7's demise. There's apparently more to come from the front-engined model in America, where it is expected to run alongside the C8 as an entry model. In Europe, however, its time looks to be nearly up, because Chevrolet's latest launch here is called the C7 Final Edition.

This is a bells and whistles specification 'vette, so it only comes in 460hp Grand Sport and 660hp supercharged Z06 forms, with each getting a long list of extra kit thrown in as standard. Both versions get carbon ceramic brakes, sports seats and a performance data recorder, along with the sportier 'vette chassis setup. But buyers in some markets can also opt for the Z07 package, which attaches more aerodynamic pieces and stickier Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber to the two-door sports car.


Included on both versions is a front splitter and pair of side skirts made from carbon fibre, while for the Grand Sport, carbon trim is also added to the front wings. Just two paint colours are offered with the Final Edition: Sebring Orange Tintcoat Metallic and Ceramic Matrix Grey Metallic. Opt for the former and your car will come with an interior wrapped in black nappa leather with blue stitching, while the grey paint mixes the same material with white stitching. Side stripes with the words Final Edition suggest this is indeed the final C7 to come to Europe.

And that's it. We should add that those who opt for the atmospheric 6.2-litre V8-powered Grand Sport can pick between an eight-speed auto or seven-speed manual gearbox, but the faster Z06 is manual only. Not that those of us in Blighty will necessarily have the privilege of deciding, because the 'vette is not officially offered here - unless, of course, you opt for an import. For our cousins on the continent, prices for the Final Edition start at €116,500 for the Grand Sport and €139,500 for the Z06.



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fernando the frog

Original Poster:

129 posts

7 months

Thursday 31st January
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time flies...it feels like the C7 only just came out

British Beef

1,156 posts

104 months

Thursday 31st January
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Still one of the best looking sports cars money can buy!!!!

Boydie88

3,208 posts

88 months

Thursday 31st January
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British Beef said:
Still one of the best looking sports cars money can buy!!!!
Life long Viper fan but I agree there. Heart would probably still go Viper given the choice but it is a fantastic looking thing.

rockin

6,232 posts

184 months

Thursday 31st January
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fernando the frog said:
time flies...it feels like the C7 only just came out
Yes, it's only half way through the typical cycle of over 10 years - C6 having been a modest update and restyle of C5.

Some people think the C7 will remain in production as the traditional front engined, petrol V8 with a new mid-engine C8 being produced alongside, having potential for hybrid development as well as more traditional engines.

Bear in mind that a new 450 bhp, manual C7 can be bought from £65k and these run-out models look ridiculously expensive for my taste.

AvantAdam

6 posts

46 months

Thursday 31st January
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Looks so much like that new Ginetta.
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big_rob_sydney

2,239 posts

133 months

Thursday 31st January
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Never really liked the vette due to its fiberglass body and agricultural basics. But am curious to see the next version, to see how it compares with the euro cars.

Jon_S_Rally

223 posts

27 months

Thursday 31st January
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I just can't get my head around the idea of a mid-engined Corvette. If they want to make a mid-engine car, that's fine, but surely call it something else? People would still buy a front-engined car too wouldn't they?

David87

5,135 posts

151 months

Thursday 31st January
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These are really good-looking cars. Don't think I've ever seen one here in the UK.

aeropilot

17,280 posts

166 months

Thursday 31st January
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big_rob_sydney said:
Never really liked the vette due to its fiberglass body and agricultural basics.
You need to stop believing the crap Clarkson spouts.


thirsty

726 posts

203 months

Thursday 31st January
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Moving to the USA in 2017, I set out to get myself an expensive toy. I found a new 2017 Gran Sport with all the goodies, and just the right colour. The 2018s were already on the forecourt so the dealer was willing to move off the price. The performance of a Vette is hard to beat, but in the end I bought a less capable car because of the interior. The sad part is that it really wouldn't take much to make it better.

FIREBIRDC9

523 posts

76 months

Thursday 31st January
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fernando the frog said:
time flies...it feels like the C7 only just came out
Agreed


Jimbo89

54 posts

83 months

Thursday 31st January
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FIREBIRDC9 said:
fernando the frog said:
time flies...it feels like the C7 only just came out
Agreed
+1 My exact thoughts when reading the headline.

It's a shame some US cars never get a decent foot in the door in the UK, we seem to get all the dreadful ones and never the decent ones. Maybe the success (I see quite a few on the road in the UK, so a success from my limited view) of the Mustang with the wheel on the correct side will bring a few more Amercian motors to these shores.

I do agree with others on here though, mid-engined Corvette doesn't sound right.

unsprung

2,678 posts

63 months

Thursday 31st January
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rockin said:
C6 having been a modest update and restyle of C5.
AvantAdam said:
Looks so much like that new Ginetta.
big_rob_sydney said:
fiberglass body and agricultural basics.


but thanks for playing







Midgster

355 posts

173 months

Thursday 31st January
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unsprung said:
rockin said:
C6 having been a modest update and restyle of C5.
AvantAdam said:
Looks so much like that new Ginetta.


but thanks for playing
I think 2 are fair comments. The C6 was a modest restyle visually over the C5, although mechanically very different

....and if they released the Ginetta preview pics and said it was a new Corvette, you wouldn't blink an eye





Edited by Midgster on Thursday 31st January 20:08

JONSCZ

913 posts

176 months

Thursday 31st January
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Great cars - but I am biased as I've just bought this one wink -

fernando the frog

Original Poster:

129 posts

7 months

Thursday 31st January
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JONSCZ said:
Great cars - but I am biased as I've just bought this one wink -
looks excellent. love that blue

BogBeast

925 posts

202 months

Thursday 31st January
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Fantastic cars, but those prices...

Teddy Lop

929 posts

6 months

Thursday 31st January
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Jon_S_Rally said:
I just can't get my head around the idea of a mid-engined Corvette. If they want to make a mid-engine car, that's fine, but surely call it something else? People would still buy a front-engined car too wouldn't they?
there's a certain look and character of the front engined two seater that makes it a quite different animal from the behind-the-driver mid engined supercars, so yeah its kind of odd

LuS1fer

34,883 posts

184 months

Thursday 31st January
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Teddy Lop said:
Jon_S_Rally said:
I just can't get my head around the idea of a mid-engined Corvette. If they want to make a mid-engine car, that's fine, but surely call it something else? People would still buy a front-engined car too wouldn't they?
there's a certain look and character of the front engined two seater that makes it a quite different animal from the behind-the-driver mid engined supercars, so yeah its kind of odd
I made this point many moons ago.
The Corvette name is synonymous with a front-engined V8 GT.

If they want a mid-engine car then call it something like Dreadnought or other nautical moniker.
Let's hope it's not Junk and has a healthy Barque...you see what I did there.

JONSCZ

913 posts

176 months

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fernando the frog said:
looks excellent. love that blue
Many thanks, 'fernando'