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Old 01-02-17, 07:29 PM
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In April of 2015 I bought a used C6 (sixth generation of the car, 2005-2013) Corvette. 2007, stick, LT3 equipment, no performance package. I went to test drive the car at a local dealer after shopping them for a while. By the time I snicked into fourth gear on the test drive (6 speed manual) I knew I was going to buy the car. First American car I've owned, best car I ever owned. Here it is nest to my winter wheels:



Loved it so much I traded it in on a new 2017 C7 (seventh generation of the car, 2014- present) stick with the Z51 performance package.



It is my Daddyeffumobile.

Post your sports cars pics and stories here. No judgement.
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Post your sports cars pics and stories here. No judgement.
You know better than that of course. That's the fun part.
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No pics now but the 1981 911 Targa I owned tried to kill me numerous times. That was a lot of fun.
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No pics now but the 1981 911 Targa I owned tried to kill me numerous times. That was a lot of fun.
Older 911s sucked, very tail heavy. I had a 1984 Porsche 944, much better handling car the 911.
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To give you an idea how far sports cars have evolved, the C7 Corvette I just took home has performance numbers quite similar to a 1991 Ferrari F40, which in many respects was the precursor of all of today's hypercars like the McLarren P1. Ferrari F40 below:



The stock 2017 Stingray is considerably quicker 0-60mph, a tick slower 0-100, about the same standing 1/4 mile, and I'm sure the Corvette would be quicker around any racetrack. And there's the problem: today's performance cars are faster than Ferraris of 15-20 years ago but they sell them to anybody. Happily today's cars have some electronic aids to help idiots like me keep them out of the trees (electronic stability control, e-differentials, etc.).
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Pcad is still alive???
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I got an old Firebird.
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My sportscar only exists in sketches at the moment.

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I stole a Fiat Spyder one Saturday morning and drove it around until it was time to go home for lunch. I parked it back where I found it and left the keys in the ignition just like I found them. I was 14 y.o. at the time.
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(skipping the whole "whoaPCAD?!" thing)

bought the sportiest car of my driving career in April. Nothing even close to a C7, but she's fast for me and a blast to drive ...2015 A3 quattro w sports package

My wife calls it the minicar (she drives an Enclave)
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In July I bought a Subaru Forester. It can transport more bikes than a Corvette.
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My Mazda3 is as far away from a sportscar as I was willing to go. The fact that every submodel was available with a manual won me over. Needed a hatch for the bike and wanted the Focus ST turbo to replace the Jetta turbo. Didn't want to swing the budget for the ST though, couldn't find a regular Focus with a manual, and the Impreza was a piece of junk, so I got the Mazda. Pretty happy with it.
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Exactly. I had a couple of sports cars when I was much younger, and never thought of the Corvette as being a sportscar. Too big and too heavy for that, they appealed to the people who only wanted to turn left for racing if they weren't going in a straight line.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
In July I bought a Subaru Forester. It can transport more bikes than a Corvette.
I can fit one bike into the C7. Hey, maybe more, the hatchback angle is shallower, makes it easier to put stuff in back.

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Exactly. I had a couple of sports cars when I was much younger, and never thought of the Corvette as being a sportscar. Too big and too heavy for that, they appealed to the people who only wanted to turn left for racing if they weren't going in a straight line.
Uh huh. Maybe 30 years ago. The C7 smokes an awful lot of 'sports' cars in the Car & Driver Lightning Loop annual timed lap around a 4 mile VA raceway. You know like BMW M cars, Porsches, Lambos, etc. The C6 was the best sports car I ever drove until I drove the C7. The Corvette is not a muscle car. Never really has been. Muscle car motor perhaps. But it's a GT car in the Ferrari tradition to be sure. Arguably the best handling production sports car in the world currently for a number of reasons. Read a few road tests on the 2014+ C7 Corvettes.

I can do driving moves in this car that would have had me in the trees in most of my previous cars.



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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
In July I bought a Subaru Forester. It can transport more bikes than a Corvette.


And my 9.1 sec in the quarter mile Outback can carry a sheet of plywood (slit lengthwise) plus several 2x4"s.

And it will kick that Corvette's ass in a quarter inch of snow...which is about all we have left
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I can fit one bike into the C7. Hey, maybe more, the hatchback angle is shallower, makes it easier to put stuff in back.


Pfft. Do I see wheels off? I can fit my pretty large bike in my Forester with both wheels on.
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The automotive cluelessness is strong in this thread.
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i like my scooters 100 mpg but man im tempted to get a vette the new ones look so amazeing
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And my 9.1 sec in the quarter mile Outback can carry a sheet of plywood (slit lengthwise) plus several 2x4"s.

And it will kick that Corvette's ass in a quarter inch of snow...which is about all we have left
So your Outback is faster than this million dollar Porsche which is purportedly the fastest production car EVER? That's a little hard to believe actually.

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So your Outback is faster than this million dollar Porsche which is purportedly the fastest production car EVER? That's a little hard to believe actually.

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i bet he means 0 to 60
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The Subaru probably did between 15 and 17 sec in the 1/4 mile: Subaru 0-60 Times & Subaru Quarter Mile Times | Subaru WRX STi, Legacy GT, BRZ, Forester & more 0 to 60 stats! Assuming no special mods, of course. And nice car there @patentcad. Wish I could have a sports car but single income and one child make it a bit difficult. You would like the Head2Head series on Netflix. Just finished watching the series about a month ago. The one putting the Camaro Z/28 vs Mustang Shelby GT350R. The Mustang is loud as hell but I wouldn't mind it being in my driveway... Looks like the series is on youtube as well:


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Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
i bet he means 0 to 60
That is also hard to believe, but less so.

The C7 does it in about 3.8. But yes it sucks in the snow. Hell, it sucks on pavement below 30ºF. GM wants to start issuing warning notices with the Z52 performance option (that my car has) to stay off roads below 40ºF with those high performance summer tires.

I wouldn't go that far, but you do have to drive the car far more conservatively when temps are below 40ºF, the car doesn't have the same grip. And snowy/icy roads with that car? Um...no. Look, guys like me get sports cars when they're older because they can FINALLY afford to have a car just for fun and a different one to drive when the conditions aren't so ideal. Hence the AARP Corvette demographic : ).

But forget all that, the car is the mother of badass, a pisser and a half to drive.
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Pfft. Do I see wheels off? I can fit my pretty large bike in my Forester with both wheels on.

me too !

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I don't need or want some sporty-car like the Corvette -- if money were no object, I'd probably get a first-gen Acura NSX and maybe keep it for a year, hooning around a bit, before selling it.

My daily driver is a Volvo C30 with T5 engine, and it suits me just fine. Probably the least exciting of the "hot hatch" cars of its era. But solid, sporty, and... red.

Currently, I also have a 91 BMW R100R motorcycle -- more practical than exciting -- and there will be a time in my future when I have a Ducati SuperBike, probably of the 916-955 era, for one glorious summer. In the past, it was a Duc 900SS/CR, or a GSXR-1100, or a heavily modded Honda Hawk NT650 GT...

And my idea of a superfun car to own at this point would be a 70s era Manx VW dune buggy.
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