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Test your knowledge of the Corvette stars of the silver screen! 26 Corvettes from 26 Movies, can you name them all?
Play Corvette Trivia #5
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Late October and early November are when the “big three” automotive mags release their big-group performance tests. Car and Driver has Lightning Lap, Motor Trend has Best Driver’s Car, and Road & Track has Performance Car of the Year. While the C8 Corvette was too late to the party to be involved in the first two this year, R&T managed to get ahold of the new mid-engine Stingray for PCOTY which should be released within the next couple of weeks, keep your eyes peeled! The C8 will be attempting to defend the C7 ZR1’s title from last year.
Relive the King’s glorious victory and get ready for the next edition.
Automobile wisely held on to their cards and let everyone else duke it out for clicks with their C8 First Drives on October 15th. It was worth the wait too as it just might be the best review yet. The review also brings us the added bonus of 79 stunning, background-worthy photos of the Sebring Orange Z51 that they tested in Michigan’s scenic, changing foliage.
Read the roadtest and review at Automobilemag.com
On Friday we posted a Scouting Report on the 2020 Shelby GT500. While the Shelby GT500 has a massive amount of horsepower, the 2020 Corvette Stingray Z51 Coupe is still much faster 0-60 mph. Jason Fenske of YouTube’s Engineering Explained investigates the variables on how the new Corvette can leave the Shelby GT500 in the dust despite giving 265 horses to the Ford.
Hot Rod featured an outstanding throwback from their archives this week. It gives us an in-depth look at the development of the C2, complete with some intriguing old pictures and design drawings. “Bred to Race” is definitely worth a look for anyone who loves themselves some mid-year mayhem!
Read about it at Hot Rod
Some older C8 news came back into the light again this week and we think a lot of people might have missed it. Motor1 (amongst others) pulled a fun fact from the outstanding Popular Mechanics piece about how the C8 came to be from July. Evidently, Porsche’s industry-leading Doppelkuppling (PDK) dual clutch transmission wasn’t just benchmarked by the Corvette Team during the C8’s development, but the early “Ute” mule known as BlackJack was actually fitted with the PDK!
Try to “Holden” to your excitement while reading this!
Wasn’t second gear great!?! It pumps us up every time we revisit it (weekly)! The good news is that 2019 wasn’t the only time that America’s Sports Car hoisted the Performance Car of the Year championship belt either. In this week’s Reverse Gear, we will take you back to the first running of the event. Here’s hoping that the 2020 version mirrors the C7 Stingray’s first go at Performance Car of the Year!
Read R&T’s Inaugural PCOTY.
Previous Quick Shifts:
Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan, Best Driver’s Car, 2009 GT1 Special Edition, SEMA Preview, Corvette Trivia and More
C8 vs C7 Corvette, Logo Trivia, C8 Acceleration, Throwback Reviews, and More
C1-C8 Convertibles, ZR-1 Prices, Modern C2 Sting Ray Rendered, Lego C8 Build and More