QUICK SHIFTS: Camaro vs Corvette, C8 Understeer, Top Gear USA, Investment-Quality C2s, Cannonball Run Record

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QUICK SHIFTS: Camaro vs Corvette, C8 Understeer, Top Gear USA, Investment-Quality C2s, Cannonball Run Record


After a two-week hiatus, Quick Shifts is back! Quick Shifts is a content feature here at CorvetteBlogger featuring links to Corvette and automotive-related stories of interest.

Check out these automotive quick shifts featuring a look at sibling rivalry between the Camaro and Corvette, a closer look at Randy Pobst and the C8 Corvette’s reported understeer, Top Gear USA introduces new hosts, the best V8s in the United Kingdom, an investment-grade 1967 427/435, the Cannonball Run record is shattered, and for reverse we go back a 1971 Corvette review with Zora Arkus-Duntov.

FIRST GEAR

We are going to start with a fun bit of sibling rivalry over at hotcars.com. This week, they put together an enjoyable list comparing the Corvette to its bigger little brother, the Camaro. We know the obvious answer to which is better but it is worth a look anyway!

Read about it HERE.

Camaro VS Corvette

Photo Credit: Hot Cars


SECOND GEAR

Earlier in the week we told our readers about Motor Trend’s Randy Pobst driving the C7 Grand Sport and C8 Z51 at Virginia International Raceway. Randy’s writeup was accompanied by an in-depth look at the new Stingray’s suggested Track Alignment and the way that it affects the car’s reported issue with understeer.

Check out the C8 Track Setting Article on MotorTrend.com.

Randy Pobst Drives the C7 and two C8s


THIRD GEAR

This week it was announced that Top Gear was going to attempt a US-based show again after struggling to find the right mix of hosts on several attempts since History pulled the plug on the Tanner Foust, Rutledge Wood, Adam Ferrara version in 2016. It will exclusively stream on Motor Trend On Demand who also recently added to their extensive car video library, all seasons of the original, Clarkson led, Top Gear UK, making a MTOD subscription a hard thing for any car enthusiast to pass on. Hosts of the new show will be Jethro Bovingdon (who MT imported from England), actor, podcaster, and owner of an LSA powered 1994 Buick Roadmaster Wagon, Dax Shepard, and the guy from such cinematic masterpieces as Hot Tub Time Machine and the Heartbreak Kid, Rob Corddry.

Top Gear has a press release about the whole thing featuring Dax leaning on a C8, right here!

New Cast of Top Gear USA

Photo Credit: Top Gear USA


FOURTH GEAR

Remaining in the UK, our favorite vehicle periodical from overseas, EVO, made a list of their favorite V8s and the cars that they are found in. Even though they are an uncommon sight in Great Brittan, a ‘Vette does appear on the list (though we aren’t going to spoil which one) and the very first vehicle mentioned is the 458 Speciale and its naturally aspirated, flat-plane-crank 4.5L V8 that revs to 9,000 and makes 600 HP. We are still desperately hoping that the C8 Z06 or Grand Sport becomes an affordable “Corvette Speciale.”

Click here to read about it.

Best V8 Cars

Photo Credit: evo.co.uk


FIFTH GEAR

Hot Rod has a piece that you may have missed back in October that highlights a specific example our greatest Corvette from the ’60s, the 1967 427/435.

No other info should really be needed, check it out HERE!

1967 Corvette Sting Ray

Photo Credit: HotRod.com


SIXTH GEAR

A New Cannonball Run Record! If you didn’t hear about this week, some guys in an E63 AMG (sadly, not the wagon) handily broke the New York to LA record. It was covered on several sites but our friends at Road&Track had the best report!

Read it HERE.

E63 AMG Sets Cannonball Run Record

Photo Credit: Road & Track


REVERSE

In honor of the car that we just named the Best Corvette of the ’70s, we are going to reverse all the way to 1971 when Car and Driver drove the whole range of ’71 ‘Vettes with none other than Zora Arkus-Duntov, himself.

Buckle up for a great read (unless you cut those pesky seatbelts out of your car back in the day) HERE.

E63 AMG Sets Cannonball Run Record

Photo Credit: Car and Driver

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