Welcome to another fun-filled edition of Quick Shifts! Quick Shifts is a content feature here at CorvetteBlogger featuring links to Corvette and automotive-related stories of interest. The content that we have hand-selected for you this week includes a ton of new C8 reads/vids, Shark Week, a new CFO for GM, interesting cars for sale, and a C4 comparison test.
C8 vs. Shelby GT500 at VIR with Randy Pobst at the wheel!!! Motor Trend finally released a video with side-by-side hot laps and long-awaited track times from their version of 2020’s favorite vehicular comparison. We were going to just post a link to MT’s YouTube channel for this, but we really like the way that Motor1 tells the story. Read about it here and watch it below!
A shift to second takes us to Motor Trend’s print site where they held a roundup of the top five premium sport / performance coupes that one can buy new in 2020. In a surprise decision [spoiler alert] our little (mid) engine that could has finally overcome 911 bias for a first place nod. See what other cars made the list on motortrend.com.
In what seems like a weekly, yet pleasant occurrence these days, we have a new C8 review to share. This time it was the folks at Road Show who got to spend some quality time with the latest member of the crossed flags family. Read about it or use their handy “Listen” button to turn the whole thing into a podcast by following this link.
Back to Motor Trend for a fourth gear celebration of Shark Week! This look at Chevrolet’s apex predators of ’60s auto shows goes in-depth with the 1961 Mako Shark, the 1965 Mako Shark II, and a mystery guest that also has a taste for seal. Enjoy!
For the second straight week, we have industry C-suite news. This time the change is at General Motors. This week, news broke that CFO, Dhivya Suryadevara has been poached from the General by payments company, Stripe. Find out all of the pertinent information about this shake-up here.
Cool… and for sale! A special sixth gear will highlight a few unique rides that are up for grabs right now!
As is customary on this site, we will start with…surprise, surprise, a Corvette. Marshall Goldman of Cleveland, Ohio is currently offering what has to be the most expensive C5 on the market, a 2004 “Nomad.” Advanced Auto Technologies converted an innocent final-year fifth-generation Corvette into a vehicle that is all 1953 Corvette in front and Tri-Five Nomad in the back. This unique piece currently sits at just over 10k miles and can be added to your collection for the sum of $135,900.
Next up, we have Sly Stallone, who is channeling his inner Tom Brady and selling a custom Escalade that makes the C1/C5/Nomad above seem like a bargain.
Finally, it is your chance to own a car that was owned by Michael Jordan and even featured on the hit docu-series, The Last Dance. The vehicle in question sadly isn’t his poorly parked ’97 ‘Vette, but a V12 Benz isn’t too shabby either. Read all about the S600 with Car and Driver before heading over to eBay to place your bid!
Traditionally, we dig through car site archives for a classic Corvette review or comparison test for this space but, this week, we are going to throw our cares to the wind and share a present-day review of a semi-classic Corvette and its contemporaries.
This perversion of everyone’s favorite, non-forward, gear comes courtesy of Hagerty, who got the class of ’94 together for a belated 25-year reunion. Joining a beautiful, Arctic White over Red leather LT1 Convertible in this early ‘90s tetrad is a rotary-powered Mazda RX-7, a top-shelf VR6 version of the VW Corrado, and, the old-money favorite; a Jaguar XJ6, all of which were graciously loaned to the testers by Hagerty readers/Driver’s Club members.
If you are one of the eccentric visitors to our little corner of the internet that we hear perusing each edition of Quick Shifts, only to select a single link to indulge your automotive curiosity, we suggest that you make it this look back at the “vehicular sweet spot between carburetors and CarPlay.”
As always, Corvette Nation, thank you for reading and have an outstanding weekend!
Previous Quick Shifts
New C8 Corvette Reviews, Ask Jack, Cadillac Lyriq Revealed, Ferrari Challenge, Farley to Lead Ford, and More!
Unwrapping Rapid Blue, Miata ‘Midyear’ Tributes, Top Corvette Engines, Hooning the Electric Mustang, Classic C5 Review
Angelyne, Corvette Racing, 5 Rarest Corvettes, Bronco Revealed, AMG GT, Porsche 911 Rivals, and More!