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    Chevrolet Fiero

    So what are your thoughts on the new Chevrolet Fiero?

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    At least they upped the HP from the old Pontiac version.
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    I like your Fiero description, but there hasn't been a Corvette that interested me since 1967.
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    I was surprised by how much of the styling is inspired by the 6th gen Camaro, front end and rear end in particular. I like the cockpit layout, I like that they've finally put a dual clutch transmission vs. a slushbox. I'll at least go look and have a sit in one, maybe test drive if they're offering those.
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    Looks like they're getting good re-use from the Camaro platform. I was surprised to hear the base model would come in under 60K.
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    Guess they're finally going to do it. I've heard rumors of a rear-engine or mid-engine Corvette for about as long as I can remember but they never materialized till now. I remember back in the 70's when they were going to use a rotary Wankel engine and IIR it was going to be a rear engine. They actually built some prototypes but then they killed the rotary engine so that was that.

    I always liked Corvettes and owned several in my younger days but in later years they've squeezed me out of them. They look good and are great performers but they're just too hard to get in and out of for me anymore, same with the Camaro. At this stage of my life I'm much more interested in comfort than performance so I prefer a Silverado pickup with all the bells and whistles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trboxman View Post
    I was surprised by how much of the styling is inspired by the 6th gen Camaro, front end and rear end in particular. I like the cockpit layout, I like that they've finally put a dual clutch transmission vs. a slushbox. I'll at least go look and have a sit in one, maybe test drive if they're offering those.
    Yeah I like dual clutch as well but they can be touchy. More so in a performance setting. I drove a Nissan GTR a while back and they all have dual clutch. They feel a bit strange. For instance backing up a hill at slow speed. Heh I drove a GTR slow. I guess backing up the driveway was the only thing I did slow in that. The 2.9 sec 0-60 is something to behold. I saw somewhere this new Stingray with the Z51 package would do 0-60 in 3.0. So in the same neighborhood as the GTR. The GTR is AWD though and does an amazing job of putting the power down to the ground. Though it still will spin all four tires as it shifts. The GTR also has back seats but then there is the sticker price at right around $100K.

    I was also glad to see they kept it a V8. It will be interesting to see how many people are upset about no manual transmission and the shift to mid engine. There are lots of reasons to do it but I am sure some will object. Maybe the new Z06 will be manual. That said I saw an article the other day about the number of cars in the US that are available in a manual transmission. The list gets shorter every year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sennister View Post
    Yeah I like dual clutch as well but they can be touchy. More so in a performance setting. I drove a Nissan GTR a while back and they all have dual clutch. They feel a bit strange. For instance backing up a hill at slow speed. Heh I drove a GTR slow. I guess backing up the driveway was the only thing I did slow in that. The 2.9 sec 0-60 is something to behold. I saw somewhere this new Stingray with the Z51 package would do 0-60 in 3.0. So in the same neighborhood as the GTR. The GTR is AWD though and does an amazing job of putting the power down to the ground. Though it still will spin all four tires as it shifts. The GTR also has back seats but then there is the sticker price at right around $100K.

    I was also glad to see they kept it a V8. It will be interesting to see how many people are upset about no manual transmission and the shift to mid engine. There are lots of reasons to do it but I am sure some will object. Maybe the new Z06 will be manual. That said I saw an article the other day about the number of cars in the US that are available in a manual transmission. The list gets shorter every year.

    https://www.motortrend.com/news/ever...r-you-can-buy/
    I drive a 6sp manual as a daily driver, about 10 miles of it is stop and go, I'd very much welcome a DCT. I came really close to buying a GTR 2 years ago and just couldn't talk my self into letting go of that much cash for a car, I'm a cheap bastard at heart.

    And back seats are over rated, I have them, but wouldn't want to try and fit a full sized adult back there...
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    Quote Originally Posted by trboxman View Post
    I drive a 6sp manual as a daily driver, about 10 miles of it is stop and go, I'd very much welcome a DCT. I came really close to buying a GTR 2 years ago and just couldn't talk my self into letting go of that much cash for a car, I'm a cheap bastard at heart.

    And back seats are over rated, I have them, but wouldn't want to try and fit a full sized adult back there...
    Yeah, I am joking about the back seats. Well there are seatbelts and some cushions but they are back there.
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    Corvette purists are going to dislike the mid engine, but how could you dislike the looks. This design is a game changer. I owned 3 C6 Corvettes and I welcome the change. Had I not just purchased a Shelby GT350, I would seriously consider one. Can't wait to see one in person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trboxman View Post
    I drive a 6sp manual as a daily driver, about 10 miles of it is stop and go, I'd very much welcome a DCT. I came really close to buying a GTR 2 years ago and just couldn't talk my self into letting go of that much cash for a car, I'm a cheap bastard at heart.

    And back seats are over rated, I have them, but wouldn't want to try and fit a full sized adult back there...
    I too drive a 6 speed manual.
    Never driven a DCT.
    Backseats are useless to me, tho I still like the room.
    I pulled the rear seats and all the brackets/hardware on my car, '06 BMW 5 series wagon, makes the car much more rooming for the important stuff.
    Fishing gear, tools, stuff like that.

    I have no use for a new vet, I've matured long ago. In some ways I think its great to see, but in others its gotten sad.
    Like I said, I'm an older guy so my tastes have changed and while I used to absolutely love cars now they are just a tool to get me around everyday.

    I'm so old I remember when the new models came out every year, and they were different every year, My Dad would take us around to all the car dealers. it was a big deal, free snacks and swag, balloons for the kids. I would load up on all the brouchers and take them home and study them.
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