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Old 02-21-2013, 12:56 PM   #1
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Exclamation Spied: First C7 Corvette Stingray with Racing Stripes! Possible Grand Sport Model?

An enticing C7 Corvette test car has just been spied in the midst of winter-testing, rocking silver stripes on top of its Velocity Yellow paint job (in the backroads of Michigan). This prototype gives us our first look yet at a racing-striped C7, and how it will interplay with the car's new lines and its blacked-out trim. The question remains, is this just a test-striped early C7 build, or is there any chance that this a new trim level, like a C7 Grand Sport? We don't have a smoking gun that this is an alternate C7 performance package, but in the online colorizer that Chevrolet provided to paint your own Corvette, there were no provisions for adding any additional striping to the Stingray.

Next is the fact that while this C7 looks throughly badged-out, there is no Stingray badge on either front fender. While it could be an early-build oversight, we can't help but be intrigued by the omission of the Stingray on this test 'Vette.

Finally, we can see clear evidence of a car cover piled up in the rear cargo of this prototype. It would seem that Chevrolet is in full PR mode on the C7 Stingray at this point, so parking them around, uncovered, would seem to be a great eye-catcher to capture the public's attention. Is this car cover at the ready to keep prying eyes from discovering a new C7 variant? Seems plausible, and follows perfectly the protocol that was followed by Corvette test teams which were caught on test runs during the C7's development period.

When it comes to the prospect of spotting the next C7 variant after the Stingray, we can't leave anything to chance and disregard the anomalies found on this particular C7 test car.


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Old 02-21-2013, 01:00 PM   #2
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:10 PM   #3
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Is that how dirty the back end is going to get because of the exhaust?!
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:28 PM   #4
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Is that how dirty the back end is going to get because of the exhaust?!
No way... don't think so... it never happened in a C6, why would it happen now.... think utility was just the snow
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:34 PM   #5
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Never have been much of a "yellow" guy, but I really like that...even with the dirty rear end.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:35 PM   #6
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Not a fan... I think it may be the color of the stripes, they clash with the headlights... and they're too close together.
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Not loving the stripes. Who drives their vette in the snow?
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:52 PM   #8
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Looks GREAT except for the stripes . . .

My "Dream C7" will be Yellow with Block Stripes and definitely, NO SNOW.

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The stripes go along the body lines perfectly.

I wonder what they were doing to get it so dirty..
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:57 PM   #10
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Not loving the stripes. Who drives their vette in the snow?
A 'vette wouldn't be my first choice as a snow car, no . Big reason why I'll probably hang onto my GTI. Add Blizzaks and it actually makes a pretty damn good snow bunny although the clearance isn't huge due to the front air dam
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Not loving the stripes. Who drives their vette in the snow?
GM engineers do... because they can.
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Looks GREAT except for the stripes . . .

My "Dream C7" will be Yellow with Block Stripes and definitely, NO SNOW.

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Looks pretty good. I can see silver with a grey stripe, or white with maybe blue. It does fit the lines pretty nicely. Yellow is better without the stripe.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:17 PM   #14
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wow this looks pretty stellar! not decided on the racing stripes just yet. But still, that yellow is pretty attractive on that body.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:27 PM   #15
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Well if they would let me I'd drive it in a dang hurricane.
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wonder how it handles in snow - every performance car I've had sucks in snow, wide tires are like snowshoes. Looks good tho!
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wonder how it handles in snow - every performance car I've had sucks in snow, wide tires are like snowshoes. Looks good tho!
Your expectations should remain unchanged...
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Not a fan of yellow, and definately not yellow with silver stripes. However, i've always been a fan of strips on cars, as long as they don't clash. Think it would look great in red with silver stripes.
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The stripes go along the body lines perfectly.

I wonder what they were doing to get it so dirty..
Well if GM handed me the keys to a Corvette and it was snowing out, the first thing I'd do is drive to the Black Lake and do donuts.
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Oh, and none of the other pre-production units have Stingray badges either. It was a last minute decision to use the Stingray name so if these were built before that decision they wouldn't take the time to slap badges on.
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I don't think anyone has said this yet, but those headlight buckets looks to be Silver whereas all the other test cars have had black headlight buckets. The other thing is that very first picture the hood vent doesn't look very black either and it almost blends with the stripes whereas every other C7 view those vents are very black. (Perhaps its the angle or the overcast sky.)

We were told that the the vents would be optioned to be the same color as the exterior but haven't seen anything to indicate that the headlight buckets would be available in the colors other than black.

The question of the post though is asking if this is the Gran Sport (should be Grand Sport). The 2010-13's GSs were built only because the C6 production was running longer than anticipated and the Corvette team was feeling the pressure to put out something new. So they raided the parts bin and used body from the Z06 and upgraded some of the options. Voila - a new model.

My personal opinion is that this isn't a Grand Sport and I'm doubtful that there will be a GS option early in C7 production. Based on sales and bragging rights, the next model out will be the Z06. But that's just my best guess.

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GM overtests every car. For it to be a GM vehicle today, it has to handle more than you are likely to throw at it.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:32 PM   #23
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I don't think anyone has said this yet, but those headlight buckets looks to be Silver whereas all the other test cars have had black headlight buckets. The other thing is that very first picture the hood vent doesn't look very black either and it almost blends with the stripes whereas every other C7 view those vents are very black. (Perhaps its the angle or the overcast sky.)

We were told that the the vents would be optioned to be the same color as the exterior but haven't seen anything to indicate that the headlight buckets would be available in the colors other than black.
Seems like different shades but still hard to definitely tell w/o a closeup shot of that yellow car's headlamps... FWIW here's an attempt, but it's an outdoors/dirty vs. indoors/mint comparison.
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Don't like it with stripes. It takes away from the lines and angles of the car.
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Oh my!

Why the goofy silver stripes, though?
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