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Old 11-14-2013, 09:48 AM   #1
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Thumbs up C7 Corvette is Road & Track Performance Car of the Year 2013

The C7 Corvette keeps racking up the accolades! It's just been announced as Road & Track's 2013 Performance Car of the Year, beating out an impressive group including, but not limited to, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Audi R8, BMW M6, Mercedes SLS AMG BLack Series, Nissan GT-R, Porsche Cayman S, Jaguar F-Type V8 S and Jaguar XFR-S.

Read all about the finalists group at: http://www.roadandtrack.com/bestof20...year-finalists


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It would be easy to say that all five of these cars are winners, but let's be real. Only one of them can be. First to drop off the radar is the clinical Cayman. Sounds great, looks great, but in the final voting, it had no friends. Same goes, sadly, for the F-type. On the track, it was great fun, but in the cross-country crucible it went soft and a bit sketchy.

And then there were three. The Fiesta ST is recommended without reservation. As a dynamic proposition in the real world, it is without peer. Were this magazine named simply Road, it would have the Fiesta ST on the cover six times a year. On the track, however, the ST is outgunned. You'd never get sick of the steering or the balance, but at a track day, you'd get sick of having your point-by hand out the window for every straight. Third place, with honors.

The SLS Black Series is utterly, fearlessly, completely brilliant. It succeeds on every level. It makes the girls at the McDonald's window swoon, and it causes children to run across busy streets just to touch the wing. As a track weapon, it delivers an intense, fully realized, GT3-car-with-license-plates experience. It's the only self-shifting car here that doesn't feel compromised from lack of a clutch pedal. Yet it works perfectly well as a road car. Its limits, though sky-high, can be reached if you have the courage. It's a high-water mark in flash, capability, and delight. And, unfortunately, price.

Come dinnertime, when the voting and arguments started, it was apparent that we had a problem. Slightly more than half of us immediately chose the Corvette. Yes, it's fast, as you'd expect. Yes, it makes short work of straights and develops massive grip, even where the pavement is broken or the deep shade leaves pools of old rainwater to splash and steam from the brakes. But it's now the complete package. There are no longer any excuses.

Yet there was a stubborn minority holding out for the AMG, regardless of cost. It's the car of our dreams in many respects. Shouldn't it be PCOTY, even if most of us will never see one on the street? "If we're going to pick the Vette because of cost," one editor snapped, "why not go all the way and pick the Fiesta? It's the best value."

To answer that, I thought about my final drive in the Corvette, down the vicious, dark side of a steep hill. The C7 may not have the flash of the Black Series, and it might not be as affordable as the Fiesta, but down a difficult road or around an open track, it has virtually all of the former's pace with the accessible brilliance of the latter. You can use full throttle, you can use the brakes. You can use the C7, but you won't use it up. It's the most capability that any manufacturer has ever delivered for this money, it's rewarding to drive for everyone from novice to seasoned racer, and it is, definitely and deservedly, the Road & Track Performance Car of the Year.

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Old 11-14-2013, 10:01 AM   #2
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Nice! One of the best, if not the best, distinction and (arguably of course) adjucation!

Amongst those select "Performance" cars, the C7 earned it.

This also summarizes it in a nutshell:

"Yet there was a stubborn minority holding out for the AMG, regardless of cost. It's the car of our dreams in many respects. Shouldn't it be PCOTY, even if most of us will never see one on the street? "If we're going to pick the Vette because of cost," one editor snapped, "why not go all the way and pick the Fiesta? It's the best value."

To answer that, I thought about my final drive in the Corvette, down the vicious, dark side of a steep hill. The C7 may not have the flash of the Black Series, and it might not be as affordable as the Fiesta, but down a difficult road or around an open track, it has virtually all of the former's pace with the accessible brilliance of the latter. You can use full throttle, you can use the brakes. You can use the C7, but you won't use it up. It's the most capability that any manufacturer has ever delivered for this money, it's rewarding to drive for everyone from novice to seasoned racer, and it is, definitely and deservedly, the Road & Track Performance Car of the Year."
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