If I wrapped the car in a white box and told you that I could sell you a mainstream car with legitimate performance stats as quoted in these reviews and promise you that it has a reliable drivetrain and looks great, for $88,000, what would you say then?
My 4C is currently the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned.
At this point in the ownership of every other vehicle, I have always had at least something minor that needed a fix or tweak.
The worst was a Mercedes Benz. That thing had more issues than all of my other cars combined.
The dealership at least did take good care of me, even though it was frustrating to be constantly driving a loaner vs the car I bought. They were good people and it was not their fault.
The 4C is simple and robust. Minimal toys. You paid for the good stuff . . . carbon fiber chassis, aluminum subframes front and rear to hold the engine and running gear, a proven engine (with more aluminum parts in the case of the 4C), oversized heat exchangers. Great on track. For everyday driving WAYYY overbuilt. Good stuff. +1, completely reliable.
It looks like the full-fat C8 is going to come in around £80-100k in the UK, so pricing is not as attractive as everyone initially thought.
The C8 is roughly 2 times more expensive than the 4C in the UK.
You can buy a brand-new Nissan GT-R for £70k, which has just as much road presence and will be faster point-to-point, especially in the wet. Give the GT-R a stage-1 remap for £700 and it will blow the C8 into the weeds.
Not to mention the small and bad-reputation Chevrolet dealer network in the UK right now. One of the biggest pains of McLaren ownership is that it is hard to find a good dealer.
In other words, the C8 -- in the UK -- does not look as good a package as it first appeared.
Chevy is likely unconcerned about the European market, selling only 3300~ Corvettes between 2014-2018, which is a marginal amount when considering how many Corvettes are sold in the USA alone.
As reference, Chevy sold more Corvettes in 2014 than Alfa has sold total cars in the USA since 2014.
I’m expecting every Ferrari wannabe owner getting their hands on this along with a jump in the number of these cars being wrapped around telegraph poles and tree trunks As large horsepower and mid-engine handling quirks take their toll. Interesting times ahead. More than the odd traffic light GP to ignore too.
I’m expecting every Ferrari wannabe owner getting their hands on this along with the jump in these cars being wrapped around telegraph poles and tree trunks. Interesting times ahead. More than the odd traffic light GP to ignore too.
So yeah I’ve been busy.
Tracking my 2017 Giuila QV even though I was going very fast at the track I discovered the car’s design bottleneck was the relatively skinny tires for such a heavy high horsepower car.
So off with the 245s and 285s and on with the 305s and 325s which required a widebody...
Alfas at the Glen 2020
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During last few months i've got and urge for a change.
Some of you may remember that i've asked about Corvette Grand Sport.
A buyer has come and agreed to pay asking price. Including all the mods on the car.
And i was looking what to do next.
I've decided not to get derailed and stick to...