• Jul 20, 2008

Click above for more shots of the "Mystery Vette"


Someone slipped Jalopnik a new pair of shots of the mysterious Corvette concept that's appearing in next year's Transformers sequel. So far, we've seen good views of the car from the front and side, but rear-end shots had yet to surface. Well, that's over. The concept -- now a confirmed product of the GM Design studios (note the plate in back), has large ducts in back that mimic the openings in front and presumably also hide the car's taillamps. Four big centrally-mounted exhaust outlets poke through the bodywork as well. Frankly, the rear view is the car's least appealing, with that chunky boattail mixed in with all those sharp angles. There's also a new detail shot of the front quarter, which focuses on that very traditional Corvette fender shape. Is it just a movie character or also a concept that GM's going to drop on us somewhere along the line? Your guess is as good as ours, and the trickle of spy shots is probably far from over.

[Source: Jalopnik]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Sure there are elements that I don't care for, but overall this concept has a lot of potential as the next Corvette.

      I'd like to see the Corvette adopt more of it's classic styling cues again as the car has looked pretty much the same since the 1980s.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Other than the Stingray I've never much liked Corvettes! THIS I love!
      FillerUp
      • 6 Years Ago
      Although I may get flamed on for saying this. I think it's the coolest/most interesting looking corvette I've seen in a while. The extremeness of the body styling for once actually reflects the extreme performance under the hood. I like it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The mid-80's to the current Vette were/are a bit bland imo - no interesting lines and not enough curves at the right spots.

      Granted, this concept is a bit outrageous at certain spots - but overall, the shape is very nice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The current Corvette is, in my opinion about as good as it gets. If much of this concept were to make into the next generation Corvette it would be a sad day. It's just too busy, too many lines, too many surfaces and just plain ugly. I understand it is a concept but so was the Camaro at one point.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @tand0g

        It certainly is. Not as refined (transmission is a bit more clunky) or as much feedback through the steering but it will whip it on the track.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6e_zcp-W2g

        This one is well known
        http://videos.streetfire.net/video/Ferrari-F430-Vs-C6-Z06-th_87038.htm

        Enjoy
        • 6 Years Ago
        @tankd0g

        "Sorry Valentino but there is NOT ONE PERSON ON THE PLANET who is sitting there with a suitcase full of cash contemplating whether to spend it on a Corvette or a F430. I can build you a civic that will TROUNCE a vette in 1/4 mile. Would you buy that over a Ferrari? Get real."


        Now you're switching topics. I'm talking about looks and performance.
        If you're talking about brand cachet, certainly. These cars may not be cross shopped, although many a multi-milionaire will have both.

        Both cars ar great. The currently produced Ferrari's win in brand cachet, exclusivity (depends on where you live, in Dubai and Japan a vette is really exlusive), status, hand crafted interiors (although the hand crafted engines are also coming in the Vettes with the Z06 for example), and use of F1 techology (fast paddle shifts, aero in the F430 Scuderia which is amazing).

        The latest generation of Vettes win in (I think) looks, th z06 in performance, value for the dollar, reliability (and this is HUGE, an Ls3 or Ls7 is MUCH more reliable than a Ferrari engine). Infact, my friend at Microsoft who has a Testarossa said it's HUGELY unreliable, incosistent in performance and extremely expensive to maintain. Your Vette will start everyday (my friend has a c5 Z06 with 130K miles on it), engine and body, unlike a Ferrari. Any company can build a fast expensive car, how many can build a reliable performance car at a bargain?

        Also, old Ferrari's (Enzo except) are pretty much masaccred by the C6, including the 360 modena.


        Honestly, I'm contemplating a C6 Z06 or C7 down the line. It's a personal choice but I would rather get a Z06 and give money to charity rather than maintain an expensive garage queen. That's a personal choice and I can expect people to differ here). I do LOVE what Ive hear about the F430 Scuderia though.

        As far as your comment on a Civic beating a vette. Come on, I'm sure you're better than that. Thats a stupid statement about a jacked up pedestrian car Vs a stock sports car. Using that rationale if I dropped the balance between a Ferrari F430 and a C6 z06 on a z06 you would have possily the fastest car in the world.

        About Vette drivers being middle aged with Gold chains, I'm going to argue Ferrari drivers are not much better. -:)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would say the current Corvette is one of the most bland blobs of American plastic I've ever seen in my 40 years of life on this Earth. And I LOVE Corvettes.

        It is so cheap looking, so dated, disco and uninspired looking, I would not drive one if given to me. Can't find a decent angle on it for the life of me, and the rear of the car must be a joke. Looks like a child sculpted it out of clay. And I LOVE Corvettes.

        The classic 'vettes are some of the most beautiful cars ever made. Every time I see a newer fleet-vette I look around for Hertz signs to make sure I'm not on a rental lot. The vette looks about as exciting as most other Chevys, i.e. rental car, i.e. about as exciting a design as a Cobalt.

        So, I'm on the opposite fence as you. If they leave ANY cues from any of the more disco models, I will probably cry.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Rav3. You're a moron. The Corvette is THE best performance deal on the Planet right now.

        The Ferrari F430 is the Corvette Z06's current competition right now. Let's compare:

        Price: Ferrari: $191,775 Corvette: $72,125
        Power- Ferrari: 483 HP Corvette: 505 HP
        Torque- Ferrari: 343 lb-ft Corvette: 470 lb-ft
        0-60: both 4.1 seconds
        70-0 Braking: Ferrari: 156 ft. Corvette: 148 ft
        Engine: Ferrari 4.3L V8 Corvette: 7.0L V8

        On top of that, the Corvette weighs 200 pounds less and you save $119,650 when buying the Corvette. You don't love Corvettes, If you did, you'd just shut up and agree with Tagg.

        My source? Research.
        Why? Because I can actually say: I LOVE CORVETTES.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry Valentino but there is NOT ONE PERSON ON THE PLANET who is sitting there with a suitcase full of cash contemplating whether to spend it on a Corvette or a F430. I can build you a civic that will TROUNCE a vette in 1/4 mile. Would you buy that over a Ferrari? Get real.
        • 6 Years Ago
        F430 is the Corvette's current competition? Hahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaahahahah.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think the C6 is the best looking Vette since the sting-ray.
        Infact, IMHO it looks better than the modern day Ferraris like the F430 with that ugly front and that Califonia with that hideus rear. It's understated, sleek and attractive. Much better than the 80's and 90's Vettes. And contrast that to the 911's, which really look like frogs or Beetles.


        Here's my feedback: The rear is def an area that is a bit bland and flat and I'd like to see a few improvements there.
        Th Z06 has a moe aggressive lower 'supercar' stance than the C6, including the front.
        The interiors of Vettes should be brought up to the level of the new CTS's and Malibus, that is, excelent.
        The focus on pricing, fuel economy, power and low weight, traditional Vette stongholds should be retained.
        I would like to see a bit of the Concepts or String Rays arched front fenders make it to a future Vette.

        Keep up the good work Chevy, I'm not even American and I applaud the efforts in the Vette, (the 180 degree turnaround with the Malibu), the amazing CTS, G8-GT, and look forward the good cars keeping on coming.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone notice the "Sting Ray" Badge on the front fender or the the split rear window?
      • 6 Years Ago
      LOL at rear.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want to see a hybrid Autobot, I know GM has bought the product placement, but I wouldn't mind seeing a Prius surprise everyone in the audience by unexpectedly revealing itself to be a transformer.

      Oh, and what about motorcycles, are we gonna get a Harley Davidson transformer?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Geeez! Not even the Autobots can escape it! Is the Prius autobot the one that runs around saying "Stop fighting! Please just stop fighting! Can't we all just get along?" Then gets properly crushed by Megatron? Ahh yes. I'd pay to see that.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 6 Years Ago
        rumor is the Volt is in the movie
        • 6 Years Ago
        Since all GMs cars in the movie don't require gas and presumably run on energon cubes. Adding something with a gas engine to the mix would seem awfully environmentally insensitive. Now back to killing people and flattening buildings...
      • 6 Years Ago
      That back end is positively hideous. From the front and side it looks pretty good, but the rear of that car is a total mess--it's goofy and overdone. It's even worse than a typical TVR, and those things look like dying guppies.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a preview of the C7 (highly exaggerated of course), but the design direction that the next generation Corvette will take. At this stage, it's just a 'showcar' that's been loaned out for the movie. Expect to see more and more refined versions of it over the next 18 months or so.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hopefully. Cause the exhaust pipes and the headlights are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO terrible. The shape is perfect but those 2 things throw it way off.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Parkerman: by "go out on a limb" you mean "rehash the Ferrari 250GTO for the zillionth time", right?

        Too bad the butt is awful... the rest of it is pretty cool.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Heh, Figures.. Since there isn't suppose to be a next gen viper... Chevy has nothing to copy.. lol.. So they have to go out on a limb again.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So rav3, you (obviously) prefer the 1954 to 1962 'Vettes to those after 1966 because from the C3 onward, Corvettes have - in one way or another - mimicked the Stingray's fender pods, hidden headlights, dual tail lights, etc., etc. And do you really think that pre-1963 Corvettes looked BETTER than those that followed? Sorry man, but I disagree. I'm not a fan of the C4 or C5 Corvette, but I do like the current car. It makes a tough looking Z06, and the convertible looks real good (with the top down). There are elements that designers incorporate each time a car is updated that are considered part of 'the look'. That's true for Ferrari, Mustang, Challenger, and so forth. And like it or not, those things that make a Corvette immediately recognizable are the things you apparently don't like. That's too bad because the C7 will carry on the tradition, updating those themes so that the car will still look familiar and modern.
      • 6 Years Ago
      L-FA much?
        • 6 Years Ago
        lol not even close.
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