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New issue sport auto 12/2013: New Corvette C7 a Porsche killer?

New issue sport auto 12/2013
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We often think of s port auto : No, it probably couldn't be much better. This car drives so well, it works so well and is so fast - what is there in the future, please? But technical progress is a squirrel, just as the devil is said to be: Changes are constantly taking place in ever new forms that one does not think possible.

Take the Corvette as an example. Since the end of the 90s, with the introduction of the C5, the Corvette has blossomed from - sorry - clumsy muscle car into a real racetrack weapon.

Racing as a godfather

The connection with the motorsport program, which has been intensified since 1998, is obvious: racing and road engineering have rocked up together. The 2006 Z06 and the 2008 Corvette ZR1 marked notable high points in this development. Since then, US cattle have walked like the plague, lay and braked like a real sports car, and the lateral dynamics was finally no longer a stumbling block, but the most outstanding feature. The clock in Hockenheim for the naturally aspirated Z06 stopped at 1.11.7 minutes as early as 2007.

Corvette Z06 and ZR1 were also the homologation basis for the GT1 and GTE Corvettes according to Le Mans regulations. So we thought: It couldn't get much better.

But the basic version of the new Corvette C7 Stingray gets right into the action where the factory-tuned special model Z06 with naturally aspirated engine once left off: The basic C7 is faster than on the small course in Hockenheim with less power than the old Z06 - you can only take off your hat.

Corvette Reloaded

Our knowledgeable readers will probably note that Corvette has had more room for improvement than other iconic European brands - and the progress has been correspondingly greater. I suppose. But just imagine if the new basic 911 was as fast as the GT3 of the previous model when it was launched.

And the best, as always, at the end: the Corvette is an incredible bargain at 69,990 euros list price. As the epitome of the American sports car, it will continue its global triumphant advance - just like cheeseburgers and cola before it.It probably doesn't get much better now, right?

The topics in sport auto 12/2013

Tests & driving reports

  • The new Corvette C7 competes in Hockenheim against the Jaguar XKR-S and the Porsche 911 Carrera S
  • Road legal racing cars: Radical RXC with the finest racing technology in the driving report
  • In the super test: Eight cylinders, 8,000 revolutions, 631 PS: Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series
  • Fastest Aston Martin: With 573 hp, the V12 Vantage S is the top model at Aston Martin
  • Powerful four-door: The top models from Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche in comparison test
  • Racing dwarfs: Citroën DS3 Racing against Opel Corsa OPC, Peugeot 208 GTI and Renault Clio RS
  • Diesel power plant: 350 PS and 700 Nm in three: Alpina D3 Biturbo in the driving report
  • High-speed ten-cylinder: TJ Fahrzeugdesign transplanted the M5 ten-cylinder into the single coupé
  • Essen Motor Show 2013: News and information about the big show about tuning, motorsport and production cars
  • Tuning test: Audi S3 from MTM against Volvo V40 T5 HPC from Heico Sportiv

Technology, report & advice

  • Comment: How Manufacturers using sound engineering to simulate a higher number of cylinders
  • All-wheel drive from BMW and Porsche: M135i xDrive and Carrera 4 in all-wheel test on wet and dry conditions
  • Used sports cars: Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII and Subaru Impreza WRX STi

Motorsport

  • Formula 1 story: How the pursuing teams in Formula 1 to catch up with the Fight the top
  • Formula 1 technology spots: The secret technology trends of Formula 1 in detail
  • Formula 1 insider report: This is how Renault builds the V8 racing engines for Formula 1
  • Comment: About the failed reform of the qualifying format in the sports car world championship
  • Champion honor: The new champions in the endurance championship: Dirk and Tim Groneck
  • DTM interview: Interview with the new DTM champion Mike Rockenfeller
  • Newcomer to the World Rally Championship: Exclusive workshop visit to Hyundai's newcomer to the World Rally Championship
  • World Sports Car Championship: Why the WEC
  • World Rally Championship: How VW humiliated its opponents in the World Rally Championship in the first season

sport auto as an iPad app

sport auto 12/2013 is also available as a digital edition for the Apple iPad in the AppStore. The single edition costs EUR 3.59 and is always offered on the Wednesday evening before the EVT of the print edition. Subscriptions in combination with print (but also purely digital) are also possible: www. sportauto-abo.de/digitalabo/

You can get a foretaste of the magazine's content in the photo show.

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