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Corvette - He tried but couldn't catch me



2 lane eastbound
I see him way back there and see him accelerating to catch me.
That's not going to happen so I take off but not enuff to put distance between us
I see him getting closer....so NOW! Off I go.
He tries to pass me on the left but wouldn't you know, there's a car in his lane
How did I plan that?
So he's not dumb enuff to try to cut between me and that other car so he pulls behind me
I see he has a babe in his passenger seat.
Oh well...another case of lane interruptus
We stop at a light (pic above) but he won't look over or open his window
Probably figured I would steal his girl
Next light was only about 100 yards away but would he try anything?
He tried..... and lost again...Oh well. He made a right turn and off he went
I couldn't tell you what type of Corvette it was since I was never behind him
Maybe the paint scheme will give a member a clue.
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At a pre-Xmas get together last night, friend of my sis in law mentioned he had a vet ('99). One thing led to another and I blurted out "mine's faster than yours".

Well, that had him going on about this and that and how we should settle it next summer. I said the only thing you'll see are my tail lights if we did. Testosterone was so thick you could cut it with the carving knife.

I've got him on hp (420 vs 345), torque (398 vs 345) and 0-60 (4.4 vs 4.9) and 0-100 (9.5 vs 11.7)(depending on where you read these stats as they all seem to be different) even though I weigh 300 lb more than him. No contest.

Heck I even get better gas mileage than him

The tale (if it comes to it) will be told next summer. I await the challenge.
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At a pre-Xmas get together last night, friend of my sis in law mentioned he had a vet ('99). One thing led to another and I blurted out "mine's faster than yours".

Well, that had him going on about this and that and how we should settle it next summer. I said the only thing you'll see are my tail lights if we did. Testosterone was so thick you could cut it with the carving knife.

I've got him on hp (420 vs 345), torque (398 vs 345) and 0-60 (4.4 vs 4.9) and 0-100 (9.5 vs 11.7)(depending on where you read these stats as they all seem to be different) even though I weigh 300 lb more than him. No contest.

The tale (if it comes to it) will be told next summer. I await the challenge.
Leo, be sure to put money on that race next summer. You can maul a C5 ('99 model) Vette without question (as long as it is stock). The Z/06 model of the C5 did not show up until 2001 (I think). It had more power and was a much better car. Even my lower hp rated R171 SLK55 busted a C6 Vette in a heads up drag in the 1/8th mi and I was walking away from him on the big end. The stock C6 was rated 430hp, but I have always said that AMG's horses are bigger than the little GM ponies they put in the Vette.
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Tell that to your Sister's friend if you really want to torque him up, . But it is a serious statement in that GM likes to tout crank hp somewhat aggressively, meaning that if one of the engines tested shows 460hp then they will claim bold faced that all of them do, or if the test group hits an average number, that will become the claimed rating. AMG on the other hand will test to verify that all of their engines make at minimum the rated amount and many will exceed that by some small figure. Under promise and over-deliver, I say. Just beware of HP add-on's. Chevy small blocks are very easy to hot-rod and could result in more ponies. But if it is a stock '99 C5, that is pretty easy meat for any SLK55 no matter what year it is.

As for the Red Vette Jeff embarrassed? That pic was clearly a C7. The black spoiler at least implies that it was not the base model, but I cannot id it any better without a better pic. Still even the base model stingray or the Grand Sport are all rated at 460hp (if you believe that) and that is a pretty righteous kill mate. A stock C7 stingray rated 460hp has been recorded running 0/60 at 3.9 sec and 1/4mi at 12.20/119mph by Car & Driver. Plus that was the manual trans model. Presumably the auto is faster. As an aside, that same Car & Driver test was a head to head with the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 which makes 526hp (are Mustangs smaller than Bluegrass Thoroughbreds??). The lighter Vette was quicker 0/60 and 1/4mi and on top end. That is impressive.

Jeff, you really need to dyno your beast and take it to a track this winter while the temps are cooler and record some times on it. If you are busting C7's that thing is really putting down the numbers. I would have loved to seen that dude's face.

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........... even though I weigh 300 lb more than him. No contest.
Crikey Leonardo, you're a big lad.
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Crikey Leonardo, you're a big lad.
I know you know I was referring to curb weight of both but, I must confess I do like my beer . He is bigger than me so maybe that differential will be reduced from 300 to 250

And Irish, he did buy it used so who knows about existing mods. He doesn't seem the kind of guy who would do it on his own.
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And Irish, he did buy it used so who knows about existing mods. He doesn't seem the kind of guy who would do it on his own.

My money is on the SLK. A few years ago, when I lived out in LA, I got to see an SS Camero run times head to head at Streets of Willow against the Mustang GT with the then new Coyote V8 rated at about 415hp. The Chevy was rated at 400hp and had only dynoed to 300hp at the wheels which told us that Chevy's real output was closer to about 350-360hp at the crank. The Mustang on the other hand out performed its claimed numbers putting down something like 372hp at the wheels. The Ford was lighter too. Yet at the slow, point & shoot type streets course the heavier, lesser powered Camero was consistently posting quicker lap times. How?

The dyno charts told the tale. Unlike drag races which are all about torque, weight and traction, the road course was rewarding the car with the broadest, meatiest power band. While the Chevy lacked the peak numbers, it did have more power over a very broad range enabling it to accelerate harder out of each slow corner While the Mustang driver was waiting for his high strung Coyote to come up on the cam. Three different test drivers drove both cars and the results were the same with all three.
so, there is power and then there is good power.

That broad and meaty, wide torque curve is one of the things that I think makes my SLK55 special. It makes lots of power down low and more up high. Now add a supercharger and you only magnify that desirable feature.

That long winded story was meant to show that the small block Chevy is not always living up to its highly touted spec sheets. I love the LS3 motor and the new LT1 in the C7 is even better. It is nearly indestructible, it gets great fuel mileage and it has a broad torque curve. But when Chevy claims it makes 460 hp, In my opinion, what they really mean is that if you test it at sea level and in very cool temps, with the right high octane fuel under perfect conditions, and test 100 units, you will at least find a few that come close to those numbers at the crank. You might even average close to those numbers. But some will be making less, sometimes a lot less. It is a mass produced engine and as such the fit of the pistons in the bores may not match the tightly held clearances of our AMG's. That is another of the reasons why you should never beat on your AMG when the engine is cold and not fully heat soaked. Give it time to warm up and it will love your for it.

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