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Spied: First C7 Corvette Stingray with Stripes! Possible Gran Sport?

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Found this over at Corvette7.com...



An enticing C7 Corvette test car has just been spied in the midst of winter-testing, rocking silver stripes on top of its Velocity Yellow paint job (in the backroads of Michigan). This prototype gives us our first look yet at a racing-striped C7, and how it will interplay with the car's new lines and its blacked-out trim. The question remains, is this just a test-striped early C7 build, or is there any chance that this a new trim level, like a C7 Gran Sport? We don't have a smoking gun that this is an alternate C7 performance package, but in the online colorizer that Chevrolet provided to paint your own Corvette, there were no provisions for adding any additional striping to the Stingray.


Next is the fact that while this C7 looks throughly badged-out, there is no Stingray badge on either front fender. While it could be an early-build oversight, we can't help but be intrigued by the omission of the Stingray on this test 'Vette.


Finally, we can see clear evidence of a car cover piled up in the rear cargo of this prototype. It would seem that Chevrolet is in full PR mode on the C7 Stingray at this point, so parking them around, uncovered, would seem to be a great eye-catcher to capture the public's attention. Is this car cover at the ready to keep prying eyes from discovering a new C7 variant? Seems plausible, and follows perfectly the protocol that was followed by Corvette test teams which were caught on test runs during the C7's development period.


When it comes to the prospect of spotting the next C7 variant after the Stingray, we can't leave anything to chance and disregard the anomalies found on this particular C7 test car.
























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I think the rear would look better if it was all one color. The black panels looks too plastic (cheap).

That's why I think black is the best color for the C7; everything is the same color so the lines flow better and nothing jumps out at you (vents, roof panel, etc).

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I think that particular vette looks cheap! IMO I don't know maybe its the black accents! I don't like the rear end!!! Just not sold yet.


I still want to see one in person, I think they did a pretty good job of making the vette 'new' without taking away too much heritage. I wish it still had the curved rear window though. I certainly wouldn't throw it out of my garage, thats for sure.


That black plastic trim would look great with some SVRT :D

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Wow.. I know they are testing it still but mine would never see that white stuff and have all that crap on its rear.

Not too sure of the stripes. The rear end does need to be color matched IMO.

I do like it. lets see in a year or two after all the bugs are out of it.

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Love the new body style, love the color, don't like those stripes, don't like the black mirrors, don't like the black wheels. Want to add one of these to the garage in a couple years!


Though disgustingly dirty, it is interesting to see how the dirt collects differently on the tail now, much more concentrated toward a vertical center line as opposed to the horizontal line that is more dominant on the C6.

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