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GM Teases New Corvette Camouflaged in Gran Turismo 5

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Chrysler used Forza Horizon to introduce its new Viper sportscar to the world, so it should not be too surprising that other car manufacturers are following.

GM is making a camouflaged version of the seventh-generation Corvette available for download in Polyphony's Gran Turismo 5.

GM has not yet officially unveiled the look of the 2014 Corvette and said that it will premiere the new car on January 13, 2013. The car shown in GT5 is heavily draped and there is no reason to get excited about the actual design of the vehicle. However, it is the first time that an actually camouflaged car is being teased in a racing simulation game and PS3 players are first to get their hands on the (virtual) performance of the car, which will sport a 6.2 liter V8 engine with 450 hp. GM said the new Corvette will sprint from 0-60 mph in 4 seconds flat.

"Until now, only the most skilled drivers on the Corvette team have been authorized to push the test prototypes to the limits on some of the most challenging track surfaces in the world," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Global Marketing. "Through this unique collaboration with Gran Turismo, Chevrolet is able, for the first time, to give performance car enthusiasts access to such an exclusive driving experience."

At the time of this writing, the C7 Corvette was not yet available as a download, but GM said that the car will be released "very soon" via the PlayStation Store.

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    chewy1963 , November 29, 2012 4:27 PM
    Doesn't all that draping mess with the aerodynamics of the car. I would think it would cause tons of extra drag.
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    jupiter optimus maximus , November 29, 2012 4:49 PM
    I assumed that they were going to use a cloaking device.
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    BPT747 , November 29, 2012 4:53 PM
    chewy1963Doesn't all that draping mess with the aerodynamics of the car. I would think it would cause tons of extra drag.

    Yes, but it will not affect the 0-60 time which is what they seem to be advertising in this release.
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    SneakySnake , November 29, 2012 5:21 PM
    BPT747Yes, but it will not affect the 0-60 time which is what they seem to be advertising in this release.

    and i'm sure GM did their 0-60 tests with the drapes off.
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    mazty , November 29, 2012 5:35 PM
    450hp? Not quite the hit points I was wanting.
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    Anonymous , November 29, 2012 6:41 PM
    Will be interesting how they will implement the difference between the handling of the C6 and the C7, on a console platform, that of course has some semi fine controllers available. But will the game simulate leaf springs and coil overs separately, and what about double wishbone? C6 uses leaf springs in the back and is decently fast for its price. Will all this be a factor, or are we talking statistics here like 0-60, max speed obtained and other irrelevant things a 10 year old would care about when buying a car?
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    cohetedor , November 29, 2012 11:40 PM
    This isn't the first camouflaged car to appear in a racing sim, It's not even the first time for GT5. Nissan did the same thing several years ago with the GTR, GT5 Prologue had a Black Mask version of the car with a blacked out interior and cloth concealing the front end.
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    alextheblue , November 30, 2012 12:22 AM
    BPT747Yes, but it will not affect the 0-60 time which is what they seem to be advertising in this release.
    0-60 is cool and all, but that's really NOT what they're advertising. It's just one factor. That's why they're releasing it as a car you can drive in GT5, so you can tear it up on twisty tracks. If you actually were a car enthusiast, and played sims, you'd know the Vettes are a really great mix of handling and power for the money. The new Corvette (C7) is a significant improvement on C6, which was no slouch. The C7 is lighter, too.

    I must say that I've preferred Forza over GT for a while now.
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    cesthree , November 30, 2012 12:51 AM
    I'll pass on purchasing an automobile from a corporation that has been listed in the "top" 18 Largest Annual Corporate Losses of All Time thrice for a total of ~$100B.

    Don't even get me started on how poor of a performer Chevy is in the D-Segment.

    Bring me the 2015 Honda NSX, thank you. It is what "Made in America" should be for vehicles aimed at the USDM. Honda has done remarkably well considering that Japan has had to recover from a tsunami.

    What's GM's excuse? Oh yeah, the executive committee has been filled with bumble-heads for the last few decades and engineers are akin to beer-guzzling frat boys. Pass!
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    madjimms , November 30, 2012 1:26 AM
    People still buy US built cars? eeewww..
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    chewy1963 , November 30, 2012 2:27 AM
    madjimmsPeople still buy US built cars? eeewww..

    This isn't a car... It's a Corvette!
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    bit_user , November 30, 2012 8:25 AM
    I see a touch of Chrysler Crossfire in that rear shot. Yuck.

    madjimmsPeople still buy US built cars? eeewww..
    You clearly don't know what you're talking about. Corvettes are fantastic track cars. A base spec C6 ZR1 lapped the Nurburgring in 7:26.4, on stock, street tires. Not only did it beat the 2009 GT-R, but a Ferrari Enzo was only 0.7 seconds faster. What's even more impressive is that the vette had a six-speed manual transmission, while the 5-10x as expensive Enzo has F1-style paddle shifters. And guess which car is actually practical to drive around town and affordable to maintain?