Saturday, May 31, 2014

Forza Motorsport 5: Why I lost the fight against the C7 Corvette

It is with regret that with the addition of the all new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray on Forza Motorsport 5 via The Bondurant Car Pack, my road to vengeance ended in failure. It seems most Forza Faithfuls are too strong enough to plead Turn 10 to bring the C7 Corvette to Forza 5 and looks like it's over for me. Looks like our Japanese players will really get upset by the time they saw this, right? He he he... That's it then...Justice for Punkish Gothic? I can forget about it until my issue has resolve itself.

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Anyway, there's a good way Forza Faithfuls should be thankful for the arrival of the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray on Forza Motorsport 5 via The Bondurant Car Pack because what we have here is a showcase of a true technological masterpiece that combines performance with technology. Although quite a big departure from the previous six generations, the new Corvette C7 wants to be a capable fighter to take on against Europe's finest.

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I'm thinking more of a one-sided fistfights, Mardi Gras style, except this isn't Mardi Gras and I'm not in a middle of a fistfight. This is Forza 5 and I'm here to get to know about the latest-generation Corvette Stingray so what is it?

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Premiered at the 2013 North American International Auto Show, the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette sportscar resurrected the legendary Stingray moniker for the first time since 1963. With an all new aerodynamic design and aluminum bodywork, the C7 Corvette is powered by a brand new 6.2L LT1 V8 engine developing 455HP of power output and 460lb-ft of torque. It is the first American car to be fitted with a 7-speed manual gearbox with Active Rev Match.

The Z51 Performance Package includes a dry-sump oil system, Electronic LSD, bigger front brakes, slotted rotors with black calipers, specific gear ratios, shocks springs and stabilizer bars, an optional Magnetic Ride Control and Performance Traction Management.

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I have never driven an American car like this that doesn't really feel like an American car of yesteryears and for the folks of General Motors, they've really pulled it off completely. They've provided a world-class sportscar that not only looks good, it drives like it was in a middle of a one-sided fistfight in Mardi Gras. That's what I'm thinking about! One-sided fistfights, Mardi Gras-style! How amazing was that?

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For my quick analysis about the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray on Forza 5; the provocative design of the exterior and the handcrafted interior really appealed the Visuals while the muscle car-esque sound of the new 6.2L LT1 V8 direct-injected engine performed well at the Vocals. As for Dance...well, I have one trick up on my sleeves.

You may remember one episode on Top Gear USA when Tanner Foust heads to Detroit to see if the C7 Corvette is better with or without traction control. In the end, old-school driving outsmarted the car's Performance Traction Management by a margin. Now, all I have to do the same thing on the Top Gear Test Track. The Stingray in Cyber Gray Metallic has its TCS/STM ON and the other Stingray in Torch Red has its TCS/STM OFF.

Ready set go!



The Performance Traction Management really pushed the C7 Corvette to a rocket start while the other with PTM OFF still on a messy wheelspin start. That's a no-brainer though. As for the corners, the PTM really corrects how the C7 Corvette corners but because this car now comes with electric power steering, it feels like it's not communicating with me everytime I turn the wheel. Same thing applies to the C7 Corvette with PTM OFF but its dynamic behavior will make things a lot messy in the corners when taken recklessly.

After a lap round the Top Gear Track, the results are in. A C7 Corvette with PTM ON lapped at 1:23.168 while a C7 Corvette with PTM OFF lapped in 1:22.992.

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Hey! It feels like I'm feeling like Tanner Foust perhaps the main reason the Forza Motorsport x Tanner Foust partnership could theorize the reason the C7 Corvette showed up on FM5 but who cares about it? The C7 Corvette is the kind of Corvette that already has the guts to take on the world. Even though it's armed with technology, it's the skill that can outsmart its technology lurking behind America's finest.

Try it!

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