The Americans are gearing up for their biggest-ever assault on the British car market. Traditionally, US cars have struggled to make an impact upon the UK buyers, a trend reflected across Europe. But the Detroit Motor Show in early January could herald a new dawn of exciting, desirable American motors on these shores, led by the stunning all-new Corvette, shown here undisguised for the first time.
These amazing pictures are the first undisguised shots of a car Chevrolet bosses have been working hard to keep under wraps before its world debut in Detroit. The beautifully aggressive lines are revealed just a week after we showed a heavily-clad mule being put through its paces at the Nürburgring in Germany. Powered by a 425bhp version of the 5.7-litre unit from the current car, the new C6 is based on sister company Cadillac’s XLR. UK sales should start in 2005, although right-hand drive production still hangs in the balance.
Chrysler is putting the fire into its Crossfire coupé by adding a 349bhp supercharged V6 version, the SRT-6, capable of 0-60mph in 5.0sec.
The SRT-6 has been developed by Chrysler’s newly-formed Performance Vehicle Operation and will go on sale in the US in May, and in right-hand-drive form in early ’05.
The SRT-6 uses the same 3.2-litre V6 that powers Merc’s SLK 32 AMG, and will be available with a six-speed manual or five-speed auto ’box.
The SLK-based Crossfire received a reserved reception at its launch earlier this year, in part due to the lacklustre performance provided by its 215bhp V6. The SRT-6 will answer those complaints.Expect the coupé to cost around £35,000 – some £7,500 more than the normally-aspirated Crossfire.