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Michael Jordan’s 1996 Mercedes-Benz S600 Coupe listed for sale… again | Razor Byte


The two-door V12 has been listed for sale once again, after the previous ‘buyer’ was reportedly unable to secure financing for the vehicle.

Listed through Bring A Trailer, the vehicle is finished in dark blue metallic paint and features a wide range of aesthetic Lorinser modifications specified by Jordan himself – who bought the car new and sold it in 2003 – including a rear spoiler, 20-inch chrome wheels, and dual square exhaust tips.

The front-mounted 6.0-litre V12 produces 290kW/579Nm, sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission. The 0-100km/h sprint takes approximately 6.3 seconds.

With just over 250,000km on the clock, the car has not been serviced since 2011, according to the seller, and features spots of rust visible on the underbody and various suspension components.

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Kim Kardashian Posts Valentine’s Day Skims Video Wearing Whipped Cream – Hollywood Life | Razor Byte


Kim Kardashian celebrated a successful SKIMS shoot by wearing the whipped cream she used as a prop on set! In a series of sultry new videos, Kim’s makeup artist draws on her toned tummy with the dessert topping!

Kim Kardashian treated fans to an up close and personal look at her six-pack abs on Sunday night. The SKIMS founder — whose new dessert-themed Valentine’s Day campaign includes sistersKylie Jenner, 23, and Kendall Jenner, 25 — had a little fun on set after the shoot wrapped. In throwback videos she shared to Instagram, Kim can be seen lying down on her back in a tiny SKIMS thong while  makeup artist Ashley K Holm spells out the brand’s name in whipped cream on her stomach. And, if we’re being honest, Holm did a pretty darn good job at emulating the bubble letters using the spray can.

Kim also posted the behind-the-scenes clips, as well as the finished whipped cream photo to her Instagram feed. The mother of four, who didn’t include her face in the videos, set the internet ablaze on February 14th, when she revealed the latest SKIMS campaign alongside her two youngest sisters.

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Kim Kardashian rocks a neon top and matching slit skirt while out with friends in Miami on August 17, 2018. (Photo credit: SplashNews)

The new SKIMS campaign comes after the January launch of SKIMS’ “gravity-defying” hosiery and tops. Kim, who’s also preparing to take the Bar exam (one of the final steps in her education to become a lawyer), has been busy with work and spending time with her kids amid looming divorce rumors.with husband Kanye West. Since her 40th birthday in October, there’s been much speculation that Kimye’s marriage has hit a tumultuous point of no return.

In December 2020, a source told HollywoodLife that Kim and Kanye were “struggling to stay together as a couple and have for quite some time now,” adding that they were “living separate lives.” On January 5, multiple reports surfaced, which claimed the longtime couple, who tied the knot in 2014, are getting a divorce. Fueling the latter even further, Kim has been ditching her wedding ring in recent social media posts.

HollywoodLife reached out to representatives for both Kim and Kanye for comment, but did not hear back at the time of the initial divorce reports. We can not independently verify the divorce reports, and Kim and Kanye have not confirmed or addressed the claims.

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Simone Ashley Joins the Cast of Bridgerton Season 2 | Razor Byte


Netflix just announced the addition of one very impressive cast member for season two of Bridgerton. Simone Ashley, otherwise known as Olivia from Sex Education, is set to join the forthcoming season of Shondaland’s successful period drama, playing female lead Kate Sharma. She’ll star alongside Jonathan Bailey, who plays Anthony Bridgerton.

Announcing the news on Twitter, Shondaland tweeted: “Simone Ashley is Miss Kate Sharma. Newly arrived in London, Kate is a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools — Anthony Bridgerton very much included.”

The second season is set to shift its focus toward Anthony and Kate’s relationship, as the eldest Bridgerton hopes to finally settle down. The season will be based on the second book by Julia Quinn, The Viscount Who Loved Me, which reveals that Anthony initially desires Kate’s sister before he sets his sights on Kate. Initially cast in Quinn’s novel as Kate Sheffield, Shondaland’s production team reimagined the character to be of Indian descent, continuing the theme of color-conscious casting from the first season.

Speaking to E! News just prior to season one, Bailey said: “I think with Anthony, you just want him to be all right. You want him to learn how to love himself and hopefully to make some mistakes without those mistakes causing serious hurt to the people that he loves. I want to see him on the dance floor. I want to see him smile a little bit more. I want to see those mutton chops back. There’s so much scope for him.”

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True Thompson Rocks A Louis Vuitton Purse & Fendi Boots — See Pics – Hollywood Life | Razor Byte


True Thompson’s a total fashionista! The toddler rocked a pricey designer outfit, including a $1500 Louis Vuitton purse, in a new IG photo shared by mom Khloe Kardashian.

Try not to feel bad about this, but True Thompson is way cooler than you. Khloe Kardashian‘s daughter isn’t even three years old, and she’s already rocking designer duds. Little True was the star of her mother’s latest Instagram post, a series of photos of the toddler rocking a seriously stylish outfit. It included a $1500 Louis Vuitton purse and a pair of Fendi combat boots that go for roughly $500.

In other words, two-year-old True has an outfit the rest of us will never be able to afford, let alone rock with that much style. She looks adorable in her new ‘fit! Khloe took the photo of her little girl outside Nordstrom, calling her “my little fashionista” in the caption. Maybe they just picked up the new accessories at the department store? True is also wearing a cute wide-brimmed hat, a white angora sweater, and a pink satin skirt to go with her tiny crossbody bag and awesome boots.

This, of course, is not True’s only designer outfit. Tristan Thompson‘s daughter is also the proud owner of a completely Burberry ensemble! Khloe posted a photo of True on February 7 hanging out in their backyard while rocking a Burberry tank top featuring a black polo collar, and matching flared shorts. They were in the brand’s iconic plaid print. Khloe accessorized her with a gold necklace spelling out her nickname, “TuTu,” a pair of sandals, and a trendy plastic purse.

True Thompson gets a lift from mom Khloe Kardashian during a day out in Los Angeles (BACKGRID)

True also has a cute Burberry dress, a $320 frock with a high collar and a printed skirt. Khloe paired the little outfit with patent leather Doc Marten boots and red, lip-shaped sunglasses. This girl has some seriously cool looks.

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2021 Porsche 911 GT3 officially unveiled, Australian timing confirmed | Razor Byte


375kW 4.0-litre flat-six screams to 9000rpm, with six-speed manual gearbox, swan-neck rear wing and Nurburgring lap time gains all on the menu.

  • 2021 Porsche 911 GT3 officially revealed
  • 375kW 4.0-litre flat-six retains its 9000rpm redline
  • Six-speed manual translates to no weight gain over the outgoing model
  • 6-minute 55.2-second Nurburgring time, some 17 seconds quicker than its predecessor

The wraps have at last been lifted off the 2021 Porsche 911 GT3, after a lengthy drip-feed of teasers, accidental leaks and media previews – and it’ll land on Australian shores in the second half of this year.

Let’s start with the details you’re likely most interested to hear: powering the new 911 GT3 is an updated version of the highly-acclaimed 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six, sending 375kW to the rear wheels through a choice of seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or optional six-speed manual transmission.

Porsche claims a 3.4-second sprint from zero to 100km/h – though it’s unclear whether that figure applies to the manual or PDK, more likely the latter – towards a top speed of 318km/h or 320km/h depending on the gearbox fitted, with the higher speed achieved with the three-pedal option.

Compared with the outgoing GT3, the new 992-generation car develops 8kW more power, yet claims identical 0-100km/h sprint time (in auto guise, with the outgoing manual claiming 3.9 seconds) and top speed figures.

Under the skin, the German brand’s Motorsport division has fitted the road model with GT3-first double-wishbone front suspension – rather than previous 911 GT3s MacPherson struts – derived from the outgoing 911 RSR racer.

Filling the arches are 20-inch front and 21-inch rear centre-locking, forged black alloy wheels, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres, which hide steel or carbon-ceramic brakes, depending on options.

European media drives prior to launch indicate the steel stoppers will measure 408mm up front (up 28mm over the outgoing model), and 380mm at the rear.

Despite the new 911 GT3’s larger alloy wheels and wider body – thanks to the 992-series chassis that it’s based on – it’s “on par” with its predecessor in the weight department, tipping the scales in at 1418kg with a manual or 1435kg with the PDK auto – just 5kg portlier than the 991 model, assuming the aforementioned figures are DIN tare masses.

The weight saving – or rather, lack of weight gain – is thanks to a variety of lightweight elements including a carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic front ‘bonnet’, lightweight glass windows, lighter brake discs, no rear seats and the aforementioned lightweight alloy wheels.

An optional sports exhaust system saves 10kg over the standard set-up, and features “infinitely” adjustable flaps to enhance engine sound on the way to the 4.0-litre mill’s 9000rpm redline.

Matching the race-bred chassis is an aggressive aerodynamics package, headlined by a ‘swan-neck’ rear wing which sees the support struts attached to the top of the main wing plane, rather than the bottom, streamlining the flow of air underneath and increasing downforce.

It’s joined dual ‘bonnet’ vents, a wide front air intake (with a matte black surround), a front splitter, deeper side skirts and a more aggressive rear diffuser housing a pair of exhaust tips.

The aforementioned front splitter and rear wing can both be manually adjusted to either “significantly increase the aerodynamic pressure for high cornering speeds”.

Despite the extent of the GT3’s fixed aerodynamic aids, Porsche claims that, thanks to the brand’s learnings from motorsport, they “generate significantly more downforce without noticeably affecting the drag coefficient”.

The result of the new 911 GT3’s powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics improvements? A 17-second quicker lap around the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany, posting a 6 minute, 55.2-second time around the shorter 20.6km layout, or a 6-minute, 59.927-second lap around the full 20.8km lap, the latter mandatory for lap record attempts around the circuit since 2019.

The new model’s time around the 20.6km layout – set in the hands of racing driver Jörg Bergmeister – is even 1.2 seconds faster than the 6-minute 56.4-second lap recorded by the outgoing 911 GT3 RS in 2018, which wore the same Cup 2 R tyres as today’s non-RS GT3.

Inside the cabin, the new Porsche 911 GT3 borrows heavily from lesser variants of the 992-generation 911, though benefits from GT3-specific upgrades including race bucket seats, a unique, conventionally-styled PDK gear selector shaped similarly to a manual gearstick, and a drive mode selector on the suede-wrapped steering wheel to select between Normal, Sport and Track modes,

The semi-digital instrument cluster features a new Track display, which changes the digital displays flanking the central tachometer to display tyre pressure, oil pressure, oil temperature, fuel level, water temperature and other information critical for hardcore track driving.

It also includes a unique shift assistant system, displaying coloured, illuminated bars on the left and right of the rev counter, and a shift light “derived from Motorsport”.

Available options both inside and out include a lightweight exposed carbon-fibre roof, carbon-fibre mirror caps, tinted LED matrix headlights and LED tail-lights, and Guards Red or Shark Blue (pictured throughout) wheel rim accents, while the tachometer, Sport Chrono dial, seatbelts, stitching and other trim accents can be had in a variety of colours.

Buyers can also purchase a 911 GT3-inspired chronograph from Porsche Design, featuring a titanium structure mirroring the connecting rods in the sports car’s engine, and a winding rotor modelled on the car’s wheels.

The 2021 Porsche 911 GT3 will go on sale in Australia in the second half of 2021.

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Larsa Pippen Talks Mailk Beasley Relationship & His Wife – Hollywood Life | Razor Byte


In a new interview, Larsa Pippen tells all about her relationship with Malik Beasley, including why she doesn’t feel she did anything wrong by hanging out with him before his divorce.

When Larsa Pippen, 46, and Malik Beasley, 24, were first photographed together in Nov. 2020, she knew he was still technically married to his wife, Montana Yao. “We had spoken about it,” Larsa told Hollywood Unlocked in a Feb. 15 interview. “It wasn’t a secret. I know a lot of people that are married and exiting. I’ve played that part. So for me, if you’re not being shady and you’re telling me all your stuff, I’m going to believe you.”

Larsa also explained that Malik wasn’t trying to hide anything from the public. In fact, before the two were even spotted holding hands, he had been ‘liking’ and commenting on her social media pictures, despite still being legally married to Montana. “A lot of people are not happy in their situations and they don’t want to jump ship until they see someone they like,” Larsa added. “You don’t want to just shake your kids up because you might never meet someone that you actually like. You’re in a state of living in the same place, but not really together.”

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Larsa Pippen cozies up to Malik Beasley while celebrating his birthday. (MEGA)

She also made it clear that she was not the cause of Malik and Montana’s breakup, which eventually concluded with Montana filing for divorce in December. “I Googled them when I first met him — they weren’t together,” Larsa insisted. “They had issues before. It had nothing to do with me, so I wasn’t thinking anything about it. If you spent a minute Googling their situation, it wasn’t the ideal situation way before me.”

At the end of the day, though, Larsa said that she wished she her first public outing with Malik didn’t become as big as it did. “What’s the point of taking a beating over a guy I had just started talking to?” she said. “It was really stupid. I just feel like I need to do a better job of not being public with my situation. I wasn’t trying to be public with this situation, but it just went and happened that way.”

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Larsa Pippen and Malik Beasley match in black outfits for a photo together. (MEGA)
When it came to defining her relationship with Malik, Larsa explained that she’s just “hanging out” with the basketball player and “isn’t sure” what the future holds. The interviewer also pointed out that Malik plays for the same basketball team as Jordyn Woods boyfriend, Karl-Anthony Towns. As fans know, Larsa and Jordyn have a complicated history, as Larsa was the first one to tell the Kardashians about Khloe Kardashian’s boyfriend, Tristan Thompson, kissing Jordyn at a party in 2019. However, Larsa insisted she has no bad blood with Jordyn. “I’d be nice to her [if I saw her],” she said. “I’d say hi. I have no reason not to.”
After a falling out with the Kardashians in 2020, Larsa also had no shame in admitting that she felt that the family treated Jordyn unfairly in the situation with Tristan. While Jordyn is no longer friends with the Kardashians, Tristan has been welcomed back into the family. “I think she took a beating,” Larsa admitted. “She took a beating and the guy got forgiven.” The Boston Celtics star shares a daughter, True Thompson, 2, with Khloe.

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Daniel Kaluuya on Chadwick Boseman on The Graham Norton Show | Razor Byte


Daniel Kaluuya made an appearance on The Graham Norton Show on Feb. 12 to talk all things Get Out and Black Panther. When discussing Get Out, the actor revealed that he wasn’t actually invited to the premiere and that he only discovered the success of the event through a text from a friend. “They didn’t invite me, bro. . . . I was in Atlanta because I was shooting Panther . . . and I just didn’t get an invite. I wasn’t invited, so I was just in my bed, but, you know, that’s the industry, Graham, that’s the game,” he told Norton with a laugh.

While he did in fact confirm rumors of a Black Panther 2 with a coy “that’s what the streets are saying, Graham” comment, he and Norton also discussed the fact that the second film won’t be the same without Chadwick Boseman, who died in August 2020. “We’re gonna have to honor him and give as much to his legacy as much he gave to us, because he gave us everything,” the actor told Norton. “He stayed here to give us everything, like an incredible man and an incredible soul.”

Watch the full interview above.

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Rachel Lindsay On ‘The Bachelor’ Franchise’s Future & Chris Harrison – Hollywood Life | Razor Byte


After Chris Harrison announced he was ‘stepping aside’ from the ‘Bachelor’ franchise, following his recent controversial comments, Rachel Lindsay told us how she believes the show should take action moving forward.

Rachel Lindsay thinks it’s time for the Bachelor franchise to “do better” and “listen” to those who are “underrepresented.” The former Bachelorette discussed her thoughts on the future of the hit show to HollywoodLife, after host Chris Harrison apologized for comments he made in defense of Rachael Kirkconnell, who’s currently competing on Matt James‘ season. Chris has since announced that he is “stepping aside” from the franchise for “a period of time” in wake of the controversy.

“I think the franchise needs to listen. I think the franchise needs to listen to the people who are saying they’re upset, to the people that are saying the feel uncomfortable about some of the things that are transpiring,” Rachel explained during an exclusive interview, while also discussing her philanthropic work with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. “I think people got complacent after the announcement of Matt James, and thereafter, [former BacheloretteTayisha [Adams] and then you realize more work needs to be done after the things that happened this week. So I really think you need to listen to the people that are underrepresented in the franchise and not be afraid to shake up your core audience.”

Rachel went on to explain that “people of color are underrepresented and there’s a reason the show addressed it. The show, when they put out their apology last summer, they said, ‘We’ve been on the wrong side of things,’ and they recognize that they hadn’t been doing things the right way and I think that there’s a reason that all the leads looked a certain way,” she admitted. “It’s playing to a certain audience and I think that people are tired of that. People want to see the franchise reflect what America looks like.

So, when I say underrepresented, I mean people of color who don’t feel that they are given the same opportunities — that don’t feel like they are accepted by the audience in the same way and that’s evident by looking at the following on social media accounts,” Rachel continued. “Look at people of color on social media and their following, their numbers versus contestants that are not of color… It’s very evident who the audience supports, who they want to follow and I think the franchise has got to start listening to just more than one audience and I think when they do that, that they’ll be better,” she said.

As the first-ever Black Bachelorette, Rachel ultimately wants to “see diversity and inclusion with something that I was affiliated with.” She noted that “it has been very moving to see the contestants come together and say, ‘This is what we stand for as well.’ — That’s all I want to see is people to feel like they can step up, use their platform and do it in such a fearless way,” she said, adding, “People are wanting to do better and they are demanding it.”

As for those who claim ‘Rachel wants to tear down the franchise’ by using her voice to make change? — “That couldn’t be farther from the truth,” she said, explaining, “I just want to see people do better, just like in this country, we want to see it be better. We are so divided, so I just want to see things better for something that is very near and dear for me. Something that worked for me. Something that yes, maybe I have a love hate relationship with, but I have so much love for it because it changed my life completely and I do have friends that work on this show so I know there are good people affiliated with the show. I’m never going to advocate for firings. I’m never going to advocate to see this franchise go away, to tear things down. I’m just going to challenge people to do better.”

Chris came under fire after a February 9 interview with Rachel, via Extra, aired, in which the pair discussed Season 25 Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, and the controversy surrounding resurfaced photos of her attending an Old South-themed party in college. “I have spent the last few days listening to the pain my words have caused, and I am deeply remorseful,” his first apology read. “My ignorance did damage to my friends, colleagues and strangers alike.”

In a second lengthy apology, Chris wrote in part, “By excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term ‘woke police,’ which is unacceptable. I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was so wrong,” he explained.

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette (C8) review | Razor Byte


Like a Corvette, only with the engine in the middle.

17-February-2021: As the only new GM vehicle that is still assured to arrive locally, we felt it timely to reacquaint you with a drive of the Chevrolet C8 Corvette.

The mid-engined Corvette was a meme long before the internet was invented. US car magazines were predicting a reversal of the V8-occupant relationship in the 1980s, and Chevrolet engineers started to work on them several times.

For some time, the previous-generation C7 ’Vette was even supposed to make the switch, but the project was canned by GM’s bankruptcy in 2009. Now it’s finally here, and CarAdvice has already had a go in one in Michigan.

My time in the car was road only and without a photographer, which is why you are having to look at GM’s cheesy official handout shots. I didn’t get to take the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 on-track or do much more than flirt with its toweringly high limits, but it was still enough to prove that the new Corvette is genuinely special.

The most impressive statistic is definitely the one wearing a dollar sign. In the US, the entry-level car is US$59,995 – although good luck to any American readers finding a dealer willing to sell one without a fat mark-up.

That brings a 364kW 6.2-litre V8 and eight-speed double-clutch transmission, plus pretty reasonable standard equipment that includes power seats, dual-zone climate and an 8.0-inch touchscreen interface.

For context, a less well-equipped base Porsche 718 Boxster is $60,250 with a four-cylinder engine in the States.

Even a fully loaded 3LT Corvette with the must-tick Z51 performance package (exhaust, limited-slip differential, meatier brakes, a bigger rear spoiler and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres in place of standard all-season tyres) plus adaptive dampers is less than the $81,950 Porsche reckons that American buyers should pay for a Cayman GTS. Jealous much?

2020 Chevrolet Corvette (C8)
Engine6.2L (6162cc), naturally aspirated V8, mid-mounted
Power364kW @ 6450rpm
Torque630Nm @ 5150rpm
Transmission8-speed twin-clutch
Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Tare weight1527kg
0-100km/h (claim)3.0sec

While the mid-engined Corvette is obviously different to its predecessors, a fair amount is familiar, too. The design has plenty of the same themes, the sharky front end being particularly close to that of the old car. Plus, there is the reassuring presence of GM’s 6.2-litre small block, pushrods and all.

Other engines will follow, including a new turbocharged overhead-cam V8, but the old engine still has more than enough firepower for the entry-level position.

Interior quality feels immediately better than that of older Corvettes. For a start, the C8 barely has any of the resin-and-plastic smell that characterised them. It does still use glass-fibre exterior panels, but the core structure is aluminium.

However, cabin materials also feel much higher quality, with the 3LT I drove having leather and Alcantara pretty much everywhere. There is naked plastic lower down, but none of it feels egregiously cheap.

Ergonomics aren’t great. The long row of switches for heating and ventilation – that are positioned on top of what feels like a narrow wall on the passenger side of the centre console – are pretty much impossible to see, and the driver’s seat is mounted too high, even in its lowest settings.

Strangely, the passenger gets to sit at a sports-car-appropriate height on lower runners. The long dashboard and narrow angle of the windscreen also created lots of distracting reflection when travelling through dappled sunshine.

All of the above quickly become ‘so what’ niggles once the Corvette is attacking twisty roads with the engine on song. The V8 might be old and short on technical sophistication, but it is willing, effective and endlessly charismatic.

Throttle response is instant, the mid-range is keen, and although the rev limiter calls time at just 6600rpm, the C8 makes nicer noises at this modest peak than many posher alternatives produce one or two grand higher.

Performance is more than good enough. Chevrolet claims a sub-3.0-second 0–60mph time – that’s 0–97km/h in metric – with a launch-control system and even a burnout mode (holding then releasing both gearshift paddles simultaneously to dump the clutch).

I didn’t use that on public roads, but a stamped-throttle run resulted in a 3.5-second 0–60mph on the car’s inbuilt performance timer. Bear in mind that this will be the slowest version of a car certain to spawn several much brawnier siblings.

What this Corvette doesn’t have is the edgy feel that the C7 and (especially) C6 did under power – as if they were trying to work out where to spit you off. There is much more natural grip in the chassis. Getting anywhere close to the edge of adhesion requires big throttle openings at low speeds.

In quicker corners it feels absolutely planted, the Pilot Sport tyres generating huge grip. I imagine on a racetrack it would feel more alive close to the limits, but sadly I didn’t have one of those.

Ride is compliant and the switchable dampers of my test car did a fine job maintaining discipline over crests and bumps, even in their firmer modes. But there is little steering feel, certainly under road loadings, with keen front-end responses but no real communication.

You build faith in the car’s ability to generate grip, but it’s not one of those cars that bombards you with tactile feedback.

The gearbox is another major accomplishment. The twin-clutcher doesn’t have the pronounced torque bump on upshifts that has become common for junior supercars. Instead, the transmission gets the job done without fuss.

Changes are pretty much instant in all modes, with the ’box doing a good impression of an auto under gentle use, but as snappy as you’d like under manual control.

While some American buyers will doubtless regret the loss of a manual option, the new gearbox is a much better all-rounder. Gearing is still tall – at an indicated 120km/h in eighth there is just 1500rpm showing on the tacho – but that should help with economy, which has long been an unlikely Corvette strength.

Like its predecessors, the C8 has been designed to be a stylish workhorse rather than just a show pony. It is impressively practical for something so low and muscular.

Over-tall driver’s seat aside, the cabin feels no smaller than that of the C7, and cruising refinement has improved significantly; the low-frequency hum that used to vibrate around at steady speeds has almost entirely gone.

Luggage space is split between front and rear, with a Boxster-Cayman-style frunk under the front bonnet and a larger space behind the engine at the back, which is accessed by the huge opening rear lid. While this is responsible in large part for the new ’Vette’s bulky-looking rear end, it does result in a total luggage space of 356L – the rear compartment claimed to be capable of transporting a full set of golf clubs.

The Targa roof remains another familiar detail – Chevrolet will also be offering a conventional convertible. Removing the panel requires some physical exertion; one person can do it, but it is much easier with two. It can then either be stowed in the rear luggage compartment – pretty much filling it – or left behind if you are sufficiently confident it won’t rain.

With the roof off, the cabin gets loud and windy above about 100km/h, but it is still nice to have the novelty of an almost-roadster.

The new Corvette has many of the traits of a junior supercar, and some comparison is inevitable, but that is not especially fair. This is a turned-up sports car, and although future, faster iterations will chase Ferraris and Lamborghinis, the entry-level C8 lacks the purpose or dynamic finesse to be a true rival.

But it is an undoubted bargain, and for anyone lucky enough to be in position to consider one, it will be very hard to pass it over for similarly-priced alternatives.

For most of its long lifespan, the Corvette has been too American to travel well. On first impressions, this feels like one that could take on the world.

This article was originally published on 16-October-2019

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