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Is this a clever, but fraudulent front fender emblem, or the real deal? The picture on the right was part of GM's official December 5, 2013 Z06 reveal press release. The one of the left just appeared on the web. Today's image, real or fake?

 

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Hard to say whoever did it if it is fake did a pretty good job. Putting an emblem here would be a first for GM it doesn't make sense to me location wise.

I would have to go with fake.
 

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I am going to go with real, but strange. Note on the top of the December picture that the vent boundary periodicity changes, and matches the bottom of the emblem in the new picture. The new picture may be fake, but it does seem as if something "different" will be at that exact location. I find that strange, indeed.
 

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if it's real, it comes under the feeling by designers that they have to stretch the envelope with new stuff, and in this case, not a lot of success with being new and being elegant....

I've seen it 100 times in my years in the biz.....
 

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Why block the vent?
 

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if it's real, not a lot of success with being new and being elegant....
Glen, I love it -- and I am not being sarcastic, and thank you for setting me up at home plate, for being elegant is working just fine for me.

Too good a comment on your part, for me to pass up your words, i.e., for those who do not know, my real legal name is "John Elegant," and I have had to pull out my driver's license to many folks I just met, to prove that to them.
 

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I am going to go with real, but strange. Note on the top of the December picture that the vent boundary periodicity changes, and matches the bottom of the emblem in the new picture. The new picture may be fake, but it does seem as if something "different" will be at that exact location. I find that strange, indeed.
Okay, back to our thread, and I think you have analyzed this perfectly, for that curved horizontal line at the top in the December release is exactly matched in today's picture. Nicely done.
 

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Slightly off topic but did anyone notice the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup ZP's on the official picture? Wear rating of 80! Good luck driving this every day......

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Slightly off topic but did anyone notice the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup ZP's on the official picture? Wear rating of 80! Good luck driving this every day......

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I would imagine that the tires would be part of an option just as they are part of an option on the previous generation ZR-1.
 

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I would imagine that the tires would be part of an option just as they are part of an option on the previous generation ZR-1.
That makes sense, not having any knowledge of the ZR1 options would these be available as an LPO option, i.e. a second set of wheels and tires just for the track?
 

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The cup variant was a straight factory option on ZR1s and 427 Convertibles. The standard Pilot Sport PS2s give up a little grip but have a lot more tread life, 220 AAA.
 

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I'm siding with fake because although I've always appreciated and wished GM would quit 2 sided taping emblems and logos to the side of there $60k+ cars, they've never integrated badging into vents like say even an M3 fender. Hope I'm wrong and they're turning a corner!
 

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Aero aid in above picture = "canard splitter."

Been trying to figure out what this unusual looking aero end tip. Here's one possibility, though what we are seeing on the Corvette is clearly a variation of the following version (not that I am liking what I am initially seeing).


This picture is from aftermarket company Stillen. Here is Stillen's definition of the usefulness of a canard splitter: "Front Canards help increase front downforce at high speeds. The added downforce stabilizes the cars chassis during hard cornering and increases traction for faster lap times."

This definition is totally consistent with GM's statement that the C7 Z06 is "the most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features."
 

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Dawned in me, duh, look at the "co developed C7.R" for clues as to how this aero device might look like from the front or front quarter view.


Feeling better after seeing that the C7.R doesn't have an ugly canard splitter at it front corners, and therefore doubt the C7 Z06 will. Darn, started this Z06 reveal countdown at 116 days (yes, addicted), and now 2 3/4 days to go. How can time go SOOOOOOOOOOOOO S L O W L Y lately!
 
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