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like most of you, i too have a C7 journey to share. i've always found vettes interesting, especially the C2 and C3. when the C5Z came out, i was floored by it's performance, but taken aback by the interior, not to mention that the price was too much for me to handle at the time. the C6 revisions were definitely going in the right direction and the C6Z is gorgeous, mean and totally kick-ass in form, but again, the interior still doesn't wow me. enter the C7 and the start of something good...

i honestly had not been paying attention to the C7 reveal and completely missed it until i was tooling around on auto sites in december and saw a banner ad for chevy and the C7. i clicked through to check it out and was floored. the exterior, the INTERIOR, the price. could i make this work for my next weekender? is it worth it? should i really do this? those are the questions i asked as I found myself obsessively configuring different builds for the next two weeks.

i placed an order with a local dealer in january, convinced i would get a car in about 12-16 weeks as i was told i was number eight in the queue. no problem. i wanted it in april-may anyway. then, i started reading the forums and found out about allocations, constraints, etc. and started to get worried. i pressed hard on my dealer and found out the awful truth. their allocations were drying up and next to no Z51 orders were getting through consensus. this wasn't going to happen. oh well. it was fun to dream... wait, screw that. i want one of these come hell or high water.

i called ken fichtner of fichtner chevrolet to see what he could do. he took my order on 02/14 and had it accepted by GM two business days later with ALL of my options going through. ken and his team have completely changed my perception of chevrolet dealers and what i should expect when working with one. i haven't owned american in nearly 20 years and it was a big leap of faith for me to consider doing so again. thanks to ken and dennis of fichtner chevrolet, i now have one of these extraordinary machines tucked away in my garage.

i've only got about 30 miles on her, but it has exceeded all of my expectations. i never got to test drive or even ride in one of these before pulling the trigger. it feels like a luxury car, rides like an exotic, sounds fantastic and seems to have plenty of go even though i haven't really railed on it yet. it took me about a mile to get used to the clutch/shifter combo and i haven't even come close to stalling it. the rev matching is amazing IF you drive it aggressively and get on and off the clutch quickly. it's better then me and i have been heel/toeing for 15 years.

i definitely need more time behind the wheel, but it is pissing down rain here in DFW today, so i'll spend a couple of hours going through my manual and getting all of my settings to my liking. thus far, i am thoroughly impressed and very happy with my decision to jump through hoops in order to acquire this car. i love it. love the looks, the interior, the driving dynamics and it's overall KICK-ASS personae.

Here's a few post-delivery pics before a few mods i have planned.









 

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Go get some seal time. You'll love it more and more. At over 5000 miles I'm still looking for any excuse to take it for a drive. I think today's excuse is that the sun is actually out.
 

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Congrats, and nice photography man. Looks pro!
 

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Looks great! No driving in DFW today for sure...


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thanks all. couldn't be happier, save for having to lower it myself! :rolleyes:
 

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Exactly the combination I would choose...sorry to say my C7 wont be that color :-(
 

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Congrats!
 

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droideka, congrats on the C7, and great pictures!

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Exactly the combination I would choose...sorry to say my C7 wont be that color :-(
Agreed, the Cyber Grey with yellow calipers looks great!
 

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Congrats, it needs to get lowered, wheel well gaps look higher then when I picked up mine? Its very easy to do, 2 hours maximum in your garage with a 10mm wrench, a jack and jack stand. Enjoy it
 

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Congrats! Beautiful car. Great photos.


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Enjoying every mile in my CGM/Kalahari 7sp Z51 2LT Coupe w NPP, Nav, CF Mirrors/Spoiler and BC Roof
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thanks, everyone for the wonderful comments! this is such an AWESOME CAR!

Congrats, it needs to get lowered, wheel well gaps look higher then when I picked up mine? Its very easy to do, 2 hours maximum in your garage with a 10mm wrench, a jack and jack stand. Enjoy it
i dropped it tonight in around 40 minutes. would have been quicker if i had a closed-end, wratcheting wrench handy! 1/4 turns because of the tight fit are time consuming! ;) picked up a 1.25" drop in the front and 1" in the rear. it was a 4X4!
 

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Great looking car and great photography! As you can see in my signature, I have had that color combination (except I ordered Kalahari Interior) on order since December from a local Houston Dealership. I was also expecting the car in April or May. After no movement in nearly 5 months, I finally cancelled my order a few weeks ago and ordered thru a Large dealer. I am still at 1100 status but hoping it will be picked up next week or soon after. I was sure hoping to be one of the first to have this color combo, but since my order was placed, I am seeing several Cyber Grey with yellow brake calipers. I thought the yellow calipers gave it a more exotic look. My wife and I will be flying up to the dealership and driving it the 1100 miles back home, it should be an awesome road trip.

Congratulations on your purchase.
 

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Great looking car and great photography! As you can see in my signature, I have had that color combination (except I ordered Kalahari Interior) on order since December from a local Houston Dealership. I was also expecting the car in April or May. After no movement in nearly 5 months, I finally cancelled my order a few weeks ago and ordered thru a Large dealer. I am still at 1100 status but hoping it will be picked up next week or soon after. I was sure hoping to be one of the first to have this color combo, but since my order was placed, I am seeing several Cyber Grey with yellow brake calipers. I thought the yellow calipers gave it a more exotic look. My wife and I will be flying up to the dealership and driving it the 1100 miles back home, it should be an awesome road trip.

Congratulations on your purchase.
thanks, man! exotic doesn't begin to describe it in person. no matter how hard i try, i can't truly capture the honest, physical presence of the car in photos. i've gone to a couple of fancy, valet-only restaurants this week and it has definitely held it's own against other cars in the lot costing two to three times as much. definitely a showstopper and women can't stop oogling it.
 

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I don't think I had seen the yellow calipers on Cyber Grey before. Also that C7 does look like it sits high compared to any I have seen.
 
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