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So, the Corvette does 0-60 in 2.5 seconds now

To date, the fastest car I’ve driven is a 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia. With a 0-60 time of 3.4 seconds, it was more than enough speed to send all of my internal organs crashing into the back of the Italian leather seats.

So I can’t imagine what it’s like to go 0-60 nearly a full second faster in the 2024 Corvette E-Ray, Chevrolet’s new hybrid supercar. Chevy quite modestly calls it a “sports car,” which is like calling Simone Biles an “athlete” – if it’s faster than a Bugatti Veyron, it’s pretty “super.”

The starting price is unbelievable, too: just $105,000.

– Chris Butsch, Contributor

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Sales of manual transmission cars are surging. Why?

Not long ago, you could find countless articles lamenting the slow-but-inevitable demise of the manual transmission. But according to J.D. Power, sales have nearly doubled since 2021. Why?

As you might’ve guessed, Gen Z came through in the “clutch.” And the more you think about it, their love affair with a third pedal makes sense; manuals are fun, cheap, counterculture and can’t be taken away from them via software updates. In a way, it’s their equivalent of Gen Y’s penchant for record players.

Plus, as single-gear EVs start dominating the market, the appeal of rowing your own mechanical gears intensifies.

Chris Butsch, Contributor

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BMW backs down from charging a subscription fee for heated seats

I love Bimmers – especially those of the spicy M variety – but there’s no denying that BMW HQ has made some controversial decisions lately. Most infamously, in 2022 they tried charging customers $18/month for heated seats that were already installed on their cars.

Backlash was swift and vicious, and to their credit, BMW backed down. They said their intention was simply to let customers activate their hardware later to avoid paying $500 upfront.

That kinda makes sense, but the sentiment across BIMMERPOST and Reddit seems to be that allowing automakers to remotely deactivate parts of your car sets a dangerous precedent.

Chris Butsch, Contributor