Like him or not, Vice President Joe Biden definitely seems to know his cars.
During a recent speech at an annual United Auto Workers’ conference in Washington, the VP talked a lot about his passion for Corvettes.
“I’d like to get that Z06 with zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds. Three point four seconds,” Biden reiterated. “You tack that sucker up to six grand and this comes out of the hole like a bullet, man.”
Political rhetoric? Maybe not. The former Delaware State Senator owns a restored 1967 Corvette—which I sincerely doubt he got just to appeal to fans of American cars despite his possible ambitions for the top seat at the White House.
In fact, Biden, even talked about taking on his friend’s import if he were allowed to drive as vice president all while dishing out a few specs on the new Z06.
“I was talking to the chairman of GM…saying, ‘I’d really like to drive this sucker.’ I said ‘the only place they’d let me drive it is on the test track with secret service.’ And she said, ‘maybe we can arrange to have one there,’” said Biden speaking of a tour he took of the recent Detroit auto show with GM’s new CEO Mary Barra.
“It also can track on a curve. It has a 106.7-inch wheelbase. It has more weight in the back for the first time ever. And I can hardly wait, if I were not in this job, to take on my friend’s Porsche. I’m serious, it’s the best buy in America.”
I’d say it’s all a pretty good indication that the photos captured of the VP drooling over the new Stingray at the Detroit auto show weren’t just for PR after all.