If you didn't know better, you might think there were only one car at the Detroit Auto Show this year, because the spanking-new Chevrolet Corvette is the only car anyone's talking about here. Almost 60 years to the day after the very first Corvette debuted, General Motors has dusted off the Stingray name and attached it to the sexiest Corvette we've seen in far too long.
Vette in the front, Charger in the rear? Not sure what they're trying to go for with this. It looks like a mish-mash of every other sports car out there... I guess people like the over-inflated balloon look better than the classic sleek look.
@ppardee: I don't get why people keep complaining 'it looks like x!' or 'it looks like y!'. Yet no one complains that every new Lambo looks exactly the same as every other Lambo. Ferrari and Porsche never does anything all that new looking and yet nobody complains.
But god forbid Chevy does anything remotely close to anything else with a Corvette! They're just copying!! OH the rear lights look kinda like the Camaro! It sucks! OH it looks like a sports car! Ferrari makes sports cars! Chevy is copying!
I'm no fanboy, but the insta-hate attitude against big American companies is annoying as heck to me.
Not much of a corvette fan, but this one looks pretty decent.
I'll call it now. These are going to be hit hard by a market that doesn't want them. They are pretty but not practical or worth the cost. Yes, some will sell, however that market isn't nearly as big as you would think and actually relies upon the "trend" in order to actually break even in tertiary sales from over anticipatory consumers.
This is going farther from what today's automobile purchases are focusing on. They did a LOT of work to get it to a sub-standard mpg... it'll only get worse from there.
It’s proportion. We like the Corvette shape we grew up with. Like music, modern isn’t necessarily the most pleasant to the mature ear. So I have found with the Corvettes from the C-5 on I have only liked elements of the designs gills from one the seats from another. The extinct Dodge Crossfire had much better interpretation of the new Camaro oops, Corvette rear end, and I’d bet the tenth of cent GM saved the tail light lenses are off the Camaro. GM has succeeded in making what looks like a blotted Scion FR-S, and that’s just a lukewarm reheat of the Original Datson 240Z (rip off of E-type)
The Corvette really did not capture the desires of a ten year old until the C2 when it had a long European Nose and a V8 under the hood and gadgets, or things that looked like they could be gadget things. They were priced where a normal person could actually think of buying one they were half times more then a typical sedan. Yes Virginia, the Corvette is intended for investment bankers the lobbyists that protect them and has been more then a generation.
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I don't get why American manufacturers can't make a decent engine. European engines are usually around 0.5L/cylinder, instead of the 0.775L/cylinder of the corvette engine. It's also woefully under-powered. The Ferrari 458 produces 125bhp/L compared to the Corvette's 72bhp/L
If you don't like it, don't buy it. Sit yer whiney butt down in your Pius and put off into the sunset.
korauth: American Manufacturers can't make a decent engine? If the engine in the Ferrari 458 is your idea of a "decent engine", keep in mind that the 458 costs $230K. I'm sure GM could whip up a "decent" engine for a car of that price point.
US manufactures can and do make fine engines, including the Ford Coyote 5.0 and the Chrysler V6 Pentastar, but I'm sure you would consider them "woefully underpowered", much like the sub-4-second vette.
NOT HAVING SEEN THE CAR IN PERSON YET, it is difficult to know whether I like it. My taste does not accept radical design departures quickly. I am old enough to remember the original Stingrays and I didn't particularly like them either, for twenty years or so. The only Corvette I've ever owned was a '58 model, and I still like them the best.
As for the power, I think it is interesting that Chevy has taken a different route to a modern power plant that has plenty of power and gets decent gas mileage. They have stayed with what they know, the tried and true v-8, and continued to refine it until it can stand toe to toe with a foreign make engine, in results if not in elegance. It helps keep the price of the car in reach of more or less average folks, if not on the first go-round, then as a newer used vehicle. My wife drives a turbocharged BMW, and it is a sweet car, but it cost about two Corvettes, plus change. I don't know how she can afford it.
Give it some time, give it some time... .
I have a C5, imho still the best Vette lookswise. Skipped the C6, might pick up a C7. Regardless, they are all awesome to drive.
Comparing the Corvette to cars 2-3x more expensive is certainly a compliment! Of course the difference between a Vette and an ordinary car is vastly bigger than the difference between the 458 and a Vette -- this is an amazing vehicle for anyone whose net worth is under eight figures, especially if you get, say, a ZR1 with LS9 delivering 638HP (more than most 458 varieties produce).
Found my Hot Wheel....
A kid in my high school saved up his paper route money and was able to buy a new 1965 Sting Ray convertible 396/425hp. I wonder if the new Corvette has a similar price point.
The Corvette is indeed dead.
Sic transit gloria mundi.
Fact: The numbers speak for themselves. The Corvette was no longer selling. All the old grey haired guys had one in their garage and didn't need another one. It was way passed time for a complete overhaul of the Corvette and prepare it for the next generation of enthusiasts.
While I have mixed feelings for this design choice, I applaud Chevy for make this very bold step with their flagship car. They are clearly more about specs, performance, efficiency and function than aesthetics, tradition and heritage which mean little to the current generation of enthusiasts.
This car is going to be a hit with younger, successful enthusiasts and eventually the international/European markets.
It looks awesome, and it still looks like a Corvette. Chevy crossed the C6 with a Stingray. Then, since the two circular taillights looked dated, they gave it the much-cooler Camaro-style taillights. It's a redesign worthy of the "Corvette" name.