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Old 01-20-2013, 06:29 PM   #1
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A different perspective on the new Corvette

Article from Autoevolution... key word is evolution, which is what GM just did on 1/13/13.

2014 Corvette: All Sting, All Good

"Just to refresh your memory: Chevrolet has just opened up a brand new can of awesome at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. 60 years of American sportscar history that’s been recycled into a car people say looks a little bit like a Ferrari. We are, of course, talking about the new Corvette Stingray, the car that’s got everybody talking like mad. Honestly, you could have placed a Ferrari and a Lamborghini on either side of the 2014 Vette in Detroit, and nobody would have notices – it was as if they had turned off the lights.

As an object, this car is either going to look refreshing or repulsive to you. You are either going to see in as a total revelation, or a revolting, brash newcomer. Well, you get the idea. Fortunately, since we’re secretly 10-year olds masquerading as adults, it was love as first sight. Big on pantomime, small on cabin space, it just looks like the perfect Sunday drive.

If you’re the sort of person who says the design is wrong, let me ask you this simple question: which other modern Corvette looked as good? Was it the C4, with its simple lines that look like they were drawn with a pencil on napkin and wheels that look like bottle caps? Or the C5 and C6 that look like they are made out of recycled bottles? No, the Stingray is the true fighter, the MMA face-smasher who’s asking for a fight with the undisputed champions of the sportscar world.

We mentioned design, and what a sexy design that is. The C6 has been in production for nine very long. GM would have liked to have it built a few years earlier, but because of the bankruptcy, it couldn’t. However, this is no bad thing, because it allowed the “new” General Motors to learn how to spell slang words, like “carbon fiber”, “aluminum”, “touch screen” and “digital”. It’s the poster child for the Play Station generation.

General Motors has alway been eager to prove it can make the excellent performance cars. The ZR1 is still setting lap records, the Camaro ZL1 has people scratching their heads, but I think the closest model in terms of ambition to the Stingray is the Cadillac CTS-V. Its supercharged 6.2-liter V8, Brembo brakes and 0 to 60 times of 4.6 seconds were meant to be features that would top other high-performance, luxury sedans, such as the BMW M5 or Mercedes E63 AMG. Bob Lutz threw down the gauntlet, and the Germans (supposedly) chickened out.

The 2014 Corvette is a little bit like that as well. I can almost imagine the engineers saying “boy, I hope people compare what we did here with this and that sportscar.” What do I mean? Well, it’s got an aluminum frame, like an Audi R8, a seven-speed manual, like a Porsche 911, a rev-matching system, like the Nissan 370Z, and cylinder deactivation (Active Fuel Management), just like a Mercedes SLK 55 AMG.

Notice what I did there? Those are all potential opponents the Vette is playfully challenging to come out and play. The street thug has learned kick boxing and jujitsu, honed its natural fighting instincts and tock a crash corse in computer engineering just to be safe.
They want this car to be the most famous Corvette ever! I don’t think it’s been designed solely for the US. Because of how the Corvette is currently built and sold, I can’t be sure about this yet. But why else would they put cylinder deactivation and improve the visible build quality so much? Only to sell it the American track day addict? I don’t think so!

At an estimated $53,000 (€40,000 in today’s money), it could be the performance bargain of the century. It could be just the car a Russian oligarch or youngster rich kid from the Emirates wants. And don’t get me started about the Chinese, they’ll buy anything ‘Merican’.

The new Corvette’s sting could be the first weapon in GM’s arsenal. Mark Reuss, president of GM North America, has a strong supporter of this project, and he recently said that he’s interested in a rival for the Toyota GT 86/Scion FR-S. The Vette could be a stepping stone for a better Chevrolet that doesn’t cut quite so many corners.

The only way to find out is to wait until the Stingray comes to the surface and let it poke us with its stinger."

I can't wait... I want it to poke & sting me day and night.
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:31 PM   #2
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I sincerely hope Reuss steps up to become CEO eventually. He knows how to get things done.
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:48 PM   #3

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This is the new GM, the one that turned around Cadillac from a cheap BMW to world-class, turned Buick from an old man's car to one that even has me under 30 genuinely interested in driving. I mean come on they actually came out with a CTS-V wagon, enthusiasts have been pouring for a fast wagon for years, even though it's getting scrapped and most likely knew it wouldn't take off they built it anyways.

Anyone expecting business as always with this Corvette or anything less is sadly mistaken. This is not an evolution of the Corvette, this is a revolution.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:45 PM   #4
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I sincerely hope Reuss steps up to become CEO eventually. He knows how to get things done.
I concur. Where's my "word" smilie, Tran?
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:49 PM   #5
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That's what I liked about this first burst of (r)evolution... Camaro6 may be a recipient as well. Hope it's in favor of more power, lighter weight, innovative technology, and int/ext awe-inspiring designs.
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