Did GM just unveil the best sports car ever?

The automaker goes a long way toward losing its 'Government Motors' nickname with the release of the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

By Kim Peterson Jan 14, 2013 2:48PM
Credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
Caption: The 7th-generation Chevrolet Corvette, the C7, is revealed to the media at the Russell Industrial Complex January 13, 2013 in Detroit, MichiganGeneral Motors (GM) unveiled Sunday what some are calling the best sports car in history.

Those are big words for the 2014 Corvette Stingray, but if the public is as enamored with the flashy speedster as the media is, it could become the car that finally buries the "Government Motors" era.

Even Consumer Reports says the car is "stunning," calling it the best Corvette ever and praising its sleek, modern appearance.

It's been a long time since America had a new sports car to rave about, which is a shame given our storied history with hot-rodding muscle cars. GM is trying to fill that void while adding a modern twist: improved gas mileage. The Corvette trades steel for aluminum and uses super-light rivets, according to the Associated Press. The V-8 engine drops to four cylinders at highway speeds for more fuel efficiency.

GM isn't saying what the mileage rating will be, but executives hinted that 30 miles per gallon on the highway is conceivable.
The first all-new Corvette in nine years will be available this fall. GM isn't giving a price yet, but it sounds like the price won't be too far from current Corvette models.

"To many fans, the new Corvette symbolizes the rebirth of America's auto industry after its near death in 2009, showing the world that it again can lead in technology, styling and performance -- at a lower cost that European competitors," writes the AP.

The Stingray almost didn't make it out of the idea phase as financial problems pushed GM into bankruptcy in 2008, NBC reports. And Corvette production plunged from more than 40,000 in 2007 to less than 12,000 last year, reports The Los Angeles Times. Part of that was due to the economic slowdown, but part was simply because auto buyers lost enthusiasm about the Corvette.

The project's delay during that time turned out to be a good thing, giving designers more time to perfect the design. The car was code-named the "C7" before getting the Stingray name.

"If initial reactions are any indication, the C7 could be the vehicle Chevy and GM desperately have needed, a sports car that truly pushes the proverbial envelope and threatens to leave even the most vaunted European competitors worrying when they see one racing up in their rear-view mirrors," writes NBC's Paul Eisenstein.


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124Comments
Mar 9, 2013 11:48PM
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HAHA!!! The greatest sports car ever? No way it's even in the top 10 best sports cars ever. Sure corvettes aren't the worst thing on the road but there is no way it can compete with Italian and German sports cars. Remember, this is being made by a company that should be a distant memory because of the crap they tried to pass off as quality to Americans. It turned out that Americans aren't as dumb as they thought and didn't fall for it. Instead Americans chose to buy long lasting, high quality, fuel efficient vehicles.  
Jan 18, 2013 12:13PM
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gm failed. we bailed them out. who cares about sports cars. they need technology and cars for the masses and the future. which ain't gonna happen. 
Jan 16, 2013 6:18PM
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Ok WTF! Cars KILLED  almost 4 TIMES as many people last year, than ALL the Guns in the USA, so WHY, are we celebrating the unvaling of a car that is CLEARLY designed to far exceed the speed limits in every state in the country? Why are we not DEMANDING that ALL cars be governed so that they cannot go over 40 mph? its the same as having a high capacity magazine for a rifle, or handgun. NO ONE,NEEDS A CAR THAT CAN GO 200 mph!  but what would you say if your Government told you that you could not leagally posess a sports car? and the argument that cars are not designed to kill people dont work,, because as I said before cars killed almost 4 times as many people as all guns did. dont believe me look it up.
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Don't  think I'll ever replace be able to replace my '66 soft top Stingray 350/327.  That C7 just won't cut it.
Jan 15, 2013 6:23PM
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Now if they (GM) would only build a sports sedan again.  Just put a damn bowtie on the Grand Prix and call it a Chevy already!
Jan 15, 2013 1:35PM
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     My 64 coupe (300 hp 327 & manual trans, 3.36 posi) was a good driving car; a bit better than my 68 coupe (390 hp 427 & turbohydramatic, 3.08 posi)  The 327 was a much better engine that did not require much "tuning up"; the 427 fouled plugs in 750-1000 miles; a lower compression "truck" version would have been better,( IMO).  In my old age I drive a truck; not as much fun but it does get me there and allows taking half the house along. 

     As for this new Stingray, I will not pass judgement on its "looks" until I see one in person and I will never comment on its "driveability" because I will never drive one. As for owning another---a 63 split window coupe would be VERY tempting (except for the cost---they have REALLY appreciated.)

    Who  "NEEDS" one----as with firearms it is not a matter of NEEDS it is a matter of RIGHTS. Cars don't kill people, STUPID drivers do.

     If the country bans so-called "assault " weapons, will Mexico smuggle back the "Fast and Furious" weapons that were used to slaughter hundreds of Mexicans?

Jan 15, 2013 1:02PM
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Hmmmm..... I still think it looks a lot like my Viper. The only difference is that my SRT-10 will demolish it in the 1/4mi or around the track. LOL. GM, you guys suck. If you want to bring back the Stingray, why not base the design off of the incredible '67???? The C7 is just a Viper clone at a cheap price and barely a step ahead of a Pontiac Solstice.... LMFAO. You even copied the Viper two-tone seats.... Losers.
Jan 15, 2013 12:48PM
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I guess Ford has been receiving to many compliments so now Government Motors CEO Obama is telling the media to give a GM vehicle attention simply because the Vette is GM's flagship vehicle although it doesn't sell many Vettes.

Dollar for dollar, a Shelby GT500 gives us more vehicle, more speed and better quality, hands down.

Jan 15, 2013 11:23AM
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Can someone explain why this thing is the "best sports car ever"? I would be nice to hear from somebody who has actually driven it.
Jan 15, 2013 10:46AM
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   i have owned vettes, this is probably a great car, but it is ugly. period.
Jan 15, 2013 10:20AM
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Beautiful car, I guess, I couldn't buy the wheels off it but I'm sure lotsa 'finance it to the hilt' types will order them...The saying was 'As goes GM, so goes the country'...Might still apply......Dad always said 'Winchester, Chevrolet and Harley Davidson; Everything else is an off brand'....Per the suggested 2013 values of my old deer rifle, my '70 Chevelle SS and my 1959 Harley he was right..
Jan 15, 2013 9:38AM
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Sadly, the new Corvette increases the "Government Motors" image, as it looks like a composit of a Dodge, Nissan, and a Camero.  It looks somewhat like you'd expect a divided government to design and pass in a last-hour legislative session.  And, yes - it should also be actually driven before announcing that it's wonderful.
Jan 15, 2013 8:22AM
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A corvette was/is/will never be anything greatest.  Big piles of trash they are.
Jan 15, 2013 8:21AM
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why do we need a car that does 0 to 60 in 4 sec?

 

Because the people on the road come no where near that , more like 0 to 40 in 2 minutes.

Jan 14, 2013 11:53PM
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I just hope it's better built than the older corvettes... Top Gear in the UK...test drove one and door handles would fall off on last years models and panels were made very cleaply.

 

I hope they take pride in the US sports car and not like they did with older models. 

Jan 14, 2013 10:47PM
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Had several Camaros....And two of them looked better then this.
Jan 14, 2013 10:44PM
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Yeah the wheels and tires...Look like those spares out of the trunks.

Mags or Alums will do just fine, thank you very much..

Jan 14, 2013 10:41PM
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Let's see..

Isn't everytime the newest design, comes out; It's the Best Car ever?

Who gives a shidt about 30 mpg.....When you are driving this ??

Yes, I would go with round or even cat-eye tailights.

Don't care for the Headlight scheme, bring it down a notch..

And I've gotten tired of American Vettes going for the Euro or Oriental design.

If I wanted that, I would spend my Euros or Yen...

Saw the Interior on TV, it looked tacky and gaudy.....Might have been the color scheme ??

Still overall, not a bad little machine at a decent price..

Chebys or nothing..But I can't light a cigarette in 4 seconds, doubt I could hold this down...?? 

Jan 14, 2013 10:24PM
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Digital speedometer.  Ya gotta be kidding me.  REALLY?  DIGITAL?  BOOOOOOOO!
Jan 14, 2013 10:18PM
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Thank you Mr. Obama!!!!!   I have mine on order!
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