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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Jan 14, 2013 6:21PM
In the year 2013, a remarkable coincidence will take place----both Groundhog day and the State of the Union address will occur on the same day.
This rare happening has special meaning.

One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to an insignificant creature of little intelligence for insight into the future.

The other involves a groundhog....
Jan 14, 2013 6:20PM
I hate the federal "unamerican" government, I was raised a GM fanatic, but after obama and his fascist domination of General Motors, I will never own another one!  To me, GM represents fascism, an unamerican president, and an effort to destroy America!
Jan 14, 2013 6:19PM
To all the idiots who like to say government motors ? I say send me your address and i will send you your 3 cents << That's what it about works out to be from the US tax payer. For every worker across this great nation. But then Toyota got American tax payer money too , but FOX NEWs won't tell you that ! And the USA's cash for clunkers program allowed Japanese cars to share in your tax payer money ! BUT WHEN JAPAN did theirs cash for clunkers in JAPAN IT EXCLUDED ANY car companies but Japanese ones ! SO SHUT THE FU$$ UP... America land of the free? Home of the truly STUPID... And it shows.... By the posts on this board....
Jan 14, 2013 6:18PM
Best Corvette ever?  They missed the mark on this one.  Does the word ugly come to mind?
Jan 14, 2013 6:10PM
My 2003 C5 gets 30 mpg on the highway, without dropping down to 4 cylinders.  If they are going to tout this as gas saving it needs to do better than that.
Jan 14, 2013 5:51PM

Very different from the C6 may take some getting used to.


Guess I'll keep my C4 (it's paid for)

Jan 14, 2013 5:49PM
My question is this: Why, after decades of manufacturing and engineering, can GM not find a way to get rid of the catalytic converter hump on the passenger side floorboard of their cars? After all these years, NOBODY at GM could figure out how to configure their cars, so the hump isn't there???
Jan 14, 2013 5:34PM
Yes & the Volt! What a winner lol. NOT.
Jan 14, 2013 5:33PM
Jan 14, 2013 5:31PM
I have a c-5 and c-6   I have been waiting a long time for the c-7.   Not sold.
Jan 14, 2013 5:21PM
No, it is not the best car ever. Nothing can beat the 1972 Vega that put a second shift on at the 10w40 production line. It had the best oil to gasoline usage of any other car that was made in America, one twelve gallons of gas and one quart of oil. Keep your cars GM/Obama.
Jan 14, 2013 5:07PM
The C7 is great except for the taillights. Looks to much like camaro and 2013 Malibu from the back a corvette needs to stand alone.
Jan 14, 2013 5:03PM

"To many fans, the new Corvette symbolizes the rebirth of America's auto industry after its near death in 2009,"


Yeah, the "rebirth" which was $50 billion of taxpayer funds.  These liberals Bush and Obama, should both be in jail for giving money to this worthless company.

And the car is incredibly ugly!  I bet they don't sell 10,000.
Jan 14, 2013 4:57PM
Have to see it in person, if it looks like what it is in picture, not impressed.  Would rather have an older one....
Jan 14, 2013 4:48PM
How can a car that won't sell more than 15,000 units save the company?  The balance of the GM product line is junk and Ford continues to eat its lunch for them.  The gummermint will have to pump more money into GM within the year, this is common knowledge.
Jan 14, 2013 4:43PM
Needs round tailights and not Camaro styled tailights
Jan 14, 2013 4:40PM

This is just MSN, Obama's personal propaganda specialist, pushing Government Motors new venture.  The "Best Sports car ever?", NOT. 

GM has been tweeking the C5 platform for almost twenty years now and still hasn't come up with an all-wheel-drive car to compete with the Nissan GTR.




Jan 14, 2013 4:33PM
Jan 14, 2013 4:28PM
obamas govt motors untill they pay 50 billion still owed to govt
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