The new Corvette Stingray: Worth the wait?

GM shows off the first update to its classic Chevy sports car since 2005.

By TheWeek.com Jan 14, 2013 4:31PM

 Car on road Brand X, SuperStock"It's finally here, folks," says Nelson Ireson at The Christian Science Monitor, "and it looks great." 


General Motors (GM) on Monday officially unveiled the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at Detroit's North American International Auto Show. It's the seventh generation of the iconic American sports car, and the first new version in eight years. 


The look and the resurrection of the Stingray subtitle, which dates to 1963, "hint at the past of the Corvette," while some other cues -- the old round tail lights are gone, the hood is vented, and the improved interior is wrapped in leather and aluminum — point to the car's future. 

The question is whether after such a long wait, the design changes and interior upgrades will "make for a substantial upgrade over the outgoing — and very capable — car." 



GM better hope so, says Lawrence Ulrich at The New York Times. "The Corvette has been in an unprecedented sales funk. With rivals, including the redesigned Porsche 911, finally gaining post-recession sales momentum, Chevrolet is counting on the 'Vette to rebound in a big way." Visually, it hits and misses. "The exterior's jet-age Stingray logo is a neat touch, but "after months of Chevy hype, the interior, dressed up but oh-so-familiar, seems a letdown." The base price should come in around $56,000 -- about $5,000 more than a current base-model coupe, "but still a relative bargain for a near-exotic performer" that can rocket from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds. Over all, the new Stingray is "a bold, necessary departure for a car that often suffers from design complacency," which might be what Chevy needed "to expand beyond its graying, flyover-state fan base to ensure its continued relevance." 


The 2014 Stingray is, at least, a step in the right direction, says James Shorrock at Hypebeast. It "marks a return to the Corvette's roots after several years of less-than-stellar models. It's V8 engine's 450 horsepower is plenty of power, and its "more chiseled and aggressive look" live up to the name. The main thing Corvette has going for it is that it offers "supercar performance without the supercar pricetag," which is bound to make many fans think it was worth the wait. 


The fact that this car exists at all is a miracle, says James R. Healey at USA Today. This vehicle "has survived a troubled birth, quality problems and development delays." It outlasted the "threats from recessions and regulations," as well as lengthy "waffling by Chevy parent General Motors" over whether to build it at all. In the end, though, this new Stingray was something GM had to produce, even though it can only count on selling 30,000 in a year, which is about the number of full-sized pick-ups GM sells in three weeks. Why? "More than an exotic indulgence by an automaker rescued from ruin by U.S. taxpayers, Corvette is an international symbol of GM's status as a top-tier automaker -- the kind of credibility that GM needs as it continues to rebound from its 2009 bankruptcy reorganization."


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11Comments
Jan 14, 2013 10:47PM
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Well, I am out of the running,  Cannot afford this new vehicle due to  the Obama Care cost to my family has taken 400 out of our monthly income. 
Jan 14, 2013 6:29PM
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My beloved wife will be keeping her 76. It's got iffy build quality but with some careful upgrades is looking and working good and she doesn't drive her vette enough to justify replacing it. An L82 with less than 50,000 miles. As for this new car, very few will find the need to own this type of luxury or can take advantage of this performance. Enjoy it if you can but having one does target you as a dastardly one percenter. 
Jan 14, 2013 7:06PM
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I like that Model and year, Think it's the same year, they quit on the old-style Caddie Eldorado..??

A friend or asscociate had a '76 Red one with a White rag top...Precious..

 

Brother-I-L had a late 70s? with a super 427 in it....It screamed..He had a few Vettes and was in the business...

His worst mistake was selling a Split Window '63....A long time ago..

 

Unfortunately we have never owned any Vettes, but several Camaros and a couple other Exotics.

Maybe, someday maybe, but my reaction times are bad and I would probably kill myself.

Probably just take one for a ride like I did last Fall...State Cop buddy (ret) has one in the late 70s or 80s......Yeah, you don't have to be a One percenter, just gotta like cars.. 

 

Jan 15, 2013 3:44PM
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It doesn't look too bad, chopped off back end reminds me of the Alfa Romeo 8c, but not quite as awesome looking as the 8c overall.  The tail lights are a disappointment for sure...

Overall, pretty good, but with some missed opportunities in styling.

Jan 14, 2013 5:17PM
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I dunno, I think it's starting to look mighty European...I don't care for that much, unless I'm buying European...

 

Saw it this morn on footage from the Detroit Showing. 

Jan 15, 2013 12:38AM
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Looks like the cartoon car in the Chevron commercial..........Not saying thats a bad thing, Beep, Beep.
Jan 15, 2013 11:02AM
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Pretty car but still a GM product....would not have one.
Jan 14, 2013 7:36PM
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Yes a plumber....That can get there in a hurry...!!
Jan 14, 2013 7:07PM
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Nope, just another plumber's sportcar!
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