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.
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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Yeah the wheels and tires...Look like those spares out of the trunks.
Mags or Alums will do just fine, thank you very much..
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?
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.
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