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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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 3:17PM
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Just a thought, but maybe CR should wait until actually *driving* the car before it calls it the best Vette ever?
Jan 14, 2013 4:43PM
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Needs round tailights and not Camaro styled tailights
Jan 14, 2013 6:19PM
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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 5:07PM
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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 8:13PM
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What's the fascination with those ugly black rims? Call me old school, but I prefer chrome, smoke and BBQ.
Jan 14, 2013 8:05PM
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It wasn't code named C7.....It is a C7.  7th generation. That is what we call our Vette's. I have a C4 and a C5 ZO6.  Just sayin.........................
Jan 14, 2013 5:31PM
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I have a c-5 and c-6   I have been waiting a long time for the c-7.   Not sold.
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 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 4:12PM
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Looks like a Camaro from behind. Not impressed at all....
Jan 14, 2013 4:57PM
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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 8:01PM
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Oh I think chevy's just messing with us. This is a photograph of a chevy corvette concept car that went awry. Tomorrow the real, more incredible looking, more beautiful, corvette for 2014 will debut..........ya think? 
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 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 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 14, 2013 6:10PM
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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 7:59PM
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looks an awful lot like the 2001 Viper
Jan 14, 2013 8:36PM
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I liked my 1975 gold Camaro much better. The wheels are ugly on that Vette.
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