Corvette Controversy


The auto blogs are a buzz about the 2014 Corvette Stingray C7 just unveiled at the Detroit International Auto Show. Is the bold new redesign taking the brand forward or is it an abomination to the traditional vehicle that has legions of fans. It seems the auto world is divided.

The new Corvette is a major restyling over the previous model. The car has a long, sloping nose and a tightly trimmed tail with tail-lights that depart from the traditional rounded look to a new wedge shape. That wedge shape is picked up in other styling including the many vents you’ll find around the body and the front inlets. Inside you’ll find a dual cockpit and leather styling. The new Vette has upgraded to a seven speed transmission and had a 450 horsepower 6.2 liter Gen V LTi V8 engine so speed is not in question. 

Photo: North American International Auto Show

Here’s the thing. You can’t take an American classic like the Corvette and do a dramatic overhaul without people having very strong opinions. The Corvette has only been redesigned seven times in 60 years…that’s not a lot and we tend to get comfortable with the images we have in our mind from the classics from previous years. This is NOT that car.

According to Motoramic, GM design chief Ed Welburn commissioned 300 designs in the process of finding a candidate and vowed that they wouldn’t name it a Stingray if it wasn’t worthy.

Photo: Jalopnik

The discussion has been lively as to whether it is worthy. Many are comparing the car to European models, rightly or wrongly. Others are saying simply that it strays too far from the evolution of the car into a territory that makes it indistinguishable from the pack. Then there are the fans that are drooling over the new outfitting.

What’s your take? Is the 2014 Corvette Stingray a hit or miss in your eyes?  Will it become an American classic on par with the kind of cars that Wayne Carini searches for in Chasing Classic Cars, or will it go the way of those cars that were supposed to change the industry but fell flat on their faces. We won’t name any names.

Speaking of Wayne, don’t forget we have new episodes of Chasing Classic Cars tonight at 10/9c. To get you ready we’re got Wayne talking about the very issue we are above – designing classic cars.

Hope you enjoy and that we’ll hear from you on the 2014 Corvette Stingray!


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