In my opinion, the changes are far more significant than from C5 to C6.
That may be the problem for some people, C5 to C6 was the first Vette body change where you could mistake one for the other, so now the C7 kinda looks like Vette that came out in what 1998? May have been why they got jiggy with the rear , only so much you can do with round lights.
As a C5 corvette owner and a SSr owner (I have good taste) IMO the C7 is truly spectacular but under that pretty face the technology is outsanding with over 4 million manhours into the engine design alone..another 6 million on the rest of the Corvette. Try to figure out how many cars you gotta sell to recoupe your costs?? Sounds like the very best car that man can design and I hope it is a home run for GM! But don't fret if you can't get one...lots of that technology will trickle down to your daily driver as Corvette was the first production car with ABS, traction control, hydoformed frame and many more firsts and now carbon fibre body panels and alloy frame and electric power steering...goodbye to the old power steering pump and belts..Kudos to Corvette for auctioning their first production car for charity...the C6 GS also got over $1 million for charity also.Rob
I agree, Rob. I've owned many vettes with the last one being a C5. The C7 is light years beyond a C5 in terms of product improvements. Actually, I never thought the interiors of previous vettes were all that bad from a pleasure use standpoint.
My SSR: 05, Silver Auto, Line-X Bed, X-Member and Plate
1st impressions, possibly the most striking design ever from GM for this car. Very purposeful, just no mistaking that it is a sports car meant for speed. Not too soft with a few hard edges to emphasize the goal. The interior looks like an improvement with better materials also.
Now, from my personal experience (which is worth just my own wallet) very one of these models so far has the steering and front end geometry set up for boulevard cruising or worse, just like my Impala. I think this is the most disappointing aspect of the car. It just feels too forgiving and that is the compromise of tire wear vs an aggressive toe in, caster and camber.
So IMHO the look hasn't matched the feel and I just hope this is not the case for the 2014. The power train as always will be strong, very difficult to fault the flexibility of the small block V8
I dunno- I owned two C6 vettes; a coupe and a vert. Liked the cars though I don't own either now.
But the C7... Hmmm.
Too Ferrari on the front end for my tastes and the tail lights are more than just controversial. They are SO Camaro-like as to dramatically cheapen the entire look of the C7. (Note- I did NOT like those lights even on the Camaro!)
Vettes are SUPPOSED to have round tail lights. Period.
I like the hood scoop and the side profile has nice lines, but those tail lights are a deal breaker from where I sit. I simply can't IMAGINE what the designers were thinking when somebody said, "Hey! I've got a great idea. Let's make this thing look like a $27,000 Camaro when it's going away!" DOH!
Unless or until they change them, I'd have to go back to another C6 or even a C5- which in SOME WAYS I think has the best lines of the 3 generations although I never owned a C5.
But in truth- I'm having enough fun with my SSR I don't really care one way or the other about owning another Vette.
Hello Fanatics: Certainly,having opinion is allowed,right! I think one needs to keep in mind that when GM designs a car,especially the "Halo Corvette" for their chevrolet brand they have a timed journey of designs that will be introduced,that lead to a final and hopefully accepted design by their loyal buyers,first and foremost.I respect the consideration they gave to changing the geometry of the taillights and frankly,in my judgement their choice was in harmony with the end overall body design.Tail lites wern't a objection to me as much as I thought the cockpit sucked,imo,looks like a freaking bunched up glob of stuff?
Don't quite know how to describe it,looking from picures only now,it may look better in person,but I doubt it. It looks like too large of furniture in a small room,there I think that is my impression for what its worth.I like a cockpit that has somewhat of sysmetrotcal balance to it. Take for insistance,the 63-67 stingray cockpit.Identifying two seperate domains at the same time each resembling one another in a cool and clean design.I know the advent of airbags will influence the design to a degree,but I still believe they could have done a better job in this area.It's true they didn't call me for my opinion,however,I consider my taste in cars and their design a fine art and take pleasure admiring a master piece of design,which in many respects the corvette designers have ,IMO,always strived to achieve and maintain to their predecessor,initial model introductees.The likes of,1954,1956,1958,1961,1963,1968 and so on,you get my point.
This 2014 introduction is phase one of what I believe will be the evolution of the real objective and that is the concept coupe. I saw some terrible thoughts for design leading up to the stingray cpe and they were flat ass ugly.So all in all I think this 2014 exterior design is a handsome car,heading to
a ultimate design that will be consumer accepted, hopefully,by the time GM introduces
the stingray concept coupe,similiar to this design.I think it was too bold at first to get the current corvette buyer to leap for such a radical change from the more conservative or traditional design of the last decade.One mans opinion only. Keep it real>>>> Here's a good looking cockpit!
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