This article is part of the GM Authority Mailbag series, where the GM Authority Crew features and replies to your questions, comments, and observations.
This one comes to us from Jack immediately following the unveiling of the 2014 Corvette Stingray:
The new Vette – What an ugly car! It may be fast and handle well, but it looks like the previous version on steroids. Pimped out with detracting detailing and unsightly body lines (those horrible body lines up the hood… ugh) that say anything but sleek. And I love Corvettes. I have a 1960, two fuel-injected ’64 convertible’s, two 427 roadsters and a 91-six speed convertible. But I won’t ever desire the new model.
Jack — you are, of course, more than entitled to your own opinion about any vehicle, including the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray. Personally, however, I disagree with your assessment — as do most others, judging by our preliminary reactions poll.
If it matters, here’s my reaction to seeing the C7 Corvette (in photos and in person here in Detroit): it’s anything but “ugly”… rather, it’s beautiful and awesome. I liked (and continue to like) the Corvette C6 and respect it for its capability and value. But I never really felt like I had to have one.
After seeing the C7, however, I simply must have the new model. For me, this change of heart has everything to do with the looks; heck, even if the C7 utilized the components and technology of the last-gen model, I would still be salivating for the Stingray. That is to say that the design of the C7 is not only appealing to me (the C6 was “appealing”), but it’s gorgeous, sexy, aggressive, and passionate (not to mention functional) — qualities that any Vette should be proud to possess.
In the end, whether you like the C7 is entirely up to you; but from a marketability standpoint, I expect the Corvette Stingray to attract significantly more people than it will detract.