Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson has never been particularly fond of American cars. Sure he likes some, he even owned a Ford GT, but he is never overly kind to them in his reviews. This is somewhat understandable, as some American cars just make the most sense right here in the U.S. of A. So can you guess what he thought about the new C7-generation Corvette?
If you can believe it, Clarkson actually loved the C7. We’ve seen the Corvette win numerous awards from North American publications and receive praise from almost everybody who has driven it, so this really isn’t all that surprising.
He starts off praising the new ‘Vette’s exterior. There is no Corvette which is particularly ugly, but Clarkson says this one “is a masterpiece,” and “one of the most beautifully proportioned cars,” he’s ever seen.
This wouldn’t be a Clarkson review without a few quips about the car’s American roots. He says the cubby hole located behind the car’s touch-screen is “easily big enough for a Bible and a small pistol,” and also notes that the Corvette has remained the same in multiple ways, including in its pushrod, two-valve engine and fiberglass body panels.
Most importantly, the long-time Top Gear presenter somewhat jokingly acknowledges the Corvette can “go round corners. Both kinds — left and right,” a fact he learned driving it on the Top Gear test track at the Dunsfold Aerodrome during his time with the car.
The only problem with the Stingray for a UK buyer is its £64,540 ($108,959 USD) price tag. As you probably know, you can get a Stingray in the U.S. for less than half that, making the Corvette’s price tag a sign of “blatant profiteering,” Clarkson says. The upside is that it’s still £16,000 ($27,011 USD) less than a Jaguar F-Type V8, which Clarkson warned “is not as good.”
The C7 Corvette has been getting the thumbs up from American automotive publications all year long, and it appears that for the most part, Britain agrees with their conclusions. Click here for Clarkson’s entire take on the C7 Corvette.