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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: South Before West

October 18, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Dan's got music studios on the brain as we meander down through Tennessee into Alabama. And just as quickly as we're on the interstate, we're off of it. We're not driving through towns as we are through groupings of small buildings. The lack of pace here is palpable and the 2014 Corvette Stingray just seems so unnecessary.

An old truck would hit the spot.

After 30 minutes, I lose track of the cemeteries we've passed. I get the sense there's been more dying around here than there's been living and I'm all too happy to coast into Mussel Shoals and past an Astro Van limousine.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Memphis brings a new reality. Depressed seems to be the norm, so when a new Corvette pulls up at a stop light, it doesn't go unnoticed. No one hides their interest. Cars bristle with cell phones and pedestrians think nothing of walking out into traffic to stop you. You wait. You oblige, but you don't bask. It's not your car after all.

The BBQ joint, Payne's, sets a new standard for both a rib sandwich and gawking. Dudes walk up. They cross the street and they emerge from the local garage. In one minute there were two. In five minutes there were ten. Cars with the darkest window tint I've ever seen are pulling up and cracking their windows. More phones and a lot of music. For now, the car is surrounded.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

But there's something else at work here. This attention isn't directed at the Corvette because it's a new car or expensive. No one's mentioning money. Instead, this is the hot new Chevrolet. The brand is accessible. Chevrolet makes their Impala. It makes their Suburban. The Corvette is well and truly a halo car. It's inspirational. It's aspirational.

We bail and wave goodbye as I powerslide Number 23 out of the parking lot. Payne's was worth the time and so were the people. We'll make Arkansas tonight but not before the car blends with the deep, dark green of Mississippi at twilight.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray


Comments

  • mtakahashi_ mtakahashi_ Posts:

    Good stuff, Kurt...I hate you.

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    I have to admit for me personally this is what the Mustang and F550 do for me. They are best a company has to offer in their receptive fleets and they are obtainable maybe not now but only a short time with some careful managing and either one could call my driveway home. I know that neither one is a true halo car\truck but then again I can't say I'm a normal car guy.

  • Nice post! I need to get my butt to a dealership to look at one of these ASAP. I'm thinking one of these just might be in my future.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    hey boys, your car sure is purty!

  • ryster ryster Posts:

    "We bail and wave goodbye as I powerslide Number 23 out of the parking lot." Still breaking in those rear tires it seems. Might want to call Stokes and get a new pair on order. Sounds like you are going to need them very soon.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    "We bail and wave goodbye as I powerslide Number 23 out of the parking lot." So how do you like those "Demonstration of speed" tickets they love to dish out these days?

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Last photo is sweet!

  • opfreak opfreak Posts:

    possible to get a high res copy of the last photo?

  • dderosa dderosa Posts:

    @opfreak Try this: http://media.ed.edmunds-media.com/non-make/lt/lt_1016138_1600.jpg --Donna

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