2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test


2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: We Got the Right Color

November 28, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Before we purchased our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, our entire editorial staff voted on what color it would be. My choice was Laguna Blue Tintcoat. Not only was I outvoted, I'm now convinced this would have been the wrong color for our 'Vette.

The first Stingray we tested was Laguna Blue Tintcoat. When we tested another Corvette on the Streets of Willow in California, it was Blade Silver Metallic. Ultimately, I didn't care for either color on the car, and the reason is this: Although the black inserts around the Corvette's taillights aren't ugly on their own, when they contrast with a lighter color (like blue or silver), it ruins the overall aesthetic and makes an otherwise aggressive car look cheap.

I like the vents on the Corvette, but it's best if they blend in with the rest of the body. Given the chance to vote again, I'd go with the Lime Rock Green Metallic we got. It hides the black plastic vents that line the quarter panels, fenders and taillights. The result is a classier looking, more refined sports car that's still a hair-raising, fire-breathing, 455-horsepower, V8 American monster.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 4,750 miles

Comments

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    I wonder if the lower rear fascia was painted body color if it would improve the look on lighter colored cars or make the @ssend look too big? I agree that the contrast of all that black plastic is kind of ugly.

  • jeepsrt jeepsrt Posts:

    I just saw my first C7 on the road, my neighbor bought a Laguna blue one. I do like the green but would probably get the dark grey or black.

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    All those black accents are the least attractive element of the new 'Vette. I am amazed that Chevy doesn't offer an extra cost option to get them body colored. If I bought a Corvette I would immediately have a body shop take care of this for me.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Besides, dark green is just the best color, period.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Black wheels still suck.

  • handbrake handbrake Posts:

    With due respect to John Heinricy..."All Corvettes are red...the rest are mistakes".

  • The new Vette only looks good in dark colors, and I agree with bankerdanny that these off color elements look terrible on light colored cars. I am sure that over the next year or two, those bits will be changed to body color as "updates" to make the car look newer, ala the Avalanche progression. Also, agentorange could not be more correct: black wheels still DO suck.

  • +1 for the C7 in dark colors. Seeing the black accents on white ones is quite a "shock". While the green would be my 2nd choice, I've got to go with Crystal Red Metallic. So sweeeeet . . .

  • I’m not a huge fan of the way this car looks in green. Laguna Blue, on the other hand, looks great! From looking at pictures, I would have to say that Cyber Gray might be the best looking color on the new Corvette. Of course, I would have to see all the different colors in person before casting a final judgment….

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