2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray: Now I Love It Too
January 31, 2014
When the Corvette and I left Santa Monica for Detroit I really didn't like the car. Which was the point of the entire trip. On Jan. 9th I wrote this:
"...I'm the only person in the entire world, it would seem, that is not head over heels in love with the new 2014 Corvette. Somehow the car just leaves me cold. And my list of gripes is long, from its odd (too high) seating position, to its slow throttle response, to its pedestrian-looking gauge cluster, to its ugly wheels and taillights, to the strange feel of its electric steering, to its...I could go on.
I'm an idiot I know. Everyone on Earth is in love with this car but me. And that's why I've decided to road trip it.
I want to bond with this car. And to do that I'm going to drive it 2,500 miles across America. Just me. No passenger.
When I arrive in Detroit sometime Sunday I'll either love our Lime Rock Green machine or I'll be very happy to hand its key over to Mike Magrath for the drive back to California."
Well, after 2,500 miles, four days, one blizzard, eleven states and a mountain of beef jerky, I can count myself on the new Corvette bandwagon. This is a great car. No, I don't suddenly love the look of its rear end and I still think its wheels are just too plain, but I can no longer deny the appeal of this very fast, very comfortable, very enjoyable machine, especially at its price. This car defines value if you're in the market for a sick-fast two-seater that can be driven every day.
Bottom line: There isn't another two-seater in the world that offers more performance or comfort for the dollar. Anyone that says different hasn't driven a C7 enough. I have and I love it.
Now I can't wait to drive the supercharged Z06 version Chevy introduced at the Detroit auto show.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 13,102