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#21 Jim Whalen

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:22 AM

I really like the C6 - this one looks more hyped up and angry, although is does look better in the pics Cliff put up (the red one looks nicer).

I find it all a bit busy and agree with the others about the back, they've moved away from the classic design.

We'll have to see what it looks like on the road and what its driving dynamics are like before we can get the final perspective on it.

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#22 Len Woodruff

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:30 AM

I think it will take awhile to "adjust". They got rid of the "green house" and brought back the StringRay name plate. I think it is like it was when they went from the 62 to 63 Vette's. 



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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:34 AM

Corvettes haven't been right since the Bill Mitchell and Zora Duntov days.



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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:52 AM

I like it, but yeah,the rear end is too Camaro-ish. Could maybe Ferrari have stolen they're design cues from GM?



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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:03 AM

I know I'm going to catch hell for saying this, but you know what? I think it's an improvement over the current 'Vette. Meaner and a lot less 'flabby' looking.


Agreed. Love it.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:13 AM

I think I just might have to have one! I have never like the vette enough to buy one; and didn't really see myself as a "vette guy" ; But this car is a game changer for me....it looks like GM has finally taken the "American style" down a few notches; you know, taken away a few layers of Mt. Dew & and Honeybooboo, and trimmed down to world standards. No doubt performance has always been there; but I think this new look will propel the Vette into SERIOUS supercar status.....Finally...................Matt



#27 Matt T.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:19 AM

It's official (as seen in Hollywood & Detroit) - America is out of ideas.



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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:25 AM

Personally, I like the new design.  Yeah, it resembles a Ferrari a little, but I think that's an improvement.  OK Revell, get to work!



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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:31 AM

The car has good proportions and a pleasing overall shape, but to me, it's rather like a beautiful woman with a bunch of unrelated tattoos, piercings, and huge plastic protuberances. Why does EVERYONE these days seem to feel that festooning EVERYTHING with stupid, busy details is better than letting a clean, elegant design stand on its own? Less would most definitely be more on this thing.

 

The Corvette has been a Ferrari-killer for years now, and a world-class supercar for very reasonable money. Why copy the Euro look when the Corvette has its own impressive performance heritage? It IS, after all, an American car and has always been an American car. There should be no shame in that, as US-built  vehicles have consistently proven themselves in competition against the BEST the world has to offer.

 

Trying to appeal to mass audiences with focus-groups, which the styling implies, isn't the way to maintain brand identity in a world where everything is starting to look like everything else.


Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 14 January 2013 - 04:32 AM.


#30 Erik Smith

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:43 AM

Overall I like the design. It kind of looks like a transformer, though - a few sharper edges and the extra "vents" or black areas detract from what flow is there. As stated above, lets see it on the road - it's not the same evaluating a car in two dimensions.

As far as copying - design cues have had similarities since chariots (and before). It's a bit of human nature thing called trends.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:44 AM

I love it. Can't wait to see it in styrene.

Did anyone catch the price???

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:54 AM

Just not a fan... And all the previous posters mentioning the obvious similarities to the Viper, Ferrari, and GTR... I was saying the same thing at work this morning

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:03 AM

The car has good proportions and a pleasing overall shape, but to me, it's rather like a beautiful woman with a bunch of unrelated tattoos, piercings, and huge plastic protuberances. Why does EVERYONE these days seem to feel that festooning EVERYTHING with stupid, busy details is better than letting a clean, elegant design stand on its own? Less would most definitely be more on this thing.
 
The Corvette has been a Ferrari-killer for years now, and a world-class supercar for very reasonable money. Why copy the Euro look when the Corvette has its own impressive performance heritage? It IS, after all, an American car and has always been an American car. There should be no shame in that, as US-built  vehicles have consistently proven themselves in competition against the BEST the world has to offer.
 
Trying to appeal to mass audiences with focus-groups, which the styling implies, isn't the way to maintain brand identity in a world where everything is starting to look like everything else.


I have to agree... Anyone heard of Aston Martin? Just look at the previous DBS/DB9s... Beautiful, stunning cars, with powerful engines, beautiful interiors etc, yet without stupid, busy, "aero-dynamic" details.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:05 AM

 It kind of looks like a transformer, though - a few sharper edges and the extra "vents" or black areas detract from what flow is there. As stated above, lets see it on the road - it's not the same evaluating a car in two dimensions.

As far as copying - design cues have had similarities since chariots (and before). It's a bit of human nature thing called trends.

 

100% agreed, but the Corvette didn't become an icon by following "trends"...it created them. And the taillights look like they're from an entirely different car. They go with nothing else on it.

 

Many designs look MUCH better in 3D, in person, and I'm sure this will be an attractive car in the skin. I just wish it had been a real WOW!!!, instead just of another look-alike snoozer. The cars that created the truly important brands did it with individuality, by NOT copying everything else, but now the go-along-to-get-along, herd-mentality reigns supreme. Pity.



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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:07 AM

The car has good proportions and a pleasing overall shape, but to me, it's rather like a beautiful woman with a bunch of unrelated tattoos, piercings, and huge plastic protuberances. Why does EVERYONE these days seem to feel that festooning EVERYTHING with stupid, busy details is better than letting a clean, elegant design stand on its own? Less would most definitely be more on this thing.

 

The Corvette has been a Ferrari-killer for years now, and a world-class supercar for very reasonable money. Why copy the Euro look when the Corvette has its own impressive performance heritage? It IS, after all, an American car and has always been an American car. There should be no shame in that, as US-built  vehicles have consistently proven themselves in competition against the BEST the world has to offer.

 

Trying to appeal to mass audiences with focus-groups, which the styling implies, isn't the way to maintain brand identity in a world where everything is starting to look like everything else.

 

Couldn't agree more.  I do like the current C6, it's the only Vette post-1967 I really like.  This new one isn't bad from the door forward, but that back end is very busy and ugly, almost cartoonish/batmobile like.  In that straight on shot of the rear, I found it kinda odd that while the all the lines flow inward and pulls you in towards the exhaust pipes, the third brake light does just the opposite, pointing outwards.  Yes, it's only a small detail, but it jumped out at me right away.


Edited by bogger44, 14 January 2013 - 05:10 AM.


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:12 AM

I honestly have to say I like the new design, and I was super hyped up about the new 7-speed (ya, the number 7) manual trans.  However I read on another site that it will still automaticaly shift under relaxed driving conditions to meet the dreaded "government fuel economy stardards".  What a joke, a manual trans that shifts itself, really?  I would think those buying a corvette with a manual would not enjoy having the car shift itself when they are going down the road.  Now to be fair I have only read this once, so if it is some sort of internet hoax someone please set me straight.



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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:35 AM

Hey, here's a thought. How about an illuminated plastic pink flamingo on the hood? It would be about as appropriate as the entire rear end design...kind of tie all the disjointed ideas into one horrible focus.



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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:37 AM

I think wind tunnel testing for aerodynamics has a lot to do with similarities in sports car design. Anyway, under the skin...

 

http://www.ultimatec...e-Stingray.html


Edited by sjordan2, 14 January 2013 - 07:20 AM.


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:45 AM

Hmm.......Mr. Camaro and Ms. Ferrari got a little drunk one night and 9 months later we get this.

 

I think they should have tried for something unique rather than do what all the rest if the kids are doing. That's all I'll say. Not impressed.



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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:48 AM

The high beltline and overly busy surface development are derivative and imitative of too many other cars. IMHO, this will be one of Corvette's lesser designs. It will age poorly, much as I think the C5 has done, although for quite different reasons. The C7 seems to be in the business of quoting too many current designs while the C5 took "long, low and smooth" to an almost charicature-like degree. Having said that, one thing about contemporary designs is that they almost invariably look better "in the metal" than in photographs. The extraordinary beauty of the Aston Martin line, for example, is almost impossible to capture in two dimensions - the near perfect proportional balance is totally missing from photographs. The stunning simplicity and purity of the Lamborghini Gallardo could only be appreciated when one experienced its compact efficiency in 1:1. The "overly busy surface development"  of the C7 is aping, among others, recent Ferrari designs, as well as the current Camaros and Vipers. In the case of the Ferraris, at least, the surface cuts and folds work far better when seen in full scale and 3D than in press pictures. So I'll reserve final judgment until I seem one on the street, but in the meantime I confess I'm disappointed...


Edited by Bernard Kron, 14 January 2013 - 05:49 AM.