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First impressions: 2014 Corvette

By August 14, 2013

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2014 Chevrolet CorvetteI'm back from my drive of the all-new Corvette, and now comes the messy job of sorting out my feelings and impressions and filtering them down to a concise review. But I know a lot of you want to know what the new Corvette is like, and I don't want to keep you waiting.

So here's the nutshell version: It is very much improved, but it is still a Corvette.

Everything you could complain about in the C6 has been addressed. The interior is a revelation. That slight wishy-washiness in the base car's suspension and steering is gone. And the body no longer feels like it's made of cheap, hollow plastic.

Meanwhile, all the good stuff has been retained: The Corvette is still ridiculously fast, gloriously loud, and -- considering how much performance it delivers -- laughably cheap.

Is it the perfect sports car? No. It still has its foibles, and frankly, that's the hardest part of writing my full review: How hard do I ding it for its shortcomings? Can one expect perfection in a $52,000 car that anyone can drift like Tanner Faust? Or should Chevrolet have ignored the price point, ignored legions of past Corvette buyers, and made a $100,000 Ferrari competitor as their base car?

I'll look to you for that: What are you expecting from the new Corvette? Click the "comments" link to have your say, and look for my full review before too long. -- Aaron Gold

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Comments
August 14, 2013 at 12:50 am
(1) Hawaiian Don says:

I commented earlier that GM was possibly offering exotica (aka Ferrari, Lambo, Maserati…) for under $100k.Perhaps the base is competing with Porshe Cayman and the future ZO6 and ZR1′s will enter the ring against the exotics. We will have to wait for Aaron to do some serious begging before he gets his hands on those for reviews!

August 14, 2013 at 11:03 am
(2) sexy grampa says:

Hey Don (and Aaron), Im with you and then some. This is not just a Ferrari competitor at 1/3 the price; its better than a Ferrari at any price. Consider the following:

Just as good looking outside as any Ferrari
Just as nice inside as any Ferrari (maybe more so)
Equal in driving dynamics as any Ferrari
Has what has now become an avant-garde engine (push-rod) that gives a wonderful torque response from the second you touch the accelerator and gets considerably better gas mileage (Why did we stop developing these type of engines?)
Is easily serviceable and at a ridiculously lower cost. Can you imagine ever changing your own oil on a Ferrari? Anyone who has ever owned a Ferrari will tell you its like having a pet alligator: Very high and expensive maintenance.

Somehow this just has to be my next car.

August 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm
(3) Bill T says:

For anyone considering a ’14 Vette, I bought an ’02 6 speed convert. new.While I’ve only put about 21K on it , every time I drive it I always think- this is just a damn good car.Even though it sits a lot,, its been very trouble free, runs well,handles well and I find it comfortable.The new ones I’m sure are a giant improvement over mine so I would say ,if your considering a ’14 go for it, you wont regret your purchase.

August 15, 2013 at 4:03 am
(4) Peter Dejong says:

Interesting car. The Corvette is as the 911 as any Ferrari a class of its own. It are two totally different cars with totally different characters and should not be compared.

The Corvette 2014 I am sure will be significantly improved. My reference is a few rentals of the previous Corvette for which I recall brute power, great noise and terrible seats (I am 6′-6″) and shabby plastics.

For the price offered it a fantastic car. Would I buy one? probably not. I love the refinement of the 911, the built quality and i am willing to pay significantly more for it or alternatively because I like the German engineering I Cayman.

Corvette should be brought outside of GM with no GM direct or indirect involvement and become an independent premium car manufacturer. Then I think they will stand a better if not only chance to come close or beat the Germans/Italians

August 19, 2013 at 9:21 am
(5) LWATCDR says:

It is odd how people think the Corvette needs to be something but a Corvette. The Corvette is like that really great BBQ restaurant that only a few folks know about. The food is a lot cheaper than at that fancy french place, you can get in without a wait, and you do not have to pay $200s for a good dinner for two.
So the build quality is now really great as is the performance and the price while not cheap is reasonable. Wow what a great car? Ferrari? What a terrible car. It costs 4 times as much and isn’t any faster. They are now also made out of “plastic” and frankly will cost you a fortune to keep running. Actually I love the Ferrari lineup as well but I just do not know if even if I won the lottery if I would buy one. I think an Audi S8 and a Corvette would fill my needs for both a luxury high speed cruiser and a sports/track car.

August 20, 2013 at 10:49 am
(6) richard crowley says:

the new c-7 a great car is a direct competitor to the Porsche Caymon S,well equipped from the factory WITHOUT THOSE PRICY PORSCHE OPIIONS; Close in size ,performance 0-60,3.9 for the c7;4.1 for the Caymon S ..Time for a comparison test

August 20, 2013 at 3:50 pm
(7) dreameagle says:

damn thing LOOKS too much like a Ferrari for my tastes–and the retractable lights were a uniquely American feature long missed, even if they were derided as “airbrakes” by the hack engineer who took over the programme at the C5 stage;

now it looks like a Mazda coming, a Nissan inside and a Camry/Camaro going–with headlights that belong better in reruns for “Route 66″;

i didn’t think much of the C6 beyond its stump-puller 7-litre Z06–now with the C7 all but downshifting for you, seems the C5 was the last real–i.e., AMERICAN–Corvette”

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