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Old 01-05-2013, 07:22 PM   #16
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Just a few personal observations, as we get closer to the actual reveal:

(A) I don't hate the design as much as I initially did. I still think it has a bit too much automotive origami about it, way more lines and angles than are necessary - but overall, it isn't THAT bad.

(B) I hope they have a great color palette planned for this car. Even on the renderings, the color seems to make a significant difference in how the styling comes off. Make mine dark green with a tan interior, please.

(C) I don't care what anyone says, the taillights still suck. A lame and derivative choice, showing a lack of stylistic initiative.

(D) I really didn't intend to buy a first-year C7 anyway, and now I think having that year to let the design grow on me (and GM to get the usual new-design bugs out) will serve me well. Might wait two years for the refresh. We'll see.

And finally, in the meantime I'll keep driving my extremely low-mileage C6 convertible. It's very lightly modded (more like "personalized", actually) and it's exactly the way I want it. Also in the meantime, I think I'll buy a nice C1 driver for sunny-day-only touring and take the C6 to the Florida condo. Anyone got a nice 1956-62 driver they want to go to a good home? Overall, I think the C7 is going to be a great car with a few features some folks (like me) won't like, but at the end of the day most of them (like me) will probably end up with one. And I bet we'll enjoy it a lot.

And the legend rolls on.
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Just a few personal observations, as we get closer to the actual reveal:

(A) I don't hate the design as much as I initially did. I still think it has a bit too much automotive origami about it, way more lines and angles than are necessary - but overall, it isn't THAT bad.

(B) I hope they have a great color palette planned for this car. Even on the renderings, the color seems to make a significant difference in how the styling comes off. Make mine dark green with a tan interior, please.

(C) I don't care what anyone says, the taillights still suck. A lame and derivative choice, showing a lack of stylistic initiative.

(D) I really didn't intend to buy a first-year C7 anyway, and now I think having that year to let the design grow on me (and GM to get the usual new-design bugs out) will serve me well. Might wait two years for the refresh. We'll see.

And finally, in the meantime I'll keep driving my extremely low-mileage C6 convertible. It's very lightly modded (more like "personalized", actually) and it's exactly the way I want it. Also in the meantime, I think I'll buy a nice C1 driver for sunny-day-only touring and take the C6 to the Florida condo. Anyone got a nice 1956-62 driver they want to go to a good home? Overall, I think the C7 is going to be a great car with a few features some folks (like me) won't like, but at the end of the day most of them (like me) will probably end up with one. And I bet we'll enjoy it a lot.

And the legend rolls on.
Agree 100%. Well said.
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Pathetic !!!!!
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I agree...this is the closest yet for a rear-end render. I don't hate it. The last thing I'm going to say about the tail lights...I may have liked round or oval lights in a less origami-like bezel much better...another 7 days will tell. And...from a marketing perspective, maybe GM wanted the vette to have more congruency with the Chevy brand. The tail lights in this render look less Camaro-like...and more Chevy-like to me. The ones who will hate the rear the most will be the guys driving the cars 5 lengths behind.

I think when I see the real deal I'll want one. Designers can't please everyone. What we'll get is a completely new vehicle...the lightest, most aerodynamic, best handling, most lavish/comfortable, most powerful and fastest, fuel-efficient vette ever. That's pretty close to being a home run.

Look for this vette to win a "Car of the Year" award.
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Compared to the CAD Manual Renderings

I'm afraid that this rendering is much shapelier than the real thing will be. The CAD/manual renderings are not nearly so lavish in curve and shape. Much flatter. And that's probably more accurate. Again, for reasons unknown, GM has systematically ground the shape out of C4, C5, and C6 earlier designs. An unfortunate and total departure from the Stingray and Makosharks...

Hope I'm dead wrong.

BTW, there is still no excuse for the epic awfulness of the clown teardrop affectation...
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I'm afraid that this rendering is much shapelier than the real thing will be. The CAD/manual renderings are not nearly so lavish in curve and shape. Much flatter. And that's probably more accurate. Again, for reasons unknown, GM has systematically ground the shape out of C4, C5, and C6 earlier designs. An unfortunate and total departure from the Stingray and Makosharks...

Hope I'm dead wrong.

BTW, there is still no excuse for the epic awfulness of the clown teardrop affectation...
ACtually the CADs have show more curves in the rear then what this render shows. Also the spy shots also shows a curvy design for the C7 Corvette.

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Back looks exactly like the ZLR conversion from California SuperVettes.
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Back looks exactly like the ZLR conversion from California SuperVettes.



THAT'S WHERE I've seen it. I knew I saw this somewhere!!!
But why would you do something like that to your C6? And WHY would GM follow an aftermarket kit for its new generation of Corvette????
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Something tells me that this was more coincidence then anything else, not that they were coping their design but that they came up with similar hatch designs.
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Something tells me that this was more coincidence then anything else, not that they were coping their design but that they came up with similar hatch designs.
do you believe in coincidences?
just kidding.

actually the Ferrari Fiorano (known as 599GTB) designed by Castriota has more to do with it.
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do you believe in coincidences?
just kidding.

actually the Ferrari Fiorano (known as 599GTB) designed by Castriota has more to do with it.
I agree that they are very similar, and I pointed this out when the Jalopnik renderings first came out, however, the ZLR is closer to the current C7 rendering.
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I agree that they are very similar, and I pointed this out when the Jalopnik renderings first came out, however, the ZLR is closer to the current C7 rendering.
I never took the jalopnik renderings too serious, especially after all the info coming from official sources... and to tell you the truth I thought it's an April 1st joke, only recently started to actually accept reality. Sorry but I was some decades more ahead For me even the Transformers Vette was a little toned down, but oh well...

Judging by your avatar and assuming you like those types of Corvettes, I think we have similar tastes.
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In November 2011 Patrick confirmed to ALL of us that the Jalopnik rendering was a dead on example of the C7 High Performance model. Only doubters are recently [surprised / disappointed / in denial / rationalizing].
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I agree that they are very similar, and I pointed this out when the Jalopnik renderings first came out, however, the ZLR is closer to the current C7 rendering.
Let me add...add a Camaro rear end to the ZLR and you have the C7!!!
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Let me add...add a Camaro rear end to the ZLR and you have the C7!!!

dont overbake it!
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