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Old 01-24-2013, 05:16 PM   #1
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Sorry, I love it

I attended the NAIAS today and met the C7 in person. I take back every bad thing I said about it. In the flesh, it's amazing. Front, side and yes, even the back. I could definitely own this car and am certain I will one day.

The tail lights have depth. To quote my wife, "They look mean." They do. So does the front end. This car has an attitude just sitting there.





I don't personally care for the contrasting color of the vents, but on this metallic grey and on black cars, they aren't as noticable.

There were many hot cars at the show, including the new Viper. This car is the only one that had a constant crowd. A Large crowd. All the time. Everyone is impressed by this machine. I believe it will sell well.

If the images don't work, you can go to my NAIAS site here http://tomsnaias2013.shutterfly.com/

I'll get more photos up there soon.
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My only point is that if you took the crossed flags and Corvette name off the rear would you still say that's the new corvette or would you say that's a new Camaro? Be honest.

I know lots of people love this new design and for the Corvette I am happy. But to me it's just too much of this and that and not enough corvette. They say it's design is from heritage, exactly where is the heritage?
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My only point is that if you took the crossed flags and Corvette name off the rear would you still say that's the new corvette or would you say that's a new Camaro? Be honest.
If I had never seen this car before, I would think it looks cool, regardless of what brand or model it is.

If it was a new Camaro, I would think, Damm, that's outrageous, I want it! But it ain't a Camaro. And I still want it!
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No one will ever mistake this car for a Camaro from the back or any angle. The tail lights aren't "Corvette round", but they are also not "Camaro square" either. They're unique, distinctive. They're deep. Like jet engines or something. You need to see them in person.
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Oh and they had the latest GTR there. It's hideous. Crazy fast, maybe, but fugly IMHO. The Viper is very nice. The Ferraris are stunning. The C7 has more attitude than any of them.

This car (in person) is clearly a Corvette and I would rather own it than the others. There was nothing at the show more interesting than this car for me and obviously for many other people as well.

It was on a turntable and off limits, so we couldn't sit in or feel the interior, but from 10' away, it looks much improved.

If the interior is as nice as it looks and it performs on the track and if the price has not increased much, it will be a winner. No doubt about it.
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Face it this car is the ABSOLUTE VERY BEST GM can do -- a no holds barred maximum effort to build the best 55K sportscar. If it didn't rock it would be sad. Its going to rock.
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Thanks for sharing the pics and your impression! I agree with you, I think it's a stunning design and an absolute homerun for Chevy!
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No one will ever mistake this car for a Camaro from the back or any angle. The tail lights aren't "Corvette round", but they are also not "Camaro square" either. They're unique, distinctive. They're deep. Like jet engines or something. You need to see them in person.
Perfect. For those of us who like the overall design...can we just agree to refer to the tail lights from this point forward as "After-burners."
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Take off the badge and yes, it can look like many cars but Camaro? Nah, it doesn't look like a Camaro. Just because some lights at the rear look vaguely similar doesn't make it one. Besides, look at the size of the cars and their stance.

Would I immidiately think it's a 'Vette? I donno, maybe it'd take a moment. The C5 => C6 was easier, but then the cars were more similar than this.

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My only point is that if you took the crossed flags and Corvette name off the rear would you still say that's the new corvette or would you say that's a new Camaro? Be honest...
I would say it's the new Corvette...honest.
The scale, proportions, silhouette, and arched fenders alone all say Corvette in my view. The details being debated are what have moved the car beyond where it has been.

Some will never like these changes, others will enjoy them.
Some will look for relationships to other cars - perhaps as a means to comment negatively about change, or that it has become a "world" car rather than an "American" one. Others will look at it for what it is - an exceptional car.
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I would say it's the new Corvette...honest.
The scale, proportions, silhouette, and arched fenders alone all say Corvette in my view. The details being debated are what have moved the car beyond where it has been.

Some will never like these changes, others will enjoy them.
Some will look for relationships to other cars - perhaps as a means to comment negatively about change, or that it has become a "world" car rather than an "American" one. Others will look at it for what it is - an exceptional car.
To my eye, this car screams Corvette, and with or without "Corvette" badging I'd instantly know this is a Corvette. It has the same classic "wedge" stance, i.e. big butt coming to a pointy nose that is the definition of Corvette and NO other car has.
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Oh and they had the latest GTR there. It's hideous. Crazy fast, maybe, but fugly IMHO. The Viper is very nice. The Ferraris are stunning. The C7 has more attitude than any of them.

This car (in person) is clearly a Corvette and I would rather own it than the others. There was nothing at the show more interesting than this car for me and obviously for many other people as well.
Maybe because the 458 Italia and SRT Viper have been out since last year?

Either way, nice pics. Not a fan of the interior but I can probably get used to it. It's not horrible, just wierd looking. The rear? Still trying to get passed it. Took me a while to get passed the headlights on the C6 so this will take a while. Maybe by the time they introduce a Z06 or ZR1 equivalent, I will have been able to move on.
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Those who say the photos don't do it justice are 100% right. You have to see it in the flesh. I think you'll all become believers when you do. I can't wait for the road tests.
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