Car and Driver Splashes the C7 Corvette – A PERFECT swan dive or a belly flop?
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Don’t you just love a nice surprise in your mailbox? You know, a nice fat IRS tax refund, a Publishers Clearance Warehouse winner notification, or a letter from an old flame. (okay, maybe not that last one) The April 2012 issue of Car and Driver arrived in my mailbox today and I was greeted with what appears to be the real car that the November 2011 Jalopnik illustrations were based upon. It’s SO hard to tell computer rendered cars these days. “Usually” computer images are a little too flashy and that’s the telltale sign. A year, or less, from now, we’ll know for sure how spot on Jalopnik and Car and Driver are.
But for now, it’s deal with what’s in front of us. Sometimes, cars look better in person. But the C7 is looking more like a C6.75. I know that Corvettes tend to be evolutionary in their design, but honestly, there’d better be some stunning things going on under all the pretty fiberglass and carbon fiber.
The front view of the car is interesting, but two design elements bother me. The front grille opening looks awfully close to that of the 1993 – 2002 Camaro with its Billy Bass mouth. Going by the Jalopnik renderings, the hood vents and vents on the tops of the rear fenders indicate that this is the 2015 ZR1 configuration. But the vents on the hood look like those on the new ZL1 Camaro. Since when does the Corvette FOLLOW the Camaro? (when Camaros outsell Corvettes 6-to-1?) I suppose we’ll get used to it. But we’re not supposed to “get used to it,” we’re supposed to LUST for it!
And now to the back end. (sigh) PLEASE!!! Don’t let this be the real back end of the C7 Corvette, PLEASE. If so, we’ll never hear the end of the “Cormaro” of the “Camvette.” I know that the Camaro is a sales success and the Corvette is struggling, but that doesn’t mean that the corporate flagship Corvette should FOLLOW the company’s pony car.
The side and front show smooth swoopy shapes and compound curves while the back end is all straight lines and facets. Plus, the rear view photo shows how flat the sides are – nearly straight up and down slabs with a skinny front fender vent. The spoiler looks like, “Hey! Let’s add a spoiler thinky here!” The squinty-eyed Camaro taillights look like a bad ethnic joke from an ‘80s Toyota. And the C-pillar has that angled forward BMW, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion look. I’m starting to get mad here. GM, you have taken the “design by committee” “focus groups” model of design right off the cliff.
With never seen before expectation being driven by the internet since sometime in ‘08, if this car doesn’t instantly blow everyone’s doors off and make socks go up and down, this brand will be in trouble. There’s a shrinking part of me that’s still hoping that the images we’re seeing are bogus and just out there to stir up controversy. If so, I’ll fold up the cover of Car and Driver, put it into a sandwich, and have it for lunch! If the images ARE correct, the Corvette’s traditional detractors are going to beat the faithful Corvette bunnies to a bloody pulp. – Scott
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