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January 28 Weekly Open Thread--Welcome to C7 Corvette Week

Official GM publicity photoThe big news in the automotive world this month has been the unveiling of the 2014 Corvette Stingray the day before the start of the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. We've decided to join in the commemoration by proclaiming this a Car Lust Theme WeekTM in honor of the 'Vette.

Judging from some of the commentary we've seen in the media, the "C7" seems to be getting mostly good reviews from Corvette fans and other pistonheads. We, the Car Lust contributors, will weigh in with our opinions in a Roundtable this week. Right now, it's your turn. Hit the comments box below, and give us your take on the new Stingray ... or any other automotive topic that's on your mind.

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It's nice. But anything called "Stingray" should have concealed headlights.

So far the only real issue I'm having with it is that tail design. Right now it looks like a Camaro's rear end that's been left out in the sun too long... maybe it'll grow on me in time, we'll see.

It's also interesting that the new C7's dash design (strictly the design, not the gauge placement) seems to strongly resemble the C4's 90-96 dash design... anyone else notice this?

I'm not thrilled with the Ferrari headlights...and what's up with the tail light surrounds?
Really, why have those black surrounds...stupid unnecessary clutter.
Is GM bringing back "surface excitement" with unnecessary plastic? Has Harley Earl returned?

@Yankee - yes, that was my first thought, too.

I hope they've done better with the materials and fit-n-finish in the the last 20 years. My Cruze says "hopeful".

To me, this is the best looking Corvette in 45 years...I haven't much liked the look of any of them since they went to the C3 body. They got slightly better in the 80s, but then went back to blah. This one looks very sharp, though, very aggressive, modern lines.

(I echo Jeff Weimer's comment, also. I don't trust GM to make any car well, since they haven't managed to do so in decades.)

I'm gonna miss the huge rear glass area. It's been part of the Corvette's looks since the 1978 model year.
Granted, being that I've never owned a real Corvette, I don't know if that's good or bad in practical terms.

This is awful.
How come we didn't have a new Viper week?

It is worth remembering that the good looking Corvette was called the Sting Ray, while the disappointing follow up model of 1968 was the Stingray. This car seems to be a tribute to the Stingray, as driven by Mark Hamill in "Corvette Summer."

CJinSD, what makes the C3 Stingray a disappointment in your eyes?
The only bad thing that I know of the C3s was that they weren't the easiest cars to produce in their assembly lines, but that's about it.

Someone HAD to bring up the Corvette in "Corvette Summer", without a doubt the most ungodly hideously ugly Corvette ever made *barf*

Personally I always liked the C3/Mako Shark (whatever you want to call it) bodystyle as far as styling, but their build quality was absolute junk - but to be fair, most other cars of that era were also.

The C3 was a disappointment when introduced in many, many ways. People were expecting a mid-engined Corvette, which it wasn't. The chassis was basically the same introduced with the previous model. The interior was far more cramped than the C2s, compromised by the new body design. The same was true of the luggage space, which was now actually tiny even though the car was larger overall. Even seeing where you were going in the C3 was harder than in the C2, such was the impact of its exaggerated and non-functional styling. The 1968 models were not ready when introduced. Their quality was even atrocious by GM's standards of the day. Car and Driver refused to test the first '68 delivered to them, so bad was its quality.

Once the compromised and retrograde C3 had replaced the C2, it remained in production for 15 years. The lowest performance Corvettes after 1954 were Stingrays. The styling aged fast, with no help from bumper laws introduced after the car. The engines were strangled by emissions controls. Corvettes lost their relevance to driving enthusiasts during the Stingray's run. They became automatic transmission equipped lifestyle choices, and the Corvette has struggled to shake off the image picked up in the '70s ever since.

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