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brbaritone
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 7:38:23 AM

Looks cool, goes fast. Those you'd expect from a Chevrolet Corvette.

But more endearing for people using the redesigned 2014 Corvette day-in and day-out is its continued ability to be drivable as your only car (if a two-seater will do, and you don't get much snow), as well as a modest appetite for fuel, considering its performance potential.

Not all high-performance cars are as agreeable. Corvette's decent manners have been a strong selling point for years — a beast tame enough for a pet. It's nice to see that Chevy didn't ruin that in the full-scale makeover that went on sale late last month.

The 6.2-liter V-8 grumbles and throbs when you hit the ignition. And the wide turning circle reminds you that the car's not as small — in any way you care to name — as its compact dimensions ...
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pb88
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2013 1:20:19 AM

who cares
bston
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 2:13:03 PM

A luxury sports car.
jrs4125
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 7:24:41 AM

Sounds like an advertisement.
BEGTWO
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 12:06:03 AM

Yea it is!!!!
collins5150
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:02:31 PM

favorite car
Cashless
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 2:36:27 PM

No thanks.
BuckyTJones
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1:41:15 PM


I am a 4x4 truck man.
sciotosix
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 11:45:53 AM

About what you'd expect from a Corvette.
streetdesign
Champion Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 11:45:27 AM

The new vette is a ice ride but two seaters are not for everyone. It is just not practical which is why I got rid of my MR2.
Nikontraveler
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 11:32:48 AM

I still love my 1972. I've had it for 40 years. I bought it in 1974.
rosa403
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 11:08:22 AM

nice ride
reidlej
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 10:42:33 AM

Cool, but not in my budget.
mastermariner
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 10:34:51 AM

I will order today
ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:49:51 AM

Zoom Zoom!
AVKZ
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:42:43 AM

Who doesn't want a 'vette?
Caribou2011
Champion Author Ohio

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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:36:49 AM

Will have to wait a year or so for the price to come down.
00MrSlate00
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:23:19 AM

Love to buy one, but too rich for my garage.
dwbuddy
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:09:32 AM

still a rougher ride than the ones from 1998-2011...they changed the suspension. I like the look - awesome, but not the ride.
gypsymom3
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:08:56 AM

ok
EnviroChemist
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:53:02 AM

Great car, wish I had the cash to put one in the garage.
Anty57
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:49:59 AM

ok
wrunner
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:42:36 AM

A great vehicle for Sunday driving.

Drive it in the parkway and park it in the driveway.

Built for comfort AND speed.
sabre75
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:35:32 AM

Trying to order one, been told I "might" expect delivery in mid Feb.
jjjleblanc
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:34:40 AM

Sounds great.
SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:31:24 AM

Nice!!!!
Peachy1
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:29:21 AM

Can't afford one.
Ltdc
Champion Author Long Island

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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:26:26 AM

A nice adult toy if you can afford it. You usually also need a more practical vehicle to fall back on.
lisenclose
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:24:23 AM

That sure is pretty, I don't have money for it, but it sure is nice to look at
madison8359
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:20:39 AM

A true American classic.
NilesBishop
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:16:06 AM

Sorry, don't care how cool it is. Would never buy a GM car after they stole from the American public.
Straitliner
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 7:58:36 AM

An iconic car from a true "American" company. Toyota and all the other Jap crap is what is junk.
humblepie
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 7:52:40 AM

no thanks, I bought one once, worst car I EVER owned
1GhettoWhipper
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 7:49:59 AM

nice, nasty, AND terribly 'UNCOMFORTABLE'....
Tacodan
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 7:42:51 AM

G O V E R N M E N T M O T O R S ............junk
gs7101
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 7:40:51 AM

This will entice thrill seekers.
brbaritone
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 7:40:02 AM

The article continues:

You'll not mistake it for a family sedan, but it doesn't demand a lot from the driver, while rewarding handsomely. Sight, sound, feel, control — all the sensations are thrilling, even at low speed.

The latest Corvette is only the seventh generation — the C7 — since the first one in 1953. And in the car's 61-year life only five people have held what might be the best job in the auto industry: Corvette Chief Engineer.

Tadge Juechter has the job now, and loves it. He drew the short straw, though, and wound up riding with Test Drive through rural Northern Virginia (aka "horse country") during our skirmish with the new, seven-speed manual transmission. Hitting three gears in a row that were the ones we meant to hit was worth a celebration. Juechter was gracious, didn't even grimace.

Test Drive spends plenty of time with manual transmissions, however, and usually does well. So we wonder if the Corvette's wide shift pattern, to include seven speeds and reverse, might bedevil others, too, at least initially. The dashboard shows which gear you've chosen — a feature normally reserved for the manual-shift mode of automatic transmissions — in a bit of acknowledgment that drivers could use some guidance.
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