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When I pulled the pics back up this morning, something hit me. This car is amazing. I am one of the round tail light fans and I still am.

But THIS car should not have round tail lights - it just would not work. And while I first thought the new tail lights looked Camaro-ish, again, after reviewing them, I do not think so at all. I think they look 'Chevrolet-ish'. They do have a Corvette flair to them after all.

So, I was wrong. This car is amazing and I would drive one any day of the week.

And I can NOT wait to see the Z06/ZR1 versions.

Anyone else having second thoughts? I used to have a 06' C6 a few years ago. Although I would have liked to see an evolution of the C6, the new C7 Stingray isn't a step in the wrong direction. The interior looks kindof like a C4 Corvette, but it's more tasteful than the C6 interior. The exterior has a very high end look to it. World class.

On a side note, I believe the snap oversteer on the C6 Z06 has more to do with the god awful run flat tires than the transversely mounted leaf springs. I found when I switched to non runflat tires on my C6 the handling and road noise was very much improved.
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No second thoughts....actually, I think it's worse the more I look at it. That rear end is obscenely disproportional, the interior looks cobbled together from shit they had lying around. It looks like the results of some sort of Top Gear challenge. It is not an evolution of the C6, which was a step back in the right direction from the C4 and C5 - it is a total hodgepodge of crap that has been echoing around GM for the past 5-10 years. The influence of the Camaro (tail end), the XLR (front end, sides, back), and the CTS-V (rear haunches) are unmistakable....and not in a good way. I wouldn't say Cadillac coupes and sportscars (?) are "designed" so much as they are formed by uncontrollable geological forces...it's hard to imagine anyone would intentionally make a car look like that. The late model Camaro at least stayed true to what the car should look like if it evolved along a straight line from its 60's heyday. This, not so much.
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I agree this is not an improvement, looks-wise, over the C6. Of course, I'd rather have a pickup truck than a sports car, any day, so my opinion here is worth exactly the paper it is printed on.
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If GM donates me a fully loaded one, I might drive it.
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Being a non-Corvette aficionado, I don't see the big deal. Cars that are radically changed almost always seem 'ugly/bad/mistakes'. I usually wait a few yrs to let it grow on me. I didn't like the upgrade from 1967 to 1968 either! But, they have grown on me since then.
Mechanically they should change the rear suspension. It's an antique. Although, you can't expect much from the GM division. They move at the speed of glaciers.
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mmmm...classy

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^That is tasteful, to bad you are too narrow minded to see it.
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The new Vette looks better in some of those other shots, the direct rear view is the weakest point imho. Fuck packaging, the rear leaf suspension should have gone unless they finally fixed the snap over steer problem.

Reminds me of a night we set up a track in Texas (we were always doing this in the '90's). High speed corners taken anywhere around 90 mp on average. I brought my '96 SL 320 and just went through them for fun. I had done them in a Callaway Vette, a ZR-1 Vette, etc. I went faster in the lesser powered SL than in any of the hi power cars prior, also did it with less effort. I was amazed as I wasn't really trying. Made me a harder core Mercedes man as I am to this very day.
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