C7 Stingray Review

Posted by: Matt Iasenzaniro onJanuary 15th, 2013

The most hyped car of the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is definitely the all new C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. We posted about it before the show when official photos leaked and were anxious to get close to a production model to see it for ourselves. Well today, after a length presentation going through the history of Corvette, we finally got our hands, and lenses, on a live Stingray.

The first one we saw was the same red that was in the official photos and, I must say, it looks a lot better in person. Before seeing it live, I liked the front, I liked the side but I was on the fence about the rear. In person, the rear is fantastic. It becomes very easy to put tradition aside and welcome the new design direction the Corvette is taking. The angled taillights and the strong, tall profile give the Corvette a modern and powerful look which is in line with the rest of the brand. If you still don’t agree, wait until you see the gray. The darker colour does a wonderful job of highlighting what’s great about the car from front to back. The sharp front, swooping headlights and wide grill all become a little more subtle, but it forces you to take an even closer look, and you’ll be glad you did.

As was confirmed before the show, the base Stingray will put out 450 HP and 450 ft/lb of torque from the LT1 motor, hitting 0-60 in less than 4 seconds and pulling 1g on the skidpad. This is the most powerful, best handling base Corvette to date, and it’s rumoured that it’ll still cost you less than $60,000. This is the price/performance bargain of the decade. I have a feeling we’re going to see a lot of these, and I guarantee that once you see one in a colour you like, you’re going to fall in love.

Of course it would be poor form to ignore the elephant in the car which, in true Corvette form, is the interior. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been drastically updated and is a massive improvement from the C6, but it still feels dated before the car has even been released. The steering wheel is an abomination like I haven’t seen since early-mid-’00 Porsches. The materials aren’t the caliber you’d put in a flagship model, the carbon fiber looks a little tacky and the buttons don’t look very modern at all. That said, it has a very “cockpit” feel and I’m sure the last thing you’re going to notice as you’re bombing around town is that your steering wheel looks 30 years old. Coming from somebody who’s owned two vehicles that performed well but had bargain basement interiors, it’s a sacrifice some people are willing to make.

See all our photos below in the gallery and judge for yourselves!

When he’s not busy writing about cars or travelling the auto show circuit, he’s reviewing apps and video games related to the automotive world. In his spare time, Matt is a motorcycle enthusiast, trying not to kill himself riding along with the crazy local drivers. He is also a weekly contributor in the Motor Mondays segment on News Talk 770.

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