Hot or Not? The 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray

The new 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray – and yes, they’re using the Stingray nameplate – broke cover today in Detroit as part of the 2014 North American International Auto Show.

How does it look – HOT or NOT?

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  1. From what little I saw the picture of the gray car makes the lines of the car a little more subtle which I like. They still use pushrods but it works.

    1. Push rods are only bad if one wants to go to more than 2 valves per cylinder. If you want to stay at 2, push rods give a bunch of advantages. Being able to place a single cam between cylinder blocks instead of on top, means a smaller engine, less weigh, simpler and cheaper.

  2. I think it’s fairly hot. (I know, that’s faint praise that could be taken as insulting, but it’s not meant that way). It looks good, but I made the mistake of reading some forum comments that said it looks like a BRZ, and now I’m seeing some of that in it. I’d also like to see some of the angles smoothed out a bit (I feel this way about a lot of today’s cars). I do really like the Targa top, as that’s a Corvette signature and something that I think some other cars should consider as well.

  3. Yeesh, what an angular mess. But then I personally believe the last good-looking Corvettes were made in 1967, the second generation C2, represented by the background car in photo #3. One of my favorite quotations expresses how I feel about automotive design as well. From Edward Bulwer-Lytton: “In life, as in art, the beautiful move in curves.”

  4. Not Ferrari, Lambo, Maserati-kinda hot, but hot nontheless.

    I like the dash, too. It reminds me of some other well thought-out car. Not overdone and enveloping, but could benefit from a layer of carbon fibres.

  5. It hurts to say but; Yes. I like it.

    To me, Corvette is the only thing GM USA is doing right, at the moment. The mess they have created in Europe is hard to swallow.

    So, for now: The Corvette is hot. It almost always has been. And it still is.

  6. It is definitely a sports car, and it is recognizable as a Corvette, but the front face looks like taken from a comic, this über-angry fascia feels like a joke, and the four tailpipes ….

    The interior is much better than everything I’ve seen in a ‘vette till now, and the tree cluster configuration is really welcome, other Chevys use a two cluster configuration.

    I think the NASCAR’esque rear fence to create down force fits to the character of the car, but there are better ways of doing it.

    All in all, it is a nice American Sportscar, and it looks better than the Viper, but it is not my cup of tea.

    I would give it a 8/10 if I had more information on that new 7-Speed Tremec manual gearbox, as it feels like a very impressive piece of technology but till then I give it a 7/10.

  7. Not impressed. That front is a Ferrari rip-off if I ever saw one, and the lines of the design are way too cluttery for my taste. I prefer the old ZR-1 days.

    1. Thank God someone mentioned Ferrari before I did. It’s the first thing I thought of (well, the second thing, after first thinking I preferred the C3 as a ‘Stingray’).

      I’m sure it drives like stink, though.

      PS – Check out Sniff Petrol’s notice about the Corvette 🙂 (language warning).

  8. Not. Seems to be designed by someone how was very uncertain of what to communicate. If I didn’t know it was a Chevy, to me it could as well have been a Hyundai, a Fisker, or a Nissan.

  9. Overall, it looks a lot like the previous (current) Corvette, with some Camaro tail lights.
    I’m sure that it’s incrementally better in most ways, but it doesn’t look like GM was ready to take any risks.

  10. That dashboard has the same passenger grab handle swoop as the recently-debuted Jaguar F-type. And to my admittedly jaundiced eyes, there are no visual ties between the original Sting Ray (note correct two-word spelling of ’63-67 gen cars) and this hot mess… so I don’t know what they’re all on about!

  11. I’m impressed that they didn’t just rehash the last three updates. As far as I’m concerned, this is the first truly fresh new Corvette since the C4 in 1984. It still “looks like a Corvette”, but you don’t have to be a fanboy to recognize that it’s different either.

    Perhaps best of all, for GM, is that its design is rapidly shaping up to be polarizing, which usually is good for sales in a category like this. Since you can’t be all things to all people, why not be “THE THING” to some people instead of wasting your time with the rest?

    Of course, the Corvette’s long been polarizing, so that part’s not new. It’s just that, this time, the styling isn’t milquetoast. For what it’s worth, I like it. Perhaps not as much as my current visual fave, the F12 Berlinetta, but it’s less than a third the price (and will probably deliver 9/10s the performance), so I can live with a slightly less visual panache.

    1. As to my point about polarization, it’s interesting to see that GM might actually have learned something from their Saab experience. As far as I’m concerned, the last 9-3 ruined the brand. Yes, it’s a good car and, yes, it’s got a lot of unique Saab features, but, at its core, it’s a visually dull, slippery sedan that both failed to either capture Saab loyalists or bring the conquest sales GM had hoped for.

      If this new Corvette’s sales numbers are what I expect them to be, I will see this as a sound argument in favor of bold design over inoffensive design.

  12. Poor vision at the C-post , I hope it races well . I do track work for the SCCA and the guys in the garage in the Vette camp do work as hard keeping up as much as anyone . However GM doesn’t give me warm fuzzy feelings , I still want my SAAB but if wishes were fishes………… Side note what happened to the Mid-engine Vette , I heard that that was held up due to SAAB . Swade , anyone know ?

  13. I have to agree with you Steve…..I see Ferrari lines all over it……almost like a Jason Castriota approach……but I must say….It is hot looking though I am not a fan of red but in this case it really defines the car. And yes for the money it technically is the best bang for the buck comparing it to other foreign sports cars. I think this Corvette is the best looking one in a long time and will see success.

  14. OK looking from the front with a nice stance. Overwrought and somewhat derivative design. Ugly ugly butt.

  15. Attractive, but not beautiful, if that makes sense… It has busier lines and fussier details than I would like (and busier than the current generation Vette), but look around. With rare exceptions, busy lines seem to be in at almost all automakers (especially MB).

    In my experience, Corvettes always look better in the metal than in photos, and I bet this will be no exception. I’m predicting it will have enormous street presence.

    Also, while I’m not a sports car person, I have to acknowledge that given this new Corvette, the Viper, the Camaro, the Mustang (about to be updated), the Subaru/Toyota twins, the Genesis Coupe, Nissan’s sports cars and near sports cars like the GTI and Focus ST, we’re in quite a performance golden age right now, which is doubly amazing given all of the MPG pressures out there…

  16. First thing I thought of looking at the all new Stingrays rump was… Nissan.

    It´s not a bad looking car, not at all! It´s even got some Jason C lines in parts.

    Would I want one? H-ck no. Rather have a 911 any day.

    GM might be proud but to me it´s just a piece of trying to copy/paste, Copy/ paste, Copy/paste.

    GM is dead to me anyway.

    Uninterested… moving on