Getting a close-up look at the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray wasn't easy during press days at the Detroit auto show last month. The professionally curious swarmed all over the new Chevy flagship.
What did auto writers think of the seventh-generation Corvette? Here's a sampling:
"America's sports-car icon is taking a big leap forward. Its styling is aggressive enough to appeal not only to the aging Corvette collector crowd, but also to a new, younger set of buyers. ... The side view is novel and even slightly Italian; and the angry rear end is simply fantastic. Thank you, Chevrolet, for not allowing this icon to be clinic'd to death."
-- Car and Driver
"The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray speaks to me in a way that no recent Corvette ever has."
-- Joe DeMatio, Automobile magazine
The "styling is in keeping with the brand's persona, yet it projects a more aggressive image than previous generations."
-- Paul Stenquist, The New York Times
"Read any review of the Corvette and you'll see the same list of compliments and complaints: great performance, terrible interior, or some variation thereof. The Corvette team has an answer to that, and it's called the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette."
-- Motor Trend
"Compared to the current C6 Corvette, the Stingray is shockingly aggressive. ... The taillights are inspired by the Camaro, and in our eyes are quite handsome, while the center-mounted quad exhausts look like they were ripped right off the deck of an Iowa-class battleship. They're a decidedly cool touch to the car's rear end."
-- Winding Road
"What strikes you is how much better integrated the new car is. It looks less slapdash now, like someone actually cared how the disparate components fit together."
"On paper and in the garage it exudes a world-class aura. All that remains is the driving. Waiting will be hard.