The modern Corvette is an interesting car. Definitely great by any standard and fast by most, but is it overrated?
My personal opinion: yes. And here’s why.
The Corvette is one of America’s automotive icons and has been since its inception in 1953, but now it seems to me that it’s just a shell of what it once was. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a fast and attractive car; however, I have a feeling Chevrolet is losing its creativity when it comes to Corvettes. They all look the same now (admittedly it is Okay who are trying to keep the car the same) and have lost originality compared to other vehicles. Corvette used to be the kind of car that all the world I watched as he rolled down the street. ‘Vette has always had the nicest features and the coolest design, but now they are just part of the standard GM (Government Motors) design that all their vehicles feature. Gone are the sweet interiors and special engines. The Corvette’s only really special engine is the ZR1, but even that isn’t as revolutionary as it could have been.
It’s sad to see such a legend fall from its former glory. Now Corvettes are up against cars like the Nissan GT-R, a car that in the past would never have been allowed to come close to a Corvette. Unfortunately, the United States has lost its edge in building cars, and the vehicles show it. Hopefully, with all the new promises and more from the Big 3, we’ll start to see improvements and more originality in our vehicles that previously defined American cars and showed imports who’s boss. But, I wouldn’t hold my breath. There are too many restrictions on cars and more to come. The government (via CAFE standards) seems to think that the US needs to adopt the Chinese way of biking from one place to another (note that China has largely moved to normal vehicles).
We’ll see what happens.