Meet “America’s new automotive celebrity.” The long-awaited seventh-generation Corvette will arrive in showrooms next month ready to rewrite the traditional rules about owning “America’s sports car.” No longer will driving a Vette be about compromise—about ignoring various shortcomings to get world-class performance on the cheap. Acceleration and top speed remain “unheard-of for cars that cost less than $60,000.” Better still, “the shortcomings of the old car have all been fixed.”
“A world-class speed demon,” that old Corvette was also “one of the scariest rides that doesn’t involve rodeo clowns.” But the new edition, with a stiffened chassis and greatly improved traction control, proves to be “much, much friendlier.” Its direct-injection V-8 engine still even sounds like the old model’s, “with a deep, ragged rumble” at idle. But you can throw this car into a turn and trust it’ll go where you aim it. And “the new interior is killer.”
Chevrolet’s new thoroughbred should even be “genuinely comfortable” as an everyday vehicle. But what’s “truly amazing” is how much more fun the car is now that it’s been loaded with various electronic safety controls. “Exiting a corner sideways is, for many, the most rewarding component of driving a car that works right.” This Vette aces that challenge.