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So how does the latest Corvette stack up? Well, GM has retained the basic lines of the C6 Corvette, but updated the details of the fascia and the familiar up-turned tail. Meanwhile, carbon-fiber roof panels and an aluminum frame helps make the Stingray lighter and stiffer than the C6.
"The Corvette has never been a refined machine," writes Damon Lavrinc of Wired. "But that’s part of its blue-collar charm. It’s the working man’s supercar.... This latest version doesn’t stray too far from that path. But like the Viper we drove last year, the all-new Corvette is finally something you don’t need a hair shirt, some gold chains and a Tommy Bahama polo to drive."
And over at Fortune, Doron Levin wonders if the C7 Corvette could have the effect of buoying GM's prospects across the board.
"Chevrolet dealers expect that many people drawn to their showrooms to see the seventh generation of the car will ultimately buy a sedan or a pickup," Levin writes. "Carmakers have long believed in the 'halo' effect of such high-performance vehicles, though the practice of building and selling them has waned somewhat in an age of cost cuts."