You’ve got to wonder if even General Motors expected the new Corvette Stingray to be as big of a hit as it is now. Sure, they definitely knew they had something special when all the reviews started pouring in, but the C7 is turning out to be one of the biggest home runs any automaker has had over the past decade. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find any sane person disputing that … even among fans of rival brands.
I’m not quite sure how I missed this one, but considering that it’s built on the beloved C6 platform, I figured it’s deserving of a few comments here, good or bad. The Soleil Anadi, hand-built in Italy, was showcased at the recent New York International Auto Show, and so far counts three owners in the Middle East as its exclusive customer base, according to a New York Times report.
Make no mistake about it, Corvette buyers still crave a lot of the hard-core traditional performance stuff that has always defined the sports car, even when opting for the new Corvette Stingray. Amid the growing trend among carmakers to do away with the traditional stick shift in sports cars, GM says 40 percent of new Stingray buyers are opting for the manual transmission.
You certainly can’t say that Chevy isn’t trying to share the love when it comes to the C7. In addition to reaching out to traditional Corvette fans, the carmaker has also been working to turn some new prospects on to the new Stingray. Most recently, Chevy set up camp at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival near Palm Springs, CA hoping to add a few of the partygoers to the Corvette fan base. Attendees at the Corvette bash had a chance to experience the thrill of the C7 from the passenger’s seat and it appears to have made quite an impression as you’ll see after the jump.
More than 1,000 Corvette enthusiasts turned out at the National Corvette Museum to help celebrate the announcement of Michelin’s tire sponsorship of the new NCM Motorsports Park. The global company, which has had a rich history with Corvette over the past decade, has inked a three-year deal with the Museum that will include product displays and three major events at the new race track.