So what does a proper car journalist from Britain think of the C7 Corvette? I’ve been waiting for a British review of the C7 ever since August 1, 2004 when Top Gear reviewed the C6 Corvette. The British, as well as journalists from other countries, have always been hard on America’s sports car. Overall, they’ve liked it, but because the Corvette is significantly more expensive overseas, international reviews have looked at the Corvette with more scrutiny.
You may be thinking, “Who cares what some British dude thinks about the Corvette? ‘Merica, dammit!” And while I respect your patriotism, if the Corvette is to continue for another 61 years, it must be a success internationally. If anyone is to foretell how well-received the Corvette will be outside of the United States, it is the apotheosis of automotive journalists on the Internet: Chris Harris.
When North American automotive writers have reviewed the Stingray, aside from chiding the C7 Corvette’s controversial rump, any bad thing they have to say about the car is about as negative as the minus symbol next to an “A” grade. Chris Harris, on the other hand, and without struggle, points out things lacking in the Stingray that we haven’t heard before, and that’s refreshing. Think of Harris’ review as something as positive as the plus symbol next to a “B” grade. Harris also compares the Corvette with the Porsche 911 Carrera S, which, to everyone outside the U.S., is the Corvette’s direct competitor.
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