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Old 07-21-2013, 01:41 AM   #1
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Default First Impression: new Stingray looks like a Ferrari!

I believe the first impression for the general population will be that the new Stingray looks like a design evolution of a Ferrari. Based on the comparison photos below, they are very similar and share the same stylistic components. IMHO, the main difference, as GM even states, is "taking a world-class sports car and bringing it back to the gym"...it's that leaner, meaner American definition that ultimately sets them apart.

Let me speculate that the main value add for first time Corvette owners like myself - and there will be many of us - is that you essentially get a Ferrari (or insert any $100K+ brand here) for 1/5 the price. Don't get me wrong, I understand world class sports cars inherently all borrow designs from one another and am not discounting the well deserved brand heritage and driving distinctions of both Corvette and Ferrari.

For many like me, it comes down to this rhetorical question - should I spend $200K more for something that the general populace (and probably most women, when badges removed) can't tell apart on first impression? If aliens flew down to Earth, how would they justify spending five times the amount for a Ferrari next to a Stingray that looks and performs almost the same? Rhetorical because for any sensible person, the answer should probably be a resounding no, that the subjective value of a name brand by itself just isn't worth the large price difference against its competitors.

The new Stingray really is the very best car bargain in this segment and yes, even at MSRP. And in the event that you feel the strong desire to express a flaming counterargument, I offer you a photo of some hot girlies.
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:28 AM   #2
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Eh..... no.
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:59 AM   #3
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Nope. The rear of the Ferrari is really, really bad.
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:17 AM   #4
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Nope. The rear of the Ferrari is really, really bad.
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Yeah because theres no way the C7 looks like a updated C6:

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Old 07-21-2013, 07:34 AM   #6
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Corvettes and front engine ferraris have a long standing relationship of comparable styling language.

I agree the Ferrari F12 and the c7 have sImiliar style. It's interesting especially since they are both about to come to market at the same time.

I like the f12 so the fact that the c7 shares the "look" is cool.

Ed Welburns team did an amazing job with the c7.

Welcome to the forum and good luck with your site. What's with the 3 girls wearing headbands and drinking champagne ?
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:07 AM   #7
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Wow, this has never been discussed on this forum before...

Well, yes they are both front engine, rear drive, sport coupes with rear hatches. Designed for aerodynimics and low center of gravity, with a wide track and wheels pushed out to the corners. So they will share the same major architecture characteristics of just about all the front engine/rwd sport coupes in this segment.

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Old 07-21-2013, 09:14 AM   #8
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Modern vettes have always looked Ferrari-ish ...nothing new here. I will say that the proportions and the roof line that extends all the way back to the rear of the C7 is very Ferrari F12 like when you look at profile of the car

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Old 07-21-2013, 09:19 AM   #9
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But the cars look nothing alike when seen in person.

The F12 is the most elegant Ferrari GT in production today.

The Corvette is the sexiest GT made in America today.

That's about as close as they get to one another.
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Modern vettes have always looked Ferrari-ish ...nothing new here. I will say that the proportions and the roof line that extends all the way back to the rear of the C7 is very Ferrari F12 like when you look at profile of the car







There are design cues that are shared between the two marques.

The most important distinction between the two latest examples, is that the rear fender extends to the front of the door on the C7. The 68 charger was so far ahead of it's time with this powerful feature for a front engined car. The McLaren Can Am cars introduced these proportions a decade before the Charger, but they were mid engined cars. The C5 also had this feature.
To my mind, this keeps front engined Ferraris and Aston Martins dated. The Cobra GT and Ferrari 250 GTO designs are dead.
Long live the 68 Charger.



Even had four round lights like ferraris have. Just can't get used to the back of the C7. Hideous. Great for the aftermarket boys.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:39 AM   #11
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Wow, this has never been discussed on this forum before...
^ It's been at least 24 hours !!
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:00 AM   #12
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. . . and when the C6 with the first exposed headlights in 43 years appeared, many compared IT to a Ferrari . . . .
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:14 AM   #13
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But the cars look nothing alike when seen in person.

The F12 is the most elegant Ferrari GT in production today.

The Corvette is the sexiest GT made in America today.

That's about as close as they get to one another.
The F12 is the best looking Ferrari since the Testarossa - imho
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The F12 is the best looking Ferrari since the Testarossa - imho
I disagree. I believe the 599 is far better looking.

1) Italia
2) 599
3) F355
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:23 AM   #15
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I disagree. I believe the 599 is far better looking.

1) Italia
2) 599
3) F355
I agree on the 458... it is #1 for me and the rest are way behind
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Modern vettes have always looked Ferrari-ish ...nothing new here. I will say that the proportions and the roof line that extends all the way back to the rear of the C7 is very Ferrari F12 like when you look at profile of the car

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I like the look of the C7 better, it's lower and sleeker looking.

What I do like Much better on the F12 is the higher profile rear tires.

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Old 07-21-2013, 12:41 PM   #17
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Bob buys a new Corvette and removes the badges. Jim buys a new Ferrari and removes the badges.

At the water cooler, Helen tells Jane that bob has a new Corvette and that Jim has a new Ferrari. Without walking to the parking lot and looking at the two cars, which car gets Jane wet?
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:46 PM   #18
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I'm buying a C7 because I like the car. I couldn't care less whether or not other people can or can't tell it from something else. Anyone who buys a car based on what others think of it is nuts.
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There have always been similarities between the two GM also did it with the C4 & the ferrari 308
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:24 PM   #20
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Yeah because theres no way the C7 looks like a updated C6:

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They share many of the same styling cues (obviously they're going to do that as designers....) but let's be honest. That car on the bottom looks like an old beater by comparison. "Outdated" only begins to describe how that c6 on the bottom looks.

Also, in this comparison, it brings to mind how humorous it is to see some of the c6 guys complain that the c7 design is too busy (and then they blame it on vents etc). If you look at that c6, there is a LOT going on, and almost none of it (including those rims, gills, reflectors/lights) pull together as a cohesive design. The c7 looks, by contrast, to have one smooth and flowing design thought (although if we could see the rear, I could admit that the design idea departs the smooth round concepts of the side and front a bit)

I think a comparison of the coupe fleshes this out even more - with the rear of the cabin extending now all the way to the back, and the rounded rear of the car. It departs from that old looking door-wedge shape that the rear of the c6 carries.

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