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Hi everyone. My name is Richie Fazio. I am 27 years old, from NY, and I own a 2009 black C6 Z51 coupe. I am a member of the Corvette forum and recently posted a thread in the C7 section about my impression of the C7 as I saw it in person at the NYC Auto Show last week. I received a message from Chip asking me if I would be kind enough to join this new forum and post my same thread about the C7 here. Chip - Thanks again for the invite. So here goes...

As promised, I said I would do a write up of the C7 after I saw it at the NYC auto show. My opinion of the C7 as a 27 year old current C6 owner opinion. As noted in many of my C7 posts in the Corvette Forum, there are a lot of things I love about the car, but the rear I am so so with.

There were only 3 C7 Corvettes in NYC (no C6s). As you walk into the Javetts center, you will see the red C7 mounted high up on a wall overlooking everyone. It looks cool up there, but personally I really wanted to see the red car up close and personal. There were 2 cars on the floor, a C7 Z51 grey coupe and a C7 midnight blue vert (and very attractive females throughout the floor haha). Here are my impressions of both cars:

C7 Grey Z51 coupe - It is a very cool car in person. The front is a bit more edgy then the current C6, but it does still retain a sleek flow IMO. I was expecting it to be more boxy, but it is a very cool front. The sides are cool, looks like a vette (the stingray emblem is so so, but not too bad). Carbon fiber roof looks very cool in person. The rear on the cyber grey car is better then the pics, but still is prob the weakest part of the car. The 4 exhaust tips looked a little weird I thought. They are prob 4 inch tips, and I think may be a little too big for the car. The interior looks better then the current C6. It was hard to tell though because they didn't let you sit in the car. I really liked the racing seats though.

C7 Midnight blue vert - I like the vert better then the coupe (and I am more of a hard top guy). Same overall impression as my review of the coupe, expect the rear looked better as it was a little less busy. The rear was still the weakest part of the car though IMO. The interior of the vert was stunning! It was suede and looked very very nice. Like a high end sports car interior. Very impressed with this.

I spent a lot of time at the C7 station. I asked about pricing and I got the "we do not have pricing yet, but if you can afford the C6 car you can afford the C7." Just like we have been hearing. In terms of the buzz with other people around the car, there were mixed reviews. Here were a few of my convos.

Convo 1 - With a current Jaguar owner (prob in 30-40s). Overall he thought it was a hot car. I told him I currently own a C6 and he thought I should get the C7 for sure. "Be the first one on the road to have one," he said. I asked him if he was going to buy one and his response was, "No way. I like it, but I'm a Jaguar guy..."

Convo 2 - With a current ferrari and corvette owner (Ferrari owner prob 50s, and Vette owner 60-65s). First I spoke with the Ferrari guy. Overall he liked it, but didn't like the "Camaro" lights and said the interior was so-so. Then he made a good point. The word around the car was that the fully loaded coupe may be $70k. "What's going to cause a new non-corvette enthusiast to purchase one of these if it costs that much?" he asked. "They can buy a Porsche Caymen..."

Convo 3 - It was with a mother and her daughter (prob in her 20s). The father (50s) owns a 2013 grand sport and was looking at the car. The mom and daughter knew their vettes. Overall they weren't too happy with it and thought the current C6 looked better. The girl said "if I wanted Camaro tail lights, I'd buy a Camaro. The back lights don't look like a vette, they need to be round."

Convo 4 - With a father (40s) and son (teenager) and a hostess behind us listening. They mentioned to me that they liked the car but were disappointed the lights weren't round. The father said to me "it's a Corvette. They need to be round. Period." The hostess behind us over heard and she said "that has been the biggest comment out of everyone's mouth today. Gorgeous car, but the tail lights need to be round like a Vette." I remained neutral with this convo.

Overall view - I liked the car a lot more in person. I can personally a test that it does look better in person then in the pics. It is def a really cool sports car. Would I buy one though right now? Only if money wasn't an issue and I could keep my current C6 as well. For me personally, the C7 would be a cool car to add to my garage on top of the C6, but not replace it. I can honestly say that I am glad I purchased my C6, because to me the round tail lights are signature Corvette. Yes I understand Chevy is trying out a new look, but I wouldn't feel like I owned a true vette if I didn't have one vette that had the signature back tail lights. I took a lot of time examining the C7 rear. Stood close and far away from it. Don't let people fool you, round lights DO work with this car! They would work just fine.

I am def curious and anxiously awaiting to see what the performance C7 models will look like. They will def be bada$$ for sure, and who knows maybe one of these models will give me the extra push I need to purchase one.

To those who do purchase a C7 when they hit showrooms, I wish you all the best of luck! I really do think it is overall a cool car, but is just missing a little bit of tradition in the back for me to let my current car go. Anyways, long like the Vette.
 

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Thanks for taking the time to write this up and posting it here.

It is funny how different our perception is on the back of the C7. Here is an all new car with all new and terrific styling. Some think the tail lights look like those on the Camaro, and some don't!!! I, for one, am glad to see the braking away from the round tail lights. If we stuck with tradition, we would still have the Blue Flame 6 cylinder engine!!! LOL

Thanks again!
 

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Welcome to the C7 / Stingray Forum Richie! Thanks for posting your thoughts on the vette!
 

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I agree!!!
Thanks for taking the time to write this up and posting it here.

It is funny how different our perception is on the back of the C7. Here is an all new car with all new and terrific styling. Some think the tail lights look like those on the Camaro, and some don't!!! I, for one, am glad to see the braking away from the round tail lights. If we stuck with tradition, we would still have the Blue Flame 6 cylinder engine!!! LOL

Thanks again!
 

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I saw the c7 at the Chicago auto show and it's is awesome, everyone I talked to liked the Stingray and many said it should have been with the exotics about 100 yards away.. I love the rear end a bit more muscular instead of a fat rump... the rear lights shall grow on you, personally the round lights on the c6 are way too big, if they were designed more like the Ferrari maybe I'd like round lights just not the size or tea saucers.. lol.. the overall edginess and angles are best seen in person... I am a BMW guy but I already ordered a fully loaded Stingray red interior...but not sure on Black which is classy or Red which is Flashy.... I'll let the dealer know at the last moment he did say all his other orders are Red so I might lean towards the Black...
 
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