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While a little while ago, very nice/very positive:

"2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Test Drive:*We take a ride in America's new automotive celebrity, the seventh-generation 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray. Rolling through the streets of Detroit, the new Corvette Stingray gets the kind of attention usually reserved for minor celebrities. At every red light pedestrians whip out smartphones and squeeze off photographs, while drivers in neighboring cars unleash a flurry of questions, such as when does it come out (late summer) and how much does it cost ($51,995)? No one has to ask what kind of car we're driving. It's clear to everyone that, despite entirely new bodywork, this is unmistakably a Corvette. And yet, the difference inside and out between the 2014 model and the old sixth-generation car is so stark that it's hard to believe both versions rolled off the same assembly line only months apart.*
As impressive as the Corvette looks, the way it uses technology to improve performance is downright stunning. Consider the electronic limited slip differential that comes as part of the $2800 Z51 handling package. Most locking differentials are passive, and when locked the corresponding wheels spin at the same rate, aiding stability while turning at the expense of steering response. But by constantly varying the amount of lockup every fraction of a second, the e-diff gives the Stingray the quick reflexes of a open differential with the sure-footedness of a limited slip rear.*
Driving the road course track at GM's Proving Grounds in Milford, Mich., the new Corvette handles like a hundred pounds has been removed from the front end. In reality, the car is about 100 pounds heavier than the previous model. Old Corvettes gave the driver the feeling (or lack thereof) that a leery slide or spin could come at any moment as you approached the car's limits. The Stingray, by contrast, is more responsive at low speeds and more predictable on the edge."*
The article concludes, "If there is anything missing in this car, it's the feeling of compromise."
To read*the rest of the article:*2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Test Drive - Popular Mechanics
 
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