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Now after one week with my Corvette (2LT, NPP, non Z51) and having 3,000 miles under my belt, I feel I can make some observations about the car.

Fantastic!

We started on a slippery foot as I picked up the car from Rick Conti in Ohio during freezing rain, which turned to snow the next morning so my first drive was on ice. But the car had more courage than I did and it did not falter at all. I drove cautiously but was surprised the C7 tracked and rode as if the roads were dry. This inspired confidence and we got bolder on the trip to St. Louis.

So much attention had been focused on the failings of the Infortainment system, I was weary of the Navi letting us down so I programmed my Iphone navi as a back up, but the C7 Navi never failed and led us through traffic, over a cobblestone street and a maze of one way streets right to our hotel. It even put us on the correct side of the street in order to turn into the parking lot.

My trust in the car increased by leaps and bounds. What started as a smooth suspension was verified going over those cobblestones. This car handles and rides as well as my 2011 Lotus Evora. Furthermore, the steering effort and feedback is superior to my 2013 Porsche 911 Cab. The C7 steering is lighter to the touch and it absorbs the thuds in the road but still allows you to be in total control.

Riding 500 miles was absolutely comfortable and the new seats are adjustable and supportive. They are great seats. The ergonomics of the controls work wonderfully well. The hard buttons have a tactile touch and a soft click to the feel the rotation. And the all-purpose steering wheel buttons put every electronic screen right before your eyes. My only wish would be to control all the different screens via voice command and skip all the layers required to get to your desired view.

Voice command does work well with phone use and navigation commands, however I could not find a HOME button that could be customized to call or take you Home with one touch. It takes 3 layers of voice commands to go Home.

Cruising on the highway with the NPP exhaust is drone free with an ever-present growl behind you. We soaked up the miles effortlessly, never fatigued and got out of the car fresh and ready for more. My co-pilot was my high school friend and we have talked about driving Route 66 for over 50 years so this was a dream come true. To drive it in a new Corvette was mega icing on the cake. By the way my friend is 6'-2", 235 lbs and he fit comfortably for all 3,000 miles.

We drove along the flat countryside of Ohio, to the rolling flats of Missouri, to the flat flats of Texas, and into the rock flats of New Mexico. The C7 handled all terrain without hesitation. We entered the East entrance of the Grand Canyon and we were the only car on the road. We took this opportunity to drive toward the "right side of 100," to test the car's mechanics.

You might be able to tell I am very pleased with the new Stingray and all the hype and awards are accurate and true. We experienced absolutely zero problems with the car. Now after driving around San Francisco for the last few days I find the low speed handling is quick and nimble, very reassuring in tight city traffic.

Here are some photos from the trip.
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Nice Ron - you discovered something that most of us have recognized when we got our car: the forums are peppered with over-exaggerated problems and faults that simply do not exist for the majority, and the car surpasses ALL expectations once you spend a few hours in the saddle - Nice talking to you in emails and keep em coming if I can help...
 

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Nice write up. Just wanted to mention, that I just talked to a guy that has put the clear bras on local C-7s and he made the comment about the White C-7, you will like. He said that the white/ lighter color allows the vent accents to stand out on the car so much better than the darker colored C-7, like mine ;-( I know you will get lots of positive comments about your car, just wanted to add one. Congrads, and Be Safe!


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Great description Ron. It looks like one of your trip shots was near the solar generator near Primm NV/Ca. Could have come out and met you with RedHot if I had known. Enjoy as I know you will! :cool:
 

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Ron, so glad you had a fantastic trip. Your comments on how it handled freezing, rain and also bumpy roads were important. Especially excited to hear your really positive views after a long road trip. What is also encouraging is that you are comparing the StingRay to your past and current cars including your Porsche, Ferrari, Lambo and Lotus'. Very nice write up, and really enjoyed your excellent photos!

The "right side of 100 MPH;" we will judiciously leave it at that, leaving all to wonder whether you were going the speed limit??? Or, maybe a few more than that....

My conclusion: StingRay, a world class car, equal to very top end sports cars.

Thanks again!
 

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Ron, thank you so much for this write up!

In perhaps 3 weeks I hope to take delivery of an arctic white c7 non z51 where I'll be driving it home from kerbeck in jersey to Long Island.

Congrats on your gorgeous car and I am happy to hear how it handled the less than perfect road in the summer-only tires!

Best wishes,
Dave






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Congratulations! I appreciate the write up because I have not had the opportunity to drive my C7 long distance and experience the cars precise handling in the elements. Thank you, the information is very beneficial and inspires even more confidence in the C7.
 

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Very cool, I wanted to do that but I don't think the weather would permit it now. Congrats!


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Congratulations! I appreciate the write up because I have not had the opportunity to drive my C7 long distance and experience the cars precise handling in the elements. Thank you, the information is very beneficial and inspires even more confidence in the C7.
May sound crazy, but way more than half the miles in our C6 Z06 have been on long trips. Next year's National Corvette Caravan (below link) is our next long road trip. Hopefully many members of this forum can meet each other in person next August at the end of the Caravan (at the National Corvette Museum). Corvettes are, as Ron said, great cross-country cruisers.

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Thanks for all the exciting details. I'm looking forward to my Monday after Thanksgiving Museum Delivery and the ride back to Tejas. I was worried that the OEM tires might be up to the trip, but based on your report, I think ZEE 07 and I will be fine. Very nice reporting
 

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Liked the shot by the solar plant at Stateline Nevada by Ivanpah Dry lake. Drove mine back form the Museum Nov 18th and have 2300+ miles on the trip (went through KC)to get back. My biggest challenge was dodging all the deer (dead & alive)-knew for sure I'd hit one!
 

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congrats!! your garage is sick!
 

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Great write up Ron. I am so glad you shared the story. It was great meeting you and Beverly and seeing, touching and taking a spin with you in your car. You are a true gentleman and when I get mine I'll definitely be looking to get together again. Have fun and enjoy the ride!


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I would also like to thank you for the great write up. I'm looking forward to getting mine and the road trip home. It's not near as long as your trip but looking forward to it just the same.


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