I agree, it is far too easy to write a full page or two of rant when you
begin talking about GM these days. And this is a person born and bred on
Chevrolet, whose first car was a Chevy, whose first new car was a Chevy, and
has had a Chevy in the garage forever. Well, almost, these days the
everyday isn't a Chevy, it is a GMC.
The look of the new Corvette has grown on me once I saw it in person.
However, I can't pick them out of traffic. Neither can my daughter, who is
currently into calling out Corvettes on the way to anywhere. A C5 stands
out. A C4 stands out. C3 and back stand out incredibly. But the C6 looks
far too much like a typical Japanese import sporty car/sedan from the front.
GM's innovation? Dead. When the Camaro/Firebird began their bloated rounded
look in '96 or '97 or whatever it was, I knew that was the end of
Camaro/Firebird. With regular tires from the back, the look was all wrong.
It wasn't a pony look anymore, and that was what the whole deal was about.
The engine shoved under the windshield, good grief Charlie Brown, didn't
anyone remember lessons from shoehorning in a V8 in the Monza? A look at it
and the Mustang and it was no contest. The Camaro may have been sleeker
looking, but the Mustang was Saturday night ready. And easily modified for
more Saturday night fun.
I had thought once of doing some SCCA IT racing but that involved everything
non-GM. Well, you could drag out a Vega or Monza, but they had to compete
against much newer technology Japanese cars. Nothing in the GM lineup was
even close to being good for IT. Cavalier? Yeah, right.
And really, if you look at GM engineering, the only real saving grace they
have had is the Chevrolet small block and big block. Look at where the
bolts are on a trailing arm of a C2 and C3 and call that good engineering.
Look under the hood at almost any Corvette for any work on anything and call
that good. It is squeezed in like a slave ship out of Africa in the 1700s!
The C1 and the C2 can be forgiven many problems because they were fast, they
looked good, and they provided you a basic platform to do almost anything
you wanted. C4 allowed much less of your own. C5 was designed to have you
do nothing. And C6?