January 14, 2013, - 5:13 pm

Corvette Stingray 2014 Looks Like a Datsun to Me. What Do You Think?

By Debbie Schlussel

The rage at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit is the new 2014 Corvette Stingray. It reminds me of a Datsun from the ’80s. Yes, I know it’s “sleek” and all the usual gushing jargon you’ll hear from some car fanatics. But it looks just like the Aston Martins I saw at a Detroit screening of the James Bond movie, “Skyfall.” Big price tag, small Datsun-esque (or Nissan-esque), average look. The car has a 6.2 liter V8 engine, goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in four seconds, and gets 26 miles to the gallon. Does that meet Obama standards? Presumably it was designed with the Obama people in charge at the time. I like cool cars, but this doesn’t do it for me. How about you? (If you want to know the price, they aren’t telling . . . yet.)

2014 Corvette Stingray . . .


Aston Martin Vanquish . . .


Datsun 240z From the ’80s . . .


What do you think about the new Corvette? While I like the old Corvette look better, whenever I see one of those I expect to see an older guy in a Member’s Only jacket step out of it. Perhaps that image is what this new Datsun-ish design is meant to correct.

Your reaction? Is this really the best in new cars that America has to offer? More details on the new Corvette Stingray here.

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41 Responses

Since older guys buy a lot of cars, good luck with “correcting” that image. The new Corvette looks like a nice car, I would consider buying one if I could afford one. I don’t think you will see anyone with “members only” jackets but who you will see getting out of new sports cars are people who can afford them and want them…whoever they are.

RT on January 14, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Mazda Miata.

Jamal Howard on January 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm

As much as I like the 1963 Stngray, I WANT THAT RIDE. NOW.

Now excuse me while I mop up that drool.

The Reverend Jacques on January 14, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Hmm, since you mentioned the Corvette Stingray of the 2014 variation looks more like a 1980s automobile, I sorta have to disagree with you a little on this one Debbie, the first photo of the Stingray looks more like early 1990s (1990-1994 edition, I remember seeing cars like that back in those days), whereas the second photo of the Corvette-Stingray looks more between 2000-2006. But you’re right about the Corvette at the bottom picture, that one is more 1980s!

And BTW Debbie, speaking of 1980s Corvette, did you see that film from 1989, “Collision Course”? In that film they had a vehicle similar to the 1980s version of the Corvette that you posted in this piece, and that film was shot in Detroit, Michigan according to my knowledge or it the story-line of that film was suppose to be in Detriot, MI?!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on January 14, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Yes, this is a phenomenal car from an engineering and horsepower standpoint. U.S. makers have been way behind the super cars (Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati) the last 30 years. This levels the playing field. I will buy one.

By the way, you said it looked like a Datsun, and then you said an Aston-Martin. There is a world of difference between those cars, and they don’t look anything alike. This car actually looks like a Nissan GT-R – the best super car for the money out there – from the front and a Ferrari or Maserati from the rear. This car will sell.

Bob D. on January 14, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    ” U.S. makers have been way behind the super cars (Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati) the last 30 years.”

    Can’t agree with you there, Bob. Sure, the Italians reign supreme with exoticars, but the fact is that the ‘vette made supercar-like performance available to even many a working man’s budget and dependable enough to be used as a daily driver with a network of Chevy dealers available nationwide for service. No Italian car can match that.

    You could and still can practically buy a ‘ vette for every day of the week, M-F, and have enough money left over for a pickup truck for the weekend.

    DS_ROCKS! on January 14, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      …for the price of one Italian supercar.

      DS_ROCKS! on January 14, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Effeminate Metrosexual HUNK of shiT!

Kevin J J Kehoe on January 14, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    “Effeminate Metrosexual HUNK of shiT!”

    Before, ‘vette’s were a macho extension of a man’s penis, now, according to Kevin, they’re effeminate.

    lol! Some people just aren’t happy unless they’re complaining about something.

    DS_ROCKS! on January 14, 2013 at 6:31 pm

As a car-guy, I can tell you that the re-inventing of an iconic mark as is the ‘vette, is no easy task. I think GM pulled it off. It still is recognizable as all- ‘vette when you study it for a few seconds, but at first glance, you’re not so sure.

It’s sort of like seeing a little girl you knew from your neighborhood for the first time after 10 years and she’s grown up into a beautiful, stunning woman. You do a double-take and then you realize that it’s her.

I say GM pulled it off.

DS_ROCKS! on January 14, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Its a FERRARI 458 wannabe. Yawn.

FrenchKiss on January 14, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Too much going on body-wise. The ‘Vette has always been about simplicity but what I see pictures seems to be a bit thrown together without much purpose.

Kinda like gov’t work!

P. Aaron on January 14, 2013 at 6:27 pm

This is a big improvement over the Corvettes of the past 30 or so years, although the design is not as good as the original Corvette Stingrays.

I think this is a positive move.

Incidentally, ever ride in a Vette in the 90’s? Terribly uncomfortable. The most comfortable ride I had was in the back of a chauffeured Rolls Royce. Sweet!!! (The Rolls was owned by a friend and colleague of mine in Hong Kong, and the Vette was owned by a morbidly obese douchebag with an ugly wife and probably a small dingaling.

Jonathan E. Grant on January 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Originally, many Japanese sports cars and some of their other cars some degree copied the stylings of the European, and particularly British and Italian cars. As Japanese cars developed, their styles evolved and became unique. These Japanese cars eventually appealed to the American public, because they were designed by a group of smart Jews in California, whom the US auto companies would not hire. The US auto companies’ anti-Semitism and lousy cars ended up biting them in the ass.

Jonathan E. Grant on January 14, 2013 at 6:50 pm


    Henry Ford, who published and distributed his anti-Semitic newspaper “The Dearborn Independent” and published a hate book called “The International Jew” was a legendary Jew-hater whom Hitler deeply admired and Hitler praised Ford in his book “mein Kampf”.

    There’s evidence that both Ford and GM collaberated with the Nazis while we were at war with them (treason). However, I’ve never heard about institutional anti-Semitism existing in the US auto industry in recent times. Does the Daimler and Benz book discuss the anti-Semitism you’re referencing here?

    Scott on January 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      It has gotten better, although the culture still limits Jews. Look and see if there are any Jews on the Board of Directors, or in any important positions..doubtful.

      Jonathan E. Grant on January 15, 2013 at 9:33 am

Now the American car companies copy the stylings of the Japanese. My 2003 Honda had an original body style; this styling is now being copied by so many of Honda’s competitors, including Toyota, GM, etc.

And does anybody really want to buy that behemoth known as a Cadillac? Come on, the styling on a Lexus is so much better, as is the quality.

Yup when the US auto industry would not hire smart Jews, they sealed their fate as “also rans.” They will never catch up to the Japanese. And yes, the German luxury cars are nice, but guess who were co-owners and co-creators of virtually every automobile company (Excluding the original Volkswagen company) in Germany at one time? Jews. See “Daimler & Benz: The Complete History” pages 133-134.

Jonathan E. Grant on January 14, 2013 at 6:57 pm

I liked the redesign of the Beetle.

When I first looked at it, I was taken aback by the lack of the rear engine.

It grew on me and is a fun little car to drive.

NormanF on January 14, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    It was still pushed by Hitler, and I would never by one, Norman. The old joke is how many Jews do you get in a VW? 2 in the front, 2 in the back and 40 in the ashtray still applies. Its promotion further united the people behind Hitler.

    Jonathan E. Grant on January 14, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      I agree basically, Jon although for various reasons I have had one Mercedes and 3 VW’s. The Benz was the biggest lemon I ever drove and the VW’s all got rear ended while I was stopped at lights. The Jetta was totalled. I’m not counting my VW bus that I bought used and only had for a short time. I think there was a message in those accidents. As much as I liked the Bug, I got rear ended and a month later my husband was stopped at a light and he got rear ended. No more. If I get to buy a car here, it will probably be a Jeep. I need some comfort because of my rheumatic bones and the Japanese cars, even the Lexus just aren’t soft enough. At least the Jeep is big and roomy. I’m not so big but I can’t sit in a racing bucket seat long and that’s all that’s available. We actually are seeing a lot of GM cars here; Buicks and Caddies for that market and various small Chevys for the economy minded. I won’t buy one tho.

      Italkit on January 15, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I liked my New Beetle too, Norman. Couldn’t bring it to Israel tho, complicated formula for importing used cars. Speaking of VW’s. my ’82 Jetta with 5 on the floor beat out my friend’s Vette going uphill by about 30 second. Of course the idiot had an automatic in the Vette for his by then ex wife. :p But still, I was never impressed and it was UNCOMFORTABLE. I have also always found GM cars designed for deformed men with long legs, short arms and big bellies. I could never get a comfortable driving position in any of them from my Mom’s Caddie to the Vega my ex bought. That Vega also had a clutch that could break your leg. I could never start in 1st even tho I’d been driving a stick for years.
    My very first car was a Fiat 850 spyder. I loved that little thing. Took it to Germany and even with a top speed of about 87 MPH, went out on the autobahns.

    Italkit on January 15, 2013 at 6:52 am

I’ll keep my 1997 C5 corvette, this car looks like crap to me.
The rear end view is Camaro like, but I shouldnt be surprised coming from Obama Chevrolet.

Jesse on January 14, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Oh, if *only* it looked like that Aston Martin. The AM is a gorgeous car; the new Corvette is not bad, but following a different design philosophy.

Apropos, about two years ago I was at the Washington Auto Show where I sat in a Corvette. I didn’t stay long as the seating is too low to the ground for me. Just for context, I drive a classic ’89 Honda Prelude sportster which is about as low as I can handle these days.

Raymond in DC on January 14, 2013 at 7:43 pm

They don’t make cars like they used to. They all look the same. Dull.

I like the look of that 80’s Datsun and that Aston Martin more than the NEW Corvette.

I was just drooling over a snap of a Centurion today. Boy, they don’t give cars the uniqueness and character they used to. All watered down and boring…just like life in 2013…

Skunky on January 14, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Wow! So many opinions. Wonder if all those opinions read the engineering data and saw the video and live launch last night. Chevy got it right by correcting all the bad stuff from previous versions – especially the interior. Front/Rear weight distribution is exactly 50/50. Air flow on this car will create more down force, keeping the car on line and on track. They shaved 99 pounds off the weight, it will have a top speed of just over 200 MPH, and will still get 26 miles per gallon on the highway.

Haters gonna hate.

Bob D. on January 14, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Yaa, because we all need to hit 200 when we’re going to the store for a gallon of milk. As if the NASCAR wannabes in parts of the South don’t have enough bad ideas.

    Italkit on January 15, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Well Bobby, if you do not want opinions, you can find another site. Also, I did not know you could be a hater about a car. Does the Corvette Stingray have civil rights now?

    If you want to bury yourself in an eco-luxury car, knock yourself out with this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisker_Karma

    The Karma could not even finish the check-in process for Consumer Reports without breaking down. There is a car worthy of your love. It has great fuel economy, if and when it runs. Of course, there is the small matter or range, but staying on major highways should reduce the risks you would face on secondary roads. Who could not call it sporty?

    Worry01 on January 15, 2013 at 5:30 pm

All you need is a little engineering and electronics know-how.

Disable the governor, hack/root/jailbreak/tweak the electronics software, and the new Stingray can be made into the killer machine it’s meant to be.

And with all respect due Mr Grant: have you ever floored a 92 Caddy deVille? I did it on a northbound stretch of I 75 in Ohio. Damn, that ride was smooth. Behemoths they may be, yes. But do these bitches move.

The Reverend Jacques on January 15, 2013 at 3:56 am

With pending fuel economy standards, many of these cars will become unavailable in the United States. The chosen few might be able to sneak a relative handful in, but that will be about it. Hybrids and the almost-electrical cars coming out are expensive and do not have many takers. Also, with the federal government considering a mileage tax to replace our present fuel tax, much of the incentive to even buy such fuel efficient vehicle diminishes still further. The new cars will be expensive to purchase, expensive to run, and there will be relatively few choices(due to diminished demand). Private automobile ownership will once again become something for the wealthy only. The only vehicles that one will see apart from that will be commercial or government owned. This will of course take time, but there are policies that will accelerate this process. We will probably be at that point in 20-25 years at most. In Western Europe, vehicle inspections are used to get rid of the older cars. The costs of bringing those cars into compliance are usually prohibitive.

Worry01 on January 15, 2013 at 5:11 am

It looks fine. Getting 26 mpg out of a 6.2 liter V8 engine sounds like quite a stretch.

I’d never buy one so I don’t know what else to make of it. I’ll keep my eye on which professional race car drivers buy it and “play” with it on the track.

Hopefully, they’ll sell more of these than Volts.

There is NO Santa Claus on January 15, 2013 at 7:22 am

I wish the Datsun 240z would return! That was a beautiful vehicle.

Dina k on January 15, 2013 at 9:08 am

Showing my age, but I’m still waiting for a Corvette that I like better than the 1962 model. A HARDTOP Corvette is sacrelige. Not a sports car if it’s not topless. The new one is too busy with the little chrome ersatz vents, etc. For a true work of art, find a photo of a 1967 Buick Riviera…smooth and a minimum of chrome.

Kent on January 15, 2013 at 9:22 am

When I was a boy, we had the big Hudson Commodore with a straight 8 , and a Chrysler New Yorker also having a straight 8; both engines had a long stroke to bore ratio, and both cars got 25mpg, highway; the Buick Roadmaster straight 8 was the same for another 25mpg.

So, yeah, I would say that, the car makers are moving things forward, . . . a little bit at a time, . . . and very slowly, . . .

PhillipGaley on January 15, 2013 at 10:37 am

Actually, no. It looks like Chevrolet’s crowd-sourcing focus group trend analysis steered the designers into drafting a Corvette that looks like its inspiration was drawn from Ferrari’s 2013 F12berlinetta


jack on January 15, 2013 at 10:48 am

I’d take the ’63 split-window with a fuel injected 427 any day of the week….it’s a classic, plain and simple!

IceNoMore on January 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm

As far as I’m concerned, that last really cool “VET” they had was driven by Martin Milner on the TV show Route 66″

Tommy Thomas on January 15, 2013 at 5:21 pm

I dig this new Vette. I ESPECIALLY dig the engine that’s in it. I wonder, though, if it has the same engine as the current ZO6? As for the Aston Martin Vanquish, I’ve always thought its a SWEET DAMNED RIDE. A hand-made V-12 engine & a sleek look that’s just flat-out BADASS. Of course, so’s the $500,000.00 price tag.

As for the supercar supremacy debate, I’ve always held the Wankle rotary engine Mazada RX-7 in high regard, as well as the Acura NSX & Toyota Supra. (the older ones from the mid-late 90’s) with the straight 6. All those “rice rockets” are SICK RIDES & have been competative in the sports car market for quite some time. And for a while, only the old Vette ZR-1’s could even come close to them, as far as American cars were concerned.

Cicero's Ghost (NB) on January 16, 2013 at 11:01 am

I’m not so sure the new Corvette is a copy of the Nissan “Z” models. Its rear end is wider and higher than a Z’s. Kind of like Oprah’s. Either way, it’s a Chevy and probably a piece of Gubmint Motors crap.

Sean M on January 17, 2013 at 9:00 am

Good observation. Why did Datsun change name to Nissan ? Big bucks for style here. I drive cars until they fall apart – 2000 Chev Lumina with 210,000 on it. Dark green, nothing special, still looks fairly new. It was a rental car one year old when I bought it with 29,000 miles on it. I hate high-priced cars.

MM from Georgia on January 17, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Sorry, so far nothing has come out from Detroit (or anywhere else for that matter) that will make me want to trade in my 2004 Chevrolet “Slingshot Yellow” SSR (Super Sport Roadster)… http://www.burtbrothers.com/cars/fullsize/2007_Chevy_SSR_Yellow.jpg

As I use it for work I doubt anything will ever come close… Except for if GM ((or anywhere else) redo the concept (convertible sporty pickup truck) which I seriously doubt…

Hans on January 21, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Ok so my husband called us to his computer to show us the car. Right away I said it looks like a Datsun! So the kids looked it up – one agreed, one didn’t! My husband all along saying no way! So I did a yahoo search and found this – THANK YOU!

Sharon on August 17, 2013 at 1:33 pm

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