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    Detroit Auto Show: Livestream of the C7 Launch


    By William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    January 13, 2013

    Tonight is the start of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show with the most anticipated reveal: the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette. We're going to have people on the ground for the launch of the Corvette and will be streaming the launch beginning at 7:00 P.M.

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    Simply... STUNNING. Gorgeous, tough and sexy... worthy of the legendary Stingray name in every way. Those guys were like boys on Christmas morning, and no one will blame them. WOW. Of course it's my desktop background.

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    Quick first impressions:

    - I like what i see overall.

    - On this car color really matters.

    - The designers made some odd choices, but they seem to work.

    - One of the odd choices are the quarter windows - but they break new ground and really give the car a longer look.

    - The taillights and the downward cutout that depends from them are going to raise some hackles.

    - I wish a few cutlines were just slightly different.

    - For some reason, I think I'm going to like the first refresh of this design even more than I do this one.

    - Not sure I care for the way the dash merges down into the console - a minor quibble.

    - Longer, lower, wider indeed!

    And, the tech sounds fantastic, looking forward to taking in all of the details.

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    I wondered myself about some cars with this feature... new Camaro and Mustang, for example. It's actually a gravel guard area. Apparently, if that area were painted, it would get chipped up.

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    As I stated in the other thread with all the pictures of the Corvette, I love this one the most out of all generation's. My only issue is the rear taillights and their down turned corners. I really wish someone would ask GM why they wanted this sad looking Rear Taillight? What do those black triangles communicate?

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    As I stated in the other thread with all the pictures of the Corvette, I love this one the most out of all generation's. My only issue is the rear taillights and their down turned corners. I really wish someone would ask GM why they wanted this sad looking Rear Taillight? What do those black triangles communicate?

    I wonder if they are functional vents or just cheese.

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    I see vents atop the rear quarters- sure looks like a functional vent system for RR wheel well pressure reduction / airflow... but time/details will tell. Corvette sure has the performance where a functional system here would actually do something.

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    I see vents atop the rear quarters- sure looks like a functional vent system for RR wheel well pressure reduction / airflow... but time/details will tell. Corvette sure has the performance where a functional system here would actually do something.

    Transaxle, brakes, and engine compartment all have functional venting. No non-functional vents on the car.

    Airflow management is big on this thing.

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    So what do all of you think of quarter windows on a Vette?

    I'm not sure. I think I'll reserve judgement on a few of the details until I see it up close in person. The window itself is very small as the B-pillar takes up a good portion of it. I want to see what it see what it looks like under the lights at NAIAS. Overall, I like it much more than I thought I would based on the few sketches that leaked out from service bulletins and whatnot.

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    So what do all of you think of quarter windows on a Vette?

    I'm not sure. I think I'll reserve judgement on a few of the details until I see it up close in person. The window itself is very small as the B-pillar takes up a good portion of it. I want to see what it see what it looks like under the lights at NAIAS. Overall, I like it much more than I thought I would based on the few sketches that leaked out from service bulletins and whatnot.

    Fair enough.

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    I find the choice to use quarter windows really strange, but not offensive. They along with the flat rear glass aid the angularity of the design , I think.

    And yeah, some Ferrari GT car designs come to mind.

    The windows really make the car look much longer.

    If nothing else, the C7 has staked out its own design turf.

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    After looking at the pics in the gallery again, I think it is a really nice looking car overall but I am still really unsure about the rear end. The tailights, the vents, the spoiler, the black lower fascia... there is a LOT going on back there. Very busy. That troubles me much more than the 1/4 windows. I agree with you Camino that while an odd choice (especially for a car with no back seat), I do think they aid the the flow of the design. Again, I'll reserve full judgement until I see it in person. Overall I give it a big thumbs up, though. :thumbsup:

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