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The 2014 Corvette Stingray, through the eyes of its designer

Dramatic redesign has bold new look with echoes of Vettes past

  • 2014 Corvette Stingray

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is a more stylized departure from its immediate predecessor and its chief designer couldn’t be more proud of the result.

You’ve seen it inside and out from the few images GM has released.

The luckier buffs among you may even have been able to get a one-on-one look at it in Detroit, New York or Geneva.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray, through the eyes of its designer

Whether it appeals to you or not, you have to admit the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray represents a radical departure from Vettes past.

When the candy-apple Stingray C7 rolled through Jay Leno’s garage for a visit recently, Leno pronounced it “the most dramatic change in Corvettes since the mid ’60s.”

“Those were evolutionary,” Leno said. “This is pretty revolutionary, I think. It’s a really exciting car.”

Performance capabilities aside, when it comes to high-performance sportscars, form is just as important as function.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray, through the eyes of its designer

So when it came to penning the new C7 Corvette, chief designer Kirk Bennion went all out in combining classic looks with dramatic new styling traits, such as those angled-off taillights that replaced the old round units.

Bennion acknowledges that messing around with a classic was a daunting task.

“It’s a huge car,” he says. “It’s a big icon.”

That said, he notes, they still wanted something new, different, compelling.

“We wanted the front to get a little more serious,” he says. “Not angry, but serious  . . . We wanted something that would give you that 100-yards-away distinction.”

Did they succeed?

Well you be the judge.  In the video below, Bennion walks you through the Vette’s style evolution.

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