I never understood that whole thing about respecting any car..
I don't ask for respect...I don't care if I get it or not..
As long as people keep their hands off the car I don't care..
the magazines? they have to go on and on about the value of complexity and other nonsense that makes young tech heads swoon..
I remember being a kid in the 60's and that was what we were brought up to believe...
After years of being an import fanatic...I drove a vette and it was all over...
The whole wonder of DOHC techno babble was over..
Simplicity and efficiency as well a sh!tload of hp and torque, lightweight, big brakes and tires and great handling are what sports cars are about..
All the rest is techno babble bullsh!t.. that the magazines need to write about to get those kids or people who don't actually drive the cars to dream about...
You can't blame the public for the false perceptions the magazines write about...as thats all they have to learn from...
and the magazines have to delve into the mystique and long involved intricate nonsense to keep readers attention..
Some magazines tell it like it is and then add in some bullsh!t about the interior or feel....isn't up to the vaunted...whatever brand..
Although the new C6 Z51 with its revised steering rack and 436 hp for 40 odd grand has gotten rave reviews from the media...so maybe now GM's corvette gets the "respect" your talking about......
I don't know why but stroking the dashpanel and "feeling" the material is an important part of sports car ownership to many..
Not but me but for many its a big deal so GM offered up the option for those who want it.
I wouldn't order the 8 grand 4lt option for the interior upgrade but thats just me....
I would take the c6 Z51 with the NPP exhaust though!
How many actually buy the Corvette is the only respect" GM cares about!
What is it? 30 thousand examples of corvettes per year?
What other "supercar capable of four second zero 60 mph runs or 190 mph top speed can claim those kinds of sales?
FWIW I have some friends over at BMW N/A headquarters and you should see those people look in Awe and rave about the Corvette..(Not the people who buy BMW's but rather the people who are in charge of BMW)
You want to talk about respect.. ?
Don't kid yourself...and don't listen to the magazines..
The corvette is a marvel of engineering and at it gets a ton of respect world wide...
I'd imagine hearing what the ferrari factory guys say behind closed doors would be similiar to the BMW story above..