The New Corvette Stingray: An Hommage to Awesome

Hot, red and fast, the 2013 Corvette

CorvetteMy first college boyfriend had a collection of luxury sports cars, including a Corvette. The guys in my dorm were both jealous and in awe, but the lure of sports cars was sort of lost on me. I thought of cars purely as transportation.

Then I went to a press event at Espace in NYC where the newly designed 2014 Corvette (celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Corvette!) was unvelied; the new model stands out for its hommage to the classic design. For comparison, they had a vintage Corvette on display. Let me just say, if my college boyfriend had had this car – well, all bets would have been off. I would have taken his keys and gone for a ride on my own.
ClassicvetteThe classic Corvette: inspiration for the updated 2014 model
The new Corvette Stingray coupe on display–in red, of course–will be built in Kentucky. As a bourbon lover, I can only say that Kentucky now makes two of my favorite products.

The new ‘Vette, unlike its predecessors, was designed to be a little gentler on the earth: It gets 26 MPG, great news for an eco-conscious driver who never idles and has learned to curb her lead foot to save fossil fuels. 

The Corvette has supple leather seats, which remind me of the car my brother got shortly after his oldest son was born. He was so proud of the leather seats. He strapped my nephew into his car seat and the nephew then regurgitated breakfast, the previous night’s dinner and assorted snacks, all over those gorgeous seats.

Kids don’t need to ride in sports cars with leather seats.

2014-Chevrolet-Corvette-048-MediumLike Earnest Sewn Jeans, the ‘Vette’s best feature might be its rear viewThe Corvette is to a minivan what Earnest Sewn is to mom jeans: Taking the necessary to a very sexy, fun new level. It is not just sleek and beautiful, but it is also fast – it goes from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds.

With seating for just two, it’s not the car for driving the soccer carpool, but better a reward for Mom and Dad, having driven sensible, team-toting cars for years, to enjoy a soon-to-be empty nest. 

Just don’t let your college age daughter–or her boyfriend –get a hold of the keys.

Judy Antell, who is's Free in 50 States editor, lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and... More about Judy Antell