Motor Trend recently tasked their editiors and writers to come up with a list of the Best and Worst cars they drove in 2011. Corvette owners have rightly taken offense to the comments from Associate Online Editor Jason Udy who named the 2011 Corvette Grand Sport as the worst car he drove in 2011. Not only did he give the Corvette this dubious award, but he took is a step further by saying the Corvette “lacks soul”.
Udy first named the best car he drove all year as the Ferrari 458 Italia, although he claims that the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon, the Ford Mustang Boss Lagnua Seca and the Lecus LFA were all the top of his list.
As for the worst car he drove, here are his comments:
Worst Car – Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Trying to figure out the worst car I drove in 2011 is only slightly easier than deciding on the best car I drove all year. The TSX wagon comes to mind – nothing wrong with it per say, it just didn’t wow me. The VW Jetta TDI was equally disappointing. The power was nice and the DSG shifts insanely fast, but the stark interior with hard plastics wasn’t enough. The Fiat 500 Sport manual was much slower than I expected. But, the biggest disappointment for me would have to be Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport – surprising because I have always preferred the simplicity of American cars over exotics. Is the Grand Sport fast? YES! But, it just didn’t feel special, like it had no soul, which is a shame for a car with an uninterrupted nameplate dating back to 1953. Hopefully GM can improve the C7 Corvette and ignite some passion back into America’s sports car (and ditch the transverse mono-leaf suspension).
I don’t know Udy and wouldn’t presume to know his motivations for naming the Corvette Grand Sport the worst car he drove in 2011. If he doesn’t like the car, fine, say that. But to say that it lacks souls reeks of link-baiting and knowing the Corvette community the way I do, I fully expect to see our fan boys push back against such an outrageous statement.
And judging from the comments posted on the Corvette Forum regarding the selection, I would say that the push back has already started.
Does Udy have a valid claim or is this just rhetoric designed to increase page views? Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts!
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