Well, you can’t please everybody.
While the new eighth-generation Corvette has earned award after award – all of them positive honors – in its short time on the market, Bloomberg News has released its listing of “The Worst Car Interiors of the Year” and the 2020 Stingray is on it!
Of course, the mid-engine Corvette joins some pretty ritzy company like the McLaren 570S, Lotus Evora, and Nissan GT-R Nismo.
Bloomberg explains: “The Chevrolet Corvette, the McLaren 570s, and Lotus Evora, for example, are among the most athletic, fun-to-drive vehicles on the market today.”
But then the website proceeds to rip the Stingray a new one.
“This take is going to be polarizing – the C8 is a great driving car – but then the interior itself is polarizing. Literally. Witness the massive, curved divider that runs straight through the middle of the car. Lined with buttons and covered in low-grade leather, it looks like a part of the command helm on the starship Enterprise.”
My fellow Corvette enthusiasts, they don’t get it, do they?
They argue that “there’s no flow, no fluidity in the space between the driver and passenger, which ruins any attempt at harmony within the car.”
Is that the point of a sports car – can’t we all just get along?
Furthermore, they argue that “you’ll never be able to reach over and squeeze your driving partner’s knee or use the buttons on the angled center dashboard screen while the car is being driven.”
Again, my fellow Corvette enthusiasts, they don’t get it, do they?
Then they complain that “those dozens of buttons along the interior walls, dashboard, and dividers feel out of step with current themes and with much of the luxury segment, where brands like Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce brag about how many interior knobs and switches they’re removing – at customer request.”
Based on our experience with the C8 in the past two months, we’ve found it refreshing to have switches that are always visible and not buried deep inside layers of electronic screens.
Bloomberg also notes that the “single-minded orientation of every button and screen in the cabin toward the driver crosses the line between just being a driver’s car and being too much; anyone unfortunate enough to ride shotgun is going to feel very left out.”
They just don’t get it, do they? Anyone riding shotgun in a new C8 is going to be very, very fortunate.
They also have negative comments about the new “squircle” steering wheel, saying it “looks as if it were borrowed from Buick,” and the poor visibility at the A and B pillars, “as you might expect in such a low, awkwardly designed cabin.”
They really would have a hissy-fit if they realized they were wrong about the side blind zone alert system being standard. It’s only with the 2LT and 3LT, of course, but we will agree with them that such a safety feature should be standard on all levels.
On the bright side, the Corvette comes out looking like a hero compared to the way Bloomberg trashes the McLaren, Lotus, and Nissan!
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