The 2014 Corvette Stingray is, for lack of a better term, damn good. I saw it in person at the Detroit Auto Show, sat in it, grabbed the wheel and rocked from side to side while I made engine noises with my mouth, and walked away impressed. It looks and feels like a great American car, and I can't wait to actually drive one.
I haven't heard many complaints about the car yet, except for one: the taillights. "They're too squarish!" say the Corvette faithful, who prefer their tails always be of the round variety and seem to forget that the C4 Corvette had pretty square-y tails by the 1990s. Even my own father, himself a 'Vette aficionado, can't get past the "Camaro taillights," no matter how good the rest of the car looks. And he's not alone.
I think those people are wrong, but if they insist that round tails are the way to go, they will soon have a remedy. A website called Corvette Italia will purportedly offer a $2,800 kit that will give the C7 some decidedly retro C6-style round tails. Forget for a second that the tails no longer fit with the rest of the car's design language; if it makes Corvette owners happy, why the hell not, right? I know plenty of C5 owners who ditched their pop-up headlamps for fixed ones, even though that should be against the law.
The thing is, this image has been floating around various Corvette websites and forums for about a day, but I can't find a link to the actual kit itself. Is it real? Can anyone out there track it down? And is this better or worse than the C7's stock tails?
Hat tip to Jo!