The Twin Cities Auto Show had Chevy fans wanting more.
Sure, Chevy displayed a stunning ’13 ZR1 Corvette (in white with grey stripes). Armed with the see-through shaker hood, the Vette looked tough. A bit too tough, I guess, as it was locked. Guess Chevy didn't want popcorn and beer to litter the carpets on the 126K sports coupe.
No keys meant it would be that much harder to find a seat in the ZL1 Camaro. The ZL1 has it all: great handling, insane power, and looks to match. It could very well be the best damn Camaro ever made. And were not just talking ¼ mile timeslips, slalom numbers or horsepower stats, either.
But the truth is, even with these two finely crafted cars, fans were disappointed to no end as the ‘14 Corvette Stingray and 4-door 2013 Chevrolet SS were decided no-shows.
The ’14 Stingray is one of the most popular cars on the show circuit right now. A supercharged ZR1 Vette can only appease the fans so much, especially with the C7 generating so much momentum heading into the spring.
Chevrolet SS is a true throwback, being a rear wheel drive (RWD) V8 family muscle car. Chevy calls it a “sports sedan” and if there ever was a car made strictly for the Auto Show, it’s a 4-door family offering. The Chevrolet SS, in 2-door NASCAR-spec, just won the Daytona 500. It’s been nearly 20 years since GM offered a performance sedan. This isn't your typical front wheel drive (FWD) Impala with SS emblems. The SS makes sense as it has a market. GM missed a great opportunity to sell some family (performance) cars by stealing some valuable shopping time away from the likes of BMW and Mercedes.
Both Chevy and GMC did, however, bring their respective 2014 trucks to show. Though they weren't accessible to the public, the 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra offered plenty of style and performance. When the doors were opened (by model or spokesperson), the interiors looked vastly different, a good thing considering years of criticism of GM interior design. I look forward to getting my mitts on the steering wheel, trying the seats on for size, and testing the quality and craftsmanship of the new materials promised.
The incoming 2014 Impala presented a refined and overall sleek-looking car. The FWD 4-door proved popular, as evidenced by the constant stream of people wanting in. Those lucky enough to get a seat were greeted by a rich interior: a fancy two-tone of black and unusual (for Chevy) posh, brown leather. The color and sculpting of the instrument and dash panels favors the international theme Chevy is incorporating into their designs, and was a welcome addition.
For more information on the 2013 Twin Cities Auto Show held March 9-17 in the Minneapolis Convention Center, click here: