Does the current model still feel like a Corvette? Obviously. Does it feel like the vastly different C1? Yes, it really does, albeit in a weird and screwed up way that took me a long time to find the right words for. In any tangible sense, the C7 feels absolutely nothing like the original. Somehow, though, it still feels like every single one of its ancestors—that's the entire point of the intangibles automakers love to call a car's DNA. Granted, it feels a hell of a lot more like a C5 or C6 in the things you actually can feel, like steering and braking, but that's because every step has been an evolution.
The C7 is over 60 years removed from its great-great-great-great grandfather, and on paper, the only thing the two have in common is some fiberglass in the body. Yet the engineers and designers somehow managed to make sure you can feel a little C1 in there. Driving each generation of Corvette back-to-back made me realize what kept the innate Corvetteness a constant amidst all the changes.
I guess it's true what they say: The more things change, they more they stay the same. And that's amazing.
Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor, and can be found on Twitter. He was floored at how obvious the evolution was. Really.
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