The 2020 Corvette Stingray just introduced by Chevrolet is just stunning. It’s the brand’s first-ever production mid-engine Corvette.

And before you say it, I’ve heard it all. I’ve heard all the Corvette purists say this new car is nothing but a nod to European styling and that it’s an abomination.

But since this is my column and I am writing it, I say this: they are so wrong. 

This is the first Corvette I can honestly say I want to own.

And I’m not even paying attention to the details, such as:

•New 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine;

•495 horsepower;

•470 lb-ft of torque when equipped with performance exhaust;

•Fastest 0-60 time of any entry-level Corvette;

•Goes into production in late 2019 and will start under $60,000.

I mean, just look at the thing! If you go to any small-town parade, you’ll likely see the Corvette portion where local owners proudly drive their Vettes down Main Street for all to see. I’ve seen it every year since I was a wee lad. And few, if any, of the Corvettes ever really excited me. That’s why this one is just… sexier. Ask any kid which car they want and they’ll say Ferrari or Lamborghini. Mark my words: You can add the new Corvette Stingray to that short list.

If you disagree with me, I don’t care. This thing is like a puppy that jumps in your arms and licks your face, begging to come home with you.

Corvette Executive Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter, General Motors President Mark Reuss and Executive Design Director Global Chevrolet Phil Zak and their respective teams should be commended.

It’s an amazing-looking car with incredible styling and I want one.

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