LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- It is manufactured in Kentucky and for more than a half century has captured the imagination of sports car enthusiasts.
The seventh generation Corvette is now in showrooms a year after the 60th anniversary of the iconic sports car which is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky and is the only General Motors product produced in the state.
On Monday Bachman Chevrolet in Eastern Jefferson County told WDRB News that it has already sold twenty-five of the new Corvette Stingrays.
"It is pure performance, it is American muscle, and it has just got everybody very excited," says Bachman sales manager Bill Mattingly.
Mattingly says customers are calling from all over the country to get on a list to buy the new Corvette. "We've got two here left in the showroom and they are sold and going out of the showroom later this week," he says.
The new Corvette has more of a European sports car look than previous years. Its 6.2 liter V-8 engine boasts 455 horsepower.
Its roof and hood are made of lightweight materials and its improved weight and balance should mean better handling on curves and corners, according to auto experts.
It is all centered around performance," says Bachman salesman Alex Rosas, "everything is tight, handling power is phenomenal, everything they did about this car they took the driver in mind."
Rosas is not only a Chevy salesman but he owns two older Corvettes so he speaks with some authority.
"It is hard sitting in this new Corvette and keeping me from wanting to trade mine in and get a new one like this," he says with a smile on his face. "The good thing is that they are already sold so that is keeping me from buying a new one."
The new Corvette can go from zero to sixty miles an hour in less that four seconds.
"It will pin you in your seat," says Mattingly, "and that is part of the appeal of this car, everybody loves to drive this car fast, we just hope you do it safely."
The newest version of the redesigned Corvette is so different from previous models that the Corvette plant in Bowling Green had to be shut down for six months to be re-tooled.
This Wednesday, the plant holds a celebration for its newest model, General Motors hoping its 60 year old muscle car will be a big hit.
So far it appears it is off to a good start.
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