Why I’m More of a Believer in GM

What better pictures to post on the 4th of July than ones of a good ole, red-blooded Corvette. My buddies in the GM PR department loaned me one to drive for a week after we connected on Twitter—yet another frequently overlooked of tweeting!

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This guy shows up at my house with the keys for a 2009 Corvette.

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I had never driven a Corvette before, and it’s not what you would call subtle. But then again, it’s not designed to be subtle.

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This is the essence of the Corvette: a big, bad-ass engine. But I was amazed that the car is rated for 26 mpg on the freeway. Popular Mechanics even got 32 mpg in its test.

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I don’t think I got beyond fourth gear. The acceleration and it’s accompanying sounds are a delightful way to blow one’s carbon footprint concerns to hell.

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I loved the embossing in the hood’s fire-suppression material.

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If you flip a few levers like this, the roof pops out.

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I was pleasantly surprised to see that you could carry hockey gear with no problem. For those days when you’re really in a rush to get to the rink, this is the car for you.

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Tires can’t get much lower profile than this.

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This is the heads-up display unit.

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It displays RPM, MPH, and lateral acceleration. This was my favorite feature of the car.

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Our solution to early-morning, top-off touring.

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This shows how much space there is beneath the front air dam. Holy kaw: Is there a driveway in America that this car can clear?

After driving a Corvette for a week, I am more supportive of General Motors. I missed some features like a backup camera and lane-switching warning signals, but wow, the torque and engine growl makes me proud to be an American. And at approximately $65,000, it’s half the price of most German sportscars. If you’re a hockey player with one or fewer children and a flat driveway, it may be the car for you.

By | 2015-03-17T09:21:59+00:00 July 4th, 2009|Categories: Autos|0 Comments

About the Author:

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of Social Media, The Art of the Start, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

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