The all-new, seventh-generation 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. (Photo: Chevrolet)

The all-new, seventh-generation 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. (Photo: Chevrolet)

Like many car enthusiasts, I’ve spent much of the year in keen anticipation of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. I first saw one in the flesh at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector-Car Auction in January and it was clear that if nothing else, Chevrolet had a winning design to the new, seventh-generation Corvette, or C7, as it’s known.

Still, until you get behind the wheel, you don’t really know for sure whether that beauty goes beyond skin deep. I’m happy to report that in the case of the new Corvette, the beauty goes way, way beyond skin deep. In fact, Chevrolet has dialed up a true world-class sports car free of qualifiers. No longer does one describe the Corvette by saying, “It’s a great car, but …” It’s simply a great car.

The things people complained in Corvettes past — second-rate interiors, punishing ride, workmanship that was just adequate — those are all gone.