The recently retired automotive editor of Popular Mechanics, Don Chaikin, explains that if you look up "All-American sports car" in the dictionary, there’s a picture of only one set of wheels. "To me, it’s the Corvette," he says. "The classic definition is, it’s got to be front-engine, rear-wheel drive. It has to have a V8, and it has to have a true dual exhaust. It has to have two doors and two seats, and it can’t be a sports coupe."
Forbes Magazine recently released their list of "ten all-American sports cars", and of course, Corvette is there. Other GM products joining the Vette were 2009 Camaro, Cadillac XLR-V, Solstice GXP, Sky Red line. The remaining five were: 2008 Challenger, Viper SRT10, Shelby GT, Saleen S7, and Panoz Esperante. As Chaikin would demand, they are all convertibles.
[ Forbes Article ]