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GM extends ‘courtesy’ Car to TSD Publisher

 

As part of its partnership with the National Newspaper Publishers Association, Real Times Media and The New Tri-State Defender, GM provided me an exclusive and extended test drive.

 
 Sleek, silver, sexy and seductive are all choice words for the Corvette Sport Convertible, said TSD President/ Publisher Bernal E. Smith II, following an extended test drive. (Photos by Shirley Jackson)

As part of its partnership with the National Newspaper Publishers Association, Real Times Media and The New Tri-State Defender, GM provided me an exclusive and extended test drive of any vehicle amongst its many stellar brands. As a matter of interest and opportunity, I choose the 2012 Corvette Sport Convertible.

 
 While GM’s 2012 Corvette Sport Convertible has speed aplenty, TSD President / Publisher Bernal E. Smith II preferred to enjoy the elegance and grace versus the speed and power.

Without question this was a fantastic choice! Sleek, silver, sexy and seductive are all choice words to describe her (the car). The black convertible top accentuated the silver color and made this a true head turner. Not to say that many saw the top up because once I got past the storms and rain of that first couple of days with her, it was drop top all day and all night!!!

Needless to say, I developed quite an affinity for her in the short seven days that she was with me!!

Having heard all the stories of the rough ride of low-to-the-ground sports cars, particularly Corvettes, she handled surprisingly well, and on the touring setting she was smooth and easy. With 200 on the dash, she is certainly capable of all the speed you need! I turned it up a time or two but preferred to enjoy the elegance and grace versus the speed and power.

All in all, this was an incredible car experience!

After learning how to maneuver the key gadgets – convertible top, CD player, DVD player, auxiliary outlets with USB for my iPad and projection speedometer to make it easy to stay within all legally-posted speed limits – there was nothing to complain about with this bad baby.

To my friends at GM and their local dealers, let me say this:

Although I am not in the market to buy one just yet (transporting two sons and a daughter on her way to college doesn’t make the convertible two-seater Corvette the most practical for a brother), I could be talked into a longer-term, extended test run!

 

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