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South Korea Just Says No to 2015 Corvette

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On: Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 11:26AM | By: Gary P Garry


South Korea Just Says No to 2015 Corvette

To me, noise pollution is in the ears of the beholder. For example, when I was a teenager in the 1970s, I was developing my love for rock 'n roll. I'd be in my room jamming to Led Zeppelin or The Rolling Stones, and the bass would be thumping, the drums would be popping, and the guitars would be searing.

There I'd be, lying on the floor between the speakers and, all of a sudden, the music would go away. My grandmother would be standing there looking down at me, and she would say more or less the same thing every time, "Would you please turn down that noise?"

I was sitting there in sonic paradise, but, to her, I was polluting the air with noise. Then again, around the holidays when she would be listening to Bing Crosby or Perry Como, I would be calling information looking for the EPA's phone number.

There is no accounting for taste, and this applies to motor vehicles. I drive a Camaro, and I like the way it growls when I accelerate. I can also appreciate the roar of a Harley-Davidson, because I like powerful things that go fast.

The sound of a Corvette is a thing of pure beauty to someone like me, but apparently the powers that be in South Korea don't see things the way I do.

The 2015 Corvette Stingray is a seventh-generation head turner. It combines a certain sense of refined elegance with raw and unapologetic power. It's powered by a 6.2-liter, 460-horsepower V8 that delivers a robust 465 pounds of torque.

That car means business, but then there is the 2015 Corvette Z06, which is a true super car. This stunner is equipped with a 650-horsepower, eight-speed V8 that takes things to another level.

Now, back to South Korea. Apparently, some of the folks down there don't like the music that the new Corvette makes. At least for the time being, the country will not import the Corvette, because regulators say it is too loud and violates their noise pollution laws.

I find it hard to wrap my head around their perspective, but, as I once heard in one of those rock 'n roll songs, "One man gathers what another man spills."

I'm not saying I'm right, but, from my point of view, it's good to live in a country where you can make a little noise, however you want to define it.

11-13 arm




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