Usually, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter is the guy answering the questions.
He answered most of mine recently as we hammered a 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 convertible on the roads around the General Motors Proving Ground in southeast Michigan.
Of course, he skillfully dodged my attempts to bring out any details on the next-generation Corvette, known as the C7. That car makes its debut early next year.
But in the friendly banter after our drive, Juechter had a question for me: "What would you change for the next Corvette?"
Now, complaining about the Corvette runs a close second in popularity to raving about the Corvette -- particularly in media circles. Among the common digs: the styling is cartoonish; the interior materials look cheap; the car is too big and heavy; the seats are uncomfortable.
Sure, the C7 is too far down the development road to make any big changes. The assembly plant in Bowling Green, Ky., is already being torn up to get ready for the new car.
But here was my chance. I had the full attention of the Corvette chief engineer to give him my wish list . . . and I didn't have a quick answer.
The truth is that years of continuous refinement have made the Corvette a powerful and comfortable sports car.
And not to cheese off fans of the ZR1, but the 427 convertible is the best of the C6 breed. It marries the 505-hp dry-sump V8, six-speed manual and suspension from the Z06 track car with the grand-touring chassis and interior from the Grand Sport convertible. The redesigned seats introduced last year on the Centennial Edition are here along with suedelike coverings for the steering wheel, shift lever, center console and door armrests.