2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
No doubt you’ve already seen, read, and heard about the all-new “C7” Chevrolet Corvette. And while we scored some exclusive seat time some weeks ago, it clearly wasn’t enough. So off we go to the great driving state of California for another quick spin in the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
Even at first glance, you can tell, this ‘Vette is truly special. Like 1963’s original Sting Ray, the 2014’s is already causing a frenzy in the automotive waters. Purists may bemoan bits of the new look; from the Camaro-inspired rear end to its techno-laden interior; but whatever your nitpicks, this is a Corvette through and through.
Starting with a new small block, 6.2 liter V-8 churning out 455 standard horsepower. Direct injection, variable valve timing, and cylinder deactivation are all standard in the name of performance and fuel economy. 0 to 60 in under 4 seconds and 29 MPG Highway! The new seven speed manual even has downshift rev-matching.
The spec sheet may read like a “say it isn’t so” mix of 21st century tech; but this Stingray is totally infused with Corvette heritage; all while bringing plenty of new to the table. So just how is it to drive?
BEN DAVIS: When I got inside of it, and hit the starter button; that’s when it started getting real for me. The exhaust is perfectly tuned; it sounds exactly like the Ferrari from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off…
JOHN DAVIS: Inside is a highly rethought interior, complete with Chevy’s MyLink infotainment and a full LCD configurable gauge cluster. Optional carbon fiber accents, leather, and racing seats bring business and pleasure to an impressively comfortable cockpit.
By far the best option is the Stingray’s Z51 Performance Package, including aero accents, bigger wheels and brakes, an electronic limited slip differential, additional transmission and brake cooling, and a dry-sump oil system. It makes all the difference in the world, and for less than 3-grand more, we think it’s a true bargain.
Other upgrades include GM’s Magnetic Ride Control, and a performance exhaust kit, bumping horsepower up 5 to 460. Rolling off the assembly line now, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray itself is quite a steal, starting at only $52,000 for the removable roof coupe; and $57,000 for the roadster.
Engine: 6.2 liter V-8
Price: Starting at $52,000