KBB Editors' Overview
By Richard Homan - Updated Date: 11/14/2013
Almost as if no sports cars ever came before it, the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is untouchable. You can't get this much horsepower (455) at this much price ($52,000 for the coupe) anywhere else. With striking looks that stir our "American Supercar" vapors in coupe and convertible form, and a 2-seat interior soaked in leather, aluminum and carbon fiber, the new Corvette has the power and refinement to make you forget your crush on a Porsche 911 or Audi R8 – all for the price of a Porsche Cayman or an Audi TTS. The new Corvette fulfills your desires whether you're picking up another quart of Monster from the 7-11 or you want to trim another second off your lap time on track day.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you like the idea of owning unimaginably good horsepower and performance value, and controlling it from a Ritz-Carlton of an interior, the Corvette Stingray couldn't make more sense.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you're a 1-car family of three, no. If you require anonymity and hate answering questions, forget it. If you've got a picture of the Rainbow Warrior on your fridge, don't bother.
What's New for 2014
The Corvette Stingray is all-new for 2014. The convertible was added to the lineup shortly after the coupe debuted, and a supercharged Z06 model with at least 625 horsepower will debut for the 2015 model year.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is an A-Plus player, owning every corner and rolling out acceleration without breathing hard. It'll snap to 60 mph in under four seconds, or log 30 mpg on a fuel-economy run (the official EPA mpg numbers are 17 city, 29 highway). In Eco mode, an automatic cylinder-shutoff turns the V8 seamlessly into a fuel-saving V4. The Chevy's responsive steering will give Porsche night sweats, and its braking has that buttoned-down, all-business feel that makes driver confidence a given. A Drive Mode Selector on the center console adjusts the Corvette's handling, steering, throttle response and even the exhaust note. Unlike many such systems, the Drive Mode Selector's five driver-selectable programs significantly changes the Corvette's character, with the starkest difference between the default Tour and the all-performance Track modes. The convertible offers everything the coupe does, but with a power top that opens in a scant 16 seconds, at speeds up to 30 mph.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE ENGINE
The new Corvette Stingray's cast-aluminum small-block engine – 455 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of race-worthy torque – is a masterpiece of the V8 art form. It breeds power, earns smart fuel-economy figures and summons the attention of all within hearing distance.
Z51 PERFORMANCE PACKAGE
We heartily recommend spending $2,800 for the Z51 Package. That investment scores 19-inch front/20-inch rear forged-aluminum wheels (the standard Stingray gets 18-inch/19-inch cast-aluminum wheels), quicker gears (0-60 in 3.8 seconds), deliciously bigger brakes, an electronic limited-slip differential (standard car: mechanical limited-slip diff), a dry-sump oil system, and other technologies to improve handling and brake/differential cooling.
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