An American icon of power, the completely new Chevrolet Corvette delivers supercar performance without the usual supercar price tag. From its standard 455-horsepower V8 that achieves 29 mpg on the highway to its new high-quality interior, there are a million reasons to want a Chevy Corvette. Now with a 2014 Best Resale Value Award under its belt, make that a million and one.
The new 6.2-liter V8 suffers from no shortage of power, a fact the driver is reminded of with even the slightest touch of the accelerator. As expected, the Corvette Stingray steers with ease and precision, dealing with twists and turns as effortlessly as imaginable. Both the standard and optional Z51 performance suspension are designed to satisfy a wide range of driving styles, from the casual weekend cruiser to the hard-core track enthusiast.
Unlike its predecessors, the 2014 Corvette Stingray's cabin feels remarkably upscale. Upholstered in leather and trimmed in aluminum and carbon fiber, the Corvette's cabin is now on equal footing with more expensive European sports cars.
For decades, the Chevrolet Corvette has been a value-based high-performance car, and the 2014 lineup is no exception. The Corvette Stingray's base price of just under $52,000 buys a whole lot of car — and perhaps a priceless amount of excitement. Fitted with the Z51 Performance Package ($2,800) and Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management ($1,795), a Corvette Stingray equipped like the test car used to set a blistering 2:51.78 lap time around Virginia International Raceway (VIR) would bottom line at just shy of $58,000. That strikes us as an outrageously good deal.
Planted in the upper echelon of the Chevrolet Camaro line, the V8-powered SS and range-topping ZL1 meld old-school muscle with new-school dynamism.
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