While it has yet to be driven by anyone outside of the GM fold, Chevrolet recently tested a 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe at Virginia International Raceway. Fitted with the optional Z51 Performance Package and Magnetic Ride Control -- plus a racing seat/harness and obligatory fire extinguisher -- it rolled up some mighty impressive numbers that should have makers of several other far more expensive supercars sitting up to take serious note.

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When the tire dust had finally settled, this intensely capable Corvette with its 460-horsepower/5.5-liter V8 engine had managed to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, and come to a halt from that speed in just 107 feet. Beyond blasting through the quarter mile in 12 seconds at 119 mph, it also turned in a stellar 1.03g maximum lateral reading on the skidpad, and closed things out with a blistering 2:51:78 lap around VIR's 3.27-mile "Grand Course." 

"For the new Stingray, we set out to elevate every aspect of the Corvette's performance," said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. "Considered alone, the acceleration, braking and cornering performance of the Corvette Stingray is truly impressive. More significant is how well they work together, resulting in a lap time at VIR that places the new Stingray in the upper echelon of all sports cars."

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Priced at $52,990, the base 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe goes on sale during the third quarter. 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 at VIR would bottom line at $57,585. That strikes us as an outrageously good deal.

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