By Richard Homan
KBB Expert Rating: 8.2
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.
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.
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.
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.
Driving Impressions 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.
Easy on both the eyes and the body, the Corvette Stingray's interior is a premium space upholstered in leather and trimmed in aluminum and carbon fiber. The magnesium seats are a real treat, as is the 8-inch color screen on the center dash. Details, for a long time not a specialty of Corvette interiors, are now a point of legitimate pride, including two power USB ports in the center console and more good cargo space under the coupe's rear hatch than you'll find in a BMW 7 Series – even the convertible sports a big and usable trunk.Exterior
Finally, the Chevrolet Corvette looks like it could win a knife fight. Gone are the rubbery curves from the last two decades in favor of strong, folded edges and functional inlets. That lithe skin is bonded to an all-aluminum frame that's 100 pounds lighter, 57 percent stiffer, and otherworldly times more talented than last year's model – no additional structural stiffening was needed for the convertible. In top-up mode, the Stingray convertible loses the exquisite sweep of the coupe's rear roofline and hatch window, but regains its presence when the fabric top retracts completely out of sight behind the seats.
Beyond V8 power and a 7-speed manual transmission, every 2014 Corvette Stingray comes with 8-way power-adjustable magnesium-framed seats, keyless lock/unlock with push-button start, a power-adjust tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and the 5-position Drive Mode selector that lets you adjust the Corvette's driving personality to match the situation. On the dash, you get an 8-inch touch-screen display controlling the standard 9-speaker Bose audio and Chevy MyLink infotainment system and displaying what the standard rearview camera sees. All Corvette Stingray coupes get a removable carbon-fiber roof panel, while the convertible's electronic top can be operated remotely using the key fob.
Apart from the must-have Z51 Performance Package, you can add options that range from painted brake calipers – red or yellow – to an $8,000 interior package that includes premium Nappa leather seating and leather-wrapped interior, heated/ventilated seats with power lumbar support and bolsters, plus navigation and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system. Performance add-ons include Magnetic Ride Control's automatic shock-absorber system, a dual-mode exhaust that can increase the engine's power (and exhaust note), and a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
The new Corvette's wicked 6.2-liter V8 engine offers more naturally aspirated horsepower and a much bigger bite of low-end torque than ever. At the same time, the V8 highway fuel economy that can reach as high as 29 mpg – that's better than a Scion xB, and pretty much better than any high-performance car you can name – thanks to the engine's ability to imperceptibly shut down four of its eight cylinders when the Stingray's driver is taking it easy on the throttle. A standard 7-speed manual gearbox sends the V8's glorious power to the rear wheels, though most Corvette buyers will opt for the 6-speed automatic. With either setup, you'll find nothing to disappoint you.
455 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
460 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm
460 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (with available performance exhaust)
465 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm (with available performance exhaust)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/29 mpg (manual), 16/28 mpg (automatic)
Bringing a complete set of OMG-performance knives to the table, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $52,000, destination fees, braggable fuel economy and adrenaline included. The convertible starts at $57,000. You can add comfort goodies and make-me-badder performance options that'll push the price right up into the $80,000 neighborhood, but even there, you're more than $20,000 away from the base price of a Nissan GT-R, SRT Viper, Audi R8 and Porsche 911 Turbo. Nevertheless, saving money matters – so look in on the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price before you buy to get an idea of what dealers in your area are getting for the new Corvette. There's more good news for you when the time comes to sell your 2014 Corvette: We've calculated the new Stingray to be one of the strongest-resale value propositions of any sports car.
By O.P. on Sunday, March 22, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 960overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "looks, performance, electric top"
Cons: "back window visibility"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is my second Corvette.I still have my C5 Corvette, and when driving them back to back.The first thing I notice is the difference in suspension. The C7 is a lot less harsh over bumpy roads.There is also a huge acceleration difference.I love the new dash,and the ability to select the driving mode.Both of my Corvettes are convertibles.My c5 has a manual top.I can really appreciate the electric top on my c7. Plus it looks cool to drop the top while in traffic. It gives a added wow factor. My only gripe is that its hard to see out of the back window while backing up. The visibility on my c5 is way better, but I would guess thats where the c7 back up cam comes in.I love my new C7,and would recommend it to anyone who loves sports cars."
By fastappy on Saturday, March 21, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Super car performance at 1/2 competition's price."
Cons: "Poor paint quality, cheap leather quality."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Anyone that doesn't love this car's performance & handling hasn't driven one! I was a die hard previous (C6) generation Corvette owner, & I still love the C6 styling more, but this C7 generation Z06 is better in just about every performance metric, is easier to handle, more comfortable, quiet, and is much more responsive. I think GM unwittingly built one of the best GT cars at any price. It is an excellent Daily Driver, touring, drag race, road race, canyon carver, show car, etc. It is very comfortable, so smooth, so powerful, so technologically advanced, and maintains the fun factor while being able to be driven by anyone's granny. Things I don't like are the paint, which is rife with orange peel (I Xpel'd 2/3rds of the car), the removable roof, which creaks, and I just don't like the rear end styling. I looked very hard at the Viper, GTR, and Porsche GTS (2011-2012), but in the end, I would not have been as happy overall, in terms of comfort, brute force, appearance, technology, and low maintenance costs. I have zero regrets buying this car at MSRP, and I would say at this early juncture, it is the best car I've ever owned taking into context all the pluses and minuses. The power is there, especially the 650 ft. lbs of torque (@3600 rpm), when you want it, but if you just want to putt around it is very smooth and well mannered. The valve train, is quiet as is the super charger,and the car is more configurable for the driver's preference than most of the competition. My favorite features are the rev matching, color heads up display, the competition seats (with heat & cooling), the configurable driver displays, configurable exhaust and suspension settings."
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By BlackStingray on Wednesday, March 18, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Rivals others 2-3 times the cost."
Cons: "Wish all cars offered this much value."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"In May 2014 I started looking for a new sports car, NEW TO ME, it did not necessarily have to be brand new. Did I have a budget? I was willing to spend up to 150K. So I looked at used Porsche 911T's, New 911 Non-Turbo, Cayman S, Used Ferrari Modena's, Used Lamborghini Gallardo's. I NEVER, EVER thought about considering a Corvette. I test drove all the other cars before I drove the Stingray. And as expected, they were all very nice, fast, head turners. Everything you'd expect. There were pro's and cons to each. The Gallardo's I felt, were a little rough for my taste but very fast, the Ferrari Modena was great but once you see the 458 and drive the 458, the Modena just didn't feel right for me. But again, a very nice car to say the least. Then I was going through my Auto Subscriptions and saw so much good press the Stingray was receiving. So I thought, "What will it hurt to go look at?" Now, I was kind of jaded when it came to Corvettes. My perception was always, good looking, fast in a straight line, loved by red necks, overall a good looking sports car with no attention to detail given to the interior. As I entered the showroom the lines of the car were not given justice in the magazine pics. As with anything in life, you need to experience it for yourself. Then, I sat in it and was blown away. Needless to say by the title, I bought the car the next day. The economics, looks, feel, drive quality, warranty just made sense. I also thought at the time, I'm not as self conscious/showboating driving this car. Boy, I was wrong with that assumption. I haven't been out one time where I've not received attention. I get stories from real people, ones that tell me about when themselves/friend/ relative owned one. I can't deny that on the track, the Porsche handles better, but almost at double the price you have to really love the engineering (and I have a Masters in Engineering) and the Porsche heritage. I went in sure I'd buy a Porsche. Had those comparison magazines not been in my house I might be writing a very similar review for the Porsche. In the end, I love the Stingray, it works for me but that's not to say the other cars wouldn't be a better choice for someone else. Just do not discount it and not test drive because of what your perception might be. I now am looking at 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo's as another car and the way I see it I'll get 2 very awesome cars for 150k."
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