The forthcoming 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has had sports car enthusiasts waiting with baited breath for months for its release later this year. And now that its performance stats have been announced, the anticipation couldn’t be higher.
The numbers indicate that this will be the most capable standard Corvette ever. Equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package, the new Stingray is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, braking from 60 to 0 in 107 feet, and sustaining 1.03 g in cornering. Additionally, its lap time around the Virginia International Raceway’s (VIR) 4.2-mile “Grand Course” was an impressive 2:51.78. This is faster than a Lamborghini Gallardo, and just a couple of seconds slower than a Ferrari 458 Italia, around the same course. Let’s not forget that these competitors have an extra digit in their price tags.
What can’t come across in these numeric stats for acceleration, braking and cornering, however, is just how well all the systems work together to create a ride with simply incredible control and feel. One of the car’s chief dynamics engineers, Jim Mero, says, “The new Stingray constantly communicates feedback to the driver, which makes you feel incredibly confident behind the wheel. That confidence encourages you to attack each corner because the Stingray drives so well: the tire grip is incredible; the steering response is some of the best I’ve ever experienced.”
The new Corvette Stingray has been fully revamped for 2014, from a new exterior design to a new powertrain to a brand new interior. Some key standard features include an aluminum frame that is 99 pounds lighter and 57-percent stiffer than the previous model’s structure, dual, eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens, with next-generation Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system and rear vision camera, and a five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors up to 12 vehicle attributes. But even with the new bells and whistles, this car is instantly recognizable as a Corvette and remains true to the model’s rich history in American culture.