Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
The new Corvette Stingray is a big step forward in the history of Corvettes. The name might be a respect to the past. Yet the all-new Stingray is every inch more of a modern supercar. With the exterior designed in Detroit. This could have come from an Italian design house while the interior is miles ahead of its predecessor.
Although the biggest change comes in the way the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray drives. The American version will be offered an entry-level suspension setup, UK cars will feature a special sports package called the Z51 as standard. This adds limited-slip differential, bigger brakes and tyres, larger wheels and firmer suspension. The magnetic ride control adjustable dampers are an optional extra. The new Electric power steering gives more accurate feel than before, but the communication trails the Porsche.
Despite that, at the weight of 1,499kg, the Corvette makes the most of almost a perfect 50/50 weight distribution on curvy country roads. Flying between corners agiler than ever before. The Corvettes 6.2 litre V8 might appear to be low tech, yet it features a special aluminium block with direct injection and cylinder cut off on light throttle loads.
The tyres are due to some credit. This is because of the Michelin grippy tyres. Which are narrower than the ones on the outgoing model. These give the sports car a more agile and nimble feel. Also with the additional tailored driving modes. These are mounted on the centre console which tailors everything from steering resistance, throttle sensitivity to ride and the way information is shown on the TFT display cluster.
What is inside the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray?
The default tour mode is comfortable is best for day to day use. Whereas the track and sports mode turn things up for more aggressive driving. Eco and Snow’s modes are also included. With a quick glance at the big improvement to the interior and it is obvious the Corvette has been changed into a more luxury model. Strictly a two-seater only and its limited cargo space won’t make it a continental cruiser. Although is perfectly capable on long motorways.
There is an optional sports exhaust which will increase the bhp slightly from 449bhp to 454bhp with a NASCAR style soundtrack. The seven-speed manual gearbox which is a similar feature shared with Porsche 911. This includes active rev-matching and works well if you not the best at the heel and toe technique.
There also is another gearbox option of a six-speed automatic. This seemed over-eager to shift into any of the higher gears in testing. Not many cars at the same price can keep up with the Corvette in a drag race. Capable of doing 0-62 in under 4 seconds then a full stop in just 33 metres. The Corvette is aggressive in a straight line. Yet also very controlled in sharp hairpins.