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    This article is no surprise to us Stingray lovers. There are so many reasons the 2014 Stingray won 21 major automotive awards.

    Originally posted by AutoWeek

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    More power than you can use on the road during your commute

    JANUARY 2, 2019

    What is it: The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a two-seater coupe that punches above its weight in performance and, truthfully, passenger and cargo space too. The Stingray is the base powertrain offered in the Corvette, with no supercharger involved -- you have to live with just 460 hp at 6,000 rpm and 465 lb-ft of torque at 4,600 rpm.

    Key Competitors: BMW M4, Mercedes-AMG C63S Coupe, Porsche 911

    Base Price: $61,590 As-Tested Price: $73,325

    Highlights: The Stingray that visited Autoweek arrived with the Z51 package, which includes a stiffer suspension, slotted brake rotors, an electronically locking limited-slip differential and a diff cooler, higher performance summer tires and a multimode exhaust. The exhaust system bumps up power and torque by 5 hp and lb-ft, respectively. It also included the Performance Data Recorder -- a data acquisition system that shows lap times, as well as engine rpm, gear speeds, wheel speeds, yaw rate and all kinds of the best nerdy stuff you can think of.

    Our Opinion: The Stingray is remarkably comfortable. It's not a problem to drive every day, even if that drive is your humdrum commute. Despite the Z51 suspension on this car, it’s also equipped with magnetic ride control, which softens up the bumps and keeps the Corvette planted on the most unsettling of roads.

    The Corvette makes a compelling case in almost every driving circumstance -- 460 hp pushing around only 3,300 pounds makes the Stingray masterclass quick in any scenario other than, say, at the Nurburgring. As that engine rips and snorts its way to redline, the driver is rewarded with epic pace and epic sounds. On top of that, when it’s time to settle down and cruise, it chugs along at 1,500 rpm and returns 25 miles for every gallon swallowed.

    It looks cool. It sounds cool. It’s comfortable. There’s plenty of cargo space. And inside there’s dual-zone climate control and eight-way power-adjustable bucket seats that keep you snug for spirited driving. Oh, and cup holders too.

    What am I saying? That the Corvette is quite good in most every situation. Yes, of course back roads and racetracks, but I was genuinely surprised by the entertainment the Corvette provided while driving into the work the next day. It’s true, this sports car doesn’t have three rows to seat eight and cannot tow 10,000 pounds. And, no, refinement of the car is not as high as in an equivalent Mercedes or Porsche. But we far too often downplay the importance of fun in our lives, and the Corvette delivers fun by the bushel.

    --Robin Warner, managing editor

    Options: 2LT package including, memory package, power seat adjusters, luggage shade and parcel net, power heated auto dimming outside mirrors, auto dimming rearview mirror, heated and ventilated seats, seat badges, universal home remote, premium audio w/surround, advanced theft deterrent system, color head-up display, XM radio, front curb view cameras ($4,455), carbon flash painted ground effects package ($2,995), magnetic ride control with ptm ($1,795), performance data and video recorder with navigation ($1,795), jet black suede microfiber seat inserts and steering wheel ($695)

    By Robin Warner - Robin Warner is Managing Editor at Autoweek. He once tried and failed to become a professional race car driver, but succeeded in learning about debt management and having a story to tell. A former engineer, Warner loves cars for their technology and capability.

    Last edited by John; 01-02-2019, 03:47 PM.
    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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    It certainly does. i had mine out for over 4 hours on a nice sunny 40 degree day here in PA. Even after having it since early 16, I still smile the whole time. Definitely getting my money's worth of fun out of it.