A brand new technology Corvette Stingray is right here, and engineers have lastly performed what GM has been teasing for greater than a decade: shift the engine behind the motive force. Why hassle? Pushing that weight towards the center of the automotive means more-predictable dealing with, however it additionally seems to be revolutionary. Because the Vette’s lengthy hood is gone, designers have been free to create one thing trendy, nearly Ferrari– or Lamborghini-like.
Unsurprisingly, the Corvette carried out fairly near a kind of exotics throughout our journey round Lake Mead, Nevada. Its dual-clutch eight-speed maintains energy by shifts, whereas a magnetic trip suspension performs magic underfoot. Inside, you’ll discover loads of room, a well-considered inside, and tech that truly works: a near-zero-lag touchscreen and the uncommon rearview cam that’s helpful.
Some would possibly say the brand new Vette lacks theatrics. That its small-block V8 engine isn’t loud sufficient and doesn’t crackle just like the fire-breathers of yore. However this Stingray is younger, and extra energy and tailpipe pyrotechnics are certain to observe.
Within the meantime, new Vette drivers will dig particulars like Stealth Mode, the place the inside goes darkish—console, buttons, all the things save your mph readout and different necessities. Simply you, machine, street. No distractions. How delicate. How un-Corvette. How cool.
By the Numbers
- MSRP: From $58,900 (The drop-top provides about $7,500 to the sticker value.)
- Horsepower: 495
- 0-60 mph: 2.9 sec.
- Torque: 470 lb-ft
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