We can talk all day about heritage-influence styling cues, powerful V-8 engines, seven-speed manual transmissions, and lord knows what else when it comes to the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. But for enthusiasts, there’s only one overriding question: What’ll she do?
Now, we know.
Chevrolet has at last released performance numbers on its all-new “C7″ seventh-generation Corvette, and they’re striking. The new ‘Vette equipped with the Z51 performance package will hit 60 mph from a standstill in a scant 3.8 seconds, blast through a quarter mile in 12 seconds flat with a terminal speed of 119 mph, and can pull a sustained 1.03 g’s in cornering.
Translation: It’s fast. It sticks to the ground like it was part of the asphalt. And it can be yours for $56,590.
Armed with this knowledge, we engaged in a little bench racing–comparing performance numbers–with the Corvette’s most natural competitors: the 2013 SRT Viper TA; the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Pack; and the newest Porsche 911 Carrera S we could find. Just for giggles, we also dug up tests of the new Corvette’s stablemates: The 2012 Camaro ZL1, and the previous-generation Corvette 427.
The results? If you’re looking for supercar performance at musclecar prices, the Corvette continues to offer an incredible performance value. If we take Chevrolet’s just-published numbers at face value, and compare them against actual track-tested numbers accumulated by our colleagues at Motor Trend, the story is pretty stark. While undercutting all of its competitors as-tested prices by more than half–not counting the two Chevys–the Corvette is definitely in the hunt. Rather than repeat the numbers, just check out the chart below.
|2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51
||2013 SRT Viper TA||2014 Nissan GT-R Track Pack||2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S||2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1||2012 Chevrolet Corvette 427|
|Price as Tested
||3.8 sec||3.3 sec||2.7 sec||3.8 sec||3.8 sec||3.8 sec|
|Quarter Mile||12.0 sec @ 119 mph||11.3 sec @ 129 mph||11.0 sec @ 125.1 mph||12.0 sec @ 116.7 mph||12.1 sec @ 117.4 mph||11.9 sec @ 121.5 mph|
|60-0 Braking||107 ft||94 ft||94 ft||101 ft||106 ft||101 ft|
||1.03 g||1.10 g||1.04 g||1.02 g||1.00 g||1.06 g|
Not shown in the chart above is the new Corvette’s lap time at Virginia International Raceway’s 4.2-mile “Grand Course.” The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette made its way around the circuit (here’s a map) in 2:51.78. We don’t have any data points to compare that particular scenario to, but suffice it to say, less than three minutes to drive 4.2 twisting miles is pretty quick.
Automotive.com’s take: A caveat to all of this: There’s more to a car than its performance numbers. Any car can be quick; look at the chart above, and you’ll see that the Camaro ZL1 is just as quick as a Porsche costing more than twice as much. But there’s no question that the Porsche is the better overall car, thanks to its refined driving experience, excellent interior, and German solidity. And, with 455 horsepower, we had no doubt the 2014 Corvette Stingray would be fast. What we really want to know, and what we won’t know until we drive it, is whether or not Chevrolet has finally purged the crudity from the Corvette’s interior, and will give the driver a world-class experience beyond just performance numbers.
Source: Chevrolet, Motor Trend