The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette is out now and there is lot riding on it literally and not metaphorically speaking.
The C7 is more driver adjustable than any Corvette in history, from its rev-matching paddles to its Driver Mode Selector jog dial, which scrolls through five different modes: Touring Weather, Eco, Sport and Track.
Toggling between settings alters everything from fundamentals like throttle response, steering weight and cylinder deactivation to traction and stability control intervention, not to mention what information is shown on the gauge cluster and head-up display.
The Stingray has scored well in all areas and this all reflects in its scorecard as well. The car has all that goes for it, that is modern looks, killer performance, up-to-snuff interior, everyday usability, excellent fuel economy and peerless value all squarely in this Chevrolet’s win column.
The Stingray is rated at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 29 highway, with a combined EPA cycle of 21 mpg. The engine loafs at just 1,450 revs doing 70 mph.
Everyday fuel economy in the mid-20s feels very doable, and switching between V4 and V8 model occurs seamlessly.
The Stingray has a benchmark price of $57,180 which also includes all the Z51 go-faster bits, the dynamic exhaust, as well as $1,190 in painted trim and brake calipers not seen on our photo car.
That’s substantially cheaper than the far less powerful, far less equipped Porsche Cayman S ($63,800), one of our very favorite cars, yet it’s capable of giving class-above players like the 911 S and Nissan GT-R absolute fits on a road course models with MSRPs nearly double that of this Kentucky wildcat.