Published on 15 Jan 2013 by Dan Read
Although the Stingray nameplate is an integral part of the Corvette brand, the name hasn’t been seen on GM’s sports car since 1976. The new Corvette Stingray C7 is reviving the tradition and harks back to the early days of the American legend whilst bringing us the most advanced Corvette ever made.
When the sports car was unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, General Motors’ North American boss Mark Reuss made the link to the past, “Like the ‘63 Sting Ray, the best Corvettes embodied performance leadership, delivering cutting-edge technologies, breath-taking design and awe-inspiring driving experiences.”
When Reuss added that “The all-new Corvette goes farther than ever, thanks to today’s advancements in design, technology and engineering,” he was probably referring to enhancements like the five selectable driving modes that alter the car’s dynamics, a first for the Corvette. Lower kerb weight, new Brembo brakes that reduce braking distances by 9% and a new aluminium structure that is 57% stiffer and 45kg lighter than the existing steel one are a few of the other improvements.
With 450bhp available from the 6.2-litre V8, this is the fastest standard spec Corvette ever released. With a paddle-shift gearbox, five driving modes and weight savings that offer a better power to weight ratio than the Porsche 911, this is also the first ‘Vette to be tailored to the international market. If you’d like to get your hands on one you will have to buy a left-hand drive example from an official importer, as General Motors have no plans to release it in the UK.