Any new model from a brand with as much cache as the Corvette is bound to come under a lot of scrutiny. For the Corvette, that strain is even more so, as it carries the torch of being “America’s sports car” on an international stage more than any other car. For good reason too. The Corvette has been a staunch performer for a fraction of the cost of similar cars from other manufacturers.
So this is the new one. While it’s angular looks are sure to set forums from across the net into a dizzying fervor, there’s no arguing with the specs.
Underneath the hood is GM’s all new LT1 6.2 liter V8. It makes 450 hp and 450lb-ft. of torque. Those numbers might not be that mind blowing, but you also have to take into account that it makes 400ft-lbs of torque by 2000 rpm. Basically, the base model Stingray is roughly equivalent to the Z06 from the current Vette. Interestingly, you have either the option of TREMEC seven-speed manual with Active Rev Matching or an auto box. The manual transmission will blip the throttle for you when you downshift (similar to the system used by Nissan’s 370 Z). There’s also an automatic for those who want a sports car, but can’t deal with a clutch. No costly dual clutch setups here, just paddle shifters and a slushbox.
GM hasn’t told us how much it weighs yet. They have gone on and on about how they’re using light-weight materials. That includes a carbon fiber hood, removable roof, composite fenders, doors, body panels and even a “carbon-nano composite” under body. They’ve made sure that it has a 50/50 weight distribution. Honestly? If the C6 is anything to go by, the Stingray is built to handle.
Exactly how fast it’ll be is yet to be seen, though, I’m sure it’s going to be one hell of a car. The current Corvette, from the base model to the ZR1, is amazing. I can’t wait to see what the new one is capable of.