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Corvette Stingray Has No Shortage of Powertrain Muscle

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2014 Corvette Stingray press photo

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package, is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, braking from 60 to 0 in 107 feet, and sustaining 1.03 g in cornering, according to GM. (Photo courtesy General Motors.)

We told you about the 2014 Corvette Stingray’s horsepower and torque numbers some time ago, but last week, GM stepped forward with acceleration, quarter-mile, and lateral grip numbers– and they were impressive.

The official GM release said the 2014 Corvette Stingray will get from 0 to 60  MPH in just 3.8 seconds on its way to a quarter-mile drag time of 12 seconds flat at 119 MPH. And we thought the sub-5-second 0-to-60 romp of the monster Chrysler 300 SRT8 was intense!

On top of its impressive acceleration, the Corvette Stingray will obtain a lateral grip of 1.03G on the skidpad and can rein in its horses with authority, slowing from 60 MPH to 0 in just 107 feet. Eyeballs, meet the Corvette Stingray’s windshield.

Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter said, “For the new Stingray, we set out to elevate every aspect of the Corvette’s performance. Considered alone, the acceleration, braking, and cornering performance of the Corvette Stingray is truly impressive. More significant is how well they work together, resulting in a lap time at VIR that places the new Stingray in the upper echelon of all sports cars.”

That lap time at VIR, or Virginia International Raceway, was 2:51.78, according to the GM release, which noted the car was timed on VIR’s 4.2-mile “Grand Course,” the track’s longest configuration. To achieve that time, the test Corvette Stingray “was equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package and Magnetic Ride Control,” the release said.

Corvette Vehicle Dynamics Engineer Jim Mero said, “The new Stingray constantly communicates feedback to the driver, which makes you feel incredibly confident behind the wheel. That confidence encourages you to attack each corner because the Stingray drives so well: the tire grip is incredible; the steering response is some of the best I’ve ever experienced; the Magnetic Ride dampers allow little body roll through the corner, while still soaking up the rumble strips when you clip the apex.

““It’s just addictive on the track,” he added.

While track time in a new Corvette Stingray sounds like almost more fun than the law ought to allow, we’d be satisfied in getting a chance to row the sportiest Chevrolet’s seven-speed manual transmission through the hills and hollows of Tennessee.

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