With 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque, the car’s 6.2-liter LT1 V8 is more than enough to make this the most powerful base Corvette ever. Given that, Chevy decided to revive the Stingray nameplate for a car that the brand claims has a better power-to-weight ratio than both the Audi R8 and Porsche 911.
All that, and the Corvette Stingray is still estimated to get up to 24 mpg during highway driving, although it will probably be tempting to waste a lot more gas than that when you get your hands on its seven-speed rev-matching manual transmission.
An optional Z51 performance package will also add the same magnetic ride control suspension that helped AutoGuide.com’s own Dave Pratte take a stock ZL1 Camaro to a second place finish during a Time Attack event.
AutoGuide.com was among the crowd that first night, but you’ll find a gallery of much more hospitable photos below in case the first gallery didn’t give you the best first impression.
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GALLERY: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
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