1. C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Released
But as popular as Ford’s ponycar is it has historically played second-fiddle to a bow tie-wearing monster built by its arch nemesis, Chevrolet. Arguably the most important news story of 2013 is the introduction of the brand-new C7 Corvette.
It goes without saying; this Chevy is bad ass, a B-to-the-A sports car that can run with the nastiest of the big boys from Japan and Germany. If you want maximum performance at minimum cost the ‘Vette cannot be beat, full stop, do not pass go and do not collect $200.
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A stripped-down Stingray Coupe starts at about $52,000, which is peanuts in this segment. At that price it’s signed, sealed and delivered with a 455 HP 6.2-liter V8 engine and a seven-speed manual transmission. You also get rear drive and four-wheel Brembo disc brakes. What’s not to love?
Drivers are also treated to a vastly improved interior and after years of kvetching REAL SEATS! Yes, you no longer have to recline on an empty milk crate as you do hot laps or bomb around your favorite mountain roads. That right there folks, is the BIGGEST NEWS of the year.