Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

After winning awards and having praise heaped onto it, it was hard to approach the Corvette Stingray convertible with an open mind.

At a starting cost of $56,995, on paper the C7 appears to be a great bargain, and its style promises an exhilarating experience. But one question floats to the top of my mind… will I fit?

Read on to find out.

Well, I fit, but just barely. Standing at 6’ 2” and having a rather portly figure, my body rarely gels well when it comes to sports cars. Width wise, the seats were more than enough, and they provided nice support, for both myself and a passenger. Comfort wasn’t the issue though, it was height.

My sightline out of the car was at the very top of the windshield, making stop lights hard to see when the top was up, and providing a large obstruction with the top down. Surely it was livable, but anyone who is vertically gifted will likely find the seating position too high. And to add insult to injury, the wind hit just above my forehead, leaving my hair with a ridiculous part, right in the front.

I don’t need to tell you that the Corvette is a beautiful car, but the reaction it creates is akin to a gorgeous super model sunning herself topless. An airport shuttle driver parked his bus in the middle of a laneway to get out and gawk at the car, while well-to-do folks at an expensive resort literally bowed down when we drove past. A man in an MG Mini actively chased us down a highway just to whip out his camera and snap some photos.

Oh, and a young woman flipped us the bird as we wailed past, assumedly out of jealousy. Gorgeous lines and a stunning shade of blue known as Laguna Blue Tintcoat guarantee that you will not slip past unnoticed.

A 6.2-liter V8 provides the Stingray with 455 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Matched with the six-speed automatic like we had it, the engine can’t be argued with. It is fast, with great off-the-line acceleration and a crunchy exhaust note always ready to wake up the neighbours.

And one of the most surprising features, the car wan’t terribly fuel thirsty. I averaged 16 mpg over four days of mixed driving, which is hardly a bad number for so much power.

Much like other high-performance cars, the Stingray has no secondary fuel filler cap, just an outside fuel door and an inner rubber gasket for the fuel nozzle to push through. That gasket caused problems because the fuel pump was consistently blocked enough that the fuel nozzle kept clicking off. It took some careful maneuvering to find the sweet spot where the fuel would flow freely, but even then, the nozzle clicked off again. That made re-fueling feel like an unpleasant guessing game.

The Stingray drop top weighs just a little more than the coupe and handling does not suffer in any appreciable way compared to its full-roof counterpart. The quick, direct and sharp steering makes the Corvette easy to thread through tight corners and shrinks the sizable car down in the driver’s mind. Simply put, this car is loads of fun and it can keep up with cars that sell for almost twice the price.

Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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