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2014 Corvette Stingray Is Almost As Quick As A C6 Z06

Or even a ZR1, depending on how you measure it.

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Chevy’s been drip-teasing the new 2014 Corvette Stingray for months now, ever since they revealed it on the eve of the Detroit Auto Show back in January. They’ve shown us the various colors, they’ve shown us the convertible version, they’ve shown us the option packages and revealed how much power its new smallblock V8 will make…but it’s only now that they’re letting us know just how fast the new Corvette is.

And the answer is: quite. Equipped with Z51 Performance Package and Magnetic Ride Control (i.e. the way we’d order one), the Corvette Stingray rips from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds, through the quarter-mile in 12 seconds flat at 119 mph, drops from 60 to 0 in 107 feet and clings to the ground for 1.03 g of grip on the skidpad.

That puts the Corvette Stingray just a smidge behind the outgoing Corvette Z06 in terms of acceleration—the older, more powerful model was a couple of tenths quicker, but odds are good you wouldn’t notice the difference on the road. Or on the track, for that matter; Chevy says the C7 Corvette Stingray ripped around Virginia International Raceway in 2:51.78. Car and Driver happens to have tested the C6 Z06 on the very same track…and saw it ring up a 2:51.8. Which means that, if you really wanted to, you could claim the new Corvette Stingray is actually quicker than a Z06. Or, since the ZR1 lapped the track in 2:50.7, you could even say the Stingray is almost as quick as the King of Corvettes. [via Chevrolet]

Press Release:

Corvette Stingray: 3.8 seconds from 0 to 60 mph
Turns in 2:51.8 lap at Virginia International Raceway ‘Grand Course’

DETROIT – Chevrolet released official performance estimates today for the 2014 Corvette Stingray, the most capable standard Corvette ever. Equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package, the new Stingray 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.

Cumulatively, the acceleration, cornering and braking capability of the Corvette Stingray enable it to lap the Virginia International Raceway’s (VIR) 4.2-mile “Grand Course” in 2:51.78.

“For the new Stingray, we set out to elevate every aspect of the Corvette’s performance,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “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.”

2014 Corvette Stingray Z51
Acceleration from 0-60 MPH: 3.8 seconds
¼ mile acceleration: 12 seconds @ 119 mph
Braking distance from 60 to 0 MPH: 107 feet
Maximum lateral acceleration: 1.03 G
VIR ‘Grand Course’ Lap: 2:51.78

The lap around VIR was conducted in Stingray equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package and Magnetic Ride Control. The vehicle that conducted the lap was modified only with safety features like a racing seat and harness, and fire extinguisher system.

“The new Stingray constantly communicates feedback to the driver, which makes you feel incredibly confident behind the wheel,” said Jim Mero, Corvette vehicle dynamics engineer. “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,” he said. “It’s just addictive on the track.”

The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013 for a suggested starting retail price of $51,995, excluding tax, title, and license fees. The $2,800 Z51 Performance Package includes an electronic limited-slip differential; dry-sump oiling system; integral brake, differential and transmission cooling; as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability. Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management is a $1,795 option. A Corvette Stingray equipped like the test car used at VIR would cost $56,590.

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