Corvette people have been all aflutter in anticipation of the new Corvette, as they are with every new iteration of the iconic car. I mean, the Corvette has been around since 1953, the same year color TV started broadcasting. Do not fuck this up, Chevy.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray that I drove on the Northwest Automotive Press Association‘s Run to the Sun event on a sunny September day was not fucked up, but it toed that line. Really close. One more menacing flange, one more crisp fold in the bodywork, one more LED, and this car would be completely over the top. Gaudy. Too much. Trying to hard. Even the Chevy guy agreed — the Stingray flirts being too much to take in.
But it looks straight-up cool. I checked with a twenty-something guy working the hotel desk where we stayed to make sure that was true. He was wandering the parking lot taking pictures of the twenty-some sports cars we’d driven into Sisters, Oregon, while most of the auto journalists were finishing their little peach cobblers and ordering another round of drinks. I was taking pictures too, because the light was good. This guy agreed that the car is close to being obnoxious, but as it sat in the parking lot, he couldn’t take his eyes off it. In a good way.
Oh, and it goes like stink, if you need to be reassured of that. It’s got 460 horsepower in its V8 engine. This car came with power everything, including heated mirrors, HD radio, vented seats (which were welcome on record-setting hot September days), and a heads-up display projected low on the windshield that showed not only the speedometer but also a g-meter so you’d know how hard you were being thrown around when you took corners at speed. I did my best, much to the Chevy guy’s chagrin. Chances are, if you see one of these in the near future, what you’ll see first are these:
2014 Corvette Stingray
- 17 mpg city/29 mpg highway
- Additional equipment: LT Preferred package, with HD radio, premium audio, nav system, etc.
- Price as tested: $77,515