2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test


2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Keeps Good Company

December 13, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of driving a friend's Lamborghini Countach back from a local car show. Spent maybe 20 miles behind the wheel of the iconic supercar, which, in its day, was a much bigger deal than any Corvette has ever been.

It was epic. But not for the reasons you might think.

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Though I'm glad to have had the experience, it was nerve wracking. Most cars from the '80s aren't great drivers and the Countach is no exception. This carbureted LP5000 is powerful enough to be quick, but there's little control. No part of me wanted to corner the car aggressively. With 225s up front and 345s out back it's a desperate understeerer — or so I'm told. Its clutch is heavy, its transmission doesn't shift into second until it's fully warmed up, and its brakes couldn't stop a car weighing 1,000 pounds less. Visibility is utterly hopeless.

Probably the best part of the experience was the sound. The great Hal Needham knew this. Twice, even.

The mid-1980s LP5000 is a car that's come full circle for many enthusiasts, myself included. I embraced it in childhood as the poster car it deserved to be, went through a period of hating its brazen flares, wing and doors, and have once again returned to loving it unconditionally. I mean, really, just look at the thing.

It is hugely, achingly, gratuitously tough looking. Nothing before or since even comes close.

And then, when it was all over and I had returned the Countach safely to its garage, I jumped in a genuinely fast car — a green one — and went home.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor

Comments

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    Can I suggest that you guys get a Countach or better yet (For me at least) a late model Diablo?

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    NACA ducts! Huge wing! Brazen in every way! Can't see [non-permissible content removed]! The Corvette looks HUGE in comparison.

  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    Older cars are more about the 'driving experience' rather than sheer performance. Heck, even modern econoboxes can frequently outperform them.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @sharpend: Exactly! That's why I think people should pay less attention to numbers and more towards the actual driving experience. The great cars of thirty years ago would seem wholly inadequate compared to many cars today, if we just went by the numbers.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    As awesome as your Corvette is, this Lamborghini is x10.

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    @Quadricycle: I have made a similar comment multiple times. We are so spoiled by 280 hp drive family sedans that produce 0-60 times and 60-0 braking distances that would have made many a Ferrari 308 and Porsche 911SC owners happy in the late 70's and earl

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