2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray: My Turn
February 6, 2014
I usually like the Detroit Auto Show. The last couple of them have been great. Money's started to flow back into the auto industry, there are more cars on the floor and the reveals get more and more important.
This year, however, I just wanted it to be over. I wanted to bail before noon on the second day. I wanted to tear off my media credential, throw my tie in the trash, sprint back to the hotel and start driving our 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray.
I knew I had about 2,400 miles to cover over the next few days, but I was itching to play in the snow.
I stuck it out and left the day after the press preview which opened up my schedule to drive Oldham to the airport. Hooray?
The first few miles of the drive hinted that today wasn't going to be easy. Snow was accumulating on the ground, the sky was dark grey and temps were somewhere in the low 20s. At least the airport's on the way out of town.
By the time I was 10 miles outside of Detroit there were 2-3 inches of snow covering the highway. Speeds were low. Everyone was doing about 40. Unless, of course, you were driving a 4x4 and then there's obviously no reason to slow down. Surprisingly, I only saw one of them in the median down the road.
I grew up in the Northeast with rear-drive cars and wasn't terribly afraid of this happening but it's still slightly annoying and, as anyone who has to try to make time in snow will confirm, stressful. That said, the Corvette armed with these winter tires is a champ in the snow. I wasn't stuck trying to climb a mountain, I was on relatively flat ground which helped. Still, with 460 horsepower and super fat rear tires, it could've gone poorly. The same stability control system that makes the Stingray belligerently fast on canyon roads and racetracks keeps things tidy in the snow. Combine that with great feedback from the steering and precise brakes and the Corvette didn't surprise me once. The only "let's see what happens" moments were when plowing through that wall of snow that accumulates between lanes on the highway. Even then the Corvette remained rock solid, stability control keeping everything in check.
Being able to trust your car is key to making time and from that first blizzard on, I felt I could trust the Corvette.
The first day wrapped up about 700 miles from where I started. Not bad, but not the kind of distance I like to put down on day 1 of a road trip. Day 2 would have to be better.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 10,324 miles