2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: First Impressions
February 18, 2014
Since its introduction the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray has been a popular addition to the Edmunds long-term fleet. I haven't had too many opportunities to get in it, but somehow over the long weekend it had yet to be claimed. I attribute that to more responsible editors needing larger cars to shuttle people and stuff about. Me? There was only one thing I needed to haul.
The Corvette is a great machine. Really.
It's an absolute blast to drive on my favorite canyon passes and is easily one of the best sports cars you can get today. Even in car-jaded Beverly Hills, the Stingray was turning more heads than the numerous Aventadors, Italias and yes, even a hideously semi-famous yellow and black Veyron.
I can't seem to shake the feeling that some of the electronic driving assistants are diluting the whole experience. It's not nearly as obvious as a Nissan GT-R's reliance on software, though. I guess you can consider me a traditional stick-and-rudder guy, rather than the fly-by-wire type.
I get the distinct impression that if I were to disable all of the traction and stability nannies, I'd end up in a ditch. But I still get it. A car like this would help a fledgling track-day racer move from the intermediate group to the advanced group at an accelerated rate. With all of the levels of adjustment, said racer could incrementally dial them back over time without fear of balling it up in the first session.
It's blindingly fast, in any case. So maybe I just need more seat time? Yeah...that's the ticket...I just need to drive this more often. Much more often.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor