2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Geez, It's a Real Car
December 10, 2013
I just spent a week driving our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray around greater Los Angeles. This was my first time in any C7, and the experience has forced me to confront my prejudices against the Corvette.
I thought I knew what the Corvette was all about: Scary fast (at least in Z06 form), kind of comfy, but I'd never own one. I never liked how the C5 and C6 cars rode, nor the driving position in these cars, nor how their interiors felt like they'd disintegrate after 50,000 miles.
But our C7 Corvette Stingray feels so different from these cars.
To start, it has a fantastic ride. It's still very compliant for a sports car. But it feels stout and composed over all the ruts and seams on our local freeways. It feels as good as our long-term Porsche 911, maybe better.
I genuinely like sitting in this Corvette. No, the driver seat still isn't perfect, but it puts you in the right position to steer, shift, heel-and-toe downshift, whatever, and that's all you need. From there, the car's agreeable throttle response and quick steering take over, and you just get wrapped in what you're doing: enjoying the drive.
As I was heading back from the car wash on my last morning with our Vette, a driver in a current-generation BMW 650i convertible gave our Lime Rock Green test car a long look. As I looked over at the white BMW, I felt sorry for the guy. See, I'd never spend my own money on a 6 Series, but I'd totally spend it on a 2014 Corvette.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 5,571 miles