Not that long ago, a sports car was anything that could hit 60 mph in five seconds. More advanced models have pushed that threshold to below five seconds, with the Porsche 911 able to break that speed in 4.5 seconds. Today, Chevrolet revealed the 2014 Corvette Stingray will make the jaunt in 3.8 seconds, a time that along with its other performance stats place the new Vette in elite company.
Chevy says the 2014 Vette with the Z51 Performance Package can cover the quarter mile in 12 seconds flat at 119 mph, brake from 60 mph in 107 feet and pull 1.03g of force on the skidpad. In a test at the Virginia International Raceway on its 4.1-mile course, the Stingray lapped at 2 minutes, 51.78 seconds — modified only with safety equipment. That lap time would make the new Vette faster than a Lamborghini Gallardo, and just a couple of seconds slower in stock form than a Ferrari 458 Italia, around the same course.
More importantly for Chevy: The sticker price of the Vette as tested at VIR hit $56,590 — not far from the base Corvette price of $51,995, and roughly half of what many of the cars that can keep up with it on the track cost. There's still a few blanks on the new Vette's resume, most notably its mileage estimates, and Chevy made clear that the performance figures above rely on the $2,800 Z51 package; it hasn't said what the base-level Vette will do without it. We'll have lots of questions when we get our chance behind the wheel in a couple of months.