The Corvette Stingray is one of the most popular sports cars of all time. The Stingray goes all the way back to the 1950s when its first generation was introduced. Through more than six decades, the Corvette Stingray has captured the imagination and hearts of countless motorists around the world. Simply put it, the Corvette Stingray is a living legend in the American automaking industry.
There have been seven generations of the Corvette Stingray since its maker, General Motors, introduced the first generation in 1953. The latest generation is called the Chevrolet Corvette C7, which has been on the market since 2014.
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History of the Chevrolet Corvette
The predecessor of the Stingray was showcased during the 1953 New York Auto Show. It had an engine with 150 horsepower and automatic transmission. It was sold for around $3,500.
Through that first generation, several improvements were made to the introduction of a 4.3 liter V8 engine with 195 horsepower, addition of dual round taillamps, and the addition of fuel injection.
It was during the second generation of this car when the name Stingray was born. It came from a 1958 concept car that GM chief designer Bill Mitchell worked on. Mitchell and assistant Larry Shinoda designed a new body for the Corvette with a high waistline, sharply creased fenders, and chiseled prow. They called it the Stingray, and the name stuck.
The third generation is known for its vehicular additions. A key model for this generation is the ZR-1 which is considered as the King of Corvettes. It includes an LT1 engine with 370 horsepower and upgraded suspension and brakes. There were only 53 first generation models built between 1970 and 1972 which makes the ZR-1 one of the rarest Corvettes ever.
During the fourth generation, GM introduced innovations like airbags, tuned-port injection, and selective ride control. The Corvette convertible also returned during this generation.
The fifth generation of the Corvette Stingray ran from 1997 to 2004. Some of the innovations introduced during this generation are head-up display, active handling system, variable effort steering and a drive-by-wire throttle.
The sixth generation, or the C6, was in the market from 2005 to 2013. Models under this generation had a set of fixed lights as GM did away with the concealed headlamps that were a fixture for more than four decades.
With its reputation as a legendary sports car, it is not surprising that the Corvette Stingray is well loved. Many celebrities, in fact, are known to own a Corvette Stingray. The list includes host Jay Leno and actor Robert Downey Jr., who both own the classic 1963 Corvette Stingray.
Corvette Stingray 2016
The latest model of the Corvette Stingray lives up to the proud tradition of the Stingray line.
From the outside, the Stingray looks every inch like a supercar. It has plenty of vents, with sharp lines and crisp angles that give it a supercar impression. But wait till you get to drive it. You’ll be even more impressed with the latest model of the Stingray.
Corvette Stingray Engine
This sports car is powered by a 6.2 liter LT1 V-8 engine with an output of 455 horsepower and 460-pound feet of torque. There’s also another engine option, a supercharged LT4 V-8 engine that is rated at 650 ponies and 650-pound feet of torque. Both engines are mated to a 7-speed manual transmission. The said engine is available for the Z06 trim of the 2016 Corvette Stingray.
Corvette Stingray Specifications
|Production||1953 - Present|
|Length||4,493 mm (176.9 inches)|
|Width||1,877 mm (73.9 inches)|
|Height||1,234 mm (48.6 inches)|
|Weight||1,518 kg (3,347 pounds)|
|Fuel Delivery||Super Charged|
|Number of Gears||6|
|Engine Size||6.2 Litre|
|Top Speed||298 km/h (185 mph)|
|Power||339 kW (455 hp)|
|List Price (US)||$55,500|
Corvette Stingray Tops Speed
Both Corvettes deliver eye-popping numbers in terms of performance. The 455-horsepower engine has enough power to accelerate the car, enabling it to reach 60 miles an hour in just 3.8 seconds with the manual transmission and a split second faster with the 8 speed automatic.
It can reach quarter mile speed at 11.9 seconds with the automatic, and a flat 12 seconds with the seven-speed manual.
With the souped-up V8 engine available in the Z06 trim, the Stingray can run to 60 miles an hour from a standstill in an amazing 3.2 seconds. It is even quicker with the automatic, clocking in at 2.95 seconds.
Another impressive feature of the Stingray is that it has very good fuel economy ratings for a sports car. The Z06 has ratings of 15 mpg for city driving and 22 mpg on highway driving for manual transmission, and 13/21/16 for the 8-speed automatic.
The base model has better ratings of 17 mpg for city, 29 for highway, and 21 combined when the 7-speed manual. For the 8 speed automatic, the ratings are 16/29/20.
While the Corvette Stingray is fast, it does have certain functions designed to lower the risks of it getting into accidents. It has a Performance Traction Management system, keeping the car balanced and easy to control. But make no mistake about it— the Stingray is still balanced and poised on the road, even with all the aids off.
Corvette Stingray Interior
When you go inside the 2016 Corvette Stingray, you’ll find a very modern cabin made of top notch materials. It features a Chevy MyLink infotainment system that allows the car to be on par with its European and Japanese competitors.
All Corvette trims have fully wrapped interior. Every surface is covered with soft-touch materials. Customers can choose from materials like Napa leather, carbon fiber, micro-suede, and aluminum. They also get to choose from two seating options—regular GT seat and Competition sports seat. The latter features more aggressive side bolstering, offering superior support on the track.
The seats of the Stingray are comfortable and supportive even though the cabin has a low-slung nature. These would be able to comfortably support adults who are up to six feet in height. Leg and head room are good, too. There’s also enough space in the rear hatch or in the trunk.
Corvette Stingray Price
There’s no denying that the latest model of the Corvette Stingray has impressed a lot of motorists. With all those great features and superior speed, the Stingray is still surprisingly affordable at $55,500.
Corvette Stingray Celebrity Owners
With such a rich heritage the Stingray has a long list of celebrity owners. Classic models of the Stingray are owned by legends such as Brude Springsteen, Elvis Presley, and Brian Wilson. With Paul Stanley from Kiss and Michael Jordan owning newer models.
Indeed, GM has hit it big with the 2016 Corvette Stingray. It is a car that reaches supercar performance at a really affordable price.
- 1 Check Out This Amazing Corvette Video
- 2 History of the Chevrolet Corvette
- 3 Corvette Stingray 2016
- 4 Corvette Stingray Engine
- 5 Corvette Stingray Specifications
- 6 Corvette Stingray Tops Speed
- 7 Corvette Stingray Interior
- 8 Corvette Stingray Price
- 9 Corvette Stingray Celebrity Owners