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Reviewed by Nelson Ireson
Senior Editor, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$49,140
BASE MSRP
$54,000
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With exceptional performance, style, comfort, features, and most of all value, the 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray is a remarkable sports car. Read more »
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The new look grabs attention but lacks emotion; though meant to capture a younger audience, the changes don't necessarily make the car more youthful.

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An instrument cluster to make Nintendo jealous, an eight-inch central touch screen, and a sensible mix of control knobs and buttons reside on the action side of a vertical partition.

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The overall design is more driver-centric now, and the more prominent and canted center stack helps promote a jetfighter-like cockpit vibe.

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At every red light pedestrians whip out smartphones and squeeze off photographs, while drivers in neighboring cars unleash a flurry of questions

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Easy on both the eyes and the body, the Corvette Stingray's interior is a premium space upholstered in leather and trimmed in aluminum and carbon fiber.

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MSRP $54,000
INVOICE $49,140
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2-Door Stingray Coupe 1LT
Gas Mileage N/A
Engine Gas V8, 6.2L
EPA Class Two Seater
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 2
Passenger Doors 2
Body Style 2dr Car
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette 2-Door Stingray Coupe w/1LT
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Gas V8, 6.2L
Rear Wheel Drive
$ 49,140 $ 54,000
2015 Chevrolet Corvette 2-Door Stingray Coupe w/2LT
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Gas V8, 6.2L
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Gas V8, 6.2L
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Gas V8, 6.2L
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The Basics:

All-new for the 2014 model year, the Corvette Stingray enters the 2015 model year with a small but significant handful of updates, including an all-new 8-speed automatic transmission. Visually, however, it’s still the edgy new design that is at once instantly recognizable as a Corvette, but also completely new and fresh.

Styling takes the Corvette in new directions, even if around familiar themes, both inside and out. Sharp lines, crisp angles, and vents aplenty give a definite supercar air to the design that matches the car’s performance. It’s wide, low, and looks fast even at a dead stop. Inside, the Stingray’s design is much improved over the previous generation of the Corvette, and while nothing changes here for the 2015 model year, it retains its refreshing and surprisingly luxurious look.

Under the hood of the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray is the same 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine introduced last year, still generating the same 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. A 7-speed manual transmission is also available, offering an enhanced version of its automatic rev-matching downshift feature for 2015. The new addition to the powertrain is an all-new, in-house designed and built 8-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The new transmission is the highlight of the technical updates to the 2015 Corvette Stingray, and it aims for the strongest competition on the non-manual market: Porsche’s PDK. Chevrolet claims the new 8-speed executes shifts a full 80 milliseconds quicker than the German dual-clutch unit, measured from the time the driver requests the shift to the time it’s actually executed. That’s a small fraction of a second, but it can make a big difference when driving a very fast car at the limit.

And the 2015 Stingray is a very fast car, indeed. That 455-horsepower V-8 engine offers plenty of push to accelerate the car, hitting 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds—or even faster at 3.7 seconds with the new 8-speed automatic. Quarter mile times are a mere 11.9 seconds with the automatic, or 12.0 with the seven-speed manual. Whether tackling the straights or the curves, the Stingray offers ample performance, with surprising grip, nimble reflexes, and a great deal of communication through the seat, pedals, and steering wheel, all of which inspires driver confidence. A Z51 package is available to further enhance the Stingray’s performance.

Balanced and easy to control even near the limit even with the Performance Traction Management system engaged in Track mode (and Race sub-mode), the Stingray can be a bit harder to control with all of the aids off, though it still exhibits remarkable traction and balance. In fact, the Corvette Stingray can realistically run with sports cars costing twice its price.

The interior of the 2015 Corvette Stingray carries forward the substantial upgrades from the C6 launched last year. Improved materials, more modern design, and significant upgrades to technology such as the Drive Mode Selector and latest-generation Chevy MyLink infotainment help bring the Corvette on par with European and Japanese offerings in the highly competitive, but relatively low-volume super sports car segment.

All Corvette trims get a fully-wrapped interior, where every surface is covered with premium, soft-touch materials. Available materials, depending on the trim level, include Napa leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and micro-suede. Customers also have two seating choices: a regular GT seat and a Competition Sport seat with more aggressive side bolstering for greater support on the track.

Even during longer driving sessions, the Corvette's new GT seats are comfortable and supportive, despite the low-slung nature of the cabin. Leg and head room are good even for those over six feet tall, and, as with the last Corvette, there's plenty of room for a weekend's travel in the rear hatch area.

If you're accustomed to the idea of 'cowl shake' yet the Corvette Stingray Convertible intrigues you, be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. These drop-top models manage to offer exactly the same level of ride-and-handling prowess as their Coupe counterparts. Since the C7 was designed as an open-top roadster initially, you don't give up any structural integrity. And the automatic soft-top arrangement, which will operate at speeds of up to 30 mph, is tight-fitting and doesn't block too much visibility when it's up.

The 2015 Corvette Stingray is also more fuel efficient than the previous model, scoring 17 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined with the seven-speed manual transmission; the paddle-shift eight-speed automatic is actually nearly as efficient, rating 16 mpg city and 29 mpg highway according to GM. The new seven-speed manual transmission adds a taller cruising gear for greater highway mileage, and cylinder-deactivation technology also helps both transmissions extract the most from each gallon.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have crash-tested the Chevy Corvette in recent years, but a rigid chassis, a full complement of airbags, plus stability and traction control, and the Corvette's innate grip and handling should make it relatively secure in emergency situations.

 

Likes:

  • Striking exterior design
  • Great V-8 power and torque
  • Efficient for its performance level
  • Eight-speed automatic matches dual-clutch competition
  • Balanced handling

Dislikes:

  • Still a thirsty V-8 sports car around town
  • Why can't we get a turbo V-6?
  • Body vents distract from lines
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