BEST of the BEST 2014 | Wheels | Sports Cars: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 Coupe
The muscle-car grunt from its 455 hp V-8 and the brawny-looking design are traits that the latest-generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 Coupe (www.chevrolet.com) shares with its predecessors, but the model has evolved to feature a surprising amount of balance and poise. The car inspires confidence in drivers, offering direct feedback as it approaches its cornering limits. These attributes elevate the driving experience of the Stringray to the level of those offered by European models that cost nearly twice as much as the Corvette, which has a starting price of about $58,000. The reprise of the Stingray moniker, which debuted in 1963 and was last used by Chevrolet in 1976, seems appropriate, because the new Corvette represents a return to glory for America’s first sports car.