2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Base price range: $54,995-$83,995
Corvette underwent a sea-change redesign for model-year 2014, kicking off its eighth generation with a virtually new aluminum structure, a radically all-new body, a higher-grade interior, and hotter-than-ever performance. Chevrolet
even brought back the Stingray name from the 1970s. Choice is big part of the rear-wheel-drive two-seater’s appeal. The 2015 range begins with the Coupe 1LT model starting at $54,995 and tops-out with Z06 3LZ Convertible priced from $83,995. Between the two are no less than 16 different Corvette configurations in a range from pure sport
to surprising luxury. Base versions have the 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 with 455-horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Z06 editions get an all-new, supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 with 650 horses 650 pound-feet. Transmission choices are a seven-speed manual or, replacing a six-speed automatic for model-year 2015, an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. LT1 Vettes do 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds with the manual and 3.7 with the automatic. The Z06, the most powerful production car GM has produced, does it in 3.2 with manual and 2.9 with the automatic. All Stingrays look the part with functional air ducts piercing their fiberglass skin and a jet-fighter attitude to their proportions and low, wide stance. Handling is racer-like and this car reasserts its rightful place at the top of the big-bang-for-not-so-big-bucks heap.