After 57 years, Chevrolet’s Corvette Stingray is only getting faster, sexier and more iconic.
It’s been called the Everyday Supercar. From its dream-car debut in 1953 at the Motorama show at the Waldorf Astoria New York, the Chevrolet Corvette has kept its engine up front, where sports-car tradition says it belongs. Today, its engine is behind the driver and passenger, adopting the physics-approved layout that brought Ferdinand Porsche his first racing successes in the 1930s. Today, this approach is associated with money-torching supercars from Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren.
1963 Corvette Stingray
THE MUSCLE: V-8 engine, 250 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque
WHERE IS THE POWER? The cast-iron engine is up front per sports-car tradition
SPEED RACER: 0 to 60 in 5.9 or 6 seconds with a top speed close to 150 mph
WHAT YOU’RE LISTENING TO: “Surfin’ USA” by The Beach Boys on your local FM (transistor radio)
GROOVIEST COLOR OFFERINGS: Tuxedo Black and Daytona Blue
WANNA STAY COOL? Crank those windows, baby! This bad boy has no air conditioning
LOOKS THAT THRILL: The split rear window (later dropped for safety reasons)
TECH OF THE MOMENT: Did we mention the transistor radio?
FUEL EFFICIENCY: 16 mpg on the highway
STARTING PRICE: $4,663
2020 C8 Corvette Stingray
THE MUSCLE: V-8 LT2 engine, 495 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque
WHERE IS THE POWER? The all-aluminum engine is located behind the driver and passenger for the most balanced sports handling
SPEED RACER: 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds with a top speed close to 200 mph
WHAT YOU’RE LISTENING TO: Podcasts, Spotify—virtually anything you want on the Bose audio systems with Bluetooth pairing
GROOVIEST COLOR OFFERINGS: Torch Red and Arctic White
WANNA STAY COOL? Not a problem—even the seats are air conditioned
LOOKS THAT THRILL: A large rear hatch showcases the engine with seven air vents.
TECH OF THE MOMENT: A 12-inch digital display screen, a performance data recorder, high-resolution cameras and a dash cam