The numbers are in. General Motors has revealed the official performance capabilities of the 2014 Corvette Stingray. The engine of the Corvette Stingray, fitted with a Z51 performance option, roared as the car lapped around the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) and it blasted from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a matter of 3.8 seconds and needed 12 seconds to complete a quarter mile while rushing at 119 mph. The supercar was also able to sustain 1.03 g when negotiating the tight turns.
The Z51 Performance Package adds $2,800 to the sticker price of the vehicle. It gives the already potent 2014 Corvette Stingray an aerodynamics package that ensures stability during high-speed runs, a special cooling system for the transmission, rear differential and brakes, and an electronic limited-slip differential.
The newest member of the Corvette family also utilized a Magnetic Ride Control suspension that costs $1,795.
"For the new Stingray, we set out to elevate every aspect of the Corvette's performance. Considered alone, the acceleration, braking and cornering performance of the Corvette Stingray is truly impressive. More significant is how well they work together, resulting in a lap time at VIR that places the new Stingray in the upper echelon of all sports cars," said Tadge Juechter, the chief engineer of Corvette, in a press statement.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray completed the 4.2-mile long course in 2:51.78.
"It's just addictive on the track. The new Stingray constantly communicates feedback to the driver, which makes you feel incredibly confident behind the wheel," said Jim Mero, a vehicle dynamics engineer for Corvette.
Los Angeles Times compared the numbers of the Corvette Stingray to the performance of the $400,000 Lexus LFA, with an engine that cranks out 552-horsepower, around the same track. The Lexus LFA registered a complete run at 2:55.1.
The only speed beasts faster than the Corvette on a VIR run are the Dodge Viper SRT-10, Ferrari 458 Italia, Molser MT900S Photon and the Mosler MT900S, according to New York Times.
The stock 2014 Corvette Stingray has a tag price of $51,995 exclusive of tax while the setup of the sports car that did the test run around the VIR will cost buyers $56,590. The Corvette Stingray will hit the showrooms come September.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is equipped with a 6.2-L V-8 engine that can produce 455 HP and a torque of 460 lb-ft. The engine is paired with either a six-speed automatic transmission or a seven-speed manual gearbox that transfers all the power to the rear wheels.