I have nothing but good things to say about the next-gen Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. I only had a 10-minute loop on a track with speeds maxing out around 90 mph (not my choice), but it was enough time for me to completely fall in love.
I already loved the Corvette, and I already thought it was one of the best cars I’ve ever driven on a racetrack, and my brief time on the track in the newest model completely reinforced this opinion.
The manual transmission is a smooth shifter, and the Stingray completely hugs all the curves with minimal effort. Acceleration is effortless and braking is just as easy. I feel like I’m a pretty good track driver, but this car made me look like an expert — such that a professional driver actually complimented me on my hot laps after I got out of the car. He told me I held a better line than the professional driver who was the lead car. Though I think it was totally the result of the smooth driving Stingray, I’ll take all the compliments I can get.
Cargo volume definitely takes a hit in the C7 generation — in fact, it loses almost 10 cu-ft over the C6. But the good news is, there’s still plenty of room for rollerboards filled to the brim for a road trip.
Base price: $51,000
Cargo volume: 15 cu-ft