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"The New Corvette Stingray Is, Hands Down, The Most Fun Car I've Ever Driven!" That's the introductory title in today's article in Yahoo Autos' Business Insider.


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Last month, I finally booked myself a weekend behind the wheel of the the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, fully loaded with Z51 performance package and painted a dazzling bright yellow.

With a base price of $53,800 (including the Z51) and loaded up with just about every feature available, my ride came with a $71,960 sticker.

I had planned several non-driving activities for that weekend, which I regretted as soon as I climbed into the Stingray (this requires the same muscles you use to get into a crawl space).

Simply put, I've never had more fun in a car. The Stingray is hugely powerful. Frills are limited, everything is designed to keep you focused on the road. And people absolutely love it. Even in January, I kept the window down, because so many people caught me at red lights and wanted to talk/shout nice things at me.

Their collective spirit is summarized by the first guy who spoke to me: "Dude, your Corvette is sick, bro."
First, let's just take it in. Gorgeous. The color, by the way, is "velocity yellow." I heard the working title was "look at this thing!" yellow.

The car's interior is simple, and focused on the driver. I felt like a fighter pilot sitting in this thing. Partly, that's because of the head-up display — it gives you speed and RPM, right in front of your eyes. I think every car should have one of these. This is where the fun happens. Yes, ..., a seven-speed manual shifter. Chevy's engineers did a great job making a car that moves between gears smoothly — driving the manual Corvette is effortless.

For extra smooth shifting, turn on Active Rev Matching. When you downshift, it adjusts the engine speed so there's no jolt.... You can top out at 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.

Those numbers are hard to appreciate without driving the car, so I've included a rough approximation of what my face looked like the whole time I was behind the wheel... The Stingray comes with lots of features that let you test your driving skills, like a 0 to 60 mph timer. (This time was recorded in Manhattan traffic.). There's a lap timer, too, if you head to the track. Or just spend a lot of time racing around your block. The G-force meter shows how much gravity you're feeling when you whip around a tight turn or slam on the gas pedal or the brakes.

And the onboard computer offers tons of information you'll never need for everyday driving, like tire temperature.
All that power and the ability makes this car a blast. But here's the best bit about the Stingray — people absolutely love it. All weekend, I had people running up to me at red lights, asking me to rev the engine.

I don't know what people thought when they saw me driving this Bentley convertible for an earlier test review. But I wouldn't be shocked if it were something about how rich my parents must be and how obnoxious I definitely am.

But because the Corvette is 1) relatively affordable, and 2) a muscle/sports car, I don't think people saw me as obnoxious. They just wanted to be part of the fun. For the record, the attention was almost all from men. The women at this parking garage didn't care about the car. But whatever. I'm just desperate for the snow to melt so I can convince GM to let me drive it again.
Many more pictures and more at:

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Have to agree with that! Kinda reflects the same feelings I get every time I take RedHot out for a drive. It is one heck of a phenomenal car to experience- from the continuous thrill as you approach it's great lines, the exhilarating sensations of driving it and the endless thumbs up from those around it. :cool:
 

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I would have to agree also!!!!


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Yeah pretty much. Not sure where he was but I find the women like it too. Maybe not quite so overt in showing how much they like it though.
 
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I have as many women comment on my C7 as men...she must not have been a sports car person...I have had a few friends (late 40 to early 50's) ask me wasn't it a little young for me and why did I not get a Lexus or Audi couple.....boring! I smile all the time driving this car and my only regret is not ordering one sooner!
 

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I had a guy in my neighborhood riding a bike, stop at end of my driveway (while I was sitting in my office) walked around the car and checked it out. Never did he ask to see it, but I didn't bother him cause he was at a distance. But yet this car gets looks all the time!


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I have as many women comment on my C7 as men...she must not have been a sports car person...I have had a few friends (late 40 to early 50's) ask me wasn't it a little young for me and why did I not get a Lexus or Audi couple.....boring! I smile all the time driving this car and my only regret is not ordering one sooner!
+1 on the sports car person. The sad fact is there are fewer women who are sports car people than men but I think more women are taking an interest in the C7 beyond the stereotypical BMW, Lexus and Mercedes female drivers.

My wife is one of those. She appreciates all types of sports cars but has always had a special place in her heart for Porsche's. It wasn't until she saw the C7 in person that SHE suggested we look into selling the Porsche and getting a C7.
 
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+1 on the sports car person. The sad fact is there are fewer women who are sports car people than men but I think more women are taking an interest in the C7 beyond the stereotypical BMW, Lexus and Mercedes female drivers. My wife is one of those. She appreciates all types of sports cars but has always had a special place in her heart for Porsche's. It wasn't until she saw the C7 in person that SHE suggested we look into selling the Porsche and getting a C7.
You have a great wife Mark!
 

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I have had my car for just a few days and I am getting more attention than I got when I had my Superformance Shelby Cobra. One person stopped in the middle of the road blocking traffic and got out and asked if he could take a picture as I had just parked. In the few times I have come back to my car in a parking lot, there are one or more people waiting for me to ask questions, take pictures etc. I know in time this will go away as 30K plus cars will be on the road by the end of the year. Still fun.
 
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