2014 Corvette Stingray: 0-60 in 3.8 Seconds and 1.03 g Cornering [Video]

Way back in January when the 2014 Corvette Stingray debuted, Chevrolet promised it would be the best performing standard Corvette yet.  Then in April when Chevy announced the Stingray’s $51,995 price tag, they hinted at a sub-4 second 0-60 and cornering better than 1 g.  Our last hint at the Corvette Stingray’s performance came in May when we learned of the LT1 6.2 liter V8 and its 460 horses and 465 pound-feet of torque in Z51 guise.

Now, the official numbers are in.  The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will accelerate from 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds, brake from 60 to 0 in 107 feet and sustain 1.03 g in the corners.  The quarter-mile passes in 12 seconds at 119 mph.

Those figures are pretty impressive on their own.  But, put the Stingray’s performance numbers together in a track scenario, and you get a 2:51.78 lap time around Virginia International Raceway’s 4.2 mile “Grand Course”.  That’s an average of 88.1 mph.  Is that fast?  It sounds fast.

To be honest, I had no frame of reference from VIR, so I googled some track times.  According to FastestLaps.com, the track record belongs to a 2008 Corvette ZR1 at 2:45.63.  Second through fifth belong to a 2011 Mosler MT900S (2:45.90), 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR (2:48.60), 2012 Mosler MT900S Photon (2:49.80) and 2009 Ferrari 458 Italia (2:48.90).  At sixth place, the 2014 Corvette Stingray is in good company.

What’s the bottom line?  All these figures refer to a Stingray outfitted with the $2,800 Z51 Performance Package.  So starting at $54,795, you can get a Corvette that will accelerate to 60 mph half-a-second faster and run the quarter-mile 0.3 seconds faster than a new 911 Carrera S which starts at $98,900.  Not a bad deal.  By the way, a 2011 Carrera S lapped VIR in 2:58.90.  The new Porsche 911 Turbo and Nissan GTR better be careful if Chevrolet releases a Corvette Stingray Z06 (which I really, really hope they do).

For more info, peruse the press release below.  And, it may no be VIR, but here is a video of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray pacecar doing what it does best on a track.  Enjoy.

Press Release
DETROIT Chevrolet released official performance estimates today for the 2014 Corvette Stingray, the most capable standard Corvette ever. Equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package, the new Stingray is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, braking from 60 to 0 in 107 feet, and sustaining 1.03 g in cornering.

Cumulatively, the acceleration, cornering and braking capability of the Corvette Stingray enabled it to lap the Virginia International Raceway’s (VIR) 4.2-mile “Grand Course” in 2:51.78.
“For the new Stingray, we set out to elevate every aspect of the Corvette’s performance,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “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.”

2014 Corvette Stingray Z51
Acceleration from 0-60 MPH 3.8 seconds
¼ mile acceleration 12 seconds @ 119 mph
Braking distance from 60 to 0 MPH 107 feet
Maximum lateral acceleration 1.03 G
VIR ‘Grand Course’ Lap 2:51.78

The lap around VIR was conducted in Stingray equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package and Magnetic Ride Control. The vehicle that conducted the lap was modified only with safety features like a racing seat and harness, and fire extinguisher system.

“The new Stingray constantly communicates feedback to the driver, which makes you feel incredibly confident behind the wheel,” said Jim Mero, Corvette vehicle dynamics engineer. “That confidence encourages you to attack each corner because the Stingray drives so well: the tire grip is incredible; the steering response is some of the best I’ve ever experienced; the Magnetic Ride dampers allow little body roll through the corner, while still soaking up the rumble strips when you clip the apex,” he said. “It’s just addictive on the track.”

The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013 for a suggested starting retail price of $51,995, excluding tax, title, and license fees. The $2,800 Z51 Performance Package includes an electronic limited-slip differential; dry-sump oiling system; integral brake, differential and transmission cooling; as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability. Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management is a $1,795 option. A Corvette Stingray equipped like the test car used at VIR would cost $56,590. 

Author: Nick Glasnovich

Founder & Executive Editor of TickTickVroom.com.

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