ABS standard. ESC standard from 2001. Side air bags standard from 2010.
Long known for its panache and sheer brute force, the Corvette has been reborn for 2014 as a lighter, tighter, high-tech sports car. Previous Vettes delivered quick acceleration, but handling wasn't up to that of the Porsche 911 and other European thoroughbreds. The new Corvette has narrowed the gap, with quick reflexes, flat cornering, and less of the nose-heavy sensation of older models. Moreover, gone is the cheap interior of past Vettes, replaced with higher-quality materials and a more refined feel.The new Corvette -- in coupe or convertible body styles -- is a bargain among high-performance cars, delivering ferocious acceleration, precise handling, and excellent braking for thousands of dollars less than competitors such as the 911 and Jaguar F-Type. And the driving experience can be fairly refined or wild, depending on your mood.
Punching the throttle is an eye-opener. The direct-injected 460-hp, 6.2-liter V8 helped it post a blistering 0-to-60-mph acceleration time of 4.3 seconds. From a start, our Stingray shoots forward with seemingly boundless torque and a throaty bark.