With the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray due on the streets in just a few short months, Chevrolet apparently is targeting some pretty stiff competition.
MotorTrend.com is reporting that two Stingrays have been captured by KGP Photography cameras on the road with a Ferrari 458 Italia, an Audi R8 V10 convertible, a McLaren MP4-12C, and a Porsche 911 Carrera S.
We told you earlier that Chevy’s ad agency is targeting European competitors like Porsche with its campaign and trying to convert those drivers over to Corvettes.
As for the current high-society road testing, Motor Trend says it got the following official response from Chevy: “A key goal for the Corvette Stingray was to develop a car that had world-class levels of performance, design, and technology. As we approach the final calibration of the Stingray, we want to ensure that it delivers one of the best driving experiences available from any sports car — regardless of price.”
Also in those photos was a 2013 ZR1, which the magazine believes could indicate that Chevrolet is already hard at work on the C7 ZR1.
With the C6 ZR1 topping out at 638 horsepower, Motor Trend says it has heard the seventh-generation King of the Hill may break the 700 horsepower barrier.
The old ZR1 zoomed from 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds and recently lapped the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track in a record time of 1:33.70. At least it was a record for a little while because a revamped SRT Viper then narrowly bested that mark at 1:33.62.
You can bet there will be plenty more such competitions between the Corvette and the Viper, which by the way was not included in the testing captured by the cameras of KGP Photography. Motor Trend believes the absence doesn’t mean that Chevy doesn’t consider the Viper a worthy opponent but that it probably just couldn’t obtain a Viper to test.
One other interesting note: the Ferrari 458 Italia and Porsche 911 have won Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car competition the past two years. Wouldn’t Chevy love to break into that exclusive territory with the Stingray?
Check out these latest spy photos and more at Motor Trend.