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We told you a few weeks ago about the 2014 Corvette Stingray’s performance in Car and Driver’s 2014 Lightning Lap competition.
But now you can actually see a video that offers a sweet look at what it’s like to ride in the passenger seat of the hot new Stingray.
Simply put, the sound of the Corvette’s 6.2-liter V8 is music to our ears as it runs against the clock at Virginia International Raceway.
The Stingray didn’t win, with its time of 2 minutes, 53.8 seconds finishing behind the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and Porsche 911 Turbo S, but we’re sure the 2015 Z06 might have something else to say about that when the 2015 Lightning Lap competition is held.
Still, the base model Stingray has nothing to be ashamed of as it did whip the much more expensive Audi R8 V-10 Plus by nearly four seconds.
As Car and Driver reports: “Remember, this is a regular C7. The time it posted is usually the realm of cars costing two to three times its $65,665 price.”
If you’re wondering how the Stingray did against its previous Corvette brethren, here are the results from previous Lightning Laps:
- 2:50.7 – 2012 Corvette ZR1 (Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Tires)
- 2:51.8 – 2009 Corvette ZR1 (Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 Tires)
- 2:53.5 – 2011 Corvette Z06 (Z07)
- 2:53.8 – 2014 Corvette Stingray (Z51)
- 2:58.2 – 2007 Corvette Z06
- 2:58.5 – 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
As you can see, the 2014 Corvette was faster than the Grand Sport in the Lightning Lap by nearly 5 full seconds and was just 3 tenths of a second behind the 2011 Carbon Edition Corvette Z06.
The Corvette Stingray was featured in the LL2 Class which ranges in base car pricing from $35,000 – $64,999, and though the C7 was priced a little higher (as tested) at $65,665, it still was included in the LL2 class. Other vehicles in the LL2 class were the BMW M235i, Cadillac’s CTS VSport, Lexus IS350 F Sport, Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and the Subaru WRX STI.
The Stingray outperformed every car in its class with the second place contender being the Mercedez-Benz CLA45 AMG which finished at 3:05.9. The Stingray also outperformed every car but one in the LL3 class which has cars ranging in price from $65,000-$124,999. The one car that it didn’t beat: The 2014 Camaro Z/28.
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