The Chevrolet Corvette is one of our favourite cars of all time. Ever. We’d do absolutely disgusting, unspeakable things to get our hands on the latest C7 Corvette Stingray when it’s released later this year, but we might not have to because Chevy has announced it will be relatively affordable.
The Corvette Stringray will retail for £67,000 when it arrives in Autumn 2013. For that cash, you get a gorgeous hunk of American muscle fitted, as standard, with a load of extras you won’t find in the standard American model.
Every Stingray sold in the UK will feature the Performance Pack. This includes an enhanced aero package for better high-speed stability, an electronic limited-slip differential for enhanced arsing about, optimised shocks, springs and stabiliser bars, a tweaked performance gear ratio, plus dry-sump oiling system, differential and transmission cooling.
The car also comes with bigger front and rear wheels and tyres (19×8.5-inch and 20×10-inch, respectively) and bigger front and rear brakes (345mm and 338mm, respectively). What’s more, Chevrolet has thrown in its new magnetic suspension system, which is available only as an option in US cars. Suck on that, Americans.
Those of you wanting to set your Stringray apart from the masses have a relatively sparse options list to choose from. Metallic paint (£600), tin-coat paint (£1,000), sat-nav (£1,450) and black aluminium wheels (£550) are are the only upgrades available at present.
Of course, this being rip-off Britain, the deal isn’t as sweet as it first appears. The yanks get their Corvette Stingray for $52,000, which works out at £33,655 – Porsche Boxster money. Plus they get theirs with the steering wheel in the ‘correct’ side, while we have to make do with left-hand-drive.
Still, we think it’s a price worth paying given the relative exclusivity you’ll enjoy every time you jump behind the wheel of a Corvette Stingray. Plus – no Boxster can accelerate from 0-60mph in under four seconds.
For more info on the new Vette, give Chevy a call on 0800 666 222.