If you want the latest in automotive performance, you won’t need $100,000 or even $200,000. In fact, you’ll need significantly less. That’s because rumors of the all-new 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray costing about the same as the outgoing 2013 C6 Corvette turned out to be true, as pricing has been officially announced for the new model.
The starting MSRP? Just $51,995 USD.
- 3LT interior package, with leather-wrapped interior ($8,005)
- The aforementioned Z51 Performance Package ($2,800)
- Competition sports seats ($2,495) — they are a free-flow option, and not strictly tied to the Z51 Package
- Exposed-carbon-fiber roof panel ($1,995)
- Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management ($1,795)
- Dual-mode exhaust system ($1,195)
- Carbon fiber interior trim ($995)
- Sueded, microfiber-wrapped upper interior trim ($995)
- Red-painted calipers ($595)
- Black-painted wheels ($495)
In short, nothing is expected to come close to the performance the 2014 Corvette Stingray from the factory. At $51,995 (or $54,795 for a Stingray Z51) there is nothing that will match the car’s performance for its price — not Porsche, not Nissan, not BMW — continuing the Chevrolet Performance tradition of offering the most bang for your buck.
On the flip side, critics would argue that the moderately affordable price would keep the perception of the Corvette as a “successful plumber’s car,” rather than the bona fide entry-exotic slayer that it is expected to be, trading in what could have been a higher profit margin per vehicle for making profits based on volume sales.
Either way, the $51,995 Corvette C7 Stingray is going to most certainly change the way consumers approach performance vehicles, and definitely doesn’t discourage us from attempting to attain one.