From a sheer data standpoint, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is quickly shaping to be a legendary machine. When this “base” Corvette hits the market in a few months, not only will it be the most technologically-advanced and powerful base model ever (with 455 standard horsepower), but it will also achieve an official EPA estimated 17 mpg city and 29 mpg highway for a combined 21 mpg — making it the most fuel-efficient V8 sports car on the market.
The 29 mpg highway rating comes from the average of the C7’s driving settings, with the default Touring mode achieving 28 mpg highway, and the Eco mode attaining the coveted 30 miles per gallon mark, all while delivering 455 ponies (460 hp with the performance dual-mode exhaust system). Fuel economy numbers for the 2014 Corvette Stingray equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission are still being finalized.
The 30 mpg rating is achieved with Corvettes equipped with the seven-speed manual transmission, and is made possible with the fifth-generation Small Block LT1 V8 engine’s Active Fuel Management system, which deactivates four of the eight cylinders during light driving conditions. Check out our deep dive feature on the new LT1 to read more on the system’s mechanics.
Let’s not forget, either, that the 2014 Corvette Stingray starts at an unrivaled $51,995 including destination. The performance-to-dollar ratio here is enough to make any Porsche buyer look like a complete fool. Because by comparison, the less efficient, less powerful Porsche 911 Carrera S offers just 400 hp, and 27 mpg highway, and at $98,900, is nearly twice the price. Chew on that, Stuttgart.