When pricing of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was announced back in April, Chevrolet promised that 'Vettes equipped with the Z51 Performance Package would be able to hit impressive figures that include "0-60 mph in under four seconds and more than 1g in cornering," and now it has backed these numbers up. While metrics for a stock Stingray weren't released, checking the $2,800 Z51 box will get you a 0-60 time of just 3.8 seconds and a skidpad number of 1.03g.

Between its 460 horsepower and now its 3.8-second 0-60 time, the Stingray Z51 is positioned directly in between the new Porsche 911 S and Turbo models while costing significantly less than both. In addition to this, Chevy is promising a quarter mile time of 12 seconds and 60-0 braking in just 107 feet.

As an extra little bit of bragging rights, Chevy says that an almost-stock Z51 (with a racing seat, harness and fire extinguisher added inside the car) with Magnetic Ride Control was able to lap the Virginia International Raceway Grand Course in 2:45.78. Wondering how that compares with other known hi-po models? So are we...

Although there are no official VIR lap times to compare against, we did find that FastLaps.com has an unofficial collection of times for the track that places the new Stingray in the number two spot, just behind a 2008 Corvette ZR1. If accurate, that's mighty impressive. Scroll down for the official press release.
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Corvette Stingray: 3.8 seconds from 0 to 60 mph
Turns in 2:51.8 lap at Virginia International Raceway 'Grand Course'

DETROIT – Chevrolet released official performance estimates today for the 2014 Corvette Stingray, the most capable standard Corvette ever. Equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package, the new Stingray is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, braking from 60 to 0 in 107 feet, and sustaining 1.03 g in cornering.

Cumulatively, the acceleration, cornering and braking capability of the Corvette Stingray enable it to lap the Virginia International Raceway's (VIR) 4.2-mile "Grand Course" in 2:51.78.

"For the new Stingray, we set out to elevate every aspect of the Corvette's performance," said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. "Considered alone, the acceleration, braking and cornering performance of the Corvette Stingray is truly impressive. More significant is how well they work together, resulting in a lap time at VIR that places the new Stingray in the upper echelon of all sports cars."

2014 Corvette Stingray Z51
Acceleration from 0-60 MPH: 3.8 seconds
¼ mile acceleration: 12 seconds @ 119 mph
Braking distance from 60 to 0 MPH: 107 feet
Maximum lateral acceleration: 1.03 G
VIR 'Grand Course' Lap: 2:51.78

The lap around VIR was conducted in Stingray equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package and Magnetic Ride Control. The vehicle that conducted the lap was modified only with safety features like a racing seat and harness, and fire extinguisher system.

"The new Stingray constantly communicates feedback to the driver, which makes you feel incredibly confident behind the wheel," said Jim Mero, Corvette vehicle dynamics engineer. "That confidence encourages you to attack each corner because the Stingray drives so well: the tire grip is incredible; the steering response is some of the best I've ever experienced; the Magnetic Ride dampers allow little body roll through the corner, while still soaking up the rumble strips when you clip the apex," he said. "It's just addictive on the track."

The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013 for a suggested starting retail price of $51,995, excluding tax, title, and license fees. The $2,800 Z51 Performance Package includes an electronic limited-slip differential; dry-sump oiling system; integral brake, differential and transmission cooling; as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability. Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management is a $1,795 option. A Corvette Stingray equipped like the test car used at VIR would cost $56,590.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's insane, absolutely INSANE performance for the price. This really is the new performance bargain of the century. I can't wait until an owner takes one of these to Summit Point or VIR so I can drive it!
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NightFlight
        Plus it should end most arguments about the price of this car. If I'm not mistaken the outgoing Z06 ran to 60 in 3.7. So this is all but as quick as that.
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      *jaw drop* Thats INSANE! And to think this is only the Z51... The Z06 and ZR1 are going to be mental...
      Stomp and steer
      • 1 Year Ago
      These are just the starter series. Can't wait until the clean up hitters arrive.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Autoblog Mr. Jeffrey N. Ross Says "Between its 460 horsepower and now its 3.8-second 0-60 time, the Stingray Z51 is positioned directly in between the new Porsche 911 S and Turbo models while costing significantly less than both." In Reality, Corvette is its own brand, I do not think when pricing it the Chevrolet guys looked to undercut Porsche 911, the Brand can stand on its two feet proudly. Buyers of both brands get it, No one buying a Porsche goes, oh well, I will get a Corvette because it’s cheaper; neither do people buying corvettes generally buy them because the 911 is expensive. The rivalry is there, but pricing is independent. Since the C5, Corvette has simply always obliterated the 911 in raw performance. The situation is you buy either car for the experience of owning the corvette or owning the 911.
        Mike Kilpatrick
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        mbukukanyau yes one of these will impress valet parking attendants in LA. Is that the experience you mean?
          mbukukanyau
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mike Kilpatrick
          I do not think the Valet workers have had a chance to sample the stingray yet.
        sbaldrickz28
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Not really a reply but you are correct about owning one marque over the other simply for the experience, and I must say it really is an experience owning a Vette. Driving one is like being part of the worlds friendliest family. As soon as owners lock eyes on a fellow owner you see the hand pop up and the Corvette wave, I have never seen that from the owners of any other marque. We live in an area that is truly car heaven; we see on a regular basis everything from mint vintage muscle cars, to German ubber cars, to the ultimate in British luxury. I have seen every current exotic available in the US except an Aventador and a Vyron. It seems like other marque owners make believe they dont see one another almost like they are mad that they are no longer the center of attention because there is another of their marque around. Vette people are happy to see another owner. People will walk up and start talking to you about the one they have or had, and they are sincere, and the dealers and service personnel treat you like royalty, I actually look forward to an oil change. Add that to the performance and you truly have an experience not simply a drive
          HUMANMPC2000
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sbaldrickz28
          What's is a Vyron? I never seen one.
          TheAutoBlog
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sbaldrickz28
          The waving happens everywhere with every enthusiast car...you're not unique. It happens everything from Wranglers to Challengers, Corvettes to Vipers.
      R.t Voll
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, Talk about a bargain! I can't wait to see what the zr1 will do. A zr1 with 700+ HP might be able to beat a GTR.
      SquareFour
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good stuff, to be sure. IIRC, the Z51 includes a 5 hp increase, so I'd imagine the base Vette without the "exhaust package" is still a ridiculously fast car. Well done, GM engineers.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SquareFour
        I think the Z51 might have tighter gearing in the transmission as well, that would help it accelerate more quickly as well.
      Porsche4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very impressed. Good job GM
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very impressed!! Hands down the best car made in America, and probably the best car for the money in the world.
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      KICK @$$!!! I want one!
      sbaldrickz28
      • 1 Year Ago
      Agree this is ultimate performance value on earth and drop dead gorgeous although I admit that I am a fanboy with a 99 FRC, but I think some of you that don’t like the rear and think it’s the lights try picturing it shaved without the chrome emblems it might look better to you.
      AGSHOP
      • 1 Year Ago
      hmmm I like it in yellow! dam!
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      All of that performance for only $56,000? What a great deal. I can only imagine what the next Z07 and ZR1 are gonna be able to do. The Corvette does it again.
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