RE: Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray: Spotted

RE: Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray: Spotted

Wednesday 20th March

Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray: Spotted

The next Corvette is going to be quite something. Still, there's no school like the old school...



If the internet is to be believed, the top version of Chevrolet’s next Corvette is too powerful for its chassis. Apparently, the C8’s mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged V8 is capable of twisting the structure to the point of breaking the rear screen. As cool and Murica-worthy as that sounds, an engine that wants to escape its surroundings is not necessarily what you want in a car that's expected to go head to head with supercars as polished as Ferrari’s F8 Tributo and McLaren’s 720S.

Such issues were never present during the development of the C7 Corvette. The current version of America’s best-known sports car has evolved through various guises to produce up to 755hp and 715lb ft of torque (in most aggressive ZR1 form), but its 6.2-litre small block V8 has remained quite happy to do that while nestled under the car’s nose. It’s one of the reasons we’ve come to love the C7; it’s consistently punched above its weight and what it’s lacked in exoticness it has more than made up for with brute force.


The regular Stingray can’t offer the savage performance of its better endowed siblings, yet it still possesses all of the most desirable C7 Corvette hallmarks. There’s that broad and purposeful body and the four exhaust pipes, which project the muscular vocals of a proper US-built eight. Without any form of forced induction, power is far below what the best models produce, but few people would claim 460hp and 465lb ft to be underwhelming.

While the turbo motor of the subsequent C8 will undoubtedly have far more power, don't expect it to offer quite the same tone of voice as its predecessor. Many of us will have been drawn to the Chevvy sports car for its sound alone, but as we’ve found out on numerous occasions, this generation of ‘vette also took such a stride forward elsewhere, too.

The aluminium chassis, for example, was 45kg lighter than the C6’s structure but also 60 per cent stiffer, plus it used a rear leaf spring that – despite being labelled horse and cart technology – were made of composite material and worked alongside magnetic dampers. This alternative 21st century setup, which also had a centre of gravity lower than a higher-placed coil-spring design, gave the front-engined C7 immense mechanical grip. Pressure from the Corvette’s exotic rivals appears to have encouraged a switch to coils for the C8, which helps makes the final front-engined Corvette the last in a very long line.


It's not impossible that the Stingray might one day be valued for its simplicity precisely because it is more easily associated with Chevvy’s 1953 original. That’s why today’s Spotted is an example of the C7’s base model, although it comes in the frankly awesome colour scheme of Long Beach Crystal Red exterior paint and Adrenaline Red leather inside. It really looks the part, don’t you think? And with only 4,000 miles on the clock, it’s in fine condition all over. The seller says it’s “like new”.

Fitted with that pulsing naturally aspirated V8 - mated to a seven-speed manual gearbox - you couldn’t ask for a more old school C7. There is some modern technology inside this 2014 car, such as a DAB radio, a colour instrument display and satnav, but such features are unlikely to play a part in convincing the next buyer to hand over their £47.5k, because, well, they’re pretty basic. Instead, turning the key and pressing the loud pedal should probably do it.


SPECIFICATIONS - CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7 STINGRAY

Engine: 6,162cc, V8
Transmission: 7-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 460@6,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 465@4,600rpm
MPG: 34.8
CO2: N/A
First registered: 2014
Recorded mileage: 4,000
Price new: £61,495
Yours for: £47,495

See the original advert here.

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macky17

Original Poster:

1,901 posts

129 months

Wednesday 20th March
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Lovely. Wonder how good long term residuals will be. If the c8 really self-destructs then possibly pretty good smile

dinkel

24,881 posts

198 months

Wednesday 20th March
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Chevrolet Corvette at the 2015 Dutch Spring Run.

Big GT

577 posts

32 months

Wednesday 20th March
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These sound lovely.

34.8 mpg ? roflrofl

f1ten

1,798 posts

93 months

Wednesday 20th March
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I had one for a week in LA and absolutely loved it. 460hp was plenty to leave 99% of cars behind and I drove it hard out the angeles crest highway and was very impressed with B road cornering performance. Frankly for 47000 I think there is nothing else this modern with that power and looks.

redroadster

870 posts

172 months

Wednesday 20th March
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Right hand drive conversion ? I'd be interested to know .
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Sandpit Steve

138 posts

14 months

Wednesday 20th March
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macky17 said:
Lovely. Wonder how good long term residuals will be. If the c8 really self-destructs then possibly pretty good smile
A quick Google says they’ve depreciated quite a bit in the U.K. so far, compared to elsewhere like US or Dubai. Can’t buy a low mileage secondhand C7 there and ship it back to U.K. for less than about £50k, so this car is a bargain!

fernando the frog

143 posts

8 months

Wednesday 20th March
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I know it's a PH cliche to do a comparison but you literally may as well buy a brand new Mustang, surely better build quality than these too

macky17

Original Poster:

1,901 posts

129 months

Wednesday 20th March
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Except the corvette is faster, lighter and handles massively better. Build quality on my c6 was very good and I'm guessing it's improved since then.

Fishy Dave

514 posts

185 months

Wednesday 20th March
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I love these, I had the pleasure of passenger laps in a C7 Z06 at Circuit Of The Americas last year, one of the fastest cars I've been in. The interior design and quality is greatly improved over my C6. The article mentions a rear leaf, they actually have a composite monoleaf spring both front and rear (these work very well).

Edited by Fishy Dave on Wednesday 20th March 10:52

Krikkit

14,783 posts

121 months

Wednesday 20th March
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How long until someone says they're dinosaurs with leaf springs?

Always liked these, preferably in the LeMans car-aping yellow.

AdeTuono

6,032 posts

167 months

Wednesday 20th March
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Krikkit said:
How long until someone says they're dinosaurs with leaf springs?
Don't forget the old 'it can't be any good, it's got a push-rod engine' comment. The LS7 in my C6 Z06 is one of the best motors I've ever owned.

macky17

Original Poster:

1,901 posts

129 months

Wednesday 20th March
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Agreed, I owned one too.

I think it's ironic that the very thing which once made US cars a laughing stock is now their unique strength: they are old school. In this day and age of dual clutch boxes, wall to wall turbo charging and technology seemingly designed to isolate you from the experience of driving, a newish car with a huge, naturally aspirated engine, manual box and an analogue feel is a wonderful thing. I think I may buy a grand sport c7 later this year as there is nothing else for sale around £70k I'd rather have as a toy. Even a gt4 is too sanitised for me.

ZX10R NIN

13,657 posts

65 months

Wednesday 20th March
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These are great cars very underrated & very much a drivers car, my personal favorite is the Grand Sport.

Bencolem

461 posts

179 months

Wednesday 20th March
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It’s a shame really - they’re great cars but the LHD kills it in the UK and the stench of chest wig kills it in the US.

irocfan

18,825 posts

130 months

Wednesday 20th March
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Big GT said:
These sound lovely.

34.8 mpg ? roflrofl
on a run I'd not be at all surprised

sideways man

592 posts

77 months

Wednesday 20th March
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Had a c7 for a week, doing the San Fransisco to LA loop, it impressed me massively with its looks/noise/performance/handling. Even the economy, as it would do 28 us mpg on a 70 mph cruise, according to the computer.
If I lived in the USA, I’d have one no question.
Too wide for the uk though, in my opinion.

One of many highlights of that trip,was 5 corvettes driving down the Las Vegas strip, like we owned the place! Great memories.

AdeTuono

6,032 posts

167 months

Wednesday 20th March
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sideways man said:
Too wide for the uk though, in my opinion.

I can never understand comments like this. The same width as an XF Jaguar, 3-4" less than a Transit, and they seem to cope with the cut 'n' thrust of city driving.

Fishy Dave

514 posts

185 months

Wednesday 20th March
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sideways man said:
Too wide for the uk though, in my opinion.
Sounds like a great trip. The width isn't too bad, a C7 is the same as a 911 Turbo (991). It's less than 8cm wider than a current VW Golf.

kambites

56,255 posts

161 months

Wednesday 20th March
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irocfan said:
on a run I'd not be at all surprised
Well yes but that's not what's being claimed is it. I know they're not terrible on fuel for the performance, but if you look on fuelly the average averaging MPG is less than 20 (US, so 24 Imperial).

kambites

56,255 posts

161 months

Wednesday 20th March
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Fishy Dave said:
Sounds like a great trip. The width isn't too bad, a C7 is the same as a 911 Turbo (991). It's less than 8cm wider than a current VW Golf.
Sadly these days the wide-body 911s also feels huge on UK roads. Certainly usable, but to wide for me personally to enjoy.

It'd certainly be near the top of my list of cars to own if I lived somewhere which drove on the right and had better sighted and/or wider roads.

Edited by kambites on Wednesday 20th March 13:14