911 versus the new Corvette Stingray
Has the American come of age, or will Germany reign supreme? Tom Ford finds out...
Posted: 03 Dec 2014
In fact, Chevy has been very clever here, because the Stingray is sitting in a neat little sub-£65k niche. It's theatrical but practical, wantonly fast but relatively efficient if you aren't going mental, interesting, capable and fun. It's not a 911, but emphatically doesn't need to be. In fact, it's more Nissan GT-R-ish (£76k) in some ways, though less intent on sheer speed at the expense of lower-than-Mach-1 thrills. Perhaps a more pertinent competitor would be something like a Jaguar F-Type V6 S Coupe at £60,235, for which you get a Jag and RHD, and a prettier car, but also a less singular experience. In fact, the things that really limit the Stingray are the aggressive styling and the fact that it comes in left-drive only in the UK, which is also presumably one of the reasons it's not £85k.
And so to a conclusion. The fact that the Stingray was benchmarked against the 911 is in no way a bad thing, but it is misleading. The 911 still has the extra finesse in everything it does, from the interior to the one-shot damping to the way that flat-six yowls. It feels unburstable, brilliant and, when push comes to shove, sublime - really at the top of its game. But it should. To get a vaguely comparative 911, you need this 400bhp ‘S', and that costs, without options, over £83k. A 22-grand premium over a Z51 Stingray, which comes with more standard kit and more easily accessible speed.