By now you know that the all-new Corvette C7 is the most amazing Corvette of all. And while they're still flying out of showrooms with giant sticker prices, the smart money is buying something like this 2014 Corvette Stingray, which has a slick look and a long list of options, all at a significant discount. Hard to resist, isn't it?
Black with red stripes, including the "rookie" hash marks on the front fender, make this into a Corvette that gets noticed. It's got 17,917 miles on the clock today, but you wouldn't know it by looking at it. The black paint is deep and glossy, the red stripes look like they were scorched into the paint with a laser, and fit and finish are the best they've ever been in a 'Vette. As with most newer cars, the highest praise we can offer is that it's pretty much as new. It's got a few signs of having been driven, mostly down under the nose where you can't even see them, but you won't find any serious marks anywhere on this car. It was always garaged and it was washed and waxed frequently, which is the life of most Corvettes: a pampered toy. I have to admit that the new styling has grown on me, and there are many little details that are extremely well done, including the little stingray emblems on the front fenders and the lip spoiler out back. It's enough to get noticed, but not excessive.
The interior has been seriously revamped and upgraded as well, so all those snotty car magazine guys who complained about earlier Corvettes can go jump in a lake. The deep leather seats are augmented with grippy alacantara inserts and white stitching, so it looks upscale and works extremely well to hold you in place. This car is loaded with just about everything they could throw into a Corvette, including the usual power accessories, a navigation system, and fully automatic climate control. There's a state-of-the-art entertainment system with satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity, and that angular piece of aluminum slashing through the interior console just looks industrial strength. The auxiliary gauges are real gauges, but the center gauge is a video screen that can be reconfigured to show you just about any critical information, and like earlier cars, there's a cool animation when you key it up. Also like earlier cars, there's a fairly large trunk compartment with a built-in cover and provision for stowing the removable hardtop.
The 6.2-liter V8 got a host of upgrades for the Stingray, and now makes 455 horsepower (remember when you had to pony up an extra $20,000 to get the optional LT5 and just 405 horsepower?). Performance is remarkable, especially at this price, yet it's totally docile and easy to drive. Hit the button and it starts instantly and idles smoothly. The 6-speed automatic shifts quicker than you, even on your best day, and the suspension is compliant yet ready for a track day. It's really a car that can do it all. And while the C7 is still young, there's a booming aftermarket working on getting new stuff for it all the time, yet this one remains 100% stock. That's exactly how you want your lightly used 'Vette to be, ensuring that it hasn't been abused. This one is wears optional chrome wheels and red painted brake calipers, which look awesome, and it's sitting on staggered 245/35/19 front and 285/30/20 rear Michelin performance radials.
Read the reviews, the C7 really is as amazing as it seems. This one is available at a discount and includes a window sticker and manuals, so it's just like new. Call today!