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Corvette Stingray Track Test - Almost as Fast an An Audi R8!
Shockingly fast. Beautifully balanced.
by David Pratte
The C6 (sixth generation) Corvette holds a special place in my heart. Back in 2005 when it first hit showroom floors, my dad and I went for a test drive in one and we both immediately fell in love with the power delivery of its LS3 small block V8.
Engine: 6.2L V8 makes 455 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque
Transmission: 7-speed manual with rev-matching
AG Track Lap Time: 1:18.872
Max As Tested Track Speed: 115.8 MPH
Max As Tested Cornering G-force: 1.37 g
Max As Tested braking G-force: 1.15 g
Pricing: Starts at $53,800. As tested $71,080
Not long after, my dad sold his ’98 Camaro Z28 and bought himself a C6 Vette with the Z51 performance package. Pretty much the day he completed the recommended break-in mileage we headed to our favorite racetrack (Mosport).
Since then I’ve been lucky enough to pilot every version of the C6 around racetracks across North America, not to mention ride-alongs with Corvette Racing legend Ron Fellows in both a Pratt & Miller C6RS and a ZR1 at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch (where I’ve also completed the Ron Fellows Higher Performance Driving School in their fleet of Z06 Corvettes).
Safe to say, then, that I’m a bit of a Corvette fanboy, especially since my dad owned two C3 Corvettes (1968-1982) when I was a teenager and I actually competed in my very first autocross in one. So I’ll admit that the name Corvette means something to me. But I’m also the type of person who’s hardest on the ones I love most, so I was expecting nothing less than greatness from the all-new C7 Corvette Stingray.
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