After adding options, even the “entry level” Ferrari, the California T, will run right up against a quarter million dollars. Even if you had such a sum, a princely pile had better be in reserve for routine service and maintenance. A new Corvette Stingray Coupe, meanwhile, starts at just $53,995 in the US, and with the spectacular Z51 performance package, the total outlay comes to $57,995.
Yes, this is a lot of money, but the Corvette represents an attainable dream, a car that spins heads as quickly as it spins its tires.
Sharp-edged bodywork is complemented by a sublime small-block 455hp 6.2-litre V8 engine, paired with a seven-speed manual transmission that includes a rev-match gimmick (which thankfully turns off) to aid downshifts. Together, they let the Corvette rip from a standstill to 60mph in 3.8 seconds – just three-tenths behind the California T.
The Z51 performance package is truly a bargain, delivering larger-diameter wheels (19in front, 20in rear), Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, larger-diameter Bilstein shocks and monstrous Brembo brakes. Add to these a racetrack-specification dry-sump oiling system for the engine.
Like all new General Motors cars, the Corvette includes OnStar telematics with 4G wireless connectivity. And though it burns gas at the rate of 17mpg in the city, it cruises highways at 29mpg, according to the EPA. It is every bit a dream car, but one that doesn’t have to merely exist in your dreams. That is a value, even at $58,000. (Photo: General Motors)
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