PINEHURST, NC — November 25, 2020 — My brother is seven years older than I am. (Isn’t that an interesting way to start a car column.)
But being seven years older than I, he also got to drive before I knew about girls, or cars, or high school, or anything else meaningful back then. We were only 10 years or so after the end of the Korean War. Things were good. Life was simple.
My brother, Mike, had a Pontiac LeMans. He got it the year before the GTO came out, as I remember, and wished he had waited. His good friend, Sidney, had a 66 Corvette Stingray, and it was BAD – all capital letters. Mike and Sidney had discovered cars and girls and the relationship between all of those elements was becoming clear even to a naïve 12-year-old.
“Why the short walk down memory lane?” you ask. Because this week we had the 2020 Corvette Stingray Coupe, the mid-engine redesign that is the NEW Corvette and makes it look closer to a Ferrari or Lamborghini than the Chevy Corvettes we have known and loved. Don’t believe me? How about this?
Ours was a very beautiful ‘Zeus Bronze Metallic’, but pictures were non-existent on the Corvette site. Try some of the offshoots, like GM Authority, Corvette Forum, and Corvette Actions Center for good pictures of the color.
With 495 Horsepower, 0-60 in 2.9 seconds, 470 ft. lb. of torque, and a top track speed of 194 mph, this baby will ROCK! Sharp curves? Rock solid. Pick up? You better hold on. A built in ‘psyche’ that says, “I was born to run.” Yeah, it’s there.
And while this beautiful Corvette Stingray starts at $58.9K, ours weighed in at $82,925, no small bundle. However, considering a Ferrari, Lamborghini, or Lotus start in the $200K+ range and run up to over $2M, the Corvette is the bargain of the century.
On top of our base package was the 3LT Coupe Premium Equipment Package, which included the Chevy Premium Infotainment System with Navigation, the Bose Performance Series 14 Speaker Audio System, Heads Up Display, HD Front Curb View Camera, Memory Driver and Passenger Package, A Rear Camera Mirror, and lots more for $11K. A Z551 Performance Package added $5K; Magnetic Ride Control added $1,895; Front Lift Adjustable Height with Memory was $1,495 (this raised the car three inches so you didn’t drag on those high driveways or neighborhood speed bumps); $1,495 for Trident Spoke Machined Face Sterling Silver Painted Aluminum Wheels; $995 for the engine appearance package (you can see the engine); and $100 for the Chrome Exterior Badge Package.
For performance driving I give it a five out of five. For beautiful to look at – the same. Style, handling, response, ride, power, being a Driver’s Car – 5’s across the board.
My only fault with the Corvette was that it IS a Driver’s Car, not a driver and passenger two-seater. There are two seats all right, but the passenger is uncomfortable – period. Your left arm wants to rest right where the ‘Climate Control Display’ is located and it runs from the dash to almost the rear part of the seats. See below.