While in the US, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a pretty common sight (for a sports car at least), in Europe America’s iconic model is much rarer.
That could be because it carries a €74,500 starting price (in Germany), the equivalent of $92,423 at today’s exchange rates. That is almost double than what Chevrolet charges for the base coupe model in the United States – $54,995 (excluding destination charges).
Still, all European models feature the Z51 performance package as standard, which includes an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, differential and transmission cooling, specific shocks, springs and stabilizer bars, a specific performance gear ratio, larger front and rear wheels, brakes and tires, as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability.
Available in select European markets since April 2014, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is powered by the same 6.2-liter V8 producing 460hp (466PS) and 630Nm (465lb-ft) of torque. In Europe, the Corvette Stingray is offered exclusively with a seven-speed manual with Active Rev Matching, allowing the model to cover the 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.2 seconds and to reach a top speed of 290 km/h (180 mph) for the coupe – 282 km/h (175 mph) for the convertible.
The Corvette Stingray’s combined fuel consumption is rated in Europe at 12 l/100 km (19.6 mpg US), with CO2 emissions of 279 g/km (figures corresponding to the coupe version).