2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 Long-Term Arrival

By Carlos Lago | Photos By Motor Trend Staff | April 21, 2015

The Corvette used to be a simple thing. It delivered world-class performance on a budget, but a look at the rest of the car explained the low price.

It's different with the seventh-generation Corvette. Now you wonder how Chevrolet was able to cram so much car in such an inexpensive package. Our manual Stingray, for example, is a base model equipped with the Z51 Performance Package and little else. It cost $64,880 BMW M4 money. For that you get an M4-matching 12.1-second @ 117.8-mph quarter-mile pass, and an M4-besting (by a lot) 1.05 average g of lateral acceleration and 23.5-second figure-eight lap. Performance? Check.

The rest of the car? Well, the interior is nicely appointed and well-equipped. Our 1LT trim has comfortable and supportive leather seats in red, to match the $595 red brake calipers. The seats face a smartly laid-out dash and partly digital instrument cluster. Dig into the 8-inch infotainment system and you'll find a back-up camera, satellite radio, smartphone connectivity, LTE Wi-Fi, and so on. Hit a button and the screen tucks away, revealing a clever cubbyhole and USB port behind it. Its main resident is my iPod.

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