Many factors lead to the all-new Corvette’s inclusion, but none were more important than the advanced chassis that makes the sports car a fluid and responsive track monster.
2014 Corvette Stingray: Handling Makes the Difference
When it comes to performance vehicles, most people flock straight to the engine numbers. Sport’s car enthusiasts are easily distracted by the Corvette’s 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, but the folks at Car and Driver put their main focus on another part of the car: the chassis.
And the thing about a great chassis, you have to experience it first-hand to truly appreciate it. They aren’t quantified by numbers and stats, they come through in handling, cornering, and carving a racetrack a break-neck speed.
The superior handling and driving manners also made the 2014 Cadillac CTS a member of the 10Best, showing GM’s prowess for great handling and making the automaker one of only two producers with two cars on the list.
Harmony between steering feel, handling, and suspension is not something easily described, but Car and Driver’s writers gave it their best shot:
Steering tells the story of the car in motion, and in the Corvette it reports the squirm of the tires and, by varying the resistance, every tenth-of-a-g change in cornering force.
Not only is its electrically assisted steering system unexpectedly sensitive, you can practically feel the thousands of man-hours spent developing its Michelin tires, its stiffer structure, and, on Z51 models, its electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
Judging from the new Cadillac CTS and Chevrolet Corvette, GM now knows how to bridge the gap between the driver and the spreadsheet. These cars aren’t simply about the cold pursuit of data. They’re about the interaction between human and machine.
- Car and Driver review team
But don’t take Car and Driver’s word for it, and don’t take our word for it either. The only way to truly appreciate the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray is to stop out for a free test drive.
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