I just received my Corvette Stingray yesterday and wanted to take some time to write this 2014 Corvette Stingray review because so many people have been asking me about the car. Before I get into anything, though, let me give you a brief review of the events that led up to the purchase.
For the past 4 years I have been a BMW guy. I own a 2006 3-Series and owned a 2011 Z4 35i, which I just traded in for the new Stingray. BMW is known for it’s incredible quality, and that’s why I decided to go with both of those cars. The Z4 was my first “big” purchase, and it was a reward to myself for winning the Top Beachbody Coach 2010 award. When I first saw the car I knew I wanted to purchase it, and for 3 years it was an outstanding car that both my wife and I enjoyed on many date nights and vacations. However, back in early July I saw a picture of the new Corvette Stingray and instantly fell in love with the car. After reading a few reviews, I went ahead and pre-ordered a Black Z51 2LT with black rims, red calipers, black interior, with the upgraded performance exhaust package and transparent roof. For months I sat in anticipation and read through the Corvette Forums daily to learn about the car and receive updates on production. A few weeks ago I finally received the good news that my Stingray was produced, and just recently I got a call from the dealer that my car had arrived. My family and I went up to pick it up, and all I have to say is that the car absolutely lives up to its hype and in my opinion SURPASSES it! Here is my review.
Edges and Angles. Pictures don’t do the Corvette Stingray any justice. Seriously, it looks good in pictures, but it looks absolutely INCREDIBLE in person! The new Corvette is much edgier than the previous C6 version, giving it a “meaner” look, and I can see how it definitely appeals to the younger crowd. Being 28 years old, I guess it worked. I love the C6, but the C7 has a greater appeal to me. There are a greater number of sharp edges and angles on the hood and side, and there are even some on the removable top as well, which I was rather surprised about. The front comes to a point rather than being rounded, and the 2 separate triangular points underneath the grill really gives the car a very sporty look.
Back End. The taillights are the most controversial part of the Corvette Stingray, but in my opinion look fantastic, especially in person. I really like the direction that Corvette took with the taillights, again, giving the car that “edgy” look. Something that took me by surprise with the taillights, though, was that they aren’t flat, but rather they are almost 3D, with the center of the lights sinking in towards the car. It wasn’t something that I picked up from any of the pictures I saw. The tail pipes are much larger than they seem in the pictures, and after doing a side-to-side comparison with my father’s 2008 C6, they are quite larger than the C6’s as well. I also really like how they bunched them together and enclose them with the back bumper, rather than separate them and have them sit below the bumper. It gives it a much more elegant look. On top of that, they sound AMAZING when the flaps are open in Sport and Track Mode! It has a low, mean growl.
Tires and Rims. When I looked at pictures, I loved the black Z51 rims than came with the car, but I didn’t know if I would like them in person, and I even started looking at rims to replace them. However, again, after seeing them in person I don’t think I will ever purchase another set of rims. They are sharp, sporty, and have an excellent shine to them. The smaller front tires (19″) and the larger back tires (20″) give the car a nice downward, sporty angle as well. The only thing that I worry about, though, is keeping the rims shiny. I noticed that the brake dust really builds up quickly, so I’m going to have to wipe them down after every time I drive the car.
Headlights. This is another area that I think GM made major improvements on. The headlights are much sharper, edgy, and are much more luxurious. While driving, a bright, halogen like blue light can be seen reflecting from the cars ahead of you. The headlights remind me of a Ferrari’s headlights.
Touch Screen. The interior is absolutely fantastic. The first thing you notice when you get into the car is the touch screen that you can actually press a button and hide. When you hide it, a hidden storage compartment with a USB port pops up. It’s a great place to stick your phone, wallet, etc. The regular radio, XM radio, car settings, and bluetooth are all controlled from the touch screen. The only thing that I didn’t like about the touch screen is how hard you have to press to make it work. If you don’t like to touch the actually screen, though, there are manual buttons and dials you can use as well, which in some cases has proven to be easier.
Seats. The seats are everything I could have asked for. I got the leather GT seats and I was immediately surprised with how comfortable they were. They are seats that you could sit in for hours and not have any issues with, which is good because I will be traveling with my Stingray quite often. The little Corvette emblem stitched into the seats is also a great touch. This is one area that I think GM made massive improvements with.
Audio. The premium Bose surround sound system is by far the best that I have ever heard in a car, seriously, and it’s one of my favorite things about the 2014 Corvette. I decided to turn up the bass to a notch over halfway (halfway is factory setting), and the car was literally shaking once a high bass song came on. The subwoofer is in the back of the car, and there are numerous speakers all over the place. Audio definitely gets an A+!
HUD (Heads Up Display). This took a little getting used to for me because I have never had it before, but it’s a pretty neat perk. It’s a small display that’s projected onto your windshield that you can adjust to show you a number of different things, like speed, revs, etc. There are a few buttons and dials that allow you to change the display settings, lighten or darken it, and move it up and down, and it’s just to the left of the steering wheel.
Memory Seats. I actually just found this out, but in additional to remembering where your seat settings were, it also remembers a number of other different things, like steering wheel position and the position of the side mirrors. You can save the settings for 2 people.
Heated and Vented Seats. Even though I haven’t gotten a chance to use these yet, but the seats can be heated if you get cold and vented if you get warm. In my Z4 I always had heated seats, but never vented, and I’m pretty anxious to try it out to see if it really does cool you off. The passenger seat also has it’s own controls for the heated and vented seats.
Storage Space. If you have the removable top on, there is quite a bit of room in the back for you to store your luggage. In my best guess, I would say that you could store about 4 suitcases or large duffle bags in the back. However, if you have the top stored in the back, there is barely any room for you to store anything, maybe a small bag or two underneath.
Shifting. I saw a few 2014 Corvette Stingray reviews that mentioned that it was very tough to shift gears with a manual transmission, but I definitely have to disagree. In fact, I would even go as far as saying that it shifts much better than my BMW Z4! For those of you who don’t already know, it’s a 7 speed transmission, and in my opinion 7 gears might be a little much and unnecessary, but it’s not a nuisance. I guess it would be beneficial on long highway trips, but I don’t think I will be using that 7th gear very often. Also, new to the Corvette Stingray is the Rev Matching. This is a pretty cool feature that has been added to the 2014 Corvette, and it is controlled from the paddles (look like shifting paddles) behind the steering wheel. It’s a rather odd placement for them, but it will just take a little getting used to. When the rev match is turned on, it automatically matches the revs for the next gear when downshifting. I have found it to be very nice while stuck in a lot of traffic. However, if you want the full manual transmission experience, you can shut the rev match off.
Power. As much as I wanted to get on it and stomp the gas pedal to the floor, I couldn’t because it’s so brand new. After talking to the dealer, I will probably wait until the car has at least a few hundred miles on it before really seeing what it has. However, just from the short time I did drive it, it’s obvious that it has an incredible amount of power and torque. I’m pretty anxious to have experience my first burnout with the 2014 Corvette, but I will have to be patient.
Driving Modes. I believe there are 5 modes (I might be missing one): Weather, Track, Sport, Touring, and Eco. I messed around with most of the modes and they are all very different, and you can feel it in the car. The track and sport modes are obvious, and they are for a more aggressive driving experience. What I like about those 2 modes is that the flaps on the NPP exhaust are kept open for the most part, and it sounds absolutely amazing. With the Eco mode, you can barely hear the exhaust. Once I use all of the modes more, I will update you with a better review of them.
The last thing I want to mention about the driving experience is that I was pleasantly surprised with how smooth it was going down the road, just as smooth as it was in my Z4, if not smoother. I forgot to add on the magnetic ride when I placed my order and was a little worried that it would be a rather rough ride, but the Z51 suspension seems to work very well. I definitely have no complaints about the ride.
Hopefully you found my 2014 Corvette Stingray Review helpful, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me by posting a comment below.