Ever since it first hit the road, the Chevy Corvette has earned a reputation as the industry leader in power and performance. Its redesign a few years ago, which moved the engine to the middle of the car, took things even further. Looking at the 2024 Chevy Corvette Stingray, we see an absolutely stunning vehicle that roars to life with one of the most powerful engines available. This is a sports car for people who want to feel acceleration and raw power that pushes you back in your seat with a smile on your face. While Chevy has recently upped their game further with options like the incredible Corvette Z06 and even a hybrid Corvette E-Ray, the standard Stingray is still an undeniable champ.
If you are interested in a sports car unlike anything else on the road, designed to deliver a driving experience you cannot find from any other American vehicle, then you owe it to yourself to check out the Corvette Stingray. For starters, you have the star of the show: the 6.2L pushrod V8 located just behind the cockpit, closer to the middle of the vehicle, which delivers an incredible 490 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque while maintaining meticulous balance and handling. If you go with the available Z51 Performance package, those numbers get squeezed up to 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque thanks to a Performance exhaust. This is a gorgeous little two-seater that can go from 0 to 60 mph in a blazingly fast 2.9 seconds, leaving everyone else in the dust.
Inside the Chevy Corvette Stingray, you find an interior that feels more like it was poured around you rather than one you got into. Everything is designed around you as the driver, with a row of controls running between the two seats and additional features canted toward you. Standard features include a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, an eight-way power driver’s seat, and even a Bose Premium 10-speaker sound system. With all of the raw power loaded into this stunning piece of machinery, Chevy has not forgotten that you need to remain safe on the road, so you also get a surprising array of safety technology including a Forward Collision Alert with Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian and Bicyclist Braking, and an HD Rear Vision Camera all standard.
The engine is the heart of your car, so while it is an important consideration in any kind of vehicle, it is especially vital to look at and consider when it comes to a sports car. Some time ago, Chevy’s engineers and designers realized they had reached the limit of what they could do in terms of performance with a front-engine design; no matter how much power they packed into it, physics and weight distribution were simply against them. The solution to this problem was to embrace a mid-engine design, moving the engine's weight back to the middle of the chassis to improve balance, creating a new Corvette that Chevy fans had been dreaming of for decades.
That shift was at the core of the modern Corvette’s design, and though the placement was important, it was just as vital that Chevy packed an incredibly powerful engine into it. The 2024 Corvette Stingray roars to life with an absolutely monstrous 6.2L V8 DI engine that delivers 490 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. Not content with this standard output, Chevy offers an available Performance exhaust—also found in an available Z51 Performance package—that boosts performance up to 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. When combined with the engine’s placement and rear-wheel drive design, the balance and handling of the Corvette are impeccable.
This remarkable engine is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which has been controversial amongst manual transmission fans. Realistically, however, the incredibly responsive and quick dual-clutch transmission is faster than human reflexes, providing you with acceleration that flies through the gears in a way that no driver with a manual transmission could hope to match. This lets the Corvette, with its Performance exhaust, go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds, giving you acceleration that is sure to put a smile on your face as the Stingray rushes toward its top track speed of 194 mph.
There are several different trim levels available for the 2024 Chevy Corvette Stingray, giving you fantastic options to choose from. To be honest, you cannot go wrong with any of them, so you do not have to worry about upgrades if you are simply interested in unbeatable performance and power—though the available options are quite nice. You can choose either a convertible or coupe design; both trims come with a pair of seats up front and no rear seating due to the mid-vehicle placement of the engine. Without an engine up front, Chevy’s designers shortened the nose of the modern Corvette, so you feel closer to the road while driving, with an incredible view ahead of you as you fly along the blacktop.
The standard 1LT trim of the 2024 Corvette Stingray comes with impressive features including an 8.0-inch Infotainment display with support for wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus Google built-in. You get a Bose Premium 10-speaker sound system with black speaker grilles, plus comfortable and supportive bucket seats with eight-way power-adjustable driver and front-passenger seats. The 1LT comes with Mulan leather seating surfaces featuring perforated inserts, along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 12-inch Driver Information Center with a reconfigurable display, and theater dimming interior lighting.
If you are looking for the ultimate Corvette experience, then take a look at the 3LT trim, which includes a 14-speaker Bose Performance Series sound system featuring stainless steel speaker grilles. The 3LT also comes with a Performance data and video recorder that provides you with real-time performance data that you can view and play back, with a windshield-mounted 1080p HD camera to capture video and audio. You get Napa leather seating surfaces with perforated inserts and competition-sport heated and ventilated bucket seats that include carbon fiber trim, plus a custom leather-wrapped interior. This trim has a head-up display that projects information onto your windshield, keyless open and start, a wireless charging pad, and more impressive features to provide an incredible driving experience.
We know that no one is shopping for a Corvette Stingray with “great safety features” at the top of their list. That being said, unless you plan on only using your Corvette on the track, you still want a car that will help protect you and your passenger. Even if you do only plan on using your Corvette competitively, advanced safety features can still come in handy and help protect you. With all of the incredible power packed into this beast, it is nice that Chevy has also made sure you can remain in control of it and stay safe while driving.
For starters, the Corvette Stingray features large front and rear Brembo antilock brakes designed to reduce wheel lockup and maintain steering control even when hard braking on slippery surfaces. Beyond this, standard safety technology on the Stingray includes a Forward Collision Alert to warn you of a potential crash, along with Automatic Emergency Braking with Front Pedestrian and Bicyclist Braking to help you avoid a collision. You also get an HD Rear Vision Camera for a crystal-clear view behind your vehicle while in reverse, Rear Park Assist, and Lane Keep Assist with a Lane Departure Warning if you start to drift from your lane.
Looking at the higher 3LT trim, you get a number of included upgrades such as an HD Front Vision camera for an unobstructed view of the area directly in front of your vehicle. This trim also has a Side Blind Zone Alert to warn you when someone is lurking where you might not see them, plus a Rear Cross Traffic Alert to let you know when something is about to pass behind you while your Corvette is in reverse. You even get Chevy’s Teen Driver safety technology standard on every trim, though we’re not sure who would let their teen behind the wheel of their Stingray.