Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar Dork
2/13/14 12:00 a.m.

This is a Corvette of throwbacks. The Stingray name (nee Sting Ray) was pulled off Chevrolet's flagship sports car after 1976, but has returned to this radically restyled C7-chassis Corvette. The LT-1 engine is also a new design featuring variable valve timing—a first for GM's pushrod V8s—but pulls the name from the iron block motor of decades ago.

It's kept light, too, with all models getting a carbon fiber hood and extensive use of aluminum throughout the chassis. Lean and strong is the effect here, with 460 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque available when equipped with the optional exhaust.

The coupe isn't really a coupe, either, so much as a targa. All coupes come with a removable roof panel, which makes it a great compromise for those who love open-top motoring but don't love living with convertibles.

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