Chevrolet Reveals Performance Metrics For Corvette Stingray

By Brandon Turkus

June 20, 2013

If you purchase the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray’s Z51 Performance Package (which you should), then congratulations, you just got a hell of a bargain.
So equipped, the Stingray is capable of hitting 60 miles per hour in just 3.8 seconds, covering the quarter mile in 12 seconds at 119 mph, pulling 1.03G on a skid pad, and lapping the Grand Course at Virginia International Raceway in 2:51.78.
We did some research to put those performance metrics in perspective. The Z51 Stingray’s 60-mph time is one-tenth of a second faster than the a Porsche 911 Carrera S with the PDK transmission and Sport Plus mode engaged. A base 911 C2S takes 4.3 seconds to get to 60.
According to, the Z51 Stingray’s VIR Grand Course time is virtually tied with a 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera, and is faster than the KTM X-Bow, Camaro ZL1, a 2011 Nissan GT-R, a C6 Z06 with the Z07 Package, and a Lamborghini Murcielago SV.
How much will those figures cost you?
$56,590, if you go for barebones performance like the test car GM used at VIR. That cost includes the $51,995 Stingray, the $2800 Z51 Performance Package, and the $1795 Magnetic Ride Control and Performance Traction Management systems.

The best thing about this news, though, isn’t the fact that this is a very high performing, but affordable Corvette. No, the best news is that this is just the beginning. The Corvette Stingray is only going to get better with time. We can’t wait.