Since the new C7 Corvette Stingray debuted to much fanfare in 2014, Chevrolet has not been resting on its laurels. Instead, Chevy issued updates in 2015 – most notably a new 8-speed automatic transmission – and again in 2016. Previously, only iPhone users have needed to upgrade this often to have the latest and greatest. This most recent round of updates includes new paint options and graphics kits, a self-latching hatch or trunk lid, and specifically for the Stingray, a flat-bottom steering wheel, optional two-tone seats, and other cosmetic options. Our tester came with a base price of $60,400 and came equipped with the 2LT package for $4455, Magnetic Ride Control and a performance data recorder each for $1795, a “Laguna Blue” paint job for $995, and suede microfiber seat inserts for $395.
Perhaps the coolest of these options is the performance data recorder with a video that allows drivers to measure and record metrics such as lap times, 0-60 numbers, even steering angle… all with the goal of making better drivers. After a session at the track, owners can watch video playback of their driving with three optional overlays. All you need to make an interesting video (or incriminating evidence) is a high-speed SD card and a lead foot. For those who are more likely to take their Corvette to a Michelin-star-rated restaurant than the track, the performance data recorder also has a valet mode. While in valet mode, the audio system, glove box, and center console will be locked. The system will also automatically record video of the outside of the vehicle whenever it is running. Instantly watch video playback of your ‘Vette while it was with the valet on the 8-inch color screen and adjust your tip accordingly.
2016 Corvette Stingray Coupe w/ Z51 Performance Package:
- As-tested Price (incl. $995 destination): $70,830
- Engine: LT1 6.2L V8
- Power: 460 hp @ 6,000 rpm
- Torque: 465 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm
- Transmission: 7-speed manual
- Curb Weight: 3,298 lbs.
- EPA-estimated MPG: 17/29 (city/hwy)
Watch the video of the performance data recorder in action and get Nathan’s driving impressions of the Z51-equipped Stingray below!