When the open road is calling and the sound of tight tires hugging the pavement is echoing in your mind, it’s time to hit the road and explore the precision and maneuverability of the new 2014 Corvette Stingray. And although the last thing most drivers consider about this 455-hp sports car is the gas mileage, practical minds and city drivers may want to know how the Stingray measures up according to EPA certification standards.
The new C7, when equipped with the seven-speed manual, the EPA officially estimates the Stingray will get 17 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The highway figure is actually an average between the Tour and Eco modes, which means technically you can squeeze even more out of it. When driven in Eco mode, the engine will deactivate four of the cylinders so you can get as much as 30 mpg. For a sports car that can go from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds, that number measures up fairly well.
The ratings for this year’s model are up 11-percent over the outgoing Corvette’s figures, but deliver six percent more power. It also ranks the Stingray level with the Porsche Cayman (275 hp/30 mpg) and just ahead of the 911 Carrera (400 hp/27 mpg). All in all, Stingray’s figures make it a clear competitor in the fuel consumption ratings.
You may think fuel figures futile when choosing this powerful machine designed for speed and optimal performance, but fuel efficiency is just one more commitment to the craft of driving that Chevrolet has incorporated into the legendary Corvette Stingray.