Corvette C7 Stingray 2Let’s cut straight to it: I was absolutely bowled over by the Corvette Stingray.

It drives way, way better than I expected, with a feeling of integrity and togetherness lacking in the slightly kitcar-like C6 models I drove.

The sophistication of its chassis was jaw-dropping, with racecar-like quality of damping. Supple, yet iron-fist controlled. I felt it steered positively, changed gear with a Porsche-like snap rather than a truck-like, wrist-jarring clonk, even felt like a properly premium product from inside.

It felt tight and solid, oozed integrity and accuracy. I was confident from the off in a way I never was with the C6 (and in a way it took me two days to achieve even in the new Porsche 991). As Andrew will attest, 10 minutes after picking it up, I was slightly lighting up the rear tyres with a full-throttle bootful in second. This felt sublime and anything but risky.

The width was never an issue, not least because it turns in with remarkable agility for something with a huge great V8 up front (although opening the bonnet reveals it to be more front-mid-engined…). The steering too was unexpectedly sensitive and nibbly – not everyone liked the lightness but I thought it was lovely.

Oh, and the styling? Awesome. From the front, it’s all ultra-low drama (you can’t believe there’s a 6.2-litre V8 below there) and from the rear it’s pure theatre. You need a Lamborghini to have this sort of visual clout and the Stingray’s quite possibly the purer and more cohesive shape.

It looks a million dollars and drives like a marvel that’s full of charisma yet also classy and cultured. Forget left-hand drive, at £62k it’s an absolute steal.

I love the Jaguar F-Type, which is another car with deep-down appeal. But I wasn’t expecting the Stingray to have the abilities to match it – and, know what? If I had to make a choice between an F-Type Roadster V8 S and this, my money without a doubt would be with the Corvette dealer (while they are still about)

The F-Type was a five-star car for me when I drove it for MSN Cars. That tells you just how good the remarkable Stingray is…

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