Auto enthusiasts want sports cars to look fast and be loud. They should make a great bedroom wall poster, be practical for day-to-day driving, and, for occasional therapy, excel on the racetrack. This wellroundedness demands a combination of art and science that make sports cars very, very hard to get right. In fact, most of the true greats need a few generations and a couple of decades before they are truly revered by gearheads.
The Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro are benchmark muscle cars, but they’re not necessarily sporty. The Chevrolet Corvette is actually the premier sports car from this side of the pond and the seventh generation Corvette pulls out all the stops — including the iconic Stingray badge on the side. In performance, it breaks a long trend of cars trying to be good and is a worthy competitor to its German rivals — making it our car of the month for November.
The Stingray boasts hardcore features, like an all-carbon fiber suspension and ultra-light magnesium seat frames. It’s practical, too — the engine can shut off half its cylinders to be more economical and the multi-functional display in the center console slides out of view to reveal a storage space — nifty! This kind of over-engineering isn’t uncommon in sports cars and reminds me of the hidden cupholders in a Porsche. But the comparisons don’t stop there. The displacement and power this car delivers brings it well beyond the base 911’s territory and really close to a GT3, but at the cost of a Cayman! So it’s a real steal, too.
Whether it’s the gorgeous looks or the desire to drive a true sports car, rent a Stingray on your next trip with Turo.