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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 Long-Term Update 1

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/10/2015 Carlos Lago, Motor Trend Staff
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 Long-Term Update 1

With the new-car honeymoon period ending, it's time to settle in with our long-term Stingray. Its performance remains fantastic, but I'm finding new ways to appreciate the car on the daily commute.

For one, despite lacking the optional adjustable dampers and pulling 1.05g average on the skidpad, the Corvette still rides comfortably. What's better is that the nose isn't too low, so you don't have to worry about scraping over most driveways.

The drivetrain can switch from docile to menacing with a gear change. The wide powerband makes it easy to drive smoothly and opens up gear options; I frequently just use first, third, and sixth. The emissions-saving skip-shift is an annoyance, but a minor and easily avoidable one. The quick throttle response and amount of power make jumping into holes in traffic easy.

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Paddles behind the steering wheel turn the automatic rev-match system on and off. When the system's on, the indicated gear in the tachometer is yellow.© Provided by MotorTrend Paddles behind the steering wheel turn the automatic rev-match system on and off. When the system's on, the indicated gear in the tachometer is yellow.

The targa top has made drives on cooler mornings quite enjoyable. Removing it takes maybe a minute and could be done by one person. Carbon-fiber construction means the roof is lightweight and easy to handle. It fits nicely into special receivers that hold it in place under the hatch. And when not occupied by the roof, the large cargo area provided by the fastback shape makes the Corvette genuinely versatile

It's even better when coupled with the variable exhaust. The system stays mostly quiet in Touring mode, opening up at high engine speeds under full load. Sport mode opens the exhaust more aggressively, giving you a deep burble at idle and wonderful sounding, perfectly executed downshifts thanks to auto the auto-rev match system. I spend most of my time in Sport.

The Corvette has "action" handles for the passenger, one in the door and one on the tunnel. They work great, as passengers have reported.© Provided by MotorTrend The Corvette has "action" handles for the passenger, one in the door and one on the tunnel. They work great, as passengers have reported.

What's clever about the system is that you can drive around town making all kinds of racket. But when you get home to the neighborhood, you can put the car in Touring mode, quieting down so you don't become "that guy" your neighbors hate. You can also separate the volume control from the drive mode, so if you want to be "that guy" with the exhaust always turned to 11, you can.

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51

Docile when you want it to be, fast and loud when the time is right, the Corvette has performed excellently as a daily driver so far. What's next? Although tearing up mountain roads has been fun, we hope to get it out to a track day to take advantage of the Performance Data Recorder.

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