History of the Corvette Stingray Moniker

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The Corvette Stingray (or sometimes Sting Ray) has a long history in the world of high-performance American sports cars. The first Corvette Sting Ray debuted on the second-generation Corvette, C2, in 1963 and ran through 1967. During this time, it was sold as both a coupe and convertible.

Some notable stats on this first iteration of the Corvette Sting Ray in 1963:

  • It was the result of the Q-model concept Corvette.
  • It was the first American car with an independent rear suspension using a single transverse nine-leaf spring and half-shafts that were attached to the linkage.
  • It sprinted from 0-60 mph in just 5.8 seconds with a top speed of 102 mph.

By 1967, horsepower for the Corvette Sting Ray improved from 250 horsepower to 500.

In the third generation of the Corvette, C3, the Stingray (now one word) continued with a few changes, including bigger engine blocks. In 1970, the Corvette Stingray became the first Corvette with a four-speed transmission.

Eventually, Chevy phased out the Stingray moniker. It wasn’t until 2014 that the bowtie brand revived it with the 2014 Corvette Stingray with an all-aluminum structure and a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produced 455 horsepower. This first new iteration of the Stingray could launch to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds.

The Stingray has stuck around throughout the seventh generation of the Corvette, C7, reaching its peak performance (thus far) in 2019, with an aluminum 6.2-liter V8 engine capable of producing 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. The engine is either paired with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed paddle shift automatic transmission and launches the Stingray from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds.

Chevrolet will soon unveil the new 2020 mid-engine Corvette C8 (eighth generation), starting with the new 2020 Corvette Stingray. Test-drive it for yourself when it arrives here at Buds Chevrolet Buick.

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