MUSCLE GOES MID-ENGINE
It is hard to define the Corvette Stingray, as it has always had the looks of an exotic car, the drive of a sports car, but with the internals of a muscle car. Now, more than 50 years after its inception, the Corvette is undergoing what can easily be classified as the most significant change in its history, by going mid-engine for the first time. What this means is that the 6.2-litre V8 engine from the previous generation has been heavily modified to fit behind the driver. In its new configuration, this engine produces around 495bhp of power at 6,450rpm and delivers it using an automatic dual-clutch transmission. There will be different performance variants that are expected to push this up to more than 1000bhp with a 0-60mph time of fewer than three seconds, but those are still down the road. The driver position has been moved forward by 16.5 inches in order to make space for the engine, as well as the new side scoops that are located right behind the doors, and feature massive air intakes. This has made the centre of gravity quite low, giving the car superior handling. The suspension has been upgraded as well and now features a system that can learn your driving style and automatically adjust the suspension to avoid bumps and scrapes that appear often on your daily route. All in all, the company has done everything to make this car more driving oriented, which can even be seen in the layout of the interior which is literally focused on the drive side. It goes without saying that this is an entirely new Corvette for a new generation. Thankfully though, these changes don’t cost much as the pricing is still in the same range, with a base price of $59,995 for the 1LT model. The 2LT and 3LT models cost around $67,295 and $71,945 respectively, with the Z51 performance package costing an additional $5,000. This translates to a top price of around ₹55 Lakhs, which is not bad for a car that offers this level of performance and beauty.
In terms of American manufactures, the Ford GT is the only true competition in this segment. It features a twin-turbo V6 engine that produces an impressive 647bhp, set in a body that has lots of carbon fibre and performance parts. However, it still delivers a 0-60mph time of around 3 seconds, which the Corvette claims to beat.
FERRARI TRIBUTO F8
On the European front, the Ferrari Tributo is certainly a huge competitor as the brand itself is enough to justify the starting price of around $275,000, which is almost half of the Ford GT. The car produces more power, thanks to a 3.9 litre V8 that makes 710bhp and features the latest innovations in engineering developed by Ferrari’s F1 team.