Cross-country in a Corvette Stingray: Day One
Follow Autoweek across the US in a 2014 C7 Corvette
By: Rory Carroll on 8/20/2013
As you've heard before, it's an incredible sports car. What we didn't expect is how fantastic it is as a grand tourer. Over 15 hours and around 720 miles, the 'Vette returned decent fuel mileage (haven't calculated an exact figure yet), exhibited excellent road manners, and perhaps most surprisingly -- was incredibly comfortable.
What was initially assumed to be a barely noticeable driveline shudder was actually the engine going from eight to four cylinders and back. Once we figured out that it wasn't something to worry about, we found ourselves noticing it less and less.
We'd heard that Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter has said that the Stingray is capable of 40 mpg on the freeway. So, that morning -- over a particularly flat stretch of highway in Nebraska -- we slipped behind a semi and made careful use of our right foot to average 40.5 mpg over just more than 26 miles at 70 mph. Before we stopped feather-footing it, the average fuel mileage was still rising. Frankly, that's astounding.
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