The 2014 Corvette Stingray has recently been spotted tearing up the Nurburgring circuit along with its sibling Camaro Z28. Spy videos of the run were shared on YouTube last week, capturing the two cars hustling around corners and even jumping over crests. No doubt, the 2014 Corvette Stingray's latest visit to the Nordschleife is serious. However, GM has chosen not release the official time of Corvette's Nurburgring lap.
According to GM, the latest run is to fine-tune the European-specification Corvette Stingray ahead of its launch into market. "Nürburgring is renowned for its demanding race track and it is perfectly suited for our purpose, which is to fine-tune the ride and handling characteristics of the European Corvette Stingray," said Jim Mero, vehicle dynamics engineer at GM. "We are paying particular attention to the suspension set-up and the steering at Nürburgring. European roads are quite distinct and different from those in the U.S., and so are driving habits."
Regardless of its intentions at the Nurburgring, we fully expect official Nurburgring lap times to be published soon. As a benchmark, Jim Mero lapped the Nurburgring in the outgoing Corvette C6 ZR1 in just 7 minutes 19.63 seconds. Of course, we wouldn't be surprised if the standard Corvette Stingray is thoroughly outpaced by the 6.2 liter supercharged ZR1. That said, we are extremely confident that the stability and handling found in the all-new C7 will promise brilliant times that will come considerably close.
The 2013 Porsche 911, a benchmark in the sports car category, completed a lap of the Nurburgring in 7 minutes 40 seconds, a staggering 13 seconds quicker than the last generation standard Porsche 997. Will the ultimate American sports car from General Motors spank the benchmark from Stuttgart? Stay tuned as we find out in the weeks ahead.