The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 70th Anniversary Edition

With its engine moved to the back, the 2023 Corvette Stingray Convertible becomes an even more striking reminder of seven decades of sports car progress.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 70th Anniversary edition
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As America’s longest-running sports car, the 70th anniversary of the fabled two-seater sees the moderately controversial, mid-engined, eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette rendered in some even more ultra-speedy and futuristic guises. Namely, the new 670-horsepower Z06 edition or the brutally fast Corvette E-Ray, a 655-horsepower gas engine/ electric motor hybrid that also has all-wheel drive.

But for summer days spent cruising around town or hitting the curves in Golden Gate Canyon, the slightly more traditional 2023 Corvette Stingray Convertible hits a sweet spot. The C8’s new cab-forward cockpit and long engine compartment still makes it reminiscent of Ferrari’s own mid-engined models, and its hyper-angular nose, body-mounted air scoops, and chiseled flanks evoke a Lamborghini-by-way-of-Bowling-Green-Kentucky kind of experience. Even better, it’s got as much as 495 horsepower from a naturally aspirated, small-block 6.2-liter V8.

Operating the retracting hardtop roof is a snap, too, though its Rube Goldberg-styled mix of motors, wheels, and pulleys doing the work is a piece of mechanical wonderment. And with shock-and-awe features like a rectangular steering wheel plus a very long and tall bar of electronic controls separating you from your passenger, this is definitely a new era for the ’Vette. Pricing starts at $64,500.

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The Stats

194 mph top speed
2.9 seconds from 0-60
495 horsepower (with Z51 package)