Interesting facts: How the Sting Ray became known as the Stingray
Sting Ray v Stingray—same version of the Corvette right? A lot of people, including fans of the Vette, assume that the Sting Ray and the Stingray are one and the same. Other than the difference in spelling, each of these Corvette versions has its own history and quirks. Each has had its own impact in the evolutionary journey of the American sports car.
The 1963 Sting Ray
With its iconic split rear window, the 1963 Corvette was the original Sting Ray. Featuring hidden headlights, an independent rear suspension, and a tapered deck, the ’63 Corvette was also the first coupe. Between 1965 and 1967, the Sting Ray’s acoustics and visuals improved each year, including the addition of telescopic steering, headrests and side pipes. 1967 marked the end of the C2’s production but the Sting Ray moniker did not appear on the 1968 Corvettes.
Sting Ray to Stingray
The third generation (C3) Corvette remained in production for 13 years through to 1982 with the Sting Ray model being renamed ‘Stingray’ in 1969. The C3 Stingray was unofficially nicknamed as the ‘shark’ due to its elongated and low body.
The C3 engines were mostly remodeled from previous engines to induce greater power output. The engines for the Vettes in model years 1969 to 1976 spat between 430 to 560 horse power. The 1974 models were the last Corvettes to boast a double exhaust system while 1976 was the last year of the Stingray’s production in that generation.
The Modern C7 Stingray
After a 38-year hiatus, the Stingray moniker triumphantly returned in 2014 with the C7 Corvette. The 2014 C7 features a 6.2-liter carbon V8 engine supported by a six-speed automatic or seven-speed manual transmission. The exterior cuts and interior design of the 2014 C7 Stingray closely resembles its predecessors.
The evolutionary journey of the Corvette Sting Ray has continued with the introduction of the 2015 and 2016 Stingrays. The Stingrays in model years 2015 and 2016 come as coupes or convertibles and boast a gliding driving impression, throaty V8 engines, as well as outstanding power and speed.