Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray ‘Split Window’ 

  • $5k built in USA
  • 1963
  • 360 HP 5.4L
  • 142 mph
And when you have more than 600 lb-ft of the stuff at your disposal with just a tip of your right toe, life is fantastic.
by AutoBlog (May, 2009)
Power is excellent, but even more impressive is the torque curve, which is as close to being flat as any we've seen.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 1970)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Chevrolet Corvette

0-60mph

Corvette Sting Ray ‘Split Window’
5.9 s
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3.9 s

Top speed

Corvette Sting Ray ‘Split Window’
142 mph
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190 mph

0-100mph

Corvette Sting Ray ‘Split Window’
14.5 s
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8.7 s

1/4 mile

Corvette Sting Ray ‘Split Window’
14.5 s
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11.9 s

Data points Key details of the Chevrolet Corvette

Price

Corvette Sting Ray ‘Split Window’
$5k

Horsepower

Corvette Sting Ray ‘Split Window’
360 HP

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Performance

The LS7’s 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque seem to manifest at every point in the rev range, and the LS7 slings the 427 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and through the quarter in 12.2.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2012)
Chevy says the software allows Active Handling to take more precise control of rear braking.
by www.insideline.com (Dec, 2012)
Clearly this is a learning lap, but the confident chassis provokes ever deeper prodding of the throttle until an attention-getting tail-wag in an off-camber hill-cresting left-hander signals it might be time to pit for a breather.
by MotorTrend (Oct, 2008)

Powertrain

For example, these prototypes were built with the less-expensive four-speed auto­matic transmission (about 60 percent of Corvettes are sold with automatic).
by Car and Driver (Jul, 2013)
It was serious power, but it meant the convertible took third place in the lineup to the 505-hp Z06 and the $112,575 Corvette ZR1, which has a 638-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8.
by cars.com (Aug, 2012)
Precision balancing after assembly may have accounted for the clean, smooth running of the engine, and its ability to rev freely to around 5500.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 1970)

Handling

Due to its combination of GM's Magnetic Ride Control suspension and ZR1-specific Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires, the Super Vette has the neutral, positive-at-the-limit handling we always wished the Z06 possessed.
by www.roadandtrack.com
The run-flat tires remain, but Juechter says Goodyear softened the sidewalls to improve ride quality.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2004)
It's built into the suspension; the Corvette has more suspension travel than any other car manufactured in this country.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 1971)

Engine

To handle the change, assistant chief engineer John Juriga and his crew added fortified valve springs and lightweight hollow-stem valves, a feature last seen on a Corvette in the late ZR-1's twin-cam LT5 V-8.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2001)
The hydraulic system for the top mechanism is powered by a separate electric motor, which allows operation with the engine off and avoids direct absorption of any engine power.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 1970)
It's a premium quality engine from the very core — double-shot-peened connecting rods, tuftrided crank, forged pistons — and you pay for it: $1220.70 as an option.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 1971)

Transmission

Standard on Anniversary Edition models and optional on other Corvettes, the F55 system marks a significant advance in suspension design.
by MotorTrend (May, 2002)
This does give the brakes a lot of work, but even the standard Corvette binders are remarkably durable these days.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 1970)
The Corvette 5.4's fabulous titanium mufflers remain standard equipment.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2001)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Chevrolet
Price $4,525
Type of car Production car
Year 1963

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.75 lb/hp
Maximum hp 360 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Maximum torque 465 ft-lb @ 4,600 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 5,359 cc
Cylinders V8
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 11.25:1
Bore/stroke 4 in / 3.25 in
Valves per cylinder 2 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,150 lb
Width 69.6 in
Height 49.8 in
Length 175.3 in
Front track width 56.3 in
Wheelbase 98 in

road tests

Top speed 142 mph
1/4 mile 14.5 s
0-60mph 5.9 s
0-100mph 14.5 s

transmission

Drivetrain Front Engine / RWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 4 gears
Axle ratio 3.7:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 285/30 19
Rear wheels 510/30 20
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