The Chevrolet Corvette has always offered up a lot of performance for not a lot of money but, historically, that arrangement came with quite a few caveats (e.g. Playskool-caliber interior materials, seats that offer less lateral support than one of those giant exercise balls, finicky at-the-limit handling, etc.). The new seventh generation Corvette Stingray (which marks the first use of the famed sea creature moniker on a production ‘Vette since 1976) dispenses with those compromises and others in convincing fashion. The styling might not be for everybody (If we had a dollar for everyone who is butthurt over the lack of round taillights, we could probably buy a new Stingray.), but it’s hard to argue with the stuff beneath that styling (Aluminum chassis, 7-speed manual transmission, electronic limited-slip differential and a new 6.2L Gen V Small Block V8 with direct injection, variable valve timing and up to 460 horsepower). And best of all, with a base MSRP of $51,000, it’s still dirt cheap compared to its foreign-born direct competitors.