While you were busy ogling the pretty pictures of the new Corvette on the covers of Automobile and Road & Track we scored for you yesterday, you may not have noticed one interesting detail: both publications say "Stingray Returns" on the cover. Could this mean that the storied "Stingray" name could be making a comeback on the new 'Vette?
A bit of history: the name first showed up in 1959 in the form of Bill Mitchell's Corvette Stingray Racer concept car. That car was more than just a fancy show car — it won an SCCA National Championship in 1960.
The name was later used on the second and third generation Corvettes from the 1960s, but the name hasn't actually appeared on a car since 1976. The ultra-popular Stingray concept from 2009 also paid homage to the name.
True Corvette aficionados know that the C2 used the badge "Sting Ray" with two words, while the C3 used a singular "Stingray." Both of our magazines used only one word. If I had to guess, I'd say that the name "Stingray" is coming back on the upcoming C7, either as a badge on the car itself or as some kind of special performance package.
Would you like to see "Stingray" or "Sting Ray" make a comeback? Which is sexier?
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