Corvette Stingray will be priced from $52K, GM says

General Motors has confirmed the pricing for its base-level Corvette Stingray and Stingray convertible. 

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The 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible, pictures here, will get a base price of $56,999 – not bad for a machine that looks like this.

Back in January, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, General Motors introduced the long-awaited seventh-generation Corvette – a sleek, swoopy, extremely high-powered coupe that bears the storied Stingray name. For months, car bloggers have speculated as to how much the new Vette would cost. $100,000? $70,000? Well, today, we have an answer, courtesy of GM: $51,995 for a base-level hardtop. 

Obviously, that's not exactly cheap. But by the standards of performance automobiles – the 2014 Corvette Stingray gets a 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine with a 450-horsepower punch – it sure ain't bad. 

"The Corvette Stingray delivers a combination of performance, design and technology that very few manufacturers can match, and none can even come close for $52,000," Chris Perry, the vice president of marketing for Chevrolet, says today in a statement. 

Some figures here to note: The base-level Stingray convertible will start at $56,995, five grand more than the base-level Stingray hardtop. Both of those price points include a $995, but not the title, tax and license fees, which will drive the cost up a bit more. Still, Mr. Perry's point stands: To get this kind of combined juice and styling, you'd typically have to spend tens of thousands of dollars more. 

Consider, for instance, the Nissan GT-R, another (relatively!) affordable supercar that also packs a whole lot of horsepower, and some killer lines to boot. Nissan's 2014 powerhouse two-door starts at $99,590, almost twice the cost of the base-level Stingray. 

Of course, as Jeff Bennett notes over at The Wall Street Journal, most people will end up paying even more than that, because hardly anyone, in Mr. Bennett's formulation, "just goes for the basic any more. Those eager to match the Stingray shown off at the North American International Auto Show will need to pony up $73,360. For that price customers get a variety of features including competition sports seats, carbon fiber roof and red-painted brake calipers," he writes. 

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