still a legend and now a greater threat than ever to European rivals

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My lasting memory of this car is taking the bend with Michelins twisting like the muscles of a giant dog getting ready to chase across the beach, and all the while that big, lazy engine behind a fortune growling.

On these European specification cars, the four-piston Brembo brakes are strong and progressive stoppers, with a beautiful grip on the top of the pedal.

Application

Many traditionalists have questioned Chevrolet’s decision to move the engine to the Corvette, and if you’re looking for a big, brawny, all-American C7 replacement, the C8 won’t quite take it down.

However, this new mid-engined car combines the practicality, great performance and ease of use that all Corvettes have had, and then delivers the dynamics of a supercar. Add to that the fact that it is now available in a right-hand drive version, priced from £ 74,200, including a three-year warranty of 60,000 miles, and looks almost irresistible. My guess is that the calls from the only agent in Great Britain, Ian Allen of Virginia Water will ring a hook.

Facts

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

⇒ Tested: Two-door, mid-engine two-seater coupe, 6.2-liter V8 engine with single camshaft in the block, driving the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox with shift paddles

⇒Price / on sale: From £ 74,200 / Now

⇒Power / torque 475 hp at 6,450 rpm / 452 lb ft at 4,500 rpm

⇒Maximum speed: 184 miles per hour

⇒ Acceleration: 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds

⇒ Fuel economy: WLTP A total of 23.6 mpg, in the test 22.6 mpg

⇒ CO2 emission: 277g / km

WED: £ 2,245 in the first year, then £ 155 with luxury car tax of £ 335 for the first five normal years

Verdict:

While the Corvette has always been a formidable rival to sports car makers, this new mid-engined C8, officially available for the first time in a right-hand drive version, is enough to keep you awake at night. Fast, practical, great looking, with its own brand of chassis balance and a rumbling V8 engine, it undercuts just about everything else on the market. Why pay more?

Telegraphic evaluation: Five stars out of five

Rivals

McLaren GT from £ 165,230

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