Corvette Stingray price? Read the fine print for a clue

The 6.2-liter V-8, 450-hp Stingray is set to arrive in dealerships this fall. If you can afford the current Corvette, you're well-positioned to buy the new 2014 model.
Jake Lingeman is an associate editor at Autoweek, a sister publication of Automotive News.

If you're counting pennies to buy a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, your target price is $71,860.

How do I know? Always read the fine print.

That figure was buried in the rules for the Race To Win A Corvette contest, listed as the approximate value of the car that is part of the grand-prize package. The prize also includes a trip for two to the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans race (approximate value, $10,750).

Chevrolet has made no comment on the Stingray's base price.

Until now, the only pricing hints General Motors has shared have been from Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter, who says that if you can afford the current car, you'll be able to afford the Stingray.

The 2013 Corvette coupe has a base price of $50,595 including shipping charges.

The contest rules don't say the Corvette prize is a base car. Maybe the contest car has the Z51 Performance Package and other goodies. And a $20,000 jump in base price seems to push the limits of Juechter's pricing hints.

The 6.2-liter V-8, 450-hp Stingray is set to arrive in dealerships this fall.

If you're a little short on the 70-or-so grand in your bank account, enter the contest to win the car and the trip. I did.

You can enter through the racetowincorvette.com page or through the contest Facebook page. Alternately, fans can tweet @TeamChevy and use the #Win2014Corvette hashtag.

The sweepstakes began on March 15 and ends Aug. 12 at midnight. You must be 18 to enter, and two entries are accepted, one through the website or mail, and one through Twitter.

The Le Mans trip includes two plane tickets from an airport close to the winner's home, five days and four nights in a hotel, two tickets to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and $800 in spending money. And with the tickets and hotel paid for, that's just a French wine and cheese bonus.

Otherwise, start collecting those pennies.

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