The new C7-generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, driven in the UK for the first time. In these chaste times, the big US guns have stuck to their heavy artillery, so much so that the ‘entry-level’ Stingray has a 6.2-litre V8 with 455bhp and 460lb ft. Isn’t that great? With performance to rival the Jaguar F-type and Porsche 911, the new Vette comfortably undercuts both, prices starting at £61,495. The styling this seventh-generation (C7) Corvette carries is at once sinuous beauty and powerful muscle. Onlookers are treated to the classic hourglass shape of the 'Vette's historic appeal with all of its feminine undertones. The shoulders of this lady are strong, but thin and well-rounded, dipping quickly to the thin waistline that begins at the door. This flares out into wide, powerful hips that promise plenty of movement. In the convertible, the top can be raised or lowered at up to 30 miles per hour (48 kph) and in the coupe, the 13-pound (6 kg) carbon fiber roof lifts off easily and stows in the rear hatch with secure, integrated mounts. There are few things in life as satisfying as is driving a Corvette Stingray, top down or off, on a sunny summer's day. The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the best that American automotive has to offer the world. And it's brilliant.