If you were asked to predict what the Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray would be like based purely on its on-paper specification and how it looks, our bet is that you would not be wide of the mark. It’s a large, old-school supercar with a brawny naturally aspirated engine, a manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive.

Sounds very traditional, and it is, to an extent, but it comes with an interior which, while not causing sleepless nights in much of Germany, is a quantum leap over that of the model it replaces.

Still big and brash, but so much better than you'd ever expect. A contender, and no mistake

There is fine practicality and reasonable fuel economy, too, and allied to this is a driving experience that is rewarding and engaging, and not without some sophistication.

There’s plenty of ability here, and it is greatly enjoyable if you can find the right places to deploy it.

For now, however, the Porsche 911 remains the act to follow. It's less powerful than the Corvette in S specification, but plainly better.