Yes, buying that shiny new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition guarantees you’ll be one of the first in the neighborhood behind the wheel of a C7 Corvette – unless, of course, the six-year-old next door one-ups you with this: the Power Wheels 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
At 52 inches long and 26.5 inches wide, Power Wheels’ take on the latest ‘Vette is a 2014 Corvette Stingray sized on a much smaller scale than a real 2014 Corvette, but despite the drastic shift in size and proportions, the electric-powered kiddie car still looks pretty close to the full-size thing. Clear headlamp lenses add a touch of realism to the front fascia, as do the chromed split five-spoke wheels. Thanks to a 12-volt electric driveline, the Power Wheels Corvette can reach a top speed of 6 mph, and accelerate from 0-6 mph in 4 seconds. Ironic, considering the real 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 blasts from 0-60 mph in just under 4 seconds.
But how does the Power Wheels 2014 Corvette hold up against its competition? Unlike the real C7, Power Wheels has no embargo on drive impressions, but none of us in the Automobile office can fit behind the wheel without causing permanent damage to both car and driver alike. As such, we’re forced to play armchair quarterback when comparing the Power Wheels 2014 Corvette Stingray to its nearest rival – the KidTrax 2013 SRT Viper GTS. Both kiddie cars are single seaters, but the Power Wheels 2014 Corvette supports an extra 15 pounds of weight over the Viper’s 50. More importantly, the Power Wheels Corvette trounces the KidTrax Viper in terms of performance. With only a 6-volt battery on tap, the scaled-down serpent only reaches a top speed of 2.5 mph – although it does include authentic engine sounds and LED running lights. The Viper does, however, undercut the Power Wheels Corvette’s price, coming in at about $145 – the Corvette, in contrast, rings in at $274.99.
Does that make the Power Wheeels 2014 Corvette the king of the kiddie-sports-car hill? Don’t be so sure. We can’t help but notice KidTrax also sells a premium variant that boasts a 16-volt battery, true two-passenger seating, opening doors, and an FM radio complete with an auxiliary input for a MP3 player. Pricing for this grade of KidTrax Viper runs between $296 and $300.
We suspect legions of young drivers of scale Corvettes and Vipers will breathlessly argue over whose car is better -- much like drivers of the real thing, for that matter – but those fond of the Corvette should start nagging their parents now. Retailers are now accepting pre-orders for the Power Wheels 2014 Corvette, and deliveries to lucky kids should begin in September.
Source: Power Wheels