The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower and 610 Nm of torque. It is also the most capable standard model ever, able to accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering grip. It is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 mpg of the current model.
The all-new Corvette Stingray shares only two parts with the previous generation Corvette. It incorporates an all-new frame structure and chassis, a new powertrain and supporting technologies, as well as completely new exterior and interior designs.
Exterior-wise, the Corvette Stingray takes up a sculptured body with advanced high-intensity discharge, LED lighting and racing-proven aerodynamics. The low-slung silhouette provides low drag for efficiency and performance elements for stability and track capability. Specifically, a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance and near-perfect power-to-weight ratio.
Inside, the Stingray offers real carbon fiber, aluminum and hand-wrapped leather materials. There are two new seat choices, each featuring a lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional support, as well as dual eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens for driver, passenger conveniences. In addition, the super sports’ advanced driver technologies include a five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to the fit the driver’s environment, and a new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching that anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed.
Under the hood, an all-new 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine with Direct Injection, Active Fuel Management, CVVT and an advanced combustion system propels the car to an amazing less than 4-second 0 – 100 km/h sprint.
The Stingray is offered in a track capable Z51 Performance Package version; the Z51 package includes: an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, differential and transmission cooling, and a unique aero package. Combine all elements, the Corvette Stingray gets further improvement on stability, especially when it comes to high-speed.
The new Corvette Stingray will be built at GM’s Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant, which underwent a $131-million upgrade, including approximately $52 million for a new body shop to manufacture the aluminum frame in-house for the first time.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013.