Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
The new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will be powered by the previously reported LT1 V8 engine. It is still 6.2-liters, like the outgoing V8 small-block and its estimated to produce 450 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque. The engine features direct injection and cylinder deactivation to achieve better fuel economy. Power is sent to the rear wheels through either a seven-speed manual transmission or an available six-speed automatic, operated by steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters.
The car was originally rumored to weigh less than 3,000 pounds. Though we do not have the specific weight, but we know it will weigh more than that previous estimate, though probably not much more. As such, it will get from zero to 60 MPH in under four seconds. When equipped with the Z51 performance package, it will achieve over 1-g of lateral cornering force.
Visually, the C7 is a major design overhaul and looks like no Corvette before it. Inside, the cabin is attractive. Previously, to call the Corvette’s interior “spartan” would be a grave understatement. The interior was the major shortcoming of the C6 Corvette. Everything gets soft-touch materials, while the choice of either comfort-oriented GT seats or race-ready Competition sport seats tailors to multiple driving styles.
Chevrolet is redefining modern performance with its debut of the all-new Corvette Stingray. And only a Corvette with the perfect balance of technology, design and performance can wear the iconic Stingray designation.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). 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.
“Like the ’63 Sting Ray, the best Corvettes embodied performance leadership, delivering cutting-edge technologies, breathtaking design and awe-inspiring driving experiences,” said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. “The all-new Corvette goes farther than ever, thanks to today’s advancements in design, technology and engineering.”
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.
“Stingray is one of the hallowed names in automotive history,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. “We knew we couldn’t use the Stingray name unless the new car truly lived up to the legacy. The result is a new Corvette Stingray that breaks from tradition, while remaining instantly recognizable as a Corvette the world over.”
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.
“We believe the Corvette represents the future of modern performance cars because it delivers more power, more driving excitement and better fuel efficiency,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “The result is better performance by every measure. The 2014 Corvette delivers the fastest acceleration, the most cornering grip, the most track capability, the best braking performance and what we expect to be the best fuel economy ever for a standard Corvette.”
The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013.
Source: Chevrolet press