Vehicle Preview: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

One of the greatest sports car values in the world just got greater

The Chevrolet Corvette has always supplied more performance per dollar than any other car in its segment. With the January introduction of the 2014 Corvette Stingray at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Chevrolet has pushed sports car value farther than any other brand in the world. The new Corvette will be available here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio in the coming months.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray, the first Corvette to wear the “Stingray” badge since 1976, is almost entirely new from the ground up, sharing only two parts with the previous-generation Corvette. The new Stingray has an all-new frame––manufactured in-house for the first time, in a new, $52 million body shop at GM’s Bowling Green, Kentucky, assembly plant––new chassis, new powertrain and completely new interior and exterior designs. The 2014 Corvette Stingray also features a lightweight, carbon fiber structure for the hood and removable roof panel, and composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels.

This new, seventh-generation Corvette is the most powerful standard Corvette in history. At its heart is an all-new 6.2-liter LT1 V8 that combines direct injection, Active Fuel Management, Continuously Variable Valve Timing and an advanced combustion system for an unparalleled balance of power and efficiency. The numbers of the Corvette Stingray are simply amazing: 450 horsepower and 450 lb/ft of torque, a blistering, zero-to-60 mph acceleration time of less than four seconds and fuel efficiency expected to exceed the current model’s already impressive 26 mpg highway, which will make it the most efficient Corvette ever.

IMN1374Y-2With a new aluminum frame that is 99 pounds lighter yet 57 percent stiffer than the previous steel frame, the 2014 Corvette Stingray has a better power-to-weight ratio than both the Porsche 911 Carrera and Audi R8.

More than six million hours of analysis went into the combustion system, which features a 13 percent improvement in airflow thanks to a larger, 2.75 inch diameter exhaust system. An available dual-mode active exhaust system offers a 27 percent improvement, with two additional butterfly valves that open to increase engine performance and a more powerful exhaust note.

Part of what gives the Corvette Stingray such impressive power and efficiency numbers is the choice between a six-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission and an industry-exclusive TREMEC seven-speed manual with Active Rev Matching. This revolutionary transmission and driver-selectable rev-matching system on up-shifts and downshifts uses close ratio gearing, a dual-mass flywheel and dual-disc clutch for seamless shifts.

The Corvette Stingray boasts a perfectly balanced 50/50 weight distribution for tenacious amounts of cornering grip, in excess of 1g. A track-specific Z51 Performance Package includes an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, differential and transmission cooling and an aerodynamics package for increased stability at warp speeds.

The Corvette Stingray is a no-compromises track beast, but it also has the manners to be a pleasant daily driver. According to Chevrolet Product Manager Harlan Charles, “The all-new Corvette Stingray is really three cars in one: It provides the comfort and functionality of a long-distance GT car, the connectedness and infotainment of a daily driver and the acceleration, grip and braking of a capable track car.” A third-generation Magnetic Ride Control system delivers greater comfort and control in everyday driving, as does an all-new electronic power steering system that is five times stiffer than the previous generation Corvette. Standard on every Corvette Stingray are four-piston, race-engineered Brembo brakes, for a nine percent improvement in stopping distance over the previous-generation Corvette.

In addition to its handcrafted, premium interior, perhaps one of the most significant aspects of the 2014 Corvette Stingray is its completely new appearance, which is nothing short of stunning. Featuring an irresistible blend of classic styling cues from the original 1963 Corvette Stingray and futuristic, supercar touches, the 2014 Corvette Stingray exterior appearance is as serious and performance-oriented as its powertrain.

Every square inch of the 2014 Corvette Stingray was designed with aerodynamics and component cooling in mind. Special brake-cooling ducts, air deflectors, rear spoiler and hood vents are all drag-reducing touches integrated from the Corvette Racing program – the most successful program in the history of the American Le Mans Series.

One of the most dramatic visual elements of the Corvette Stingray is found out back – three-dimensional LED lamps that cast light upward from the bottom of the housing for a glowing appearance unlike that of any other vehicle.

Inside is a fighter-jet-inspired cockpit blending soft-touch materials, premium carbon fiber, aluminum and available Nappa leather with advanced technology like dual high-resolution information screens and a color heads-up display. Two types of more supportive, well-bolstered seats are available, made with lightweight and stiff magnesium for optimal all-around comfort or high-performance driving support.

The new, cockpit-mounted Driver Mode Selector controls 12 vehicle systems and gives drivers five settings to choose from, depending on driving conditions: “Weather,” “Eco,” “Tour,” “Sport” and “Track.” The Driver Mode Selector changes the dynamics of the Corvette Stingray vastly, making it an exceptionally versatile vehicle that’s comfortable in nearly all conditions and settings.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray represents not only one of the greatest sports car values in the world, but one of the greatest in history. No other vehicle gets it so right on so many different fronts – daily driving comfort, blistering track performance, head-turning style and superior fuel economy. The 2014 Corvette Stingray represents a new era in sports car value. Stop in today and you can be among the first to drive this much anticipated marvel of American engineering and technology.

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