Vehicle Details: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette

Performance that makes other cars sweat…

A new Chevrolet Corvette is an event. Passion runs deep for this high-achieving sports car among both the public and the talented engineers and designers at Chevrolet who develop the model. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray made its debut in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show in January, and the world will never be the same when it goes on sale shortly here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

Because there’s a relatively long period between new generations of the Corvette, Chevrolet really sweats the details. Glancing quickly at the all-new C7 generation, the 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe and Convertible, is impressive enough, but diving into the full list of changes will really raise your eyebrows.

It all starts with the brand-new frame that’s made from aluminum to keep weight down and increase strength. It lends the 2014 Corvette Stingray an unshakeable foundation, and the body is made of lightweight materials, too. The removable roof panel and hood are carbon fiber, while underbody panels are carbon nano-composite. The careful attention to weight management has led to a perfect 50/50 front/back weight distribution.

In between those new aluminum frame rails is the all-new LT1 V8. The 6.2-liter engine combines the classic packaging efficiency of a small-block V8 with advanced modern technology like continuously variable valve timing and direct fuel injection, and it delivers 450 hp and 450 lb/ft of torque. That’s enough power to make the 2014 Stingray the quickest standard Corvette ever, capable of accelerating to 60 mph in less than four seconds. The high-performing new Stingray is more efficient than ever before. Active Fuel Management brings cylinder deactivation to the Corvette for the first time and helps reduce fuel consumption during cruising.

You’ll be able to make the most of the tidily-packed engine’s big power thanks to a new seven-speed manual transmission that ensures you can hold the engine at the exact power level you need for the driving challenge you’re facing. Coming out of a tight corner? With seven ratios to choose from, there’s one that’s perfect for keeping the LT1 on boil so you can squeeze the pedal and flex the engine’s muscle as you rocket away from the apex. Seven speeds also means an overdrive top gear that’s steep enough to improve on the outgoing Corvette model’s still-impressive 26 mpg.

The new suite of standard technology doesn’t stop with a modernized small block and a new transmission. The 2014 Corvette Stingray features Active Rev Matching, which anticipates your next shift and automatically adjusts the engine speed for smooth, quick, expert-perfect shifts every time.

In the new carbon fiber- aluminum- and ultrasuede-trimmed interior, a Drive Mode Selector gives drivers the choice of five distinct attitudes from the same car. Selecting between “Weather,” “Eco,” “Tour,” “Sport” and “Track” adjusts the responsiveness of the controls and changes the information the gauge cluster displays to help you focus at the task at hand, whether that’s driving in a downpour or coming off a banked turn at 120 mph. When equipped with the available six-speed automatic transmission, the 2014 Stingray features paddle shifters for manual control.

The new cockpit has been designed for more comfort than ever before and is trimmed with fine materials assembled with careful craftsmanship. The interior is new right down to the magnesium frames employed in the brand-new seats, which are offered in a GT version and a Competition Sport version with heavier bolstering.

Chevrolet paid attention to what happens inside the Corvette at speed, which is why the passenger has a reinforced grab bar on the center console and the center console has soft-touch materials on its edge to cushion the driver’s bracing during hard cornering. A smaller steering wheel than before, now with a 14.1-inch diameter, gives the Stingray a direct, responsive feel. An abundance of soft-touch materials and available Nappa leather give the cabin a premium atmosphere.

If the stellar performance of the standard Stingray isn’t enough for you, there’s the Z51 Performance Package that can tear up a race track with ferocity. Included in the Z51 package is an electronic limited-slip differential; a dry-sump oil system to ensure the engine is always lubricated, even in 1.0g sweepers; additional cooling systems for the brake, differential and transmission; and an Aero Package that enhances stability at high speeds.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible is perhaps the model truest to the roots of the Convertible. After all, the first two generations of Corvette were conceived as sports cars with folding tops, and that’s a type of car that buyers today are still interested in purchasing. Instead of marginalizing the chassis rigidity of the Corvette Convertible by just hacking the roof off a coupe, the 2014 Stingray Convertible was designed independently, right along side its Coupe counterpart. They share the same solid structure, the same suspension tuning, the same fire-breathing performance, and they even weigh nearly the same. Instead of forcing compromise, the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible gives you all the performance, plus the added benefit of top-down driving enjoyment.

Paying attention to details is what makes some good-performing cars into great vehicles. There is none greater than the 2014 Corvette Stingray. For its starting MSRP below $52,000, nothing can touch the performance of the Stingray, and because of intense attention to detail, it’s also packing an unbeatable level of refinement, technology and luxury.

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