The 2014 Corvette Stingray is expected to raise the bar for American sports cars when it finally launches this summer. From increased power, to a more refined interior, to zanier looks, the new Stingray is a red, white and blue fist ready to punch Porsche square in the pancreas. But it may be too much for the crowd that seeks something a little more… basic. And according to a Motor Trend report, a Corvette model is set to debut below the Stingray in the 2015 time frame that will allegedly be called the “Corvette Coupe,” like today’s basic model. It will reportedly be more affordable and less powerful than the Stingray.
Don’t worry, it will still have a V8, just a smaller one. MT states that it will be powered by a 5.3L displacement V8, the same size as one of the EcoTec3 engines set for the new 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks. The reported Corvette Coupe will also feature slight changes in the front fascia, front fenders, and rear diffuser compared to the Stingray we all saw during the 2013 North American International Auto Show.
If true, it might off-set the exotic impression the new Stingray left on everyone, and put the Corvette back into the stigma of “a successful plumber’s car,” which we’re not entirely sure is a good thing for the car’s image. Future sales figures, on the other hand, are probably what GM had in mind with such a model.