Stingray Makes A Comeback
As expected, Chevy’s new supercar reintroduces the storied Stingray designation as the standard model.
“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.”
Most Powerful, Capable, Fuel Efficient Corvette Ever
The 2014 Corvette is the most powerful standard model Corvette ever, making an estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). It is also the most capable Corvette ever — being able to launch from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering grip.
Far from being a sloppy hog, the 2014 Corvette Stingray is also expected to be the most fuel efficient Corvette by exceeding more than the EPA-estimated 26 MPG seen on the current-generation Corvette C6.
It Really Is All-New
The 2014 Corvette Stingray features an all-new frame structure and chassis, a new powertrain and supporting technologies, and — as if you haven’t already noticed — all-new exterior and interior designs.
Highlights of the new model include:
- An interior that includes real carbon fiber, aluminum and hand-wrapped leather materials, two new seat choices – each featuring a lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional support – and dual eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens.
- Advanced driver technologies, including 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 for perfect shifts every time.
- An all-new 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine combines advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system that delivers more power while using less fuel.
- Lightweight materials, including 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 that supports a world-class power-to-weight ratio.
- A sculptured exterior features advanced high-intensity discharge and light-emitting diode lighting and racing-proven aerodynamics that balance low drag for efficiency and performance elements for improved stability and track capability.
- Track-capable Z51 Performance Package including: an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, differential and transmission cooling, as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability.
In fact, the 2014 model is so new that it shares only two parts with the current generation Corvette C6.
On Sale Q3 2013, Built At Bowling Green, KY
The all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe will go on sale in the third quarter of 2013. It will be built at GM’s Bowling Green plant in Kentucky, which recently received a $131-million upgrade to build the C7. $52 millio of that $131,000,000 was allocated for a new body shop to manufacture the aluminum frame in-house for the very first time.
2014 Corvette Stingray Preliminary Specs
|Model||2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray|
|Body styles / driveline||2-door hatchback coupe with removable roof panel; rear-wheel drive|
|Manufacturing location||Bowling Green, Ky|
|Engine Name / Line||LT1 6.2L V-8|
|Displacement (cu in / cc)||376 / 6162|
|Bore & stroke (in / mm)||4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92|
|Block material||cast aluminum|
|Cylinder head material||cast aluminum|
|Valvetrain||overhead valve,two valves per cylinder|
|Fuel delivery||direct injection|
|Horsepower / kW||450 / 335 (est.)|
|Torque (lb-ft / Nm)||450 / 610 (est.)|
|Type||seven-speed manual with Active Rev Match or six-speed paddle-shift automatic|
|Front||short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, monotube shock absorber|
|Rear||short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, monotube shock absorber|
|Active handling:||Magnetic Selective Ride Control (avail. with Z51)|
|Traction control||StabiliTrak, electronic stability control|
|Type||front and rear power-assisted discs with four-piston fixed front and rear calipers (slotted rotors with Z51)|
|Rotor diameter (in / mm)||front : 12.6 / 320 (13.6 / 345 with Z51), rear : 13.3 / 338|
|Wheelbase (in / mm)||106.7 / 2710|
|Overall length (in / mm)||177 / 4495|
|Overall width (in / mm)||73.9 / 1877|
|Overall height (in / mm)||48.6 / 1235|
|Weight distribution (% front / rear)||50 / 50|
|Stingray||front 18-inch x 8.5-inch||rear 19-inch x 10-inch|
|With Z51||front 19-inch x 8.5-inch||rear 20-inch x 10-inch|
|Tires||Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat|
|Stingray||front P245/40R18||rear P285/35R19|
|With Z51||front P245/35R19||rear P285/30R20|
More on the 2014 Corvette C7:
- C7 Corvette Exterior Deep Dive
- C7 Corvette Exterior Video Tour
- C7 Corvette Interior Deep Dive
- C7 Corvette Interior Video Tour
- C7 Corvette Frame Deep Dive
- C7 Corvette Chassis Deep Dive
- C7 Corvette Z51 Performance Package