This Is The 2014 Chevy Corvette C7 Stingray70
After months, nay, years of anticipation, spy photos, renderings, and speculation — Chevrolet today unveiled the all-new 2014 Corvette.
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|
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- C7 Corvette Frame Deep Dive
- C7 Corvette Chassis Deep Dive
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Lucas: It has a 7 speed…
Yeah but I guess some of the pontential buyers don`t want to change all seven gears manually. There are some high-end cars with 8-speed auto boxes. GM should start thinking what would VW do…
An 8spd is coming, just like it is for the ATS. This car is completely new inside, outside, chassis, engine, transmission (7spd), etc. I think having to wait a year for an 8spd auto is acceptable.
A well designed turbo four would only need five gears and you could skip a couple of those in normal driving.
A well designed turbo four would never be found in the C7 engine bay.. really!? an I4T in a Corvette? 300hp tops.. in this!? The 3.6L TT is more likely than anything, and even then having a V6 in a Vette again will make for some interesting feedback from the faithfuls.
If the cost of gas and the economy deteriorate to the point where the only viable option for the Corvette is an I-4 with a turbo, then perhaps it’s time to rethink the whole idea of exotic sports cars entirely (what the the old 2.1 liter I-4 used in the old IMSA series that could be tuned for as much as 1,200 horsepower?). However, if GM could replicate what the Nissan GTR has done with their 3.8 liter, twin-turbo, DOHC, DCT, V-6, then such might be tolerable, but not desirable. There are always options, but only to a point. Would I prefer an I-4 turbo within the C7, NO!
The reason c7 still has the 6speed auto is b/c the corvette’s 8 speed wasn’t ready yet and im sure the ones gm are buying doesn’t have a rear transaxle version which would throw the vette’s 50/50 weight distribution off and piss off the purists as well..since c5 the vette has had transaxles and their not switching a part of the DNA that makes a vette a vette!
Besides..no enthusiast buys an automatic corvette anyways!! 7 speed please!!!!
Ain’t that the truth!! As much as it sucks in traffic, I would never trade in my 6-speed for an auto. On my daily drive, that is fine but on a Vette? Not until I am unable to use a clutch!! =D
Have you driven a car fitted with a dual – clutch auto box? They are faster than manual transmissions and excellent in manual mode. I fell in love in them after driving an EVO X. But why I complain is that GM,once slushbox king, now has to outsource advanced trannys. Sad.
For me, it is not about how it works, it’s about my control of the gears, and the feel of shifting those gears with my hand. There is something primal about slamming your foot on the floor and downshifting into a turn that gets my heart racing like nothing else!! Crazy? Maybe, but that’s how I like it. =)
Maybe I`m prejudiced because my commuter is equiped with a manual gearbox. But as a top GM`s model the new Vette should have the best tech packed under its beautiful body.
I completely agree but I would still like the option.
Most high end automatics are going to be faster than 99% percent of people with a manual, especially with paddle shift. The dual clutch is just a lot faster (I’ve driven Porsche’s PDK)
I would, but I’m crazy. Besides, without the auto, the Vette might have died a long time ago.
NICE Looks fast.Pittey i don”t have the mony eyet
Absolutely superb. Chevrolet hit a home run out of the park. Can’t wait to see the Z06 and ZR1 models. Even more beautiful than the Ferrari 458 Italia or Lamborghini Aventador. Congratulations on achieving near perfection. Must get one ASAP.
You guys who are clamoring for 7, 8, 9 + speed gearboxes are nuts! The engine has 450 lb/ ft of torque for crying out loud! And I’ll bet that torque curve is very flat. What the heck are you going to do with another cog or two? How many overdrive gears do you think need? Do you want to be up shifting every 300 rpm? Wise up folks!
Did you know you can take a manual Z06, from a dead stop and start it in 5th? I recall Jeremy Clarkson doing it on an episode, went form 0-180mph in 5th gear.
Looks like a Camero from the back. What happened General, loose touch with the Vette Community??
I seriously need to stop hanging out on this site. I am going to get fired! Then I *really* won’t be able to afford my new car and tattoo!! ;^)
Sweet car, but why name it Stingray? I have to stop making fun of cars that are named after an animal, or two animals (Mustang AND Cobra). But if you must, then at least pick one that isn’t a stinky fish. At least Chrysler didn’t bring back its Barracuda.
Don’t be doggin’ on the Mopars now! ;^) I agree with Barry on this one. Names have history and if they are doing a good job creating something worthy of donning that name, awesome. If they don’t, well, then they better be ready for the diehards to come at them. And as far as names go, I think this one fits. It is long, sleek, stealthy and sexy. I could use the same words to describe the wild stingray, and both of them, even under all that beauty, are deadly! =D
I want to see the other models as well but for me, I am perfectly happy droolin’ and dreamin’ about this one for a while! (Do you think I have waited long enough for that tattoo yet? ;^)
Stingray is synonymous with Corvette style, and this C7 has brought that style back. Cars are named after animals because they have drawn inspiration from their design.
Also, Chrysler is bringing the Barracuda back under the SRT brand. It will be replacing the Challenger and ride on an Alfa platform.
Does it really matter all that much that they’ve brought the Stingray nomenclature back to life after all these years given what an incredible new Corvette they’ve created? This is truly one of the most beautiful cars I’ve ever seen anywhere, and I’ve been a gearhead my entire life. For me, I’m waiting to see the ZR1 and Z06 models. Chevrolet and the General should be proud of what they’ve done here.
What would make this car perfect for me would be a 7 speed DCT in the ZR1, like already exists in the Ferrari 458, the Porsche 911 Turbo S and the upcoming Porsche 918.
Lets all remember this is the base corvette, 6spd auoto and 7sps manual make sense…