The seventh-generation Chevy Corvette Stingray bowed January on 13th, 2013 at the North American International Auto Show held at Detroit’s Cobo Hall. The 2014 model year marked the first time the Corvette had worn the Stingray moniker since 1976. Powering the new Corvette was the 455-horsepower (or 460 horses with RPO NPP Performance Exhaust) 6.2-liter V8 backed by a standard seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching. The six-speed automatic with paddle shifters was available for $1,250.
The 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray featured a substantially redesigned aluminum frame, something that used to be exclusive to the C6 Z06 and ZR1. The new aluminum frame was nearly 100 pounds lighter than the steel frame in the C6, yet was 60 percent more rigid.
Long a complaint of owners and the motoring press, the new Chevy Corvette had a redesigned interior with much higher-quality materials. Optional aluminum, carbon fiber and leather were available for interior surfaces. Two different seat styles were available, standard GT or Competition Sport, both with magnesium frames and better support. There were two eight-inch HD display screens, including one for the driver instrument cluster, along with a choice of three different configurations in Touring, Sport, or Track modes.
2015 brought the return of the Chevy Corvette Z06. The new Z06 coupe had a removable top, something not available on the previous two generation Z06s. A convertible Z06 was available for the first time. The new Z06 was powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter dry-sump V8 making 650 horsepower, or twelve more horses than the C6 ZR1. The Z06 could be had with either the seven-speed manual or the new 8L90 eight-speed automatic. Z06 bodywork was wider to accommodate the much larger wheels and tires. The aero components were adjustable with the Z07 option package, another first.
The 2015 Chevy Corvette could be optioned with a Performance Data Recorder (standard in 3LT/3LZ trim levels) that recorded high-definition video with telemetry overlays. The system would record video, cabin audio, and telemetry info to an SD card located in the glovebox. It also came with a valet mode that would become the bane of joyriding parking attendants.
In 2019, the Chevy Corvette ZR1 would return to the lineup. Available in either coupe or convertible, fewer than 3,000 ZR1s would be built in its single year of production. Powering the ZR1 was the supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 that produced a staggering 755 horsepower, the most powerful passenger car GM has ever built. Standard equipment on the ZR1 included J57 Ceramic Brakes, unique body panels and wheels, a chassis-mounted rear wing, and additional heat exchangers. Ordering RPO ZTK added Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, the high adjustable rear wing, carbon fiber caps for the front splitter (coupes only), and additional chassis calibration.
Our feature 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 has been driven sparingly, showing only 4,366 miles on the odometer. It is finished in Torch Red over an Adrenaline Red leather interior with carbon fiber and sueded microfiber trim. The ZR1 is optioned with the 3ZR trim level, a $10,000 option. It is equipped with power tilt and telescopic steering column, leather and carbon fiber-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated Competition Sport seats, power windows, power locks, BOSE AM/FM stereo with SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, navigation, heated power exterior mirrors, carbon fiber wing, hood, splitter, and rockers, HID headlights, Magnetic Ride Control, and chrome aluminum wheels. Included in the sale are the original window sticker, car cover, owner’s manual and books, spare keys, and the battery protection package charger.
This stunning 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 coupe will cross the Mecum Auctions block at their Kansas City event taking place November 30th to December 2nd.