2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was definitely the star of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show (North American International Auto Show – NAIAS 2013). It comes with a major aesthetic leap, an engine with cylinder deactivation system and a refined interior.
2013 is starting to be an excited year for Chevrolet, with over a dozen premieres and debuts scheduled on its calendar. New iterations of the most emotionally and financially important vehicles to the American car manufacturer are launching little more than a few weeks apart – the 2014 Corvette Stingray (emotionally) and the 2014 Silverado (financially).
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray photo gallery – Detroit Auto Show 2013 Live
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – Design & Engine
Chevrolet Corvette reached the seventh generation that embraced the Stingray suffix, a name that hasn’t been used since 1967. The model comes standard with a 7-speed Tremec manual transmission and Active Rev Match system coupled to a 6.2-liter V8 engine that has direct injection, variable valve timing and a higher compression ratio of 11.5:1.
The LT1 aluminum unit has an OHV configuration and provides 450 hp (336 kW/456 PS) and 450 pound-feet of torque (610 Nm), 400 lb/ft of torque already available at 2,000 rpm.
The seventh generation of the American supercar accelerates from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds and has a better fuel economy than its predecessor, thanks to the direct injection, variable-valve timing and cylinder deactivation system (“Active Fuel Management”) as well as the optimization at mechanical level. Optionally, customers can order the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with a 6-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission.
Chevy states that if its engineers didn’t have to worry about fuel efficiency, the new C7 would actually be lighter.
And although GM has yet to release the car’s weight (we only know it won’t be under 3,000 pounds as previously rumored), it’s promising a better power-to-weight ratio than the Porsche 911 Carrera and Audi R8, the American engineers saying they’ve taken pains to locate the weight in the right places to ensure a 50/50 weight distribution.
The design of the new generation C7 represents the first leap from C5 until now, the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray having a more European look. From some angles, the model resembles with Ferrari 599 and Nissan GT-R, but its overall appearance is easily recognizable.
Of all the Corvette’s aesthetic changes, the most notable is undoubtedly its rear end, which comes with a number of new forms. First, the C-pillars are inclined towards the windshield, while the round taillights that were used for the last six generations were replaced with a set of rectangular elements clearly inspired from those used by the new Camaro.
The interior of 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray brings high quality finishes and materials, keeping the cockpit configuration which was used by the previous generations. The cabin will feature real aluminum trim and optional carbon fiber accents, and will be available in a number of colors including black, gray, red and Kalahari brown. The dashboard clocks have a digital display that can be customized and the multimedia interface presents an eight-inch in-cluster screen.
The basic version is named Stingray, but Chevrolet also offers a Z51 Performance Package, including brake-cooling ducts, model-specific rear spoiler, and inch-larger wheels shrouding larger slotted brakes and Bilstein dampers with optional Magnetic Ride Control.
There’s no word yet on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray price, but GM says the new C7 will be in dealers in the third quarter of this year, likely September.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Video
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at NAIAS 2013 via GM