Kicking off the North American International Auto Show here in Detroit is the debut of all debuts for the 2013: the all-new seventh generation C7 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray—yes Corvette guru’s, you read correctly, Chevrolet has revived one of the most coveted monikers in all of automotive history.
“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.”
However, before you begin establishing your perspectives on the new C7 Corvette, let’s quickly walk through the kit of America’s most revered sports car. Powering the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is an all-new 6.2L small-block LT1 V8, which still utilizes a pushrod valvetrain, but is now equipped with a variable valve timing system, direct injection, Active Fuel management cylinder deactivation, and much more. Channeling that power is an all-new seven speed manual transmission—a first for any General Motors production vehicle.
Additionally, that new seven-speed manual comes with Active Rev Matching, which is a system that anticipates gear selections and automatically rev matches engine speeds for the most optimal shifts.
The new C7 itself is 57% stiffer than the outgoing C6 Corvette thanks to an aluminum frame; a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel; composite fenders, doors, and rear-quarter panels; and carbon-nano composite underbody panels. The additional result is a perfect weight distribution of 50/50.
Also new to the Corvette is a five-position Drive Mode Selector, which tweaks 12 of the car’s unique settings according to the driver’s choice.
Should buyers want to opt for a more performance oriented C7 Corvette, a track-focused Z51 Performance Package is available, which adds an electronically controlled limited-slip differential; a dry-sump lubrication system for the LT1; heavier duty brake, differential and transmission cooling; and a bespoke aerodynamic package for the exterior.
Pricing hasn’t been announced, though Chevrolet said that the new 2014 Corvette Stingray will begin hitting showrooms in the third quarter of 2013.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Preliminary Specifications
|Model:||2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray|
|Body styles / driveline:||2-door hatchback coupe with removable roof panel; rear-wheel drive|
|Construction:||composite and carbon-fiber body panels, hydroformed aluminum frame with aluminum and magnesium structural and chassis components|
|Manufacturing location:||Bowling Green, Ky.|
|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||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
|Wheel size:||front: 18-inch x 8.5-inch (Stingray)
front: 19-inch x 8.5-inch (with Z51)
rear: 19-inch x 10-inch (Stingray)
rear: 20-inch x 10-inch (with Z51)
|Tires:||Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat
front: P245/40R18 (Stingray)
front: P245/35R19(with Z51)
rear: P285/35R19 (Stingray)
rear: P285/30R20(with Z51)
|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|
(% front / rear):
|50 / 50|
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– By: Chris Chin