Chevrolet recently released their official performance times for the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which they claim is “the most capable standard Corvette ever.” And we don’t doubt them as the Corvette Stingray is really making out to be a potent performance bargain on paper.
Thanks to the Corvette Stingray’s new LT1 6.2L V8 good for 455hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, the 2014 Vette, complete with the optional Z51 Performance Package can sprint from 0-60 in a blistering 3.8 seconds, zooming past the ¼ mile mark in just 12 seconds at 119 mph. Braking from 60 mph takes only 107 feet.
But that’s not all, as the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray can generate up to 1.03 g in cornering forces. Just for comparative purposes, the 2012 Nissan GT-R generates 1.02g of cornering force. This is made capable thanks to GM’s patented Magnetic Ride Control.
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hits local showrooms in the third quarter of this year, starting at a mere $51,995. The Z51 Performance Package requires an additional $2,800, which also includes an electronic limited-slip differential, an exchange for the wet-sump engine lubrication system for a dry-sump system, heavier duty brake, differential and transmission cooling, and an added aerodynamic kit. Magnetic Ride Control also requires some extra funds to the tune of $1,795.
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 used for the official testing was priced at $56,590 as tested.
For full details, check out the press release after the jump.
Corvette Stingray: 3.8 seconds from 0 to 60 mph
Turns in 2:51.8 lap at Virginia International Raceway ‘Grand Course’
DETROIT – Chevrolet released official performance estimates today for the 2014 Corvette Stingray, the most capable standard Corvette ever. Equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package, the new Stingray is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, braking from 60 to 0 in 107 feet, and sustaining 1.03 g in cornering.
Cumulatively, the acceleration, cornering and braking capability of the Corvette Stingray enabled it to lap the Virginia International Raceway’s (VIR) 4.2-mile “Grand Course” in 2:51.78.
“For the new Stingray, we set out to elevate every aspect of the Corvette’s performance,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “Considered alone, the acceleration, braking and cornering performance of the Corvette Stingray is truly impressive. More significant is how well they work together, resulting in a lap time at VIR that places the new Stingray in the upper echelon of all sports cars.”
2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 Acceleration from 0-60 MPH 3.8 seconds ¼ mile acceleration 12 seconds @ 119 mph Braking distance from 60 to 0 MPH 107 feet Maximum lateral acceleration 1.03 G VIR ‘Grand Course’ Lap 2:51.78
The lap around VIR was conducted in Stingray equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package and Magnetic Ride Control. The vehicle that conducted the lap was modified only with safety features like a racing seat and harness, and fire extinguisher system.
“The new Stingray constantly communicates feedback to the driver, which makes you feel incredibly confident behind the wheel,” said Jim Mero, Corvette vehicle dynamics engineer. “That confidence encourages you to attack each corner because the Stingray drives so well: the tire grip is incredible; the steering response is some of the best I’ve ever experienced; the Magnetic Ride dampers allow little body roll through the corner, while still soaking up the rumble strips when you clip the apex,” he said. “It’s just addictive on the track.”
The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013 for a suggested starting retail price of $51,995, excluding tax, title, and license fees. The $2,800 Z51 Performance Package includes 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. Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management is a $1,795 option. A Corvette Stingray equipped like the test car used at VIR would cost $56,590.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
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- By: Chris Chin