The seventh generation of Chevrolet's celebrated Corvette bows for 2014 with all-new styling, improved interior quality and -- of course -- more power. All models are now called Corvette Stingray, a designation not used since the 1970s.
The Corvette has always been a top-notch performer, though it could seem brutish compared to competition from overseas. Chevy has worked hard to refine its flagship sports car and put it on equal footing with the best the world has to offer.
The Corvette's interior had been a source of controversy for years. The consensus among journalists was that the passenger compartment simply didn't live up to the rest of the car. To squelch the debate, Chevy has deployed high-quality materials throughout and focused the cockpit around the driver. The seats offer greater support during quick maneuvers, and body-gripping performance buckets are now available.
New styling exhibits a creased, angular design that's a departure from previous generations. While the Corvette still has ample dimensions for a sports car, the excess has been shaved off for a leaner appearance. A rigid aluminum body structure is used for better handling and crash performance. The removable roof panel and hood are made of carbon fiber, although the rest of the Corvette's outer body remains fiberglass, as it's been since 1953.
Under the Hood
The Corvette's 6.2-liter V8 gains direct fuel injection for more power and cylinder deactivation to boost fuel economy. There's now 455 horsepower on tap, up from 430, and torque has increased from 428 pound-feet to 460. The optional dual-mode exhaust system adds a few extra horsepower and delivers an enchanting roar.
Buyers can choose a new seven-speed manual transmission with automatic rev-matching or the six-speed automatic with paddle shifters carried over from last year. Both units feature launch control mode for calmer full-throttle takeoffs.
With the manual, the Corvette returns 21 mpg in combined city and highway driving, quite an accomplishment for this class of car.
The new Corvette breaks the 4-second barrier when accelerating from zero to 60 mph. The sprint takes just 3.8 seconds, about a half-second quicker than the outgoing model. Handling is as tenacious as ever, with improved steering feel and intuitive response. Braking performance is outstanding, even among top-tier sports cars. The suspension offers enough give to make the Corvette a comfortable long-distance cruiser for two people.
There's really nothing basic about the base 1LT Stingray coupe. All models come with power leather seats, a removable carbon-fiber or transparent roof panel, xenon headlights, Bose sound with satellite and HD radio, and Chevy's MyLink electronics interface.
Moving up to the 2LT gets you some extra goodies like heated and ventilated seats with driver memory, a cargo shade, and auto-dimming mirrors. The 3LT adds upgraded leather upholstery and a navigation system.
The Stingray Z51 adds several performance upgrades: 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, aerodynamic body trim, more aggressive brakes and suspension tuning, revised gear ratios for the manual transmission, a limited-slip electronic rear differential with cooler, and dry-sump engine oiling. Buyers can also opt for a special traction management system.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Chevrolet Corvette$53,950 | 915 mi
2012 Chevrolet Corvette$38,000 | 23,633 mi
2012 Chevrolet Corvette$39,950 | 29,684 mi
2009 Chevrolet Corvette$36,950 | 28,923 mi
2009 Chevrolet Corvette$75,999 | 5,451 mi
2008 Chevrolet Corvette$31,922 | 50,210 mi
2008 Chevrolet Corvette$45,999 | 21,630 mi
2007 Chevrolet Corvette$28,995 | 58,347 mi
2007 Chevrolet Corvette$35,985 | 19,237 mi
2006 Chevrolet Corvette$39,987 | 43,848 mi
2006 Chevrolet Corvette$40,922 | 23,582 mi
2006 Chevrolet Corvette$41,985 | 10,989 mi
2003 Chevrolet Corvette$22,302 | 29,263 mi
2003 Chevrolet Corvette$22,991 | 21,179 mi
2002 Chevrolet Corvette$15,995 | 100,946 mi
2002 Chevrolet Corvette$18,995 | 76,263 mi
2002 Chevrolet Corvette$21,900 | 70,038 mi
2000 Chevrolet Corvette$19,891 | 52,092 mi
1999 Chevrolet Corvette$21,912 | 26,463 mi
1999 Chevrolet Corvette$22,950 | 10,306 mi
1993 Chevrolet Corvette$8,995 | no mileage
1992 Chevrolet Corvette$9,999 | 149,279 mi
1967 Chevrolet Corvette$99,950 | 90,762 mi
1966 Chevrolet Corvette$59,888 | no mileage
1963 Chevrolet Corvette$74,888 | no mileage
1963 Chevrolet Corvette$169,888 | 130 mi
1961 Chevrolet Corvette$79,999 | no mileage
1957 Chevrolet Corvette$102,888 | no mileage
Stunning acceleration and agility, stiff price
Freakishly powerful V10 engine, unmatchable looks, almost twice the price
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Luscious interior, excellent automated transmission, not as fast around the track