For 2014, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is celebrating the arrival of the 7th generation of the iconic sports car that debuted 61 years ago. Corvette’s engineering team decided only a Corvette with the perfect balance of technology, design and performance can wear the magical Stingray designation. The 2014 Stingray does all that and more, winning accolades from the automotive and consumer press.
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Overview
What's New for 2014
For 2014, all is new with the C7 Corvette Stingray. It only shares two components with the outgoing C6 generation: a glove compartment latch and the removable roof latch.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
The Stingray is offered in both striking coupe and soft top convertible models. In base form, this is the most powerful Corvette ever with the capability to achieve 29 mpg highway. The Corvette Stingray utilizes a lot of advanced materials like carbon fiber, giving it a better power to weight ratio than Audi’s R8 or a Porsche 911, at fraction of the competitors’ cost.
The new Corvette's awesome LT1 6.2-liter V8 offers more naturally aspirated horsepower and a much bigger bite of low-end torque than ever. Fuel economy is better than any high-performance car you can name thanks to the engine's ability to imperceptibly shut down four of its eight cylinders when the Stingray's driver is taking it easy on the throttle. A standard seven-speed manual gearbox with active Rev Match sends the V8's glorious power to the rear wheels. On the six-speed automatic, paddle shifters are optional. With either setup, nothing will disappoint you.
Power output is 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque or 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque with available performance exhaust. EPA city/highway fuel economy is rated at 17 mpg city/29 mpg highway with manual transmission and 16 mpg city/28 mpg highway with automatic transmission. Zero to 60 time with the Z51 package is 3.8 seconds.
The available Z51 package includes an electronic limited-slip differential; dry-sump oiling system; integral brake, differential and transmission cooling; as well as specific wheels, tires, brakes and a unique aero package that improves high-speed stability.
Extensive lightweight materials, including an aluminum frame; carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel on coupes; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance that supports a world-class power-to-weight ratio.
A sculpted exterior features advanced high-intensity discharge and light-emitting diode lighting and racing-proven aerodynamics that balance low drag for efficiency and performance elements for improved stability and track capability An all-new, fully electronic top on the convertible can be lowered remotely using the key fob and operates at up to 30 mph.
Inside the Corvette, an area that has been a weak spot in earlier generations, you will find a two-seat interior bathed in leather, aluminum and carbon fiber.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe or Convertible is available in three trim levels 1LT, 2LT or 3LT. All three can be equipped with the Z51 performance package.
Even in base 1LT form, the Corvette is loaded with 8-way power-adjustable magnesium-framed seats, keyless lock/unlock with push-button start, a power-adjust tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and the five-position Drive Mode selector that lets you adjust the Corvette's driving personality to match the situation. On the dash, you get an 8-inch touch-screen display controlling the standard nine-speaker Bose audio and Chevy MyLink infotainment system, also displaying what the standard rearview camera sees.
For options, outside of the highly desirable Z51 performance package, the Stingray buyer can opt for painted brake calipers in either red or yellow, premium Nappa leather seating or leather-wrapped interior, heated/ventilated seats with power lumbar support and bolsters, plus navigation and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system. Performance add-ons include Magnetic Ride Control's automatic shock-absorber system, a dual-mode exhaust that can increase the engine's power and exhaust note, and a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
This 2014 Corvette Stingray is the best Corvette ever, and it has knock-out looks inside and out. Let your budget be your guide, but don't feel shortchanged if that means a base model with few extras. For those with deeper pockets, look out for higher performance models to be gradually introduced in the months ahead.
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