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Return of the American classic: 2014 Corvette StingraySunday 23 June 2013 00:01 CEST
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most capable standard Corvette ever. The new Stingray accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 60 mph) in 3.8 seconds, bringing an american classic to another level.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013 for a suggested starting price of $51,995, excluding tax, title, and license fees.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard Corvette model ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). It is also the most capable standard Corvette model ever, able to accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering grip. The new Corvette Stingray is expected to improve upon the current model's fuel economy of EPA highway fuel economy estimate of 26 mpg (13.6L/100km).
The all-new Corvette Stingray shares only two parts with the previous-generation Corvette. It incorporates an all-new frame structure and chassis, a new powertrain and supporting technologies, and a completely new exterior and interior designs. The Stingray Coupe and Convertible share identical chassis tuning, performance, and they share nearly-identical curb weights, as the only structural changes for the convertible model are limited to accommodations for the folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts.
The smaller, 14.1-inch-diameter (360 mm) steering wheel fosters a more direct feel to directional inputs. Precise and elegant stitching also is seen in the available Napa leather trim on the all-new seats. Two seating choices will be offered: a GT seat for all-around comfort and a Competition Sport seat with more aggressive side bolstering that provides greater support on the track. The frame structure for both seats is made of magnesium for greater strength and less weight than steel frames.
At the core of the Stingray's technologies is the cockpit-mounted Driver Mode Selector, which allows drivers to optimize the car for their driving preference and road conditions via five settings: Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport and Track. The Tour mode is the default setting for everyday driving; Weather mode is designed primarily for added confidence while driving in rain and snow; Eco mode is for achieving optimal fuel economy; Sport mode is for spirited road driving and Track mode is for track use.
The Corvette Stingray convertible features a top that can be lowered remotely using the key fob. The top can be opened or closed on the go, at speeds of up to 50 km/h (30 mph) and it can be lowered in 21 seconds.
Those 450 horses are generated by an all-new LT1 6.2L Small Block V-8 engine, which also produces an estimated 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). It generates 50 lb.-ft. more low-end torque than the previous 6.2L engine, matching the 7.0L LS7 engine from the 2013 Corvette Z06 from 1,000 to 4,000 rpm. In Europe, the LT1 is offered exclusively with a seven-speed manual with Active Rev Matching. In other global markets, a six-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission is also offered.