Lighter, more powerful, and featuring higher tech, Chevrolet’s newest ‘Vette may just be the best ever.
Chevrolet revives the ‘Stingray’ moniker for the 2014 Corvette coupe.
DETROIT, MI – Chevrolet has pulled the covers on what is easily the most long-awaited (and worst-kept secret) the Detroit Auto Show 2013: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
Only three models Corvette Stingray ever bore the name: the mid-60s the second generation model, the third generation of cars produced through the ’70s and ’80s (perhaps the most iconic), and now the seventh generation (C7 ) 2014 model. Chevrolet is reviving the name for the model year 2014, because it is the best ‘Vette ever. Well, it’s not like Chevy would claim something less than its new halo car, but the car does not seem to have the numbers to back it up.
The new 6.2-liter, direct-injection V-8 will make about 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. The automaker is the estimate of a 0-60 time of less than four seconds and 1G of cornering grip. Making use of cylinder deactivation technology, Chevrolet is also supporting improved fuel economy that every generation of Corvette before.
Power flows through a seven-speed transmission that uses a technology Active Rev Matching similar to that of the Nissan 370Z. When the driver moves the shift lever in a gear, the Vette ‘of the throttle blip of the computer in such a way that matches the speed of the wheel to adjust a ratio change when the clutch pedal is released.
Power flows to the rear wheels via a new seven-speed manual transmission.
The new Corvette also uses lightweight materials, helping to keep the sports car light on its toes. The frame is an aluminum frame that is 57% stiffer than the previous generation and about 99 pounds lighter. The bonnet and roof are made of carbon fiber, moving the lower center of gravity and backwards, and the body and aerodynamic elements make use of composite materials. Also the seats using frames of magnesium to shave grams of value.
Technology plays a more important role in the new Corvette as well. A five-position selector guide enables drivers to adjust systems to 12 vehicles, including throttle control, magnetic adaptive suspension, and the exhaust sound, to the economy, comfort, sport, track, and driving bad weather. Changing the drive mode also changes the configuration of the Corvette 8-inch LCD instrumentation, displaying information relevant to the style of your chosen.
We also expect the base level Corvette Stingray model will be a sports car capable, but drivers itching for a sharp instrument track can opt for a package Z51 has announced that it adds an electronic limited slip differential, dry sump lubrication system, updated cooling systems for the differential and the transmission, an aerodynamic package updated which increases the stability at high speed.
Photos reveal what looks like the new MyLink 2.0 in the new ‘Vette’s dashboard.
The specifications of the infotainment system of the ‘Vette were not discussed by the car, but we expect some version of the Chevrolet MyLink system to make an appearance on the 8-inch color touchscreen, which occupies the center of the dashboard. It will thus win the Best of CES MyLink system 2.0? All signs point to “yes.”
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will roll onto dealer lots in Q3 of 2013. Prices and packaging have not yet been completed or announced.