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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Preview

1/14/2013
Fast Facts:
  • Lighter, lower, wider, and more rigid than the previous-generation C6 Corvette
  • 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine
  • Projected 450 horsepower, 450 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 7-speed manual gearbox with Active Rev Matching
  • Driver Mode Selector tailors dynamic attributes
  • Electric steering with variable ratios and effort levels
  • Brembo braking components
  • "Form-follows-function" design approach
  • 50:50 weight distribution
  • Carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel
  • Chevrolet MyLink smartphone connectivity
  • Gesture-sensitive 8-inch dashboard touch screen
  • Optional Z51 Performance package

Introduction
When the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray goes on sale during the third quarter of 2013, it begins the seventh chapter in the story of what General Motors calls "America's sports car." Now 60 years old, the Corvette is completely redesigned for 2014, marking the return of the Stingray name to a car about which Tadge Juechter, its chief engineer, promises: "The first time you get behind the wheel, you're gonna know that Corvettes have changed forever."

Exterior Features
According to Chevrolet, every element of the 2014 Corvette Stingray's exterior is impacted by performance requirements. Designers and engineers worked together using a "form-follows-function" approach, applying motorsports strategy to the new car in an effort to build the highest-performing Corvette in history.

As a result, the new 2014 Corvette Stingray is lower, wider, stiffer, and more aerodynamic, riding on an aluminum frame and equipped with a longer wheelbase than the outgoing C6. The C7 also features a standard carbon fiber hood and carbon fiber removable roof panel in order to shave weight and reduce the center of gravity, and Chevrolet says the model possesses a perfect 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution.

The Corvette Stingray's standard hood vent is functional, designed to reduce front-end lift for improved steering response at high speeds, as are the front fender covers, which help to reduce aerodynamic drag. Models equipped with an automatic transmission or the optional Z51 Handling package have air intakes over the rear wheels, which feed cool air to heat exchangers for the transmission fluid and electronic limited-slip rear differential.

The standard wheel/tire package for the Corvette Stingray provides 18 x 8.5-inch front wheels and 19 x 10-inch rear wheels, shod with 245/40 front and 285/35 rear Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat performance tires. The new Corvette also features LED running lights and LED taillights.

Interior Features
The redesigned 2014 Corvette Stingray is offered with two different seat designs, each constructed using a lightweight magnesium frame. The standard GT Seat is designed for the best blend of comfort and support, and it faces a smaller-diameter steering wheel. Chevrolet says that designers added a steel-reinforced grab bar on the center console and switched to soft, padded material for the edge of the center console after taking hot laps in the Corvette at GM's Milford proving grounds.

Optional Features
A Z51 Performance package is offered for the new 2014 Corvette Stingray, and it includes a close-ratio manual gearbox; electronic limited-slip differential; dry-sump oiling system; slotted brake rotors and brake-cooling ducts; differential and transmission cooling systems; and aerodynamic enhancements to further improve the car's high-speed stability. Bigger forged aluminum wheels and lower profile tires are also included with the Z51 package.

Buyers who opt for the Z51 Performance package can also outfit a Corvette Stingray with a next-generation Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension. Additionally, Corvette Stingray buyers can upgrade to the Competition Sport Seat package, offering extra support and racing harness pass-throughs, real aluminum or carbon fiber interior trim, premium Nappa leather upholstery, extended leather treatment for the cabin, and a color head-up display. A 10-speaker premium audio system includes a bassbox and 2 subwoofers, as well as rare-earth speaker magnets.

Under the Hood
The 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray is equipped with a direct-injection, 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine equipped with Active Fuel Management technology. Final horsepower and torque figures are expected closer to the new Corvette's on-sale date, but Chevrolet is targeting 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque. Chevrolet says the new engine matches the 2013 Corvette Z06 model's 7.0-liter V-8 for torque between 1,000 and 4,000 rpm, and breathes through a less restrictive standard exhaust system or an optional dual-mode active exhaust system.

A 7-speed manual gearbox is standard, equipped with new Active Rev Matching technology that Chevrolet expects "will make a novice drive like a pro." A 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters is optional, and both Launch Control and Performance Traction Management technologies are included with both transmissions. Preliminary performance figures put the Corvette Stingray at 60 mph in less than 4 seconds, around a curve at better than 1g of cornering grip, and highway fuel economy at 26 mpg or better.

According to Chevrolet, steering system stiffness is five times greater than in the C6, the body structure is 57% stiffer than before, and engineers have taken 99 pounds out of the car. Brembo braking components with 4-piston front and rear calipers are standard. The new Corvette Stingray is also offered with a Driver Mode Selector offering five different modes that tailor up to 12 of the vehicle's dynamic attributes to the driver's preferences. The modes are called Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport and Track.

"I will eagerly put this car up against any of the top performance cars in the world. In terms of design, technology and performance, this car is second to none. And it is attainable," said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss at the new model's unveiling in Detroit. "It punctuates who we are. The soul of our company is sitting right here, in Corvette."

Technology
The 2014 Corvette Stingray's standard Driver Mode Selector offers five different driving modes that tailor up to 12 of the vehicle's dynamic attributes to the driver's preferences. The gauge cluster information changes depending on the selection, and the Driver Mode Selector modifies throttle, transmission, exhaust, steering, and suspension settings depending on the mode chosen. Additionally, this technology controls traction, stability, Launch Control, and Performance Traction Management settings.

The new 2014 Corvette is equipped with dual 8-inch, high-resolution, driver-configurable information and entertainment screens as standard equipment. The first screen is reserved for instrumentation and is located where a traditional gauge cluster would reside. The second screen is located in the center of the Corvette Stingray's dashboard, and is both touch- and gesture-sensitive. A color head-up display is optional.

Additional highlights of the new Corvette's technology roster include Chevrolet MyLink connectivity, HD Radio, an enhanced version of OnStar telematics with 3-D navigation maps, and the ability to connect using an auxiliary audio input jack, USB port, or an SD card slot. A premium audio system is optional.

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