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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray debuts

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25th January, 2013

Chevrolet has debuted the all-new Corvette Stingray. And only a Corvette with a balance of technology, design and performance can wear the iconic Stingray designation claims GM design chief.

The Corvette Stingray body is a 2-door hatchback coupe featuring removable roof panel.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 335kW (450 horsepower) and 610Nm (450 lb.-ft.) of torque. It is also the most capable standard model ever, able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering grip. It is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette.

“Like the ’63 Sting Ray, the best Corvettes embodied performance leadership, delivering cutting-edge technologies, breathtaking design and awe-inspiring driving experiences,” said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss (a former Holden boss). “The all-new Corvette goes farther than ever, thanks to today’s advancements in design, technology and engineering.”

The all-new Chevrolet 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, as well as completely new exterior and interior designs. Highlights include:

  • An interior that includes real carbon fibre, aluminium and hand-wrapped leather materials, two new seat choices – each featuring a lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional support – and dual eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens
  • Advanced driver technologies, including a five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to the fit the driver’s environment and a new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching that anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for perfect shifts every time
  • An all-new 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine combines advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system that delivers more power while using less fuel
  • Lightweight materials, including a carbon fibre bonnet and removable roof panel; composite front mudguards, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite under body panels and a new aluminium frame help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance that supports a world-class power-to-weight ratio
  • A sculptured 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
  • Track-capable Z51 Performance Package including: an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, differential and transmission cooling, as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability.

“Stingray is one of the hallowed names in automotive history,” according to Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. “We knew we couldn’t use the Stingray name unless the new car truly lived up to the legacy. The result is a new Corvette Stingray that breaks from tradition, while remaining instantly recognisable as a Corvette the world over.”

The rear-wheel drive Corvette Stingray will be built at GM’s Bowling Green, Kentucky, assembly plant, which underwent a $131-million upgrade, including approximately $52 million for a new body shop to manufacture the aluminium frame in-house for the first time.

“We believe the Corvette represents the future of modern performance cars because it delivers more power, more driving excitement and better fuel efficiency,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “The result is better performance by every measure. The 2014 Corvette delivers the fastest acceleration, the most cornering grip, the most track capability, the best braking performance and what we expect to be the best fuel economy ever for a standard Corvette.”

The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale across North America in the third quarter of 2013.

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