Corvette Stingray not coming to South Korea as its V8 engine is too noisy

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 13, 2014

Everyone loves sports cars and most of you folks are in love with the proper sound delivered by a powerful V8 engine. Still, it appears that South Korean buyers will not be able to enjoy the sound of the V8 engine found on the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray as the vehicle is currently being delayed by the country’s regulation on automobile noise.

These words came from Chevrolet Korea CEO Sergio Rocha, who also said that only 12 Corvettes are imported to Korea every year, which means that bringing the Corvette Stingray to Korea makes no sense. As a result, the company will not try to spend its resources and convince lawmakers to change the noise law only to sell 12 vehicles per year.

For those who don’t know, the 2014 Corvette Stingray is powered by a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine that produces 450 hp and 450 lb-ft (610 Nm) of torque. The engine is bolted to a seven-speed manual transmission as standard, while as an option Chevrolet offers a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

For the 2015MY, the Corvette Stingray will be available with a more fuel-efficient paddle-shift 8-speed automatic transmission, which allows it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds (0.1 faster than the 2014MY) and runs the quarter mile in 11.9 seconds (0.1 seconds faster).

Using the 8-speed transmission, the Corvette Stingray will return a fuel economy of 16 mpg in the city, 20 mpg combined and 29 mpg on the highway.

Ken Parkinson, Executive Director of Global Design, said that designing a new Corvette is one of the dreams all designers and car lovers have. He added that the brand is so iconic and inspires such passion in its followers and so they had to ensure it was as technologically advanced as its rivals while being every bit as distinctive as the Corvettes of old. He said that it is with this belief that they built the Stingray, which is designed to be stunning and to meet all its customers’ desires.

With next to no parts similar to any of the previous iteration, the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has more in common with fighter jets than the competition. Sleek, slick and an enviable profile gives the Stingray its length and provides ample space in the cockpit.

White LED lamps have been installed in a black, chrome housing to conjure an air of sophistication that walks hand in hand with the ego and forward-thinking design cues of the engineers. By concentrating on the lighting they have been able to create an aesthetic which runs throughout the Stingray. This can be seen in the use of HID projector lamps and amber LEDs for the turning signals.

Moving to the rear of the vehicle reveals some state-of-the-art design in the sculpted, three-dimensional rear lights. Breaking with the past, the rear lamps use hidden LEDs whose glow bounces off the reverse reflectors to cast a steady, warming glow. The white backup lamps are also fitted with LED lights and when standing back it is easy to see the aircraft influenced taillamps, air outlets, transmission and differential coolers.

Examining the aerodynamics of the Stingray, the team at Chevrolet had a lot of data to work with. From the extensive Corvette track record at the American Le Mans series to the championship winning GT in 2012, they used these statistics and a battery of tests developed when studying the flow of air in and around the Stingray to create a one-of-a-kind vision with enormous high-end speed and agility.

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