Geneva Motor Show: 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible is the car we want

Article by Christian A., on March 5, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible was introduced today at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the same place that the 2006 Corvette Convertible and the 1990 Corvette ZR-1 made their world debuts. As expected, the American manufacturer chose the Geneva Motor Show to introduce its vehicle because the left-hand-drive Stingray will be sold around the world in markets such as Europe, Middle East, Russia and Japan.

Set to arrive in US showrooms later this ear, the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible is powered by the same 6.2-liter V8 engine found on the coupe version and capable to deliver 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque (610 Nm). Just like the coupe, the convertible will be offered as standard with the seven-speed manual transmission or with the optional six-speed automatic.

Although Chevrolet didn’t release the curb weight for the coupe or convertible, it says that the horsepower-to-weight ratio is nearly identical for each body style. Moreover Chevrolet says that the convertible didn’t need structural reinforcements for the transition.

For the 2014MY, the Corvette buyers will get a power top, although the C6 was available with both manual and power-operated roof. If until now the Corvette drivers needed to twist a handle to release or secure the top, the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible comes with a button on the key fob that allows drivers to raise or lower the top outside the car.

Moreover, the roof can be opened or closed at speeds up to 30 mph. The soft top has three layers, including a sound-deadening material and heated glass rear window. Just like any other convertible Corvette, the C7 Stingray Convertible offers a hard cover behind the seats. The Corvette Stingray Convertible doesn’t offer the air inlets above the rear wheels since the top mechanism gets in the way.

Instead, it comes with ear-mounted heat exchangers to cool the automatic transaxle and electronic limited-slip differential in the Z51 Performance package. Air is scooped up from underneath the car and evacuated using the vents at the edges of the rear fascia.

It’s a top down convertible. It’s a Corvette. It’s new. It’s a Stingray. For some people, that’s all they need to know.

The all new Corvette Stingray coupe is like a remake of a movie which you enjoyed more than the original, and for good reason. The Stingray’s sculpted exterior strikes loudly at your senses what with its thick, three-ply fabric top, its dual black panels accentuating the tonneau cover, and the signature “waterfall” design, yet it also manages to soothe and calm your senses with padding that is sound-absorbent and glass rear window that results in a rather quiet cabin.

When it comes to the Stingray, there is always something more. It is lightweight, being made up of carbon fiber, carbon-nano, and a new aluminum frame that optimizes its power-to-weight ratio given how balanced the Stingray is. The roof panel is detachable, while the carbon fiber lines the composite fenders, the doors, and the panels in the rear quarter.

The underbody panels are composite and its carbon-nano makeup further adds to making the car light. The interior is consistent with the exterior in keeping with the theme of making the Stingray lightweight; yet it does this with a touch of elegance hand-wrapped in leather materials. The inside comes with dual eight-inch configurable driver infotainment screens, and new seat choices.

Of course, the Corvette Stingray is not all about form. The technology that powers the car is in itself an engineering marvel which is evident in how the Stingray balances low drag for efficiency and performance elements. This can only be the result of advanced technology that allows high intensity discharge, diode lighting, and tried and tested aerodynamics.

Stingray’s five-position Drive Mode Selector and new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching enables the car and its gear and speed to adapt to the environment it runs on. The Stingray also has been fitted with an electronic limited slip differential, as well as integral brake, transmission and differential cooling, and dry-sump oiling system -- all part and parcel of the Stingray’s very own Z51 Performance Package.

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2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible

Chevrolet revealed the 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible today at the Geneva Motor Show, featuring an all-new, fully electronic top that can be lowered remotely using the car’s key fob. The top can also be opened or closed on the go, at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h).

“The convertible has been a part of the heart and soul of Corvette since the very beginning in 1953,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. “With the all-new Corvette Stingray, we designed and developed the coupe and convertible simultaneously. As a result, the Corvette Stingray offers an open-top driving experience with no compromise in performance, technology or design.”

The Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible arrive in global markets in late 2013, with left-hand-drive models to be offered in Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Japan and Russia. Changes to Corvettes for export vary only in equipment required to accommodate a respective market’s regulations, such as lighting, headlamp washers and outside mirrors.

“It's fitting to introduce the new Stingray convertible on the global stage at Geneva, because Corvette is the face of Chevrolet the world over,” said Susan Docherty, president and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe. “It is an icon that has long been recognized and admired even in countries where it’s never officially been offered.”

All of the performance technology and capabilities introduced on the Corvette Stingray coupe carry over to the convertible. The only structural changes are limited to accommodations for the folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts. Central to the Corvette Stingray’s driving experience is an all-new, more rigid aluminum frame structure, which is 57-percent stiffer and 99 pounds (45 kg) lighter than the current steel frame.

All models are powered by the new LT1 6.2L V-8, with an estimated 450-hp (335 kW) and 450 lb-ft of torque (610 Nm). As no structural reinforcements are required for the convertible, both models share almost identical power-to-weight ratios.

The LT1 combines several advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing to support an advanced combustion system designed to balance power and efficiency. The new Corvette Stingray is expected to improve upon the current model’s fuel economy of 13.6L/100km (EPA-estimated highway fuel economy of 26 mpg).

With the top up, the Corvette Stingray convertible is designed for a refined driving experience. A thick, three-ply fabric top, along with sound-absorbing padding and a glass rear window, contributes to a quiet cabin and premium appearance.

With the top down, the Corvette Stingray’s signature profile is further accentuated. Behind the seat backs, dual black accent panels enhance the character lines of the tonneau cover. Corvette Stingray’s signature “waterfall” design originates in the valley between the nacelles, bringing the exterior color into the interior.

Additional highlights of the all-new Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible include:

  • A sculpted exterior with 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
  • An interior that offers genuine carbon fiber and aluminum trim, hand-wrapped leather materials, dual eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens, and two new seat choices – each featuring a lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional support
  • Advanced driver technologies, including a five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to 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
  • Lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber hood on all models and a carbon fiber removable roof panel on coupes; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance that supports a world-class power-to-weight ratio
  • 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.

“We wanted the driving experience of the Corvette to live up to the performance expectations that come with the ‘Stingray’ name,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “Because it was designed from the beginning as an open-top car, the Corvette Stingray delivers an exhilarating, connected driving experience – no matter what configuration you choose.”

 

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