The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe has a base price of $51,995 (inclusive of destination costs), making it $1,400 more expensive than the outgoing model, according to General Motors. The base convertible has a price tag of $56,995 (inclusive of destination costs), which is $1,240 higher than its predecessor model.
These prices demonstrate how GM has fulfilled its pledge to make the base price of the sports car attainable even with the numerous improvements in the redesigned seventh-generation Corvette, which is set to start selling this September.
The standard equipment includes a seven-speed manual transmission; Bose nine-speaker sound system with Bluetooth connection; dual, 8-inch infotainment screens with Chevy MyLink infotainment system and rearview camera; and a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel.
All of the models will be available with the new 6.2-liter V-8 engine from GM that features cylinder deactivation. To reduce fuel consumption, four of the eight cylinders are shut off at cruising speeds. GM claims that the new Stingray will be able to return 30 mpg on the highway compared to 26 mpg for the present Corvette.
GM executives hope to appeal to younger customers and to raise Corvette sales. In a statement, Chris Perry, vice president of Chevy marketing, said that it aims to attract buyers with its enhanced interior and sleeker design as well as its styling features that are unconventional like the trapezoidal taillights.
GM revealed in a statement that the automaker was able to establish the price with the aim of offering its customers with something unexpected. Perry said that the Corvette Stingray offers a mix of performance, design and technology that can only be matched by very few automakers. But none of the comparable cars cost anywhere near $52,000.
The 2LT – the mid-trim level – has a sticker price of $56,205. The 3LT – the top trim level – costs $60,000. For this price, the vehicle is equipped with a color head-up display, navigation, heated and ventilated seats, premium leather seats and a leather-wrapped dash and instrument panel. GM offers the following as major options for this model: competition sports seats ($2,495); exposed carbon fiber ($1,995); magnetic-based damping system ($1,795) and a dual-mode exhaust system ($1,195).
With the debut of the Corvette C7 Stingray, Chevrolet is once again set to redefine what modern performance should be. There is no question that only a Corvette has the right to wear the iconic Stingray badge given the perfect mix of performance, design, and technology. Compared to the previous Corvette generation, the new Corvette C7 Stingray has only two parts similar to the former.
Otherwise, everything is new from the chassis, the frame structure, powertrain, and even the supporting technologies. New as well are the design for the interior and exterior. General Motors North America President Mark Reuss said that similar to the ’63 Stingray, the best Corvettes have been symbols when it comes to advanced technologies, stunning driving experiences, extraordinary design, and performance leadership.
He continued by saying that considering the advances in an design, engineering, and technology, the new Corvette is able to go even farther. Estimated to have output of 450 hp (335 kW), the 2014 Corvette Stingray is set to become the most formidable standard model.
Meanwhile peak torque is at 450 lb.-ft. (610 Nm). Capability is also unlike any other with acceleration from 0 to 60 mph possibly in barely four seconds. Cornering grip has been measured to exceed 1g. Aside from performance, this new model can also be considered as the most-efficient Corvette ever. Fuel economy is expected to be better than the previous model’s EPA-estimated rating of 26 mpg.