GM has just announced that the 2014 Corvette Stingray is probably the most fuel-efficient sports car on the market as it will deliver 29 mpg on the highway and an EPA-estimated 17 miles per gallon in the city. According to Chevrolet, no other sports car with 455 hp doesn’t offer more than 29 mpg. Using the seven-speed manual transmission, the 2014 Corvette Stingray is able to deliver 28 mpg highway in the Tour mode, and 30 mpg in the Eco mode.
For those folks who don’t know, the Eco mode enables Active Fuel Management, which disables four of the cylinders for improved fuel economy during light engine loads. The 2014 Corvette Stingray equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission, Active Fuel Management is active in all drive modes until the driver engages the manual-shift mode using the steering-wheel paddles.
Comparing it with the previous Corvette, the 2014 Stingray comes with an 11-percent increase in fuel economy, delivering %6 more power. The all-new 6.2L LT1 V-8 delivers 455 horsepower, while using the available dual-mode exhaust the engine delivers 460 hp.
By comparison, the Porsche 911 Carrera S delivers 400 horsepower, and an EPA-estimated 27 mpg highway. For example, the Jaguar F-Type S offers 495 hp and 23 mpg highway while the Audi R8 V10 offers 510 hp and 19 mpg highway. The Porsche Cayman offers 30 mpg and 275 hp while the BMW Z4 sDrive28 delivers 34 mpg and 241 hp.
“The Corvette Stingray establishes the benchmark for modern performance cars by using technologies to deliver more performance and more miles per gallon,” said Tadge Juechter, executive chief engineer for the Corvette. “We expect more and more performance cars will follow Corvette’s example.”
According to Helen Emsley, interior design director, the interior of the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray harmoniously combines fine materials, excellent craftsmanship and advanced technologies – thereby allowing drivers to enjoy more connected and more engaging experience on the road.
Emsley remarked that every interior feature and detail is designed to enhance the connection between the driver and the Corvette. She noted that this commenced with the fighter jet-inspired wraparound cockpit and continues with the car’s smaller steering wheel and more supportive seats, as well as its HD configurable screens.
Since the steering wheel just measures 14.1 inches (360 mm) in diameter, it offers a more direct and more immediate response to inputs. This steering wheel features a flat, precise stitching that allows for a smoother and more consistent feel.
This precise stitching could also be found in the available Napa leather trim of the new seats. The new Corvette could be fitted with any of the two seating choices. The GT seat provides all-around comfort while the Competition Sport seat -- with more aggressive side bolstering -- offers greater support when the car is driven on the track.