The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will arrive with a new paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission and as expected it will be more fuel-efficient and faster. According to the manufacturer, the 2015 Corvette Stingray will accelerate from naught to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.7 seconds (0.1 seconds faster than the 2014MY) and runs the quarter mile in 11.9 seconds (0.1 seconds faster).
Moreover, the new models using the eight-speed automatic transmission are EPA-rated at 16 mpg in the city, 20 mpg combined and 29 mpg on the highway. GM says that its 2015 Corvette Stingray is actually more fuel efficient on the highway than most of its competitors such as the Porsche 911 Carrera (28 mpg), Audi R8 V8 (20 mpg), Jaguar F-Type R (23 mpg) or the Nissan GT-R (23 mpg).
For those who don’t know, the 2015 Corvette Stingray is powered by a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine that is rated at 455 hp or 460 hp with the optional performance exhaust system.
Still, if you prefer a manual transmission, GM will offer the 2015 Corvette Stingray with the 7-speed manual gearbox which offers a fuel economy of 29 mpg on the highway and helps the vehicle accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.8 seconds.
Ken Parkinson, executive director of global design, quipped that while the exterior of the new Corvette Stingray is provocatively and elegantly styled, it is also functional. He noted that while developing a new Corvette is every designer's dream, it isn’t an easy task. Parkinson remarked they aim to create a bold design statement that embraces the Corvette Stingray’s advanced technology while boosting its overall performance. This resulted to the new groundbreaking Corvette C7 Stingray that stays faithful to the basic elements that make a Corvette a Corvette, Parkinson said.
The new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray sports no single detail from previous generations, but it still managed to don a characteristic profile defined by a long dash-to-axle ratio, the greenhouse similar to the canopy of a fighter jet, as well as dual-element rear lamps. Essentially, designers derived the overall design of the seventh-generation Corvette Stingray from two different sources: aerospace and nature.
Tom Peters, exterior design director, remarked that the new Corvette could only be called a Stingray if it is able to deliver an incredible, purposeful visual impact, which is evident in fighter jets and stingrays. He noted that the beauty of fighter jets and stingrays is derived from a purpose, which is to cut through air or water quickly and efficiently. Peters added that just like on aircraft and animals, all transitions on the surfaces of the Corvette Stingray have a purpose, as executed with beauty and proportion.
One of the signature elements of the design of the new Corvette C7 Stingray is lighting, as it helps emphasize its high-tech beauty. Up front, the new Corvette Stingray makes use of standard HID projector headlamps as well as indirect white LED lighting units – all contained in black chrome housing. The turn signals, meanwhile, employ edge-lit amber LED lighting.