According to SAE International, the 2015 Corvette Stingray will receive an all-new 8-speed automatic transmission. Known as the 8L90, the new 8-speed transmission will replace the 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission and offer a rated turbine torque capacity rated at 1000 Nm. As expected, the new transmission will offer improved fuel economy, performance and NVH.
Moreover, the transmission will have four simple planetary gearsets, two brake clutches and three rotating clutches, as well as an overall ration spread of 7.0. For those who don’t know, the Corvette Stingray uses a 6.2-liter V8 engine capable to develop 455 hp and 624 Nm (460 lb-ft) of torque.
For those who want more, the Corvette Stingray is available with the Z51 Performance Package which includes an electronic limited-slip differential; dry-sump oiling system; integral brake, differential and transmission cooling; as well as a unique aero package.
2014 Corvette Stingray equipped with the Z51 Performance Package is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds and does the ¼ mile in 12 seconds at 119 mph and it is able to brake from 60 mph to 0 in 107 feet.
The standard 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe costs $51,995 excluding tax, title and license fees. If you want the Z51 Performance Package you will have to add an extra $2,800.
Ken Parkinson, executive director of global design, remarked that the new Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray features an aggressive exterior styling that is both functional and elegant.
During its development, Chevrolet has made sure that the new Corvette Stingray contains no repeated detail from the previous generations. Despite that, the new Corvette Stingray still features its characteristic profile, made possible by a long dash-to-axle ratio, a greenhouse similar to a fighter jet canopy as well as dual-element rear lamps. From its name to its design, the new Corvette Stingray is inspired by both aerospace and nature.
According to Tom Peters, exterior design director, the new Corvette could only be called a Stingray if it could deliver an incredible, purposeful visual impact, just like what the original Stingray was able to do in 1963. He remarked that this visual impact is seen in fighter jets and the Stingray animal, the beauty of both coming from purpose – which is to cut through air or water as quickly and efficiently as possible. He added that just like these inspirations, every surface of the Corvette Stingray has a purpose, as implemented through beauty and proportion.
One of the hallmark cues of the design of the new Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray is its distinctive lighting. Up front, the Corvette C7 Stingray is provided with indirect white LED lamps -- set in a black-chrome lamp housing with standard HID projector headlights -- that lend the car its characteristic daytime styling signature. Moreover, the turn signals for the newest Stingray come with edge-lit amber LED lighting.
On the rear, new dual-element tail lamps – making use of groundbreaking indirect LED lighting – are housed in sculpted lenses with three-dimensional looks. They employ LED lamps concealed on the bottom of the housing and emit light into a reverse reflector for a more even glow. White backup lamps also employ LED technology. Interestingly, rear lamps feature integrated aircraft-style air outlets for the available differential and transmission coolers.