Leaked: Are you the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible?

Article by Christian A., on January 17, 2013

Although the 2014 Corvette Stingray was launched three days ago, two photos with the cabriolet version of the new American sports car emerged today on the web. Looking at the photos we might say this is the real deal but we are not too sure about this and nobody can say that this is the real open-top version of the Corvette. Still, if it is, it looks impressive, just like the coupe version of the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

The cabriolet will receive the same 6.2-liter V8 engine delivering 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be offered as standard with the seven-speed manual gearbox, while as an option Chevrolet will offer a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

The car shown in the photos is also fitted with the Z51 Performance Package, which is available as an option and comes with Magnetic Ride Control, electronic limited-slip differential, a new aero package and improved cooling.

Chevrolet will launch both the coupe and convertible versions of the new Corvette Stingray to the global markets in late 2013. Because of varying regulations in different countries, there could be changes in the Corvette units bound in these markets. For instance, lighting, headlamp washers and outside mirrors could differ.

Susan Docherty, president and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe, remarked that since the Corvette is the global face of Chevrolet, it was only fitting to unveil the new Stingray convertible at Geneva. She noted that the Corvette is an icon long recognized and admired, even in countries where it was never – at least officially -- offered.

Of course, the convertible version of the Corvette Stingray has inherited all the performance features and capabilities of the coupe carry over to the convertible. There were some structural changes, but these were done only to accommodate the folding top and to re-position the safety belt mounts. Interestingly, the new Corvette Stingray is provided with a new more rigid aluminum frame structure that is around 45 kg lighter and 57 percent stiffer than the current steel frame.

All versions of the new Corvette Stingray get their power from a LT1 6.2-liter V8 engine that could deliver around 450 hp (335 kW). Since the convertible version needs no structural reinforcements, its power-to-weight ratio is nearly the same as its coupe twin. This powerful engine is laden with an array of advanced technologies like direct injection, continuously variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management – all of which balances power and efficiency. With this engine, the new Corvette Stingray could even surpass the current model in terms of fuel economy.

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