Official: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Article by Christian A., on January 14, 2013

Chevrolet introduced the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray a.k.a. the seventh-generation of its most iconic sports car, at the Detroit Auto Show. Using a 6.2-liter V8 engine with 450 hp and 450 lb-ft (610 Nm) of torque, this is the most powerful standard version of the Corvette ever and, as expected, it uses the most advanced technology such as an aluminum structure, part-carbon fiber body work and a seven-speed manual gearbox.

The big surprise is that the Stingray name also returns for the first time since 1976. The Stingray is 4495mm long, 1877mm wide and 1235mm and is instantly recognizable as a Chevrolet Corvette. According to the official press release, the new 6.2-liter V8 engine matches the numbers delivered by the bigger 7.0-liter LS7 V8 found on the Corvette Z06.

The new engine is bolted to the seven-speed manual transmission as standard but as an option, Chevrolet offers a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. No performance figures were released yet, but Chevrolet confirmed the fact that the 2014 Corvette will use a new Drive Mode Selector with five distinct driving modes: Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport and Track.

Under that impressive design, there is a new aluminum structure that is 57% stiffer and 45 kg lighter comparing it with the steel underbody structure found on the Corvette C6. Although the manufacturer didn’t announce any numbers, the total weight of the car will be below 1,400 kg.

Only two parts were carried over between the six and seventh generation Corvette and we are talking about the short/long-arm double wishbone suspension design with transverse composite leaf springs. The new steering uses a variable ration electric power steering system and according to Chevrolet this is five times stiffer than the one found on the C6.

A Z51 Performance Package is also available as an option and includes the Magnetic Ride Control, electronic limited-slip differential, a new aero package and improved cooling. As you can see from the photos, the interior is completely new and according to the manufacturer is the most premium and sophisticated ever on a Corvette. We find high-quality leather, carbon fiber and aluminum but also two 8-inch touchscreens that control most interior functions.

With the steering wheel becoming smaller, specifically with a diameter of 14.1 inches (360 mm), it gives the driver a more immediate and direct feel, especially with the directional inputs. In addition, the focus on the driver is seen even on the smallest of details. This includes the precise and flat stitching placed on the steering wheel.

It results in that consistent and smooth feel. The elegant and precise stitching is also present in the Napa leather trim of all the model’s seats. According to Chevrolet, two options for the seating of the Corvette Stingray will be offered. The first is the GT seat ensures all-around comfort. Meanwhile the second choice is the Competition Sport seat whose side bolstering is made more aggressive and delivers better support when on the track.

Further, the frame structure of these two seats is composed of magnesium. This means that when compared to seats that have steel frames, the ones in the Corvette Stingray weigh less but offer more strength. Further, rigidity is better allowing for improved feeling of support when doing performance driving. According to Interior Design Director Helen Emsley, the interior of the new Corvette Stingray is able to combine remarkable craftsmanship and the use of fine materials with superior technologies.

She added that this helps with making the driving experience more engaging and connected. She continued that each detail and feature on the interior was developed with the goal of improving the relationship of the driver with the vehicle.

Emsley said further that it all started with the wraparound cockpit, inspired by a fighter jet. She said that what followed was making the steering wheel smaller with the seats allowing for more support. She also mentioned configurable and high-definition screens and its use of the best materials.

Press Release

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet is redefining modern performance with today’s debut of the all-new Corvette Stingray. And only a Corvette with the perfect balance of technology, design and performance can wear the iconic Stingray designation.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). It is also the most capable standard model ever, able to accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering grip. It is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 mpg of the current model.

“Like the ’63 Sting Ray, the best Corvettes embodied performance leadership, delivering cutting-edge technologies, breathtaking design and awe-inspiring driving experiences,” said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. “The all-new Corvette goes farther than ever, thanks to today’s advancements in design, technology and engineering.”

The all-new Corvette Stingray shares only two parts with the previous generation Corvette. It incorporates an all-new frame structure and chassis, a new powertrain and supporting technologies, as well as completely new exterior and interior designs. Highlights include:

An interior that includes real carbon fiber, aluminum and hand-wrapped leather materials, two new seat choices – each featuring a lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional support – and dual eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens
Advanced driver technologies, including a five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to the fit the driver’s environment and a new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching that anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for perfect shifts every time
An all-new 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine combines advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system that delivers more power while using less fuel
Lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance that supports a world-class power-to-weight ratio
A sculptured exterior features advanced high-intensity discharge and light-emitting diode lighting and racing-proven aerodynamics that balance low drag for efficiency and performance elements for improved stability and track capability
Track-capable Z51 Performance Package including: an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, differential and transmission cooling, as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability.
“Stingray is one of the hallowed names in automotive history,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. “We knew we couldn’t use the Stingray name unless the new car truly lived up to the legacy. The result is a new Corvette Stingray that breaks from tradition, while remaining instantly recognizable as a Corvette the world over.”

The new Corvette Stingray will be built at GM’s Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant, which underwent a $131-million upgrade, including approximately $52 million for a new body shop to manufacture the aluminum frame in-house for the first time.

“We believe the Corvette represents the future of modern performance cars because it delivers more power, more driving excitement and better fuel efficiency,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “The result is better performance by every measure. The 2014 Corvette delivers the fastest acceleration, the most cornering grip, the most track capability, the best braking performance and what we expect to be the best fuel economy ever for a standard Corvette.”

The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013.

 

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