2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible was introduced today at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the same place that the 2006 Corvette Convertible and the 1990 Corvette ZR-1 made their world debuts. As expected, the American manufacturer chose the Geneva Motor Show to introduce its vehicle because the left-hand-drive Stingray will be sold around the world in markets such as Europe, Middle East, Russia and Japan.
Set to arrive in US showrooms later this ear, the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible is powered by the same 6.2-liter V8 engine found on the coupe version and capable to deliver 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque (610 Nm). Just like the coupe, the convertible will be offered as standard with the seven-speed manual transmission or with the optional six-speed automatic.
Although Chevrolet didn’t release the curb weight for the coupe or convertible, it says that the horsepower-to-weight ratio is nearly identical for each body style. Moreover Chevrolet says that the convertible didn’t need structural reinforcements for the transition.
For the 2014MY, the Corvette buyers will get a power top, although the C6 was available with both manual and power-operated roof. If until now the Corvette drivers needed to twist a handle to release or secure the top, the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible comes with a button on the key fob that allows drivers to raise or lower the top outside the car.
Moreover, the roof can be opened or closed at speeds up to 30 mph. The soft top has three layers, including a sound-deadening material and heated glass rear window. Just like any other convertible Corvette, the C7 Stingray Convertible offers a hard cover behind the seats. The Corvette Stingray Convertible doesn’t offer the air inlets above the rear wheels since the top mechanism gets in the way.
Instead, it comes with ear-mounted heat exchangers to cool the automatic transaxle and electronic limited-slip differential in the Z51 Performance package. Air is scooped up from underneath the car and evacuated using the vents at the edges of the rear fascia.
It’s a top down convertible. It’s a Corvette. It’s new. It’s a Stingray. For some people, that’s all they need to know.
The all new Corvette Stingray coupe is like a remake of a movie which you enjoyed more than the original, and for good reason. The Stingray’s sculpted exterior strikes loudly at your senses what with its thick, three-ply fabric top, its dual black panels accentuating the tonneau cover, and the signature “waterfall” design, yet it also manages to soothe and calm your senses with padding that is sound-absorbent and glass rear window that results in a rather quiet cabin.
When it comes to the Stingray, there is always something more. It is lightweight, being made up of carbon fiber, carbon-nano, and a new aluminum frame that optimizes its power-to-weight ratio given how balanced the Stingray is. The roof panel is detachable, while the carbon fiber lines the composite fenders, the doors, and the panels in the rear quarter.
The underbody panels are composite and its carbon-nano makeup further adds to making the car light. The interior is consistent with the exterior in keeping with the theme of making the Stingray lightweight; yet it does this with a touch of elegance hand-wrapped in leather materials. The inside comes with dual eight-inch configurable driver infotainment screens, and new seat choices.
Of course, the Corvette Stingray is not all about form. The technology that powers the car is in itself an engineering marvel which is evident in how the Stingray balances low drag for efficiency and performance elements. This can only be the result of advanced technology that allows high intensity discharge, diode lighting, and tried and tested aerodynamics.
Stingray’s five-position Drive Mode Selector and new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching enables the car and its gear and speed to adapt to the environment it runs on. The Stingray also has been fitted with an electronic limited slip differential, as well as integral brake, transmission and differential cooling, and dry-sump oiling system -- all part and parcel of the Stingray’s very own Z51 Performance Package.