The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray finally breaks cover in Detroit
By Jeremy Sinek for MSN Autos
Detroit, Mich. -- Sixty years of Corvette history opened a new chapter Sunday night with the official unveiling of the seventh generation of America’s sports car. The presentation of the C7 Corvette on the eve of the Detroit auto-show press days was a true “reveal” of the kind rarely seen these days: apart from some teaser photos of a heavily disguised development mule, there had been no official “leaks” or sneak-preview pictures of the 2014 redesign.
So special does Chevrolet believe the new ‘Vette is, that it has resurrected the Stingray moniker – a storied nameplate first used on the generation-two (C2) Corvette in 1963. The name was dropped with the advent of the C4 in 1983.
Now we know the rest of the story. The C7 ‘Vette is longer, lower and wider than its downsized predecessor, with edgier lines that may not please everybody. A carbon-fibre hood and roof panel are standard on all versions. The rest of the structure comprises composite panels over a new aluminum frame that is 57 per cent stiffer and 45 kg lighter than its predecessor. Corvette’s signature suspension, featuring composite transverse leaf springs, is carried over.
While the optional automatic transmission remains a six-speed, the manual transmission is now a seven-speed, and comes with Active Rev Matching. Chevrolet claims a 0-60-mph (0-96-km/h) time below four seconds, with best-ever fuel economy for a Corvette.
Staggered wheel sizes are 18-inch front, 19-inch rear, or 19 and 20 inches respectively with the track-ready Z51 package. Magnetic selective ride control will be available with the Z51.
In the cockpit, a Driver Mode Selector knob lets you optimise the car’s behaviour to suit your driving style or road conditions. No fewer than 12 parameters are altered when you choose one of the five settings: Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport and Track.
The driver-oriented cockpit design also features real carbon-fibre and aluminum trim accents; as well, buyers can choose between two seat designs, a regular one and a more supportive track-oriented one.
The C7 Corvette Stingray is scheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of this year.