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2014 Corvette Stingray officially unveiled [VIDEOS]

Lighter, faster and more powerful

After numerous leaks and teasers, Chevrolet has officially unveiled the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

Set to become one of the main attractions at the North American International Auto Show, the seventh-generation Corvette promises to provide the "perfect balance of technology, design and performance."

On the styling front, the 2014 Corvette has an evolutionary design with a long ventilated hood that is constructed out of carbon fiber. The model also features front fender vents, a removable 'double bubble' roof and HID headlights with integrated LEDs. Out back, there's a prominent rear spoiler, a four-tailpipe exhaust system and Camaro-inspired taillights.

The styling changes carryover to the cabin where the model has a significantly improved interior with higher quality materials. Notable highlights include premium leather upholstery, carbon fiber and aluminum trim as well as dual eight-inch displays which are easily customizable. Buyers can also select between two new seats that have a lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional comfort and support.

The model rides on a new aluminum frame which delivers an optimal 50/50 weight balance for unparalleled handling. The car also has "carbon-nano" composite underbody panels as well as composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels.

An optional Z51 Performance Package adds an electronic limited-slip differential, a dry-sump oiling system and an improved differential / transmission cooling system. The model is also distinguished by an aerodynamic body kit that further improves high-speed stability.

Power will be provided by a new 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine that has direct injection, continuously variable valve timing and an 11.5:1 compression ratio. This will enable the mill to develop approximately 450 bhp (336 kW) and 450 lb-ft (609 Nm) of torque. Thanks to the reduced weight and increased performance, the Corvette should be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds and return 26+ mpg highway (US).

The 2014 Corvette Stingray will go on sale in the third quarter of 2013 and pricing will be announced closer to launch.

Source: GM

Return of the Stingray: The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette

DETROIT – 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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Cohiba-lover06
How telling: Krawitz singing "bye bye" at the very beginning of the presentation. "Bye, bye" to everything the old `Vette stood for. The new "positioning" is squarely beside the previous enthusiasts. Good luck GM chasing potential luxo-sportscar customers that will not be seen in a C7 for the life of it.
Jan 15, 2013 1:41 am
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Anthony_Hughes
Front looks good, the back however is a let down, but when the C7.R is revealed, the look could improve, hopefully it does.
Jan 14, 2013 3:37 pm
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radmeister
I really don't like the rear end at all, but what caught my eye is the airflow simulations. I have never seen any that were that imbalanced on a production sports car. Other than the hood vent, which regardless of how you make it heat rises, it seems like the rest are more for show than function. Substantially more air going over the passenger side roof and barely any along the driver side, over the mirrors it's the opposite. Also what is with that cheap glued on trunk lip? Why is it not part of the molded plastic trunk??? To me it looks like there is too much going on everywhere for no reason other than to make the car look too busy.
Jan 14, 2013 1:05 pm
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MattAAron
Gotta say the design is absolutely stunning, but what a shame it's a Chevrolet
Jan 14, 2013 12:44 pm
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DavidBetts
Love everything about it! If I had one complaint, it would be that the back is a little busy. 0-60 in under 4 seconds...yes please!
Jan 14, 2013 12:06 pm
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MatthewKeys
Very animated, remember the happy face on the 1998 dodge neon? They should have copied the grille off the 2013 Destino, and the Camaro rear end design doesn't match the rest of the car!
Jan 14, 2013 12:05 pm
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GlaireProgfan
I like the front. When viewed head on it looks like it is ready to pounce. When you see it in your review mirror you'll know to get out of the way. Unfortunately, after you get out of the way you'll have to look at its ugly butt. That shouldn't be too long as it soon becomes a dot on the horizon.
Jan 14, 2013 11:15 am
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Shumy
what about the price? everyone is comparing this car to the viper or camaro but there is a big quality and price difference between them...
Jan 14, 2013 10:39 am
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alihijazi
nothing impressive... and the four-tail pipes are extremely ugly, the rear is squary and the front is streamline they don't fit together
Jan 14, 2013 8:44 am
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GTurbo
Camaro rear meets Viper fascade. However, it's a great combo, but I would have appreciated a unique split rear screen Stingray look for the C7. Still hot though. Can't wait to hear it! The Germans are watching you Mr 'Vette!!
Jan 14, 2013 7:51 am
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Aesthetics
WCF says the car's style is evolutionary? maybe, but some elements are strongly revolutionary...split rear lights now and singular unit, two instead of four, entire roof line is much more mainstream than traditional corvette, which is known for its rear window that goes all the way to the side behind the doors side window...traditional vette. also singular side window is traditional vette since day one...first time theyve added a secondary small side window in corvette history...it has also escape the powerful canopy look replaced by more mainstread wide body style
Jan 14, 2013 7:41 am
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Rogue007
I am missing the rear panorama window. This was unique for the Corvette. Now it's like the competitors.
Jan 14, 2013 7:35 am
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Ratt
Although its a little weird too see that Viper front the car is simply beatiful, all those lines and attention to detail, specs are promising and with that perfect weight distribution it will be a big problem to all those Ferraris, BMWs or Porsches etc, very nice job!!
Jan 14, 2013 7:33 am
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Prestige15
I never was a fan of corvette till i saw this, isit too late to wright a letter to santa?
Jan 14, 2013 6:51 am
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RomanKadler
Nice, but not iconic, like the most of corvettes. The rear looks much too massive for a sportscar, the front is very ferrari-like, It looks quite nice, but for me not good enough, i'm dissapointed after seeing the superbeautiful Stingray concept!
Jan 14, 2013 5:42 am
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GRAVE
Yes it is an improvement over the C6 but it the bad thig is that it has the front as its rival the Viper
Jan 14, 2013 5:35 am
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Wojciech
Viper impressed me more
Jan 14, 2013 3:25 am
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Cale24
Nice piece of work- at last a bold new Corvette. Well done.
Jan 14, 2013 3:00 am
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cata
well, i'm pleasantly impressed! you can see they tried hard (maybe a little to hard sometimes as some previous comments show in terms of little touches and design ligns). of course nowadays almost every new model takes inspiration from others in the branch (i'm seeing some audi r8 interior hints) but that's a good thing in my opinion. i really like the exterior (despite the viper resemblance).
Jan 14, 2013 2:26 am
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EdBacau
First the new Viper and now the new Corvette, looks like the designers are stuck in the '90s.
Jan 14, 2013 1:07 am
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