2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray officially revealed in Detroit
The most talked-about car at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has finally shed its covers, although the complete design was already leaked several months ago. A completely new car with a new engine, the C7 Corvette is a major change for the model after a long time.
Getting straight to the engine, it features a new LT1 V8 engine, but still has the same 6.2-litre displacement. Power has gone up however, with the new Corvette Stingray now producing 450 hp and 610 Nm of torque. More interesting is the 7-speed manual transmission it will have, with rev-matching technology. For customers who don’t like the third pedal, there is a 6-speed automatic transmission, the same gearbox as the previous generation, but tweaked with different internals for better performance. A new electric power steering system and cylinder deactivation help to improve fuel economy, said to be now less than the previous generation. There is a Drive Mode Selector which has 5 settings – Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport and Track.
Looking at the exterior, we see some similar design elements from other brands such as the new 2013 SRT Viper from the front, the vents and windows of a Nissan GT-R on the side, and rear fender-top vents like that of a Ferrari 458 Italia. The rear still incorporates the trademark four-lamp design, however it looks more like a modified design from the Chevrolet Camaro. The four exhaust tips lined up together is one of those things you either love or hate.
The interior is where they have made some much-needed improvements. The designers made sure they cover as much of the interior as possible with soft-touch materials. It features a more driver-focused cockpit and a smaller steering wheel. New seats with more bolstering have been added.
The new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray should arrive in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries by the end of the year. It is expected to be priced at about Dhs 260,000, given that pricing for the older-generation C6 model had already been creeping up substantially.
Keep track of updates in the Chevrolet Corvette buyer guide.