Chevrolet's iconic sports car has been redesigned only seven times in its 60 years, and this latest makeover will keep it relevant and exciting for a long time, says Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek. The 2014 Corvette Stingray is one fast fish, Bruzek says; it's also a performance bargain, with an exotic design and plenty of innovative technological features.
Chevrolet recently released some impressive Corvette Stingray numbers — 455 horsepower and a 3.8-second zero-to-60 sprint — but the bow-tie brand isn't finished. Chevy previously said it expected the 2014 Corvette to exceed 26 mpg on the highway, and the automaker today announced an EPA rating of 17/29 mpg city/highway. "No other car offers more than 455 horsepower and greater than 29 mpg highway," Chevy said in a statement.
Power comes from the next-generation 6.2-liter V-8 paired with a six-speed automatic or new seven-speed manual transmission. The 17/29 rating is for manual-equipped cars, and GM says it's an average of the default Tour mode (28 mpg highway) and the driver-selectable Eco mode (30 mpg highway). In Eco mode, the Active Fuel Management system is also engaged; it automatically disables four of the cylinders during light engine loads. Fuel-economy estimates for six-speed automatic models will be finalized soon, GM said.
One of the last pieces of the 455-horsepower 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray puzzle is put into place with the official announcement of performance numbers: Zero-to-60 mph is expected to click by in 3.8 seconds. To put that into perspective, a 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S coupe does the deed as fast as 3.9 seconds with an automatic transmission and the Sport Chrono Package, while an Audi R8 V-8 coupe claims 4.2 seconds with automatic transmission.
Chevrolet cites the Corvette's performance capabilities with the optional $2,800 Z51 Performance Package and $1,795 Magnetic Ride Control suspension with Performance Traction Management driving modes. The equipped Z51 Package includes an electronic limited-slip differential; dry-sump oiling system; coolers for the brakes, differential and transmission; and an aero package for high-speed stability.
Those counting the days until the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hits dealerships this fall now have 455 reasons to get excited. The base 2014 Corvette's 6.2-liter V-8 is officially rated at 455 horsepower and 460 pounds-feet of torque. That's up from the 2013's 430 hp and 424 pounds-feet of torque.
Chevrolet says the new LT1 engine in the coupe and convertible is the most powerful base engine stuffed between the fenders of a Corvette and, like the previous generation, has an available performance exhaust that bumps power. In the 2014, the optional exhaust bumps output a tad more to 460 hp and 465 pounds-feet of torque. Zero-to-60 mph times are expected to dip under the four-second mark.
Corvette's official horsepower rating comes months after the 2014 Corvette debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit with estimates of 450 hp. Both pricing ($51,995, including destination) and horsepower have been announced, leaving few remaining numbers left to reveal. One of those is gas mileage, which GM expects to exceed 26 mpg on the highway.
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The C7 version of Chevrolet's iconic Corvette Stingray gets modern styling, a more powerful and efficient powertrain, and a modest price increase for 2014. The coupe will start at $51,995 when it goes on sale this summer and the convertible at $56,995. Model-year 2013 coupes start at $50,595 (all prices include a $995 destination fee).
Power comes from the next-generation of Chevy's 6.2-liter V-8, good here for 450 horsepower and a zero-to-60 sprint of less than 4 seconds. GM expects it to exceed the current version's EPA rating of 26 mpg highway thanks to fuel-saving direct injection and cylinder deactivation systems. A new seven-speed manual with rev matching also joins the lineup for 2014.
Standards on both body styles include eight-way power seats, two configurable driver and infotainment screens, Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, rearview camera, nine-speaker Bose audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port/auxiliary input jack, keyless access with push-button start and power tilt/telescopic steering wheel. The convertible comes standard with a new electric top that can be lowered using the key fob.
Options on the coupe include:
The Corvette Convertible looks like it was designed specifically as a convertible. It was, in fact, co-developed with the coupe and looks that way with nearly perfect body lines and flow that don't detract from the Corvette's overall aggressiveness.
Forget about the coupe all together.
This convertible with a silver-blue exterior at the New York International Auto Show is one of the best-looking 2014 Corvettes. It took a while for me to come around on the seventh-generation 'Vette, partly because of a red example on display at other auto shows. That red coupe's carbon fiber removable top and other darkened highlight trim pieces created a boy racer vibe and overall dissonance with the rest of the bright red exterior. That's not the case with this one, since it doesn't have a hardtop and hides the black surrounds of the taillights and other trim for a cohesive look.
Through no fault of its own, this week's debut of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette convertible at the 2013 New York International Auto Show fit squarely in the "Yeah? And?" category. GM has a perfect record of offering a convertible version of a next-gen 'Vette, so it seemed unlikely that the automaker would choose to break its streak during the iconic sports car's 60th anniversary tour, which began with the seventh-generation coupe's show-stealing appearance at the Detroit auto show in January.
Continuing with this no surprises theme, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says not much has changed in the drop-top conversion in part due to an already-increased rigidity that required no structural reinforcement. Check out the video below.
GM announced today that the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS will bow March 27 at the 2013 New York International Auto Show.
The 2014 model represents the most significant change for the fifth-generation Camaro, according to the automaker. Few details are known about the new Camaro, but check back in the coming days for full coverage leading up to and during the New York auto show.
The Camaro SS completes a trifecta of GM performance vehicles on display next week in New York, joining the 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible and Chevrolet SS sedan.Related
Billed as the nation's "first and largest-attended" auto show, the 113-year-old New York International Auto Show also may be the most ironic — hosted by the only U.S. city in which more than half the residents don't own a car. But that fact won't be reflected on the expo's 900,000-square-foot show floor, set to feature more than 1,000 vehicles, including a host of North American and world debuts.
The show runs March 29 through April 7 at New York's Jacob Javits Center, 11th Avenue between 34th and 40th streets; hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children 3 to 12, free for kids 2 and younger, and $13 per person for groups of 20 or more.
One eagerly anticipated New York debut is the redesigned 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The Liberty replacement trades in the Cherokee's previous boxy, trucklike appearance in favor of narrow, sweeping headlights, a modern-looking seven-slot grille and a creased hood. In addition to the Cherokee's sleek look, Jeep said the SUV boasts improved off-road capability and significantly improved fuel economy.
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