Our own Mark McNabb is present and accounted for at the Miami International Auto Show , and he is all set to start snapping off pictures galore of the various cars gracing the show. The first tasty bit of information that Mark snagged up for us was a press release announcing the the 2014 Corvette Stingray is the "Official Car" of the 2013 Miami Auto Show.
Since its debut, more and more press just keeps on rolling in for the Stingray, with the vast majority of it being good. Sure, there are some folks — my cousin included — that simply cannot stand the new Stingray, but I personally love the new look and the fact that GM wasn’t afraid to ditch signature items, like the dual-round taillights, to prove that this was the start of a new era for the Corvette .
The one item that irked us a little here at TopSpeed was the use of the Stingray name after it was retired so long ago. Well, according to the press release from the auto show, Chevy actually never intended to attach the "Stingray" nameplate to the C7 Corvette. According to John Fitzpatrick, Chevrolet Performance Cars Marketing Manager, "We set out to build the greatest Corvette we could. It wasn’t until after we got done with it that that we said, `You know, this really does remind everybody of the `63, in terms of not only the look of the car but how the car feels and how it reacts.’"
He continued "We thought it was natural to add the Stingray name at that point."
With that clarification in mind, we are pleased to know that the reuse of the famed moniker was not simply a marketing ploy, and it came organically.
Well, we tip our hats to GM and the official car of the 2013 Miami International Auto Show, the 2014 Stingray!
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Stingray.
Gallery Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
The 2014 Stingray had a lot of its cover blown before it ever debuted, but it still had a few tricks up its sleeve when GM unveiled it at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show in January. One particular trick was the all-new LT1 V-8 engine that displaces 6.2 liters and pumps out a minimum of 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Add in the optional performance exhaust system, and the C7 hits 460 ponies and 465 pound-feet of twist.
With the Z51 package in tow, the C7 Stingray leaps to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, runs the quarter-mile in 12 ticks at 119 mph and stops from 60 mph in just 107 feet. Match that up with a European-supercar-inspired body and it’s easy to see why the C7 Corvette gets so much good press.