After months of speculation, spy shots and “leaked” 3-D images raising the anticipation level and the excitement of the fanboy in us, here it is folks, The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and yes, the iconic Stingray name is back since it was last seen in the ‘Vette C3.
As promised, Chevrolet has taken off the wraps of what’s arguably one of the most highly anticipated cars in 2013 at the Detroit Motor Show. This is the day we at TopSpeed have been waiting for since all of this C7 talk started about a year ago.
Rather than calling it the “Corvette,” Chevy boldly calls it the “New Corvette.”Calling it “New” is absolutely correct, as everything on the car is brand new. From a new design to a new powertrain to a brand new interior, Chevrolet has revolutionized every nook and cranny of the `Vette. But it still has that modern Corvette philosophy that has been retained for the past six generations, maybe even made it better.
Click past the jump to enjoy our full review and check out whether we were impressed by the all new ‘Vette or if Chevy could’ve done better.
Updated 1/6/2014: GM revealed a video of the Stingray’s Data Performance Recorder in action at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. This technology will be available in the 2015 Stingray, which will hit the market in the third quarter of 2014.
Updated 05/28/2013: Chevrolet officially announced today the final specifications for the new Corvette Stingray. The company announced that when equipped with the optional performance exhaust system, the new Stingray delivers a total of 460 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. The baseline figures - with the standard exhaust system - are 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet.
Updated 06/20/2013: Chevrolet confirmed the official performance figures for the new Corvette Stingray when it is equipped with the Z51 performance package and Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management. Click past the jump to see how fast this new model is.
Updated 07/09/2013: Chevrolet confirmed that the 2014 Corvette Stingray is "the most fuel efficient sports car on the market." Click past the jump to see fuel economy figures for it.
Updated 07/09/2013: Chevrolet has just revealed the specifics on the 2014 Stingray’s advanced cluster display, which allows you to customize the gauge cluster to your driving needs.
Updated 8/29/2013: A skeleton version of the 2014 Corvette Stingray configurator has hit the internet., Sure, it is not complete, but it does offer a look at the available colors, pricing details and optional equipment. You can see more here.
Updated 9/6/2013: Matt Farah got his hands on a C7 Corvette and gave us a nice, long review of in in video format. You can see the video in the "Driving Impressions" section after the jump.
Updated 09/26/2013: We finally had our chance to test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette.
Updated 10/02/2013: Chevrolet released a series of new high res images - about 40 of them - for the new Stingray. Check the picture gallery to see the new sports car in various exterior colors.
Updated 10/10/13: Patrick Herrmann, technical manager at Chevrolet Europe, made a video explaining the Stingray’s new valved exhaust system. You can see the video after the jump.
Updated 12/05/2013: Chevrolet unveiled a new commercial for its new Corvette Stingray. Of course it may be considered a little bit too strange, but after all, it could happen to see an alien coming for your Stingray! Check it out!
The 2014 Stingray is still in very short supply, but we managed to get our hands on one a few minutes and took it out for a short cruise. In just the short time we had with the car, we can tell you that the Stingray drives like just like a Corvette should.
The seven-speed gearbox is smoother than any Corvette gearbox to date, and that new LT1 V-8 has just as much pin-you-in-your-seat power as last year’s model with better fuel economy — win-win.
The model we tested had the Z51 track package installed, which includes a dry-sump oil system, tire temperature sensors, an electronic limited-slip diff, integral braking, transmission and differential cooling, and upgraded wheels, brakes and tires. This gave us the best opportunity to see exactly what the top-line 2014 Corvette — to date — can do.
The biggest improvement for us is the cabin. The new interior is superb and finally feels "Corvette exclusive" instead of a bunch of bits and pieces pulled from various GM part bins. Watch the above video for some on-the-go impressions... The Corvette is cool again!
This aspect definitely deserves a separate section of its own. Unlike the design of the Corvette C6 which was merely a C5 with a facelift, the C7’s was designed from scratch.
Design does have some inspiration from the Stingray Concept
It does have some inspiration from the Stingray Concept, both in design as well as the name it carries.
The front end embraces an all new design that looks even more visceral than ever before. At a certain angle, the car sports an evil smile that does suit its nature. The headlights are new with the industry-standard LED daytime lights. The front does look really good, but we can’t help but notice the eerily striking resemblance to the SRT Viper. But it’s not all that controversial unlike the rear end.
Very aggressive styling that competitors can drool at
Speaking of the rear end, it’s all vents and tailpipes. The rear end has received a very aggressive styling that competitors can drool at when the Stingray blazes past them. The quadruple taillights stay true to the Corvette tradition, but the trapezoidal design has a slight inspiration from the Camaro. Like the recent `Vettes, the Stingray sports large trumpet-like quad tailpipes bolted nicely in the center of the rear valence.
The resemblance to other competitors doesn’t stop with the front-end. Coming to the side profile, it clearly has elements of the Nissan GT-R and Ferrari all mashed up into one, but it doesn’t wander away from the actual shark-like design of the original Stingray. It’s again all aggressive with creases and slashes here and there, like a Dolph Lundgreen character after being beaten up by villains. Then again, when a hero is beaten up, it’s only then he gains the power to kill the villain — a movie cliché.
With vents all over, including a massive one up front, and the aerodynamic design, the new ’Vette has a low drag coefficient and stays planted to the ground. Thanks to the carefully sculpted creases and fenders, it also dispels air without a sweat.
To sum it up, the design is absolutely visceral, jaw-dropping and arguably the best Corvette ever made. Though it has certain elements of its competition, it’s still instantly recognizable as a Corvette (or rather the “new” Corvette).
|Overall length||177 in.|
|Overall width||73.9 in.|
|Overall height||48.6 in.|
|Weight distribution (% front / rear)||50 / 50|
Standard Exterior Features (1LT)
- 5-spoke, Silver-painted aluminum 18-by-8.5-inch front wheels and 19-by-10-inch rear wheels
- Tires, P245/40ZR18 front and P285/35ZR19 rear, performance, run flat (STD)
- Carbon-fiber, body-color, removable roof panel
- High intensity discharge (HID), Xenon headlights, LED park and turn signals and Daytime Running Lamps
- Heated power-adjustable mirrors
Chevrolet has a track record of making one of the worst interiors for the Corvette over the years. Do they maintain that track record with the new Corvette C7? In a nutshell , absolutely Absolutely not!
It’s a significant departure from the bland, second-class third-class interior that people got even after paying a fortune for an iconic supercar. What a relief...
Cheap plastic that used to dominate the C6’s C6 interior is now replaced with a soft-touch material and leather everywhere. Unlike the bland seats of the C6, the Stingray C7 sports two types: - base version and a body-hugging more body hugging Sport Competition seat.
The aggressive design doesn’t stop with the exterior. The interior now looks peaceful, cozy, yet has a subtle aggressiveness to it that the driver would look forward to planting his bottom in every day. The Stingray’s interior more driver focused now, as all of the controls and the navigation system are angled towards him.
Peaceful and cozy yet has a subtle aggressiveness that the driver will look forward to planting his bottom
Also available on the 2014 Stingray is an advanced cluster display that allows the driver to customize the display to show only the information that is important at that time, using preset "themes." Each theme changes the display to only highlight the data that you need to achieve the task at hand. The customizable features are as follows:
Tour theme: This is the base display that shows when the Stingray is in Weather, Eco, or Tour drive mode. This display provides essential vehicle information drivers want for commuting or long-distance driving and includes key vehicle information and multimedia displays
Sport theme: This theme shows when the Stingray is in Sport mode. It is designed to recall the classic sports-car experience, with a single, radial tachometer dominating the display
Track theme: Drawing inspiration from the cluster from the Corvette Racing C6.R, this theme is designed to optimize your on-track experience.. It includes a “hockey stick” style tachometer, large gear indicator and shift lights
Adjustable redline: All themes feature an adjustable redline that shows the suggested maximum engine speed as low as 3,500 rpm when the engine is cold
Tachometer ‘halo’: – When the Sport theme is activated, a ring around the tachometer turns from yellow to amber to red as engine speed increase
Shift lights: – With the cluster in its Track theme, a set of shift lights, which were influenced by the C6.R, transition from green to yellow to blue and flash at redline, providing an easy-to-see shift notification at high speeds
Friction-bubble/cornering force: The friction bubble that displays lateral and longitudinal G-forces allows drivers to measure how close they are to the Stingray’s limits
Tire temperature gauge: This system uses the tire pressure monitoring system to measure the tire temperature and displays it on the cluster.
Acceleration timer: This display allows you to measure the acceleration time of the Stingray, from the typical 0-to-60 mph time to a 70-to-100 mph time.
Lap timer: Allow you to measure a lap time on a course and display it.
The interior is by far the best interior that has been made for the Corvette and, frankly speaking, the best interior we’ve ever seen in an American car. It does bring build quality and suppleness to the table, an aspect that Europeans have been flaunting for years.
Standard Interior Features (1LT)
- Dual, eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens
- Next-generation Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system and rear vision camera
- Bose nine-speaker audio system with SiriusXM Satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and SD card and auxiliary input jack
- Keyless access
- Push-button start
- Power tilt/telescope steering wheel
- Lightweight magnesium seat frames
- Eight-way power seat adjustment
The one aspect that has added weight to the word "iconic" is its performance. The beast under the hood is an all new direct-injection 6.2-liter small-block V-8 engine dubbed the LT1. It produces 460 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm, with the available performance exhaust system and 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet with the standard exhaust system.
To cope with stringent carbon emissions and fuel efficiency regulations , the Corvette Stingray sports an Active Fuel Management system that will shut down four cylinders, leaving the`Vette with a 3.1-liter 4-pot engine, for unmatched fuel efficiency when V-8 power isn’t needed . The engine will also feature direct injection and variable valve timing to help it use less fuel.
When equipped with the all-new seven-speed manual transmission, the new Corvette delivers a an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 17 mpg on the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Also, when "Tour" mode is activated, the model delivers 28 mpg on the highway and when the "Eco" mode is activated it delivers 30 mpg on the highway.
Thanks to the weight savings of the new aluminum chassis, and a carbon-fiber hood and roof, plus that mighty V-8, the ’Vette Stingray sprints from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds and to an anticipated top speed of 180 to 190 mph. Even in the base trim, the Stingray packs a punch, so imagine the personality of its brother, the Corvette Stingray Z51.
Transferring all that raw power is a brand new seven-speed manual gearbox with Active Rev Matching, which anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for perfect shifts every time. Even with the seventh gear , the transmission isn’t a very significant upgrade, considering the fact that the gear ratios are still the same as the C6 — the 7th cog kept just for better fuel economy. Additionally, you can opt for a six-speed, paddle-shifted automatic transmission.
Patrick Herrmann on the Stingray’s Valved Exhaust System
|Bore & stroke||4.06 in. x 3.62 in.|
|Block material||Cast aluminum|
|Cylinder head material||Cast aluminum|
|Valvetrain||Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder|
|Fuel delivery||Direct injection|
|Horsepower||455 (460 with perf. exhaust)|
|Torque (lb-ft)||460 (465 with perf. exhaust)|
|Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined) (7-Speed Manual)||17 mpg/28-30 mpg/TBA|
|Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined) (6-Speed Auto)||TBA/TBA/TBA|
Performance Figures w/ Z51 Package and MRC with PTM:
|Acceleration from 0-60 mph||3.8 seconds|
|¼-mile acceleration||12 seconds @ 119 mph|
Suspension and Brakes
With the new Stingray, Chevy engineers have abandoned that road and instead are following in the footsteps of the car that has always been the epitome of handling — the Porsche 911. Like most latest-gen supercars, the Corvette features electric power steering for better cornering and less drain on the engine. The rack and pinion set-up is now beefed up for a stiffer response than the outgoing C6.
The suspension is revised with five different settings that you can choose from, depending on the response you’re looking for. At the top setting, the suspension becomes stiffer, steering ratios are revised and traction control is turned off, making it a track-ready car at the touch of a button. At the lowest setting, it becomes a restrained and comfortable car that makes highway cruising something to look forward to. Talk about convenience...
Courtesy of Brembo, the brakes are upsized to 12.6-inch front rotors and 13.3-inch rotors on the rear with a set of four-piston calipers squeezing them, resulting in greater stopping power. It is expected to take about 11 fewer feet to decelerate the Stingray form 60 to 0 mph than the current-gen Corvette. With that much stopping power, do be very of your eyes popping out...
Overall, the C7 underneath is brimming with race-spec technology that promises to be a departure from the hard-to-handle ’Vette’s of the past, something that is bound to terribly shame its counterparts. Even with all that technology, the Corvette C7 is still powered by the spirit of the legendary 1963 Chevrolet Corvette GrandSport. A true Corvette, by far...
|Front||Short/long arm ( SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, monotube shock absorber|
|Rear||Short/long arm ( SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, monotube shock absorber|
|Active handling||Magnetic Selective Ride Control (avail. with Z51)|
|Traction control||StabiliTrak, electronic stability control|
|Type||Brembo four-piston fixed front and rear calipers|
|Rotor diameter||Front 12.6 in. / Rear 13.3 in.|
Suspension and Braking Performance w/ Z51 Package and MRC with PTM
|Braking distance from 60 to 0 mh||107 feet|
|Maximum lateral acceleration||1.03 G|
|VIR ‘Grand Course’ Lap||2:51.78|
The Stingray Coupe comes in at a base MSRP of $51,995 including destination charge, making it far more affordable than most people thought it would be.
There are tons of available options for the Stingray Coupe. The 3LT package, which includes a Bose 10-speaker stereo, SiriusXM for one year, HD Radio, color heads-up display, a memory package, navigation, heated and ventilated seats, power lumbar and bolsters, Napa leather seating, a leather-wrapped dashboard, instrument panel, console and door panels, comes in at an $8,005 premium.
Additionally, you can add in: competition sports seats for $2,495; an exposed-carbon-fiber roof for $1,995; Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management for $1,795; dual-mode exhaust system for $1,195; carbon-fiber interior trim for $995; sueded, microfiber-wrapped upper interior trim for $995; red calipers for $595; and black-painted wheels for $495.
You can view the ordering guide for the 2014 Corvette Stingray here
For reference, the highest price we could turn up in the online configurator was $75,625. That is a 3LT with the Z51 performance package with every working option checked, including the neat Corvette Museum Delivery package.
|2014 Corvette Stingray 1LT||$51,995|
|2014 Corvette Stingray 2LT||$56,205|
|2014 Corvette Stingray 3LT||$60,000|
|2014 Corvette Stingray 1LT W/ Z51 Package||$54,795|
|2014 Corvette Stingray 2LT W/ Z51 Package||$59,005|
|2014 Corvette Stingray 3LT W/ Z51 Package||$62,800|
|Competition sports seats||$2,495|
|Six-Speed Paddle-Shift Transmission||$1,350|
|Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management||$1,795|
|Dual-mode exhaust system||$1,195|
|Carbon-fiber interior trim||$995|
|Sueded, microfiber-wrapped upper interior trim||$995|
|Painted calipers (Red or Yellow)||$595|
|Wheel center caps with Stingray logo||$210|
|Hood stinger stripe, Carbon Flash||$500|
|Transparent roof panel||$995|
Only second to Chris Harris as our favorite tell-it-like-it-is video reviewer, Matt Farah had the fortune of having GM loan him a C7 Corvette Stingray Z51, and he laid praise upon the new Corvette by the truckload. Farah pointed out how the low-end torque kicks you in the ass even better than the 7.0-liter Z06 from 2013. He also pointed out that it was capable of smoldering the tires, which he proved many... many... MANY times during the video.
The only real complaint we heard cross his lips was that a seven-speed manual gearbox was just "too many gears." He also pointed out that it is rather easy to miss fifth gear and hit seventh mistakenly, leaving you too low in the powerband to keep up with most cars in its class.
Other than that, Farah seemed rather pleased with the C7. You can see the video above.
Consumer Reports’ Initial Drive — 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Last but not least, the cars that must fear this beast from Detroit … Chevy is adamant in sweeping the competition off of the floor, which explains the years that went into the development of the car. With Chevy brandishing the new technology and features of the car, the first car that will feel the tension and chills down its spine will be the SRT Viper.
Resurrected after Dodge confirmed its death in 2011, the SRT Viper has always been a close nemesis to the Corvette, right from its inception in 1993.
If there is one thing that the Viper can brag about, it is its early presence in the market and the sheer power it pumps. With 640 horses under the hood, it shames the new Corvette, but bear in mind, the key to customer satisfaction is the comfort and amenities offered by the car while delivering power, in which the ’Vette rises to occasion. After all, horsepower isn’t the sole deciding factor for any car. Additionally, the Corvette looks more intimidating and much cooler to than the Viper in our opinion.
The F-Type Coupe will be more of a fringe competitor for the Corvette Stingray, as its base model is slightly slower than the Stingray and the V8 S model is too expensive for consideration. Additionally, the F-Type is on a different level of luxury than the Stingray is. Despite their differences, the F-Type remains a possible option for buyers willing to pay a little more money for added luxury with reduced performance.
Gallery Jaguar F-Type Coupe
- All-new design
- Powerful engine even at the basic trim
- New, more luxurious interior
- Awesome performance with the Z51 package installed
- Design sports some elements of rivals
- Not available until Q3 2013
- No base-level performance specs yet
- Gets expensive as the options add up.
Gallery Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
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.