It looks like Chevy decided that the new Corvette Stingray is going to be a little bit expensive for its usual customers, so, starting in the 2015 model year, a "low-cost" Corvette is going to be added to its lineup. First details on this new version suggest it will drop the new Stingray badge and will use the name Corvette Coupe to distinguish itself.
The Stingray is powered by an all-new 6.2-liter V-8 engine, but this upcoming version is rumored to house the all-new, all-aluminum 5.3-liter V-8 engine – the same used in the new General Motor trucks, like the 2014 Sierra. This engine will likely produce just under 400 horsepower.
Many rumors pointed toward this less-expensive `Vette using a boosted V-6 engine, but GM just couldn’t get it to produce the fuel economy numbers that it needed.
Also, when compared to the Stingray version, this new coupe model will feature a different front fascia, front fender and rear diffuser to further distinguish it from the Stingray models.
Now keep in mind that “low cost” is a relative term and in this case, we are likely talking somewhere just shy of $50K.
We’ll keep our eyes on this model and bring you updates as they come up.
Update 3/4/2013: We have just created a rendering of the Corvette Coupe and you can see that we expect it to drop pretty much all of the cool features of the Stingray, including the hood scoop, rear heat extractors and the removable top.
Image Note: The above image is a TopSpeed rendering, not an official image of the 2014 Corvette Coupe..