Well, crap. It’s no secret among our friends that we haven’t been fans of the Corvette, but this one might just change our mind. It looks like the lovechild of a Ferrari and a Camero, has the interior trim of a world-class luxury car, and goes like a bat out of hell.
The new C7 Corvette – known now at the Stingray – packs a new 6.2-liter LT1 V8. Out of the box, it provides 450 hp and 450 ft.lb torque. Thanks to the power and the low weight, 0-60 is “less than four seconds”, and can pull more than 1g of lateral acceleration in cornering. Want to know the crazy part? Fuel economy is going to beat the existing car’s 26 mpg highway.
Power gets to the wheels through a seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching, meaning it automatically blips the throttle for smoother shifts, and the drive mode selector adjusts 12 vehicle parameters to suit different driving conditions.
The Stingray has also gone on a diet. The hood and removable roof are carbon fiber, the underbody panels are a carbon-nano composite, and the finders are a light composite material. The standard 2014 Corvettes also get something that used to be reserved for just the special Z06 and ZR1 models – an aluminum frame.
Inside has plenty of carbon fiber, a digital gauge cluster, and the now mandatory 8″ infotainment screen.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray will be available the 3rd quarter of 2013. Pricing TBA.
If this is the base model C7, we can’t wait to see the performance version!