As expected, Chevrolet dropped the all-new 2014 C7-generation Corvette last night at a special event kicking off the Detroit Auto Show—and when they say all-new, they mean it. Only three parts are shared with previous Corvettes—the most obvious one being the Stingray name. Yep, for the new model year, Chevrolet has dusted off the old classic name. So say hello to the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
The Corvette Stingray, as expected, comes packing Chevrolet’s new fifth-generation small block V8, known inside GM (and on plenty of forums) as the LT1. The new motor boasts the same 6.2 liter displacement as the old Corvette engine, but makes 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque. Plus, thanks to new features like variable valve timing, the ability to shut down half the cylinders while cruising, direct injection and a new seven-speed manual transmissiom, the new Corvette Stingray is expected to get significantly better fuel economy than the old model’s 26 mpg highway. We’re betting it’ll get 30 miles to the gallon on the Interstate, minimum.
But don’t be thinkin’ the C7 Corvette is some sort of econo-box—it’s got moves like LeBron. 0-60 should take less than four seconds, and it should pull more than one g in the corners—that’s supercar turf! For those who want some extra hustle out of their Stingray (like, say, us), Chevrolet’s offering a Z51 Performance Package that adds an electronic limited-slip differential, improved engine, transmission and oil cooling, and aerodynamic tweaks to make it more stable at speed.
As we’d hoped for, Chevy went ahead and gave the Corvette a substantial interior upgrade for the C7 generation. There’s a choice of two different seats—one regular, one extra-racy—and greater use of leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and the like. Combine that with two eight-inch information screens and a generally sleek design inside, and the Corvette Stingray’s interior looks like it’ll be a pretty nice place to spend some time.
And following in the steps of Ferrari, Porsche, AMG and pretty much every other performance brand out there, the new Corvette Stingray has a function that allows the driver to tweak multiple vehicle settings at once depending on how hard he or she feels like going. The “Drive Mode Selector” has five different modes for different kinds of driving, from cautious to balls-out; the selector controls 12 different vehicle functions at once, so just consider that little knob a big time-saver.
Of course, the big news with any new Corvette are its looks, and the Stingray is certainly a departure from the old C6 ‘Vette. It’s a lot sharper and more aggressive than the old car (at least the base version of the C6, that is). We see little bits of the Ferrari F12berlinetta, the Nissan GT-R and the new SRT Viper here and there in the design, but overall, we dig it. We’re looking forward to seeing it in person—and really looking forward to driving the hell out of it. [Shout-out to Chevrolet!]