Corvette Stingray

The team that works on Corvette is a deliberate bunch, knowing that change for the sheer sake of change would result in a lot of unhappy fans knocking down their doors. So you can see why, when it came to the seventh-generation Corvette, the team had to knock it out of the park.

By now we trust that you’ve seen the new C7 Corvette Stingray — and if you have, you can see the team is evolving the car with conviction. It boldly takes Corvette into the next 60 years of its history, and the design matches that direction.

The new Corvette will be welcomed with much fanfare when units arrive in dealerships late summer or early fall, and in preparation for that day, we thought we’d clue you in on some exclusive details about what to expect, and prepare you for the day that you order your very own Stingray.

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We’ll let you comb over the above gallery yourself and draw your own conclusions about the new shape of the Corvette’s exterior. Just know that everything you see was included for a purpose, with the designers allowing the wind tunnel to take a big part in the design of the car. There are no fake air inlets or scoops here; every vent is there to create downforce or drive down ambient temperatures. Much of the technology was derived directly from the Corvette Racing C6.R, taking its cues on where to place cooling ducts and what they should be used to cool.

In a broader sense, the Stingray will be available in both coupe and convertible forms, with the coupe available at launch and the convertible coming around 4 months later. If you can’t wait for some topless cruising, though, the roof on the coupe can be removed by undoing just three latches. And since it is made entirely of carbon fiber, the panel is extremely lightweight and easy to remove.

Both the coupe and convertible will be available in 10 different exterior hues. The available standard colors are Arctic White, Blade Silver Metallic, the simply-named Black, Cyber Gray Metallic, Torch Red, and Night Race Blue Metallic; while Laguna Seca Tintcoat, Lime Rock Green Metallic, Velocity Yellow Tintcoat, and Crystal Red Tintcoat are available for an extra charge. Notable among that group is Lime Rock Green Metallic, the first green paint available on the Corvette since Dark Bowling Green Metallic was discontinued after the 2001 model year. Those looking for the soft top variant can have it in four different colors: Black, Gray, Blue, and Kalahari, a rich dark tan color.

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Of course, you can’t have such a dramatic exterior transformation without updating the interior to match. To that end, the Stingray has a very driver-oriented cockpit with an amazing fit-and-finish and some of the latest technology to give the lucky driver as much information at a glance as possible.

Real carbon fiber, real aluminum, and premium leather are found throughout, giving the car a refined feel. The seats have been improved as well, and come in two different variations: the GT seat and the aggressive Competition Sport seat. Both have improved bolstering, making the new Stingray more prepared for the track than previous generations, keeping the driver planted in the middle of the seat during high-speed corners.

Keeping the driver’s hands engaged is the all-new steering wheel, which has decreased in size to 14.1 inches, meaning quicker steering inputsk. It is leather-wrapped for a great feel and can even be had with paddle shifters when specced with the automatic transmission.

Behind that steering wheel is a new 8-inch display that is customizable to show just the information the driver wants. If things get really interesting outside the windshield and your eyes can’t divert from the road at all, an optional color Head-Up Display projects the vitals right onto the windshield for at-a-glance information.

Another 8-inch display lives in the center stack, coupled with MyLink1, which communicates with Bluetooth® devices, SD cards, USB devices, and MP3 players to get as much media into the system as possible. If it doesn’t live on the system itself, MyLink lets you connect to your Pandora stations for custom-tailored playlists.

To match the 10 exterior colors, the interior is available in five colors. The list is comprised of Jet Black, Adrenaline Red, Gray, Brownstone, and Kalahari making another appearance.

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Underpinning the new bodywork is an all-new framework. The entire frame is made of aluminum, which adds up to a 99-pound savings over the outgoing car’s chassis. The hydroformed frame was originally developed for the C6 Z06 and ZR1, so it provides an extremely rigid frame to help cut down on body roll.

Arguably the biggest star of the Stingray next to the design is the new LT1 small-block V-8 under the hood. The 460-horsepower/465 lb-ft aluminum engine will make the Stingray the most powerful standard Corvette ever offered, as well as the quickest, with a 0-60 sprint being covered in under 4 seconds. Some of the latest technologies are also found in the LT1, with Direct Injection, Active Fuel Management, and Continuously Variable Valve Timing.

Those opting for the three-pedaled experience will have some brand-new technologies to play with. The first thing they will notice is the lopsided shifter gate, as the Stingray will come with a full seven speeds. Rowing your way back down from seventh gear will be made easier by Active Rev Matching. This system automatically blips the throttle so engine speed will match road speed easier, making downshifts as smooth as ever and the heel-and-toe maneuver a thing of the past.

A standard Driver Mode Selector gives the driver the option to set the car up for the road conditions on the fly. Each mode works with a slew of the car’s electronic systems in order to best match the car to the road conditions. The car can be set up in Weather Mode for rain and snow, Eco Mode to make fuel range stretch, Tour Mode for normal driving, Sport Mode for spirited driving, and Track Mode for your most visceral setup.

Helping reign all that in is a set of standard Brembo® brakes, which are always on hand to help bring things to a halt.

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For launch, the Stingray will be available with the Z51 Performance Package. The package comes with many added features like upsized wheels to 19 inches in front and 20 inches in back, wrapped in summer-only tires. The brakes also get upgraded by an inch to 13.6-inch rotors with black calipers, while specific shocks, springs, and stabilizer bars help keep everything planted. If that’s not enough, the Z51 also has an available Magnetic Selective Ride Control system, which allows the driver to choose the correct suspension setup for the driving conditions.

If you’re not looking for all that, but still want something special for your already-special Corvette, you can get a personalized plaque placed on the dash displaying your name, VIN, and the Corvette crossed flags logo, to show to all that this specific Corvette was built to your exact specification. Customers who order their Corvette can also opt in to the National Corvette Museum Delivery Program, which allows them to get the keys to their new Stingray at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for an additional cost.

The new 2014 Corvette Stingray has firmly planted its crossed flags in the ground, proclaiming itself as the future of Corvette, and having no shame in doing so. With the response it has already been getting, it’s no surprise that order books are already filling up at a pace only matched by the Stingray’s 0-60 times. If you’re looking to pick one up yourself, locate your dealer and get yourself on that list.

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