Chevrolet has unveiled the 2014 C7 Corvette. Debuted at the recent 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, The C7 Corvette also brings back another equally famous moniker, Stingray.
The new car’s headlights now feature LED daytime-running lights. At the back, the sharply cut-off tail loses the four circle taillights, replaced by a Camaro-inspired clusters with re-designed badge and four exhaust pipes.
The RWD coupe is now constructed from hydro-formed aluminum frame with aluminum and magnesium structural and chassis components. The body panels are now made from composite and carbon fiber mixture. The removable double-bubble roof panel and the engine hood, for example, are made from carbon fiber.
Powering the car is an all-new 6.2L LT1 V8 engine with aluminum block and direct injection, making 450HP and 610NM of torque transferred to a choice of seven-speed manual Active Rev Match ‘box or six-speed automatic ‘box. Acceleration from 0-100km/h is promised to be “under four seconds”.
The Corvette Stingray is armed with double-wishbone suspensions front and back with StabiliTrak traction control. Customers can also choose to opt for the Magnetic Ride Control. For an even more spirited drive, there’s the Z51 Performance Pack that adds electronic limited-slip diff, dry sump oiling system and an aero kit.
Inside, the Corvette Stingray now features a fully wrapped interior with a choice of materials that include Nappa leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and micro-suede. There are two seat choices, GT and Competition Sport, both hand-wrapped in leather utilizing magnesium-alloy frames. The dashboard architecture is constructed to face the driver, featuring dual eight-inch displays, smaller steering wheel and standard Driver Mode Selector where driver can choose between Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport and Track settings.
Sales of the new Corvette will begin by summer in the US. Right-hand-drive variants are also in development for a wider global reach, scheduled for arrival in 2015.