Drivers checking out the cost of an all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray had better be prepared for a serious case of sticker shock—the good kind, that is. After all, the all-new Stingray family—which will include its most powerful standard configuration ever—will be priced from $51,000. That marks a fairly modest increase of $1,500 over the MSRP of the current Corvette, with a $995 destination charge that is unchanged from the 2013 model year.
On the other hand, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray itself has been changed plenty, starting with its new 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine. The powerplant is expected to brandish 450 hp and a similar number of ft.-lbs. of torque, propel the Stingray from 0-60 in less than 4 seconds, and still enable an EPA fuel-economy performance of up to 26 mpg highway. And note: While other supercars are ditching their DIY transmissions entirely, the 2014 Corvette actually ups the ante for its next-gen model with a seven-speed manual transmission that also boasts Active Rev Matching. (Although a six-speed automatic with manual-shifting capabilities will be available as well.)
The starting price for the stunning Stingray also includes performance-oriented features like a five-mode drive selector that can fine-tune some 12 different facets of the car’s performance, along with a number of features designed to help lower the Corvette’s curb weight. For example, all models will showcase carbon-fiber hoods, magnesium seat structures and aluminum frames, while the2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe also gets a removable carbon-fiber roof panel; convertibles (which feature an MSRP of $56,000) rely on an electronically operated soft top that can be retracted remotely using a button on the vehicle’s key fob.
The party line from Chris Perry, president of Chevrolet Marketing: “The 2014 Corvette Stingray perfectly embodies Chevrolet’s mission to deliver more than expected for our customers. The Corvette Stingray delivers a combination of performance, design and technology that very few manufacturers can match, and none can even come close for $52,000.”