Changes for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray:
For the seventh time since 1953, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette is completely redesigned, and it officially adopts “Stingray” as a part of its name, perhaps to underline the magnitude of the changes Chevrolet has made in order to make the C7 a globally viable sports car.
The list of changes is a long one, and it includes a new aluminum frame, a new 6.2-liter V-8 engine, a new 7-speed manual transmission, a standard carbon fiber hood, and a new interior with advanced technology, top-quality materials, and completely redesigned seats. Driving dynamics are tailored using a standard Drive Mode Selector, and the new ‘Vette can be optioned with a Z51 Performance Package that upgrades the car with serious hardware.
The new 2014 Corvette Stingray is available in coupe or convertible body styles and in 1LT, 2LT or 3LT trim.
Highlights from the standard equipment list include power-adjustable leather-wrapped seats, a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, keyless passive entry with push-button starting, and a premium audio system. A Chevrolet MyLink color touchscreen infotainment system includes Bluetooth connectivity with music streaming capability, as well as a reversing camera, dual USB ports, and an SD card slot.
The 2LT model adds improvements to the sound system, a color heads-up display, upgraded seats with heating and ventilation, and more. The 3LT model equips the Corvette Stingray with premium leather and a navigation system.
The optional Z51 Package adds performance-tuned braking, suspension, and transmission components, along with heavy-duty mechanical cooling systems, a dry-sump oiling system, and an electronic limited-slip differential. Larger forged aluminum wheels and aerodynamic enhancements set the Corvette Stingray Z71 apart from other models.
Engines and Transmissions:
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is equipped with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine generating 455 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. In addition to direct fuel injection, this V-8 is equipped with Active Fuel Management technology that allows the engine to operate on four of its eight cylinders under certain driving conditions in order to help conserve fuel.
A 7-speed manual gearbox is standard for the new Corvette, and it features Active Rev Match technology. A 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is optional.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
Stick with the manual gearbox for the best fuel economy. This version is rated to get 21 mpg in combined driving. Select the automatic, and the rating drops to 20 mpg.
As this summary is written, the 2014 Corvette Stingray has not been subjected to crash-testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Every Corvette Stingray has LED running lights and taillights, as well as a Drive Mode Selector offering Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport and Track driving modes. Track mode also grants access to the car’s Launch Control system. A Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension is optional, along with a performance exhaust system that bumps horsepower to 460 and torque to 465.
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