GM has revived the iconic Stingray brand for its seventh generation Corvette model. The company revealed details of the new Corvette C7 Stingray, which marks the 60th anniversary since the ‘vette was first revealed in 1963, at a private function ahead of the Detroit Motor Show.
The new Stingray promises to be quite special. Although it uses what is ostensibly the same 6.2-litre V8 as the current Corvette C6, this engine churns out 450hp and 610Nm of torque, which is enough to propel the vehicle to 60mph in under four seconds, making it the fastest standard Corvette ever. Power is transmitted via a seven-speed manual with up and down-change rev-matching or an optional six-speed automatic.
Chevrolet claims the new Stingray’s chassis will be 57 per cent stiffer and 45kg lighter than the sixth generation C6 ZR1, thanks to a new aluminium frame. Its 50/50 weight distribution, carbon fibre roof and bonnet and new active stability management systems provide a recipe for grin-inducing handling and performance.
Big American V8 engines are never the last word in fuel economy but Chevrolet reckons the new Stingray will be more fuel efficient than any previous Corvette. No mpg or CO2 figures have been released but the new ‘vette features direct-injection and variable valve timing technologies and boasts the ability to shut down four of the engine’s eight cylinders under light acceleration, all of which bodes well.
Adjustable dampeners and five user-selectable driving modes will allow you to fine-tune the ride depending on whether you’re on the high street or hitting the track.
Those craving even more track prowess will be pleased to hear the Stingray has an optional Z51 Performance Package, which includes a dry-sump oiling system to stop the car’s oil sloshing around during hard cornering, an aero package for improved stability and an electronic limited slip differential for ensuring power goes where it needs to. There are more powerful versions promised with superchargers and turbochargers to unleash greater levels of equine fury.
Chevrolet has had a crack at improving the interior. A smattering of carbon fibre trim, hand-stitched leather and a sizeable 8-inch infotainment display make the Stingray’s cockpit far more stylish and modern than any previous ‘vette.
“The 2014 Corvette delivers the fastest acceleration, the most cornering grip, the most track capability, the best braking performance and what we expect to be the best fuel economy ever for a standard Corvette,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer.
Prices have yet to be announced but we do know that Brits wanting to get their hands on the new Stingray will have to put up with left-hand drive when the car goes on sale in Q3 of 2013.