For the last couple of years the media has teamed with rumors about the next generation Corvette. As a beloved American classic, the Corvette has been the focal point of many middle aged fantasies. For the last 50 years the Corvette has stood as the quintessential American muscle car, whether you’re a Chevy guy, Mopar maniac, or Ford man the Corvette has certainly stirred some interest over the last couple of months in anticipation of its latest redesign.
Although the 2014 Stingray is all new, it shares familiar bodylines with the current C6 with noticeable tweaks here and there. The front fascia has been revised with sloping angular headlights that remind me of the Ferrari 458 Italia’s. Also, the hood is steeply raked with a long acutely angled bodyline that is reminiscent of past Ferrari Maranello’s and a grill that has been widened and given an aggressive treatment that is pleasing to the eye. Out back the Corvette features boxy rear taillights that are divergent from the traditional circular units. The Stingray showcases quad exhaust tips consistent with previous generations and an aggressive rear diffuser that presents itself very well.
Mechanically, the ’14 Stingray features a 6.2 liter pushrod V8, dubbed the LT1, that produces 450hp and 450ft-lbs of torque in base trim. 0-60 times should be in the sub-four second range. Mileage will be around 26 mpg for highway driving but city efficiencies have not yet been determined. Cylinder deactivation is standard on the LT1, even on manual models, and assists with the efficiency of the new Corvette. The new Stingray will feature two exhaust systems; one with active valves to tone down drone and another dual-mode system that will allow for superior flow.
Base Price: Around $56,000
Engine: 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 dubbed the LT1
Torque: 450 ft-lbs
0-60 mph: Sub-four second
Standing Quarter Mile: N/A
Top Speed: N/A
Fuel Economy: ? City, 26 Highway
Credits: Emmett Vick and CarandDriver.com