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More power and better fuel efficiency than previous generation Corvette

It wasn't so long ago that you were guaranteed to get poor fuel economy if you purchased a high-powered sports car. However, with manufacturers all around the world working hard to provide their vehicles with the best fuel efficiency possible, even sports cars and now getting downright miserly when it comes to fuel consumption.
 
A perfect example is the new EPA estimated 29 mpg fuel efficiency rating granted to the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

At 29 MPG, the Stingray is the most fuel-efficient “high horsepower” sports car on the market according to GM. The 455hp Stingray has an EPA estimate of 17 mpg in the city and 29 MPG on the highway. The new Corvette also has a driver selectable Eco-mode which boosts efficiency to 30 mpg on the highway. Eco-mode is available on Stingrays equipped with the seven-speed manual transmission.

“The Corvette Stingray establishes the benchmark for modern performance cars by using technologies to deliver more performance and more miles per gallon,” said Tadge Juechter, executive chief engineer for the Corvette. “We expect more and more performance cars will follow Corvette’s example.”

The Eco-mode enables Active Fuel Management, which allows four of the eight cylinders in the high-powered V-8 engine be disabled for better fuel economy. Stingrays that feature the six-speed automatic transmission also get Active Fuel Management, but that fuel management is active in all drive modes unless the drivers using the manual-shift mode and steering wheel paddles.

 
EPA estimates for the automatic Corvette are not available.

Chevrolet points out that the highway fuel efficiency rating for the new Stingray is 11% better than the previous Corvette despite the new 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 6% more power compared to the previous Corvette.
 
The Stingray coupe will go on sale this fall with the convertible coming later in the year.

Source: GM



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By EricMartello on 7/9/2013 11:10:22 PM , Rating: 1
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Not really sure why there are so many Vette haters when the vette has been the flagship or american sport cars for almost 60 years.


Early versions of the corvette were slow. It morphed into a sports car over time, and today I'd say that the SRT Viper is America's flagship supercar. Today's vette is yesterday's fbody.

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A Porsche 911 S starts at $98,000, you add anything (most things that should be included are extras) and you get into a $125,000-130,000 car for 400 HP and 27 MPG.


The fact that you are even bringing up MPG when talking about cars that are purchased by people who a) want a car exclusively for fun or b) actually race them on the track shows that you probably drive around in a Kia and may someday be lucky enough to afford a Honda Camry.

The people who do drive cars like the Viper, Lamborghini, Ferrari or the higher-end Porches could care less about fuel economy or price. They really just want to know if they can get the car they want when they want it.

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Sure the back is different but when you see the lights on the back looks quite different to a Camaro, plus I can't understand all the hate when most brands, for example BMW, makes all the back and front of the cars looks almost identical and don't even start me with Porsche selling the same design for over 30 years


There is no "hate" for the vette. It's just not the car that GM pays the media to make it out to be. It's not a "super car" because it lacks exclusivity and intrigue. You'll probably see at least five vettes on your daily commute to work and nobody really cares if you have one. The ZR1 had super-car level performance but to the average joe is just another vette like the hundreds he's seen before. Who cares if it's a little faster? Yawn.

Porshe is one of the brands that has tried to broaden its customer base by offering cheaper "stepping stone" vehicles. At least Porshe had the sense to offer unique vehicles for each price point, rather than taking the 911 and offering it in trim levels ranging from $40K to $160K. They did botch things up by making cars like the Panamera and the Cayenne SUV.

Ferrari, on the other hand, understands the value of exclusivity. You need to wait on a waiting list for several years to buy a new Ferrari and there's a fair amount of competition for getting used Ferraris. If you do manage to get one, you'll know that in addition to performance and style you are probably never going to have another guy roll up next to you in the same car, ever.


By Kazinji on 7/10/2013 3:58:35 AM , Rating: 3
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You'll probably see at least five vettes on your daily commute to work and nobody really cares if you have one. The ZR1 had super-car level performance but to the average joe is just another vette like the hundreds he's seen before. Who cares if it's a little faster? Yawn.

Your right there are a LOT of vettes around. Its rare to so another sportscar in Michigan. But its American why ppl buy them.
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They did botch things up by making cars like the Panamera and the Cayenne SUV.

Prob did that to stay in business. Range Rover is a whole brand that does high end suv's, why can't Porsche.
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Ferrari, on the other hand, understands the value of exclusivity.

Really all Ferrai cares about is racing, they only make cars so they can build better race cars. If they can do that with 100 cars sold to the public, they'll sell 100 cars.


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