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GM wows with new Corvette Stingray

Although many people didn't want to believe the renderings when they were unveiled by Jalopnik way back in November 2011, we all have been staring at the next generation C7 Corvette Stingray for over a year now. As we have gotten closer to today's launch of America's most famous sports car, further leaks confirmed that Jalopnik had indeed scored a major scoop and was dead-on with its design "predictions" for the 2014 Corvette Stingray.
The new vehicles won’t be mistaken for anything other than a Corvette, but some big design changes have been made. The wraparound “bubble” rear hatch has given way to a more traditional rear window/rear quarter windows arrangement. In addition, the four round taillight have been ditched in favor of a more integrated, Camaro-esque design.

“Like the ’63 Sting Ray, the best Corvettes embodied performance leadership, delivering cutting-edge technologies, breathtaking design and awe-inspiring driving experiences,” said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. “The all-new Corvette goes farther than ever, thanks to today’s advancements in design, technology and engineering.”

General Motors was able to shave 99 pounds off the weigh of the vehicle through the greater use of aluminum, magnesium, and carbon fiber. The new chassis is also 57 percent stiffer than the outgoing C6 Corvette.

As we reported back in October, the new Corvette Stingray is powered by a new 6.2-liter LT1 OHV small-block V8 engine (450hp, 450 lb-ft of torque). However, in order to boost output and keep fuel efficiency in check, the new engine features direct injection, continuous variable valve timing, and cylinder deactivation. The engine can be paired with two new transmission choices: a 7-speed manual with active rev matching or a 6-speed automatic (blasphemy).

General Motors is promising a better power-to-weight ratio than the Porsche 911 and the Audi R8.

The new C7 Corvette Stingray will be able to rocket to 60 mph in under 4 seconds and will exceed the 26 mpg rating of the current vehicle on the highway.

“We believe the Corvette represents the future of modern performance cars because it delivers more power, more driving excitement and better fuel efficiency,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “The result is better performance by every measure. 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.”
The C7 Corvette Stingray will be available in the third quarter of 2013.

Source: General Motors

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By wordsworm on 1/13/2013 10:55:39 PM , Rating: -1
Probably won't handle like one, though. Looks like a gas guzzler. I wonder what its stats are.

By FITCamaro on 1/14/2013 7:08:26 AM , Rating: 2
Current Corvette's are rated at 26 mpg on the freeway but often get better. Pretty damn good for 430 horsepower.

This one is supposed to do better and I'd think it would with it being smaller and lighter, as well as the engine being a lower displacement.

By theapparition on 1/14/2013 9:41:02 AM , Rating: 2
Sure, lets speculate. I bet you're an American car hater who lives above Mommy's flat in some European slum. See, I can do it to.

Or you can go to facts. The C6 is competitive with most sports cars in the world. The ZR1 and Z06 Carbon set records at "The Ring" that haven't been broken by ANY factory Ferrari or Lamborghini. And they do so at a price point that is 3-5X less.

The current C6 Corvette is far from perfect, particularly the interior, but nothing can touch it at it's price point.

And "looks like a gas guzzler", LOL. Expected to get 30mpg on highway and 26mpg combined.

By Ringold on 1/14/2013 11:00:59 AM , Rating: 2
Can't understate the price part of your argument. Ferrari, Lambo's, those are nice, if you're a blue-blood or a doctor.

Corvette's offer the same performance, with very minor sacrifices, in a package affordable to the masses.

In other words.. 'MERICA!

By djc208 on 1/14/2013 1:41:02 PM , Rating: 2
While I agree with the sentiment, "affordable to the masses" is a very relative term for vechile that will probably start at $45k and realistically move up from there as fast as the car itself.

By WLee40 on 1/14/2013 1:58:42 PM , Rating: 2
Try more like 90k. But damn what a beautiful car. I would love one and can afford one but my wife hates Corvettes and I would have to do a lot of convincing and bribing. Not ready for all of that yet, especially since my current sports ride is less than 2 yo. Maybe next year...

By hubb1e on 1/14/2013 3:09:56 PM , Rating: 2
90k for a corvette? Maybe for a Z06 performance model. The base 2012 Corvette starts at $49,600. Expect this car to cost more, but I would guess more like $55K with more standard equipment than the old car had. This thing has a carbon fiber hood, aluminum chassis, and a fully wrapped interior (no stamped plastic showing) so getting that price point is amazing.

By theapparition on 1/14/2013 8:37:51 PM , Rating: 2
MSRP is low 50's. Expected to be $50,495 for the base model with no options. With options, expect close to $60K, but then after the furvor dies down, you should be able to get a fully optioned base model for right around $50K.

Future high performance models will cost signifigantly more. I've already seen a version of the supercharged LT1. I highly doubt you'll see a larger displacement LT1 like we did with the LS7, at least not anytime soon.

By theapparition on 1/14/2013 8:34:13 PM , Rating: 2
Basically I said exactly what you repeated.

Same or better performance, with some small compromises, at a fraction of the price.

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