The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe, expected to go on sale in the third quarter of 2013,is GM’s most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque, able to accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds.
Surprisingly, it is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 mpg of the current model.
“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 in the company’s press release. “The all-new Corvette goes farther than ever, thanks to today’s advancements in design, technology and engineering.”
The 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine combines direct injection, Active Fuel Management, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system that delivers more power while using less fuel. The car is made of lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance that supports a world-class power-to-weight ratio.
Its track-capable Z51 Performance Package features an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, differential and transmission cooling, as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability.
And what is good news for American workers, the new Stingray will be built at GM’s Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant, which underwent a $131-million upgrade, including approximately $52 million for a new body shop to manufacture the aluminum frame in-house for the first time.