GM believes the ground-up overhaul of the next-generation Corvette deserves a badge not worn by any 'Vette since 1976: a Stingray. The 2014 Corvette Stingray, the seventh iteration of the 60-year-old Corvette franchise, was unveiled here tonight on the eve of the Detroit auto show.
Chevy saved the Stingray designation for the most-extensive makeover of the iconic sports car in decades. Design and engineeering changes were aimed at enhancing driving dynamics while delivering improved fuel economy and global appeal.
When it goes on sale in the third quarter, it will be the fastest and most-powerful standard Corvette ever, putting out an estimated 450 horsepower and 450 pounds-feet of torque and covering 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds.
The car, codenamed C7, will get up to 30 mpg on the highway, thanks in part to a new V-8 small block engine with cylinder deactivation, a feature that the current Corvette lacks.
GM has also addressed perhaps the biggest gripe historically among Corvette enthusiasts: a bland and uncomfortable interior. Cockpit enhancements include swaths of soft-touch materials, aluminum, and optional carbon fiber.