http://www.autobytel.com/chevrolet/?id=32972 General Motors held a special sneak preview the night before the official start of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show for the all new 2014 C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. For 2014 Chevrolet has completely redesigned America’s favorite sports car complete with lightweight carbon fiber construction, a powerful yet fuel efficient LT1 small block V8 as well as a luxurious high tech interior complete with a fully programmable digital instrument cluster; however the big news of the night is that the Stingray nameplate is back.
The Corvette Stingray first appeared in 1963 as the second generation car. The Stingray was the first coupe model to be part of the Corvette line. What made the Stingray unique was the smaller lighter weight approach. Styling was a big success and the Stingray featured pop-up headlights, a split rear window, and cool hood vents. The last model year to use this nameplate was 1976. Fast forward a couple of decades and we have this new C7 (seventh generation) Corvette with the resurrected Stingray nameplate.
Up front a pair of LED lit vertical headlamps sit on either side of the classic Corvette cross flag emblem and ahead of an all new carbon fiber hood vent that serves to extract hot air out from the engine bay and channel it over the car as opposed to passing it underneath, increasing down force and making the C7 Stingray go around corners with the greatest of ease, while fender vents are complimented by a pair of sharp looking stingray emblems.
The new 2014 Corvette Stingray should be a lot lighter than the previous generation thanks to the generous use of carbon fiber and the aluminum frame. On the outside the Corvette’s design has been optimized to increase downforce and provide necessary cooling to the vital components that make this a high performing sports car. Starting up front, fresh air is drawn in from the bumper and directed through the engine bay to cool vital components on the motor. That air is then expelled out through the top of the hood via the functional hood extractor. With the Z51 Performance Package, fresh air is channeled through ducts to cool the big brakes. New for this model are trick intake vents located at the tops of the quarter panels. Air is routed to both the transmission oil cooler and the rear differential.
Out back the C7 Corvette Stingray sports a fat quad tipped exhaust as well as a set of all new, more square, taillights that are more reminiscent of a new Camaro than the familiar round stoppers of a classic Corvette. On the inside, the 2014 C7 Stingray sports a fully customizable instrument binnacle and for the first time, optional competition sport buckets are available for those die hard driving enthusiasts.
The inside of the 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray is focused on performance driving. There are no faux materials used. Napa Leather covers many of the interior surfaces and provides a nice soft touch. Many interior trim pieces are finished in lightweight aluminum which not only look great but help to minimize weight. The gauge cluster is all digital with the option to configure the screens. There are 2 different seat designs to choose from. The first is the Grand Touring seat which values comfort above performance. The second seat is called the Competition Sport Seat and is aimed more towards the performance end of the spectrum.
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