Specification image modification exterior interior price review 2014 corvette stingray Read any review of the Corvette and you'll see the same list of compliments and complaints: great performance, terrible interior, or some variation thereof. The Corvette team has an answer to that, and it's called the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray making its star turn at the 2013 Detroit auto show.
That whiff of smoked Michelin you smell and the bawl of tortured rear tires you hear confirm that we’ve popped the clutch on the Corvette’s seventh generation. We uncorked it at GM’s Milford, Michigan, proving grounds, where we strapped our testing gear to the thing and came away feeling sorry for almost any car that meets it at a stoplight, the track, or a winding road.
But before we tell you about what it can do, here’s a primer on what makes the C7 worthy of bearing the Corvette flame and the Stingray name. The new LT1 V-8 carries over a 6.2-liter displacement and pushrod architecture but nothing else. Direct injection and optimized combustion hike the power to 460 horses while fluffing the torque curve by 50 pound-feet between 2000 and 3500 rpm. Cylinder shutdown and a mega-tall seventh gear in the Tremec manual transmission push EPA highway mileage to 30 mpg (in eco mode). A stout aluminum frame and Michelin tires are now standard for all Corvettes. The C7’s tech arsenal includes an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, aerodynamic lessons learned from racing, manual-transmission rev matching, and a patented means of sensing tire temperature to fine-tune the chassis. Inside, the cockpit is comprehensively upgraded, and the sorry C6 buckets have been replaced with world-class, eight-way-adjustable driver and passenger thrones.
Providing the go power is the latest update to Chevrolet's famous small-block V-8. Resurrecting the LT1 moniker, the updated engine displaces 6.2 liters and pumps out at least 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. The improvements in peak power are modest, but Chevy says the power curves are greatly improved, with the new engine producing as much torque between 1000 and 4000 rpm as did the 7.0-liter V-8 in the Z06. Helping to produce the extra grunt is direct fuel injection, continuously variable valve timing, and completely redesigned combustion chambers. On the other side of the spectrum, cylinder deactivation allows it to run in four-cylinder mode, a proven technology with the automatic and a first for a manual transmission car. Chevy says it's good for a 10 to 20 percent bump in fuel economy. Contrary to what you might think, the engineers say the large-displacement V-8 makes for a more efficient car because it makes enough torque in V-4 mode to stay in that mode more often. Chevy rejected a twin-turbo V-6 because while it delivered on power, it didn't improve fuel economy.
That leads us inside to perhaps the biggest update. Chevrolet took its interior designers to the track to show them how functional the new interior needed to be, and it shows. The two seat options, GT or Competition Sport, have substantially more support and stiffer frames, and the latter has deeper bolsters for real track duty. They're even heated and cooled. In front of them, the new steering wheel is the smallest Chevrolet has made, and it frames a customizable 8-inch screen with three default modes: Touring, with nav, radio, phone, and other information; Sport, with a large tach and performance gauges; and Track, borrowed from the race car with linear tach and detailed onboard data. Above it, an available full-color, hi-res, reconfigurable head-up display puts the data on the windshield as well.To the driver's right, the touch screen drops down behind the dash to reveal a cubby and features a Corvette-specific version of MyLink and fully redundant manual controls, all of which are angled toward the driver. The passenger gets a grab handle on each side and redundant climate controls under the air vent near the door to keep their hands out of the driver's domain. The whole cabin is bathed in soft-touch materials, cut and stitched vinyl standard, and Napa leather optional in a number of colors. Trim is likewise rich, using aluminum, leather, microsuede, and optional real carbon fiber.source:motortrend.com,caranddriver.com
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