What to Expect in the 2014 Corvette

Posted by Neal on 1/6/2014 to About Corvettes
Since its introduction at the GM Motorama of 1953, the Chevrolet Corvette has consistently elevated American expectations of style and power with each successive generation. After seven years of development, including three years of delays, the first Corvette of the C7 generation looks to enrich further the legacy of this venerated brand.

Hints at the C7's evolving style have intrigued automotive enthusiasts since the earliest peeks at its jet-inspired chassis. The 2014 Corvette Stingray adopts a sleek, new look that General Motors expects to broaden the vehicle’s appeal to younger buyers. The carbon-fiber hood and composite chassis are adorned with visually striking, race-tested scoops and vents to increase down force and cool internal components. The option for removable roof panels is reminiscent of the classic Stingray of Corvette's third generation.

The Corvette’s interior, often the target of criticism in recent generations, has been thoroughly upgraded to suit drivers both flying around the track or maneuvering down city streets. The GT and competition sport seat options are firmer, more supportive, and electrically heated and cooled. A customizable 8-inch touch screen displays a range of preset modes for navigation, radio, phone and performance information. An optional heads-up display puts information directly on the windshield for the driver’s convenience. The interior is trimmed in aluminum and covered in soft materials, such as microfiber and stitched vinyl.

The 2014 Corvette backs up its exotic new styling with bold American muscle under the hood. Its small-block LT1 6.2 L V8 generates a formidable 455hp with a performance exhaust, enough to propel the rear-wheel drive machine from zero to 60mph in just 3.8 seconds. The driver is able to choose between five different driver modes designed to optimize vehicle performance for different weather, terrain and usage conditions. Lightweight material like carbon fiber, carbon-nano composite and aluminum are now standard for the vehicle’s body to offset the weight of new electronics. The result is a swifter, stiffer, more responsive ride than ever before.

The engineers at Chevrolet put in extra time to develop a sports car equal to legacy of its namesake. After an extended wait, Chevrolet delivers a technologically advanced successor to the long-reigning C6. Heavily influenced by innovations from Corvette Racing, the C7 Corvette Stingray represents a sharp reimagining of American muscle toward a new standard of design, performance and comfort.
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