The Corvette has been a much-coveted sports car since its conception in 1953. And in those 57 years, not much has changed: the car performs great but lacks in interior comfort. Well, it’s taken some time to perfect the balance, but the 2014 Corvette Stingray seems to have gotten it right.
The Stingray will debut at this year’s Detroit auto show March 20-24th, but Chevy has released a few details to feed hungry fans.
Starting at the core, the Stingray will offer a new aluminum frame, and the chassis consists of five sections instead of hydraulic rails. The result of these changes is a reduction of 99 pounds: how’s that, Jenny Craig? To make it even sweeter, the stiffness increased by 57 percent: making it lighter and more tightly controlled.
The aluminum trend was carried throughout the model, redesigning the suspension hardware and front and rear cradles. A choice is offered between Bilstein performance shocks (on the Z51 model) and third-generation magnetic shocks, both of which improve the turning radius without sacrificing grip. To keep that track performance without the cost, the Michelin engineer for the Corvette Racing Team offered up Pilot Super Sport Run-Flat tires for the new design.
Brembo brakes offer larger pads to cover more of the rotor face, giving the Stingray a sharper bite. Eleven feet more bite, to be exact: stopping an NBA-sized basketball player’s length shorter than before. And with the option of manual or six-speed paddle-shifted automatic, there’s no good excuse not to test it out.
Okay, okay: we all knew the Corvette could pack a punch. But now that punch isn’t taking a toll on your back or butt.
Two seat options are now available: the GT or Competition Sport, both of which offer stiffer frames and additional support. They even come heated and cooled. The new steering wheel is boastfully the smallest Chevy has ever made, which frames the customizable 8-inch display screen.
Three default modes allow to experience your drive your way: touring (with navigation, phone, etc), Sport (large performance gauges), and Track (linear tach and data). This information is also displayed in full-color, high-resolution on the windshield so you never need to take your eyes off of the road.
The Stingray gets an updated, Corvette-specific version of MyLink, as well as manual controls which are angled towards the driver’s side. The passenger side features air and temperature controls placed directly below the passenger side vents, allowing the passenger to stay well out of the driver’s way.
As if this weren’t enough, the Stingray’s entire cabin is cut from stitched vinyl and Napa leather, available in a variety of colors.
While Chevy hasn’t officially released a price, they have said that if the old Corvette was in your price range, the Stingray will be, too.