Characterized by overtly plastic-looking materials, uninspired designs, ill-fitting parts, squeaks and rattles, the maladies went on and on and on. And yet, with every preceding generation of Corvette, we’ve been told this problem has been corrected; each new Corvette has been said to have more attention lavished upon its interior treatment than any previous model. Thing is, they were all so bad, even with extra attention lavished upon them, they still came out poorly-until now.
The 1,525-kilo (3,362-pound) rear-drive sports car boasts a 455-horsepower, 6.2-litre V8 engine, capable of generating 460 ft-lbs of torque. Taking advantage of the latest technologies, the Corvette’s engineers have fitted direct injection and variable valve timing to maximize the output of the
But wait, there’s the potential for even more; if you order the optional variable-mode active exhaust system, the engine can breathe even more freely and will place 460 horsepower and 465 ft-lbs of torque-along with the most glorious exhaust note you’ve ever heard from a street car-at your beck and call. The deliciously sonorous result of running this engine to redline is one of the most thrilling experiences you will ever have behind the wheel of a car. What’s more, the outstanding exhaust note is accompanied by some of the most vicious acceleration we’ve ever experienced in anything other than something powered by turbofans. Chevrolet quotes a 4.2-second zero to 100 km/h (3.8 seconds to 60 mph).
Another plus, this new Corvette handles those extremely high speeds with confidence. Unlike other Corvettes we’ve driven, when you get well into triple digits the Stingray remains perfectly planted on the pavement.
Much of this newfound prowess can be traced to aerodynamics; every surface of the 2014 Corvette Stingray was sculpted with airflow management in mind. The indentation in the roof serves to funnel the air passing over the top of the car to the
A choice of two transmissions is offered. There is an all-new seven-speed manual with a rev-match feature, and a six-speed automatic carried over from the previous generation Corvette. The rev-match feature senses which gate the driver is about to put the shift lever into and elevates engine RPMs to match the gear ratio to ensure a smooth downshift. It’s the same effect a more accomplished driver can get by blipping the throttle with their heel while braking with their toe.
Most remarkably, even with all of its performance potential, this Corvette can readily serve as a daily driver. The Stingray is blessed with the ability to ride gracefully around town without jarring your mandible loose from your skull, while also exhibiting no body roll and extremely tenacious grip in the corners.
Driven conservatively, the Stingray-on top of everything else-delivers reasonably respectable fuel economy to boot. The cylinder deactivation feature built
What might be the best part of the 2014 Corvette equation is a suggested retail price of $56,645 including freight.
Chevrolet has finally built the Corvette we always knew it was capable of.
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