OverviewThe 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the first Corvette in over 30 years to wear the Stingray badge. Among the reasons for that, the most important one is that this is the first Corvette since then that truly deserves to wear it. This new version of the Corvette Stingray was many years in the making. Thousands of hours of research, development and design work went into making the 2014 Corvette Stingray into the driving machine that it has become. Using the latest in computer aided design and drafting techniques has allowed Chevrolet engineers and designers to create a vehicle that looks as fast sitting perfectly still as it does carving up test tracks. Everything about the new Corvette Stingray is mean to inspire and drop jaws. Forget slinky little Italian sport cars. Forget preconceived notions about what American muscle mean. The new Corvette was all but specifically designed to blow all of that away.
Nothing that has anything to do with the exterior design of the 2014 Corvette Stingray was an accident. Every single line, curve and seam was engineered to keep the new Stingray low to the ground, light as possible and performing at the top of its class. Chevrolet has said in promotional materials that the 2014 Corvette Stingray is “a beautiful weapon against convention.” One of the most eye-catching elements of the front-end on the new Stingray is the innovated hood extractor, which is specifically engineered to use the force of the air traveling through the engine compartment to pull hot air out and keep the engine cool, while at the same time increasing downforce. Because there is no bottom breather on the new Corvette Stingray, the blades of the hood extractor must be perfectly angled to complete their stated function.
Plastic and synthetic upholstery were simply never even considered for the 2014 Corvette Stingray. What would be considered premium materials in almost every other production car on the planet would not make the first cut when picking out the materials for the interior of the new Stingray. Everything in the cockpit and passenger cabin is as authentic as it looks. Again, quoting from Chevrolet, “If it looks like aluminum, it is aluminum. If it looks like carbon fiber, it is carbon fiber. When it’s leather, it’s Grade A leather…” Each meticulously placed element on the interior of the Corvette Stingray was purposely placed with comfort, style and purpose in mind. Luck and happenstance played no part in the design of the 2014 Corvette Stingray.
The very heart of the 2014 Corvette Stingray is a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that produces an estimated 450-horsepwer and 450 foot-pounds of torque in what is almost a perfect 50/50 split. Controlling all of this power is a pair of transmission options. The first is a seven-speed manual transmission with active rev matching; the other is a six-speed automatic with paddle-shift to allow drivers to get the most performance possible from the engine. Since the first line of defense from spinning and losing control is the tires, the 2014 Corvette Stingray is shoed with Michelin Pilot Sport ZP Run-Flat tires.