Easy on both the eyes and the body, the Corvette Stingray's interior is a premium space upholstered in leather and trimmed in aluminum and carbon fiber. The magnesium seats are a real treat, as is the 8-inch color screen on the center dash. Details, for a long time not a specialty of Corvette interiors, are now a point of legitimate pride, including two power USB ports in the center console and more good cargo space under the coupe's rear hatch than you'll find in a BMW 7 Series – even the convertible sports a big and usable trunk.
Finally, the Chevrolet Corvette looks like it could win a knife fight. Gone are the rubbery curves from the last two decades in favor of strong, folded edges and functional inlets. That lithe skin is bonded to an all-aluminum frame that's 100 pounds lighter, 57 percent stiffer, and otherworldly times more talented than last year's model – no additional structural stiffening was needed for the convertible. In top-up mode, the Stingray convertible loses the exquisite sweep of the coupe's rear roofline and hatch window, but regains its presence when the fabric top retracts completely out of sight behind the seats.
Notable Standard Equipment
Beyond V8 power and a 7-speed manual transmission, every 2014 Corvette Stingray comes with 8-way power-adjustable magnesium-framed seats, keyless lock/unlock with push-button start, a power-adjust tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and the 5-position Drive Mode selector that lets you adjust the Corvette's driving personality to match the situation. On the dash, you get an 8-inch touch-screen display controlling the standard 9-speaker Bose audio and Chevy MyLink infotainment system and displaying what the standard rearview camera sees. All Corvette Stingray coupes get a removable carbon-fiber roof panel, while the convertible's electronic top can be operated remotely using the key fob.
Notable Optional Equipment
Apart from the must-have Z51 Performance Package, you can add options that range from painted brake calipers – red or yellow – to an $8,000 interior package that includes premium Nappa leather seating and leather-wrapped interior, heated/ventilated seats with power lumbar support and bolsters, plus navigation and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system. Performance add-ons include Magnetic Ride Control's automatic shock-absorber system, a dual-mode exhaust that can increase the engine's power (and exhaust note), and a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
Under the Hood
The new Corvette's wicked 6.2-liter V8 engine offers more naturally aspirated horsepower and a much bigger bite of low-end torque than ever. At the same time, the V8 highway fuel economy that can reach as high as 29 mpg – that's better than a Scion xB, and pretty much better than any high-performance car you can name – thanks to the engine's ability to imperceptibly shut down four of its eight cylinders when the Stingray's driver is taking it easy on the throttle. A standard 7-speed manual gearbox sends the V8's glorious power to the rear wheels, though most Corvette buyers will opt for the 6-speed automatic. With either setup, you'll find nothing to disappoint you.
455 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
460 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm
460 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (with available performance exhaust)
465 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm (with available performance exhaust)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/29 mpg (manual), 16/28 mpg (automatic)
Bringing a complete set of OMG-performance knives to the table, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $52,000, destination fees, braggable fuel economy and adrenaline included. The convertible starts at $57,000. You can add comfort goodies and make-me-badder performance options that'll push the price right up into the $80,000 neighborhood, but even there, you're more than $20,000 away from the base price of a Nissan GT-R, SRT Viper, Audi R8 and Porsche 911 Turbo. Nevertheless, saving money matters – so look in on the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price before you buy to get an idea of what dealers in your area are getting for the new Corvette. There's more good news for you when the time comes to sell your 2014 Corvette: We've calculated the new Stingray to be one of the strongest-resale value propositions of any sports car.
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