By Jennifer Geiger on January 13, 2013
The redesigned Corvette may wear the storied Stingray name, but there's nothing retro about the next generation of Chevrolet's iconic sports car. It gets a more modern exterior and a new powertrain for 2014. In fact, Chevy reports the new Corvette Stingray is almost completely new, sharing only two parts with the last-gen model.
The big news under the hood is that the next generation of Chevy's 6.2-liter V-8 is good for 450 horsepower and a zero-to-60 sprint of less than 4 seconds; the previous gen's 6.2-liter made 430 hp. The new engine is joined by a seven-speed manual transmission that, according to Chevy, anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for better-timed shifts.
Chevy says the C7 Corvette is not only the most powerful standard Corvette ever but also the most fuel efficient, and GM expects it to exceed the current version's EPA rating of 26 mpg highway. The new small block has fuel-saving direct injection and cylinder deactivation as well as more lightweight body materials that should help in that department. The new Corvette uses a carbon-fiber hood with removable roof panel, an all-new aluminum frame and composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels.
There's more aluminum and carbon fiber inside, trimming the interior. There's also a choice of two types of seats — each using a lightweight magnesium frame. Center stage in the cabin are two 8-inch driver information and multimedia screens, one of which sits where the main gauges normally would.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray goes on sale this summer. Check out more pictures below and stay tuned for a full photo gallery.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer