Those counting the days until the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hits dealerships this fall now have 455 reasons to get excited. The base 2014 Corvette's 6.2-liter V-8 is officially rated at 455 horsepower and 460 pounds-feet of torque. That's up from the 2013's 430 hp and 424 pounds-feet of torque.
Chevrolet says the new LT1 engine in the coupe and convertible is the most powerful base engine stuffed between the fenders of a Corvette and, like the previous generation, has an available performance exhaust that bumps power. In the 2014, the optional exhaust bumps output a tad more to 460 hp and 465 pounds-feet of torque. Zero-to-60 mph times are expected to dip under the four-second mark.
Corvette's official horsepower rating comes months after the 2014 Corvette debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit with estimates of 450 hp. Both pricing ($51,995, including destination) and horsepower have been announced, leaving few remaining numbers left to reveal. One of those is gas mileage, which GM expects to exceed 26 mpg on the highway.
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