Return of the Stingray
Chevrolet brings back the Corvette Stingray after the iconic name debuted fifty years ago. The seventh-generation Corvette (C7) features the balance of design, technology and performance can wear the iconic Stingray name since it debuted in 1963. The C7 promises functionality in every line, vent, inlet and surface to match the provocative exterior styling; sixty years after the first ever Corvette rolled off the production line.
Under the hood for the standard model is a new LT1 6.2-liter engine, that packs 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). The new LT1 features direct injection, active fuel management, variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system to make the car fuel-efficient. The LT1 engine can be mated to either a new seven-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Chevy claims that the C7 will accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering grip.
"Like the '63 Sting Ray, the best Corvettes embodied performance leadership, delivering cutting-edge technologies, breathtaking design and awe-inspiring driving experiences," said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. "The all-new Corvette goes farther than ever, thanks to today’s advancements in design, technology and engineering."
To further emphasize its performance car attributes, the interior is clad with carbon fiber, aluminum and hand-wrapped leather materials, and two new seat choices - each featuring a lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional support, and dual eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens.
With advancements of driving technologies, a five-position Drive Mode Selector tailors 12 vehicle attributes to the fit the driver's environment. The new seven-speed manual transmission features Active Rev Matching that rev matches downshifts and upshifts for smoother shifts. Active Rev Matching is similar to Nissan’s SynchRev Match first debuted in the 370Z.
The new sculptured exterior design features lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance promising a world-class power-to-weight ratio. The light materials are coupled with race-proven aerodynamics to reduce drag and improve stability.
For the more performance inclined, a Z51 Performance Package will be available that includes: an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, differential and transmission cooling, as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability.
"Stingray is one of the hallowed names in automotive history," said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. "We knew we couldn't use the Stingray name unless the new car truly lived up to the legacy. The result is a new Corvette Stingray that breaks from tradition, while remaining instantly recognizable as a Corvette the world over."
The new Corvette Stingray will be built at GM’s Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant, which underwent a $131-million upgrade, including approximately $52 million for a new body shop to manufacture the aluminum frame in-house for the first time. It will go on sale in the US third quarter of 2013.