Even though the Detroit Autoshow officially starts today, things really kicked off yesterday night when General Motors finally debuted the 2014 Corvette to the world. Chances are, you are reading this because you don’t want to read a long article by one of my colleagues so in the interest of your time I present to you a quick list bullet pointing all the awesome aspects of the new ‘Vette. I have also embedded the official debut video below the bullet points. The video is almost 20 minutes long so if there is anything I missed it will most certainly be in the flick. If you just want eye candy then scroll to the bottom for glorious pictures! Now, without further adieu, here are the 2014 Corvette’s bad-ass bullet points:
-The 2014 base Corvette will be known as the “Stingray”
-The 2014 Corvette will have a small block 6.2 liter LT1 V8 engine that makes 450HP and 450 ft-lbs of torque.
-There will be a “Z51” performance package that will include: an electronic differential, dry-sump oil system, cooling for the brakes, transmission, and differential, aero package, and magnetic ride control.
-The Stingray will have 18 x 8.5 inch wheels in the front and 19 x 10 inch wheels in the back. The Z51 package will have 19 x 8.5 inch wheels in the front and 20 x 10 inch wheels in the back. Both the Stingray and Z51 trims will come with Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat tires.
-The C7 Corvette will go from 0 to 60 in under 4 seconds.
-A carbon fiber hood and removable hood will be standard. The doors, fenders, and quarter panels will be composite.
-The interior will finally feature real carbon fiber and aluminum!
-There will be a full “info-tainment” suite featuring Chevrolet “MyLink”, OnStar, and 3D navigation all on an 8 inch LCD display. There will also be a 10 speaker premium audio system available with bass box and two subwoofers. Media can be expanded via USB port or SD card slot. There is also an audio jack for pluging in external audio devices (MP3 player, smart phone, etc).
-There are two seat choices, both seats will feature magnesium frames.
-A seven-speed manual transmission will be available and will include “Active Rev Matching” which will anticipate gear selection and will match engine speed automatically.
-Its new aluminum frame is 99lbs lighter than the C6 frame.
-There will be five “Driver Modes” available (Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport, and Track). Modes can be accessed via the “Driver Mode Selector” in the cockpit and each driver mode features its own unique information cluster which will display in the 8 inch digital gauge cluster screen.
-The 2014 Corvette Stingray will be available at dealers in the “third quarter of 2013”
Ahh, ok I think that about covers all the major stuff. Anything that I have missed will be in the video below or you can read all about it on the official 2014 Corvette Stingray website. Before you ask, I realize there is no bullet point on the MSRP. The reason for that is because no MSRP has been announced yet. However, considering what GM is prepared to give you and what the current C6 goes for now, I would expect the MSRP to start around the $45-55k region.
Needless to say, no matter what the cost I am sure there are plenty of people out there who are already bothering their local dealers trying to figure out how they can throw down their cash for a spot on the reserve list. I can only hope I will some how get the opportunity to get in on a media drive! In the meantime check out the official debut video below as well as a few pictures!