When General Motors unveiled the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray earlier this year, it left out one piece of information: the car's power ratings. Now, the automaker says the C7 Corvette will officially be good for 455 hp at 6000 rpm and 460 lb-ft of torque at 4600 rpm, or 460 hp at 6000 rpm and 465 lb-ft at 4600 rpm with the optional performance exhaust.
Both of those ratings are higher than the 450 hp and 450 lb-ft that Chevrolet previously estimated when providing specs on the Corvette’s 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine. That also represents an increase of 25 hp and 36 lb-ft over the outgoing C6 Corvette's 6.2-liter V-8. Chevy also expects the C7 Corvette to achieve 26 mph on the highway, while still being able to dash from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds. An optional performance exhaust will add 5 hp and 5 lb-ft of torque.
We have a pretty good idea of what cars Chevrolet was benchmarking for the 2014 Corvette Stingray, thanks to one of our spy shooters catching the new Vette out testing against the competition. Although that car could have been a next-generation ZR1 mule, Chevy clearly thinks the C7 Stingray can keep company with the likes of the Audi R8, the Ferrari 458 Italia, the McLaren MP4-12C, and the Porsche 911. How does the base Corvette Stingray stack up? Quite well, actually: with its 455-hp rating falling about mid-pack, topping the 911 Carrera S and the V-8-equipped Audi R8, but falling short of the ten-cylinder Audi, Ferrari, and McLaren. That said, the 2014 Corvette has the most torque of any of the competitors, with the second-best being the 442-lb-ft McLaren MP4-12C.
When the 2014 Corvette Stingray later this year, it will offer the LT1 V-8 mated to either a six-speed automatic or a seven-speed manual transmission. Coupe and convertible flavors will be offered, as will be a Z51 performance pack. Pricing starts at $51,995 for the coupe and $56,995 for the convertible.