After its debut at the Detroit auto show earlier this year, enthusiasm for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hasn't died down. Now, we have official pricing information for the C7 Vette: the coupe will start at $51,995 and the convertible will run $56,995, both including destination.
The 2014 price represents an increase of just $1400 on both the coupe and convertible over the base 2013 Corvette. That means buyers of the all-new C7 Corvette will be gaining a fair bit of kit for not much more.
First and foremost, the 2014 Corvette is powered by the new LT1 6.2-liter V-8 that's good for 450 hp, or an additional 20 hp over the outgoing car. The C7 also has another gear for its manual transmission at seven speeds and includes active rev matching. Other standard equipment includes a five-position Drive Model Selector, dual, eight-inch configurable driver and information screens; a backup camera; a nine-speaker Bose audio system; and an all-new, fully electronic top for convertibles that can be lowered using the key fob.
However, if you're wondering how much that shiny Corvette coupe that debuted at the Detroit show costs, you'll have to open your wallet a little wider: that car wears a price tag of $73,360. To raise the Corvette's cost by some $21,365, Chevy added a slew of options. To add even more sporting credentials, the show car had the Z51 Performance Package ($2800), competition sports seats ($2495), Magnetic Ride Control ($1795), and a dual-mode exhaust system ($1195). The Z51 package is something that enthusiasts should make sure to tick the option box for – it includes unique chassis tuning, modified gear ratios, a transmission-cooling system, larger 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, upgraded brake rotors and cooling ducts, performance traction management, and an electronic limited-slip differential and differential cooling system. More importantly, the Z51 package drops the Corvette's 0-60 mph time to "under four seconds" and allows for "more than 1 g in cornering," according to Chevy.
Other options on the Detroit show car include a number of aesthetic upgrades, too. Outside, there are red-painted calipers ($595), an exposed-carbon-fiber roof panel ($1995), and black-painted wheels ($495). Inside, the cabin has been decked out with sueded, microfiber-wrapped upper trim ($995) and the $8005 3LT interior package with leather wrapper interior. The latter adds niceties like a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system; satellite radio; a color head-up display; a navigation system; heated-and-ventilated seats with memory function and power-adjusted lumbar and bolsters; Napa leather seating surfaces; and a leather-wrapped dashboard, instrument panel, console, and door panels. We actually were clued into many of these options last week when the Corvette coupe's order guide leaked online.
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe doesn't go on sale until later this year, with the convertible following near the end of 2013. We expect full colors, specs, and pricing to be revealed closer to the cars' sale dates.