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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – Four Seasons Introduction

Long-Term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Update: Spring 2014 Array Miles to date: 0

“A young woman in Louisville mouthed, ‘nice car,’ and an old mailman in Michigan asked to take a cell phone picture.”

Want to know how much people like the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette? When we climbed into ours for the first time, we literally received a round of applause.

OK, it’s probably worth mentioning that we picked up the car from the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and that most of the clapping bystanders were excited elementary school students on a tour. Yet, people of all ages seem to react with childish delight when they see the new Stingray. A young woman in Louisville mouthed, “nice car,” and an old mailman in Michigan asked to take a cell phone picture. We’ve shown our own appreciation for the Chevrolet Corvette by naming it our 2014 Automobile of the Year. Now we get to spend four seasons with one.

We opted for a coupe equipped with the Z51 package, which includes stiffer dampers, a sophisticated electronic limited-slip differential, bigger brakes, and higher performance tires. Another $1995 brings slimmer Competition seats. Yup, we’ll be visiting the track. But we also plan to take plenty of long road trips, so we made sure those seats are heated and ventilated, with power adjustable lumbar. Adjustable magnetorheological dampers should likewise improve handling on the track while smoothing out the potholes around town.

Our white on red color combination—just like the original—flatters the Stingray’s robotic exterior and rich leather interior. Last but not least, Chevrolet charges $990 for museum delivery. That sounds like a lot to pay to schlep your own car home, but it also buys a tour of the factory and museum. Heck, you even get to see Zora Arkus-Duntov’s cremated remains on display (his wife is interred there, too, perhaps to remind spouses being dragged along that things could be worse). All told, our car lists for $68,060, some $15,000 more than the base Stingray but still an unseemly bargain by sports car standards.

Our first few weeks with the Chevrolet Corvette have been as awesome as those kids in the museum probably imagine it to be. Everyone loves the bark of the 460-hp V-8 and the satisfying snap of its seven-speed manual gearbox. But this test will be more than a yearlong victory parade. Beyond learning whether our friends in Bowling Green have put together a reliable car, we intend to determine whether the Chevrolet Corvette has, at last, evolved into the sort of personal luxury coupe one can comfortably and proudly drive every day. Hold your applause until the end, please.

Overview

  • Body style 2-door coupe
  • Accommodation 2-passenger
  • Construction Aluminum spaceframe w/composite and carbon-fiber body panels
  • Base price (with dest.) $54,795
  • As tested $68,060

Powertrain

  • Engine 16-valve OHV V-8
  • Displacement 6.2 liters (376 cu in)
  • Power 460 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Torque 465 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm
  • Transmission 7-speed manual
  • Drive Rear-wheel
  • EPA Fuel Economy 17/29/21 (city/hwy/combined)

Chassis

  • Steering Electrically assisted
  • Lock-to-lock 2.5 turns
  • Turning circle 37.7 ft
  • Suspension, Front Control arms, transverse leaf spring
  • Suspension, Rear Control arms, transverse leaf spring
  • Brakes Vented discs, ABS
  • Wheels 19-inch aluminum front, 20-inch aluminum rear
  • Tires Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP
  • Tire size F/R 245/35R-19 (89Y), 285/30R-20 (95Y)

Measurements

  • Headroom 38.0 in
  • Legroom 43.0 in/td>
  • Shoulder room 55.0 in
  • Wheelbase 106.7 in
  • Track F/R 62.8/61.6 in
  • L x W x H 177.0 x 73.9 x 48.6 in
  • Passenger capacity 52.0 cu ft
  • Cargo capacity 15.0 cu ft
  • Weight 3298 lb
  • Weight dist. F/R 50/50%
  • Fuel capacity 18.5 gal
  • Est. fuel range 380miles
  • Fuel grade 91 octane (premium unleaded)

Equipment

  • standard equipment

    • Performance suspension
    • Dry-sump oiling system
    • Electronic limited-slip differential
    • Slotted brake rotors
    • Black brake calipers
    • Performance gear ratios
    • Engine oil cooler and heavy-duty cooling system
    • 19-inch aluminum front wheels and 20-inch aluminum rear wheels
    • Aerodynamic package
    • 5-mode driver controls
    • 7-speed manual transmission w/active rev matching
    • Heated exterior mirrors
    • HID headlights
    • Removable carbon-fiber roof panel
    • Carbon-fiber hood
    • Chevrolet MyLink w/8-inch touchscreen
    • Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity
    • USB port
    • Auxiliary audio jack
    • 9-speaker Bose audio system
    • Leather-trimmed seats
    • 8-way power seats
    • Automatic dual-zone climate control
    • Gauge cluster w/8-inch screen
    • Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • SiriusXM satellite radio w/3-month trial subscription
    • Carpeted floor mats

Equipment

  • options for this vehicle:

    • Corvette Museum delivery- $990
    • Magnetic ride control w/performance traction management- $1795
    • Performance exhaust- $1195
    • Carbon-fiber interior package- $995
    • Chevrolet MyLink w/navigation- $795
    • Red brake calipers- $595
    • Black aluminum wheels- $495
    • Personalized plaque- $200
    • Competition sport seats- $1995
    • 2LT package- $4210
    • Memory package
    • Power bolster and lumbar adjustments
    • Corvette logo on seats
    • Color-matched console and doors
    • Cargo cover and net
    • Auto-dimming driver’s side exterior mirror
    • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
    • Heated and ventilated seats
    • 10-speaker Bose audio system
    • Additional 9 months of SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription
    • Universal garage-door opener
    • Alarm
    • Color head-up display

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