12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - Four Seasons Introduction

April 25, 2014
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""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.
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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.
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
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)
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)
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)
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
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
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 Coupe Front End In Motion

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