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1406 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray June Update
four seasons long-term tests

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - Celebrity Honeymoon

Miles to Date: 5251

Patrick M Hoey
SUMMER
2014 Chevrolet Corvette reviews to date
"Wherever this car travels, it sprinkles halo dust for General Motors."

That’s no typo above: our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has turned 5251 miles in two months. Indeed, the Corvette is proving to be one of those Four Seasons cars that makes us want to drop everything and go for a ride.

A few of us have done just that: No sooner had I finished driving the car 460 miles from Kentucky to Michigan than road test editor Chris Nelson climbed behind the wheel and sped off to Chicago. I drove back to the Windy City a few Sundays later with no pretense beyond attending an afternoon coffee brewing class (hey, it’s more complicated than you’d think).

Even when the car’s just sitting outside our building, though, we can’t quite seem to leave it alone.

“Drove the Corvette around the office park—my palms are still sweaty,” says associate web editor Eric Weiner.

What have we learned about the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in all this driving? “That everybody loves the new Corvette,” Nelson answers. “A crowd of eight people gathered on my parents’ sleepy street in the Chicago suburbs moments after I parked.” I can confirm the Windy City’s affection for the ‘Vette: even the surly tollbooth operator on the Skyway could not help but inquire excitedly about the gleaming white sports car.

The adulation has poured in just as frantically around metro Detroit, even though C7 Corvettes are already relatively common around these parts.

"Drive by a strip of alfresco diners, and every man will raise his head and turn his neck,” notes deputy editor Joe DeMatio. He doesn’t blame them, noting instead that he took the time to wash the car by hand and that the Detroit V-8 soundtrack “sounds better than LaFerrari.”

Beyond drawing lots of attention, we’ve been able to delve deeper into the 2014 Corvette’s features, starting with its drive mode selector. Touring mode, which offers the softest setting for the magnetorheological dampers, should be perfect for everyday driving, given how bad the roads are around southeast Michigan. But it also makes the steering feel lighter than we like and silences the exhaust at low engine speeds by closing butterfly valves in two of the four tailpipes. “Turning down the exhaust volume on a Corvette is akin to having a long-distance relationship with Allison Brie,” quips associate web editor Jake Holmes, “You're missing out on the most appealing part.” We have since found, buried in submenus in the center touch screen, a way to open the exhaust valves regardless of drive mode. That’s easier, at least, than in the last-generation Corvette, where one had to resort to pulling fuses to make the exhaust loud all the time.

For highway slogs, we do appreciate both Touring and Eco mode. The latter shuts down cylinders during cruising. It’s a little disconcerting at first—a perceptible tremor passes through the gas pedal as cylinders cut in and out. But the results impress: “I saw an indicated 34 mpg on the instantaneous display while in Eco mode,” Holmes says.

We’ve not yet had the time to take our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray to a proper venue to explore its most aggressive mode (Track). Still, I tapped into its capabilities when a slight drizzle began to fall on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive. I selected “wet” from the stability control submenu, which adjusts both the stability control system and the electronic limited slip differential (this submenu is only available in Track mode). I then jabbed the throttle through a U-turn, executing a perfect tail slide before accelerating away toward the highway. “Nicely done,” said my passenger, clearly convinced that this was a result of my driving skills.

If there’s an early let down, it’s the seven-speed manual gearbox. “The gates are narrow and it’s easy to get lost among all the gears,” Holmes notes. More worrying, a slight click has developed when sliding into first gear, which is something we’ll have to address in our first service appointment. The direct-injection engine likewise voices a number of odd clicks and clacks upon cold startup. “It’s more of a whuuurwhuuurwhuuurwhuur, taptapclickclick, taptapclickclick,” Holmes says (yes, we really do spend our days talking about this stuff).

For the most part, however, our first few months with the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray have been a honeymoon—a celebrity honeymoon, no less.

“People continue to whip out cell phones excitedly at the mere sight of it,” editor in chief Michael Floyd notes, adding, “Wherever this car travels, it sprinkles halo dust for General Motors.”

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Specs
  • Overview
  • powertrain
  • chassis
  • measurements
  • equipment
  • options
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
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
  • Wolf47
    I came so close to buying one recently.  I wanted it, I can afford it, but the dealer refused to let me drive it.  I've driven $120K cars, why not a $62K car.  So I walked away.  Not even sure I'm happy about this, but its a principle with me.  
    loudredcar
    I can understand all the excitement about the new Corvette. But it just doesn't do it for me. Although a seven speed manual sounds awesome, the shift gate issue sounds annoying. I'm sure I'd enjoy driving one. But even if I could afford one, I wouldn't buy one.
    captlwr
    EVERYONE "loves it" !!!? Really??!! Everyone - or - everyone you've MET loves it??? I've had three - 63 Coupe, 86 Coupe (both Manuals) and an 06 Coupe (auto)………….I can definitely state that I - for one - do NOT love it….yep, I always take a "look" when one drives by and, to me, color is a BIG factor, as it the Z51 Spoiler - a RED coupe w/o the Spoiler looks pretty Ferrari-like from some angles. Yes - it's FAST - and has MANY "gizmo's" like "elect LSD" - sorry I'm an Old School driving enthusiast and like to DRIVE my cars, not have them drive me. Sat in the new Coupe - and could not see at ALL out the back - to me, the Roadster looks better - but - I sure do not "love" the C7's………."new" does not equal "great" - in my book anyway……………still TOO Large and TOO heavy from what it could have been with the new Design.
    laguna blue
    Hi- I am interested in where in the menu you found the ability to open the exhaust valves??
    David Zenlea
    @laguna blue From the home screen, you touch "Settings," then "Driving Mode," and then "Engine Sound Management." You can also adjust steering weight from the Driving Mode menu. 

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