Corvette ignites second-gen Stingray

2013-08-31T09:51:00Z Corvette ignites second-gen StingrayJim Jackson Times Autos Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 31, 2013 9:51 am  • 

When was the last time a possession possessed you?

According to Vette-N-Vestments publication, Chevrolet Corvette owners’ "possession obsession" runs deep with more than 750,000 Corvettes of all model years registered in the United States. That number is about to grow.

After 60 consecutive years, Corvette debuts its seventh-generation iteration General Motors codes a “C7”. Corvette enthusiasts know it by a more familiar name: Stingray.

First introduced in 1963 and scheduled to arrive this fall, Chevrolet returns the Stingray moniker to America’s iconic sports car with immediate recognition that is turning heads and the 2014 Corvette Stingray into buyers’ driveways.

“Owners loyal to the Corvette brand are particularly interested in the 2014 Stingray because of its all-new styling,” says Michael Miskus, sales consultant for Arnell Chevrolet in Burns Harbor. “We already have a number of pre-sold orders.”

The front-engine, rear-drive 2014 Corvette Stingray is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that builds 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

Corvette’s first seven-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed paddle-shift automatic governs the V8 power plant.

Seventh gear and a prudent throttle yields 29 miles per gallon/highway with Corvette’s new cylinder deactivation system that reduces the V8 to four-cylinders when traveling flat roads at steady speed. City driving reels 17 mpg.

Recently, I tested the 2014 Corvette Stingray with both transmissions across California Highway 25 near Monterey where miles of straight and S-curve roads are offered for possession.

Both test cars came equipped with a standard removable roof and an available Z51 Performance Package that includes special wheels, tires, upgraded brakes, tuned suspension, enhanced cooling systems and aero package.

Corvette’s seven-speed rev-matching feature garners a race-inspired "throttle-blip" function and sound when down-shifting.

Use of steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifters is a benefit when driving twisty roads at speed as it affords crisp shifts without taking hands off the wheel.

“Most of our C7 clients choose the automatic transmission with paddle shifters for convenience,” says Miskus. “The driver gets the best of both worlds using either the automatic mode or tap shifts for Formula One-style gear changes.”

Stingray transmissions are complimented by razor sharp steering control that requires minimal driver input for precision direction management.

However, the tight steering control requires more driver effort when the wide C7-specific Michelin Pilot Super Sport run flat tires grab swaled Interstate pavement.

A new Drive Mode Selector offers choice of Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport and Track settings that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to fit drivers’ needs.

Inside, a newly designed twin cockpit with standard GT seats, complete with passenger-side grab-bar, is built to support today’s American body structure for support and comfort that will last through ownership.

Slimmer bolstered Competition Sport Seats cost an additional $2,500.

Chevrolet Corvette is the longest running sports car nameplate in America with more than 1,370,759 units built since it premièred in 1953.

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe enters America’s sports car legacy at a cost of $51,995 with freight.

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