The C7 version of Chevrolet’s iconic Corvette Stingray gets modern styling, a more powerful and efficient powertrain, and a modest price increase for 2014. The coupe will start at $51,995 when it goes on sale this summer and the convertible at $56,995. Model-year 2013 coupes start at $50,595 (all prices include a $995 destination fee).
Power comes from the next-generation of Chevy’s 6.2-liter V-8, good here for 450 horsepower and a zero-to-60 sprint of less than 4 seconds. GM expects it to exceed the current version’s EPA rating of 26 mpg highway thanks to fuel-saving direct injection and cylinder deactivation systems. A new seven-speed manual with rev matching also joins the lineup for 2014.
Standards on both body styles include eight-way power seats, two configurable driver and infotainment screens, Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, rearview camera, nine-speaker Bose audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port/auxiliary input jack, keyless access with push-button start and power tilt/telescopic steering wheel. The convertible comes standard with a new electric top that can be lowered using the key fob.
Options on the coupe include:
• 3LT interior package (upgraded audio system, color head-up display, memory package, navigation, heated and ventilated seats with power lumbar and bolsters, and leather lined interior): $8,005
• Z51 Performance Package (high-performance gear ratios, transmission cooling system, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, uprated brakes, electronic limited-slip differential and differential cooling system, and unique chassis tuning): $2,800
• Competition sports seats: $2,495
• Exposed-carbon-fiber roof panel: $1,995
• Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management: $1,795
• Dual-mode exhaust system: $1,195
• Carbon fiber interior trim: $995
• Suede and microfiber-wrapped upper interior trim: $995
• Red-painted calipers: $595
• Black-painted wheels: $495