You do not see 150-image buyers guides in any car magazine or magazine iPad app, that is for sure!
It takes sooooo, soooo loooong to put something like this together.
I hope it is helpful and entertaining to those with — or without — a Stingray ragtop in their future!
There is fresh content all the way down to the bottom of this page. =]
A few insights after a very deep dive into the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible’s specs, pricing and configuration options.
— In my opinion, the drop-top looks even better than the hardtop…. but, the hardtop does have a targa panel that fits right in its 15-cubic-foot trunk — making both sunny-day dream cars
— The main differences between the trims are between 1LT versus the 2LT and 3LT. The 1LT lacks many things, like the eLSD in back, the largest and coolest optional wheels, and what looks like a pretty dull cabin versus the pricier cars
— 1LT also lacks many of the options available on the 2LT and 3LT, but can be had with the Z51 pack to gain launch control.
— Automatics are available across the board, but the dry-sumped 2LT and 3LT have a beefed up seven-speed, bigger brakes, and an overall increase in performance ability with a drop in sprint times from 4.2-seconds down to just 3.8-seconds with the 2LT or 3LT Z51 package.
The most critical options I noticed on the otherwise very loaded 3LT Z51?
— Performance exhaust with 4-inch quad pipes, a jump of half an inch and a much deeper active baffle setting in race mode
— Magnetic suspension is optional as well, and highly recommended
— Sport bucket seats and upgraded cabin trims: definitely a must to have the experience and cabin quality read about in the magazines. Please see the cabin comparisons below.
Pricing is from about $60,000 up to just under $80,000 as equipped with the options in my build below.
INTERIOR COMPARISONS BY TRIM LEVEL
I prefer the tans and browns, which are a 2LT and 3LT exclusive. Selected examples below.
INTERIOR — OFFICIAL PHOTOS and VIDEO
|1LT||MSRP from $58,995†|
|1LT with Z51 Performance Package||MSRP from $62,995†|
|2LT||MSRP from $63,205†|
|2LT with Z51 Performance Package||MSRP from $67,205†|
|3LT||MSRP from $67,000†|
|3LT with Z51 Performance Package||MSRP from $71,000|
Or customize yours with my below spec as a starting point — exactly configured as below via this click!
Here is how my configuration turned out… But there are many other wild combinations out there!
Kalahari, Leather seating surfaces with sueded microfiber inserts
19″ Z51 5-split spoke Black aluminum wheels (20″ rear wheels)
6.2L V8 DI engine
7-speed manual transmission
Magnetic Selective Ride Control™
Red-painted brake calipers
Competition Sport bucket seats
Carbon fiber interior trim
P245/35ZR19 front and P285/30ZR20 rear, performance , run-flat, summer-only tires1
Hood stinger stripe, Carbon Flash
Options and Accessories Total
Some of the bolder racing stripes! I prefer the carbon flash hood piece only, but to each his own.
OPTIONS and STYLE ACCESSORIES
Official Debut Details below from Chevrolet.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Preliminary Specifications
|Model:||Chevrolet Corvette Stingray|
|Body styles / driveline:||2-door hatchback coupe with removable roof panel or 2-door convertible; rear-wheel drive|
|Construction:||composite and carbon-fiber body panels, hydroformed aluminum frame with aluminum and magnesium structural and chassis components|
|Manufacturing location:||Bowling Green, Ky.|
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|LT1 6.2L V-8|
|Displacement (cu in / cc):||376 / 6162|
|Bore & stroke (in / mm):||4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92|
|Block material:||cast aluminum|
|Cylinder head material:||cast aluminum|
|Valvetrain:||overhead valve, two valves per cylinder|
|Fuel delivery:||direct injection|
|Lubrication system:||wet sump (Stingray) dry sump (Stingray with Z51)|
|Horsepower L hp / kW @ rpm:||455 / 339 @ 6000 (SAE-certified) 460 / 343 (with available performance exhaust)|
|Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):||460 / 624 @ 4600 (SAE-certified)465 / 630 (with available performance exhaust)|
|Max. engine speed (rpm):||6,600|
|Recommended fuel:||premium recommended, not required|
|EPA-estimatedfuel economy (city / hwy):||17 / 29 (manual) TBD (automatic)|
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|Type:||seven-speed manual with Active Rev Match||seven-speed manual with Active Rev Match w/Z51||six-speed paddle-shift automatic|
|Gear ratios (:1)|
|Final drive ratio:||3.42||3.42||2.56 (2.73 w/ Z51)|
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|Front:||short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, monotube shock absorber|
|Rear:||short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring, monotube shock absorber|
|Active handling:||Magnetic Selective Ride Control (avail. with Z51)|
|Traction control:||StabiliTrak electronic stability control|
|Steering type:||variable-ratio rack-and-pinion with electric power assist|
|Steering gear ratio:||12.0 to 16.4|
|Turns lock to lock||2.53|
|Turning circle, curb to curb (ft / m):||37.7 / 11.5|
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|Type:||front and rear power-assisted discs with four-piston fixed front and rear calipers (slotted rotors with Z51)|
|Rotor diameter (in / mm):||front: 12.6 / 320 (13.6 / 345 with Z51) rear: 13.3 / 338|
|Rotor thickness (in / mm):||front: 1.18 / 30 (including Z51) rear: 0.90 / 23|
|Wheel size:||front: 18-inch x 8.5-inch rear: 19-inch x 10-inch front: 19-inch x 8.5-inch (with Z51) rear: 20-inch x 10-inch (with Z51)|
|Tires:||Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat front: P245/40R18 rear: P285/35R19 front: P245/35R19(with Z51) rear: P285/30R20(with Z51)|
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|Wheelbase (in / mm):||106.7 / 2710|
|Overall length (in / mm):||176.9 / 4493|
|Overall width (in / mm):||73.9 / 1877|
|Overall height (in / mm):||48.6 / 1235 (coupe) 48.6 / 1235 (convertible)|
|Track (in / mm):||63 / 1600 (front) 61.7 / 1567 (rear)|
|Curb weight (lb / kg):||3298 / 1499 (coupe) 3362 / 1529 (convertible)|
|Weight distribution (% front / rear):||50 / 50|
|Headroom (in / mm):||38 / 962|
|Leg room (in / mm):||43 / 1092|
|Shoulder room (in / mm):||55 / 1397|
|Hip room (in / mm):||54 / 1371|
|Interior volume (cu ft / L):||52 / 1475|
|Cargo volume (cu ft / L):||Coupe: 15 / 425 Convertible: 10 / 283|
|Fuel capacity (gal / L):||18.5 / 70|
|Engine oil (qt / L):||7 / 6.6 9.75 / 9.2 (with Z51)|
|Engine cooling system (qt / L):||11.3 / 10.7|
Chevrolet Corvette Convertible – 2014
- Coupe and convertible models built on all-new, lightweight aluminum frame
- New LT1 V-8 with SAE-certified 455 hp (339 kW) and 460 lb.-ft. (624 Nm) – and 460 hp (343 kW) / 465 lb.-ft. (630 Nm) with available performance exhaust
- Most efficient sports car on the market, with EPA-estimated 17 mpg city and 29 mpg highway
- All-new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Match technology
- Drive Mode Selector tailors up to 12 vehicle attributes to fit the driver’s environment
- Standard carbon fiber hoods on all models, and removable roof panel for coupes, supports a world-class power-to-weight ratio
RETURN OF THE STINGRAY: THE 2014 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Chevrolet is redefining modern performance with the all-new Corvette Stingray. And only a Corvette with the perfect balance of technology, design and performance can wear the iconic Stingray designation. The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard Corvette model ever, with an SAE-certified 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 460 lb.-ft. of torque (624 Nm) – and 460 horsepower (343 kW) and 465 lb.-ft. (630 Nm) with the available performance exhaust system. It is also the most capable standard Corvette ever, with Z51-equipped models able to accelerate from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds, run the quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 119 mph, achieve 1.03g in cornering grip and stop from 60 mph in 107 feet. The new Corvette Stingray backs its performance capability with the greatest efficiency of any sports car on the market , delivering an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city driving and 29 mpg on the highway with the all-new seven-speed manual transmissions. No other car offers more than 455 horsepower and greater than 29 mpg on the highway. “Like the ’63 Sting Ray, the best Corvettes embodied performance leadership, delivering cutting-edge technologies, breathtaking design and awe-inspiring driving experiences,” said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. “The all-new Corvette goes farther than ever, thanks to today’s advancements in design, technology and engineering.” The all-new Corvette Stingray shares only two parts with the previous-generation Corvette. It incorporates an all-new frame structure and chassis, a new powertrain and supporting technologies and a completely new exterior and interior designs. The Stingray Coupe starts at $51,995 (including destination) and the Convertible is priced at $56,995 (including destination). They share identical chassis tuning and performance technologies. They also share nearly-identical curb weights, as the only structural changes for the convertible model are limited to accommodations for the folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts. Corvette Stingray highlights include:
- An interior that offers genuine carbon fiber and aluminum trim, hand-wrapped leather materials, dual eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens, and two new seat choices – each featuring a lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional support
- Advanced driver technologies, including a five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to fit the driver’s environment and a new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching that anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for perfect shifts every time
- An all-new 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine combines advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system that delivers more power while using less fuel
- Lightweight materials, including an aluminum frame; carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel on coupes; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance that supports a world-class power-to-weight ratio
- A sculpted exterior features advanced high-intensity discharge and light-emitting diode lighting and racing-proven aerodynamics that balance low drag for efficiency and performance elements for improved stability and track capability
- An all-new, fully electronic top on the convertible that can be lowered remotely using the key fob and operates at up to 30 mph
- Track-capable Z51 Performance Package, including an electronic limited-slip differential; dry-sump oiling system; integral brake, differential and transmission cooling; as well as specific wheels, tires, brakes and a unique aero package that improves high-speed stability.
EXTERIOR — Latest Press Photos
“Stingray is one of the hallowed names in automotive history,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. “We knew we couldn’t use the Stingray name unless the new car truly lived up to the legacy. The result is a new Corvette Stingray that breaks from tradition, while remaining instantly recognizable as a Corvette the world over.” The new Corvette Stingray is built at GM’s Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant, which underwent a $131-million upgrade, including approximately $52 million for a new body shop to manufacture the aluminum frame in-house for the first time. “We believe the Corvette represents the future of modern performance cars because it delivers more power, more driving excitement and better fuel efficiency,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “The result is better performance by every measure. The 2014 Corvette delivers the fastest acceleration, the most cornering grip, the most track capability, the best braking performance and what we expect to be the best fuel economy ever for a standard Corvette.”
- Gauge cluster configuration: The Tour, Eco and Weather modes feature displays for trip data, audio and navigation; Sport mode shows classic, easy-to-read sports car gauges; and Track mode’s configuration shows a gauge design based on the Corvette Racing C6.R race car display with lap timer
- ETC (Electronic Throttle Control): Adjusts the throttle input curve for the selected mode for improved responsiveness
- Paddle-shift automatic transmission : Adjusts shift comfort and shift points
- Active Fuel Management: in normal mode, the LT1 engine uses V-8 power; in Eco mode the engine can operate in V-4 mode to improve fuel economy until aggressive acceleration is called for
- Exhaust (active exhaust system): The system adjusts the timing of the electronically controlled exhaust valves to enhance audible feedback from the V-8 depending on the drive mode
- Electronic limited-slip differential (Z51): Adjusts the rate at which the limited slip engages, to balance between steering response and stability in different driving conditions; more aggressive performance in Sport and Track modes
- Steering: Assist effort is adjusted in the modes to provide the driver with the correct steering feel for the driving condition
- Magnetic Ride Control: Adjusts shock damping based on road conditions, from optimized comfort to performance driving
- Launch control: Available in Track mode for manual and automatic transmissions, providing maximum off-the-line acceleration
- Active handling (StabiliTrak stability control): A “competitive” setting is available in Track mode and is more suited for on-track conditions. It can also be disabled, giving the driver complete control
- Traction control: Weather mode tailors traction control and engine torque for driving in inclement conditions
- Performance Traction Management: Available in Track mode and offers five settings of torque reduction and brake intervention for track driving.
- 354 spot-welds using a GM-patented process that uses a unique electrode designed specifically for aluminum
- 188 Flowdrill-machined fasteners, which are installed by a high-speed drill that extrudes the frame material to create a strong, integral collar that is tapped for bolt-on fasteners
- 113 feet of structural adhesives, used in conjunction with welding and fasteners to increase overall frame stiffness
- 37 feet of laser welds, which join frame sections via a precise beam of high energy that minimizes heat beyond the weld area for improved structural accuracy.
The frame’s greater strength and lower weight are complemented by chassis elements also designed for low-mass strength, including hollow-cast aluminum front and rear cradles that are approximately 25-percent lighter and 20-percent stiffer than the solid cradles used on the previous structure. The innovative use of materials includes a standard carbon fiber hood on all Corvette Stingray models, and carbon fiber roof panel on all coupes. In addition, underbody panels are created with carbon-nano composite technology, an advanced blend of traditional composite material and carbon fiber for reduced weight and improved strength. Fenders, doors, rear quarter panels and the rear hatch panel are made with lighter-density Sheet Molded Compound than the previous generation.
FASSST ANIMATION ALERT!
- Mode 1 is the default setting for normal driving and emphasizes vehicle stability
- Mode 2 is engaged when electronic stability control is turned off in the Sport or Track modes. This calibration enables more nimble turn-in and traction while accelerating out of a corner
- Mode 3 is automatically selected when Performance Traction Management is engaged. This calibration has the same function as Mode 2, but is fine-tuned to work with Performance Traction Management.
Standard Brembo brakes, with four-piston fixed calipers derived from racing, deliver exceptional stopping power on the street or track. System highlights include:
- 12.6-inch (320 mm) front rotors and 13.3-inch (338 mm) rear rotors are standard and have 35-percent more swept area than previous-generation brakes. Consequently, stopping distance is improved 9 percent
- Dual-cast, slotted 13.6-inch (345 mm) front rotors and 13.3-inch (338 mm) slotted rear rotors are included with Z51 Performance Package. They have 6-percent more swept area than the previous-generation Grand Sport and are cooled front and rear for improved track capability. Consequently, stopping distance is improved 5 percent
- All brake packages have fixed four-piston front and rear calipers that are stiffer for more even pad wear, reduced drag and improved modulation.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
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