Direct from its debut just moments ago at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, we have the first live photos of the stunning new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Yes, we say Stringray as Chevy has decided to commemorate one of its most legendary models--the ’63 Sting Ray--with its latest ‘Vette, while also delivering the cutting-edge style the nameplate is known for.
As we’re sure many readers will lament, the Corvette’s iconic round tail lights are gone, replaced instead with a set that's more reminiscent of the Camaro. There’s a chance they’re only here for the Corvette Stringray launch model, but we wouldn’t mind if they stick around.READ OUR IN-DEPTH 2014 CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY PREVIEW HERE
Seeing the car live in person, it exudes beauty from every angle. The rear fenders flow into the rear bumper with almost supercar-like vertical details, and there are also a number of sharp edges, though there’s no forgetting that this is a Corvette, the seventh-generation of the iconic American sports car.
The good news is that there’s also performance to match those looks. The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque emanating from its 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine.
Chevy boasts that it is also the most capable standard model ever, able to accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1 g in cornering grip (that's C6 Z06-like performance). It is also expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 mpg of the current model, thanks in part to a seven-speed manual transmission but also cylinder-deactivation tech. A six-speed auto with paddle shifters is also offered.
Inside, almost every aspect has been improved over the outgoing ‘Vette. There’s a Driver Mode Selector that adjusts no less than 12 parameters, the next-generation of Chevy’s MyLink interface and surfaces all fully-wrapped in your choice of Napa leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and micro-suede.
For all the details check out our original 2014 Chevrolet Corvette preview
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