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A thought on Chevrolet's new Corvette Stingray

A thought on Chevrolet's new Corvette Stingray

Without question, the debut of the seventh generation Corvette (C7) was one of the most anticipated premieres at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.

With an uninterrupted production history spanning 60 years and six generations, the Corvette helped to give birth and nurture the performance-based, sports coupe category. In North America it is the original sports car.

With speculation and intrigue running high for the last several months, the all-new C7 finally broke cover in Detroit, boy, did it create a stir.

A thought on Chevrolet's new Corvette Stingray A thought on Chevrolet's new Corvette Stingray A thought on Chevrolet's new Corvette Stingray

Firstly, Chevrolet brought back a classic name long associated with Corvette: Stingray, a name that hasn’t been used since 1976.

Next, the car’s styling received a significant makeover. Out went the C6’s traditional curves and rounded edges, replaced by the creased and blockier looks of the C7. While it still has the general look and feel of a Corvette, the new Stingray’s front and rear ends are vastly different than the outgoing model.

Up front, the C7 sports a grille and headlamp combo reminiscent of recent Ferraris. In the rear, the car sports squared-off tail lamps, a chunky looking rear fascia and centre mounted quad exhaust outlets. Early reviews have been mixed, and I must admit the new look doesn’t exactly scream Corvette.

While there might be some controversy when it comes to looks, there’s likely to be none when it comes to what really matters with Corvettes: performance.

A thought on Chevrolet's new Corvette Stingray A thought on Chevrolet's new Corvette Stingray A thought on Chevrolet's new Corvette Stingray

The Stingray is powered by GM’s all-new, fifth generation small block V8, a 6.2 litre mill dubbed the LT1, that is lighter, shorter and more power dense than the previous motor. Packing 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft. of torque, the Stingray is expected to post 0-60 mph in less than four seconds.

The C7 also sports a significantly stiffer aluminum chassis (nearly 60% stiffer), lightweight body panels (including a carbon fibre roof), aerodynamics derived from its American Le Mans Series road racing program and a host of driver-oriented features, including Active Rev Matching and a Drive Mode Selector that provides adjustability to 12 difference vehicle attributes.

In short, the 2014 Corvette Stingray moves the brand forward significantly and is a worthy addition to the legend.

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