The new Chevrolet Corvette is the seventh member of the family which was born in 1953, being the third model in the series after the second (1963-1967) and third (used between 1969 and 1976) generation vehicles designed to wear the Stingray designation. The Detroit Auto Show is going to host the world debut of this eye-catching car which is scheduled to hit the markets in the fall. The first thing one would notice the amazing exterior styling, which in this case, seems to be breaking many rules and traditions, beginning the rounded-square and round taillights seen on all Corvette’s since 1961. Last seen in the first generation coupe model, the presence of rear-quarter windows are another new feature worth nothing, while the "Transformers movies" previewed many aspects of its design through the 2009 Stingray concept. Whether the new Corvette Stingray will become a classic or will manage to attract buyers and fans alike, it remains to be seen.
However, from some angles, the edgier and more sculpted design of the new Corvette Stingray, seems to be too trimmed and busy. It appears that these design choices were made in order to reach the tastes and needs of both the young, who think that the Nissan GT-R is more attractive, and traditional buyers. The interior of the outgoing Corvette C6 was not appreciated at all, being considered one of the most inefficient actions taken by Corvette. Featuring shape and lines which remind of the Audi R8, followed by a driver-oriented dashboard, the new model’s cabin is undoubtedly an aesthetic improvement. Other highlights are enhanced by a navigation system on the center stack, a large display for the infotainment, as well as the new 8-inch screen in the center of the instrument panel flanked by regular gauges. Chevrolet announced that the quality of the materials had been improved as the cabin boasted aluminum, carbon fiber and hand-wrapped leather surfaces. As far as the seats are concerned, the customers are given the opportunity to choose between two seats, each of them integrating a lightweight magnesium frame.
The new Stingray has a body that integrates a carbon fiber hood together with a removable roof panel, composite fenders, rear quarter panels and doors, carbon-nano composite underbody panels, a new aluminum frame, also making use of lightweight materials in its construction. Regarding the car’s curb weight, no specific numbers were provided and Chevrolet informed that they had shifted weight rearward in order to obtain "an optimal 50/50 weight balance". Comprising an advanced combustion, continuously variable valve timing, Active Fuel Management and direct injection, the engine of the C7 will be GM’s newly developed 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine. Thus the power delivered reaches 450 HP and 610 Nm of peak torque, numbers which make this engine the most powerful one in the model’s history. It is also claimed to be the most fuel efficient by exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 mpg which belongs to the current model. The 0-60 mph sprint is covered in less than four seconds, achieving more than 1 g in cornering grip. Furthermore, a seven-speed Tremec manual gearbox featuring Active Rev Matching, is a premiere for the Corvette, besides the transmission options which include a six-speed automatic. A five-position Drive Mode Selector that GM boasts to tailor 12 vehicle attributes in order to fit the driving style, is an important component of the driver technologies, while a track-capable Z51 Performance Package is offered by Chevrolet an an option, a package that integrates dry-sump oiling system, an electronic limited-slip differential, integral brake, differential and transmission cooling, completed by a unique aero package that considerably improves high-speed stability. It is expected that in the next years more editions and higher-powered models will become part of the range.
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