The all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray won't hit showroom floors until next summer but Chevrolet aficionados are already predicting that the coupe will exceed expectations in all the key areas.
The seventh-generation C7 model will mark the 60th anniversary of the Corvette, and auto experts say the Stingray could make history as the most powerful base-model ever.
"The 2014 Corvette Stingray's LT1 engine is a triumph of advanced technology, delivering more power and torque than ever before with greater efficiency," Chevy said in a statement. "The LT1's performance compliments the Corvette’s low mass with a tremendous feeling of power that builds as the rpm climbs. Drivers will experience more power and acceleration than ever before with the standard engine — in fact, its power and torque surpass many up-level engines offered by competitors."
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"The car feels completely different" from Corvettes of the past, reported AutoWeek magazine,
which dubs the 2014 Stingray "a new archetype." Meanwhile, Car & Driver magazine gives it, "A+ for effort, straight As for execution."
The Corvette Stingray boasts a horsepower of approximately 450 and Chevy has called it the most efficient sports car of its class.
"The 2014 Corvette's 17 mpg city and 29 mpg highway fuel-economy figures beat out those of competitors like the 400-hp Porsche 911 Carrera S and 495-hp Jaguar F-type V-8 S," Car & Driver wrote.
With a base price of $51,995, the 2014 Corvette Stingray is scheduled hit showrooms next summer, with the convertible version to follow.
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