Corvette Stingray 2014: One-Year Waiting List for Coveted Chevy (Video)

Friday, 25 Oct 2013 11:14 AM

By Michael Mullins

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The Corvette Stingray 2014, which has a 455 horsepower engine that can drive a quarter of a mile in just 12.23 seconds, has received so much interest from consumers that there is a one-year waiting list for the car.

Making its debut in January at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2014 Corvette Stingray is the seventh-generation C7 model for the iconic American car that marks the 60th anniversary of the Corvette.

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"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 in September.

With its sleek features, long nose, and steeply raked windshield, the much anticipated sports car has a V8 engine below the hood that can take its driver 0 to 60 mph in just 4.15 seconds

"The LT1's performance compliments the Corvette’s low mass with a tremendous feeling of power that builds as the rpm climbs," Chevy's statement continued. "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."

The 2014 Corvette Stingray's power and sleek design aren't its only impressive attributes; the car's interior is equally splendid. 

"All the materials, the area in front of the driver, you can get that as carbon fiber, and its real carbon fiber, it's made with the same process that you'd use to make a carbon fiber part for a racecar. It's authentic," Ryan Vaughn, Chevy Performance Car Interior Design Manager for the Corvette Stingray 2014, said in a promotional video.

"We really wanted the car to be focused on the driver," Vaughn added. "At the end of the day it ends up being very crafted, very well-executed interior."

General Motors invested $131 million to upgrade the Bowling Green, Ky. facility where the car is being manufactured, $52 million reportedly went directly to the area of the plant responsible for producing the Stingray's aluminum frame.

GM is hoping the new Stingray will beat out other sports cars on the market, particularly imports from Germany and Italy such as the Porsche, Lamborghini, and Ferrari, which currently lead the market.

"When you compare the numbers of this car to a Porsche or a lower entry-level Ferrari, you’re right there for a portion of the price," Chevrolet’s head of consumer affairs James Bell told concerning the 2014 Corvette Stingray. "But the fact that it’s a Chevrolet, means that if something happens to the car, there’s probably a couple of Chevy stores in your neighborhood that you can take it into."

Despite the interest in the car, reported that GM is being cautious about its production of the 2014 Corvette Stingray and has decided to not add a second shift that would allow for the production of more vehicles in less time.

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