Discreet City / Octavius Williams
So you have to understand that this one car has ruined all other Corvettes for me.
I hold the 76 Sting Ray as the personification of sexy, masculine coolness…for me no other Corvette has every come close to satisfying me…NEVER!
Until now, I rolled my eyes at all the mock ups, concepts, fan art and “what ifs” when I heard General Motors was going to roll out a 2014 Corvette Sting Ray. Not anticipating it in the least. I just didn’t feel like being let down yet again.
I must say, (in Samuel L. Jackson’s voice)...I love with this MUTHAFUCKIN car!
Keep in mind what has been revealed is the standard / base model Corvette.
I was worried about the new rectangle tail lights, being that 99% of all the Corvette’s previous tail lights were round.
I was concerned it would be to “camaro-ish”. No worries because the Vette wears them superbly.
Oh but the interior…finally the house is complete. Leather and carbon fiber, all digital instrument panel dash and gauges. Dripping with American sports care luxury.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). It is also the most capable standard model ever, able to accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering grip. It is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA estimated 26 mpg of the current model.
Advanced driver technologies, including a five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to the fit the driver’s environment and a new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching that anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for perfect shifts every time.
An all-new 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine combines advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Mgt, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system that delivers more power while using less fuel.
Lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel (YES); composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance that supports a world-class power-to-weight ratio.
A sculptured exterior features advanced high-intensity discharge and light-emitting diode lighting and racing-proven aerodynamics that balance low drag for efficiency and performance elements for improved stability and track capability.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013. It’s believed the Corvette will start at $49,600. That is more than $30,000 below the Porsche 911. Chevy came with the heat on this one.
Word on the street is this Vette is faster than a Porsche 911 and can even out run a Ferrari Enzo…hmmm
So I have to ask myself the question. If I had $200,000 to spend on a sports car and my two options were the Ferrari California or the 2014 Corvette Sting Ray, which one would I buy?
The interior, the body, the vents, the power and because it gives me some hints of muscle car; I think I would go with the Corvette.
All that being said…when you take a step back, either you hate it or you love it.