2014 Chevrolet Corvette Review

March 18, 2014
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The Corvette gains a longer name for 2014. Chevy wants everyone to call it the Corvette Stingray. There’s a lot to expect: enhanced performance, more power, more thrilling driving experience, impressive array of cabin tech, and more. Learn more about the Corvette Stingray below.

NEW FOR THE CORVETTE STINGRAY

  • new official name: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
  • revised exterior and interior styling
  • additional features
  • more powerful V8 engine

UNDER THE HOOD

The Corvette Stingray extracts power from a 6.2-liter V8 engine that is capable of generating up to 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The optional dual-exhaust system adds 5 horsepower more to the V8’s power. Power is sent to the Corvette Stingray’s rear wheels through a 7-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic.

With direct fuel injection, cylinder deactivation, and variable valve timing technologies, the EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2014 Corvette is impressive at 17 mpg city/29 mpg highway/21 combined with a manual transmission and 16/21/20 with an automatic.

ON THE ROAD

With a more powerful V8 engine under the hood, the Corvette Stingray is just quick and fierce. That’s the 460-hp we’re talking about. The Z06 and the ZR1 come with more power. And with a revised chassis, stiffer frame and new tires, Chevy did a great job in revamping the Corvette. The 7-speed manual transmission shifts smoothly and, actually, outperforms the optional automatic. Steering is impressively responsive. Suspension is compliant and the seats are comfortable, making the Corvette Stingray a good car for long-distance driving.

INSIDE THE CORVETTE STINGRAY

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Chevy tweaked the interior of the Corvette to a more modern appeal. The center stack now features an 8-inch diagonal touchscreen from where you can operate most of the vehicle’s functions. The inclusion of smartphone integration, Bluetooth and a new customizable gauge cluster in the standard equipment list is an impressive move by Chevy.

The seats for the 2014 Vette have also been improved. They are now more supportive and more comfortable for the kind of performance the Stingray delivers. The cargo space is another commendable feature. The hatchback opens up 15 cubic feet of space which is enough for your golf clubs, grocery bags and luggage. The Stingray convertible’s trunk measures 10 cubic feet.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is available either as a convertible or as a coupe. And here are the standard features that go with each trim level.

The Stingray 1LT is well-equipped with satellite radio, 9-speaker Bose audio system, Chevrolet MyLink Radio (with 8-inch diagonal high-res color touchscreen, voice recognition, hidden storage, Bluetooth and smartphone integration), two USB ports, auxiliary audio jack, SD card reader, leather-wrapped shift knob, multifunction leather steering wheel, driver information center, air filtration system, rearview camera, driver-selectable modes, electronic cruise control, OnStar, xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights, keyless ignition, 18-inch front and 19-inch rear aluminum wheels, and capless fueling.

The Stingray 2LT gets GD radio, Corvette seat badging, memory package, heated and ventilated front seats, 10-speaker Bose audio system, color head-up display, and auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The Stingray 3LT features extended leather interior trims and navigation system.

Optional on all models are the Z51 Performance Package, performance exhaust, Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management, faux-suede interior trim, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear aluminum wheels, and sport bucket seats.

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