RETURN OF THE STINGRAY: CHEVROLET CORVETTE
- Coupe and convertible models built on same lightweight aluminum frame
- New LT1 V-8 engine delivers an estimated 466 hp and 630 Nm of torque
- Arrives in Europe in December 2013
ZURICH – Chevrolet is redefining modern performance with the all-new Corvette Stingray. And only a Corvette with the perfect balance of technology, design and performance can wear the iconic Stingray designation.
The Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated
466 horsepower (343 kW) and 630 Nm of torque (465 lb.-ft ). It is also the most capable standard model ever, able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering grip. Moreover, the new Corvette Stingray is the most fuel-efficient standard Corvette ever.
“Like the ’63 Sting Ray, the best Corvettes embodied performance leadership, delivering cutting-edge technologies, breathtaking design and awe-inspiring driving experiences,” said Dr. Thomas Sedran, President and Managing Director, Chevrolet Europe. “The all-new Corvette goes farther than ever, thanks to today’s advancements in design, technology and engineering.”
The all-new Corvette Stingray shares only two parts with the previous generation Corvette. It incorporates an all-new frame structure and chassis, a new powertrain and supporting technologies, as well as completely new exterior and interior designs.
A Corvette is engineered as a coupe and a convertible from the outset. Hence, the performance technology and capabilities introduced on the Corvette Stingray coupe carry over to the convertible. The only structural changes are limited to accommodations for the folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts.
Corvette Stingray highlights include:
- An interior that offers genuine carbon fiber and aluminum trim, hand-wrapped leather materials, dual eight-inch configurable driver/connectivity screens, and two new seat choices – each featuring a lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional support
- Advanced driver technologies, including a five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 11 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 Management, 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 on coupes; 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 an ideal 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
- An all-new, fully electronic top on the convertibles, that can be lowered remotely using the key fob
- Track-capable Z51 performance package (standard on all European models), including: an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, differential and transmission cooling, specific shocks, springs and stabilizer bars, a specific performance gear ratio, larger front and rear wheels, brakes and tires, as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability.
“Stingray is one of the hallowed names in automotive history,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. “We knew we couldn’t use the Stingray name unless the new car truly lived up to the legacy. The result is a new Corvette Stingray that breaks from tradition, while remaining instantly recognizable as a Corvette the world over.”
The new Corvette Stingray is built at GM’s Bowling Green assembly plant, which underwent a $131-million upgrade, including a new body shop to manufacture the aluminum frame in-house for the first time.
The Corvette Stingray will arrive in Europe by December 2013.
GM Media Release 2013