The 2014 seventh generation Corvette Stingray is available in six versions; the “entry level” Corvette Stingray Convertible 1LT starting at $56,000.00 up to the 3LT model starting at $64,005.00 with the 2LT in the middle somewhere. Also available in three variations is the Z51 with the 1LT starting at $58,800.00 up to top of the line Z51 3LT base price $66,805.00 and the Z51 2LT roughly centralized. All the versions are available with the seven speed standard or the six speed automatic transmissions. The standard will give a very presentable 17/29 mpg city/highway at least when driven with some restraint and the eco mode is used.
Creature comforts in the new ‘vette models include equal room for each front seat, a main 8 inch screen moves to one side to access a glove box, an optional addition of a second 8’ screen is there, and there is no visible molded plastic- all surfaces are painted or wrapped -including the new downsized wrapped steering wheel. Basic interior covering is a luxurious looking powder coat painted surface or kick it up a notch with the Carbon fiber accenting for $995.00 plus the next step is a vinyl/silk stitched leather look alike or the suede covering for an extra $995.00 but should you choose the full leather interior package-it will add $8,000.00 plus to the base price. The easy access seats come in two styles a standard for most purposes or the track version and they both have eight way power adjustments for added comfort. For added passenger comfort-the new ‘Corvette comes with right side temperature control beside the vent and two grab handles for them to use while you show the stuff your new car can do.
Driver aid items include variable ratio electronically assisted steering controlled by a mode selector having settings for driving in snow, rain, dry, eco, tour, sport, and track only-is mounted in the center console. The DMS (data management system) offers three tachometer readouts plus 12 other functions including gauge cluster info, number of cylinders activated, the active exhaust, launch control, navigation, traction and stability control systems. “Active exhaust” is the ability to control the noise and nominally boost the horse power output by avoiding the muffler system with the activation of a pair of butterfly valves. The DMS also gives readouts on optional items such as automatic gear box shifting and magnetic shocks if in chosen option pack. No models have a parking brake lever this function is electronic now with the control in the console.
The shocks are either the 1.4″ or the 1.8″ Bilsteins as basic equipment or the Magnetic ride control shocks are an option for the Z51 versions. Standard equipment on all models are the Brembo four piston fixed calipers with 13.6 inch slotted rotors front and 13.3 inch slotted rotors to the rear stopping the basic equipment Michelin tires.The 2014 Corvette is slightly heavier than last year by about 100 lbs (46 kg) at 3444 lbs (1562 kg) curb weight even with the new stronger aluminum frame. The new ‘vette is stronger, with a stiffer frame, faster, with a 49/51 front to rear weight ratio, and is better equipped than any of its forerunners.
The Z 51-LT3 has a 6.2 liter V8 puttng out 455 hp (334.7 kW) at 6000 rpm delivering 460 ft-lb of torque at 4600 rpm doing 0-60 (97 km/h) in 3.9 seconds and completes the quarter mile in 12.2 seconds reaching a speed of 117 mph (188.29 km/h).