2014 Chevrolet Corvette Unveiling Jump-Starts 2013 Detroit Auto Show

2013 Detroit Auto Show


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    2014 Chevrolet Corvette Picture

    2014 Chevrolet Corvette. | January 13, 2013

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2013 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The wraps have come off the eagerly anticipated 2014 Chevrolet Corvette on the eve of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, revealing some major changes for the seventh generation of the iconic American sports car.
  • Two variants of the C7 will be available when the car reaches dealerships in late summer; a base C7 dubbed Stingray and a higher-performance Z51.
  • Pricing was not announced, but the 2014 Corvette is expected to be cost-competitive against the Ford Shelby GT500, or around $54,000.

DETROIT — The wraps have come off the eagerly anticipated 2014 Chevrolet Corvette on the eve of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, revealing some major changes for the seventh generation of the iconic American sports car.

While General Motors sold just over 14,000 Corvettes in 2012, the Corvette wears the mantle of the Detroit automaker's image car. It is widely being described as the most important unveiling at the Detroit show.

The C7's formal unveiling marks the anniversary of the Corvette's debut in January 1953 as a GM Motorama "dream car" concept in New York. Since then, the automaker has built and sold more than 1.5 million Corvettes.

Pricing was not announced, but the 2014 Corvette is expected to be cost-competitive against the Ford Shelby GT500, or around $54,000. The base 2013 Corvette coupe 1LT starts at $50,595, including a $995 destination charge.

Two variants of the C7 will be available when the car reaches dealerships in late summer: a base C7 dubbed Stingray and a higher-performance Z51. Both C7 variants are built on a new all-aluminum chassis, a major switch from the C6, where the lighter aluminum chassis was the exclusive domain of the more expensive Z06 and ZR1 variants.

While the 2014 Corvette's cabin underwent a major overhaul, with an emphasis on soft-touch surfaces and leather, the exterior styling is more evolutionary. The most dramatic change comes in the rear, which features trapezoidal taillights similar to those found on the current Chevrolet Camaro.

The 2014 Corvette gets a direct-injected, 6.2-liter LT1 pushrod V8 power plant, still preliminarily rated at 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. The two available transmissions are a conventional six-speed automatic and a new seven-speed Tremec TR6070 manual gearbox. The EPA has not yet rated the 2014 Corvette, but the base manual transmission is expected to land somewhere north of the manual C6's 16/26 mpg.

The C7's Z51 package includes a number of performance upgrades, including larger-capacity Bilstein dampers, a rear stabilizer bar and stiffer leaf springs. Forged wheels are added, which grow an inch over those of the base C7 to 19 inches in front and 20 inches in the rear.

Edmunds says: The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette is undoubtedly the "it" vehicle of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

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