2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Buyers Love Manual Transmission, Z51 Performance Package


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    2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Picture

    The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is turning in some impressive numbers. | April 30, 2014

Just the Facts:
  • 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray buyers are snapping up cars equipped with the seven-speed manual transmission and optional Z51 Performance package, General Motors told Edmunds.
  • A whopping 40 percent of buyers equip their Corvette Stingray with the manual transmission.
  • GM said 55 percent of buyers opt for the Corvette's Z51 Performance package.

DETROIT 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray buyers are snapping up cars equipped with the seven-speed manual transmission and optional Z51 Performance package, General Motors told Edmunds.

A whopping 40 percent of buyers equip their Corvette Stingray with the manual transmission. The rest of the buyers select the six-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. Next year, an optional eight-speed automatic transmission will debut on Corvette, although GM has not spelled out whether the base car or the uplevel Corvette Z06 will get the new transmission.

GM said 55 percent of buyers opt for the Corvette's Z51 Performance package.

The package includes such items as performance brakes, black-painted calipers, an aero package, performance suspension, electronic limited-slip differential and silver-painted aluminum 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels.

The base 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe 1LT with the Z51 Performance package starts at $57,995, including a $995 destination charge.

Chevrolet Spokesman Monte Doran said the Corvette Stingray is in "short supply."

GM has sold 19,915 2014 Corvette Stingrays since the car's launch. The average "days-to-turn" since launch is 19. The current days supply is 27, well below the industry average.

Edmunds says: Doran said his best advice for car shoppers is to work closely with their dealer as they search out and equip their dream Corvette, one of the most desirable sports cars on the U.S. market.

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