We can finally put an end to analyzing leaked pictures of camouflaged test mules, renderings posted on automotive forums, and “exclusive” looks at the new Corvette. Chevrolet has unveiled the new Corvette C7 – which has received the Stingray nameplate.
The C7 Corvette will produce an estimated 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft via a 6.2-liter V8. The engine uses variable valve timing, cylinder deactivation, and direct injection to improve engine performance and efficiency. The C7 can reach 60 mph in less than 4 seconds, and is estimated to have a better mpg rating than the C6, which had a 26 mile per gallon highway rating.
Thanks to the incorporation of lightweight construction materials, the Corvette C7 is 90 lbs. lighter than the C6. The C7 will come with a removable carbon fiber roof, and a carbon fiber hood as standard. An all-new aluminum frame also helps to contribute to the Stingray’s lightweight, which in turn helps the Stingray achieve 50/50 weight distribution.
The C7 incorporates a few aerodynamic tricks to improve cooling and efficiency. A vent in the carbon fiber hood allows for hot air generated by the radiator to flow over, rather than under, the Stingray. Vents in the car’s front and rear quarter panels help to improve aerodynamic efficiency.
The interior of the Stingray has been upgraded considerably in comparison to previous models. Carbon fiber and aluminum trim pieces help to give the car a sophisticated feel. An 8” infotainment display, along with a digital display in the dashboard provides the driver with relevant vehicle information.
The Stingray uses a seven-speed manual transmission that employs “Active Rev Matching that anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for perfect shifts every time.”
As we predicted in a preview of the C7 Corvette, the car will come with a “Drive Mode Selector” that alters twelve characteristics of the car’s driving dynamics to change the feel of the Stingray. The five driving modes are: comfort, economy, weather, sport, and track modes.
The Corvette Stingray will hit showrooms in the third quarter of this year.