Sixty years ago, on January 16th, 1953, the Corvette was first introduced to a crowd at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. This week, Chevrolet celebrated that day, and 60 years of the Corvette by bringing the new 2014 Corvette Stingray to New York to show off.
It turns out that the very first Corvette that debuted that day back in 1953, was actually just a concept car. But it received such a great reception, that GM decided to actually produce it. Sixty years later, the Corvette is an iconic car that has become intertwined in American culture.
And this week at the Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet introduced the 2014 Corvette Stingray. The Corvette Stingray is back. The Stingray name was last used in 1976, during the third generation of Corvettes. Chevrolet is opening up the seventh generation of their sports car mainstay with the reintroduction of the old favorite, and it looks no worse for having been holed up in the conceptual garage all this time. The red-hot two-seater has the look of classic models, but in a much more modern form. Modern also means functional here – every bit of the new Stingray’s body has been designed to improve aerodynamics. Use of carbon fiber on the body should help keep things lighter, too.
Inside, you can expect 450 horsepower, which will allow the new Stingray to go from 0 to 60 in four seconds. A 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine with direct injection makes things go, although all that power has been balanced with some measure of efficiency – the 2014 Stingray is expected to get upwards of 26 mpg on the highway.
It’s bold, it’s going to handle well, and it has that classic Stingray look. Those interested (guessing that’s going to be a big crowd) will be able to get behind the wheel when the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray rolls out in Q3 of this year.
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