Chevrolet Celebrates Corvette’s 60th Anniversary with 2014 Stingray [Hands-on]

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.

The very first Corvette, which debuted 60 years ago at the Waldorf Astoria in New York

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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  • An interior that includes real carbon fiber, aluminum and hand-wrapped leather materials, two new seat choices – each featuring a lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional support – and dual eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens
  • Advanced driver technologies, including a five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to the fit the driver’s environment and a new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching that anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for perfect shifts every time
  • An all-new 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine combines advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system that delivers more power while using less fuel
  • Lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance that supports a world-class power-to-weight ratio
  • A sculptured exterior features advanced high-intensity discharge and light-emitting diode lighting and racing-proven aerodynamics that balance low drag for efficiency and performance elements for improved stability and track capability
  • Track-capable Z51 Performance Package including: an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, differential and transmission cooling, as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability.