There is something sensational when an American classic wins the prestigious title of the Car of the Year; the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is no exception. Many expected the sexy, streamlined beast to grab the 2014 title as announced by Automobile Magazine. With intense features, a wow driving factor and sweet lines – the Stingray reigns in the chair of champions. Curious to learn more?
The newest model delivers in speed and the ability to save on some gas; which is a mini-miracle on its own. The Stingray has been proven to beat Porsche and Ferrari in certain categories. With up 460 horses and an ability to drive a need for speed (29 miles to the gallon) the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is bringing checkbooks to the table.
Drive home eight cylinders, seven gears and hit from 0 to 60 m.p.h. in under four of the sickest seconds ever. The speed on the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray can be attributed to a major face-lift. Instead of its heavier steel frame, the 2014 model is covered with aluminum. This releases over 90 pounds of weight and allows the car to fly – it helps the cradles have also been refitted with aluminium.
In delivering a vehicle of value, Chevy has released two versions; one will be available in a couple and the other a sharp and much wanted convertible model. Okay, onward to the best feature of all, no more scouring to see where it can be located. Enter the new Drive Mode Selector for the 2014 Stingray. This advanced technology is something drivers and car enthusiasts will be thrilled to immerse into.
The Drive Mode Selector can tailor up to 12, yes 12, attributes for the driver’s environments. The settings for the Selector include options for Weather, Tour, Track, Sport and Eco. Harlan Charles, GM product manager has delivered results for drivers who have been worried about taking their baby out for a drive in the rain.
Charles states the Drive Mode Selector opens a brand new way of driving the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. It would allow drivers to continue driving comfortably regardless in a “downpour or charging through the corkscrew at Laguna Seca,” brags Charles.
GM isn’t the only cheerleaders surrounding their own creation. Outside of the 2014 Automobile Magazine’s Car of the Year, the car company has also picked up an award from Road and Track’s Performance Car of the Year award. GM is really coming back into their own, especially after the struggling bankruptcy in 2009.
To review those features again on the stunning and award-winning 2014 Stingray, see below:
- Available in coupe and convertible (this writer will take donations for a convertible version!)
- Drive Mode Selector with 12 attributes.
- Lightweight, aluminium frame and cradles replace steel, promoting faster speeds.
- 455 horsepower with a 460 lb.-ft. of torque.
- 0-60 met right at 3.8 crazy seconds.
- 29 m.p.g highway use (how truly incredible is that?!)
- Seat choices with a brand new magnesium frame for further support.
- The dashboard is outfitted for better driver connectivity.
- The convertible top mechanics have been enhanced. Drives can use the key fob to lower the top and it moves at a sleek speed of 30 m.p.h.
- Even the steering wheel has been redesigned for a comfortable and smooth feel, it’s also smaller – measuring at 360 mm.
Oh, and not forgetting those 12 modes based on the previously mentioned five configurations. Just to offer a tease on a few favorites:
- The Magnetic Ride Control parameter allows a driver to adjust for shock damping.
- On track conditions will never be an issue when tuning into Active handling. Can work cohesively with the Performance Traction Management feature, for brake intervention.
- Weather gets bad out of nowhere? Merge into Traction control mode to gain control of the vehicle when driving in dangerous conditions.
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the 2014 Car of the Year with incredible features. From an enhanced body to a more accessible dashboard, the Stingray is the car to have. For the basic model, expect to dig in the savings for about $52,000. For added features and trim packages, expect closer to $70,000 plus taxes. The Stingray is back and it’s taking awards and making its claim in the industry again.