The all-new seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will make its public debut today at the Detroit Auto Show.
Powered by a new 444bhp 6.2-litre LT1 V8 engine with direct injection, continuously variable valve timing and an 11.5:1 compression ratio and accelerates from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds. These figures make it the most powerful standard Corvette ever. Of course more powerful versions will follow soon.
Both a seven-speed manual and a six-speed automatic are available.
“Like the ’63 Sting Ray, the best Corvettes embodied performance leadership, delivering cutting-edge technologies, breathtaking design and awe-inspiring driving experiences,” said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. “The all-new Corvette goes farther than ever, thanks to today’s advancements in design, technology and engineering.”
The all-new Corvette Stingray features a long carbon fibre bonnet, front fender vents, a removable ‘double bubble’ roof, HID headlights with integrated LEDs, a rear spoiler, a four-tailpipe exhaust system and Camaro-inspired taillights.
The interior has been improved drastically over the sixth-generation model, with higher quality materials, dual eight-inch displays and new new seats with lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional comfort and support.
All-new aluminum frame is 57 per cent stiffer and 45kg lighter, delivering an optimal 50/50 weight balance for unparalleled handling. Other highlights include carbon-nano composite underbody panels, plus composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels.
There is also a track-capable Z51 Performance Package available including: an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, differential, transmission cooling, and a unique aero package.
Just as the previous model, the new Corvette Stingray will be built at GM’s Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant with sales starting in the third quarter of 2013. From launch the new Corvette Stingray will be available only in left-hand drive. A right-hand drive variant is also planned, but nor for a couple of years.