The American muscle-car wars are stronger than ever now that Chevrolet has revealed the all-new, seventh-generation Corvette, just a week after the first production SRT Viper rolled off the assembly line.
Known as the Corvette Stingray, it is the most powerful standard model ever with the all-new 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 449hp and 610Nm of torque. It's also the most capable, with a zero-to-100kph sprint time of less than four seconds and the ability to achieve more than 1g in cornering grip.
"Like the '63 Stingray, 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."
According to Chevrolet, the all-new Corvette Stingray incorporates an all-new frame structure and chassis, a new powertrain, and completely new exterior and interior designs. As a matter of fact, only two parts--which Chevrolet conveniently neglected to mention--are supposedly being shared with the previous-generation model.
The Corvette Stingray’s sculptured body features advanced HID and LED lighting and race-proven aerodynamics "that balance low drag for efficiency and performance elements for improved stability and track capability." The car also makes widespread use of 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 that helps shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight distribution.
The use of lightweight material continues inside the car as the hand-wrapped leather is complemented by carbon fiber and aluminum. Two new seat choices--each featuring a lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional support--and dual eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens round out some of the new luxury features.
Advanced driver technologies--including a five-position drive mode selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to fit the driver's environment, and a new seven-speed manual transmission with active rev-matching--are the new additions to the Corvette Stingray's bag of tricks.
A track-capable Z51 Performance Package is also available for the Corvette Stingray, which includes an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, differential and transmission cooling, and a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability.
"Stingray is one of the hallowed names in automotive history," said GM vice president of global design Ed Welburn. "We knew we couldn't use the Stingray name unless the new car truly lived up to the legacy. The result is a new Corvette Stingray that breaks from tradition, while remaining instantly recognizable as a Corvette the world over."
The all-new, seventh-generation Corvette Stingray goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013.