The Corvette Stingray

Yes, the Detroit Motor Show is upon us once again. Detroit, Motor City, it’s the home of mass vehicle production and has been an exciting one! Last week, to celebrate the Corvette’s 60th anniversary, Chevrolet revealed an entirely made-over variant – the Corvette Stingray.

Angular and Aggressive

It’s Chevrolet’s most futuristic car to date and draws inspiration from the 1963 original ‘Vette. The design is extremely sharp, with carbon fibre bonnet, a removable roof and an angular front-end sporting LED strips incorporated into the headlights. As for the interior, there is a mixture of leather, carbon fibre and brushed aluminium. The electronic system is also much updated, so it’s a far cry from the cheap interior and upholstery of old!

It has an aluminium frame which is much more rigid than before, a full 57%, as well as being 45kg lighter. The engine is a 6.2 litre V8 and produces 444bhp and 610Nm of torque. All of this brings the car to 60mph in less than 4 seconds. It is the most powerful standard Corvette ever produced.

It should also be a more environmentally friendly machine, despite being American. The engine uses direct fuel injection as well as VVT. It can also shut down four of its eight cylinders when pootling around town, something which Audi have also developed.

Handling

Gearboxes come as standard as 6-speed automatics. You can however get a seven-speed manual, which can adjust the revs on downshifting. Suspension is adjustable, with 5 driving modes, so you can choose whether you want to go on a lethargic ride, or whether you’re in a track kind-of mood! All this should equate to much better handling, especially since the weight has been more evenly distributed between front and rear wheels. Corvette are also going to be offering a ‘Z51 Performance Package’, for a price. This will include an LSD (limited slip differential), an aero dynamic package as well as a dry-sump oiling system.

No word on the price yet, but it’s not going to be released until the end of 2013 anyway, so there is still time to get your orders in. Your motor insurance won’t be cheap though, as this is one mean machine!

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