'14 Stingray: A treat for loyalists, but aimed at new breed

Mike Colias
Automotive News
August 16, 2013 - 12:55 pm ET

MONTEREY, Calif. -- Chevrolet's 2014 Corvette Stingray is improved from the outgoing sixth-generation car by every major measurement: It's faster, more powerful, more refined and more fuel-efficient, and has a much better interior.

But it is the sports car's edgy exterior styling -- "futuristic," "exotic" and "more international" were descriptions used here by Corvette designers this week during a test drive for the automotive press -- that General Motors is counting on to cultivate a new breed of Corvette loyalists.

The seventh iteration of the sports car introduced 60 years ago should solidify the Corvette's status as an attainable dream car. At $51,995 for the coupe, including shipping, the car matches the performance credentials of peers that are priced two or three times higher. The price is up $1,400 from that of the current comparable model.

The basics: The new aluminum frame is 100 pounds lighter and 57 percent stiffer than the steel frame that underpins the 2013 base and Grand Sport models. That extra stiffness, along with a magnetic-based damping system and a new electronic limited slip differential, kept the Corvette sure-footed even at high speeds on the pebble-strewn roads that snake through this area's coastal mountain range.

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