Chevrolet says the new, 2014 Corvette Stingray shares only two parts with the current model: the cabin air filter and the discarded Cialis packets on the floor. No, it's the roof latch.
Still, GM says the base model will pull 1.0g on the skidpad and get from 0-60 in under four seconds. Who's laughing now, kids? Not us, by cracky.
Jokes aside, the Stingray has a raft of improvements over the C6. Here's a rundown of the new bits that stand to make the 2014 Corvette Stingray the performance bargain of the decade.
Whatever you think of the new Stingray's design, or the sexual practices of those sea creatures that don the car's flanks, GM engineers made some significant, incremental changes since the current C6 Corvette — many of which reside under the skin.
GM also added direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation.
Transmission — sorry, Rear Transaxle
A six-speed, Hydra-Matic 6L80 paddle-shifted autobox is an option for cruisers.
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Z51 performance package
We don't yet know prices for any of this stuff yet, but we do know that the Z51 performance package will come with a litany of extra gear for those with private racetrack memberships or who wish they did.
1.) Electronic limited-slip differential
2.) Closer gear ratios for the manual gearbox
3.) Dry-sump lubrication
4.) Additional cooling for the brakes, differential, and gearbox
5.) Larger brakes, aero bits for high-speed stability.
6.) Tire package: P245/35R19 front / P285/30R20 rear (vs. P245/40R18 front / P285/35R19 rear for Stingray) Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flats were developed specifically for the C7.
7.) Magnetic Selective Ride Control optional.