GENEVA – Chevrolet revealed the ’14 Corvette Stingray convertible today on the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. The car features an all-new, fully electronic top that can be lowered remotely while using key fob. It can also be opened or closed at speeds as high as 30 mph (50 km/h).
“The convertible has been an element of the soul and heart of Corvette since the very beginning in 1953,” said Ed Welburn, GM v . p . of global design. “With the all-new Corvette Stingray, we designed and developed the coupe and convertible simultaneously. Consequently, the Corvette Stingray offers an open-top driving experience with no compromise in performance, technology or design.”
The Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible arrive in global markets at the end of 2013, with left-hand-drive models to be offered in Europe, the Great Britain, the Middle East, Russia and Japan. Changes to Corvettes for export vary only in equipment expected to accommodate a respective market’s regulations, like lighting, headlamp washers and outside mirrors.
“It’s fitting to introduce the brand new Stingray convertible on the global stage at Geneva, because Corvette is the face of Chevrolet throughout the world,” said Susan managing, Docherty and president director of Cadillac and Chevrolet Europe. “It is undoubtedly an icon that has long been recognized and admired even in countries where it’s never officially been offered.”
All of the performance technology and capabilities introduced on the Corvette Stingray coupe carry over to the convertible. The only structural changes are limited to accommodations for the folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts. Central to the Corvette Stingray’s driving experience is surely an all-new, more rigid aluminum frame structure, which is 57-percent stiffer and 99 pounds (45 kg) lighter in comparison to the current steel frame.
All models are powered through the new LT1 6.2L V-8, with the estimated 450-hp (335 kW) and 450 lb-ft of torque (610 Nm). As no structural reinforcements are needed for the convertible, both models share almost identical power-to-weight ratios.
The LT1 combines several advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing to support an advanced combustion system designed to balance efficiency and power. The new Corvette Stingray is predicted to improve upon the current model’s fuel economy of 13.6L/100km (EPA-estimated highway fuel economy of 26 mpg).
With the top up, the Corvette Stingray convertible is for a refined driving experience. A thick, three-ply fabric top, as well as sound-absorbing padding and a glass rear window, contributes to a quiet cabin and premium appearance.
Using the top down, the Corvette Stingray’s signature profile is further accentuated. Behind the seat backs, dual black accent panels enhance the character lines of the tonneau cover. Corvette Stingray’s signature “waterfall” design originates in the valley between the nacelles, bringing the exterior color into the interior.
Additional highlights of the all-new Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible include:
A sculpted exterior with advanced high-intensity discharge and light-emitting diode lighting and racing-proven aerodynamics that balance low drag for performance and efficiency elements for improved stability and track capability
An interior that offers genuine carbon aluminum and fiber trim, hand-wrapped leather materials, dual eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens, as well as 2 new seat choices – each which has a lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional support
Advanced driver technologies, such as a five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to suit the driver’s environment and a new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching that anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for perfect shifts each time
Lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber hood on all models and a carbon fiber removable roof panel on coupes; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance that supports a world-class power-to-weight ratio
Track-capable Z51 Performance Package, including an electronic limited-slip differential; dry-sump oiling system; integral brake, differential and transmission cooling; as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability.
“We wanted the driving experience of the Corvette to fulfill the performance expectations that include the ‘Stingray’ name,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “Because it absolutely was designed right from the start as an open-top car, the Corvette Stingray delivers an exhilarating, connected driving experience – regardless of what configuration you choose.”