April 28, 2013 at 10:03 AM ET
Anyone who put off buying a Corvette to wait for the new model is going to have to dig a little deeper in their pockets to get behind the wheel of the new model. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray starts at $51,995, including $995 for delivery -- $1,400 more than the current version. The Stingray convertible starts at $56,995.
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Then again, there had been some concern that Chevy might go significantly higher when the all-new 2-seater hits market late this summer to reflect the major upgrades. Among other things, the base version of the 2014 Stingray will match the power and performance of the mid-range 2013 Corvette Z06.
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“The (2014) Corvette Stingray delivers a combination of performance, design and technology that very few manufacturers can match, and none can even come close for $52,000,” said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet marketing.
C7 owners will also get a little more for their money, however, especially when it comes to horsepower. The new model, which derives its power from a 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine, produces 450 horsepower. Buyers can also choose between a seven-speed manual transmission with rev-matching or a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
To ensure drivers are getting the most bang for their horsepower buck, Chevy pared nearly 100 pounds off the new model through the use of a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel for the coupe as well as an all-aluminum frame, which also improved the car’s stiffness by 57 percent.
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The new model is not without creature comforts, standard features including the Chevy MyLink eight-inch touch-screen infotainment system complete with a Bose nine-speaker stereo system, Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity.
While the base model is very affordable considering the performance one gets, if you’re looking to make it a little more comfortable, the price goes up. Options such as $8,005 leather interior package, $2,495 sport seats, $1,995 carbon-fiber roof panel and $595 for brake calipers that are painted red can push the price of the C7 to more than $70,000.
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In fact, a C7 optioned like the one it had on display at the Stingray’s world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January would sell for $73,360, according to Chevy officials. That loaded model included navigation, color heads-up display, and heated and cooled Napa leather seats.
The debut model featured the Z51 performance package, which includes a transmission cooling system, magnetic ride control active handling system with 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels: for $2,800. The new model will begin production this summer at the Bowling Green, Ky., facility and reach dealers in September.
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