As expected, it seems like the 2014 Corvette’s going to be one heck of a performance automobile. Chevrolet announced some projected performance numbers today, and if they pan out in testing, this will be the most capable base Corvette ever.
According to Chevy, the new Stingray will accelerate to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, cover the quarter-mile in 12-seconds flat at 119 mph and stop from 60 mph in 107 feet. Fitted with the Z51 Performance Package, the new Vette is said to sustain 1.03g in cornering and run the 4.2-mile Grand Course at Virginia International Raceway in 2:51.78, a remarkable time for a stock production vehicle. That’s nearly 7-seconds a lap faster than the Camaro 1LE (2:58.34) and a .6-second faster than the Camaro ZL1 (2:52.38), a vehicle with 120 more horsepower.
While some were disappointed when the new LT1 engine in the Corvette was rated at “only” 460 horsepower, we’re sure it’s going to give 90 percent of its new owners all the performance they can handle.
“For the new Stingray, we set out to elevate every aspect of the Corvette’s performance,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “Considered alone, the acceleration, braking and cornering performance of the Corvette Stingray is truly impressive. More significant is how well they work together, resulting in a lap time at VIR that places the new Stingray in the upper echelon of all sports cars.”
The lap around VIR was conducted in Stingray equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package and Magnetic Ride Control. The vehicle that conducted the lap was modified only with safety features like a racing seat and harness, and fire extinguisher system.
“The new Stingray constantly communicates feedback to the driver, which makes you feel incredibly confident behind the wheel,” said Jim Mero, Corvette vehicle dynamics engineer. “That confidence encourages you to attack each corner because the Stingray drives so well: the tire grip is incredible; the steering response is some of the best I’ve ever experienced; the Magnetic Ride dampers allow little body roll through the corner, while still soaking up the rumble strips when you clip the apex,” he said. “It’s just addictive on the track.”
Being the die-hard quarter-mile mongrels we are, the staff at Super Chevy is intrigued by the 12-flat quarter-mile time. We think anything that goes 119 mph should be able to go 11s, and we’ll definitely give it our best shot when we get our hands on one. We’ll be driving the new Stingray in the middle of August, though we’re not sure when we’ll get to drag test one.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013 for a suggested starting price of $51,995, excluding tax, title, and license fees. The $2,800 Z51 Performance Package includes 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. Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management is a $1,795 option. A Corvette Stingray equipped like the test car used at VIR would cost $56,590.