Breaking news! Chevrolet announced this morning that the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package is capable of a 3.8-second 0 to 60mph acceleration time and braking from 60 to 0 in a mere 107-feet.
The impressive acceleration and braking times, along with the capability of sustaining 1.03 G-forces in corners, allow the new C7 Corvette to turn in a 2:51.8 lap time at the 4.2-mile Virginia International Raceway (VIR) "Grand Course." Note: these times are faster than the outgoing 2013 Z06 model (even when equipped with the Z07 package), and nearly as fast as the ZR1. Turning a 12-second quarter-mile at 119 mph, however, the C7 Z51 is more in line with the 2013 Grand Sport model.
"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."
It is noted that the lap around VIR was executed in a Stingray equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package and Magnetic Ride Control, with the only modification being safety features such as a racing seat, 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."
The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe will go on sale later this year with a suggested starting retail price of $51,995, excluding tax, title, and license fees. The Z51 Performance Package is a $2,800 upgrade and 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, meaning that a Corvette Stingray equipped like the test car used at VIR would cost $56,590.