The all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray screams one thing - badass. Throughout its 60-year history, America's favorite sports car has been the embodiment of performance and power, and the newest generation definitely continues that legacy.
The seventh generation Corvette features an aluminum structure that is vastly stiffer and 99 pounds lighter than the 2013 Corvette's (steel frame), and comes equipped with an impressive LT1 6.2L V-8 capable of producing 460 horsepower paired with a fuel economy of 29 mpg highway. The overhauled appearance of the Stingray is strikingly different, yet obviously similar to its Vette brethren.
So how do you take what's great and make it even greater? Enter: Hennessey Performance.
Hennessey has recently released information on its HPE700 Corvette, which is expected to debut in October 2013. The HPE700 will be a sort of replacement for the ZR1 (not in production this year), and because it will be paired with Hennessey's 700 base horsepower performance package incorporating the Eaton TVS R2300 supercharger, it may very well outperform a would-be ZR1. Custom CNC-ported factory cylinder heads will pack 8 pounds of boost while working with proprietary intake and fueling systems, plus a recalibrated ECU. The system is expected to pack a mean punch that will thrill even the most jaded enthusiast. Transmission choices include either a 7-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.
The appearance of the C7 will also be altered with Hennessey's optional CarbonAero (hand-laid carbon fiber) body treatment: an aggressive front splitter, notched rear spoiler, side sills, and a hood that features a deeply drawn power dome and dramatic central vent that works to decrease underhood temperatures and increase downforce through air evacuation. Optional ten-spoke H10 alloys wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sports finish off the menacing look.
"We're only interested in changes that deliver a measurable increase in performance, period," said company founder John Hennessey of the functionality and sleek appearance of the CarbonAero body treatment.
There are several options that further individualize each HPE700 Corvette. While interior details have yet to be finalized, it is planned that each car will be outfitted with dash and engine plaques displaying the serialized build number. A coilover suspension system utilizing Penske double-adjustable shocks and a Brembo brake upgrade with carbon-ceramic rotors are both on the option list.
Hennessey has also announced the creation of a couple of less brutal versions of the Stingray that will still more than hold their own against competition: a naturally-aspirated HPE500 and supercharged HPE600. All components that comprise the HPE complete cars will be available for purchase individually.
All Hennessey builds are dyno-tested at the Sealy, Texas headquarters, and are performance-validated at the company's on-site test track, Lonestar Motorsports Park. The HPE700 Corvette comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile powertrain warranty.
You can order your own HPE600 directly through Hennessey Performance Engineering or through any local Chevrolet dealership.
To find out more, visit www.hennesseyperformance.com.