The 2014 Corvette is finally here. Dubbed “C7,” it was delivered by General Motors at the Detroit International Auto Show for car enthusiasts, speed fanatics and design aficionados alike. The 2014 Corvette is arguably GM’s flagship product, an automotive icon, as or more American than apple pie and worshipped by car-lovers spanning six decades.
The 2014 Corvette had to be completely overhauled. The task led the Corvette team to replace the entire frame with aluminum, instead of steal. Super-tight rivets marry components tighter than fresh newly weds. The 2014 Corvette is the first new version of the sports car in nine years and is scheduled to hit showroom floors in the fall.
Packed under the hood of GM’s most iconic car is a new version of its 6.2-Liter small-block V8. With 450 horsepower, the car goes 0-60 in less than four seconds, at least a few tenths of a second faster than the previous base model.
The base model of the 2014 Corvette is already faster than the Grand Sport version of the 2013 model. The current car starts at only $49,600; that’s $30,000 less than its closest competitor, the Porsche 911. A price for the 2014 Corvette hasn’t been released, but the car’s chief engineer says people who can afford a Corvette now can buy a new one.
The 2014 Corvette doesn’t guzzle gas either. Sharing only two features with its predecessor, the 2014 Corvette is equipped with cylinder shutdown, a feature that has become increasingly common as car manufactures slowly conform to higher gas mileage requirements.
For the first time in a Corvette, car lovers get the muscle of a full-powered V8 and the discipline of thirty miles to the gallon on the freeway. The window sticker of the 2014 Corvette isn’t likely to claim a number that high for mileage figures, according the chief engineer, but he wouldn’t be surprised if good drivers achieve the milestone.