Last week we attended the New York Auto Show and were able to see the new 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible. It made its American debut wearing Night Race Blue with the 3LT Brownstone interior. While We were very impressed by the new convertible model and its distinct “Corvette” profile, it was the interior that had us wagging our tongues. If you were impressed by the previous C7 interiors you’ve seen, the 3LT Brownstone redefines the standard of luxury available on the new Corvette.
Visitors to the North End of the Javits Center where the New York Auto Show was being held were greeted by the red 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe hanging off the wall. That’s not a prop either. That’s the actual show Corvette that made the debut at Detroit and was on display at NAIAS.
Inside the Chevrolet display along the wall was the LT1 V8 Corvette engine on a stand and the aluminum frame structure was hanging on the wall above it. Like the previous auto shows, the Grand Turismo 5 driving simulators were set up to test drive a virtual Corvette Stingray.
Chevrolet introduced the new performance car line up just after 12:30 pm and then the media had free reign around the cars throughout the day. Traffic was very heavy after the press conference but gradually tapered off. You’ll see Corvette team members talking with the auto journalists and we spoke with several ourselves.
We continue to believe the C7 in both Coupe and Convertible models are game-changers for the Corvette program. Now you can choose the open air Convertible model and there are no compromises for electing to do so. The Convertible comes with the same 50/50 weight distribution as the Coupe and the new aluminum frame is nearly 60% stiffer than the previous generation’s Z06/ZR1 frame. All the performance goodies like the Z51 performance package, dry sump oil system and launch control are available. And now the interior looks as good as the exterior? Game Change!
Chevy also took the opportunity to show off the new optional 5-spoke wheels which were on the Convertible model. They will be available in painted silver and chrome and are 19″ fronts and 20″ rears. If you decide not to go with the Z51 package, these optional wheels can be ordered through the Genuine Corvette Accessories catalog.
Here’s our gallery of the 2014 Corvette Stingray at the 2013 New York Auto Show:
The next stop for the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible will be the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction this Friday where the first retail version will be auctioned for charity. CorvetteBlogger will be there as well so follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the day.
[VIDEO] Chevrolet Shows Off Its Performance Cars Lineup at the New York Auto Show
[VIDEO] Watch the Live Reveal of the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible
[PICS] Watch this Animated Corvette Stingray Convertible Top Go Up and Down