Chevrolet released the performance estimates this morning for the all new 2014 Corvette Stingray and we guarantee that these numbers will sure make a lot of folks happy! We’ve been told that new “base” Stingray would be right up there in C6 Z06 territory and it looks like that claim is mostly spot on! Equipped with the Z51 performance package, the new C7 Corvette has a 3.8 second 0-60 mph estimate, and in the quarter miles does 12.0 seconds at 119 mph!
In addition to the acceleration stats, the new Corvette brakes from 60 mph to 0 at 107 feet and can sustain 1.03g’s while cornering.
For comparison, the C6 Z06 Corvette has a 0-60 MPH time of 3.7 seconds, the C6 427 Convertible does it in 3.8 seconds and the Grand Sport Coupe’s 0-60 MPH time is 3.95 seconds.
Chevrolet also revealed what Corvette test driver Jim Mero alluded to at the NCM Bash: This Corvette is seriously fast on the track.
On Virginia International Raceway’s 4.1 mile Grand Course, Mero put down a time of 2:51.78. According to FastestLaps.com, the C6 Corvette Z06 with the Z07 package ran VIR at 2:53.50 in 2011. Mero’s best time ever at VIR was in 2008 in the C6 Corvette ZR1 with a time of 2:45.63.
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.”
“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 2014 Corvette Stingray starts at $51,995. The Z51 performance package adds an additional $2,800 and includes the enhanced aerodynamics for high-speed stability, electronic limited-slip differential and the dry sump oil system with differential and transmission cooling. Larger brakes, a tuned suspension and 19/20” wheels complete the package. The Stingray used for the VIR laps also included the Magnetic Selective-Ride Control with Performance Traction Management option which adds $1,795 and the Performance Exhaust System is $1,195, bringing the total to $57,785.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is expected to hit dealer showrooms later this summer.