Super-performing Corvette Stingray

AMERICAN giants Chevrolet are hoping to crack the European supoercar market with  the new Corvette Stingray convertible.

Stingray is one of the big names in American car history and the all-new Corvette lives up to the legacy, delivering better performance by every measure, claims Chevrolet.

The convertible will combine the same balance of technology, design and performance introduced on the coupe. The manufacturers say it has been designed for every situation, whether it be the daily commute, a drive across the continent or charging through twisting backroads.

The Stingray is the most powerful standard model Corvette ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 610 Nm of torque. It is also the best performing standard model ever, able to accelerate from 0-100 km per hour in around four seconds. It is also expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, beating the current model in terms of fuel economy. Prices of the model, due to go on sale in 2014, are as yet undisclosed, but industry insider expect it to cost around the €90,000 mark.

Main technological features include:

An all-new 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine that combines advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system that delivers more power while using less fuel

A new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching that anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for perfect shifts every time; and a six-speed paddle shift automatic transmission

Advanced driver technologies, including a five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to the fit the driver’s environment

Lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel on coupes; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance that supports a world-class power-to-weight ratio

An interior that features real carbon fiber, aluminum and hand-wrapped leather materials and dual eight-inch configurable driver/connectivity screens

A sculptured exterior that features advanced high-intensity discharge and light-emitting diode lighting

The distinctive profile of the new Corvette Stingray is defined by a long dash-to-axle ratio – a low, lean proportion emphasised even more on the convertible – and the greenhouse evoking the canopy of a fighter jet with dual-element taillamps.

A track-capable Performance Package (Z51) is available and comprises 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.

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