Chevrolet has revealed the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray Convertible at the Geneva Motor Show. With an estimated 450 hp and 610 Nm of torque from the LT1 6.2 litre V8 engine, the 2014 Stingray is the most powerful standard Corvette in history.
“The convertible has been a part of the heart and soul of Corvette since the very beginning in 1953. With the all-new Corvette Stingray, we designed and developed the coupe and convertible simultaneously. As a result, the Corvette Stingray offers an open-top driving experience with no compromise in performance, technology or design,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design.
Compared to the coupe, the only structural changes are accommodations for the folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts. Central to the Corvette Stingray’s driving experience is an all-new, more rigid aluminum frame structure, which is 57% stiffer and 45 kg lighter than the steel frame of the C6.
The convertible features a new electronic top that can be lowered remotely using the key fob. The top can also be opened or closed on the go, at speeds up to 50 km/h. Chevy says that a thick, three-ply fabric top, along with sound-absorbing padding and a glass rear window, contributes to a quiet cabin and premium appearance.
Behind the seat backs, dual black accent panels enhance the character lines of the tonneau cover. The Corvette Stingray’s signature “waterfall” design originates in the valley between the nacelles, bringing the exterior colour into the interior.
The convertible can also be had with the Z51 Performance Package, which includes an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, differential and transmission cooling, as well as an aero package that further improves high-speed stability.
Full details and pics of the red-hot hardtop Corvette C7 Stingray here.