It seems GM was hiding one more doozy before spilling the beans on the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. We uncovered earlier that the new ‘Vette makes more horsepower than originally expected — 650 hp, to be exact. But much to our surprise, it has even more ponies to offer.
Recall that the Stingray coupe comes out of the box with 455-hp and 460 lb-ft (623 Nm) of torque, while the convertible packs 450-hp and 450 lb-ft (609 Nm) of torque, which is the same as Chevrolet’s earliest estimates. However, an available Performance Exhaust System can actually boost the coupe’s output to 460-hp and 465 lb-ft of Torque.
The 6.2-liter V8 LT1 engine in both models is connected to either a six-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission or an industry-exclusive TREMEC TR6070 seven-speed manual with Active Rev Matching. With the manual, the coupe accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under 4 seconds. GM expects a highway fuel economy rating of 26 mpg.
“The 2014 Corvette Stingray’s LT1 engine is a triumph of advanced technology, delivering more power and torque than ever before with greater efficiency,” said Jordan Lee, Small Block chief engineer. Its “performance complements the Corvette’s low mass with a tremendous feeling of power that builds as the rpm climbs. Drivers will experience more power and acceleration than ever before with the standard engine — in fact, its power and torque surpass many uplevel engines offered by competitors.”
The 2014 Corvette Stingray starts at $51,995 for the coupe and the Corvette Stingray convertible will start at $56,995.