2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray to Start at the Low, Low Price of $51,995
When we were standing around in Detroit in January, gazing longingly the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray for the first time, whispering sweet nothings to the 450-horsepower sports car, we also had the opportunity to talk to some people in the know about the car. "If you can afford the current Corvette, you'll be able to afford the next one" we were told officially. Unofficially, we were hearing that the car would cost between $55,000 and $75,000 for a standard Corvette. Imagine our surprise, then, when we found out that Chevrolet is undercutting those projections, starting pricing for the 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe at $51,995 and $56,995 for the convertible, including a destination charge of $995. Representing a mere $1,400 over the price of a 2013 Chevrolet Corvette, the 2014 boasts a ton of improvements, including a stiffer aluminum chassis, 20 more horsepower from its 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine, and a much nicer interior with real carbon fiber used throughout. The seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette includes other new features, more than making up for the price difference, including a five-mode drive selector, HID headlights with LED accents, a power tilt/telescope steering wheel, Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system, SiriusXM radio, two eight-inch configurable information screens, a backup camera, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, and a fully electronic top for convertibles that can be lowered using the key fob. Unlike on the 2013 Corvette convertible, it involves no manual latches. As we uncovered earlier this month in a dealer ordering guide, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette will also have optional 19- and 20-inch wheels, exposed carbon fiber roof panels, 10 colors, sport seats with suede and/or leather, and a long list of other options. While we were a little off about the starting price of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, we were a little closer to the price of of the fully loaded models we saw at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show: $73,360, or less than $2,000 from the top-end $75,000 we were quoted. Not too shabby of an educated guess, we'd say. Options in that specific model included the 3LT Interior package with leather ($8,005), Z51 handling package ($2,800), Competition Sport Seats ($2,495), exposed carbon fiber roof panel ($1,995), Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management ($1,795), a dual-mode exhaust system ($1,195), carbon fiber interior trim ($995), suede microfiber-wrapped upper interior trim ($995), red-painted calipers ($595), and black-painted wheels ($495). Included in the Z51 package--because if you're buying a high-performance car, you should probably check this box first--are high-performance gear ratios, a transmission cooler, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, larger brake rotors and cooling ducts, an electronic limited-slip differential with a cooler, and a unique chassis tuning. Look for even more information closer to the Corvette's late summer on-sale date. Color us excited. Source: Chevrolet
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