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Take Time to Read the Fun Facts. I took a little time to research some information about the history of the Corvette. Call it a history
lesson. Looking at where we started and what it has turned into now. "The Best Sports Car in the World"
1953-The first full scale Corvette concept was displayed as a “dream car” at GM’s Motorama in New York’
s Waldorf Astoria Hotel In January.
The first generation of Corvettes spanned model years 1953-1962.

1953-Six months after the GM Motorama debut, the first production Corvette rolls off the assembly line in
Flint, Michigan, on June 30.
Fiberglass was chosen over steel for the Corvette’s body material for two reasons: tooling was easier to
create and it allowed designers more freedom to create rounded shapes.
All 300 Corvettes produced for were created equal: Polo White with red interior.
Only two options were available on the Corvette: a heater and an AM radio (with the antenna sandwiched
into the fiberglass truck lid).

1954-Three new exterior colors (Blue, Red and Black) and a new interior color (Beige) are offered.

1955-The small-block V8 displacing 265 cubic inches is introduced, and a three-speed manual
transmission becomes available.

1956-Roll-up windows are introduced when Corvette’s styling was revised.

1957-Corvettes equipped with fuel injection were available with an optional steering column-mounted

1958-Dual headlamps with separate high-and low beams appear for the first time on Corvette.

1959-The T-handle shifter debut on Corvette, as does a storage bin under passenger-side grab handle.

1960-An aluminum radiator is available on Corvette for the first time, but limited to high-lift cam engines.

1961-This marks the first time a four round tail lamp design is used on Corvette.

1962-Corvette’s last year with exposed headlamps, a solid rear axle and trunk opening
The second generation of Corvettes ran from model years 1963-1967
1963-Corvette receives a total restyle based on Bill Mitchell’s 1959 Sting Ray race car.

1964-The split-window design of was eliminated on the Coupe because it “intruded into the driver’s
rearward vision.”

1965-Corvette’s first year for four-wheel disc brakes and the last year for conventional fuel injection.

1966-Factory-installed driver/passenger headrest debut as Corvette optional equipment.

1967-Standard features of the Sting Ray included an energy-absorbing steering column, four-way hazard
warning flasher and a dual master cylinder brake system.
1968-The totally restyled Corvette features an industry first for production cars-“T-top” removable roof

1969-The 250,000 Corvette-a gold Convertible – comes off the St. Louis production line on Nov. 19, 1969.

1970-The ZR-1 optional factory-installed racing package is offered on Corvette for the first time.

1971-All Corvette engines in are now designed to run on unleaded fuel.

1972-The last model year that Corvette Coupes offered a removable rear window.

1973-Corvettes us a new body-colored front bumper and steel side beam passenger protection.

1974-Corvette’s first year with one-piece lap-and –shoulder safety belts; it was also the last year of the 454
inch V8.

1975-The last year for a Corvette Convertible until its return in 1986.

1976-An over-the-radiator, carburetor air induction system is a new standard feature.

1977-The 500,000th Corvette – a white Coupe with red interior – is produced in St. Louis on March 15, 1977.

1978-The new “fastback” body style marks Corvette’s 25th year of production.

1979-An AM/FM radio becomes a standard feature on all Corvettes.

1980-Styling changes include a new low-profile hood and a rear bumper cover with integral spoiler.

1981-A fiberglass-reinforced, monoleaf rear spring becomes standard on all Corvettes.

1982-Corvette assembly moves to the new Bowling Green, Kentucky, Plant on June 1, 1981, and assembly
of the 82 models features the new hatchback design.
1984-The all-new Corvette has a drag coefficient (CD) of 0.34… that’s a 24 percent aerodynamic improved
its predecessor.

The 750,000 Corvette (a 1984 model) is produced a Bowling Green on October 26, 1983.
1985-Big news for Corvette is the addition of tuned-port injection on the 230 horsepower 5.7 liter V8.

1986-A convertible model returns to the Corvette line in (after a 10 year absence) and serves as the Indy
500 pace car.

1987-A new Z-52 suspension option is available for all around ride and handling improvements.

1988-The last Corvette model year for the Doug Nash 4+3 speed manual transmission.

1989-A new Corvette option is a Selective Ride Control System offering driver selection of three modes-
Touring, Sports and Competition.

1990-The Corvette ZR-1 debuts and a driver’s side air bag becomes a standard feature.

1991-The first major restyle since 1984 adds ZR-1-type exterior appointments to the Coupe and

1992-Performance of the new 300-horsepower 5.7 liter V8 is so impressive that it’s given the legendary
LT1 designation.

1993-The one-millionth Corvette – a white convertible with red interior, matching the first Corvette – rolls
off the Bowing Green assembly line on July 2, 1992.

1994-New standard features include a passenger’s side air bag and introduction of Sequential Injection.

1995-The final year of ZR-1 production; also the third time that a Corvette paces the Indy 500.

1996-Two unique Corvette models become available –a ‘Collector Edition’ and a ‘Grand Sports’
1997-The all-new Corvette features numerous technological advances, including hydroformed side frame
rails produced from a single piece of tubular steel.
1998-For the first time since ’62, a separate trunk with outside access returned on the Corvette Convertible.
1999-A Hardtop model, with permanently –fixed roof panel and external truck lid, joins the Corvette family.
2000-Deemed unnecessary by the standard Active Keyless Entry system, the passenger’s side key
cylinder lock is eliminated.
2001-The Z06 is introduced with a 385-horsepower LS6 V8 and quickly earns the distinction as “simply the
quickest, best handling production Corvette ever.
2002-Z06 performance reached another platequ with the infusion of another 20 horsepower – for a total
output of 405 horsepower.

2003-As a tribute to a half century of Corvette production, a 50th Anniversary Edition is introduced as an
option for Coupe and Convertible models.

2004-The fifth generation Corvette, having debuted in 1997 and seen the model through its fiftieth
anniversary in great style, bowed out with a further brace of commemorative editions.
2006-Z06 is simply the fastest, most powerful Corvette ever built. It produces 500 Horsepower at 6200
rpm and 475 lb. ft. of torque.

2007-Chevrolet Corvette adds minor upgrades including steering wheel mounted audio controls with
Bose premium audio system, a larger glove compartment space, and one new exterior color.

2008-All-new LS3 6.2L V-8 engine for Coupe and Convertible: 430HP with 424TQ, optional dual mode
exhaust system, high flow intake, larger bore block with structural enhancements.

2009-The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette adds the Corvette ZR1, the most powerful and fastest production car
ever from General Motors, Powered by a 638 horsepower supercharged 6.2 liter V8 engine mated with a
6 speed manual transmission with dual clutch.

2010-The 2010 Chevrolet Corvette adds the Grand Sports, a storied name from Corvette’s past. The new
Grand Sports combines the 430 horsepower LS3 6.2 liter V8 engine with wider body work, a wider track
and racing bred suspension to create a car that is fast.

2011-Chevrolet Corvette offers Magnetic Ride Control available for the Grand Sports and included
Goodyear F1 Supercar Gen 2 Tires when equipped with the manual transmission. Corvette Z06 offers the
Z07 Performance package with Brembo ceramic brakes.

2012-Chevrolet Corvette offers the Chevrolet Centennial Edition package for all models, which features
Carbon Flash Metallic paint, satin black graphics, satin black wheels, unique badges, special trimmed
interior and Magnetic Selective Ride Controls.

2013-60th Anniversary Edition 427
2014 Chevrolet Corvette

Return of the Stingray

Chevrolet is redefining modern performance with today’s debut of the all-new Corvette Stingray.
And only a Corvette with the perfect balance of technology, design and performance can wear the
iconic Stingray designation.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450
horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb-ft. of torque (610 Nm). It is also the most capable standard model
ever, able to accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering
grip. It is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 mpg of
the current model.

The all-new Corvette Stingray shares only two parts with the previous generation Corvette. It
incorporates an all-new frame structure and chassis, a new power train and supporting
technologies, as well as completely new exterior and interior designs. Highlights include:

An interior that includes real carbon fiber, aluminum and hand-wrapped leather materials, two new
seat choices – each featuring a lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional support – and dual
eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens
Advanced driver technologies, including a five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle
attributes to the fit the driver’s environment and a new seven-speed manual transmission with
Active Rev Matching that anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for perfect shifts
every time
An all-new 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine 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
Lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel; composite fenders,
doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite under body 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
A sculptured exterior features advanced high-intensity discharge and light-emitting diode lighting
and racing-proven aerodynamics that balance low drag for efficiency and performance elements for
improved stability and track capability
Track-capable Z51 Performance Package including: 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.
The new Corvette Stingray will be built at GM’s Bowling Green, Ky, assembly plant, which
underwent a $131-million upgrade, including approximately $52 million for a new body shop to
manufacture the aluminum frame in-house for the first time.  

The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013.

Handcrafted, high-tech interior

Premium materials including genuine aluminum and available carbon fiber trim
More connected driving experience through the smaller-diameter steering wheel and two new seat
Advanced technologies including standard dual, high-resolution information screens and available
color head-up display.
The new Corvette Stingray interior blends fine materials and craftsmanship with advanced
technologies that contribute to a more connected and more engaging driving experience, said Helen
Emsley, interior design director.

The smaller, 14.1-inch-diameter (360 mm) steering wheel fosters a more direct, immediate feel to
directional inputs. The attention to the driver extends to the smallest details, including the flat,
precise stitching on the steering wheel designed to provide a smooth, consistent feel.

Precise and elegant stitching also is seen in the available Napa leather trim of the all-new seats.
Two seating choices will be offered: a GT seat for all-around comfort and a Competition Sport seat
with more aggressive side bolstering which provides greater support on the track.

The frame structure for both seats is made of magnesium for greater strength and less weight than
comparable steel frames. They’re also more rigid, contributing to the enhanced feeling of support
during performance driving.

Additional performance-enhancing details of the interior resulted from designers’ “field trips” to GM’
s Proving Ground in Milford, Mich, where high-performance driving experiences spurred the design
and implementation of several features, including a steel-reinforced grab bar on the center console
for the passenger and soft-touch materials on the edge of the console, where the driver naturally
braces during high-load cornering.

High-performance driving also influenced elements of the configurable display screens and available
head-up display, which vary depending on the driving mode, including the Track display inspired by
the C6.R.

The performance-supporting elements inside the new Corvette Stingray are complemented by
unprecedented attention to detail and build quality, including the sweeping arch motif over the
driver cockpit trim and the seamless transition of the line from the instrument panel to the door.

All models feature a fully-wrapped interior, where every surface is covered with premium, soft-touch
materials. Available materials, depending on the trim level, include Napa leather, aluminum, carbon
fiber and micro-suede.

A blend of hand craftsmanship and machined precision is intended to ensure the fit, finish and
ambiance of the cabin is first-rate. The leather-wrapped instrument panel, for example, features
hand-selected and hand-stretched materials for better grain matching with stitching performed by
robots that deliver perfect seams.

There’s even a micro-LED screen for the passenger’s climate control placed below the vent on the
on the dash away from the performance features on the instrument panel.

Driver-oriented technologies

Driver Mode Selector optimizes 12 vehicle attributes
Configurable screens and head-up display can be tailored to the driver’s preference
Central touch screen uses gesture-recognition technology.
At the core of the Corvette Stingray’s driver-focused technologies is the cockpit-mounted Driver
Mode Selector, which allows drivers to optimize the car for their driving preference and road
conditions via five settings: Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport and Track.

The Driver Mode Selector is easy to use via a rotary knob near the shifter. The Tour mode is the
default setting for everyday driving; Weather mode is designed primarily for added confidence while
driving in rain and snow; Eco mode is for achieving optimal fuel economy; Sport mode is for spirited
road driving and Track mode is for track use.

Twelve performance parameters are adjusted with the selection of each mode, including:

Gauge cluster configuration: The Tour, Eco and Weather modes feature displays for trip data, audio
and navigation; Sport mode shows classic, easy-to-read sports car gauges; and Track mode’s
configuration shows a gauge design based on the Corvette Racing C6.R race car display with lap
ETC (Electronic Throttle Control): Adjusts the throttle input curve for the selected mode for
improved responsiveness
Paddle-shift automatic transmission: Adjusts shift comfort and shift points
Active Fuel Management: in normal mode, the LT1 engine uses V-8 power during acceleration and V-
4 power when coasting; in Eco mode the engine remains in V-4 mode to improve fuel economy until
aggressive acceleration is needed
Exhaust (active exhaust system): The system adjusts the timing of the electronically controlled
exhaust valves to enhance audible feedback from the V-8 depending on the drive mode
Electronic limited-slip differential (Z51): Adjusts the rate at which the limited slip engages, to
balance between steering response and stability in different driving conditions; more aggressive
performance in Sport and Track modes
Steering: Assist effort is adjusted in the modes to provide the driver with the correct steering feel
for the driving condition
Magnetic Ride Control: Adjusts shock damping based on road conditions, from optimized comfort to
performance driving
Launch control: Available in Sport and Track modes for manual and automatic transmissions,
providing maximum off-the-line acceleration
Active handling (StabiliTrak stability control): A “competitive” setting is available in Sport and Track
modes and is more suited for on-track conditions. It can also be disabled, giving the driver complete
Traction control: Weather mode tailors traction control and engine torque for driving in inclement
Performance Traction Management: Available in the Sport and Track modes and offers five settings
of torque reduction and brake intervention for track driving.
Three configurable displays, including a pair of eight-inch screens and color head-up display,
deliver personalized information and convey the different performance parameters of each drive

The two eight-inch screens offer excellent visibility in direct sunlight, with 650 cd/m2 of brightness
for the one integrated into the instrument cluster and 1,000 cd/m2 of brightness for the one in the
center stack, making it among the brightest screens in the industry. The screen in the center stack
also features touch-screen control with gesture recognition and can be lowered to reveal a hidden
storage that includes a USB input for device charging or uploads.

The Corvette Stingray delivers an advanced infotainment system, featuring Chevrolet MyLink and
high-definition radio, as well as enhanced OnStar with 3D navigation maps. An additional USB port
in the center console, a stand-alone audio input jack and an SD card slot provide seamless

An available premium 10-speaker audio system includes a bass box and two sub woofers – and
speakers with rare-earth magnets that deliver greater sound quality with reduced weight and size.

Every line counts on Corvette Stingray’s functionally elegant exterior

Aerodynamic design integrates strategies from Corvette racing
Signature lighting includes distinctive frosted light-emitting diode daytime driving lights, high-
intensity discharge headlamps and indirect-LED tail lamps
Carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel enhance front/rear weight balance
While no single detail is repeated from previous generations, the new Corvette Stingray include the
distinctive profile defined by a long dash-to-axle ratio and the greenhouse evoking the canopy of a
fighter jet with dual-element tail lamps. To this foundation, designers built a form vocabulary from
two very different sources: aerospace and nature.

Lighting is a signature element of the Corvette Stingray’s design and reinforces its high-tech
aesthetic. At the front, indirect white LED lamps form a distinctive daytime styling cue. They are set
in a black-chrome lamp housing with standard HID projector headlamps. The turn signals feature
edge-lit amber LED lighting.

All-new, dual-element tail lamps represent the greatest departure from tradition and are among the
car’s most dramatic elements. The three-dimensional, sculpted lenses house innovative indirect LED
lighting. The state-of-the-art lighting uses hidden LED lamps that cast their light up from the bottom
of the housing into a reverse reflector, creating an even glow. LED lamps are also used for the white
backup lamps. The tail lamps integrate functional aircraft-style air outlets for the available
differential and transmission coolers.

When it comes to aerodynamics, the new Stingray is in a league of its own. Advanced computer-
aided modeling programs were employed to predict and track airflow over, under and through the
new Corvette’s body. Engineers and designers also relied on data gleaned from the Corvette Racing
program – the most successful program ever in the American Le Mans Series and the 2012 GT class
champion – to help balance front and rear grip for high-speed stability.

Many hours were spent in the wind tunnel hand-sculpting surfaces for aesthetics and performance.
Functional exterior elements include:

All models have a new grille/radiator arrangement and hood vents. Venting air out of the hood
reduces total front-end lift for improved steering response at high speeds
The front fender side coves also help vent underhood air pressure to reduce aerodynamic drag
Models with the automatic transmission or Z51 Performance Package feature a functional vent on
driver’s left side directing air over a heat exchanger for the transmission fluid and a similar
arrangement on the passenger side that directs air  
over a heat exchanger for the electronic limited slip differential
Airflow through the differential and transmission heat exchanger's exit through the aircraft-inspired
tail lamp vents and lower-rear fascia air outlets
The Z51 Performance Package also includes brake-cooling ducts, a unique rear spoiler and
additional air deflectors for enhanced track capability.
Engineered to race, built for the road

New aluminum frame structure is 57-percent stiffer and 99 pounds (45 kg) lighter than the current
steel frame
Innovative use of composite materials, including carbon fiber the hood and roof panels, lightweight
Sheet Molded Compound for the fenders, doors and rear quarter panels, and carbon-nano
composite for the under body panels help reduce the weight of the body by a 37 pounds (17 kg)
New LT1 V-8 uses advanced technologies to produce more power with less fuel and is paired with
an industry-exclusive seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching for more precise
up and down shifts.
The new Corvette Stingray takes advantage of lightweight materials, advanced manufacturing
techniques and technology transfer from the Corvette Racing program to produce an ideal 50/50
weight balance and to deliver a world-class power-to-weight ratio.

The technologically advanced foundation is an all-new aluminum frame structure that is 57 percent
stiffer and 99 pounds (45 kg) lighter. The greater torsional rigidity reduces unwanted noise and
improves ride and handling.

Compared to the previous generation, which used continuous hydroformed main frame rails with a
constant 2mm wall thickness, the new Corvette’s frame features main rails composed of five
customized aluminum segments, including aluminum extrusions at each end, a center main rail
section and hollow-cast nodes at the suspension interface points. Each segment is tuned – varying
in thickness from 2mm to 11mm – tailoring the gauge, shape and strength properties to optimize the
requirements for each frame section with minimal weight.

The frame is assembled at an all-new welding shop at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant using a
unique laser welding process in which a computer-controlled beam of high energy joins the
components with exceptional precision and tolerances of about 0.001-inch.

Supporting the frame’s greater strength and lower weight are complementing chassis elements,
including hollow-cast aluminum front and rear cradles that are approximately 25-percent lighter and
20-percent stiffer than the solid cradles used on the previous structure.

The innovative use of materials includes a standard carbon fiber hood and roof panel, as well as
under body panels created with carbon-nano composite technology, an advanced blend of
traditional composite material and carbon fiber, which allows lighter under body panels without a
loss of strength or stiffness.  Fenders, doors, rear quarter panels and the rear hatch panel are made
with lighter-density Sheet Molded Compound than the previous generation. Combined, these
materials save approximately 37 pounds (17 kg) versus the previous body structure.

The lightweight elements of the Stingray contribute to the ideal 50/50 weight balance. Combined
with its estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW), the new Corvette delivers a better power-to-weight
ratio than the Porsche 911 Carrera or Audi R8.  

Those 450 horses are generated by an all-new LT1 6.2L Small Block V-8 engine, which produces an
estimated 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). More importantly, it generates 50 lb.-ft. more low-end
torque than the previous 6.2L engine, matching the 7.0L LS7 engine from the 2013 Corvette Z06 from
1,000 to 4,000 rpm.

The engine’s performance comes from combining advanced technologies like direct injection, Active
Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing with an advanced combustion system.
More than 10 million hours of computational analysis went into the new Small Block’s design,
including more than 6 million hours alone on the combustion system.

The LT1 is backed by a choice of active exhaust systems that are less restrictive than the previous
generation, due in part to an increase in diameter from 2.5 inches to 2.75 inches. The standard
system offers a 13-percent improvement in airflow and features a pair of butterfly valves that
contribute to greater refinement at cruising speeds when the engine is operating in fuel-saving V-4

An available dual-mode active exhaust system offers a 27-percent improvement in airflow. It features
two additional valves that open to a lower-restriction path through the mufflers. When open, these
valves increase engine performance and produce a more powerful exhaust note.

The LT1 is mated to either a six-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission or an industry-exclusive
TREMEC TR6070 seven-speed manual with Active Rev Matching. The Corvette retains its distinctive
rear transaxle layout for optimal weight balance.

The seven-speed manual incorporates rev-matching technology for upshifts and downshifts. This
driver-selectable feature can be easily engaged or disengaged via paddles on the steering wheel.
The seven-speed is used with a new dual-mass flywheel and dual-disc clutch, which deliver greater
shift quality and feel through lower inertia. The transmission with the Z51 Performance Package
includes specific close-ratio gearing for more aggressive driving.

A six-speed Hydra-Matic 6L80 paddle-shift automatic is also available. It is optimized for use with
Active Fuel Management and features a lower-inertia torque converter for improved shift quality and
shift speeds. In addition, shift feel and shift points can be adjusted through the Driver Mode

More direct, more connected driving feel

Third-generation Magnetic Ride Control for greater comfort and control
Electric power steering system tailors steering response and feel
Electronic limited-slip differential delivers optimal traction
The new Corvette Stingray’s chassis and suspension are designed to take advantage of the lighter,
stiffer structure. The reduced structural flex allowed engineers to more precisely tune the
suspension and steering for a more nimble and responsive driving experience.

While the Corvette Stingray retains the racing-proven short/long-arm suspension design, front and
rear, the components are all-new. Improvements to the suspension include hollow lower control
arms which save approximately nine pounds (4 kg) per vehicle and new aluminum rear toe links
which save 2.4 pounds (1.1 kg) over previous steel links.

The Corvette Stingray rides on new 18 x 8.5-inch front and 19 x 10-inch rear wheels, while models
with the Z51 Performance Package roll on 19 x 8.5-inch front and 20 x 10-inch rear forged aluminum
wheels. New Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat tires developed specifically for the seventh-
generation Corvette deliver comparable levels of grip than the wider tires of previous models.

As a result, the track-oriented Corvette Stingray with the Z51 Performance Package is capable of 1g
in cornering acceleration – comparable to the 2013 Corvette Grand Sport. Significantly, that is
achieved with narrower and lighter wheels and tires. The reduced “footprint” reduces rolling
resistance, steering effort and road noise, contributing to a more nimble feel, more immediate
steering response and greater touring comfort and efficiency.

Dimensionally, the new Corvette’s wheelbase is approximately an inch longer than the previous
generation, with front and rear tracks that are almost an inch wider. Those changes provide a more
stable feel, particularly at high speeds, while the turning radius is decreased by approximately two
feet for greater maneuverability in tight turns.

The Corvette Stingray features standard 35mm-piston Bilstein monotube shocks that connect to dual-
path aluminum shock mounts that separate the shock rod and shock body load paths. The Z51
Performance Package comes with 45mm-piston Bilstein dampers for more aggressive body control
and track capability. Z51 is available with the third-generation Magnetic Ride Control, which
features a new twin-wire/dual-coil damper system that reacts 40 percent faster, enabling improved
ride comfort and body control.

The new electric power steering system offers variable ratios and variable effort to tailor
responsiveness and feel for each driving situation. It also delivers more precise control and feedback
to the driver, along with greater variability of effort for high-performance driving and greater on-
center sensitivity and linearity. Steering feel was further improved by increasing steering column
stiffness by 150 percent, increasing intermediate shaft torsional stiffness by 600 percent, and
mounting the steering gear to the front cradle structure. As a result the steering system is five times
stiffer than the previous generation.

A smart electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) is included in the Z51 Performance Package and
continuously makes the most of the torque split between the rear wheels. The system features a
hydraulically actuated clutch that can infinitely vary clutch engagement and can respond from open
to full engagement in tenths of a second. It shifts torque based on a unique algorithm which factors
in vehicle speed, steering input and throttle position to improve steering feel, handling balance and

The eLSD is fully integrated with StabiliTrak and Performance Traction Management systems. Its
calibrations vary among three modes, based on the Drive Mode Selector setting:

Mode 1 is the default setting for normal driving and emphasizes vehicle stability
Mode 2 is engaged when electronic stability control is turned off in the Sport or Track Driver Modes.
This calibration enables more nimble turn-in and traction while accelerating out of a corner  
Mode 3 is automatically selected when Performance Traction Management is engaged. This
calibration has the same function as Mode 2, but is fine-tuned to work with Performance Traction
Standard Brembo brakes, with four-piston fixed calipers derived from racing, deliver exceptional
stopping power on the street or track. System highlights include:

12.6-inch (320 mm) front rotors and 13.3-inch (338 mm) rear rotors are standard and have 35 percent
more swept area than previous-generation brakes. Consequently stopping distance is improved 9
Dual-cast, slotted 13.6-inch (345 mm) front rotors and 13.3-inch (338 mm) slotted rear rotors are
included with Z51 Performance Package. They have 6percent more swept area than the previous-
generation Grand Sport and are cooled front and rear for improved track capability. Consequently
stopping distance is improved 5 percent
All brake packages have fixed front and rear calipers are stiffer for more even pad wear, reduced
drag and improved modulation.

2014 Corvette Paint Colors
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Preliminary Specifications
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Body styles / driveline:
2-door hatchback coupe with removable roof panel; rear-wheel drive
composite and carbon-fiber body panels, hydroformed aluminum frame with aluminum and
magnesium structural and chassis components
Manufacturing location:
Bowling Green, Ky.
LT1 6.2L V-8
Displacement (cu in / cc):
376 / 6162
Bore & stroke (in / mm):
4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92
Block material:
cast aluminum
Cylinder head material:
cast aluminum
overhead valve, two valves per cylinder
Fuel delivery:
direct injection
Compression ratio:
Horsepower / kW:
450 / 335 (est.)
Torque (lb-ft / Nm):
450 / 610 (est.)
seven-speed manual with Active Rev Match
six-speed paddle-shift automatic
Chassis / Suspension
short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-
mounted composite spring, monotube shock absorber
short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-
mounted composite spring, monotube shock absorber
Active handling:
Magnetic Selective Ride Control (avail. with Z51)
Traction control:
StabiliTrak, electronic stability control
front and rear power-assisted discs with four-piston fixed front and rear calipers (slotted rotors with
Rotor diameter (in / mm):
front: 12.6 / 320 (13.6 / 345 with Z51)
rear: 13.3 / 338
Wheels / Tires
Wheel size:        
front: 18-inch x 8.5-inch (Stingray)
front: 19-inch x 8.5-inch (with Z51)
rear: 19-inch x 10-inch (Stingray)
rear: 20-inch x 10-inch (with Z51)
Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat
front: P245/40R18 (Stingray)
front: P245/35R19(with Z51)
rear: P285/35R19 (Stingray)
rear: P285/30R20(with Z51)
Wheelbase (in / mm):        
106.7 / 2710
Overall length (in / mm):
177 / 4495
Overall width (in / mm):
73.9 / 1877
Overall height (in / mm):
48.6 / 1235
Weight distribution (% front / rear):
50 / 50
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