DETROIT LIVE: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray steals the show at NAIAS image

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is undoubtedly the star of this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

For the seventh generation, America’s favourite sportscar also gets the Stingray designation, with the complete name being Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, an hommage to the C1 and C2 Vettes.

The 2014 Corvette features an evolutionary design that builds on the C6’s success. The car has a long and ventilated hood, a prominent rear spoiler, front fender vents, a removable roof and a rectangular set of taillights. For the first time since 1961, the Corvette also gets a third-quarter side window, as the dome-like rear window has been replaced by a conventional one.

The interior design has been upgraded, with Chevrolet saying the quality of materials has also been improved. There’s premium leather upholstery, aluminum and carbon fiber trim, a lightweight magnesium frame between the two seats and more.

Technically, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has a new aluminum frame, lightweight body parts (carbon fiber hood and roof) and composite materials (fenders and doors) which ensure an ideal 50/50 weight distribution. Under the hood there’s a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine with continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) and direct injection. Total output is 450 BHP (336 kW) and 450 lb-ft (609 Nm) of torque. The model sprints from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds and should return 26+ mpg on the highway.

The new Corvette Stingray will go on sale later on this year.

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