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Corvette 2014 – The New Generation

The Corvette has a reputation of being an old man’s toy. Nobody – not even old men want to drive an old man’s car but everybody wants to drive a young man’s vehicle. Almost 50% of ‘vette buyers recently have been 55 years or older. The cars seen by G.M. as the competition for the Corvette have a much younger interest group on average; G.M. wants to shake the image of the ‘vette being for senior citizens only. One of the marketing strategies has the new ‘vette featured in a popular video game “Gran Turismo”.  Don’t underestimate the marketing acumen of General Motors; if they want to shake this image they will do it. I am sure they have more ideas in the works. The ‘vette will be the pace car at Indianapolis for the twelfth time and a pace car commemorative edition will hit the show room at some point in the future. The new Corvette Stingray is now sporting a fish of a similar name in its redesigned logo.

chevrolet Corvette 2014 race© Mastroraf | Dreamstime.com – Corvette C7R Geneva 2014 Photo

The 2014 ‘vette has been in development since 2007 and was slated for release to the public in 2011 but the engineers delayed the release date three years. Unseen features in 2014 are a carbon fibre hood and the removable roof is the same light weight material. A composite material used in C6 is still the same for fenders, doors, and the rear quarter panels. The underside panels are made of a “carbon-nano” composite and all are mounted on an aluminum frame. The wheels are one inch further apart; both front to rear and side to side than the C6 counterparts. G.M. has not announced the weight of the 2014 model but weight saving materials used has increased this year although the interior is more plush which adds some weight.

chevrolet Corvette 2014 rear© Southernstar71 | Dreamstime.com – 2014 Corvette Stingray C7 – Geneva Motor Show 2013 Photo

Cost was the deciding factor in choosing the conventional placement of the engine in front; transmission behind with a transaxle and rear wheel drive as opposed to a mid- mounted engine design for the new “Corvette Stingray”. The 2014 Stingray has the LT1 6.2 liter V 8  376 cu in small block engine as standard equipment producing 455 bhp (339 kW) unless you want the performance exhaust for an increase horse power rating – to 460 bhp (340 kW.). This is an older style engine from the 1970’s but this newest version has some enhancements such as direct injection, variable valve timing, and an active fuel management system with the fuel injectors now mounted under intake manifold. If you like to shift you can have your pick of seven gears with the standard transmission or if you don’t like that the six geared automatic would be the choice for you. The all new interior has wide bottom seats standard or you can have a sportier looking seat with high side bolsters as an option if you like.

chevrolet Corvette 2014 front© Zhukovsky | Dreamstime.com – 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Car At The 2014 New York International Auto Show Photo

Concept cars have inspired all the generations of Corvette since Hartley Earl – the designer of the 1953 EX-122 Corvette prototype that was displayed and then marketed one year later with very few changes. Prototypes have integrated the Maco shark in design as well as a mid-mounted engine have been used for testing purposes. Around 1970 a prototype made from an aluminum alloy, a similar composition to the one G.M. is now using, was built and dubbed the “Reynolds Aluminum Car”. I have included some pictures of these prototypes; have a look – which points will be incorporated into the ‘vette  next year? Your guess is as good as the next persons.

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3 thoughts on “Corvette 2014 – The New Generation”


  1. its not thats it an old mans car its just that by the time you can afford 1 your about 50 if this corvettes would be cheaper lots of people would have 1 ;)


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If the retro models made their bodies exactly the same as what they were trying to duplicate I would own a retro vehicle. I do like the challenger over the mustang or camero though.

I hope the New ones aren't as Tinny sound when you close there as the Old ones were,, I like a Nice Thud, when I close a car door not a clunk.

As with the Camaro in the previous post, still the original! But in this case, the new one is a FAR better vehicle than most today.

The OLD definitely. I already have a newer one. But the classic with a shaker hood would be great to own.

New is nice, But....Old is Awesome !

Both are nice but I prefer the original

The verdict is.............OLD!!!

Always old, don't make them like they used to

I have a new one . Now l won't to build an old one. Love these cars.

I love them both but I bet the new one drives a lot better and overall is better .

Old school I prefer cars with chrome bumpers

Old with hell cat drive train

New for everyday driving and old for the good times.

OLD, JUST MORE CLASSY. ALL NEW CARS LOOKS ALIKE. OLD YOU COULD TELL WHAT IT WAS , BY JUST LOOKING AT IT, NOT THE EMBLEN

Old! Been auto detailer 30 years.. Have done both.. Old definitely better built!!

the new one is a good likeness but i would pick the old

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Old would be my choice. I liked the power steering alot better then what we have now.

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Its funny,the new can't beat the old tried and true!!!

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