Chevrolet announces 0-60 time for 2014 Corvette Stingray

A shot of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 that completed a lap at Virginia International Raceway in 2:51.78. Chevrolet said this model will do zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.
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Three point eight seconds. It’s the latest morsel of information Chevrolet has released regarding its highly anticipated 2014 Corvette Stingray.

The automaker announced Thursday that the seventh-generation Corvette will do zero-60 mph in 3.8 seconds when equipped with the optional Z51 Performance Package. The quarter-mile disappears in 12 seconds at 119 mph, and the car is capable of 1.03 Gs of face-stretching lateral acceleration.

The Z51 package includes an electronic limited-slip differential, special cooling systems for the brakes, rear differential, and transmission, and an aero package that helps high-speed stability.

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The package adds $2,800 to the $51,995 base price of the 2014 Corvette.

To demonstrate the car’s track-worthiness, Chevrolet took a mostly stock Stingray with this package and the $1,795 Magnetic Ride Control suspension, to the Virginia International Raceway.

There, the 2014 Corvette Stingray completed the 4.2-mile course in 2:51.78. This, in a car modified with only a five-point racing harness and race seats, according to Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran.

To put that number into context, in 2012, Car and Driver magazine ran a 2:55.1 lap around the same course in the 552-horsepower Lexus LFA -- which sells for more than $400,000.


The Corvette’s much more modest asking price and its considerably lower power output highlight the handling prowess of Chevrolet’s latest sports car.

Propelling the 2014 Corvette Stingray -- and its convertible counterpart -- is a direct-injected 6.2-liter V-8 engine that cranks out 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. An optional exhaust system will bump each of those figures up by five.

The 2014 Corvette pushes power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed manual transmission with automatic rev-matching, or a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Standard equipment on all C7 models includes a carbon-fiber hood and carbon-fiber removable roof panel (on the coupe), an eight-inch touch-screen infotainment system with nine-speaker Bose stereo, Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity, LED daytime running lights and eight-way power seats.


Chevrolet said the Corvette Stingray will start arriving in dealerships in September.


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