Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray mines the past, has 7-speed manual

The new generation C7 Chevrolet Corvette harks back to the beginning of the car’s glory days and one of its most famed models, the 1963 C2 Corvette Sting Ray.

Aside from the name, and the concept of an afforable(-ish) performance coupe powered by a large V8 and sending its power to the rear wheels, the two share little else, as the new Corvette Stingray sheds a lot of the design cues, such as the wrap around rear window and circular tail-lights, that have held its evolution back over the last few generations.

The new LT1 6.2-litre V8 has around 335kW (450hp) of power and 610Nm (450lb-ft) of torque to send to the rear wheels via either a 7-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. The LT1 V8 has valve timing and cylinder shutdown on both manual and automatic transmission models. The 7-speed manual has automatic rev matching that uses the car’s electronics to anticipate the driver’s gear changes, matching revs for every up and down shift.

The optional Z51 Performance Package adds an electric LSD (limited slip differential), a unique aero package, dry-sump oiling system for the engine, and cooling for the brakes, differential and transmission.

GM has yet to specify how much the new C7 Corvette weighs, but the new car should do the 0-100km/h sprint in about four seconds. To help keep the kilos off, the C7 Corvette utilises an aluminium frame to which a carbon fibre bonnet and removeable roof are attached, as well as composite fenders, rear quarter panels and doors. Weight distribution is claimed to be 50/50 front/rear, while the car runs narrower rubber at both the front and rear — this lowers unsprung (and overall) weight and improves responses.

The interior is said trimmed and constructed from much higher quality materials than the present C6 Corvette. The dash, seats and door panels are wrapped in leather, while the seat frames are constructed out of lightweight magnesium. 8-inch screens are used for both the instrument panel, and entertainment and nav system. External features include xenon headlights, LED driving lights, LED tail-lights and quad central exhausts.

The new C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stringray goes on sale in North America in the third quarter of 2013.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]