Nobody asked me, but . . .

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette is a world class sports car offering an unmatched combination of superior performance and incredible value.

It’s an innovation and technology tour de force.

At a time when safety items impose a weight penalty on most new models, the 2014 Corvette is lighter than the car it replaces.  Lightweight, high-tech materials, including a new, more rigid aluminum frame; carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel on coupes; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels and magnesium seat frames help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance.

Under the hood, an all-new, 6.2-liter V8 produces the greatest standard horsepower, torque and efficiency in the car’s 60-year history.  This fifth-generation, small-block engine incorporates Corvette’s first applications of direct injection and continuously variable valve timing.  It even features Active Fuel Management, which allows the engine to operate in V-4 mode to improve fuel economy.  This engine produces a mind-boggling 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.  Yet the Corvette is the most efficient sports car on the market, with EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

The 2014 Corvette is race track developed, tuned and tested.  I remember Chevy’s first overly intrusive attempts at traction and stability control on a ’Vette.  The latest version, which I experienced at the recent Motor Press Guild Track Days at Willow Spring, works seamlessly behind the scenes with modes ranging from rain and snow to full-bore race track performance.  And, yes, if you can drive as well as Ron Fellows or Antonio Garcia, the Stabilitrack system can be disabled, giving the driver complete control.

Or course, what would a Corvette be without an optional Z51 package.  The new one includes an electronic limited-slip differential; dry-sump oiling system; integral brake, differential and transmission cooling; as well as specific wheels, tires, brakes and a unique aero package that improves high-speed stability.

Innovation and technology pervade the car from its use of light weight material like the carbon fiber hood and roof, to its stronger, lighter all-aluminum frame. As for driving technologies, its Driver Mode Selector, Active Rev Matching, and Performance Traction Management further demonstrate how Chevrolet spared no effort to make this sports car a mind-boggling tour de force at a relatively affordable price point of just over $50,000.

Do I hear someone shouting: 2014 Tudor United Sports Car Championship?


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