Thursday, 18 July 2013

NEWS - New Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet's latest performance car, the Corvette Stingray, will arrive at dealerships across Europe in autumn 2013. In the UK, prices for the Corvette Stingray coupe start from £61,495. That seems like a lot of car for the money, but will its American-ness and traditional lack of quality stop it from being the success it ought to be?


Happily it would appear not. The Corvette Stingray will be fully equipped and tuned to meet the needs of customers in the highly competitive European markets, who strive for quality and well-built cars. It will feature the Z51 performance pack as standard, which includes:

· enhanced aero package for optimised high-speed stability

· electronic limited-slip differential

· specific shocks, springs and stabiliser bars

· specific performance gear ratio

· dry-sump oiling system, differential and transmission cooling

· larger front (19x8.5 inch) and rear (20x10 inch) wheels and tyres

· larger front (345 mm) and rear (338 mm) brakes

Furthermore, the Z51 Performance Pack will feature the latest magnetic ride control suspension tuned for European roads, as well as performance traction management and performance exhaust systems.

“Corvette has inspired millions across generations, and the new Stingray is no exception. The advancements in design, technology and engineering have given us a car that will define the decade and far exceed consumers' expectations,” said Susan Docherty, President and Managing Director, Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe. "While the Corvette Stingray can compete with its rivals in terms of performance, it remains affordable. The Stingray is more than a car, it’s a statement of intent by drivers who want the pure exhilaration that’s tantamount with the name Corvette.”

Power will be supplied by an all-new 6.2-litre V8 engine coupled with a 7-speed manual transmission with active rev matching. The engine provides 460PS and 630 NM of torque at 4,600 rpm with the performance exhaust system. The Stingray has achieved the highest standard power ratings ever for the Corvette. It is expected to charge from 0-60 mph in sub-4 seconds, and also aims to deliver better fuel economy. That does sound rather good. A seven-speed manual! And who doesn’t love a V8. One thing’s for sure, I’ll try my damned hardest to get in one of these come Autumn. I mean just look at it! It looks absolutely superb from every angle.

Additionally, the Corvette Stingray features the new state-of-the-art Chevrolet MyLink connected radio with two 8-inch display screens, USB port, SD card and auxiliary input jacks, as well a centre screen that lowers for device storage.

There are also several options available including; Metallic paint (£600), Tintcoat Paint (£1,000), Navigation System (£1,450) and Black Aluminium Wheels (£550).

For more information on the Corvette Stringray coupe and prices please contact the Chevrolet Call Centre on 0800 666222 or your local Chevrolet Corvette dealer, a list of which can be found on the Chevrolet website here.

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