2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray price, release date, and features

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After months of speculation, spy shots and leaked 3-D images raising the anticipation level and the excitement of the fans, 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is here.

The car is one of the most hotly anticipated sports cars on the planet, as the C7 will also make it to Europe and will also feature in the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

The new Stingray made its debut to huge fanfare at the Detroit auto show, where Chevrolet showed off a virtual landslide of performance technology.

Chevrolet is finally letting the next-generation Corvette out for test drives as the automotive media descends on Monterey Car Week.

Corvettes are supposed to have V-8s, and the 2014 Stingray doesn’t break with tradition. Under the curvy, carbon fiber hood sits a new 6.2-liter V-8. With 455 horsepower and a $52,000 base price, no one will argue with the performance, though, many can argue with the styling, which dumps the iconic round taillights and soft curves in favor of an angular profile that gives this seventh-generation Vette a digital look.

Chevrolet says the Stingray hits 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and, remarkably, that is with either the seven-speed manual or the six-speed automatic. Chevrolet has built the new Corvette with an aluminum frame, reducing weight and gaining stiffness. Composite materials make up body panels and fenders, while the roof and hood are made from carbon fiber.

Chevrolet gave the Stingray an LCD tachometer. The instrument cluster features three analog gauges- speed, fuel, and temperature–but the literal centerpiece is a large, color LCD that changes configuration depending on your drive mode.

The substantial amount of tech Chevrolet put into the Stingray succeeds in making it a better car, without getting in the way of the driving experience. In fact, the tech, cabin appointments, and body design make it as desirable models from Ferrari and Lamborghini, at the considerably lower price point of just over 50 grand.