Unlike the original Stingray and the recent Stingray Concept, the C7 doesn’t feature a split rear window and that isn’t the only break with Corvette styling tradition. In place of the usual rounded taillights are new rhomboid units, which are grouped with functional vents that connect with air inlets mounted on the tops of the rear fenders.
Small Block Lives:
All-new small-block V8 known as the LT1. It churns out 450 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 450 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The tried and true push-rod configuration remains, the LT1 features direct-injection, variable valve timing and a fairly high 11.5:1 compression ratio. A dry sump oil system will be an optional extra in place of a standard wet sump unit. Also part of the LT1 package is a cylinder deactivation system that saves fuel by effectively turning the 6.2-liter V8 into a 3.1-liter V4. Chevrolet says the system will help the LT1 better the less-powerful LS3’s 26-mpg highway rating.
Corvette uses a seven-speed manual transmission. It features a “Active Rev Matching” system that provides rev-matched up-shifts and downshift. It can be switched on or off via steering wheel mounted paddles shifters an unusual touch for a manual-equipped vehicle.
The optional automatic transmission is a six-speed unit, not the eight that was previously rumored. Additional gears after the first six offer negligible efficiency benefits, Chevrolet says.
Corvette rides on an aluminum frame a feature previously reserved for Z06 and Z51 models. The new setup is 99 pounds lighter and 57 percent stiffer than the C6’s steel unit. To save additional weight, the hood and roof are constructed from carbon fiber, and the under-body trays are said to be lighter than before.
Despite those measures, the new Corvette’s higher content level will likely mean it ends up slightly heavier than the C6, which weighed in at 3208 pounds.
Corvette is even more track friendly, it includes dry sump lubrication, closer manual transmission gear ratios, an electronically controlled limited slip differential and additional cooling for the gearbox, differential and brakes. Also part of the package are up-sized brakes and 19 by 8.5 inch front and 20 by 10 inch rear wheels and tires.
The Stingray almost didn’t make it out of the idea phase as financial problems pushed GM into bankruptcy in 2008, NBC reports. And Corvette production plunged from more than 40,000 in 2007 to less than 12,000 last year, reports The Los Angeles Times. Part of that was due to the economic slowdown, but part was simply because auto buyers lost enthusiasm about the Corvette. The project’s delay during that time turned out to be a good thing, giving designers more time to perfect the design. The car was code-named the “C7” before getting the Stingray name and will be available mid 2013.
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