The 2014 Corvette Stingray, since its unveiling, has proven to be one of the most dramatic changes in the Corvette lineup since the introduction of the previous C6, quite a few years back. Earlier this year on an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage,” Leno himself described the C7 as being one of the General’s most significant Vette manifestations in a long time, saying, “It’s probably the most dramatic change in Corvettes since they went from the mid-’60s, Mako Shark to the C6,” says Leno.
A celebrity Vette enthusiast who takes the sport marque as seriously as we do, Leno says that one of his favorite features of the C7 is the way that its overall styling creates a unique, Euro-American fusion. “Corvettes look American, but this looks like a hybrid of American technology with some very kind of European, sexy styling,” says Leno of the C7’s all-new architecture.
Jay Leno is excited about the introduction of the C7 Stingray and so are we, and ever since images of and rumors about the latest member of the Vette family have started to leak out, we’ve made every effort possible to make this information known to our readers. Up until this point, however, we had no official horsepower or torque figures on the ’14 Vette, as all that had been publicly promised for the LT1 was “at least 450″ ponies.
Thanks to GM, however, we can now safely assume that the fixed numbers on the C7 in coupe form are 455 horses with 460 feet pounds of twist, numbers that come to us directly to us from the General’s media site. These statistics so far are the ones accepted as the “final” authority, and according to one of Corvette7’s site administrators, this is because the “EST,” or “estimated” acronyms remain next to the convertible’s figures, while the coupe’s are etched in stone.
It goes without saying that the C7 has brought a series of firsts to the Vette nameplate, among these being a Euro-influenced eye for styling, a refined interior space and the reintroduction of GM’s “LT” engine code. While we’re not sure what the future will be for Corvette, from what we’ve seen so far it’s looking pretty good!
UPDATE: Per media.GM.com, the SAE-certified numbers are 460 horsepower (343 kW) at 6,000 RPM and 465 lb-ft of torque (630 Nm) at 4,600 RPM, with the available performance exhaust system. The Stingray is SAE-certified at 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 460 lb-ft (624 Nm) with the standard exhaust system.