At the beginning of this week, on the Corvette's sixtieth birthday, Chevrolette made the most sensible birthday present himself:
A wonderful new Corvette generation with the debut at the “North American International Auto Show” (NAIAS) in Detroit.
"The new Corvette Stingray is the most modern, advanced and fascinating Corvette in a long, unique American success story," said Chris Perry, Vice President Chevrolet Marketing. “It is an automobile that is closely interwoven with American culture.
With an output of around 450 PS (331 kW) and an acceleration from zero to 60 mph (96,6 km / h) in less than four seconds, the new Corvette Stingray is not only the most powerful Chevrolet Corvette series model of all time, but with an advised one Fuel consumption of less than 9,0 l / 100 km (26 mpg) is also the most efficient so far. No Corvette had so much strength and so little thirst before.
The Corvette's weight ratio is a balanced 50 to 50% between the front and rear axles, which is also due to the basis of an aluminum framework which also ensures weight savings. Real carbon and a lot of leather, the new Corvette not only wants to reach the European competitors in terms of basis weight, but also in terms of the quality of the interior they want to have created a new dimension.
The new model is scheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of 2013.
Facts and milestones of the Corvette history:
- The “Corvette idea” was originally born by the legendary GM design director Harley Earl, who saw room for an American contribution to the European-dominated sports car market. He also came up with the concept of a body with fiberglass components.
- "Corvette" was the name for a class of small, fast naval ships.
- The 1953 Corvette was offered at a base price of 3.498 US dollars. A heater (91 $) and a medium wave radio (145 $) were available as options.
- Innovative lightweight materials were used in all Corvette generations, from fiberglass (1953) to state-of-the-art carbon fiber nano-technology and carbon in the new Corvette Stingray (model year 2014).
- A V8 engine was used for the first time by 1955 and was selected by 90 that year that percent of the customers - after that all Chevrolet Corvettes drove with V8 power.
- The name "Stingray" was used for the first time for a racing car prototype, the styling of which significantly influenced the second Corvette generation (debut: 1963). Since then, the design of the ´63er Corvette Sting Ray Coupé with the split rear window has been considered one of the most beautiful and important in automotive history.
- The Corvette brought high-end technologies, which were previously reserved for luxury vehicles, into mass production - such as fuel injection (1957), independent rear suspension (1963), four-wheel disc brake (1965), ABS brakes (1986) and a tire pressure system.
Surveillance system (1989).
- The Corvette is the longest continuously produced sports car in the world.
- Almost two million Chevrolet Corvettes have been sold since the market launch in 1953 up to and including 2012. That corresponds to around a third of sports car sales in America.