Chevrolet had five distinct goals with the exterior redesign of its new version of the Corvette: the look from a-far, the grille, the signature side "Q," and the overall sculpture and taillights. Chevy planned to bring back the Stingray name in a big way with its all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, starting with the exterior, and then performance.
The 2014 Stingray redesign began with the reinvention of the "upper" design of the car, bringing a style that would give you that hundred-yards-away distinction. Chevy was also looking to improve upon the front dynamic of the car, changing the grille to have a more serious tone without looking angry.
Next, GM highlighted the side "cycle," the signature queue of the Corvette. Continuing with an aggressive theme throughout the car, the goal was to make it more expressive and bold.
The overall sculpture of the car needed to fit the new generation of Corvette, giving it something people have never seen before, continuing the hundred-yards-away distinction.
The rear end had to be replaced with an all-new fascia that would set it apart from the previous models. What better way to revamp the rear than with a different shaped tail light? Ditching the four circles for trapezoids, Chevy pushed the envelope of what was identifiable as the Corvette's signature glow at night.
"We wanted a game changer [in the rear]." Corvette Exterior Design Manager Kirk Bennion said in a YouTube interview. "[We] gave the car a very unique, light signature at night with some very unique tail lamps that would also show off the new LED technology."
The new look comprised of a revamped surface, sculpture, graphic, and detail give the 2014 Corvette the honor of wearing the Stingray nameplate, but don't forget about the impressive performance.
The 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray will be powered by the LT1 6.2L V-8, churning out an estimated 450 hp and 450 lb-ft torque. Harnessing all those ponies will be a 6-speed automatic, or an all-new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching that anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for more accurate shifts.
"We wanted the driving experience of the Corvette to live up to the performance expectations that come with the Stingray name," said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer in the release. "Because it was designed from the beginning as an open-top car, the Corvette Stingray delivers an exhilarating, connected driving experience - no matter what configuration you choose."
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