The first 2014 model year, seventh generation Chevrolet Corvettes have been built and are on their way to US dealers. This follows a six-month refit at the Bowling Green plant in Kentucky.

Bowling Green Assembly has produced approximately 1,000 Corvette Stingrays so far. Most are expected to be delivered to dealers within the next few weeks.

The Corvette plant underwent a US$131m upgrade earlier in 2013 to support production of the Corvette Stingray, including approximately US$52m for a new body shop to manufacture the car’s frame in-house for the first time.  

The lightweight aluminium frame is the foundation for the most powerful standard Corvette yet, with an SAE-certified 455 horsepower (339kW) and 460 lb-ft of torque (62 Nm) – and 460hp (343kW) and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) with the optional performance exhaust system.

GM says the Corvette Stingray delivers “the best fuel economy of any sports car on the [US] market” – an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in city driving and 29 mpg on the highway. No other car offers more than 455 horsepower and greater than 29 mpg on the highway, General Motors states.

Pricing for the 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe starts at $51,995 including destination. The Convertible is priced at $56,995 including destination. Production of the Stingray Convertible will begin by the end of this year.

Author: Glenn Brooks