New Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible to star in Geneva

The new Corvette sports car was finally revealed to the public last month during the 2013 Detroit Motor Show, in its hard-top coupe design.

Now it has emerged that a convertible version of the popular muscle car is in the works and it will aim to be one of the stars of the show at one of Europe’s biggest motoring shows of the year.

Chevrolet has confirmed that the convertible version of the new Corvette Stingray will share the same design, engine, technology and performance capabilities of the already revealed coupe model.

The Chief Engineer behind the Corvette, Tadge Juechter, commented this week: “Every Corvette is designed at the outset as an open car”.

“The new Stingray is no different, with the coupe and convertible designed to excel in any situation – be it your daily commute, a drive across the continent, or charging through twisting backroads.”

The 2014 Corvette is driven by a 450bhp 6.2-litre V8 petrol engine connected to either a six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters or a seven-speed manual transmission.

The driver can adjust the new Corvette towards five different driving modes, which alter the throttle response, steering feel and the set-level of traction control. The settings include “Eco” for more efficient running, “Weather” for roads with less grip and finally there’s “Sport” and “Track” to push the Corvette to its full potential.

Other highlights of the new Chevrolet Corvette include the lighter aluminium chassis, and other lighter components including a carbon fibre bonnet and new detachable roof panels. As a result of these changes, the new Corvette is over 60kg lighter than its predecessor, a change that should highly benefit the car’s handling and shorten braking distances.

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will be available for official UK imports next year, in left-hand drive only. It’ll be the second muscle car to join the current Chevrolet range, sitting alongside the 432bhp V8-powered Chevrolet Camaro.

The latest model range from the American manufacturer is available now from Perrys Chevrolet Dealerships based in Dover and Rotherham.

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