In January of this year, Chevrolet revealed its latest marvel, the 2014 Corvette Stingray. The iconic Stingray, a name not used since 1976, has been developed to continue the classic American manufactured excellence that has come to be expected, while simultaneously revolutionizing the design to create a sleek, yet powerful car. Using only two parts from the 2013 model, both the interior and exterior of the car have been hugely revamped.
While the car won’t go on sale until the third or fourth quarter of the year, predictions are already being made that the 2014 Corvette Stingray will easily make itself worthy of its ambitious name. The new model has distinguished itself from past models not only in name but also in many of its components. Throughout the design process, speed and agility were the focus. One of the key results is an aluminum frame, which is 57% stiffer and 99% lighter than the 2013 steel frame. By utilizing a carbon fiber hood and roof panels, extremely lightweight compounds for the doors, and a carbon-nano composite for the underbody panels, Chevrolet managed to shave off an additional 37 pounds. With the vast reduction of weight, Chevrolet is confident that this will be the most fuel-efficient Corvette ever produced. Alongside its decreased weight, an increase in power output has been implemented through the 6.2-liter LTI V-8 engine. Naturally aspirating, the engine will make 450 horsepower, the most ever produced by a standard Corvette. The automatic models will use a six speed transmission, while the manuals will have an additional seventh speed. Early estimates state that the car will go from zero to 60 in under four seconds. The engine and transmission are perfect complements to the composite-intensive body, delivering both better fuel efficiency and more power. In addition to the power the new 2014 Corvette offers is the style of the car. The interior comes complete with leather, which is both beautiful and soft to the touch. The instrument panel, doors, pedals, and shifter have been given mild, yet striking adornments of aluminum accents. The exterior combines both efficiency and beauty. A completely new breathing technique is provided by exterior vents, allowing reduced lift and minimal drag. The functional hood extractor pulls hot air from the front grille up out of the engine compartment rather than forcing it out below, increasing the car’s push into the ground and handling at high speeds. Overall, the geometric shapes employed in the car’s design flow smoothly from soft to crisp edges. The Stingray is both suave and chiseled. Comparing the 2014 Corvette with its 2013 counterpart, it’s easy to see the extra flare provided in the 2014 model. Providing 20 more horsepower than last year’s model, an additional gear in its manual transmission, and a serious decrease in weight, the 2014 is intended for top speeds. Also, the extra couple of inches in overall length and the extra inch provided in the wheelbase mean increased handling. And by swapping a large amount of the plastic that was present in the interior of the 2013 version for sleek stretched leather and adding carbon fiber trim, this car has become a serious work of art both inside and out. The Corvette is iconic in American-made cars for both performance and style. The 2014 Stingray is no different, combining the perfect balance of functional design and aesthetics. From a light aluminum frame to trading leather for plastic, the latest model is properly called “all-new.” With the subtle, yet revolutionary improvements made over its predecessor, the 2014 Corvette Stingray has lived up to its legendary name.
Hyundai Motor Co. plans to start selling its first battery-powered electric vehicle (EV) in 2016 as South Korea’s champion of fuel-cell cars hedges its bets in next-generation green technology. Hyundai has leant toward engines which turn hydrogen into electricity in response to stricter emissions regulations in markets such as the U.S. Research and development partner Kia Motors Corp. has focused on rechargeable batteries.
What? Didn’t we just cover the reasons you might want to buy an SUV last week? You bet we did. In the interests of fairness, we thought it might be valuable to offer an opposing viewpoint this week. Today’s opposing viewpoints come from Jim Kenzie of Motoring TV from an episode back in 1997. Jim says you can call them crossovers or call them SUVs – just don’t call them yours.