COOK: The Corvette gets a redesign — and thumbs up for 2014

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You can bet the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is going to turn heads, but even if it is one of the sexiest cars around, it also drives as good as it looks too.

While most folks only look at the Corvette’s exterior, the suits over in Corvette World decided a full redesign might stir talk about all things ‘vette again — and so it has.

The result is not only the powerful V8 engine that Corvette fans have come to expect but also an upgraded interior and more room in the cargo area.

It’s also worth mentioning that in addition to the complete redesign for 2014, there is the official name — the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

As for the competition in the world of Corvette lovers, there is the BMW M4, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, Nissan GT-R, SRT Viper and the Porsche Boxster.

You can choose the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in either the coupe or convertible option. And you get two trims, either the base or the Z51. You have even more choices in sub-trims, choosing from the 1LT, 2LT and 3LT.

Starting at the bottom, the base Corvette 1LT comes with 18-inch front wheels and 19-inch rear wheels, xenon headlights, heated mirrors, a removable roof panel on the coupe, a power-operated soft top on the convertible, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. For the technology lover you also get OnStar, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, as well as an eight-inch touch screen and Chevy’s MyLink electronics interface and a rearview camera.

The Stingray Z51 1LT offers 19-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear wheels with exterior aero trim, performance brakes and suspension tuning, revised transmission gear ratios and a limited-slip electronic rear differential.

The Corvette Stingray 2LTs have additional auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirrors, and an upgraded sound system with a cargo shade, driver memory settings, heated and ventilated seats and power lumbar seat adjustments.

For the 3LT, add upgraded leather and a navigation system.

If you opt for one of the Z51 trims, it will come with adaptive suspension dampers as an option add-on and, on the Stingray overall, other options are a dual-mode exhaust system and the coupes come with painted and removable carbon-fiber roof panels. Either that or you can order a special roof panel that will be either exposed carbon fiber or transparent.

Under the hood is where the 2014 Corvette shines, with a 6.2-liter V8 engine in rear-wheel with a whopping 455 horsepower and 460 pound feet of torque, that is an increase from years past and that includes more pound feet of torque too.

The transmission is a seven-speed manual, with a six-speed automatic option as well. Another thing to take note in regard to the engine is the fuel injection, variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation.

Worth a mention, the seventh gear takes on the job of improving fuel economy since it acts as a cruising gear. Beyond that, the manual option shines with automatic rev-matching for up shifts and downshifts, ala, easier to take the road with confidence.

Safety features on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray include the typical anti-lock disc brakes, traction and stability control, side-impact airbags and a rearview camera. Of course, OnStar comes standard with automatic crash notification and not only roadside assistance but also remote door unlocking and stolen vehicle assistance.

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