The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe will have a base sticker price of $51,995, including destination charges, when it goes on sale late this summer or early fall. That’s about a $1,400 increase from the base price for the 2013 model. Chevrolet performance cars marketing manager John Fitzpatrick, the convertible model will be priced at $56,995 including a destination charge of $995.
Among the standard features will be an automatic drive mode selector and a Chevy MyLink enabled, 8-inch touch screen infotainment center.
The base model will ride on an aluminum frame and will be powered by GM’s new 6.2-liter, 8-cylinder, 450 horsepower small-block engine paired with a seven-speed manual transmission. GM says the standard package will deliver 450 pound feet of torque and approximately 26 mpg. An optional six-speed paddle shift automatic transmission will also be available.
Fitzpatrick said a fully loaded model will price out at between $75,000 and $80,000.
According to General Motors, the gray production model that was on display at the Detroit Auto Show last January would have a sticker price of $73,360. IN addition to the $8,000 3LT interior package, the vehicle featured a bevy of upscale options including a 10-speaker Bose sound system, a GPS navigation system and Napa leather seating, as well as the Z51 performance package valued at $2,800. The performance package features 19’ front and 20’ rear wheels, a magnetic ride control system and a transmission cooling system.
Fitzpatrick thinks consumers will be pleasantly surprised by the modest price increase of the 2014 model. He says most people “automatically assumed that we were doubling the price of the current car” after viewing the production model on display at the Detroit Auto Show. “We tried to assure them we recognize that part of the magic of Corvette is the way we deliver more than was expected,” he said.
In a statement, Chevrolet’s vice president of marketing Chris Perry said, “The Corvette Stingray delivers a combination of performance, design and technology that very few manufacturers can match, and none can even come close for $52,000.”
GM plans be start production of the 2014 Corvette Stingray this summer at its Bowling Green, Kentucky facilities.