The first batch of 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingrays left GM’s assembly plant in Bowling Green, Ky. today.
To date, Chevrolet has assembled approximately 1,000 of its seventh-generation Corvette. Pricing is supposed to start at $51,995 for the coupe and $56,995 for the convertible, but there probably hasn’t been a single car sold without some kind of dealer markup.
“It’s an amazing sight to see the transporters filled with Stingrays heading to customers in all corners of the country,” said Dave Tatman, plant manager of General Motors’ Bowling Green Assembly facility. “The pride at Bowling Green is overwhelming and it shows in the tremendous quality and attention to detail going into each one of these new Corvettes.”
News emerged in mid-August that Chevrolet stores allowed to sell the new Corvette — GM is being picky about where that will happen — plan to charge anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 above MSRP.
Frustrating as that might be, it probably won’t be hard for the stores to pull it off. The new Corvette is laden with technlogy including a rev-matching seven-speed manual transmission and a new 6.2-liter V8. It makes 460 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, although an available performance exhaust system adds another five ponies. The 0-60 sprint happens in 3.8 seconds with the Z51 performance package.
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