Being sporty shouldn’t preclude being efficient. That’s the message Chevrolet is sending out with the 2014 Corvette Stingray.
“The Corvette Stingray establishes the benchmark for modern performance cars by using technologies to deliver more performance and more miles per gallon,” said Tadge Juechter, executive chief engineer for the Corvette.
“We expect more and more performance cars will follow Corvette’s example.”
The vehicle will deliver up to an EPAestimated 17 miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, he said.
Juechter added that the EPA estimates make the new Stingray the most fuel-efficient sports car on the market as no other car offers more than 455 horsepower and greater than 29 mpg highway.
The EPA estimates are for the Corvette Stingray equipped with an all-new, sevenspeed manual transmission, Juechter said.
The estimates reflect an average of fuel economy in both the default “Tour” mode, which delivers 28 mpg highway, and driverselectable “Eco” mode, which delivers 30 mpg highway.
For Stingrays equipped with the sevenspeed manual transmission, Eco mode enables Active Fuel Management, which disables four of the cylinders for improved fuel economy during light engine loads.
For Corvette Stingrays equipped with the six-speed automatic, Active Fuel Management is active in all drive modes until the driver engages the manual-shift mode using the steering-wheel paddles, he explained.
Fuel economy estimates for Corvette Stingrays equipped with the six-speed automatic will be finalized soon.
The highway rating represents an 11 percent increase in fuel economy over the previous Corvette, while the all-new 6.2L LT1 V8 delivers 455 horsepower, a 6 percent increase over the previous Corvette.
The LT1 delivers 460 horsepower with the available dual-mode exhaust.