New for 2017:
ZURICH, June 22, 2016 – After garnering numerous awards over the past two years, such as “Sport Auto’s” best convertible for under 100,000 euros and the Auto Trophy readers’ choice prize for the car offering the best value for money, the Corvette Stingray powers ahead for model year 2017 with appearance, connectivity and technology enhancements that offer customers more personalization choices and convenience features.
Every element of the 2017 Stingray makes it the quickest, most powerful, most refined Stingray ever. Chevrolet takes it one step further with sinuous styling and powerful muscle at once, impressive performance and exceptional pricing. Every detail of the 2017 Stingray serves a function, from purposeful exterior vents to intelligent driver controls. With coupe and convertible options, all-new Design Editions, a choice of manual or automatic transmissions and a host of personalization options, there is a Stingray to satisfy every driving enthusiast. Now available in Europe.
Design to match the Stingray’s performance
The Corvette Stingray’s provocative exterior styling is as functional as it is elegant. It makes a bold design statement that embraces the advanced technology of the car, while enhancing its overall performance in everything from the wind tunnel to the track.
Lighting is a signature element of the Corvette Stingray’s design and reinforces its high-tech aesthetic. At the front, indirect white LED lamps form a distinctive daytime styling cue. They are set in black-chrome lamp housings with standard HID projector headlamps. The turn signals feature edge-lit amber LED lighting.
The dual-element taillamps feature three-dimensional, sculpted lenses, housing innovative indirect LED lighting. The state-of-the-art lighting uses hidden LED lamps that cast their light up from the bottom of the housing into a reverse reflector, creating an even glow.
The Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible take advantage of lightweight materials, advanced manufacturing techniques and technology transfer from the Corvette Racing program to produce an ideal 50/50 weight balance and to deliver world-class power-to-weight ratios.
The technologically advanced foundation is an aluminum frame structure so strong that no structural reinforcements are needed for the convertible model. The only changes are limited to accommodations for the folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts.
Real racetrack performance in a street car
Along with all that’s new with the 2017 Corvette Stingray, it carries over an unmatched combination of performance and efficiency. Power comes from the 6.2L LT1 V-8 466 hp (343 kW) and 630 Nm with the standard performance exhaust system. The LT1 engine is offered with a seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Match and a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission that offers quick shifts on par with the world’s best dual-clutch transmissions – delivered with the smoothness unique to a transmission with a torque converter.
Power comes from the 6.2L LT1 V-8 466 hp (343 kW) and 630 Nm with the standard performance exhaust system. The Corvette Stingray’s powertrain enables manual-transmission models able to accelerate from 0-100 kph in 4.2 seconds (4.0 seconds with the eight-speed automatic), while the Corvette’s chassis and suspension features contribute to 1.03 g in cornering.
Handcrafted, technologically advanced interior
The Corvette Stingray’s interior blends fine materials and craftsmanship with advanced technologies that contribute to a more connected and more engaging driving experience. Every feature and detail is designed to enhance the driver’s connection to the Corvette, starting with the fighter jet-inspired wraparound cockpit and continuing with supportive seats and high-definition, configurable screens.
A comparatively small, 360 mm diameter steering wheel – with a new flat-bottom design – fosters a more direct, immediate feel to directional inputs. Chevrolet offers two seating choices: a GT seat for all-around comfort and a Competition Sport seat with more aggressive side bolstering that provides greater support on the track.
All models feature a fully-wrapped interior, where every surface is covered with premium, soft-touch materials. Available materials, depending on the trim level, include Nappa leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and microfiber-suede. There is even a micro-LED screen for the passenger’s climate control placed below the vent on the dash, away from the performance features on the instrument panel.
MyLink with smartphone projection technology
New in the Corvette Stingray in 2017, Chevrolet’s new MyLink system with an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen is now compatible with Android Auto. Android Auto offers a simpler, smarter way to use an Android smartphone in the vehicle thanks to the available Chevrolet MyLink† display. Drivers can access their favorite songs and playlists with Google Play Music™, hands-free calling and texting, and even navigation through Google Maps™ — all using the built-in touch-screen in their vehicles.
This is in addition to Apple CarPlay, which was added in 2016. Apple CarPlay puts iPhone features on the display in a smart, simple manner, allowing drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. That helps drivers spend more time with their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.
At the core of the Corvette Stingray’s driver-focused technologies is the cockpit-mounted Driver Mode Selector, which allows drivers to optimize the car for their driving preference and road conditions via five settings: Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport and Track. Up to 12 performance parameters are adjusted with the selection of each mode, such as Active Fuel Management or Traction Control.
Three configurable displays, including a pair of 8-inch screens and color head-up display, deliver personalized information and convey the different performance parameters of each drive mode. The two 8-inch screens offer excellent visibility even in direct sunlight. The screen in the center stack also features touch-screen control with gesture recognition and can be lowered to reveal a hidden storage compartment that includes a USB input for device charging or uploads.
The award-winning, industry-first Performance Data Recorder – or PDR – enables users to record high-definition video, with telemetry overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track. It was developed with Cosworth, the motorsports-engineering company that supplies the Corvette Racing team’s data acquisition and telemetry electronics system.
The video can be viewed on the Corvette Stingray’s 8-inch color touchscreen when the car is parked, or downloaded to a computer for further editing and for sharing video via social media sites. For users who want a more in-depth understanding of their performance, the PDR vehicle data can be opened in the included “Cosworth Toolbox” software, which combines Cosworth’s professional-level motorsport data analysis with an easy-to-use graphic interface.
Unique driving experience
The Corvette Stingray’s chassis and suspension are designed to take advantage of the lighter, stiffer structure. Its rigidity allowed engineers to more precisely tune the suspension and steering for a more nimble and responsive driving experience. The components and their calibrations – from the brake size and damper rates to the steering system – are identical between the coupe and the convertible.
A racing-proven short/long-arm suspension design is used front and rear, with lightweight complementing components that include hollow lower control arms and aluminum rear toe links.
The Corvette Stingray rides on 19 x 8.5-inch front and 20 x 10-inch rear forged aluminum wheels – all shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport run-flat tires developed specifically for the seventh-generation Corvette. As a result, the Corvette Stingray is capable of 1.03 g in cornering acceleration.
The Stingray comes with the third-generation of Magnetic Ride Control, which features a twin-wire/dual-coil damper system that reacts 40 percent faster than previous generations, enabling improved ride comfort and body control.
Electric power steering offers variable ratios and variable effort to tailor responsiveness and feel for each driving situation. It also delivers precise control and feedback to the driver, along with great variability of effort for high-performance driving, as well as excellent on-center sensitivity and linearity.
A smart electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) continuously makes the most of the torque split between the rear wheels. The system features a hydraulically actuated clutch that can infinitely vary clutch engagement and can respond from open to full engagement in tenths of a second. It shifts torque based on a unique algorithm that factors in vehicle speed, steering input and throttle position to improve steering feel, handling balance and traction.
Standard Brembo brakes, with four-piston fixed calipers derived from racing, deliver exceptional stopping power on the street or track.