The seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has been officially revealed, with the all-new model breaking cover before the iconic American sports car’s much anticipated public unveiling at the 2013 Detroit auto show.

The most powerful standard Corvette model ever, with an estimated 335kW and 610Nm, the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray accelerates from 0-100km/h in under four seconds and achieves more than 1g under cornering. Chevrolet expects the new Stingray to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette ever made, trumping the previous generation’s US EPA-estimated 9.0 litres per 100km.

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Based on an all-new aluminium frame and incorporating carbon-nano composite underbody panels, aluminium and magnesium structural and chassis components, a carbonfibre bonnet and removable roof panel, and composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels, the 4495mm long, 1877mm wide (2710mm wheelbase) Chevrolet Corvette boasts a performance-oriented 50/50 weight balance.

Helping to get the grunt of the all-new 6.2L LT1 V8 direct injection engine to the ground is a new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching and an optional six-speed paddle-shifted automatic transmission, as well as 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels wrapped in 245/40 and 285/35 tyres respectively.

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An optional track-focused Z51 Performance Package boosts wheel sizes by one inch front and rear, and includes an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integrated brake, differential and transmission cooling, along with a unique aero package for improved high-speed stability.

Stopping the new ‘Vette are four-piston calipers front and rear clamping down on 320mm front and 338mm rear discs as standard but these are upgraded to slotted discs with the Z51 Performance Pack measuring 345mm on the front.

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Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter said Chevrolet believes the new car represents the future of modern performance cars delivering more power, more driving excitement and better fuel efficiency. “The result is better performance by every measure,” Juechter said.

General Motors North America president Mark Reuss said, “Like the ’63 Sting Ray, the best Corvettes embodied performance leadership, delivering cutting-edge technologies, breathtaking design and awe-inspiring driving experiences. The all-new Corvette goes farther than ever, thanks to today’s advancements in design, technology and engineering.”

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Speculation is high that the new Corvette could reach Australian shores after General Motors CEO Dan Akerson made it clear that a right-hand-drive variant would be made at some stage in the future.

Holden director of external communications Craig Cheetham told CarAdvice that while the Corvette is not part of Holden’s current plans, the potential was there if a right-hand-drive variant was built. Cheetham said if the Corvette was confirmed for RHD markets, Holden would still need to develop a business case for it, and even if the decision were made to bring it here, an on-road Australian-spec Corvette would still be at least three to four years away.

The newest Corvette Stingray is to be built at GM’s Bowling Green assembly plant in Kentucky, before going on sale in the US in the third quarter of 2013.

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  • Jerry

    I think I like the look of the Viper a bit more, but this is one nice Corvette.

    • MB

      I want one

  • pixxxels

    Wow, this is gonna be controversial.

    • Declan Collins

      how is it controversial? Design?

      • $29896495

        Well, it’s part GTR, part Viper, has to many needless vents, has a 1989 Supra dash = have you heard the saying, “Less is more” in this case, more is less. Oh and is as wide as and long as a Falcon or Commodore if you prefer. 

        • Declan Collins

          I think the car is a greta modern design take on the c2/c3 can’t remember which. All of the vents are real vents used for aerodynamics and cooling.

          I think if you look at the general consensus following the reveal you’ll find your thoughts in a very small minority. 

          • $29896495

            hey man, do you feel that just because most people might like or do some thing you have to follow? That’s not very mature. In many cases though, I guess it is typically Australian. I guess you’ll be joining the rest of the lemmings when they walk off a cliff.

          • $29896495

            Compare it to the new NSX which will be a competitor, which do you think is better?

        • Tom

          It said it is 4495mm long – nowhere near as long as a Commodore. 

          • $29896495

            It was a rough comparison, but it is in the full size car bracket width wise, and only a 30 cm to 50 cm shorter than the Commodore. Which in the greater scheme of things is bugger all difference.

  • Declan Collins

    This is one amazing performance car. Please bring to Australia

    • Car2013

      The talk is that the Corvette will came to Australia, but the importer will need to do the conversion to RHD. Thereby, it will probably be very expensive. The previous Corvette and the Camaro are already being converted in Australia.

      Regarding the Corvette engine and new seven speed gearbox, I wonder if both off these items will be integrated into the next HSV VF Commodore .

      • Declan Collins

        Would be interesting, but those poarts are brand new to Corvette, the GM flagship sports sedan, so maybe not for a while.

        I can see the engine making it a long time before the 7M.

  • Andrew

    Please bring it here!!!!

    What case is there to make!!!

  • AMG63

    Wow! That is one nice looking machine!

  • jekyl & hyde

    hate the dash,hate it,hat,hate,hate…

    • Roadtard

      Check the black dash in the phot gallery.  You may change your mind…

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, they tried to copy the audi r8 but went very wrong

  • Blair Waldorf

    It wont please traditional Corvette fans and it had some strong hints of GTR styling wise. Along with the Viper, it shows how far the US auto industry has come in 10 years. 10 years ago the Viper and Corvette were crude, low tech and had cheap, nasty interiors. Today the Viper looks as if it could have come out of Italy, this corvette looks like it could match Euro rivals and im sure both drive that way too. Good on the US makers for improving so much.

  • Golfschwein

    It’s a yes from me.

    • Ben

      “You’re going to Hollywood!”

  • Rocket

    Hopefully Ford do as good a job on the next Mustang and we can buy them in Australia at a reasonable price.

    • pro346

      Mustang is even close to being in the same class as this!

      • JooberJCW

        Mustang is the Camaro’s rival, I don’t think Ford has anything as a competitor.

        • $29896495

          Mustang definitely isn’t a rival for this thing. The GT may have been but was really a level above. The new Shelby Cobra would be, but they didn’t build it.

  • nugsdad

    Add my order to the business case

  • Just saying

    I’ve never been a huge fan of modern Vette’s. but this thing looks nice. Serves its purpose well and is exactly what it’s meant to be. I love this sharp styling.
    The interior is great but, was obviously designed to have one person in the car. The poor passenger gets nothing but a couple of air vents and looks completely separate from the car. LOL. Great job though. I can’t remember the last time a Corvette struck visual interest with me.

  • Roadtard

    The make or break factor here is quality.  GM simply has to match the better Euro and Asian manufacturers if this car is to be successful outside the US.

  • Poison_Eagle

    Not as cohesive as it could be, but steering wheel seems to lift interior quality, Love the exhausts and stingray front. Evocative of the 50’s Vette. The Vette Gets ’em wet. 

  • Altezza

    That interior photo, showing it has manual transmission, but there’s also paddle shifter. How do they work in combination?

    • Blair Waldorf

       99% chance thats a photoshop mistake

    • Acfsambo7

      I read that the automatic throttle blipping on downshifts could be turned on/off via a wheel mounted paddle.

      • Shak

        Correct. The throttle blipping feature is controlled by a paddle behind the wheel. 

        • Blair Waldorf

           i stand corrected, pretty inovative idea actually! it’s good to see some innovation in manual transmissions instead of just defaulting to an Auto…

  • Zaccy16

    looks good outside but like all american cars the interior looks off

  • Abcdefg

    Looks like it’s over designed by a 10 year old kid.

    • $29896495

      I agree. Dash looks like it escaped a Supra and was given a beating.

  • Ash

    If only the kept to the prototype.. Wouldve been even better

  • Karl Sass

    Looks awesome, very unique. The interior and specs look like a big improvement, even if the dash is a little odd.
    I though it was interesting that Holden put this on their Facebook, I reckon they intend to import it. Sooner the better!
    Still not as fast as golfmothers Golf though.

  • Rita

    Looks like a dogs breakfast. Was it designed in the 1980’s by any chance? Check out the “Night Rider” style dash, Kit would be proud.

    I mean come on GM is that the best you can do? Seriously?

  • Rita

    The rear end looks like a smashed crab. Seriously have a look at it. Anyone who thinks this hideous thing looks good needs to go to OPSM ASAP!!!!

  • Rita

    Also what’s with the 4 exhaust tips in a row? Are you kidding me? Might as well just continues that whole theme along the back and made a line of them. WTF were they thinking they were going to do back there? Play a Jazz concert? I mean come one, you’ve got to be kidding me that someone in charge there at GM signed off on that thing. Do these people even have a pulse?

    • $29896495

      It’s typical American excess. To big, long and wide for a two seat sports car. to many vents to many many lines, to much of everything thing. That dash is out of an 89 Supra? Yet the yanks think it’s an improvement? Their standards really are questionable!

      As per other discussions on here, the US – when in doubt, make it bigger.

      • Dave S

        I read that the 2014 Stringray is no bigger than the new Porsche 911. The Corvette has a longer wheelbase though, with shorter overhangs.

    • JooberJCW

      Lol, they saw the Ferrari 428’s 3 in a row, they’ll beat it by one more.

  • F1orce

    All that power and it ‘should’ do the 0-100 in under 4 seconds!? Hahaa the GTR leaves this for dead

    • Captaincrash

      Actually this is the base model for Corvette. Compare it to the Skyline non-GTR. And this base model Corvette will give the GTR a shake. The proper opposition is the Corvette ZR1 to the Skyline GTR. Well, we will see when the new GTR goes up against the ZR1 C7. Yet if the GTR struggles against the stock C7 Corvette, what chance does the GTR have really?

      • F1orce

        Your funny..

        The GTR does 0-100 in a whooping 2.7 seconds

        That smokes the ZR1

      • JooberJCW

        There is no non-GTR version of the ‘GTR’, the normal skyline is whole different car altogether, a family car.

        as for 0-100, the GTR will win any of the Corvettes, 4wd, traction control helps it alot. The only cars probably off the shelf that can beat or around the mark is a Veyron or an Aventador and guess what they are both AWD and $$$

  • Dave S

    GM have done a great job with this new styling, no mistaking this for any other model. I am still impressed that under that long low bonnet is 6.2 V8. hiding away. Looks great for a low COG and weight distribution.

  • Luke Brinsmead

    One word, awesome!

  • Birty_B

    I don’t like anywhere near as much as the C6. There’s too many lines and hard edges going all over the place. Then they’ve tried to throw some mashed up camaro lights on the back. 

    • $29896495

      I totally agree!