"For 60 years, the Corvette has represented the state of the art in performance cars," said Mark Reuss, GM North American president, during the special preview before the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. "Since 1953, through the good times and the bad times for this company, there was always Corvette, demonstrating what it means to win -- to be the best."
In a subtle nod to its 2005 predecessor, the Stingray's exterior combines a bold mix of angles and edges. On itsback end, square taillights replace the signature Corvette ovals.
"Everybody we've heard from likes it," said Frank Alderton, Fitzpatrick Auto Sales Manager. "They think it's a great-looking car with great-looking enhancements."
Alderton said the Storm Lake-based Chevy dealer will begin taking pre-orders in May.
Although GM has not released pricing for the Stingray, set to go on sale in the third quarter, base model prices have been estimated at $50,000.
With 450 horsepower and 450 pound feet of torque, GM has heralded the car as the "most powerful standard Corvette in history."
Although the Stingray can go zero to 60 miles per hour in less than four seconds with its 6.2-liter LTI V-8 engine, it tops the EPA's estimates of 26 miles per gallon for the current model.
An optional Z51 performance package includes electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling, integral brake, differential and transmission cooling in addition to an aerodynamics package.
A carbon fiber, aluminum and hand-wrapped leather interior complements the Stingray's sleek exterior. Two seat options are available: all-around comfort and competition sport for track use.
Loaded with smart features, the Stingray also includes two eight-inch "infotainment" screens and five drive settings: weather, eco, tour, sport and track.