It was 60 years ago this month, at General Motors’ Motorama show in New York City, that the now-iconic Corvette made its debut. Just days ago, the new 2014 Corvette Stingray was revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, marking the seventh generation of this American classic.
The 2014 Stingray is expected to arrive in dealerships later this year. However, the first retail production model, with a VIN ending in 0001, will cross the auction block at Barrett-Jackson on Saturday. Proceeds will benefit the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, renowned for its automotive design program.
This new iteration of the Corvette is the most powerful standard model to date, producing an estimated 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, and accelerating from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds. It’s also expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding 26 miles per gallon.
Complementing its “functionally elegant” exterior is a hand-crafted high-tech interior with premium materials and driver-oriented technologies that can be tailored to individual preferences. Enthusiasts will appreciate the lightweight elements that contribute to a 50/50 weight balance, which helps deliver a better power-to weight ratio than the Porsche 911 Carrera or Audi R8.