The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will make its first UK public appearance at this weekend's Classic Car Show at the NEC. The C7 Corvette will then lead the Beaujolais Run from Royal Automobile Club’s Woodcote Park to Burgundy.
The C7 Stingray is priced from £61,495. While this price is still nearly double the US list price of $51,995, UK cars will be equipped with the Z51 performance pack, which includes an aero package, upgraded suspension and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
Larger wheels (19-inch front, 20-inch rear) and brakes (345mm front, 338mm rear) are also included. The C7-generation car’s magnetic ride control suspension has been tuned for British roads, however, so expect the Stingray to be more compliant than previous Corvettes.
Although Chevrolet this year admitted it plans to build right-hand-drive Corvettes in the future, UK Stingrays will initially be left-hand drive. Options will include metallic paint (£600), 'Tintcoat' paint (£1,000), sat-nav (£1,450) and black aluminium wheels (£550).
The C7 will be the most powerful entry-level Corvette built to date, developing 455bhp and 460lb ft from its dry-sumped 6.2-litre LT1 V8. Opt for the performance exhaust system and the engine's output climbs to 460bhp and 465lb ft.
Despite the power on offer, Chevrolet is expecting the C7's extra-urban economy to exceed 31mpg (UK).
Both coupé and convertible models will be available, with seven-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.