Non-Stingray 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe coming with lower cost, lower performance
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe is awesome and the new 6.2L LT1 with 450 horsepower and 450lb-ft of torque, the C7 should be the fastest “base” Corvette of all time. However, this sharpened new Corvette is likely going to carry a price tag that will be out of the reach of many buyers who simply cannot afford to fork out $50k+ for a new sports car. Luckily, the folks at Motor Trend have reported that General Motors is working on a new Corvette for 2015 that will depart from the Stingray name while also having a different appearance and less power than the new C7 Stingray.
This new package is expected to be called the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe (no Stingray) and along with the removal of the Stingray badges from the front fenders, the 2015 Corvette Coupe will have a revised front fascia, fenders and rear diffuser. If I put on my wild speculation hat, I would guess that the 2015 Corvette Coupe could feature a revised front fascia that is presumably less aggressive than the Stingray, a new set of front fenders that may not have the contrasting “gills” of the Stingray and a unique rear diffuser that could feature a look with the exhaust tips moved to the outer edge of the rear end.
In addition to the new look, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe will not pack the new 6.2L LT1 V8 – instead calling upon the new 5.3L V8 that will also serve to power the new generation of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. Motor Trend believes that the Corvette Coupe would have somewhere under 400 horsepower so that it would not really compete with the Chevrolet Camaro SS in terms of power.
Pricing has not been announced for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe but considering that the C6 (current) Chevy Corvette “base” Coupe carries a starting price of $50,595, the C7 Stingray with more power, better fuel economy, an all new chassis and high tech gadgets inside and out – we can expect that the 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe will start at least in the mid $50k range. Figuring that a nicely equipped Camaro 2SS with a manual transmission costs just over $40,000, the non-Stingray entry level Corvette could come with a price of $45,000 to 48,000 and still leave plenty of room for the Camaro SS while offering a significant price drop from that of the new Stingray Coupe.