Is the Corvette Stingray Too Heavy?


Even with a slight weight gain over its predecessor, the 2014 Corvette Stingray still promises to be a performance powerhouse.

Along with releasing its official pricing, Chevrolet has just confirmed yet another vital detail regarding its all-new Corvette Stingray: its weight. Coming in at a total of 3,298 lbs, the C7 carries a 90 lb increase over its C6 Corvette predecessor. For all of the talk coming from Chevy in regards to the plentiful amount lightweight technology and components found in the C7, this news is a bit surprising. But according to GM Authority, the extra poundage won’t matter when it comes to performance.

Here’s an estimated breakdown of just some of the heaviest bits where that extra weight can be found: the engine’s direct injection and variable valve management system (35.2 lbs.), infotainment system (31.5 lbs.), structural safety requirements (18.5 lbs.), larger brakes (18.3 lbs.) and improved seats (17.2 lbs.). The Z51 Performance Package alone adds 150 lbs. Fortunately, the new LT1 6.2-liter V8 makes 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque – a more than sufficient output that should help to make up for the weight gain.

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