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Corvette Stingray Makes a Big Leap into 2014

With its legendary style and impressive speed, it earned a place in the heart of nearly every car enthusiast.

It’s the Corvette Stingray, and it’s back.

2014 Stingray

The new Stingray makes its much-anticipated comeback for the 2014 model year, and it includes more than a few surprises, improvements, and new twists on old traditions. The well-beloved Chevy small-block V8 returns, but with modern-day advancements like variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation, which engineers perhaps only dreamed of in 1976, the last time the Stingray model name was used.

Taking a page out of the European car playbook, the new Vette also gives the driver a selector for various driving conditions including wet weather, eco, tour, sport, and track. Various driving systems are adjusted for optimal performance and handling in each set of conditions.

Long-time Corvette followers will be happy to hear that the interior has gotten some much-needed upgrading, with plenty of leather, carbon fiber, and 8-inch display screens. I’m hoping some attention has been paid to things like the gaps around body panels and windows, since I can still remember how my dad’s ‘87 would let in just enough rain to keep you on your toes.

Chances are, though, that you’re going to stay dry, because it looks like the engineers have thought of everything. Case in point: the Active Hatch Vent. The automotive reviewer Gary Gastelu for FoxNews.com calls this the coolest feature on the car, and I’m inclined to agree. Basically, it’s a small, hidden vent that opens to reduce air pressure when the rear hatch is being closed, just to make it that much easier.

Numerous other pleasant surprises combine to make the 2014 Stingray an impressive offering, and it’s sure to be an instant classic when it goes on sale in the fall of this year.

-AutoandArt staff