With each bit of advance information that trickles out about the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, we can't help but be more amazed and eager to drive it. First, it was announced that the C7 would start at a reasonable-sounding $51,995 and then Chevy revealed the LT1 V8 will generate 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, but now we're getting the latest piece of the Corvette puzzle: fuel economy.

Few people buy a Corvette for fuel economy, but recent generations have offered downright impressive consumption figures considering the model's performance envelope. And now owners of the new Stingray Coupe will be able to save a little bit more money at the pump thanks to fuel economy ratings of up to 30 miles per gallon when driven in Eco mode – that's an 11-percent improvement over the C6's already robust number. *EPA window sticker ratings will be 17 miles per gallon in the city and 29 mpg highway when equipped with the standard seven-speed manual gearbox, with the latter figure representing something of an average between the 28 mpg when the car is in Tour mode and the 30 mpg when it is in Eco mode using cylinder deactivation. There is still no word as to what the fuel economy will be on cars with the optional six-speed paddleshift automatic, but at least on paper, this is a big win for the Corvette over key rivals, including less powerful cars like the Porsche 911. Scroll down for more info on the 2014 Corvette Stingray and its fuel economy performance.
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Corvette Stingray Most Efficient Sports Car on the Market

-No other car can match the 2014 Corvette Stingray, which delivers 455 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 29 mpg highway

DETROIT – The 2014 Corvette Stingray will deliver up an EPA-estimated 17 miles per gallon in the city, and 29 mpg on the highway. This makes the new Corvette Stingray the most fuel efficient sports car on the market, as no other car offers more than more than 455 horsepower and greater than 29 mpg highway.

"The Corvette Stingray establishes the benchmark for modern performance cars by using technologies to deliver more performance and more miles per gallon," said Tadge Juechter, executive chief engineer for the Corvette. "We expect more and more performance cars will follow Corvette's example."

The EPA estimate of 17 city and 29 highway is for the Corvette Stingray equipped with an all-new, seven-speed manual transmission. The estimate reflects an average of fuel economy in both the default "Tour" mode (which delivers 28 mpg highway) and driver-selectable "Eco" mode (which delivers 30 mpg highway). For Stingrays equipped with the seven-speed manual transmission, Eco mode enables Active Fuel Management, which disables four of the cylinders during light engine loads for improved fuel economy.

For Corvette Stingrays equipped with the six-speed automatic, Active Fuel Management is active in all drive modes until the driver engages the manual-shift mode using the steering-wheel paddles. Fuel economy estimates for Corvette Stingrays equipped with the six-speed automatic will be finalized soon.

Significantly, the all-new Corvette Stingray is more fuel efficient and more powerful. The highway rating represents an 11-percent increase in fuel economy over the previous Corvette, while the all-new 6.2L LT1 V-8 delivers 455 horsepower, a 6-percent increase over the previous Corvette (the LT1 delivers 460 horsepower with the available dual-mode exhaust).

By comparison, the Porsche 911 Carrera S delivers 400 horsepower, and an EPA-estimated 27 mpg highway.

Sports cars with more than 455 horsepower typically offer significantly lower highway fuel economy estimates than the Corvette Stingray. For example, the Jaguar F-Type S offers 495 hp and 23 mpg highway while the Audi R8 V10 offers 510 hp and 19 mpg highway.

Sports cars that deliver more than 29 mpg highway based on EPA estimates typically deliver significantly less engine output. For example, the Porsche Cayman offers 30 mpg and 275 hp while the BMW Z4 sDrive28 delivers 34 mpg and 241 hp.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale this fall, with a convertible following by the end of the year.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      RodRAEG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jesus. Those performance figures and an mpg hwy rating comparable to my old '02 Mazda Protégé. Absolutely fantastic!
      L1011
      • 1 Year Ago
      The C7 just keeps getting better. 30 MPG and killer performance. What an awesome car!
      turkeythundergod
      • 1 Year Ago
      I consistently get 28-29mpg highway in my C6 Z51. The engine is damn near idling at 80mph. Seriously, it spins at like 1200rpm at 70mph, and I have the performance rear end. Low height, aerodynamic, lots of power, lots of overdrive = high fuel economy. The C7 sounds like a great package overall, but the styling on the outside just doesn't do it for me. Looks like a Corvette humped a GT-R and this thing came out. Not the classy and classic styling of the C5 and C6. It's attractive for sure, but maybe a little too modern. The performance however is phenomenal, the features are great, the interior is a welcome upgrade. I'm normally critical of GM. They did this car right though. I just hope the materials are better than usual.
        Gorgenapper
        • 1 Year Ago
        @turkeythundergod
        I saw a dark grey C7 in person at a local autoshow earlier this year, and it looks hot. It was ringed off and none of us could sit in it, but there was mostly admiration and appreciation for the design. I understand that the previous gen corvette looked nice...STILL looks nice, in fact, but the C7's vents are functional (unlike the Genesis Coupe's ridiculously useless hood eyebrows) and the overall styling is more modern and edgy. Basically, what I'm saying as someone who hasn't grown up with corvettes, nor have I been a corvette fan in the past, is that the C7 looks good to me. Maybe not in red with black vents, but certainly in black, night race blue, lime rock green, and cyber grey where the black vents complement the main body of the car.
      TrueDat
      • 1 Year Ago
      if the C6 EPA numbers versus real world numbers are any indication at all, this should read AT LEAST 30 mpg hwy.. talk to any dude with an LS3 C6.. that thing will do 28-29 mpg hwy all day... so i would expect the C7 to be north of 30 mpg with ease..
        protovici
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TrueDat
        Are you meaning high 30's? That might be stretching it, if so, but darn good number regardless.
      HUMANMPC2000
      • 1 Year Ago
      Last Wednesday when I going into Royal Oak,MI coming off I-696 at Woodard, I had the top off on my vehicle.And to the right of me I saw a car at stop sign.I thought it was a exotic,maybe something from Italy,I look again and I saw the rear end.It was a silver C7,and noticed it was like three of them,all different colors.So I make my way to Main Street,and at the Shell gas station there is like three more Stingray's there up.All I can remember how nice looking of a car the C7 is, and what kind of street presence it has.
      Broox Ravenna
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love this car, the designers introduced tense lines and classy style, another big step for the art is the 2014 Cherokee, can't wait to that.
      Eta Carinae
      • 1 Year Ago
      Companies are already tuning the C7 and it hasn't even hit show room floors yet.......twin turbo 625 HP sound good to me gmauthority.com/blog/2013/07/redline-motorsports-announces-twin-turbo-package-for-2014-corvette-stingray/
      Brandon A Boone
      • 1 Year Ago
      This to me is a modern classic, a beauty and a beast! The rebirth of the Corvette with enough of the former models soul to know what it is right away but sexy enough to sit next to most exotic cars that cost 3-10x as much. I think the GT-R and the Corvette are the better bets, low starting cost and easily tuned to bet out very expensive competitors. Not bad gas millage when you just want to hit the open road.
      Ron
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is on par with my old c5Z; which is really impressive given all the improvements, greater frontal area, and displacement. Now... how much does it weigh? Has that been released yet?
      Maxximtl
      • 1 Year Ago
      Before everyone gushes over this post, realize that GM was selective in what they told you. It is true that the 911 develops less HP, but its HP/L output is far higher than that of the Corvette (105HP/L vs. 73 HP/L) And while the Corvette beats the 911 on highway fuel economy, GM has forgotten to tell us that the 911 beats it by 2 MPG in the city.....all without cylinder deactivation. I applaud GM for making the Corvette more efficient, but they really aren't leading the pack in terms of MPG and specific output.
        cfphelps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Maxximtl
        Specific output is irrelevant in actual performance stats. The LT1 manages to cram more displacement into less physical space and a lighter package than competing engines. If it generates comparable (in this case power) and fuel economy, enables a lower hood line, lower CG, and lighter weight car, who cares what its internal displacement is? The overall rating of the 911 is the same as the Corvette, the use of the smaller less powerful (but still extremely impressive) engine helps out in the city where 4 cyl mode is less likely to remain active.
        RJ
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Maxximtl
        The Vette makes 460 hp per cam, how much does the Porsche make? Vette makes 28.75 per valve, and the Porsche? Who cares about hp per something. F = M*A, simple as that. If hp/L is relevant Newton would've mentioned it.
          k_m94
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RJ
          hp/lb (though it's usually the inverse, lb/hp) is the only relevant hp per something.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Maxximtl
        HP/L is only a useful measure if you are in a racing series which limits displacement. Otherwise, the much smaller physical size (and cost, weight) of a pushrod engine means that donging it for low specific output is pretty dumb.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Maxximtl
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          NissanGTR
          • 1 Year Ago
          Thats what happens when you buy a car from a country with a stronger currency and uses higher quality materials.
          sparrk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ NissanGTR, now they downvoted you for telling the truth. The US Dollar is weak compared to the Euro, that is hurting both the US and the EU, Americans can't buy as much stuff from the EU as they used to. The 911 does have higher quality materials than the Corvette. But the Corvette never pretended to be a luxury car.
          Sir Duke
          • 1 Year Ago
          Sparrk: Its not can't, try won't. You europeeins have become such DOUCHEs, I just don't buy anything from europe if there is a competitive American product. Remember the often used and well deserved term "The Ugly American" back in the 80s and 90s? Today's europeans are worse. You are such snobs (read pricks), I get even giving you wrong directions in NYC.
        OnTheRocks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Maxximtl
        HP/L is a useless measurement. Please understand this.
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        ToniCipriani
        • 1 Year Ago
        I think this is actually the first time I've seen a negative of under -20 on Autoblog, or I'm just not around much...
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          @ToniCipriani
          [blocked]
          Chris
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ToniCipriani
          Come around a little more often. Laser's posts 20, or more negative votes on a regular basis. I once saw someone get a -50 on here, but that's sort of rare.
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          @ToniCipriani
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      RWD
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can safely say, over the last several years, I have become a small block fan. The geek in me was always hung up on specific output and other meaningless stats, favoring high-tech OHC European engines. But the bottom line is, in every practical, real-world category... the LS just works. Size, weight, durability and plain old horsepower & torque. And don't forget that the C6 can easily surpass 30 MPG, so this C7 should really see some impressive results with a relaxed foot. Don't let the silly stats prevent all you haters from realizing how fantastic the small block V8 is, and has been for decades. (This is a former hater speaking).
        Dark Gnat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RWD
        Your journey to the Dark Side is now complete.
        Nick B
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RWD
        How long until that dude with the Evo comes in and tells you how he gets 300hp/L out of his 4 cyl engine and ONLY getting 455HP out of 6.2L is a joke. What he wont tell you is when his engine finally grenades from being overboosted.
          BipDBo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Nick B
          In response to a turbo advocate, ask what do you mean by "power density?" Is HP/liter important more important than HP/ lbs of engine weight (including extra accessories like turbos, intercoolers & ducting)? How about HP/$?
          k_m94
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Nick B
          "it gets 30mpg highway too, if you keep it off the boost" And off boost it makes like 100lbft of torque so there's that.
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          @Nick B
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        BahamaTodd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RWD
        FYI, its an "LT" motor now. I guess we should just call them "GM small blocks"
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