2014 model unmatched in combo of 455 hp and EPA-estimated 29 mpg highway
BY GERRY MILES
Sure, we’ve heard muscle car owners bragging about who has the faster car off the line, more outright power and how their rig can hang in the corners while others can only spring in a straight line.
When was the
last first time you ever heard anyone say my Vette’s better at the pump than yours? Perhaps never, right?
If you’re lucky enough to score a 2014 ‘Vette you just may announce that to someone, and with gas prices climbing (again), it’s not a bad thing now, is it? I didn’t think so.
“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/ 29 highway is for the Vette with the new 7-speed manual transmission with both the default “Tour” mode, which delivers 28 mpg highway, and driver-selectable “Eco” mode, which delivers 30 mpg highway. The Eco mode utilizes Active Fuel Management, which disables four of the cylinders for improved fuel economy during light engine loads such as cruising along the highway.
For Stingrays with the 6-speed automatic, Active Fuel Management is active in all drive modes until the driver engages the manual-shift mode via the steering-wheel paddles. Epa numbers for the automtic 6-speed aren’t finalized yet.
Further notable economy boasts include an 11-percent increase in highway fuel economy over the previous Vette, 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.
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.