Added weight an issue on the latest Corvette? With all the new features slated to appear in the 2014 Corvette C7 (aka Stingray) it may seem like the advantages over the C6 model are a no-brainer.
With all the new features slated to appear in the 2014 Corvette C7 (also known as the Stingray) it may seem like the advantages over the C6 model are a no-brainer. However, the added 90 pounds of new additions have some fans wondering whether the extras will come at the expense of the handling and overall capability of the vehicle.
As Chevrolet previously announced, particular attention was paid to the interior features of the C7, and additions like the almost 32 pound Infotainment system seem to lend credence to this. Although the Infotainment system is the heaviest single feature totally new to the C7, according to GM Authority a list of items from bigger brakes to new structural safety requirements add their fair share to the overall weight of the vehicle.
Chevrolet has confirmed that the estimated weight of the Corvette C7 coupe without the Z51 package is 3,298 pounds (1,496 kilograms), a total of 90 pounds (41 kilograms) heavier than the 2013 Corvette C6 coupe. Further detail on the C7 additions include new seats weighing in at 17.2 pounds, a larger fuel tank weighing 3 pounds, reinforced differential and half shafts at 18.5 pounds, and additions in Active Fuel Management (AFM), variable valve timing, and direct injection racking up another 35.2 pounds altogether. At this time weights for additions in the Z51 performance package are not available, but are expected to be another 150-200 pounds in addition to the above.
Despite all of this, Chevrolet insists that the added weight to the C7 will not impact drivers in a negative way- rather they have remained adamant that the new model promises to outperform past models, while making every effort to provide more luxurious features.