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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Updated, Including New Eight-Speed Automatic

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16th June 2014

Chevrolet has announced a rash of minor tweaks headed the Corvette Stingray’s way for 2015. While the new 650-hp Z06 coupe and convertible soak up the limelight, the Stingray gains a series of functional upgrades like a new eight-speed automatic transmission, while also seeing its paint and wheel options shuffled a bit. Don’t worry, the 455-hp 6.2-liter V-8 and seven-speed manual transmission are still very much standard.

We previously reported on the replacement of the optional six-speed automatic with GM’s new, in-house 8L90 eight-speed unit, so we’ll skip to the other stuff. Like practically every other Chevy product, the Corvette’s OnStar telematics setup gains a built-in 4G LTE data connection provided by AT&T as standard. A three-month/3-GB data trial is included, but after that customers must pony up for a monthly data subscription.

On the performance side of things, the optional high-performance Z51 package now includes the Corvette’s available sports exhaust. We’re guessing that those interested in the Z51 kit were also keen to order the awesome-sounding upgraded exhaust, too, so this is a logical step. Chevrolet’s new Performance Data Recorder, which allows drivers to download a flurry of dynamic and track data after a drive—and record their antics with a built-in camera—is now included with the Vette’s optional navigation system.


Uplevel 3LT trim levels now get a suede-wrapped dashboard and upper door panels, convertible buyers can buy carbon-fiber tonneau inserts, a CFZ carbon-fiber style package is now available, and buyers can opt for the Z51 wheels and spoiler via a new ZF1 package. The only other changes are some updated wheel designs and the loss of a few colors, most notably this author’s favorite, Lime Rock Green. The hues have been replaced by Shark Gray and Daytona Sunrise Orange.

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Finally, there are two design packages, the Atlantic (luxury GT car vibe) and the Pacific (high-performance sports car theme). You can read all about those here. Full pricing and availability for the 2015 models will be released later, but we’re glad to see Chevy continuing to lavish attention on its10Best-winning sweetheart


Article Credit: Car and Driver

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