With its aggressively sculpted exterior and d driver-oriented cockpit, the 2018 Stingray sports car is a beautiful combination of brilliant engineering and purpose-driven design that’s available in both coupe and convertible. From lightweight carbon-nano-fiber components to a 460HP V8 engine with available performance exhaust, every element of the 2018 Stingray makes it the quickest, most powerful, most refined standard Corvette ever made.
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Provocative design meets race-proven technology, making Stingray coupe low, light and lean. Impressive downforce keeps the vehicle planted while functional exterior vents help reduce lift and minimize drag. These advanced ventilation systems also help air flow from front to back, cooling critical components of the perfectly balanced powertrain.
Convertible delivers the same optimal performance as coupe. The top is fully electronic and can be lowered remotely using the fob or at speeds up to 48KPH—without the need for mechanical latches. With the top up, a thick, three-ply design ensures maximum sound absorption for a quiet cabin. And, when you decide to put the top down, it hides seamlessly beneath a body-colored tonneau cover.
Hood air extractor
A functional hood air extractor directs air from the front grille up through the forward-tilted radiator and out of the engine compartment. Each blade is precisely angled for optimal airflow. The result is reduced front-end lift, increased downforce and improved handling at high speeds.
The available Z51 Performance Package includes dual brake ducts that transport air from the front grille through the wheel well to effectively cool the front brakes and expel heat. This efficient airflow controls temperature, reduces brake fade and optimizes stopping performance.
Dual rear quarter panel intake vents, also included with the Z51 Performance Package, guide airflow to cool two separate heat exchangers. One routes air to the transmission oil cooler. The other cools the rear differential. Hot air escapes through tailored rear taillamp vents and lower-rear fascia outlets. This system was adapted from Corvette Racing to reduce temperatures during high-performance driving.
TOM PETERS, DESIGN DIRECTOR
Frosted indirect high-intensity discharge headlamps are the eyes to the technological soul of the Stingray, emanating crisp color, brightness and efficiency. The new elements bear a sharper, more sinister shape framed by edge-lit amber LED turn signals and black chrome housing. Bi-Xenon HID technology achieves high and low beams with a single light engine.
Signature four-element tailamps bear a new angular shape and recede elegantly into three-dimensional sculpted lenses. Concealed indirect LED lamps cast light into a reverse reflector to achieve crisp and even luminescence. A high-mounted stop lamp crowns the rear deck lid. It's design that doesn't look back.
Every line matters
Excuted with beauty and proportion, every millimeter of Stingray serves a purpose. Geometric shapes transition smoothly from soft curve to crisp edge
The journey begins in the cockpit
Illuminated by innovative digital features and intelligent driver controls, the Stingray cockpit is a stunning change from your typical interior scenery. An ingenious available color Head-Up Display complements the customizable dual display featuring two 8-inch screens.
A sweeping free-form line spans the instrument panel and flawlessly carries over into the door trim and console. And every inch is imbued with a deep respect for authentic materials. Real aluminum. Available carbon fiber. Grade A leather hand-selected and crafted to adorn a new generation of elegance.
Napa leather, available on the 3LT trim level, is a testament to the finely crafted interior of the Stingray. Free from imperfections and soft to the touch, its smooth, natural grain dismisses the notion of synthetic textures. The 3LT package also includes a hand-stretched, leather-wrapped instrument panel swathed and sewn to meticulous fit and finish while lightweight aluminum accents adorn the doors, pedals, shifter and cockpit instrumentation
The instrument panel of the future
The intuitive instrument cluster bears two ultra-bright 8-inch diagonal high-definition color LED screens — screens so bright they can even be read with the top down in direct sunlight. The center console entertainment interface features a retractable, tablet-inspired touch-screen complete with customizable home screen. And an available color Head-Up Display projects critical data into the driver’s line of sight on the windshield.
Designed exclusively for Stingray and hand-wrapped in natural leather (or sueded microfiber if you choose the Competition Sport seats), a smaller, race-inspired steering wheel enhances grip and driving feel. A discreet, flat Euro-stitch lends a subtle but crafted feel. Steering wheel-mounted paddles initiate Active Rev Matching on the manual transmission or manual shifting on the paddle-shift automatic transmission.
RYAN VAUGHAN, PERFORMANCE CAR INTERIOR DESIGN MANAGER
Grand Touring seat
The standard GT seat begins with a lightweight magnesium frame and cradles the driver for optimal comfort and support. Precision hand-stitching hugs each and every contour. The 3LT trim level offers Grade A Napa leather or available sueded-microfiber inserts.
Competition Sport seat
An available Competition Sport seat builds on the same lightweight frame. This seat provides maximum support for cornering, with more pronounced side bolsters designed for high-performance driving on the track. Upgrade with available sueded-microfiber seat inserts, gearshift and steering wheel.
Honor the craft
Performance driving is experienced from the interior, so perfection is critical. Every line, every stitch and every accent must honor craftsmanship —and serve the driver.
Every gram earns its way onto the car
Lean materials and efficient new processes forge the light, stiff Stingray space frame, which helps achieve 50-50 weight distribution and impressive power-to-weight ratio. One-third the weight of steel, aluminum improves rigidity, which in turn enhances cornering and handling. Lightweight carbon-nano-composite underbody panels bond to aluminum, further reducing weight for more precise driver control. This revolutionary chassis improves torsional rigidity, reducing noise and elevating performance to an art
Coupe and convertible as one
Stingray coupe and convertible share an identical rigid aluminum frame structure. Originally designed as an open-top sports car, no reinforcements were required to create the convertible. No matter which body style you choose, Stingray remains a pure, precision-born machine.
Machined for precision
The lightweight aluminum space frame and completely reengineered powertrain demanded a shift in mind-set and an evolutionary approach to precision engineering.
Stingray incorporates the world’s fastest-acting suspension. Magnetic Ride Control™ is an available real-time damping system that “reads” the road every millisecond and can adjust in under 15 milliseconds. Available on the Z51 Performance and Handling Package, Magnetic Ride Control includes Performance Traction Management, which features five settings tailored to driver skill level and track conditions.
JONATHAN ANDREWS, BODY SHOP LAUNCH ENGINEER
Completely redesigned, the 6.2L V8 engine boasts up to an estimated 460HP and an available 623Nm of torque plus it achieves a 0 - 100 time of 3.8 seconds. A distinctive rear transaxle layout achieves optimal weight balance. A trio of innovative technologies rarely seen in any elite sports car achieves revolutionary power and fuel efficiency. Compact engine design lowers the hoodline and vehicle center of gravity. And a dry-sump oil system, available with the Z51 Performance Package, delivers through high G-force cornering.
Choice of transmissions
A 7-speed manual transmission complements the V8 powerhouse that propels Stingray. The rear transaxle location enables a 50/50 vehicle weight balance. Intelligent sensors enhance the driving experience by simulating heel-toe shifting perfection at the touch of a switch. Active Rev Matching anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for smooth transitions during both upshifts and downshifts. An available all-new 8-speed paddle-shift automatic offers smooth control with quick and precise shifts and manual mode for higher level of driver control. The 8-speed automatic delivers dual-clutch performance without sacrificing performance.
A key performance technology, Direct Injection delivers fuel directly into the combustion chamber to achieve maximum thermal and combustion efficiency. More than 6 million hours of computational analysis went into developing the combustion system alone. The result is an impressive 11.5:1 compression ratio that increases torque, power and fuel efficiency.
Variable Valve Timing
Variable Valve Timing optimizes camshaft timing to improve high-rpm horsepower and low-end torque. An intelligent position sensor detects engine operating conditions and adjusts the timing of intake and exhaust valves. The result is increased power or torque when needed, enhancing performance and bolstering fuel economy when combined with Active Fuel Management™
Active Fuel Management
Designed for peak power when you need it and fuel efficiency when you don’t, Active Fuel Management (AFM) deactivates four cylinders when cruising at consistent speeds and offers all eight cylinders with one touch of the accelerator. AFM is utilized or disabled at the driver’s discretion. Labor reduces. Fuel economy improves. The driver notices peak performance, and nothing else.
Trust the machine
The 2018 Corvette Stingray is engineered to serve the driver. Lighter materials and ingenious technology coalesce to create a precision instrument that reacts perfectly to every human input. Put simply: Stingray does exactly what you tell it to, and does it extremely well.
With precision engineering comes masterful driving. Electric power steering eliminates road shake, enhancing responsiveness. Standard Brembo ® brakes deliver confident stopping power, while Michelin® Pilot® Super Sport Zero Pressure summer-only tires exclusive to Stingray — optimize ride, grip and handling
The available Z51 Performance Package lets you achieve full track
capability: Electronic Limited-Slip Differential promotes improved
stability and responsiveness. Available third-generation Magnetic Ride
technology, which includes performance traction management, stiffens the
suspension for performance driving without sacrificing a smooth ride
and facilitates maximum grip on the road. Additionally, five separate
settings of torque reduction and brake intervention allow for more
WITH THE TURN OF A DIAL, EVERYTHING CHANGES. FIVE DISTINCT, SELECTABLE DRIVER MODES ELECTRONICALLY CALIBRATE UP TO 12 PERFORMANCE VARIABLES TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR STINGRAY FOR ANY ROAD.
TADGE JUECHTER, EXECUTIVE CHIEF ENGINEER
Z51 Performance Package
The available Z51 Performance Package takes Stingray performance to track levels. It includes larger 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels and Michelin ® Pilot® Super Sport Zero Pressure summer-only tires —; a dry-sump oil system; Electronic Limited-Slip Differential; larger front brakes and slotted rotors with black calipers; specific gear ratios, shocks, springs and stabilizer bars; plus available Magnetic Ride Control and Performance Traction Management.
One with the road
Confidence elevates the driving experience. It inspires and satisfies. It translates technology into enhanced capability. Confidence changes everything.
Magnetic Ride Control
A smooth ride on the road. A firm ride on the track. Available with the Z51 Performance Package, third-generation Magnetic Ride Control makes an aggressive chassis ride comfortably. Electromagnetic coils transfer electric currents to adjust shock fluid consistency. Damping adapts every 10-15 milliseconds and fluid flows more or less freely to neutralize variable road conditions. A new dual-coil damper system reacts 40% faster to enable enhanced ride comfort and body control
Electronic Limited-Slip Differential
Torque is optimized when properly divided between the two rear wheels. Included with the Z51 Performance Package, intelligent Electronic Limited-Slip Differential continuously modulates torque split to improve traction, acceleration out of corners, stability on the highway and steering turn-in responsiveness. Integration with stability control and Performance Traction Management delivers seamless vehicle handling and optimal traction. Critical to performance and indiscernible to the driver, more rear-wheel control means a new level of confidence
Control your Stingray experience
It’s already the quickest, most capable standard Corvette ever made. But Stingray has also evolved to keep you connected and entertained. The Chevrolet MyLink system begins with a retractable 8-inch diagonal high-definition color touch-screen. Using steering wheel controls, hand gesture recognition and voice recognition capabilities, you can talk and text hands-free, stream third-party music, plus access a broad range of functions and available navigation
As a final, elegantly integrated touch, Stingray features a motorized drop-down faceplate behind the center display that reveals a concealed storage area with USB input. Other features include a premium BOSE ® audio system, available 3-D navigation maps, an SD card slot, an audio input jack and Bluetooth® 3.0 wireless technology.
Our safety philosophy emphasizes prevention with features such as Active Handling and 4-wheel antilock brakes to help you stay in control, while standard high-intensity discharge Xenon headlamps shed 900 lumens of light onto the road for excellent visibility. And if Stingray ever loses tire pressure, run-flat tires enable safe functioning for some distance at a moderate speed until the tire can be repaired
In the event of a collision, Stingray is designed to help keep you and your passenger safe with seat-mounted head and thorax air bags, repositioned safety belt mounts, and a rigid aluminum frame structure that is 57% stiffer than the previous-generation Corvette steel frame.