Chevrolet Announces 2014 Corvette Stingray’s Fuel Economy, Declares It Most Efficient Sports Car with 400-HP-Plus
In Chevrolet’s announcement revealing EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2014 Corvette, it rather boldly declares that the new Vette is the most efficient sports car packing more than 400 horsepower. Now, that might seem like Chevy’s slicing things a bit thin, but the claim is impressive nonetheless. Indeed, with 455 horsepower on tap, the 2014 Corvette’s 17 mpg city and 29 mpg highway fuel-economy figures beat out those of competitors like the 400-hp Porsche 911 Carrera S and 495-hp Jaguar F-type V-8 S.
So far, Chevy has released numbers only for manual-equipped Vettes—estimates for the automatic models are forthcoming. The automaker claims that even though the EPA rates the 2014 Corvette for 17/29 mpg, buyers can expect up to 30 mpg when they select “Eco” mode. Eco mode enables Active Fuel Management, the Corvette’s cylinder-deactivation feature that cuts fuel delivery to four of the engine’s eight cylinders. In the standard “Touring” mode, Chevy says the Corvette gets 28 mpg highway, and that the EPA’s highway figure is essentially an average of the car’s performance in Eco and Touring modes.
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Regardless of which mode the new Corvette is driven in, it returns better fuel economy than last year’s base model, which is rated for 16 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. The additional couple of miles per gallon might not sound like much on their own, but, bundled with the 2014 Corvette’s higher level of standard and optional features, enhanced power and capability, massively improved interior, and only mildly higher price tag, it helps carry the car’s value proposition even further.