Why does the "King of Late Night," Jay Leno, a gent who lives a pampered lifestyle and who owns a gazillion cars and motorcycles get to be the first non-GM employee to luxuriate behind the wheel of the new spitfire hot 2014 Corvette Stingray?
As someone who doesn't hide the fact that he has a fairly obsessive interest in his automotive hobby, Leno hosts an online show, Jay Leno's Garage.' The pretty popular program showcases how Leno has put his free time to good use by bringing together some of the most disparate and unique vehicles ever seen. He recently shined the spotlight on the 2014 Corvette Stingray, as he and the vehicle's designer, Ed Welburn, shoot the breeze by discussing every nook and cranny of it (see the video below).
The 2014 Corvette is the first to wear the Stingray name in a long time just like its fast-backed sister from the early '60s. Leno refers to the Corvette as revolutionary with sexy styling and Euro looks, he is also impressed by the car's bang for the buck. The designer stresses the fact that the audience that they are seeking to attract is a younger market and there is a definite buzz already with regards to the sleek Corvette.
Some of the car's noteworthy features as described by Welburn is that the car is more aero, lots of air exits and all of the air entry areas are functional. Welburn describes the flow of air throughout the car as "pretty amazing." The entire interior is also new, the company started from scratch with high end materials such as premium stitched leather instead of plastic and carbon-fiber trim.
The new Corvette is also more powerful than the old one (2013 Corvette had 430 hp) with 450 horsepower and fits the bill as a great daily driver. It delivers more torque than its predecessor as well — 450 lb-ft of acceleration
The restyled Corvette also offers sufficient ground clearance which is uncommon in a sports car, Leno gave this quite a nod. The car is lighter as well, according to Welburn. The new model's frame has been changed from steel to aluminum to reduce weight, and the roof and hood are made with lightweight carbon fiber.
The celeb car buff appears greatly impressed with the Corvette's storage nooks and crannies and the room in the trunk that he considers to be amazingly spacious.
When Leno starts the Stingray, he is particularly enthralled by the dash gauges and the secret storage space that is hidden behind the navigation screen. Leno also likes the fact that the gas mileage in the Corvette no longer hovers around 8 mpg or so, he contends, that someone can actually achieve an impressive 20 or so mpg.
No doubt, Leno will add the 2014 Corvette Stingray to his already obscenely extensive collection of 110 cars and 90 motorcycles.
And by the by, how many denim shirts do you think the man has in his closet anyway???
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