The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the C7 generation for the hallowed `Vette. In its standard format, it includes an all-new 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine that wallops pavement with 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. The Corvette Stingray debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. It features a lightweight body and frame that makes the car stiffer, faster and better handling. Additionally, the Stingray is now the most powerful base-model Corvette ever offered.
When a car goes from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds, being able to stop it in the right time is crucial. So it’s no wonder why high-performance sports cars like the new-generation Corvette come with braking systems specially designed to fit their needs.
The new Stingray will come with a set of high-performance brakes developed by Sanluis Rassini. This new system uses the industry’s first rotor with a ductile iron hat and gray iron brake plates. This combination allows for a weight saving of about 18 percent and it improves the braking system’s heat-management capabilities.
This special rotor uses an I-Beam extension design, and not a solid one like the majority of the brake systems. It is also the only composite rotor on the market that can accommodate a drum in hat, a rotor design in which the internal surface of the hat serves as a brake drum.
Shortly after its official unveiling, the seventh-generation Corvette has already received its first upgrade package. To no one’s surprise the announcement was made by the American tuner, Hennessey, who reported that the upcoming kit can be applied for both coupe and convertible version.
The standard Stingray delivers a total of 450 horsepower, but that’s not enough for Hennessey, as its engineers have developed two kits for the soon-to-hit-the-market `Vette. In the first kit, the tuner will install a supercharger system that will increase the Stingray’s output to an impressive 700 horsepower. A second kit includes a twin-turbo system that will increase the Stingray’s power to somewhere between 800 and 1000 horsepower.
We’re not too sure how Hennessey managed to get a hold of a Stingray to install these parts and test it. We think it’s safe to say that these are just estimates that will be tweaked in the future.
Along with the engine upgrades, each package will also include: cold air induction systems, a new cat-back exhaust system and stainless steel long-tube headers. In order to handle the extra power, Hennessey will also add a new set of wheels, a Brembo brake system and an upgraded suspension system.
Aftermarket companies usually carry an ego about themselves that they can build the best program for certain vehicles. If you don’t have an ego in that business, you might as well just file your walking papers.
That’s why it was surprising to see Ken Lingenfelter, one of the foremost minds in the Corvette tuning scene, admit that the performing engine mods on the 2014 Corvette Stingray will be a challenge for them.
Speaking to “The Truth About Cars,” Lingenfelter admitted that the 6.2-liter V-8 LT1 engine that the Corvette Stingray carries is the first direct injected V-8 engine from GM and as such, will take considerable studying to get it up to tuning speeds. Lingenfelter also said that the engine is designed with performance limits and that tuners may struggle giving the car anything north of 700 horsepower with 1,000 horsepower, as Lingenfelter has been famous of, considered as "impossible".
He further explains this by saying that cars with direct injection proves a challenge when tuners want to swap heads and cams and makes significant modifications outside of the car’s factory fuel parameters.
The thing that makes it tough, though, is that the LT1 engine already boasts of the highest specific output of any GM engine ever with 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. That’s not going to be a problem with the LS engine that the Corvette Stingray ZR1 is expected to come with, but with 700 horsepower on tap for that particular powertrain, that leaves little room for the Corvette Stingray’s LT1 powerplant for tuners to work it.
At the end of the day, the Corvette Stingray’s engine will still have room for performance improvement, but not to the level that Lingenfelter has come to be known for.
Now that Chevrolet has officially unveiled the new-generation Corvette, everyone is very curious on what the new Z06 will bring to the lineup. Rumors suggested that the Z06 will retain the same 7.0-liter engine, but the output is expected to be taken up to a monstrous 600 horsepower. However, it is now rumored that the final output for the Z06 won’t be determined until the new-generation ZR1 is finished.
The ZR1 version will feature a supercharged version of the new LT1 engine used in the Stingray, with output expected to be somewhere in the 700-horsepower area. If the ZR1 delivers 675 horsepower, then the Z06 will deliver 550 horsepower, and if the ZR1 delivers 700 horsepower, then the Z06 will deliver 600 horsepower.
Rumor has it that the first version to arrive will be the Z06, which will be in about one year or so, then it will be followed by the ZR1. Stay tuned for more details!
Just like most hyped-up sports cars and supercars, the first reported crash of said car is always a big deal, as it inevitably shoves the poor driver into supercar in infamy.
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is one such car and as fate would have it, and it didn’t take long for the first reported crash of the Stingray to make the news.
According to the folks over at Digital Corvettes, the crash took place somewhere in Arizona after the driver of the Corvette Stingray lost control of the sports car, sending it careening into a guardrail before "bouncing back to the rocks" as the image shows.
From what people in forum have said, the crash happened in a section of road with tight switchbacks that seems to suggest that the Corvette could’ve been running faster than it should for the driver to lose control. The photo of the Corvette Stingray makes it look like it got dinged up pretty bad, but forum poster, gpetry, said that the car was in worse shape than the photo suggests.
Tough luck for the driver and worse for the not-yet-released Corvette Stingray. We’re just hoping nobody was seriously hurt from this crash.
Joe Flacco won a whole lot more than just a Super Bowl championship after leading the Baltimore Ravens to their second title in team history. Sure, he threw for 287 yards with three touchdowns and also won himself the game’s MVP award.
You could make a case that Ravens receivers Anquan Boldin and Jacoby Jones also deserved the MVP award, but we have no problem with Flacco winning it. The man proved up to the task and showed that he belongs in the elite class of quarterbacks in the NFL.
Seeing as how somebody can apparently win a 2014 Corvette Stingray by playing football and leading his team to the Super Bowl title, then we would’ve signed up to play football a long time ago.
Ok, maybe not.
In any case, congratulations to Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens for winning Super Bowl XLVII. Certainly well deserved!
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has become a fixture in our fantasies in the short time that it’s been alive. As it turns out, we might need to reserve a little bit of space for the convertible version of the Corvette Stingray because it’s debut is going to take place sooner than later.
Autoweek is reporting that the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. In case you didn’t know, the Geneva Motor Show opens to the press on March 5th and 6th, then to the general public from the 7th to the 17th. That puts us less than two months from the debut of the new drop-top Stingray.
In addition to news about its expected debut, sources also told Autoweek that the Corvette Stingray will be badged as a 2014 model and will find its way into dealerships near the end of the year.
If you’re an automaker, you know you’ve just hit the bingo bonanza when the sports car you built isn’t out in dealerships yet but is already garnering enough attention to supplant the Super Bowl.
Ok, maybe not that far, but you get the picture.
The kind of buzz the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has been staggering, so much so that it’s done its fair share of media and publicity rounds despite making its debut less than two weeks ago.
The American sports car’s latest stop happened to be on the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage where Leno himself got a chance to get a first look at the Corvette C7 Stingray. Needless to say, the comedian/auto enthusiast was enamored with the Corvette, even going so far as to say the sports car’s design was revolutionary.
Leno also got a chance to talk to the Ed Welburn, GM’s Vice President of Global Design, who gave the comedian a historical lesson on the design evolution of the car described by Leno as revolutionary.
Jay then got the envy-inducing opportunity to drive the new Corvette around the block. Of course, the show ended as Jay pulled the Stingray out of the garage and we didn’t get to see any of the drive. So much for Beyoncé being the first celebrity to drive the Stingray.
The next-generation Corvette Stingray created quite the buzz in the past week, so it’s no surprise that it remains on the front page of all magazines. For those of you who are eager to buy the new sports car, we have two pieces of news: one good and one bad. Let’s start with the good one… The new Stingray will be in showrooms by late summer, rejoice! Now the bad news; it will only be available through top Chevrolet dealers.
Translated, this means that if your local dealer failed to sell at least four Corvette last year, it won’t get the 2014 Corvette. The requirements might look quite minimal, but there are lots of dealers that failed to sell the required four required units.
One of these dealers is a small Chevrolet dealer in Brigham City, Utah which made the announcement: "I don’t anticipate getting the new Corvette this year, and many smaller dealers like me won’t get it either."
Of course, being a Chevrolet dealer and not being able to sell the new Corvette can be quite a bummer, but on the other hand, we understand that this is a measure Chevrolet took to protect its interest.
It’s safe to say that major auto auctions like the recent one held by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona are always a spectacle. It’s a playground for the rich auto enthusiasts to flex their financial muscles in an active bidding competition among their brethren to see who among them can scoop up their desired models.
Last weekend’s auction saw some pretty interesting models crossing the block and, while we’ve written about the final selling price generated by a number of the models being auctioned, we haven’t gone into detail on some of the more interesting vehicles auctioned off during the weekend-long event.
So we’re going to do this through a list because that’s generally how you can enumerate the models and have a rank for them based on what vehicle they are and how much interest they generated in the form of frenzied bids.
Check out our list of interesting auctioned cars at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale after the jump.