Chevrolet Corvette C7

Chevrolet Corvette C7

  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.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Get those checkbooks ready because the first production 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is headed to Barrett Jackson. For everyone who was pining for the return of the Corvette Z06, your wish was granted when Chevrolet officially unveiled the sports car it hailed as the "most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features".

But if you’re interested in new Corvette Z06, you’re going to need to pony up a significant amour of money because the first production Corvette Z06 — yep, the one with VIN 001 — is headed to the Barrett Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida from April 11th through the 13th.

This isn’t the first time that Chevrolet has sent first production models to the auction block, including the first production 2014 Corvette Stingray , which NASCAR team owner and Corvette collector Richard Hendrick scooped up for $1 million.

Not to discourage anybody who doesn’t have that kind of budget, but that’s just the market these days for these first production Corvettes. And with this one being the long-awaited Z06, there’s a good chance that $1 million turns out to be a conservative estimate.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Corvette Z06.

Sports cars continue to infiltrate the silver screen in superhero movies, and now it is the Corvette Stingray ’s turn to have a taste of Hollywood fame. In the new "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" movie that is due out on April 4th, Black Widow — one of the many S.H.I.E.L.D. superheros — will drive an all-black 2014 Corvette Stingray .

There are no specifics on this deep, gloss-black `Vette, but it will be on display at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show . Unfortunately, the stunning and dangerous Black Widow herself will not be there. But, Chevy will be passing out a limited-edition Captain America comic book to commemorate the collaboration of Marvel and the Stingray.

On top of the gloss-black paint job, the initial images of the Black Widow Stingray show a set of black rims that help complete this the package. Stay tuned for more details on the 2014 Corvette Stingray Black Widow, but don’t look for a special edition model in dealers, as I’m pretty sure this car is for the movies only.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

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The Corvette /Porsche 911 debate has been ongoing for many years and almost rivals the Camaro /Mustang debate. Sure, the Corvette has recently kept pace with the 911 Carrera lately, but the 911 always has been a more sophisticated and better handling car. On the other hand, the 911 Carrera S is significantly more expensive than the Corvette ever has been and ever will be.

Well, Chris Harris decided to put these two in a head-to-head matchup, as put the Corvette Stingray and the new-generation 911 Carrera S on the track and let their performance do the talking.

As a reminder, the new Corvette Stingray is powered by a 6.2-liter, small-block, V-8 engine dubbed the LT1 that produces 460 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. This engine pushes the car from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds and up to a top speed of 190 mph.

On the other hand, the 911 Carrera S gets a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that delivers a total of 400 horsepower. The Carrera S goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 180 mph.

Check out the video to see what Harris thinks: which is better German or American sports car?

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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Recently, rumors popped up suggesting that the 2015 Corvette Stingray will come with a series of changes, including the availability of a new, eight-speed automatic transmission. According to Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter, you shouldn’t hold your breath though, as the company has "a lot on our plate to get done." This means that we’ll likely not see it until 2016.

Adding a new transmission means recalibrating and validating pretty much everything on the car, including horsepower, torque, traction control, launch control and performance traction management. The car will also need to pass GM ’s battery of extreme temperature tests, and all these processes require lots of time and work.

On top of all of those changes and tests, there is also the fact that the Corvette is a low-volume car for GM, and developing a new eight-speed automatic gearbox doesn’t make business sense until it sees use in other models.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

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Hennessey Performance revealed one of the first tuning kits for the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette last July, and the best part is that the tuner offers four different power kits — HPE600, HPE700, HPE800 and HPE1000 — with the output level ranging from 600 to 1,000 horsepower.

The tuner took one of this kits — the HPE700 — and strapped it onto the dyno to see what the car is really capable of. The HPE700 includes a TVS2300 supercharger system and Hennessey’s in-house HPE Air Induction System, CNC ported heads for free-flowing air and exhaust, and a hot camshaft.

As a result of all of this hard work and engineering, the Stingray HPE700 delivers a total of 700 horsepower at 6,300 rpm — up from the standard 460 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm.

Check out the video to see how the Corvette HPE700 did on the dyno test!

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When it comes to producing good car reviews, the folks at Kelly Blue Book definitely know what they’re doing, and their latest one, which was on the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible , is no exception. The review was made by KBB’s Micah Muzio in and around Palm Springs and he wants to prove that even though people have dismissed the Corvette in the past, the new C7 generation is really, really good.

According to KBB, the new Corvette Stingray has the power to make you forget about cars like Porsche 911 or Audi R8 , even though it comes in at a considerably lower price. Check out the video to see what made the guys over KBB to come to this conclusion.

As a reminder, the Corvette Stingray Convertible shares the same engine with the coupe: a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This amount of output is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds - a pretty impressive number for a convertible.

For a lot of car enthusiasts there tends to be a certain brand or make that “is their life.” We know many fans of Mopar, Ferrari fanatics and plenty of Porschephiles, but in most cases those cars actually have very little to do with a person’s life or well being, beyond fascination.

That doesn’t hold true to Mike Furman. When he says Corvettes are his life, he means it. From the age of 17 when he started working at Malcom Konner Auto Group in New Jersey, Mike has made his living putting Corvettes in other people’s garages. If you ever wanted to get into Corvette sales, Konner was the place. From the early ‘60s until the family sold the dealership in 1991, Konner was the world’s largest Corvette dealer.

To date Mike has sold more than 3,000 Corvettes and in the process has become one of the biggest names in the new Corvette market. He also holds the GM records for most Corvettes delivered in a single month at 57. We caught up with Mike to ask him about his storied sales career and find out where he wants to go next.

Read on to find out what we learned about this super salesman.

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As the new Chevrolet Corvette is the star of the week, we will continue in the same spirit and present to you the Corvette SC610 developed by Callaway Cars . The new SC610 Package will be available starting in spring of 2014 and will be priced at $22,995 on top of the base Corvette Stingray price.

What’s really cool about this new SC610 package is the extra power it adds to the already potent Stingray. Callaway’s newest creation boosts the 6.2-liter, V-8 engine to a mighty 610 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and a 556 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm.

In order to obtain the extra 150 horsepower, the new kit includes an Eaton TVS four-lobe, high-helix-rotor supercharger, a Honker high-flow intake and a new Double-D stainless-steel exhaust system. What’s really neat is that this supercharger actually pokes out of a hood a bit, and Callaway accents this by adding in a carbon-fiber hood surround.

With the extra power, the new Corvette SC610 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and will run the quarter mile in 11 seconds at a speed of 125 mph. Top speed is rumored to be somewhere in the 200 mph area.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette SC610 By Callaway.

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Chevrolet Corvette Z06

While the future of the Corvette ZR1 remains a mystery for now, Corvette product manager Harlan Charles said in a recent interview at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show that the company is considering a track-oriented Z06X version.

If built, this version should take inspiration from the Z06X Track Car Concept unveiled at the 2010 SEMA Show. Of course, the new Z06X version will be based on the 2015 Corvette Z06 , but with some of the elements revealed by the 2010 concept. This means the model would get lots of carbon-fiber elements, a new set of wheels, with carbon-ceramic brakes and a modified suspension. It should also be equipped with a more aggressive aerodynamic kit, a role cage and three-point seat belts — all elements required by a "non-street-legal, factory-built track car."

If built, this will be a very strange move for Chevrolet , considering that the new model may steal the thunder of the optional Z07 package. However, such a model could be a hit, considering the amazing reception the other track-oriented model — the Camaro Z/28 — received.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

After all of the good stuff we’ve seen come from the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, we were starting to think that it could do no evil. Well, we were sadly mistaken. Chevrolet amazed us with the revealing of the new Corvette Z06 and its supercharged 6.2-liter engine, but the other shoe dropped when news broke that this will, in fact, be the range-topping Corvette for the foreseeable future.

In a brief interview with Autoblog, Tadge Juechter, chief engineer of the seventh-generation Corvette, said that the recently launched Z06 is the only range-topping model currently considered by Chevrolet . This plan could be modified in the near future, but a new-generation ZR1 is not currently part of Chevrolet’s plan

Sorry, but we call shenanigans here...Sure, the new Z06 will grab the the last-generation ZR1 by its lug nuts and make it scream for mercy, but we highly doubt that GM will just forget about it. Chances are that Chevy is already hard at work finding every little trick it can to pack some more muscle into the C7 Corvette and bump up its performance beyond the Z06’s numbers before deciding to kill the notorious ZR1 name for an entire generation.

Keep in mind, we are entering the era of hybrid supercars, ladies and gentlemen, (see 918 Spyder , LaFerrari and P1) so it is obvious where the next step is for injecting more muscle without more engine. We are willing to bet that GM is simply waiting for batteries that are light enough for use in the C7 Corvette before exploring this route in any depth. And it is possible for this technology to be available before the C7’s production life ends.

Purist may be charging the TopSpeed offices with Daniel Akerson-blessed holy water, screaming "NEVER!!!" But remember, the Corvette would also "NEVER" switch from pop-up headlights and "NEVER" rid itself of the dual-round taillights either...

Of course, this is pure speculation and maybe a little bit of us refusing to believe that GM would dare axe the ZR1...

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Corvette Z06.

Source: Autoblog

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