Chevrolet Corvette served as an Indianapolis 500 pace car for the first time back in 1978 and Chevrolet has sent a total of 11 models to pace "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." The 2013 model year will be the 12th time a Corvette model will pace Indianapolis, and as rumored two days ago, it will be the new Corvette Stingray.
The model will be equipped with the track-capable Z51 package, which adds a limited-slip differential for reduced under-steer while cornering, improved aerodynamics and ride tweaks to help it handle corners more effectively. The Stingray Pace Car is painted in a Laguna Blue Tintcoat exterior combined with official Indianapolis 500 graphics on the doors.
The technology features and powertrain will be identical to the standard version, except that the Pace Car will be equipped with track-mandated safety features and strobe lights.
Updated 06/03/2013: Chevrolet unveiled a new video (above) showing the Stingray Indianapolis 500 Pace Car in action at the 2013 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. GM President North America, Mark Reuss, also talks about what it’s like to drive the pace car, his favorite parts of the track and what driving the 2013 Corvette Stingray Pace Car means to him.
Click past the jump to read more about the Corvette Stingray and the Corvette’s history as an Indy 5oo pace car. Full story
The 2014 Corvette Stingray was used as the Pace Car at the 2013 Indianapolis 500 - the 12th time for a Corvette – but he newest `Vette isn’t quite done yet. The 2014 Corvette Stingray Pace Car will pace yet another Indy event this weekend when it will lead the pack at the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit, presented by Quicken Loans.
Behind the wheel is none other than General Motors North America President, Mark Reuss, who was quoted saying: "To be able to drive this car, on this track, in this city, is a huge thrill for me personally, and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel to pace this great field."
If you will attend the race, you will be able to get an early look at the production model that goes on sale later this summer. With the Stingray getting plenty of time as a pace car, we certainly expect to see a special Pace Car model this year.
Click past the jump to read more about the Stingray Indianapolis 500 Pace Car. Full story
Mot of you expected the 2011 "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" to be the last movie of the "Transformers" franchise. After all it ended with Michael Bay reigning as robot king, but it looks like the blockbuster director decided to continue the series with an yet unnamed "Transformers 4" series.
The new Transformers 4 series will start shooting this summer and it looks like it will offer quite an impressive amount of surprises. The first of these series of surprises will be the addition of two new Autobots: a 1,200-horsepower Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse and a C7 Corvette Stingray. No other details were released on the two vehicles, but rumors suggest that the Veyron will be the new vehicle form for Drift and the new C7 Corvette Stingray will be the new form of Slingshot.
Next to the new Autobots, Transforms 4 will also bring redesign for Optimus Prime and a new addition to the cast: Mark Wahlberg, who agreed to join the franchise while working with Michael Bay on "Pain & Gain."
The new Transformers 4 will be released on June 29, 2014.
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After months of speculation, spy shots and “leaked” 3-D images raising the anticipation level and the excitement of the fanboy in us, here it is folks, The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and yes, the iconic Stingray name is back since it was last seen in the ‘Vette C3.
As promised, Chevrolet has taken off the wraps of what’s arguably one of the most highly anticipated cars in 2013 at the Detroit Motor Show. This is the day we at TopSpeed have been waiting for since all of this C7 talk started about a year ago.
Rather than calling it the “Corvette,” Chevy boldly calls it the “New Corvette.”Calling it “New” is absolutely correct, as everything on the car is brand new. From a new design to a new powertrain to a brand new interior, Chevrolet has revolutionized every nook and cranny of the `Vette. But it still has that modern Corvette philosophy that has been retained for the past six generations, maybe even made it better.
Updated 05/28/2013: Chevrolet officially announced today the final specifications for the new Corvette Stingray. The company announced that when equipped with the optional performance exhaust system, the new Stingray delivers a total of 460 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. The baseline figures - with the standard exhaust system - are 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet.
Click past the jump to enjoy our full review and check out whether we were impressed by the all new ‘Vette or if Chevy could’ve done better. Full story
A lot of automakers have taken to movie tie-ups to promote their latest line of vehicles. Audi, in particular, has done it in all the Iron Man movies.
Well, now it looks like Chevrolet is doing the same, except that instead of Iron Man, it’s tying up with Captain America.
In this video captured by YouTube user Jason Vandervliet, a black 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was seen making an appearance in the set of Captain America: Winter Solider in Washington D.C.
The car, it appears, was being driven by Scarlet Johansson who plays Black Widow in the movie. Look a little closer and you might notice what looks like Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, coming up to the Corvette to have a little chat with his co-star.
There has been no confirmation regarding a potential marketing partnership between Marvel Studios and Chevrolet. But if there is one, they couldn’t have picked a better car to promote than the Corvette Stingray. Full story
The Chevrolet Corvette has a storied history of lapping the Indianapolis 500 that dates all the way back to 1978. In fact, the Corvette leads all cars with a total of 11 appearances as the pacesetter for the famous race, including five straight years from2004 through 2008.
Now with the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray hitting showrooms soon, it was only a matter of time before Indy asked Chevy to allow the `Vette to pace the race again. Well, apparently that timeframe was much shorter than we originally thought. According to Road and Track, the Stingray will be the pace car for the 2013 running of the Indy 500. In fact, they even caught the model testing with camo covering the “Official Pace Car” logo on the rocker panels.
The reports aren’t officially confirmed yet, but the sources are rather reliable and the spy shots the R and T dug up are pretty convincing. What’s more, this will likely bring an “Official Pace Car” package to the 2014 Corvette Stingray lineup.
We’ll keep an eye out for confirmation and bring you more information as soon as possible.
*Image Note: The above image is of the Corvette Stingray, not the “Official Pace Car.”
Once Chevrolet dropped the new-generation Corvette Stingray, it was just a matter of time before the convertible version would hit the market.
Today was the day it happened, as the new Stingray Convertible made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
The convertible version is nearly identical to the coupe version, except of course its three-ply fabric top that opens and closes at speeds up to 30 mph. Next to this innovative concept, the convertible version also features sound-absorbing padding and a glass rear window - all features that contribute to a quieter cabin and a more premium appearance.
The new Stingray Convertible will be put on sale in late 2013.
UPDATE 04/26/13: GM has just released nearly all of the pricing details on the Corvette Stingray Convertible, as well as standard features and options. See the details after the jump.
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There has been plenty of speculation about the Corvette Stingray ZR1 and Z06. There was even a Motor Trend report that that the Z06 would get an updated 7-liter with 600 horsepower and the ZL1 would get a 700-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8. Well, apparently those “leaks” were intended to throw us off of the scent, as GM has just unveiled the powerplants and they are surprising, to say the least.
Under the hood of the Z06, you’ll get an updated version of the all-new 6.2-liter engine with an extra 90 horsepower, thanks to a new fuel-injection system, new software, aggressive cams and titanium exhaust system with a freer flow. The Z06 will use a six-speed automated manual transmission with no mention of a full-manual option.
The ZR1 is far and away the most unexpected change, as it will be the first Corvette since the 1950s to feature a six-cylinder engine. This twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 engine – yes, the same all-aluminum block found in the upcoming CTS Vsport – tuned to an incredible 640 horsepower.
While this 3.6-liter may sound like the same one that Caddy will use, keep in mind that the guts are fully modified to handle the 24 psi of pressure the turbochargers pump out. These modifications include: upgraded titanium pistons and connecting rods, revised software, updated cylinder heads and low-resistance bearings.
Just like the Stingray, all Chevy revealed with its first presser are the details on the engine. The Stingray Z06 and ZR1 will debut at the LA Auto Show, but we expect to see some leaked images as time goes on.
UPDATE: Sorry guys and gals, this one’s completely fake... I was completely responsible for both the article and the press release. C’mon, a V-6 in a ZR1, I don’t even know what I was thinking :). April Fools!!!
Of course, the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a great car, but not many of us will have the possibility to buy it. If you are feeling lucky, General Motors is offering you the chance to win the all-new Corvette Stingray. To enter the contest, you have to be a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and to be at least 18 years old.
To enter the contest all you have to do is go to the Race To Win Corvette website official page an enter your details.
The prize will consist of the two following items: a 2014 Corvette Stingray estimated at $71,860 (could this be the MSRP for the new Vette?) and a trip for two to Le Mans, France to attend the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans Race. The estimated value for this trip is $10,750.
All we can say is "Good luck!" and if you will win we want to test your new Vette!
In the latest episode of its "Hot Rod Unlimited" show, Motor Trend magazine explains how the Corvette’s design evolved from the model we saw for the first time back in 1953 and up to the seventh-generation that was just unveiled.
The guys over Motor Trend took a ride in a 1957 Corvette up to the Petersen Automotive Museum where the new C7 Stingray was presented. In here, the guys talked with Stingray designer, Kirk Bennion, who offers a brief history of Corvette’s design history.
He is also pointing to many rare Corvette models built, including the very first Motorama prototype, the race-winning Grand Sport and one of the last C6 ’Vettes ever built.
Each model was just a step closer to the final design we are seeing in the Corvette C7 - a design that is nearly perfect, that of course if you ask us!