Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet Corvette

  After six long and beautiful generations, the Chevrolet Corvette is just as much a hot commodity as it was in 1953 when the first concept was rolled out for all to see. This American-made sports car comes in four different trims: Standard, Grand Sport, Z06, and ZR1. The standard Corvette and the Grand Sport are both powered by a 6.2L V8 engine that pumps out 430hp and 424 lb-ft of torque. Add the upgraded exhaust system and the models get 436hp and 425 lb-ft of torque. The Grand Sport differentiates itself from the standard model with a few upgrades, Z06 styling cues, and its won gear and rear-axle ratios. The Corvette Z06 is powered by a 7.0L V8 engine producing 505hp and 470 lb-ft of torque and the newer ZR1 boasts a 6.2L supercharged V8 delivering 638hp and 604 lb-ft of torque to the table. All engines are mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

Another live episode of the TopSpeed Podcast has come and gone again. We hope everyone enjoyed this extra-large episode celebrating 25 jam packed casts of automotive mayhem.

We start this week out with the return of Mark, and a little talk about pumpkins and drunken hand grenade safety. It’s a strange story, but we are sure you will find it entertaining. Once the show proper gets started, we get things moving with Weekly Wheels. This week we cover the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel , the Toyota Rav4 and the Fiat 500c Abarth . Two of the three are considered to be amazing, and two of the three are considered to be kinda terrible. Good luck figuring that out without watching the show.

For the news we start with the new Shelby-bodied Renovo supercar, and discuss whether or not this electric car deserves that supercar title. After that we move on to a BMW that is covered in bullet holes, a Corvette system that records your valet’s every move, and the return of the mid-engined Vette rumors. We also take just a second to touch on the possibility of Hyundai making a luxury SUV to compete with Lexus .

The Question and Answer segment of this show was pretty amazing thanks to some incredible questions from you guys. We talk about what kind of dream car we would build if we could put any engine and any interior inside of any other car’s body. We have some pretty varied responses. After that we talk about what cars we would buy if we only had $40k; the catch is we have those cars for the rest of forever. Finally we talk about some of VW’s greatest creations that they refuse to bring to US shores, and talk about why that is.

We finish things out in our traditional manner with an Own, Drive, Burn that features three limited run cars from the 1970s and 1980s. One of them is so awesome, it can go back in time.

Thanks again to everyone who listens and watches us banter about cars every week. We really appreciate you. Make sure to let us know if you like the show, and if there is anything we should change. We also need more questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions for every show, so keep those coming. You can reach us in the comments below, on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast, or by email at Podcast@TopSpeed.com.

Have a great weekend, and we will see you next Thursday.


Although we’re just dying to meddle with the upcoming Corvette Z06 in Chevy’s online configurator, we won’t be able to do that for a few more months, as the utterly powerful Vette won’t go on sale until early 2015. However, thanks to Corvette Blogger, we now have access to the supercar’s order guide and all the standard and optional features that come with it.

Besides revealing the Z06’s exterior and interior amenities, the order guide also tells us that the beefed-up C7 model tips the scales at 3,524 in Coupe guise and at 3,582 pounds with a fabric top. That’s quite a lot considering the vehicle’s lightweight, race-inspired aluminum structure, but explainable by the amount of technology it comes with. All told, the C7 Z06 Coupe is 349 pounds heavier than its predecessor, which weighed in at 3,175 pounds.

The extra pounds shouldn’t be a problem though, as the brand-new Z06 carries no less than 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque under the hood, a 145-pony and 180-pound-feet bump over the previous generation model.

Click past the jump to read about the Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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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 08/20/14: The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is getting a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet has just announced this latest development makes the sports car faster and more fuel efficient than the six-speed automatic-equipped version.

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.

Ever have nightmares about handing some shady valet character the keys to your ride? Apparently Corvette engineers suffer long, sleepless nights from the thought of their baby being joy-ridden around the parking garage. Well worry no more, as the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray now comes with an upgraded Valet Mode.

Sure, other high performance and luxury nameplates come with a valet mode and the 2014 Stingray did as well, but the 2015 Vette now offers owners some extra reassurance. The valet system now ties in with the Performance Data Recorder to record not only vehicle speed, engine revs and other vital stats, but also records audio and HD video of the driving event while you’re away.

Besides keeping watch over the car, Valet Mode still locks all interior storage spaces and restricts access to the infotainment system via a simple four-digit PIN entered to begin and end the Valet Mode session. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to limit the Corvette’s performance capabilities, so valet employees still have access to the 6.2-liter’s 460 horsepower, 465 pound-feet of torque, and its 190-mph top speed. It also doesn’t prevent that rookie driver from burning out your clutch while trying to squeeze your Vette between an SUV and minivan in the parking garage.

Check out the humorous video above Chevrolet created to showcase the 2015 Stingray’s new feature.

If you’re one of those gearheads who has his fingers crossed for a mid-engined Corvette , then this report will likely keep your hopes up. According to Motor Trend, quoting "multiple sources" around General Motors , the next-generation Corvette will have its V-8 engine mounted behind the seats. What’s more, the report suggests a mid-engine Corvette could come as soon as the C7 -based ZR1 hits the market.

Just as we pointed out back in June 2014, when Chevy trademarked the "Zora " name, Motor Trend also hints that the said moniker will be used on a mid-engined Corvette. A move that would make sense, given that Zora Duntov himself created a mid-engined Corvette prototype in the early 1960s. Dubbed CERV II, the concept also featured a unique AWD system which, at the time, would’ve helped GM develop one of the most advanced supercars for the road.

Unfortunately, the CERV II never became more than just a concept and Chevrolet never offered supercar. But that could change in a few years if Motor Trend’s report proves to be accurate.

Now we know what some of you might be thinking; shifting the Corvette’s engine from the front to the middle would be a huge departure from the ’Vette’s 60-year-old legacy. Well, not quite. Motor Trend speculates that Chevy is considering a "Corvette family" for the next-generation, C8 model. Specifically, the lineup could include both a familiar, front-engine sports car and a mid-engine supercar .

Click past the jump to read about the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Source: Motor Trend

What if The Empire invaded a planet with an extensive road system and needed a fitting mode of transportation for Darth Vader? Perhaps a Sith Lord would commission engineering droids to build something like this, the Darth Vader Car. Here on Earth, the creative minds at Hot Wheels have designed and built a fully working, large-scale model of their Darth Vader Car.

The idea started back in November of 2013 when the design team came up with the idea for Darth Vader toy car. After the small-scale version was finished, they went big. Built in only two months, the car is completely drivable.

The Darth Car is based on a Corvette C5 platform. Its new menacing bodywork is constructed mostly from fiberglass and carbon fiber, making the car nearly 50 percent lighter than the original C5. Under its lengthy hood still lies a Corvette engine, though this one has been upgraded to an LS3, 6.2-liter V-8 — the engine used in the 2008 and newer C6 Corvettes. Of course, it’s been massaged to make well beyond its stock output numbers. PCW Brands, the car’s builder, says it makes 526 horsepower and hits 150 mph. A six-speed manual transmission delivers The Force to the rear, custom-made wheels and tires.

Loads of special-effects gear is added to bring the Vader Car to life. Darth Vader respirator noises emanate from the grille while light saber sounds play as red lights glow along the rocker panels. Even the cockpit roof opens up like Darth Vader’s helmet. Oh, and there’s also a drift brake lever for, you know, agile maneuvers while in pursuit of Rebel forces.

The Darth Vader car currently on display at the 2014 Comic-Con International convention taking place in San Diego, California.

Click past the jump for video and pictures on the Darth Vader Car By Hot Wheels.

Source: Car & Driver

The hype surrounding the Corvette Stingray is still going strong since its debut over a year ago. Gear heads and casual watchers just can’t seem to get enough of the Chevrolet’s sultry looks. Well, the folks at 1320 Videos thought it would be a great idea to pit the new C7 against some of the stiffest competition from around the world.

The 2014 Stingray and all the other cars in this video belong to Xtreme Xperience, a company that specializes in exotic driving experiences where regular people can pay reasonable sums of money to spend some time behind the wheels of such cars as the Nissan GT-R , Ferrari 458 Italia , and Lamborghini Gallardo . (You may remember our own Christian Moe attended a similar driving experience. with another company)

The informal tests take place on the straights of a racetrack. The rolling-start drag race pits the C7 against the fierce rivals for all-out speed. Starting at roughly 40 mph, the C7 and its challengers go full throttle until they run out of track.

Now before you watch the video, take a close look at the Vette. It sports the base, 18-inch, five-spoke wheels. That indicates it does not have the optional Z51 Performance Package. Missing are the five extra horses and pound-feet of torque generated by the performance exhaust system, the eLSD rear end, heavy-duty cooling system, and Magnetic Ride Control — among other things — that could potentially affect the Vette’s straight-line performance. Then again, and extra five horses or pound-feet wouldn’t likely help the Vette’s case when pitted against such things as the Ferrari 458 Italia. But we’d like to see this test done again with the C7 Z06 ...

The Corvette does emerge victorious in at least one race and had a few close calls, but you’ll have to watch the video to find out the results.

Side-by-side comparisons are always a blast to watch, especially when it’s pitting two fantastic cars against each other like the BMW M4 and the Corvette Stingray . Though the guys at Automobile Magazine have to deal with a wet track, the evaluation is no less theatrical.

Both cars are essentially all new. The M4 not only enjoys a new name separating it from its four-door brother, but also enjoys a new turbocharged, 3.0-liter, inline six-cylinder engine cranking out 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The `Vette, of course, is completely new from the ground up. Its classification as a truly world-class sports car comes thanks in part to its Magnetic Ride Control, seven-speed manual transmission, and 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in its highest form.

Both Christopher Nelson and Jake Holmes argue their points for each of their cars. Nelson, piloting the M4, argues that BMW didn’t have much work to do in order to make the new M4 a better car; that the previous car set the benchmark and the new one simply carries the baton but with a better engine. Holmes however, talks about how far the Corvette has come since its last generation and that it’s “fully fleshed out, well executed, and well rounded.”

Both drivers make strong cases for each of their cars, but in the end, Nelson’s admiration for the M4 and its well-balanced chassis caves to his lust for a more visceral machine. Check out all the action in the video above.

Callaway has been making production cars faster since the 1970s with a special focus on Corvettes . The company’s latest beast is this 2014 C7 Stingray SC627 modified with a supercharger and an innovative intercooler setup for maximum thermal efficiency. Jumping right to the good stuff, the supercharger pushes the 6.2-liter, small block V-8 to 627 horsepower and 610 pound-feet of torque. What’s more, those numbers are SAE certified. In comparison with the stock LT1 V-8, the SC627 Vette makes 167 more horsepower and 145 more pound-feet of torque.

Callaway does this by not only throwing a supercharger in the LT1’s vee, but also by keeping temperatures in check. The system uses three liquid-to-air intercoolers and a totally revised air intake system help keep things cool under heavy throttle. Callaway’s supercharger also extends past the hood, allowing for generous airflow over its top. Not to mention its size wouldn’t fit under the stock C7 hood.

The 2.3-liter supercharger has a high helix angle in a four-lobe rotor pack for compressing incoming air. A new long-runner manifold helps increase the LT1’s mid-range torque. This helps the engine make an impressive 500 pound-feet of toque at only 2,200 rpm. Its full torque peak of 610 pound-feet happens at 4,400 rpm, well within the engine’s usable rev range. For the full 627 ponies, the LT1 needs to rev to 6,400 rpm. If you’re keeping score, that’s only 23 horsepower and 40 pound-feet less than the upcoming Corvette Z06 .

Performance comes at a price, though, and the Callaway’s supercharger package starts at $22,995 – not including the cost of the stock C7 Stingray .

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette SC627 By Callaway Cars.

To help continue theFourth of July celebrations here at TopSpeed, I have decided to take at look at how the American car has impacted the world. Europe is typically quoted with having the best cars, but here are some American machines that have stepped up and shown the world that we know what we are doing.

We may not have created the car, but we are responsible for the way they drive, the way they are made and we even made some major contributions to the world of performance and horsepower. Put down that hot dog for a few seconds and take a quick look back through history at America’s greatest contributions to the world of internal combustion. That cooler full of cold beverages and that box of explosives will both still be there when you get done.

Continue reading to find out America’s greatest contributions to the world of the automobile.


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