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.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

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.

Source: Autoweek
Chevrolet Corvette 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.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

With our sincerest apologies to the SRT Viper , you sir, have just been trumped big time. When the first production Viper sold for $300,000 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Orange Country last June, we thought that the figure was pretty impressive.

Turns out, it didn’t even get to sniff a third of the winning bid price the first production Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray received over the weekend at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale.

$1.1 million was the winning bid for the Corvette C7 Stingray, proving without any hint of a doubt just how popular this American supercar has become since it made its debut a week ago at the Detroit Auto Show.

Not surprisingly, the winning bidder came from someone who knows a thing or two about Corvettes: NASCAR team owner and Corvette collector Richard Hendrick.

Proceeds from Hendrick’s...uhmm...generosity will go to a worthy cause, as the money will benefit the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, which is acclaimed in the U.S. for its outstanding automotive design program.

Big congratulations to Richard Hendrick for scooping up the first production Corvette C7 Stingray. Not only did he prove his worth as a serious Corvette collector, but more importantly, he’s sending his money to a school that will need the funds to develop the future of this industry.

So we’ve already seen the new Corvette Stingray and we have already given you our take on what we think the Corvette Stingray Convertible will offer, so what’s left? Well, we still have yet to see or hear anything about the Corvette Stingray Z06. As we told you before, we highly doubt that GM would simply skip the Z06 this year. Rather, it is holding this release as its “Ace in the hole.”

We honestly think we’re in for something big and we’ve released a rendering of what we think it’ll look like. As for styling, we’ll see the usual additions, including staggered wheels to allow for more meat on the back end, front lower-lip spoiler, a set of ground effects down the side and brake-cooling ducts just aft of the rear wheels. On top of that, we’re willing to bet that GM chooses to black out the silver strikethrough in front grille, giving the front end a sportier look and less of a Jan-Brady-headgear look.

All of the aesthetics are well and good, but what’s under that hood? To be perfectly honest, we really have no idea. GM could totally ruin our Corvette high by dropping the same old 7.0-liter V-8 with 505 horsepower on tap. Sure, that is still a stout engine, but the C7 generation is all about change, right?

We’re leaning toward seeing the long-rumored 5.5-liter V-8 engine with a touch of boost via a supercharger or a pair of turbochargers. We would expect to see somewhere in the neighborhood of 525 to 550 horsepower from this type of engine.

Delivering the power to the rear wheel – car gods forbid Chevy from slapping AWD on a `Vette – will likely be a retuned version of the six-speed automated manual transmission found in the base model. Given the 2012 Z06 hits 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, GM is likely shooting for the 3.5-second mark with the Z06.

For now, however, this is all speculation, and we’ll bring you more official info as it is released. Stay tuned!

Image Note: The above image is a TopSpeed rendering of the Corvette Stingray Z06, not an official image

In the latest episode of Head 2 Head, MotorTrend has put face to face two of the greatest sports car: the 2013 SRT Viper GTS against its domestic rival, the 2012 Corvette ZR1 . The test drive was held at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and behind the wheel was pro race driver Randy Pobst.

If you remember, at the end of 2012 there was a real fuss with the two models when MotorTrend announced that ZR1 managed to set a new Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca lap record with a time of 1:33.70, while the SRT Viper achieved a time of only 1:35.77.

This result was impressive, considering that both deliver pretty much the same output: 640 horsepower for the Viper and 638 horsepower for the ZR1. But we guess it was aerodynamics that made the difference, right?

Watch the video to find out which of the two cars has the bigger "bollocks."

Imagine the confusion when we discovered that a Fisker Karma was making its way to the Detroit Auto Show . Mind all of you, that’s not what really confused us; what did the trick was that this car isn’t actually a Karma, but it surelooked like one.

On top of that, it isn’t an electric car like the mustachioed Fisker; it’s a gasoline-powered sports car that comes with a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 powertrain. This, dear friends, is the Destino four-door performance sedan that’s being built as a collaboration between industrialist Gilbert Villereal and former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz. Yep, that Bob Lutz.

Not a whole lot is being made out of the Destino, presumably because it’s still in its relative infancy, although it is based on the electric Karma and will be built in Detroit under the auspices of VL Automotive with a retail date scheduled for the latter part of the year.

Find out more about the VL Automotive Destino after the jump

Chevrolet Corvette

So, we have seen the 2014 Corvette Stingray in all of its glory and learned all about how freaking awesome it’s going to be. One thing that Chevy is still keeping under wraps is a higher-performance variant of the `Vette Stingray, sans the Z51 Performance Package. What we’re talking about is the Z06 variant.

We all know that GM isn’t going to roll out the most powerful standard Corvette ever without rolling out a Z06 model. The silence, however, is rather eerie. GM made not even a mention of this model in any of its press releases or at the official debut. We are optimistic that this silence means that big things are in store for the Z06 package.

There is still one previously rumored engine that was that was originally pegged as the new Corvette engine, and that is the 5.5-liter V-8 engine. Chances are that this, plus a supercharger, could be the eventual engine to grace the engine compartment of the Corvette Stingray Z06. This is, of course, just us thinking and hoping out loud.

We’ll keep a close eye on everything Corvette related to see if any new leaks come out regarding a potential Z06 model. For now we can only speculate…

Chevrolet Corvette

We all know that GM has a long-running issue with creativity in its lineups. Through the 1980s we saw some of the most uncreative vehicles and that continued through the 1990s and into the early-2000s. We also saw other issues that really showed the GM was running out of creative steam, like the use of the “Lumina” moniker simultaneously on two vehicles that were vastly different – sedan and minivan – and the changing of the Sunbird to the Sunfire.

Now we have the resurrection of a famous word in Corvette history, the “Stingray” moniker. The Original Sting Ray and Stingray monikers were and still are some of the most sought after models and to bring it to the modern era seems a bit of a disservice. Sure, this is the most modern and advanced Corvette ever, but it should be, given it is the newest model. That is not a good enough reason to exhume the Stingray name and slap in on the C7 generation.

Don’t get us wrong, the new Corvette has renewed our fading love affair with the Corvette model, but to slap an iconic name on it just seems a bit of a slight to the Corvette’s history. That would be like Chevy making a higher-output Caprice and slapping an “Impala SS” badge on it. We all know they would never… oh wait… never mind.

You get the point.

There’s no doubt that the most awaited car of the moment is the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette. Earlier today, Chevrolet unveiled the last teaser video for the upcoming sports car, now they announced that those of you interested can watch the unveiling of the new Corvette via live stream on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST.

What’s more, we have the link to said stream and you can see the unveiling on the above video feed, so you can watch the C7 `Vette unveiling without buying a ticket to Detroit.

The 2014 Corvette C7 has been teased for what seems like forever and Chevrolet has promised to offer us the best car ever. Teaser images and videos have offered us a first glimpse at the car’s new design language, and “unofficial” leaked images have given us some ideas on what to expect.

The only thing that we know for certain is that the new Corvette will be offered with an all-new LT1 6.2-liter small block V-8 engine that deliver at least 450 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 450 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.

You can also watch it happen on the official Corvette C7 reveal website

Hit the jump for the official presentation.

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