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

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.

The seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette will be making its world debut this evening at 7 PM , but we decided we can not wait that long and we’ve started to look online for the first images and, of course, we’ve found them. Apparently, the first images of the seventh generation Corvette have been unveiled thanks to the Road & Track magazine, whom accidentally leaked them online and the vigilant guys over Jalopnik found them.

As you can see from the first image of the front, the C7 Corvette will be featuring a new front grille, new headlamps with LED lights, a new hood of course the latest crossed-flag logo .

Everything else remains a secret until this evening, but you do know already the seventh generation 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.

Source: Jalopnik

All Right, here we are just two days before the much-anticipated unveiling of the 2014 Corvette ! We are about as excited as a 6-year-old kid on Christmas Eve, even though we are nearly certain that the leaked images we have seen are what the car looks like. Even if that’s the case, getting to learn all of the ins and outs of the car is enough to excite us.

So, as you know, we are checking out the top-25 Corvettes of all time and we already let you in on the bottom fifth of the list. Now we are set to let you in on numbers 19 through 15. Just like the bottom-fifth of the list, this one includes a few pace cars and we also get to see an extremely desirable model that also had a major design flaw that likely resulted in it being discontinued after only one year.

To find out which models landed on our list, click past the jump.

For those of you who do not remember, back in 2004 Michael Schumacher scored an amazing result behind the wheels of his Ferrari Formula One car, as he scored a record time of 1 minute and 18.739 seconds around the famous tarmac of Silverstone.

While this video is not as impressive as the previous record, it is still a great watch. The guys over the British magazine Telegraph took a 500-horsepower Corvette at a vast frozen lake located about 50 miles from the Arctic Circle. The guys over Telegraph have been tutored by Mattieu Perot — an instructor at the Laponie Ice Driving in Arjeplog, Sweden — how to handle a high performance car on ice.

The car managed to obtain a time of 4 minutes and 15 seconds, which is not the same as the time obtained by Schumacher, it’s true, but still the show was pretty sweet.

Enjoy the video and remember not to try this at home!

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Top-25 All-time Greatest Corvettes (Part 1 of 5)

With the C7 Corvette release coming in just five days, we are going to take a look at the history of the Corvette and outline the top-25 of the six previous generations.

A little history on the Corvette … It debuted in 1953 with quite a whimper, as it came with an underpowered 235-cubic-inch six-cylinder engine that pumped out just 150 horsepower. It wasn’t just the lack of power that the original `Vette took lumps for, as it was dinged for its sloth-like 11.5-second 0-to-60 crawl, two-speed automatic transmission and astronomical-at-the-time $3,498 price tag.

It did, however, get high marks for its ability to handle the twist and its overall design.

Fortunately, the Corvette quickly gained momentum and turned into a model that every American sports car strived to be. The Ford Thunderbird Ford Thunderbird is one model that was a direct result of the Corvette’s success, though Ford will never admit it. Another thing Ford will never admit is that its inability to adequately compete with the Corvette was the reasoning for the T-Bird slowly expanding into a massive coupe as it aged.

So, without further delay, click past the jump have a look at numbers 25 through 20 on our list.

Okay folks, you have already seen our rendering of the C7 Corvette’s front end . Unfortunately, we anticipate the front end to only have relatively minor alterations when compared to the C6 generation, but the backside… that’s a different story, as it is completely new. And our crack rendering team has pieced together a stunning image displaying this nipped and tucked rump.

This new backend, as seen in the leaked images from a GM training manual or possibly the 2014 Corvette owner’s manual, shows off Chevy’s no-fear approach as it has eliminated the circular quad-taillight setup that has been a part of the `Vette forever and opted for a square setup that is more like the Camaro’s setup. The rear windshield is no longer a monstrous hunk of curved glass, but rather a tapered panel flanked by aggressive-looking ridges that follow it to a nicely placed high-mount stop light.

The rear-quarter glass flows perfectly with the revised shape of the `Vette and is cuts off abruptly as you reach the rear hatch. This abruptness would typically be an eyesore, but the sexiness that oozes from that new hatch easily makes up for the quick cutoff on of the glass.

The rear diffusor is something of beauty. According to the leaked images, as it features a pair of vertical fins on the outer edges and still houses a quad tailpipe setup in the center. Between these vertical fins is where we image all of the “magic” happens, as we anticipate some aggressive spoilers under there to pull the Corvette’s backside to the ground.

In all, we are simply amazed at what we are seeing of the C7 Corvette’s rear end. We certainly hope that these leaked images are accurate, because they are flat out awesome!

Image Note: the attached image is TopSpeed’s rendering of what we think the 2014 Corvette will look like. It is not an official or leaked image from GM.

Back in 1989, the Chevrolet Corvette was in its fourth generation and such a model currently sells for $8,600 to $9,700. One model in particular, has an odd story that helped drive its price up to $39,471 – just about the sticker price back when it was new.

Back in 1989, a brand new `Vette was stolen from a sales lot in San Diego, CA and moved to a nearby self-storage facility where remained for 23 years un-driven, unregistered and covered in dust.

The rent for the self-storage unit started at a reasonable $50 per month, but by 2012, it had soared to $300 per month. At that point the renter – the man that was convinced to steal the car – stopped paying. Instead of allowing the storage company to place a lien on the vehicle, the renter contacted his lawyer and the lawyer, in turn, contacted the police.

When San Diego Police opened the storage facility they discovered the stolen sports car covered in dust and sitting on four flat tires. However, under all of that dust was a mint-condition 1989 Corvette with the original new car invoice sticker on its windshield, a mere 67 miles on its odometer and a new-car smell inside.

The car was sold to a wholesaler and the wholesaler then offloaded the brand new Corvette on EBay for the aforementioned $39,471. The police decided not to press charges against the thief because of the amount of time that had passed and the fact that he was very cooperative in the investigation.

Source: LA Times

After making its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette will also making an appearance during the upcoming Super Bowl, but not in an official ad. Chevrolet will not buy time during the game, but will simply present a one-off, hand-built2014 Corvette on the 50-yard line during the halftime show.

The Corvette will then be presented to the pop star, Beyonce. This way she will become the first celebrity to drive the new Corvette.

This looks like a pretty wise move, as Chevrolet will essentially get free advertising for the C7 Corvette. It’s even wiser considering the fact that the average 30-second ad spot during the Super Bowl is anticipated to run about $4 million.

We are just wondering if Beyonce will be able to handle such a powerful sports car. As a reminder, the C7 Corvette will be powered by a new LT1 Gen V engine delivers at least 450 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 450 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.


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