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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.

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Quanta Products from Maryland opened a new division called Quanta Hybrid Performance that will be specialized on developing "products that integrate electric traction motors into conventional internal combustion engine."

The first model developed by Quanta is the Corvette QHP770 and was unveiled at the 2013 SEMA Show . The model is based on a C6 Z06 Chevrolet Corvette with the V-8 engine modified to include hybrid technology.

The model includes both hardware and software updates, including two 100 kW YASA 750 axial flux electric motors into the rear differential. These electric motors will take their power from a 400-volt, 30 Ah battery pack coupled through two Sevcon controllers.

Thanks to this system, the new QHP770 delivers a total of 770 horsepower — up from 505 horsepower — and 1,500 pound-feet of torque. We have no details on how these changes will improve the car’s performance credentials, but we expect to see considerable improvements over the base model.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06.


Our own Mark McNabb is present and accounted for at the Miami International Auto Show , and he is all set to start snapping off pictures galore of the various cars gracing the show. The first tasty bit of information that Mark snagged up for us was a press release announcing the the 2014 Corvette Stingray is the "Official Car" of the 2013 Miami Auto Show.

Since its debut, more and more press just keeps on rolling in for the Stingray, with the vast majority of it being good. Sure, there are some folks — my cousin included — that simply cannot stand the new Stingray, but I personally love the new look and the fact that GM wasn’t afraid to ditch signature items, like the dual-round taillights, to prove that this was the start of a new era for the Corvette .

The one item that irked us a little here at TopSpeed was the use of the Stingray name after it was retired so long ago. Well, according to the press release from the auto show, Chevy actually never intended to attach the "Stingray" nameplate to the C7 Corvette. According to John Fitzpatrick, Chevrolet Performance Cars Marketing Manager, "We set out to build the greatest Corvette we could. It wasn’t until after we got done with it that that we said, `You know, this really does remind everybody of the `63, in terms of not only the look of the car but how the car feels and how it reacts.’"

He continued "We thought it was natural to add the Stingray name at that point."

With that clarification in mind, we are pleased to know that the reuse of the famed moniker was not simply a marketing ploy, and it came organically.

Well, we tip our hats to GM and the official car of the 2013 Miami International Auto Show, the 2014 Stingray!

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

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For this year’s SEMA Show , which kicks off in just a few hours, Chevrolet has prepared a series of Corvette Stingray models inspired by different regions of the U.S.

This Corvette Stingray Convertible Atlantic Concept takes inspiration from the east and west coasts, and it features sophisticated styling enhancements inspired by a private jet.

The concept is coated in a elegant Blade Silver hue combined with a Carbon Flash Metallic front splitter, rocker extensions and rear lower diffuser. The headlamp housings and the hood accents are painted Fusion Gray, while the interior gets a suede package.

There are also a few other updates to round it all out, including chrome, five-spoke wheels sized 19-by-8.5 inches in front and 20-by-10 inches out back, a Carbon Flash Metallic rear license-plate holder, molded splash guards, a behind-the-seats windscreen to reduce turbulence with the top down ,custom luggage and an embroidered center armrest with the Stingray logo.

With exception of the sweet color and the pretty sick rocker extensions, this concept is rather "blah." But it is the Stingray, so awesomeness is built-in from the factory.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible.

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Gran Turismo 6 will be unveiled on November 28th, 2013 — just in time to celebrate the game’s 15th anniversary. In order to celebrate the event, Chevrolet will present a special-edition Stingray concept at the 2013 SEMA Show , which kicks off tomorrow.

The model was inspired by the version used in GT6, and it features a custom exterior paint scheme combined with yellow-tinted headlamps for a wild look. The Corvette Stingray Gran Turismo concept looks a little bit sportier than the standard Stingray, thanks to its carbon-fiber rear wing, a custom carbon-fiber hood and extractor design, carbon-fiber rockers, and a carbon-fiber front splitter.

Chevrolet also tossed in a custom grille, a racing-style front tow hook for those untimely spin outs into the grass and custom exhaust tips.

For the interior, Chevy upgraded the new Corvette Stingray Gran Turismo Concept with competition sport seats combined with racing harnesses for the driver and passenger. There is also a custom, flat-bottom steering wheel, and leather-wrapped safety belt bar and rear braces.

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

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As usual, Chevrolet will be present and accounted for at the 2013 SEMA Show with a rather impressive lineup of high-performance rigs. And what’s the point of a high-performance Chevy display without the 2014 Corvette Stingray taking center stage?

The first of the Stingray concepts we will see in Las Vegas draws inspiration from west-coast culture, and Chevy named it the Corvette Stingray Coupe Pacific Concept.

The concept is based on the Corvette Stingray with the mighty Z51 package, and it features a stunning Torch Red exterior paint combined with a Carbon Flash Metallic paint on its rear spoiler and a Carbon Flash graphics package.

The bright-red body is combined with a carbon-fiber hood, an exposed-weave, carbon-fiber removable roof panel, and a front splitter and rocker extensions in satin black. All of this black and the exposed carbon fiber contrast well against the red body.

Rounding out the aesthetics is a set of satin-black, aluminum wheels with a red accent stripe. This staggered wheels are sized 19-by-8.5 inches up front and 20-by-10 inches out back.

Chevy also updated the interior as updated with its own carbon-fiber trim kit, a set of Competition Sport seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel with a carbon-fiber finish.

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


For a lot of cars, sales are the ultimate form of vindication. Others prefer being awarded with five-star safety ratings.

For the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray , it’s a combination of all of those things...and then some.

Recently, the new Corvette was bestowed an honor not a lot of cars can lay claim to and in the process, joins the Toyota Prius in that acclaim. See, the mighty Corvette Stingray, in all of its awesomeness, has been immortalized as a Monopoly token.

The Corvette Stingray token will appear in the new Monopoly Empire game, a shorter edition of the iconic capitalist-driven board game that replaces real estate with actual pop culture brands. In addition to the use of the Corvette Stingray token, other tokens that are available in Monopoly Empire include a McDonalds french fries, an Xbox controller, a Paramount clapboard, a Coke bottle, and what looks like a Ducati motorbike.

Pretty esteemed company for the Corvette Stingray to be a part of, huh?

A roster of popular brands litter the board game, taking the place of all those addresses that we’ve all become accustomed to. Yahoo! is in it, as are Beats Audio, Samsung, eBay, Jet Blue, and a host of other brands a lot of us are familiar with.

And in case anybody wants to play Monopoly Empire with us, we’re calling dibs on the Corvette Stingray token as early as now.

(Click past the jump to read about the real 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray}

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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - Driven

Well, we just can’t have enough of the 2014 Corvette Stingray, and why should one not be excited to report about this new Corvette. It’s a new Corvette, for heaven’s sake! As you know, we’ve been on this story for quite a while now. We’ve driven this car that has been all over the news and we loved it. No wait, that would be an understatement.

Then there’s the Z51 Performance Package which hones it for some race track bashing. And that’s what most enthusiasts would be wanting to get their hands on. Now, if you are planning to drop a check for one of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays with the optional track package, then you might be disappointed on the outset.


The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hysteria is just reaching full steam, so please avert your eyes if you are already bored to tears with the legendary Vette.

But part of the hoopla is genuine excitement that Chevy has produced such a vastly-improved sports car. After a few different drives by the TopSpeed team, the similarities in what we observed in these two different C7 models are remarkable.

Two guys who were traditionally more anti-Corvette would be hard to find. So the shared observations about the handling, power, cabin and - especially - theC7’s vastly improved structural rigidity are a resounding vote of confidence in the new Corvette.

For skeptics, all we can say is try it out before you flock to Porsche or BMW for classy driving thrills.

My drive was up near Chicago in a blue C7 , whereas TopSpeed’s founder Philippe was lucky enough to take a top-off cruise around Miami in a white example.

With palm trees flying by the windows and the blue sky visible above Phil’s curly hair, the Miami Vice jokes are on the tip of my tongue. I will refrain, however, as my first Stingray review already ruffled some feathers among the Vette faithful.

But the red leather of Phil’s Stingray Z51 really looks right so close to the ocean and all the glamor of South Beach.

Click past the jump to enjoy this detailed TopSpeed First-Drive Video of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51, one of the first media outlets to sample the Vette with its targa top panel stowed in the giant trunk.

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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.

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.

Updated 1/6/2014: GM revealed a video of the Stingray’s Data Performance Recorder in action at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. This technology will be available in the 2015 Stingray, which will hit the market in the third quarter of 2014.

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By the early 1960s, the Corvette had triumphed over the Thunderbird and was now firmly America’s sports car for the second-gen’s arrival as a 1963 model. Car guys, pilots and engineers all over America had taken the lightweight-big engine formula to heart with their prized first-gen Corvettes , but now they wanted more performance by every measurement. Much more speed, in particular.

Chevrolet had similar ideas when brainstorming ways to replace the C1 as far back as 1957. The Q-Corvette concept was a working idea of a smaller, lighter and nimbler Corvette than ever before. Four-wheel discs were to be standard, and the car was could hold its own on a racetrack right off the showroom floor.

Over the C2’s relatively short time — until 1967 — this Corvette became the quickest factory machine ever in the quarter-mile with the 11.02 second time recorded by the 1967 Corvette L88 Sting Ray Convertible .

Click past the jump for the full history of the 1963-1967 Chevrolet Corvette C2, with highlights from two prize-winning concours examples.


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