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.

Back before the mighty C6 ZR1 rumbled out of Bowling Green with its supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V-8 making 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque, there was a previous king-of-the-hill Corvette that bore the same ZR1 name (though it was hyphenated ZR-1). The C4 ZR-1 saw production from 1990 through 1995 and came with a rather unconventional engine design never before seen powering a Corvette.

The ZR-1’s small-block 350 had dual overhead cams and 32 valves.

Sure, DOHC are a commonplace thing found in engines, but this represented uncharted territory for the Chevy small block that had always used a single cam and pushrods to operate the overhead valves. Luckily, General Motors had acquired Lotus in 1986, and soon after the purchase, engineers with Corvette approached Lotus with their plans of building the world’s fastest production car. Together the UK-based automaker and The General went to work combining the classic V-8 with the modern DOHC design. The result was named the LT5.

Displacing a familiar 5.7-liters, (or 350 cubic inches, depending when you were born) the LT5 engine produced 375 horsepower, which helped push the ZR-1 Vette to 60 in 4.5 seconds and had a top speed of over 180 mph. The power rose to 405 horses when Lotus redesigned the heads and valvetrain for 1993. Those were stellar numbers 20 years ago.

General Motors had one problem, however. They couldn’t handle the extra workload of building the specialized engine. So GM contracted the engines to be built by Mercury Marine,, a company normally associated with boat engines (and no relation to Ford’s Mercury division). Only 6,939 C4 Corvette ZR-1s were ever built, but they created a legend only touched years later by the C6 Corvette ZR1.

As part of Mercury’s 75-year anniversary, the company is remembering this mighty engine, an dhas placed an example on display at its headquartersI.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1990 ZR-1 Corvette Powered By Merc LT5 Engine.

With only two months left until the upcoming "Transformers: Age of Extinction" movie hits theaters, Chevrolet has confirmed the full lineup of Bowtie-badged vehicles that will be featured in the new installment.

The main star of the new film will obviously be Bumblebee , a futuristic concept based on the fifth-generation Camaro. The Pearl Yellow car will return to the silver screen as the movie’s leading attraction for the fourth time since its debut in 2007.

Besides the Bumblebee, Chevy has prepped four more vehicles for the new Transformers film, ranging from the Corvette Stingray , which will convert to Autobot Crosshairs, to the Trax crossover , and even a heavily modified 1967 Camaro SS . Also included is a Sonic dressed as a rally car will appear in some of the action-packed scenes.

In addition to prepping the aforementioned vehicles and providing them to the production crew, General Motors also allowed Paramount to film at its Warren Technical Center, Milford Proving Ground and even its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant.

The highly anticipated "Transformers: Age of Extinction" movie is set to arrive in theaters on June 27th, 2014.

Click past the jump to find out why it matters.

Introduced at last year’s SEMA Show , the 2014 Corvette Stingray Pacific Concept was Chevrolet’s idea of customizing the C7 Corvette to look like a race car , without applying any powertrain modifications or taking its road-legal status away. Finished in a flashy, "look at me!" Torch Red exterior with a pair of Satin Black racing stripes across its nose, hood and rear end, the Corvette Pacific Concept took center stage in Las Vegas and, apparently, all that attention prompted Chevrolet to roll out a similar package for the 2015 Corvette Stingray Coupe .

Unlike the Atlantic Design Package that adds a few exterior updates and almost no cabin upgrades, the Pacific Design Package is more extensive and aimed at customers that either like to take their Corvette at the track or enjoy the racing-oriented appearance.

Before we jump to the details, we’d like to point out that the Pacific Design Package is exclusive to Z51-equipped coupes in either 2LT and 3LT trim. And like any 2015 Corvette Stingray, it can be ordered with the all-new eight-speed automatic tranny with paddle shifters and the Performance Data Recorder.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Pacific Design Package.

If you found the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Atlantic Concept showcased at the 2013 SEMA Show to be an attractive drop-top , then you might as well start saving some money because Chevy has just announced that the vehicle will be put into production.

Specifically, due to strong success the concept car has enjoyed during SEMA, the automaker decided to create an Atlantic Design Package that turns a regular Corvette Stingray Convertible into a special edition sports car with unique exterior and interior features.

Available on Z51-equipped models selected in 2LT and 3LT trims, the package is inspired, according to Chevy, "by the luxury and performance of private jets seen at European vacation destination." However, the cabin only benefits from Stingray floor mats, so don’t expect for additional premium appointments aside from what you get with the Corvette Z51 and a set of custom luggage.

Exterior changes, on the other hand, are more noticeable, with several bespoke parts and graphics added to the body. Powertrain remains unaltered, which means customers will get the 6.2-liter V-8 engine and the 460 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque that come with the performance exhaust.

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

Okay, folks, the 2014 New York International Auto Show is in the books, and we saw more debuts than we could even keep up with. We saw all of the big boys come with at least one key addition to their lineups, but we also had a few misses. For example. we were hoping to see the Hellcat option for the Challenger and Charger , and some extra information on the next-gen Miata — not just a glimpse at its chassis — neither of which happened.

As with every year, we are set to bring you the best and worst of the NYIAS, but we’re changing things up a bit. This year, each of our esteemed staffers has chosen their favorite and least favorite of the show and let you know why they loved or hated each one — some of us even had complete opposite opinions. Included in the list below is the Dart-ized Charger, the even-more-retro Challenger, a concept from Land Rover and even a "dirt cheap" Aston Martin .

There were a lot of vehicles to choose from, and we may have missed one that you loved or hated. Let us know in the comments below what car you loved or hated the most from the 2014 NYIAS.

Click past the jump to read about our favorite and least favorite debuts in New York.

Hey there boys and girls. It’s Thursday, and you know what that means; the next episode of the TopSpeed Podcast is here! Bonus piece of news, the TopSpeed.com Podcast is now also available on iTunes. If you like the show, be sure to give us a rating or a review over there. It makes us look good, and feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

New York has been a crazy-busy show this year, so we are changing things up for this week’s episode to get you guys as much news as we can.

For starters, we are skipping the Weekly Wheels segment this week and jumping straight into news. Don’t worry, it is coming back next week and we have some cool cars to discuss then, including the mighty Nissan GT-R .

Also, there is no video cast this week, but it will be back next week. I had some difficulties with the video recording equipment, and we lost about 65-percent of the video feed.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

While we didn’t get a chance to hit all of the big news, and lots of it was breaking as we were recording, we did do our best to hit some of our favorite announcements so far like the new Golf SportWagon Concept, the Corvette Z06 Convertible and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT . We also touch on the new Camry, a Land Rover concept and much more. We even find some time to talk about the Saleen-tuned Tesla Model S .

We still found time to answer all your great questions, and the Q & A can be found just after the news. Keep those great questions coming, guys. Click "play" below or above to hear this week’s Podcast.

We hope everyone enjoyed this weeks show, and we will be returning next week with a more traditional format show, and we will also cover more NY Auto Show news. If you have a favorite new car announcement that you want to hear us talk about, hit the comments, drop us a line on Twitter or hit up our email Podcast@TopSpeed.com.

We will see you next Thursday.

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb

The seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette was launched with great success in the 2014 model year, grabbing numerous awards, including the TopSpeed Car of the Year , and exceeding GM ’s initial expectations in terms of sales. In fact, demand for the 2014 Corvette Stingray was so high it prompted Chevrolet to adjust 2015 pricing in line with demand by increasing the sports car ’s MSRP by $2,000.

The vehicle’s popularity is likely to continue into the 2015 model year as well, although the Corvette Stingray is not scheduled to receive too many updates. Needless to say, the C7 is fresh enough to give its competitors a run for their money without any visual or performance-related enhancements.

On the other hand, Chevrolet has been working on numerous ways to improve the Corvette Stingray in other areas, such as fuel economy and driving experience, and it appears to have obtained that by developing an all-new gearbox.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Get those checkbooks ready because the first production 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is headed to Barrett Jackson. For everyone who was pining for the return of the Corvette Z06, your wish was granted when Chevrolet officially unveiled the sports car it hailed as the "most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features".

But if you’re interested in new Corvette Z06, you’re going to need to pony up a significant amour of money because the first production Corvette Z06 — yep, the one with VIN 001 — is headed to the Barrett Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida from April 11th through the 13th.

This isn’t the first time that Chevrolet has sent first production models to the auction block, including the first production 2014 Corvette Stingray , which NASCAR team owner and Corvette collector Richard Hendrick scooped up for $1 million.

Not to discourage anybody who doesn’t have that kind of budget, but that’s just the market these days for these first production Corvettes. And with this one being the long-awaited Z06, there’s a good chance that $1 million turns out to be a conservative estimate.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Corvette Z06.

With over 800 horsepower under its hood (actually, it’s 836 ponies), this is the most powerful Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in the world — at least as of February 8th, 2014.

We doubt somebody has one-upped it in 11 days, so we’re more inclined to believe that Late Model Racecraft really has the most powerful ’Vette Stingray in its hands.

In this video, you not only get to see the Corvette exhibiting that throaty roar in full ear-splitting fashion, but you also get to have that treat of watching a beautiful brunette get to experience the unmitigated power of this heavily tuned sports car with a camera focused on her cute dimpled face.

Far be it for us to judge LMR’s taste in women — impeccable, if you wanted to know — the true highlight of this video is that heavily juiced American sports car that absolutely looks and sounds bonkers in a straight line.

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that there has been a tragic accident at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky. A large sinkhole opened under the museum and a portion of the Skydome floor has collapsed, taking eight Corvettes with it.

Two of the cars were on-loan form General Motors , a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and the 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” . The other six cars were all museum-owned - 1962 Black Corvette, 1984 PPG Pace Car, 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette, 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette.

Thankfully none of the cars damaged were on loan from individuals, and many of the museums most valuable pieces were not affected. As of yesterday at 17:12 hours, the NCM posted to their Facebook that all remaining vehicles in the Skydome had been removed to prevent further damage.

Among the cars spared from the destruction was the Museum’s irreplaceable 1983 Corvette, the only model ever produced for that year.

Click past the jump to read more about some of these unique models and for a short video from the museum.


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