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.
A while ago a heavily camouflaged Chevrolet Corvette C7 was spotted in Gran Turismo 5 and everyone imagined that the car will be making its virtual debut earlier than the real-world one. Today, Chevrolet and Sony have confirmed that Gran Turismo 5 players can indeed enjoy a first-of-its-kind driving experience of a camouflaged Corvette C7 prototype.
While developing this virtual prototype, designers from Chevy and Polyphony Digital paid attention to even the tiniest details and tried to replicate the real car by as much as possible. Unfortunately, they opted for a soft camouflage to keep the car’s design a secret until its world debut in January. You didn’t really think they would unveil the car in a video game, did you?
"Until now, only the most skilled drivers on the Corvette team have been authorized to push the test prototypes to the limits on some of the most challenging track surfaces in the world," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Global Marketing. "Through this unique collaboration with Gran Turismo, Chevrolet is able, for the first time, to give performance car enthusiasts access to such an exclusive driving experience."
Check out the above video to see the digital version of the C7 Corvette draped in its camo livery!
On November 15, Chevrolet unveiled the first official teaser for the seventh generation Corvette and, as promised, the second teaser has just arrived. While the first teaser was called "Conception," the second one is called "Calibration" and comes in the same day with the car’s official debut in Gran Turismo 5.
This second video presents the car’s road testing and offers a glimpse to the car’s instrumentation and the driver information system. They all seem to be perfectly designed for a sports car like the Corvette.
We have to admit we kind of like the message of this second video: "Roads will surrender!" We’ll find out in January whether the roads truly do “surrender” to the C7 `Vette or not.
Until then, check out the latest video above and stay tuned for more teasers. The next one drops on December 17, 2012 and we’ll bring it to you the second we get our hands on it.
Yeah, this is not the first trailer that Chevrolet has unveiled for the upcoming C7 Corvette, but it is the first one that actually says something about the car. It tells about the design philosophy behind the new generation Corvette and reveals the early design prototypes, which do not look bad at all!
Kirk Bennion, exterior design manager of the C7, had this to say about the C7’s design process: "Performance cars are all about form follows function. But I would say: beautiful form follows performance driven function. Every line, every vent, every millimeter performs!"
According to Chevrolet, the 2014 Corvette exterior was sculpted for optimal aerodynamic performance. Judging by the images of the early design prototypes, we believe that the Corvette C7 will be indeed a car with amazing aerodynamics.
Stay tuned, the next trailer will be released on November 29th!
The seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette has been officially confirmed to make its world debut on January 13, 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show. Until then, Chevrolet has promised to tease us with some images and videos each week.
It’s now time for a new teaser image! Unfortunately, the image reveals almost nothing, but at least we know the car is on its way. The image, which Chevy released via Twitter, shows the Corvette hidden beneath a car cover, leaving way too much to the imagination.
As you probably have learned by now, the C7 Corvette will be powered by a new 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine that will deliver a total of 450 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 450 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm — an increase of 20 horsepower and 26 pound-feet of torque over the current V-8 engine.
In other C7 Corvette news, everyone expected the new Corvette to be offered with GM’s new 8A eight-speed automatic transmission. However, MotorTrend is reporting that GM will not finish developing the new transmission by the car’s official debut in Detroit, so initially the C7 Corvette will be offered with an Aisin eight-speed transmission. Apparently, the two companies have signed a a short-term agreement and as a result, GM’s rear-drive models — the ATS and the next CTS — will be offered with the Aisin transmission for about one year.
It’s not exactly dropping its full covers to show us what it looks like well before its highly anticipated world debut, but the mere fact that the Chevrolet Corvette C7 is already inside Gran Turismo 5 makes the wait and anticipation that much more intriguing.
To be clear, the Corvette C7 that was spotted in Gran Turismo 5 was still in full camouflage, providing very little in the way of sneak peeks to make us wonder what’s underneath those covers.
The video comes courtesy of YouTube user "1320edwinpr" who found a way to discover the much talked about Corvette C7 inside Gran Turismo. It doesn’t appear like the car is already playable, and that’s not surprising at all because the Corvette C7 won’t make its world debut until the Detroit Auto Show on January 13, 2013.
That being said, it’s pretty cool to see that despite still being kept under wraps in this world, the video game world of Gran Turismo 5 is doing a finer job with all the teasing.
TV personality Guy Fieri first burst into mainstream consciousness when he won "The Next Food Network Star" reality show back in 2006. Since then, Fieri has become a successful restaurateur, author, television personality, and game show host.
True to his flamboyant personality, Fieri’s influence can be easily seen on the limited edition Corvette sports car. The body color is dominantly black with custom yellow stripes, a reversal play on the company’s trademark yellow-and-black color scheme. In addition, the Fieri-designed 427 Corvette received embroidered seat headrests, as well as fender badges, which both prominently display the man’s personal charity, the Guy Fieri Foundation.
Adding the final touches to the limited run sports car are a new set of 19" black Cup wheels wrapped in Michelin PS2 tires.
The 427 Corvette also boasts of power never before seen in a convertible in the Corvette’s history. It carries a 7.0-liter LS7 engine from the Z06 that produces 505 horsepower and 470 lb/ft of torque, making it the most powerful engine ever put into a production Corvette convertible.
From a man who knows a thing or two about grabbing attention, Guy Fieri’s 427 Corvette Convertible will likely do the same when it debuts at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show.
For some people, playing with R/C cars harkens back to the days of our childhood when the only thing we cared about was not running out of batteries for our beloved radio-controlled machines.
But for other people, R/C cars are used in far more enterprising - and awesome - ways. Take Need for Speed, for example. To create some hype surrounding the release of the new NFS game, Most Wanted, Electronic Arts decided to have a car chase recreated...using R/C cars.
The result? A rollicking two-and-a-half-minute video of awesomeness.
Featuring a Nissan GT-R, a Ford Mustang, a Porsche 911, and a band of Chevrolet Corvette police cars, the R/C car chase scene is straight out of any car movie. The video was amazingly executed by the people of RocketJump, complete with stunts, sound effects, and even a police helicopter.
Check out the video and see for yourself how a Mustang was able to jump over a helicopter. If it sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is.
What followed after the cars’ presentation is beyond any imagination. We can all describe it in just one word: FUN!
Even with a collection of cars such as these, as winner had to be chosen, and it looks like it was a Chevrolet Corvette tuned by Lingenfelter with a time of 12.138 seconds. At the opposite end of the spectrum - the losing side - was the Lotus Exige with a time of 13.797 seconds.
If anyone knows of a better video than this, please let us know!
Chevrolet has just announced the information on the 2014 Corvette’s all-new engine. This new powerplant is a 6.2-liter V-8 --- not the 5.5-liter that everyone was thinking – and it boasts loads of technical goodies that make it better than any engine the mighty `Vette has ever had.
Allow us to introduce you to the all-new LT1 Gen V engine, which pumps out an impressive 450 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 450 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm – that’s a 20-horsepower and 26 pound-feet increase over the outgoing 6.2-liter. One thing that GM did not change up is the fact that the LT1 Gen V engine will retain the OHV and cam-in-block configuration that the small block engines before it did. Yeah, we know, a little dated, but if it works for GM’s engineers then so be it.
Hit the jump for a detailed analysis of the new Chevrolet LT1 V8 engine for the Corvette C7.
Just a few days ago, Chevrolet confirmed that the seventh generation Corvette will be making its world debut on January 13th, 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show. Since there is still a long wait from now until then, the company has begun their series of teasers for the future sports car.
As you know, Chevrolet has placed an official countdown online for the next C7 Corvette that will apparently provide new details on the car every week. Today, they have prepared the first teaser video that, unfortunately, does not reveal that many details on the next Corvette. Then again, it was the first one so we really shouldn’t be all that surprised by it.
What we do know for sure about the next Corvette is that it will utilize a new Crossed Flags logo and that it has been described as a "world-challenging sports car with design, refinement, efficiency and driver engagement that is second to none."