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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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Chevrolet took the 2014 Corvette Stingray to Europe and put it through some extreme testing at the Test Center in Dudenhofen, Germany. Patrick Herrmann, technical manager at Chevrolet Europe, had the privilege to get behind the wheel for this round of testing, and he seemed to be pretty impressed with the car.

Herrman is actually the first person to have the chance to test the new Stingray in Europe. In fact, this testing session is a very important part in Chevrolet’s standard quality control program, and is required for any new model the GM sells in Europe.

In addition to hitting the Test Center, the Corvette also lapped Nürburgring to further test its ability to handle European roads. Jim Mero, GM vehicle dynamics engineer commented that "We are paying particular attention to the suspension set-up and the steering at Nürburgring. European roads are quite distinct and different from those in the U.S., and so are driving habits."

It looks as if the Corvette won’t have any issues getting approval for the European market, and it’s European release is scheduled for sometime in late 2013. There are no details yet on whether Europe will receive the full line of `Vettes or a limited lineup to see how well it sells.

Click past the jump to see the video featuring Herrmann testing the Stingray.

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When Chevrolet unveiled the 2014 Corvette Stingray , we were a little bit disappointed we have to admit. Chevrolet chose to drop the typical elegance that the model oozed and made the new Stingray more aggressive looking than it has ever been. That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it will take a little time for us to adjust to it.

Despite the shocking looks, Chevrolet righted all the wrongs in the drivetrain and on the technology front. According to Matt Farah, who had the chance to test the C7 Stingray in the Monterey, CA during the Pebble Beach week, it is certainly an amazing car. The best part is that he had the chance to tack a full 300 miles on it, so he got a pretty good idea of just how great the Stingay it is.

The model he tested was equipped with the Z51 package, which adds a dry-sump oiling system, slightly shorter gear ratios, larger-capacity Bilstein dampers, a rear-stabilizer bar and forged rims.

Apparently all these changes transformed the Corvette into a dream car, as Farah said: "It’s so good it’s practically unbelievable, and for the first time ever, Corvette owners won’t have to make excuses."

Check out the video above to see Matt thrash the Corvette in every way possible.

Some people get to have all of the fun. First, Edmunds got the initial crack at plopping the SRT Viperon the Dyno and now Chevy is paying a visit to the same folks with its own new model: the 2014 Corvette Stingray with the Z51 package. now you may be thinking "but we already know that the Stingray with the Z51 pack has 460 ponies and 465 pound-feet." You have to remember though, that most cars lose 10 to 20 percent of their power through the drivetrain on its way to the wheels, and the power to the rear wheels is what really matters.

After several tests and plenty of by the guys near the dyno, Edmunds finally rolled out the end result. After several tests, the tester determined that the all-new Corvette Stingray with the Z51 package delivers an average of 411 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque to the ground. That’s a respectable 49 horsepower (10 percent) and 58 pound-feet (12 percent) loss through the drivetrain.

What’s more is the interesting power curves that Edmunds pulled from the Stingray. As soon as the exhaust valve opens up around 3,800 rpm, the horsepower number suddenly jumps from about 275 to 290 and the torque jumps from about 370 pound-feet to 390. Additionally, and most importantly, from 2,000 rpm to 6,000 rpm, the Corvette ’s torque stays above 300 pound-feet — simply amazing.

Source: Edmunds

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray already has a lot of people from all over the world mesmerized. It’s the kind of once-in-a-lifetimesports car that can thrill anyone and if you’re a fan of GT3 racing, you might be in for a treat because the Corvette Stingray GT3 could will soon be on its way.

There’s still that issue of actually building the car, which is no small feat. But if there’s anybody up to that task, it’s the European distributor for expert Corvette tuning, Callaway .

The company is formally known as Callaway Competition of Germany and it’s going to put its considerable expertise to good use after receiving the green light from Chevrolet to build the Corvette Stingray GT3 race car.

Is this a sign of things to come from Chevy regarding the 2014 GT3 season?

It sure sounds like it because preparing a completely new racecar takes up some time and the timing of this announcement lends credence to the belief that we might actually see the racecar packed and ready for GT3 racing by the time the 2014 season comes around.

Before the car actually hits the track, Callaway is expected to send its design proposal to the FIA for homolgation. As soon as that hurdle’s cleared, then it’s all about the build and the time frame the German aftermarket company has to finish the job.

For now, all we have are Callaway’s renderings of the upcoming racecar, and we can say is that it’s looking mean with its super-low ride height, aggressive front and rear spoilers, the monstrous rear diffuser, and the side-exit exhaust. Stay tuned for more updates as Callaway heads toward building this Stingray racer.

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There’s little doubt in anyone’s mind that the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has captured the attention of a whole lot of people.

Not just in America, mind you, but also in Europe. Despite a litter of sports cars and supercars already prevalent across the Atlantic, the Corvette Stingray still has some cache, and no more was that evident than in the highly publicized touchdown of America’s sports cars in the continent.

Yes, dear friends from Europe, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is now in Europe. It’s still going to undergo a series of tests to make sure that it’s up to snuff with European regulations, but ultimately, customers should expect the sports car to go on sale later this year.

"[The Chevrolet] Corvette is one of the famed names in automotive history and the new Stingray is the most advanced and capable standard model yet," Chevrolet Europe technical manager, Patrick Herrmann, said. "Driving and testing this car is definitely one of the most interesting aspects of my job."

Hermann will document his testing runs with the Corvette on social media, providing us with enough content to check out how you take an American sports car and configure it to dominate the streets of Europe.

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When a new performance ride hits the market, like the 2014 Corvette Stingray , it is only a matter of time before Hennessey engineers get to cracking the code to drawing more horsepower from it. About a month after GM unveiled the all-new Corvette Stingray earlier this year, Hennessey let us in on the secret that it planned to tune the new sports car to upwards of 1,000 horsepower in several stages.

Today, just five months after making that bold announcement, Hennessey has outlined the details of its new HPE tuning programs for the Stingray . We are just a tad bit impressed, as Hennessey created four equally amazing kits for the Corvette that pushes it to between 600 and 1,000 ponies. So, if the stock 455-horsepower output just isn’t enough for you, you can rest assured that Hennessey has the right kit for you.

What’s great about Hennessey programs is that its engineers and designers never focus solely on muscle. They also turn their attention to updating the suspension, braking and aesthetics to help push the envelope of performance a little further.

UPDATE 07/16/2013: Hennessey has officially unveiled the HPE tuning kits for the 2014 Corvette Stingray. See the details after the jump

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If your child is slowly developing symptoms of "gearhead-itis," it’s a fair estimate to believe that you’re going to have to keep up with those incessant requests for toy cars and R/Cs, as well as the occasional complaints on why he’s riding in a minivan instead of a two-seat sports car .

If you can live through all of that, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t, you can give your child the biggest smile in the world by giving him Fisher Price’s Power Wheels Corvette Stingray .

No, it’s not an actual sports car; what it is, though, is a tots version of the American sports coupe that has its own unique list of features. There’s a single racing seat, Power Lock brakes, and yes, a shiny set of fake chrome wheels to give your little one that all-too important neighborhood swag.

The little electric Stingray runs on a 12-volt battery with top speeds announced at 6 mph. If you think that’s too fast, you can set it up so that it only reaches half that speed at 3 mph.

The Power Wheels Corvette Stingray will hit stores this coming September for $275, a relatively affordable price for the chance to see your kid have one of those mega-watt smile moments.

Click past the jump to read about the ACTUAL Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Source: Fisher Price

The Mazda MX-5 is a fantastic entry-level sports car. It’s been around so long that you have to treat it with the proper amount of respect.

All things considered, however, it doesn’t have the pace of a Lamborghini Gallardo or even a Lotus Elise .

But if you cleverly manipulate the race; well, that opens up some possibilities, something the MX-5’s power retractable folding hardtop was quick to take advantage of.

The car’s roof setup can go from top-down to top-up in just 12 seconds, giving the car a decisive advantage over the rest of the competition. The simulated rain from Mazda definitely helped, giving the MX-5 five full seconds to get its gears up over the Porsche 911 , the next fastest car to get its roof in closed position and down the 1/4-mile track.

It’s a pretty fun video to watch, unless you’re Lotus, who probably didn’t find the whole thing funny. WE definitely giggled like little kids at a fart joke over the poor Lotus…

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Back in 2007, Pratt and Miller Engineering was asked by GM to develop a road-going version of the C6R racecar as a special gift to Jay Leno. Apparently, the company was impressed by the result and a total of seven units were developed in the end. Back then, the Corvette C6RS was priced at $330,000.

If you are interested in owning one of the seven C6RS models ever built, you now have the chance to win serial No. C6RS003 – a unit specially ordered and built for Pratt & Miller’s official race photographer – at auction.

If you are interested, you can bid on this car on eBay. Currently bid is a little under $110k, but we expect to see it jump up pretty quickly as the end of the auction approaches. Hurry up though, as the bidding war ends on May 19th, 2013.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette C6RS.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

The Chevrolet Corvette has a storied history of lapping the Indianapolis 500 that dates all the way back to 1978. In fact, the Corvette leads all cars with a total of 11 appearances as the pacesetter for the famous race, including five straight years from2004 through 2008.

Now with the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray hitting showrooms soon, it was only a matter of time before Indy asked Chevy to allow the `Vette to pace the race again. Well, apparently that timeframe was much shorter than we originally thought. According to Road and Track, the Stingray will be the pace car for the 2013 running of the Indy 500. In fact, they even caught the model testing with camo covering the “Official Pace Car” logo on the rocker panels.

The reports aren’t officially confirmed yet, but the sources are rather reliable and the spy shots the R and T dug up are pretty convincing. What’s more, this will likely bring an “Official Pace Car” package to the 2014 Corvette Stingray lineup.

We’ll keep an eye out for confirmation and bring you more information as soon as possible.

*Image Note: The above image is of the Corvette Stingray, not the “Official Pace Car.”


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