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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1988 Sledgehammer Corvette

The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport can do 267 mph. The McLaren F1 from the 1990s could reach 240 mph. Not just once or twice, but given a straight enough road and a private police force to keep traffic out of the way, these cars can do those speeds all day long. You would probably need to carry a fuel tanker and semi full of spare tires along, but that’s the cost of having that much fun.

The Mclaren F1 had been the fastest production car for some time. Until, the Bugatti Veyron came along. Even before the McLaren F1 was conceived, the Ferrari F40 was the fastest production car with a top speed of 201 mph. However, things could have been very different if Callaway had made a claim for the title.

The Sledgehammer, which was essentially a hopped up and seriously modded Corvette, was developed in the 1980s and featured some of the most advanced aerodynamics for its time. So, why did this Corvette require such sleek aerodynamics? Well, to allow the Callaway Sledgehammer to hit its mammoth top speed of would top out at 254.76 mph.The Sledgehammer hit this top massive top speed on October 26th, 1988 with John Lingenfelter behind the wheel.

The aptly named Sledgehammer achieved what the Bugatti Veyron could do almost two decades later. Now you have the opportunity to own the Sledgehammer — one of the rarest cars on Earth — as it is set to cross the auction block. Unfortunately, the winning bidder won’t be permitted to drive it on public roads.

Click past the jump to read more on the Sledgehammer and to see the 1988 video of the Sledgehammer hitting this massive top speed

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It is no surprise that Hennessey Performance was among the first tuners to upgrade the new Corvette Stingray . For the 2014 Stingray, the tuner offers four different levels of upgrades, with power ranging from 600 to 1,000 horsepower, and with prices going up to $67,950.

Today, we get to have a good look and listen to the smallest of the Hennessey upgrades, the HPE600. The model was driven by John Heinricy at the Lonestar Motorsports Park drag strip facility, which is adjacent to Hennessey Performance operations in Sealy, Texas.

And we gotta tell you that this video was fun enough just watching; we could only imagine getting behind the wheel of this nighty C7 Corvette. What a dream come true that would be!

The HPE600 upgrade includes a TVS2300 supercharger system and Hennessey’s in-house HPE Air Induction System. With these upgrades, the 6.2-liter, V-8 engine delivers a total of 600 horsepower — up from the standard 455 horsepower. The HPE600 Corvette Stingray hits 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and sprints the quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds at a speed of 127 mph.

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It is an American icon, this Chevrolet Corvette and the latest C7 Stingray just got the approval of a veteran Corvette fan. Mat Juechter is 80 years old and has seen this icon evolve into what it is now. Recently, this Corvette connoisseur took delivery of his very own 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray .

Mat Juechter is not only a huge fan of the Corvette, but he is also the father of Tadge Juechter who was the Chief Engineer on the 2014 C7 Corvette project. His father, Juechter Sr. is nothing short of a gearlhead, and he had been driving the previous-generation C6 Corvette up until now. When he saw the new Vette, he simply knew it was time for an upgrade.

Another interesting fact about the Laguna Blue C7 ’Vette Stingray that Juechter Sr. just bought is its license plate, which reads, "MYSNSCR" — an adaptation of "My Son’s Car." Mat picked-up his C7 Stingray from the National Corvette Museum recently.

Mat has also owned a couple of Porsches during his life and used his C6 Corvette for the past five years as a daily driver.

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

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Who said you can’t enjoy a supercar while it snows? This driver certainly didn’t want to stay indoors on a frosty morning, so he decided to crank up the C7 Corvette Stingray parked in his garage and head to a parking lot.

Yes, an empty parking lot on a snowy day with no one around except for a friend with a camera in his hand. Let’s do some donuts, shall we? And this isn’t just any Chevrolet Corvette Stingray . This one has a supercharger from Pfadt Race Engineering, which spools to bump the power output to 650 horsepower.

Pfadt Performance also offers a Stage 2 conversion for the C7 Corvette Stingray that includes headers, exhaust, tweaked ECU, etc. Also available is a body kit and wheels for the new C7 Vette.

That is more than sufficient to get the rear tires loose on an icy parking lot. And of course, a lot of fun despite the miserable weather.

Click past the jump to read more about the C7 Corvette Stingray

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Do you have your wallet ready for the Black Friday? If you don’t, maybe it’s time to start saving, as Chevrolet has a very wide list of gifts to choose from, including a new special-edition model based on the seventh-generation Corvette Convertible 3LT.

Chevrolet has dubbed this models the Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition, and it will be limited to only 550 units. The new model will be priced to $77,450 and will arrive at dealerships in early 2014.

All the 550 units come draped in Lime Rock Green paint combined with a Brownstone suede interior and plenty of carbon-fiber accents to go around. The model will come fitted with the Z51 Performance Package, Magnetic Selective Ride Control and the variable tuned performance exhaust system. It rides on unique wheels with Stingray-logo center caps and special "Stingray" sill plates.

On top of the stunning additions to the car itself, Chevy is also including a five-piece set of Corvette-branded luggage from Thule.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible and this new special edition.

Everything is more grandiose in Dubai, so says people who have been in the Middle Eastern country. Apparently, even the cars of the local law enforcement and emergency agencies fit that bill.

We already know the impressive list of vehicles the Dubai Police Force has at its disposal, but as it turns out, even the country’s fire department has its own special vehicles.

This photo, taken by the folks over at [Drive Arabia], shows a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray donning the colors of the Dubai Fire Brigade. We don’t really know how the car itself is going to handle actual fires, but it does make for a good publicity stunt for the fire department to show that the police force isn’t the only agency that can have its roster of its exotics .

The Corvette Stingray itself comes with the eye-catching red and yellow livery of the fire brigade. To make it look the part of a real fire department vehicle, lightbars were installed, as well as graphics saying "Dubai Civil Defense" on both doors.

Compared to what we normally see our fire departments drive around these days, it’s safe to say that this Corvette Stingray stands out among all of them for all the right publicity reasons.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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The new seats gracing the floor pans in the 2014 Corvette Stingray C7 answer perhaps the largest complaint lodged against the outgoing C6 Corvette. Those seats were nearly flat, lacking anything that remotely looked like side bolsters and were constructed of a flimsy plastic backing that did little to support the occupants during hard cornering. Adding to the problem, the old C6 seats would flop forward under heavy braking whether it was occupied or not.

Chevrolet stepped to the plate with not one, but two seat options in the new Vette. Both seats are tailored for different driving styles and owner preferences.

The Standard GT seat is geared towards the everyday driver; the guy who carves more canyon roads than hairpin corners at the racetrack each weekend. The Competition Sport seat, on the other hand, is more suited for what its name implies. Engineers started from scratch with both seats and used extensive testing to create two industry standard seats fitting of the C7’s new performance levels.

Click below for more info and a video on the Stingray’s new seats

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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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