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 few days ago, Chevrolet started a series of tribute videos for the previous Corvette generations. The first episode featured the Corvette C1 and today they have released the second episode detailing the Corvette C2, of course.
The second generation Corvette, also known as the Corvette Sting Ray, arrived on the market in 1963 and stayed in production until 1967. The initial model arrived with a V8 engine that delivered a total of 250 HP, but when the revised model was launched in 1967, it came with a 427 cubic inch Big Block V8 engine that delivered an impressive 435 HP.
We’re hoping that when Chevrolet goes through the rest of the Corvette’s generations, we will finally be able to see the long-awaited seventh generation Corvette. At the rate these videos are being released, we should know if that is the case in just a few weeks!
Posing in front of a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with a skimpy outfit and showing your bra and panties for the whole world to see may be scandalous to a lot of people, but this Canadian bombshell doesn’t appear to mind it one bit.
Her name is Kendra and she’s actually done a list of raunchy photoshoots before - including one for Playboy’s Cybergirls - so this spread, courtesy of Pepper Perfect Photography, isn’t exactly her first run in flirtatious photos. Much to our enjoyment, the public clamoring for Kendra to be featured in the pages of Secret Entourage actually drew 120,000 fans voicing the same sentiment in a Facebook poll.
Certainly, when you have over 100,000 people wanting to see you dress down to almost your skivvies and pose with a Corvette Z06, you listen to the people and do it.
So Kendra, you have our eternal respect and admiration for doing just that. By the way, this chick has a rockstar body. Yowza!
We are still waiting to see the seventh generation Corvette, but it looks like Chevrolet has decided to make us wait a little bit longer by beginning a very cool series of tribute videos for the past Corvette models. The first episode covers the one and only Corvette C1.
Harlan Charles, Corvette Product Manager, discusses everything important about the first generation of Corvette - from the 1953 Corvette show car at the GM Motorama to winning its class against foreign brands racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He also goes into detail about the father of the Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov, the initial Blue Flame engine, and the first of Chevrolet’s small block V8 engines.
All you have to do is sit back and enjoy a very cool lesson about the Chevrolet Corvette C1!
Supercars are our bread and butter. They are not only super-fast, but they also look amazing and are very rare. With all of those awesome features also comes a super price. This means that the normal person that reads about them can’t pull off the kind of financial gymnastics to afford one.
For these people (us included), we have a special list of sports cars that you can typically find for $9,999 or less, making them an obtainable goal. This may require dipping back a few years, but you’ll still get yourself a nice car that is both quick and agile. Sure, it may not have fancy leather, a killer stereo system, navigation, Bluetooth, or any other modern features, but you will get yourself a true sports car.
There are literally thousands of cars we can choose from in this group, so we have to make some tough decisions on who gets in and who’s left out.
Click past the jump to read our complete list and see where we rank each car.
The guys over at Road And Track always seem to have their hands full of the biggest and best sports cars currently on the market, and their latest tests brings out the best of Italy, Britain, and the US of A. These guys hit Spring Mountain’s Radical Loop with the Ferrari 458 Italia, the McLaren MP4-12C, and the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
The least powerful model of the group is the 458 Italia, which is powered by a 4.5 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 570 HP. Then comes the MP4-12C, which is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine producing a total of 616 HP (for the 2013 model year). Finally, there is the top notch Corvette, the ZR1, which is the most powerful with a 6.2-liter LS9 aluminum block V8 engine that delivers a total of 638 HP.
So, which of the three models made the best impression during the test drive? Watch the video and find out!
We love car chases in movies and we love them even more when they involve beating the hell out of expensive cars. Well, “The Last Stand” just so happens to feature just that. In its trailer, we have found that it shows a Camaro ZL1 and a Corvette ZR1 in a high-speed chase that eventually lands itself in a corn field.
While the scene is short in the trailer, it is certain to pack a load of action in full length. In general, the movie looks like it’ll be pretty bad-ass, if you are the type that loves shoot-em-up bad-guy flicks... And I am one that loves those flicks.
When you add in the fact that three of my favorite actors are in it — Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, and Peter Stormare (John Abruzzi from “Prison Break”) – I just may be willing to pony up the $55, or whatever theaters are charging these days to see a movie. The two awesome cars duking it out are just the icing on the cake.
So check out the above trailer and keep a keen eye out at the 1:07 mark to get a glimpse of Arnie behind the wheel of the ZL1 and ramming the ZR1 into the corn field. Tell us what you think of the trailer and the fact that the production crew likely destroyed about $170,000 worth of cars in that one scene. Let us know what you think or have heard about this movie in the comments.
A huge part of being an automotive journalist is being able to speculate with a little accuracy. You take some facts, read between the lines, and piece together an educated guess. The folks at Trinity Animation, though they are not automotive journalists, have taken to some high-tech automotive speculation.
They have taken all of the leaked information on the C7 Corvette, which we expect to see sometime in 2013, and pieced together a pretty awesomely detailed animation of the new `Vette. The video shows a Corvette unlike any that we’ve ever seen before.
Typically, the `Vette takes more of the sports car route with its soft curves and sporty look. From this video, which is derived from various Corvette leaks, we see a more supercar-like Corvette, boasting hard-angles and a stunning fastback that screams “supercar.” The additional heat-extraction vents strewn around the `Vette’s body are a nice touch too. Oh, the Camaro-inspired taillights are also a nice touch.
The question on the tips of our tongues is, is this an accurate rendition of the 2014 Corvette? The answer to that question is most likely not, but we sure as hell hope so, because that car looks sexy!
Chevy has always been very careful when making changes to the Corvette. It took Chevy 42 years to finally axe the outdated pop-up headlights, so a significant change is really unlikely. We’ll likely see the longer fastback-style roof, but the Camaro-inspired taillights would kill the long-standing twin-circle Corvette taillight tradition. The harder body lines are long overdue, but Chevy will likely not go as extreme as most people are thinking, or hoping.
For now, we just have to wait and see what Chevy shows us as we proceed toward the 2014 model year. Until then, we’ll continue to keep an eye out for more Chevy leaks.
While Chevrolet is working on the new generation Corvette C7, Inspired AutoSport is beefing up the current generation C6 and calling it the Project M47. The new model has received a series of huge transformations, like updating the power plant, the chassis, and, of course, the look of the car, to further prove just how amazing the Corvette really is..
Inspired Auto Sport started off by painting the sports car with a high gloss black finish to add some sheen to the factory wide body kit from the Corvette Grand Sport. The vehicle also received a new front bumper, and new front and rear fenders. It is placed on a new set of 20" PUR Wheels wrapped in massive stream roller size 345/25/20 tires for the rear. The wheels are also painted in high gloss black finish to match the new gloss black paint job on the car.
After adding many extensive engine bolt-ons, suspension tweaks, and a full race exhaust from front to back, Inspired AutoSport provided the Corvette with an even more intimidating stance than the American icon already had.
While we are still waiting for some official details from Chevrolet for its seventh generation Corvette, you can already bid for one on eBay. This may be the perfect chance for someone to be the very first owner of the upcoming Corvette C7, or the first person to be scammed into sending money to an unknown source for the Corvette. Also, don’t get fooled by the current bid - it’s only $4,250 - because this is just a deposit for the car. The full amount will have to be paid upon receiving it and if you decide to back out, they get to keep 10% of your deposit.
While the summary on eBay doesn’t offer many details on the next C7 Corvette, it does reveal that the future sports car will keep its usual V8 engine, mated to either a six-speed manual or an automatic gearbox. The specific Corvette on eBay is only the base model, but the winner of the bid can add any options he wants once it is paid for.
The Chevrolet C7 Corvette is set to arrive in mid-2013 and rumors say it will be powered by a 5.5L small block V8 engine that will deliver about 440 HP.
In the late-1960s, the Corvette was one of the “cars to beat” in varying racing series. It was also one of the few American cars that stood a chance against the likes of Ferrari, Aston Martin, and Porsche. One car, however, has topped every other Corvette throughout its lifespan: this is the 1968 Chevrolet L-88 Corvette Owens/Corning FIA/SCCA Racing Car with the chassis No. OCF/T.P.I. 002-68.
With its numerous victories in SCCA and FIA races throughout its life, particularly in the ’60s and `70s, this L-88 Corvette is often referred to as the most victorious racing Corvette ever. Now, documentation is scarce on some other Corvettes, so that is technically an unofficial title, but regardless, it is one accomplished piece of machinery.
After its retirement, this particular model was lost in the shuffle and wasn’t found again until its previous owner decided he had to have it. After hiring Corvette specialist, David Reisner, to find this classic `Vette, he finally met the Corvette he had been searching for. It was found at Road Atlanta when a colleague of Reisner overheard a racer claiming his `Vette as being an ex-Jerry Hansen and Owens/Corning car.
After all of this time and money spent searching for this car, it is now being presented at auction by RM Auctions in August 2012.