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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Gran Turismo 6 will be unveiled on November 28th, 2013 — just in time to celebrate the game’s 15th anniversary. In order to celebrate the event, Chevrolet will present a special-edition Stingray concept at the 2013 SEMA Show , which kicks off tomorrow.

The model was inspired by the version used in GT6, and it features a custom exterior paint scheme combined with yellow-tinted headlamps for a wild look. The Corvette Stingray Gran Turismo concept looks a little bit sportier than the standard Stingray, thanks to its carbon-fiber rear wing, a custom carbon-fiber hood and extractor design, carbon-fiber rockers, and a carbon-fiber front splitter.

Chevrolet also tossed in a custom grille, a racing-style front tow hook for those untimely spin outs into the grass and custom exhaust tips.

For the interior, Chevy upgraded the new Corvette Stingray Gran Turismo Concept with competition sport seats combined with racing harnesses for the driver and passenger. There is also a custom, flat-bottom steering wheel, and leather-wrapped safety belt bar and rear braces.

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

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As usual, Chevrolet will be present and accounted for at the 2013 SEMA Show with a rather impressive lineup of high-performance rigs. And what’s the point of a high-performance Chevy display without the 2014 Corvette Stingray taking center stage?

The first of the Stingray concepts we will see in Las Vegas draws inspiration from west-coast culture, and Chevy named it the Corvette Stingray Coupe Pacific Concept.

The concept is based on the Corvette Stingray with the mighty Z51 package, and it features a stunning Torch Red exterior paint combined with a Carbon Flash Metallic paint on its rear spoiler and a Carbon Flash graphics package.

The bright-red body is combined with a carbon-fiber hood, an exposed-weave, carbon-fiber removable roof panel, and a front splitter and rocker extensions in satin black. All of this black and the exposed carbon fiber contrast well against the red body.

Rounding out the aesthetics is a set of satin-black, aluminum wheels with a red accent stripe. This staggered wheels are sized 19-by-8.5 inches up front and 20-by-10 inches out back.

Chevy also updated the interior as updated with its own carbon-fiber trim kit, a set of Competition Sport seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel with a carbon-fiber finish.

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For a lot of cars, sales are the ultimate form of vindication. Others prefer being awarded with five-star safety ratings.

For the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray , it’s a combination of all of those things...and then some.

Recently, the new Corvette was bestowed an honor not a lot of cars can lay claim to and in the process, joins the Toyota Prius in that acclaim. See, the mighty Corvette Stingray, in all of its awesomeness, has been immortalized as a Monopoly token.

The Corvette Stingray token will appear in the new Monopoly Empire game, a shorter edition of the iconic capitalist-driven board game that replaces real estate with actual pop culture brands. In addition to the use of the Corvette Stingray token, other tokens that are available in Monopoly Empire include a McDonalds french fries, an Xbox controller, a Paramount clapboard, a Coke bottle, and what looks like a Ducati motorbike.

Pretty esteemed company for the Corvette Stingray to be a part of, huh?

A roster of popular brands litter the board game, taking the place of all those addresses that we’ve all become accustomed to. Yahoo! is in it, as are Beats Audio, Samsung, eBay, Jet Blue, and a host of other brands a lot of us are familiar with.

And in case anybody wants to play Monopoly Empire with us, we’re calling dibs on the Corvette Stingray token as early as now.

(Click past the jump to read about the real 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray}

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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - Driven

Well, we just can’t have enough of the 2014 Corvette Stingray, and why should one not be excited to report about this new Corvette. It’s a new Corvette, for heaven’s sake! As you know, we’ve been on this story for quite a while now. We’ve driven this car that has been all over the news and we loved it. No wait, that would be an understatement.

Then there’s the Z51 Performance Package which hones it for some race track bashing. And that’s what most enthusiasts would be wanting to get their hands on. Now, if you are planning to drop a check for one of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays with the optional track package, then you might be disappointed on the outset.

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hysteria is just reaching full steam, so please avert your eyes if you are already bored to tears with the legendary Vette.

But part of the hoopla is genuine excitement that Chevy has produced such a vastly-improved sports car. After a few different drives by the TopSpeed team, the similarities in what we observed in these two different C7 models are remarkable.

Two guys who were traditionally more anti-Corvette would be hard to find. So the shared observations about the handling, power, cabin and - especially - theC7’s vastly improved structural rigidity are a resounding vote of confidence in the new Corvette.

For skeptics, all we can say is try it out before you flock to Porsche or BMW for classy driving thrills.

My drive was up near Chicago in a blue C7 , whereas TopSpeed’s founder Philippe was lucky enough to take a top-off cruise around Miami in a white example.

With palm trees flying by the windows and the blue sky visible above Phil’s curly hair, the Miami Vice jokes are on the tip of my tongue. I will refrain, however, as my first Stingray review already ruffled some feathers among the Vette faithful.

But the red leather of Phil’s Stingray Z51 really looks right so close to the ocean and all the glamor of South Beach.

Click past the jump to enjoy this detailed TopSpeed First-Drive Video of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51, one of the first media outlets to sample the Vette with its targa top panel stowed in the giant trunk.

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By the early 1960s, the Corvette had triumphed over the Thunderbird and was now firmly America’s sports car for the second-gen’s arrival as a 1963 model. Car guys, pilots and engineers all over America had taken the lightweight-big engine formula to heart with their prized first-gen Corvettes , but now they wanted more performance by every measurement. Much more speed, in particular.

Chevrolet had similar ideas when brainstorming ways to replace the C1 as far back as 1957. The Q-Corvette concept was a working idea of a smaller, lighter and nimbler Corvette than ever before. Four-wheel discs were to be standard, and the car was could hold its own on a racetrack right off the showroom floor.

Over the C2’s relatively short time — until 1967 — this Corvette became the quickest factory machine ever in the quarter-mile with the 11.02 second time recorded by the 1967 Corvette L88 Sting Ray Convertible .

Click past the jump for the full history of the 1963-1967 Chevrolet Corvette C2, with highlights from two prize-winning concours examples.

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Guess who got his paws on a 2014 Corvette Stingray out in the wild this week?

The joy of hooning this hotly anticipated sports car was spoiled only by having to give it back to Chevy at the end of the day.

Are the touted enhancements to the cockpit, performance and road stance enough to put the C7 on the radar of young enthusiasts for the first time in decades? Or just a bald fatty special like the C5?

Much as the pace and V-8 bellow was to be admired in the C5 and C6, the Vette was too Plastic Fantastic to cause much of a sensation to the uninitiated. The old Vette’s key buyer group of Wal-Mart-shopping "rich" people certainly would not help any car’s cool factor.

But the C7 feels about a million miles from those two Extenze-popping machines.

Despite screeching performance and the all-conquering ZR-1, the C6 Vette was mired in image hell based on some of its buyers. An interior so low rent that catching crabs was a real possibility only confirmed suspicions that America’s Sports Car was just for creeps and perves.

Big, big changes for the C7 line. In a dream scenario this week, we found ourselves set loose in the C7. It was the meat of a day that also included a frightening hour in the Nissan GT-R (that left me trembling with delight) and a brief intro to the lumbering and oddly off-putting SRT Viper GTS .

But what to do in that Nirvana moment: a full tank of gas, the brand-new Chevrolet Corvette C7, and a heavy right foot? We cooked the tires, did a few straight-line blasts, and took as many pictures as the camera would hold.

Luckily, the impression this incredible car left is etched in the memory with the staying power of a brain tattoo.

Click past the jump for this exclusive TopSpeed Driven review of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, with nearly 75 all-new, high-resolution images of the production model we sampled.

The anticipation for the new Corvette has been incessant for the better part of the year with journalist and Corvette fans clamoring for information on the all-new Stingray . Well, starting this month, the public can get a closer look at the Vette’s birthplace.

Chevrolet announced yesterday that tours of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant will resume Monday, October 14. The plant, which as been closed since last fall, underwent an extensive $131-million upgrade to its assembly equipment for the new 2014 Stingray. Plant tours are only $7 and include a one-mile hike around the production line for an intimate viewing of the processes that bring a C7 to life.

Along with the tours, Corvette’s Museum Delivery, Buyers Tour and Corvette Photo Album programs will resume as well. For a cool $990, buyers will have the opportunity to pick up their hot-off-the-press C7 at the National Corvette Museum next door to the assembly plant with the Museum Delivery package. Dropping another $800 affords buyers the chance at watching their very own Stingray roll down the assembly line while on an extended private tour. Finally, the whole assembly process can be documented and showcased in a 20-plus page, leather-bound photo album for a measly $700.

Tours will be open to the general public and run Monday through Friday at 8:30am, 11:30am, and 2:00pm CDT. Chevrolet says they recommend making reservations when planning a tour of your own.

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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

SRT had to slow production of the new Viper due to slow sales, while Chevy is having the exact opposite issue. The seventh-generation Corvette — AKA the Stingray — is starting to roll into dealers now, and General Motors officials are warning that customers could wait up to six months to get their car keys and many are paying up to $20k over the sticker price to get one.

Apparently the new Stingray ’s $51,995 base price makes it quite a hit among customers, as Chevrolet’s General Marketing Manager, Chris Perry, says the company has "six months’ worth of orders" and there are some dealers that have already sold out their initial stock.

Huge technological and construction advancements on the Stingray , like the new, aluminum frame and the extensive use of carbon-fiber body components, are the likely culprits for its initial success. Of course, we’re sure the shocking new design, the improved performance and enhanced fuel economy have helped sell models too.

Though some customers are willing to pay more for the new Corvette, GM is "frustrated" over the premium prices that dealers are raking in on the model. Of course, the only reason GM is frustrated is because it’s not raking in these extra profits...

If you don’t feel like waiting, there’s plenty of Vipers to go around...

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A few weeks ago, Chevrolet started shipping the seventh-generation Corvette to its local dealers, customers have already started enjoying their new sports car . Some of them decided to really push the car to the limits, and Hennessey reports this is the first customer-owned Stingray to run the quarter-mile, which it did in 12.23 seconds at 114.88 mph.

If you remember, a few days ago Rick Hendrick received the very first Corvette Stingray that he paid $1.1 million for at a Barrett-Jackson auction last January. But, he decided not to beat on his investment, leaving this as the first quarter-mile run by a customer-owned Stingray

The model that achieved this result was a 3LT trim level equipped with automatic transmission and a Z51 package. Along with the quarter-mile results, the VBox showed a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 4.15 seconds (Chevrolet reported a sprint time of 3.8 seconds when Z51 package added) and 0-to-100 mph in 9.5 seconds. The slower 0-to-60 time can be linked to track conditions, tire temperature or many other variables, so don’t start trashing Chevy just yet.


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