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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About two weeks ago, the first truckload of 2014 Corvette Stingrays started their journey to Chevrolet dealers around the country. While customers get to enjoy driving the new American sports car , many likely won’t understand that thousands hours of work and hundreds of people involved in building the Corvette Stingray.

The new Stingray is assembled at the Chevy ’s plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky that required a a $131-million upgrade, including a $52-million investment for a new body shop to manufacture the car’s all-new, aluminum frame in-house for the first time.

Up to this point, the assembly line has produced about 1,000 units for customer deliveries and most of them are expected to be delivered to dealers over the next few weeks. Soon enough, we will start seeing this all-new Corvette roaming the roads of America.

Now, Chevrolet has released a video (above) showing the Stingray’s assembly process.

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Dream cars are such a regular and normal part of every car guy and gal’s life growing up. Waiting for that license, dreaming about the wild places you will go and friends you might meet. For generations of enthusiasts until the 1950s, however, such dreams were so unattainable they were foolish.

The only non-mass-market car around was the coach-built Phaeton from Rolls-Royce , Mercedes-Benz or Duesenberg .

Such was the gulf between the rich and poor at the time that it makes today’s 99-percent protests seem as ridiculous as they are. In those days, the ratio was more like 99.99999 percent versus the 0.00001 percent.

You can probably guess which group we and most young car shoppers would fall into. And it is not the one with the nines.

For a generation of hot-shot former military officers, pilots and engineers: coming home from the battle fronts of Europe and the Pacific had whet their appetites for speed. The enormous volume of men and women enchanted by steel machinery during wartime was unprecedented.

But coming home, the cars these speed demons found were lumbering, great heavy beasts with no power and little cornering ability whatsoever. These men were chasing the rush they felt in fighter bombers - but in a stylish and affordable package.

The Corvette from 1953 was the answer to these wishes and much, much more. Initially just a throw-away concept for the Motorama events, such was the demand that Chevy had no choice but to produce the car for sale.

But those shapes could never be made in steel! And never made in time to get the car to eager buyers. So a stop-gap solution was born to make the panels out of fiberglass over a ladder frame chassis. Little did the fabricators know, this template would underpin America’s sports car for the next 75 years or more.

The Chevrolet Corvette C1 is a very special automobile. Collected here are three incredible examples of this ground-breaking achievement for affordable dream cars ever since.

Click past the jump for this debrief of the 1953-1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1.

We can only imagine how long of a wait it is when you pay more than $1 million without your purchase being delivered to you for few months.

Back in January, NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick paid $1.1 million at a Barrett-Jackson auction for the very first 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (see a video of the auction above). That was back in January and now, we’re a week away from saying goodbye to September.

The almost 10 months it took for Hendrick to finally see his million-dollar purchase came to an end when he was finally handed the keys to the first production Corvette Stingray C7 late last week.

Talk about finally seeing a return of your investment. We’re happy to see Hendrick finally have his Corvette Stingray, even if it took a long time to come. At least he can finally sleep easy at night knowing that his $1.1 million sports car is now sitting in his garage.

All that’s left for the NASCAR team owner is to wait for the first production Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible that he also won via auction last April. The price he paid for that one? $1 million.

There’s no confirmed delivery date yet for the first production Corvette Stingray Convertible, but chances are, the keys won’t be in Hendricks’ hands at least until the end of the year.

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

Source: Automobile
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The folks over at Edmunds.com laid out another awesome competition, albeit a strange one: they put the new Corvette Stingray against the 2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Edition . Though the two would likely never really be considered competitors, Edmunds.com wanted to see which of the two was the best. Can you make a wild guess and let us know what car do you think was the best? It’s not too hard...

The two cars were compared in their 0-to-60 mph and quarter-mile times, braking distances, slalom runs and skip pad ratings. We know both cars have their respective fans, and we are pretty sure that both the M3 and the Stingray are great rides, but there can be just one winner.

As a reminder, the new Stingray is powered by a 6.2-liter, small-block V-8 engine that delivers a total of 460 horsepower, and it has a claimed 0-to-60 mph sprint of under four seconds. On the other hand, the M3 Lime Rock Edition gets a V-8 engine with an output of 414 horsepower and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

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Chevrolet unveiled the seventh-gen Corvette — dubber the Stingray — at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show , but it looks like the company needed another eight months to actually finish preparing the sports car and have it ready for the dealerships.

Chevy built approximately 1,000 Stingrays at its Bowling Green assembly plant, and they will hit showrooms within the next few weeks. A truckload of 2014 Corvette Stingrays left the assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky today, September 18th, 2013, so customers should expect their Stingrays pretty soon.

In order to develop the new Stingray, the Bowling Green facility required a $131-million upgrade, including a $52-million investment for a new body shop to manufacture the car’s all-new aluminum frame in-house for the first time. Taking a look at the amount of this investment, it is pretty clear that Chevrolet is banking on the 2014 Corvette Stingray being a smash hit.

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

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Classic Vettes are on the upswing in values this year, with the $3.2 million earned by this 1967 L88 Sting Ray Convertible at Mecum’s Dallas auction the highest total yet for any example of America’s sports car .

Corvette collection can become an obsession thanks to the huge variety of models, special editions and racing derivatives over the model’s 60-year history. Just like a bag of chips: once you pop... you can’t stop collecting these iconic machines.

Valuations for these models are incredibly sensitive to the car’s history, rarity and restoration quality. Beauty and the driving experience take a back seat to the engine specification and matching serial numbers. As such, this investment-grade L88 convertible’s huge earning at auction is a bit confusing to outsiders.

Part of a giant Bobby Herin collection sold by Mecum Auctions, to an outsider’s eye there seem to be many more special and beautiful examples out there, including some from Mr. Herin’s garage as well.

But they provenance of this L88 convertible is beyond reproach, with all the required documentation, the fuel tank sticker, and the other minute details collectors look for when purchasing a car at these prices. The authenticity of the interior adds patina, as does the car’s NHRA drag racing championship, old drag racing time slips, and the painstakingly-recreated original Marlboro Maroon paintjob.

How cool is this L88? It was beyond a ZR1 upgrade in its day, and the color directly influenced the new 2014 Stringray Convertible’s launch color .

Click past the jump for the full review of the most valuable Corvette (and perhaps any American road car) ever sold at auction, this 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible.

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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.

Click past the jump to read about the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray


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