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.

The guys over Motor Trend had the chance to bring two of the most amazing American supercars out there: a 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the new SRT Viper for a test comparison at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. No doubt both cars were equally impressive and the new Viper has been simple described as "just more of an animal."

But no matter how impressive it is, or how fast it is, the ZR1 turned out to be even more impressive. With Randy Pobst behind the wheel the ZR1 managed to set a new Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca lap record with a time of 1:33.70. The previous record was held by a 2010 Dodge Viper ACR for more than three years with a time of 1:33.99.

The car used was a ZR1 straight from the showroom and Pobst needed only five laps to establish this impressive result. By comparison the new SRT Viper managed to lap the Laguna Seca in 1:35.77 - making it even slower than the old ACR version.

Note: no car was harmed during this test drive!

Source: MotorTrend

Earlier today we saw the third official teaser video for the C7 Corvette and now it’s time for another inside look at the next sports car, thanks to a few leaked images. This new illustrated image, which is obviously taken from the 2014 GM service manual, offers a good look at the car’s front end and a good glimpse of its front brakes.

As you can see our previous suspicions are confirmed, as the front will get a more pronounced hood scoop and larger headlamps. The suspension image reveals that the C7 Corvette will get slotted front disc brakes with what appears to be two-piece composite rotors, which help keep the brakes cooler and reduce brake fade.

We already know that the C7 Corvette will be powered by a new LT1 Gen V engine, which pumps out at least 450 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 450 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. This represents a minimum of a 20-horsepower increase over the previous 6.2-liter V-8. Additionally, Chevrolet hopes to deliver a fuel economy of 26 mpg from the 2014 `Vette.

Full details on the C7 Corvette will be unveiled on January 13, 2013 so stay tuned!

Thanks to Chris Doane and his sleuth-like photography for digging up these images.

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With the launch of the C7 Chevrolet Corvette inching closer, the current-gen Corvette is about to become obsolete — in a way — for most enthusiasts. This is all thanks to new upgrades to almost every aspect of the Corvette, making it a potential game changer in its segment.

However, the C6’s upcoming elimination didn’t stop Wisconsin-based Bennett Coachworks from giving the outgoing generation a full overhaul. This overhaul is called the Bennett ZX-1, and if there is one word that we can use to describe this build, it’s "insane.” Even the 638-horsepower ’Vette ZR1 stares in awe when the ZX-1 zips past.

The Corvette donor car is fitted with custom body panels that include new carbon-fiber bumpers, doors, fenders, quarter panels, hood and ground effects. Bennett also deleted of the "tear drop" window and installed its own custom setup. This custom build looks like some mad-scientist mash-up between a Chevrolet C6 Corvette and a Lamborghini Reventon .

Bennett also offers comprehensive interior updates with special leather, Alcantara headliner and pillars, as well as upgraded seats from Sparco, Corbeau or Recaro. However, if the owner so wishes, the C6’s interior can remain stock.

The real fun happens under the C6’s hood, as Bennett upgraded it to stratospheric levels. The latest build is powered by a 6.0-liter LS2 V-8 which now cranks out 860 horsepower and 740 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 460-horse bump from the stock engine. This bump is thanks to an Eaton or Magnuson’s Roots‐style supercharger, water-to-air intercooler, long-tube headers, high-flow cats, X-pipe, Trick heads and some electronic refinements. The base-level ZX-1 tune is includes just the long-tube headers, high-flow cats, X-pipe, supercharger and intercooler, and is good for about 630 horsepower. If you lack the equipment to handle such power, Bennett will gladly leave the performance mods off.

With the enormous power output, the `Vette needs an equally capable braking system. To address this, Bennett installed the Brembo Gran Turismo braking kit, which includes 14-inch front rotors with six-piston caliper and 13.6-inch rear rotors with four-piston calipers. To help you out in the twist, Bennett installed a Pfadt coil-over adjustable suspension along with front and rear sway bars.

With a production run of just 200 cars, the Bennett ZX-1 won’t be a car commonly seen, so snag one up while you still can.

Click past the jump to read Bennett’s press release

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With the launch of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette — the debut of the C7 generation — inching closer, we must not forget the rich and glorious history that backs its fame, making the C7 one of the most hotly anticipated vehicles in 2013.

During the last six generations of the American sports car, plenty special editions have been created by Chevrolet that let customers fight for a unique Corvette, to stand apart from other standard examples.

People may think that special-edition Corvettes have been Chevrolet’s excuse of raising the price tag. The answer there is simple, absolutely not!

Apart from the custom paint jobs or even the full makeover, they not only have a unique presence but also each special-edition Corvette has a milestone or collaboration to celebrate in its great history.

So, curtail your drooling for a few minutes here, as we show you what we feel are most sought after special edition Corvettes. Let us know in the comments if you have any you would add to the list.

Click past the jump to read out most sought-after special-edition Corvettes

A while ago a heavily camouflaged Chevrolet Corvette C7 was spotted in Gran Turismo 5 and everyone imagined that the car will be making its virtual debut earlier than the real-world one. Today, Chevrolet and Sony have confirmed that Gran Turismo 5 players can indeed enjoy a first-of-its-kind driving experience of a camouflaged Corvette C7 prototype.

While developing this virtual prototype, designers from Chevy and Polyphony Digital paid attention to even the tiniest details and tried to replicate the real car by as much as possible. Unfortunately, they opted for a soft camouflage to keep the car’s design a secret until its world debut in January. You didn’t really think they would unveil the car in a video game, did you?

"Until now, only the most skilled drivers on the Corvette team have been authorized to push the test prototypes to the limits on some of the most challenging track surfaces in the world," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Global Marketing. "Through this unique collaboration with Gran Turismo, Chevrolet is able, for the first time, to give performance car enthusiasts access to such an exclusive driving experience."

Check out the above video to see the digital version of the C7 Corvette draped in its camo livery!

On November 15, Chevrolet unveiled the first official teaser for the seventh generation Corvette and, as promised, the second teaser has just arrived. While the first teaser was called "Conception," the second one is called "Calibration" and comes in the same day with the car’s official debut in Gran Turismo 5.

This second video presents the car’s road testing and offers a glimpse to the car’s instrumentation and the driver information system. They all seem to be perfectly designed for a sports car like the Corvette.

We have to admit we kind of like the message of this second video: "Roads will surrender!" We’ll find out in January whether the roads truly do “surrender” to the C7 `Vette or not.

Until then, check out the latest video above and stay tuned for more teasers. The next one drops on December 17, 2012 and we’ll bring it to you the second we get our hands on it.

Yeah, this is not the first trailer that Chevrolet has unveiled for the upcoming C7 Corvette , but it is the first one that actually says something about the car. It tells about the design philosophy behind the new generation Corvette and reveals the early design prototypes, which do not look bad at all!

Kirk Bennion, exterior design manager of the C7, had this to say about the C7’s design process: "Performance cars are all about form follows function. But I would say: beautiful form follows performance driven function. Every line, every vent, every millimeter performs!"

According to Chevrolet , the 2014 Corvette exterior was sculpted for optimal aerodynamic performance. Judging by the images of the early design prototypes, we believe that the Corvette C7 will be indeed a car with amazing aerodynamics.

Stay tuned, the next trailer will be released on November 29th!

Click past the jump to read Chevrolet’s presser.

The seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette has been officially confirmed to make its world debut on January 13, 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show. Until then, Chevrolet has promised to tease us with some images and videos each week.

It’s now time for a new teaser image! Unfortunately, the image reveals almost nothing, but at least we know the car is on its way. The image, which Chevy released via Twitter, shows the Corvette hidden beneath a car cover, leaving way too much to the imagination.

As you probably have learned by now, the C7 Corvette will be powered by a new 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine that will deliver a total of 450 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 450 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm — an increase of 20 horsepower and 26 pound-feet of torque over the current V-8 engine.

In other C7 Corvette news, everyone expected the new Corvette to be offered with GM’s new 8A eight-speed automatic transmission. However, MotorTrend is reporting that GM will not finish developing the new transmission by the car’s official debut in Detroit, so initially the C7 Corvette will be offered with an Aisin eight-speed transmission. Apparently, the two companies have signed a a short-term agreement and as a result, GM’s rear-drive models — the ATS and the next CTS — will be offered with the Aisin transmission for about one year.

Source: Motor Trend

It’s not exactly dropping its full covers to show us what it looks like well before its highly anticipated world debut, but the mere fact that the Chevrolet Corvette C7 is already inside Gran Turismo 5 makes the wait and anticipation that much more intriguing.

To be clear, the Corvette C7 that was spotted in Gran Turismo 5 was still in full camouflage, providing very little in the way of sneak peeks to make us wonder what’s underneath those covers.

The video comes courtesy of YouTube user "1320edwinpr" who found a way to discover the much talked about Corvette C7 inside Gran Turismo. It doesn’t appear like the car is already playable, and that’s not surprising at all because the Corvette C7 won’t make its world debut until the Detroit Auto Show on January 13, 2013.

That being said, it’s pretty cool to see that despite still being kept under wraps in this world, the video game world of Gran Turismo 5 is doing a finer job with all the teasing.

TV personality Guy Fieri first burst into mainstream consciousness when he won "The Next Food Network Star" reality show back in 2006. Since then, Fieri has become a successful restaurateur, author, television personality, and game show host.

Lost in all that though is the fact that Fieri is also a bonafide car nut with an affinity for Chevrolet convertibles. Well, the spiky-haired Fieri was put to the task by the fine folks at Chevy to design his very own Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition , which will be on hand at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show.

True to his flamboyant personality, Fieri’s influence can be easily seen on the limited edition Corvette sports car. The body color is dominantly black with custom yellow stripes, a reversal play on the company’s trademark yellow-and-black color scheme. In addition, the Fieri-designed 427 Corvette received embroidered seat headrests, as well as fender badges, which both prominently display the man’s personal charity, the Guy Fieri Foundation.

Adding the final touches to the limited run sports car are a new set of 19" black Cup wheels wrapped in Michelin PS2 tires.

The 427 Corvette also boasts of power never before seen in a convertible in the Corvette’s history. It carries a 7.0-liter LS7 engine from the Z06 that produces 505 horsepower and 470 lb/ft of torque, making it the most powerful engine ever put into a production Corvette convertible.

From a man who knows a thing or two about grabbing attention, Guy Fieri’s 427 Corvette Convertible will likely do the same when it debuts at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show.

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