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.
Back in 2007, Pratt and Miller Engineering was asked by GM to develop a road-going version of the C6R racecar as a special gift to Jay Leno. Apparently, the company was impressed by the result and a total of seven units were developed in the end. Back then, the Corvette C6RS was priced at $330,000.
If you are interested in owning one of the seven C6RS models ever built, you now have the chance to win serial No. C6RS003 – a unit specially ordered and built for Pratt & Miller’s official race photographer – at auction.
If you are interested, you can bid on this car on eBay. Currently bid is a little under $110k, but we expect to see it jump up pretty quickly as the end of the auction approaches. Hurry up though, as the bidding war ends on May 19th, 2013.
Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette C6RS.
The Chevrolet Corvette has a storied history of lapping the Indianapolis 500 that dates all the way back to 1978. In fact, the Corvette leads all cars with a total of 11 appearances as the pacesetter for the famous race, including five straight years from2004 through 2008.
Now with the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray hitting showrooms soon, it was only a matter of time before Indy asked Chevy to allow the `Vette to pace the race again. Well, apparently that timeframe was much shorter than we originally thought. According to Road and Track, the Stingray will be the pace car for the 2013 running of the Indy 500. In fact, they even caught the model testing with camo covering the “Official Pace Car” logo on the rocker panels.
The reports aren’t officially confirmed yet, but the sources are rather reliable and the spy shots the R and T dug up are pretty convincing. What’s more, this will likely bring an “Official Pace Car” package to the 2014 Corvette Stingray lineup.
We’ll keep an eye out for confirmation and bring you more information as soon as possible.
*Image Note: The above image is of the Corvette Stingray, not the “Official Pace Car.”
Once Chevrolet dropped the new-generation Corvette Stingray, it was just a matter of time before the convertible version would hit the market.
Today was the day it happened, as the new Stingray Convertible made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
The convertible version is nearly identical to the coupe version, except of course its three-ply fabric top that opens and closes at speeds up to 30 mph. Next to this innovative concept, the convertible version also features sound-absorbing padding and a glass rear window - all features that contribute to a quieter cabin and a more premium appearance.
The new Stingray Convertible will be put on sale in late 2013.
UPDATE 04/26/13: GM has just released nearly all of the pricing details on the Corvette Stingray Convertible, as well as standard features and options. See the details after the jump.
Click past the jump to read all about the 2014 Stingray Convertible
After months of speculation, spy shots and “leaked” 3-D images raising the anticipation level and the excitement of the fanboy in us, here it is folks, The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and yes, the iconic Stingray name is back since it was last seen in the ‘Vette C3.
As promised, Chevrolet has taken off the wraps of what’s arguably one of the most highly anticipated cars in 2013 at the Detroit Motor Show. This is the day we at TopSpeed have been waiting for since all of this C7 talk started about a year ago.
Rather than calling it the “Corvette,” Chevy boldly calls it the “New Corvette.”Calling it “New” is absolutely correct, as everything on the car is brand new. From a new design to a new powertrain to a brand new interior, Chevrolet has revolutionized every nook and cranny of the `Vette. But it still has that modern Corvette philosophy that has been retained for the past six generations, maybe even made it better.
Click past the jump to enjoy our full review and check out whether we were impressed by the all new ‘Vette or if Chevy could’ve done better.
There has been plenty of speculation about the Corvette Stingray ZR1 and Z06. There was even a Motor Trend report that that the Z06 would get an updated 7-liter with 600 horsepower and the ZL1 would get a 700-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8. Well, apparently those “leaks” were intended to throw us off of the scent, as GM has just unveiled the powerplants and they are surprising, to say the least.
Under the hood of the Z06, you’ll get an updated version of the all-new 6.2-liter engine with an extra 90 horsepower, thanks to a new fuel-injection system, new software, aggressive cams and titanium exhaust system with a freer flow. The Z06 will use a six-speed automated manual transmission with no mention of a full-manual option.
The ZR1 is far and away the most unexpected change, as it will be the first Corvette since the 1950s to feature a six-cylinder engine. This twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 engine – yes, the same all-aluminum block found in the upcoming CTS Vsport – tuned to an incredible 640 horsepower.
While this 3.6-liter may sound like the same one that Caddy will use, keep in mind that the guts are fully modified to handle the 24 psi of pressure the turbochargers pump out. These modifications include: upgraded titanium pistons and connecting rods, revised software, updated cylinder heads and low-resistance bearings.
Just like the Stingray, all Chevy revealed with its first presser are the details on the engine. The Stingray Z06 and ZR1 will debut at the LA Auto Show, but we expect to see some leaked images as time goes on.
UPDATE: Sorry guys and gals, this one’s completely fake... I was completely responsible for both the article and the press release. C’mon, a V-6 in a ZR1, I don’t even know what I was thinking :). April Fools!!!
Of course, the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a great car, but not many of us will have the possibility to buy it. If you are feeling lucky, General Motors is offering you the chance to win the all-new Corvette Stingray. To enter the contest, you have to be a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and to be at least 18 years old.
The prize will consist of the two following items: a 2014 Corvette Stingray estimated at $71,860 (could this be the MSRP for the new Vette?) and a trip for two to Le Mans, France to attend the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans Race. The estimated value for this trip is $10,750.
All we can say is "Good luck!" and if you will win we want to test your new Vette!
In the latest episode of its "Hot Rod Unlimited" show, Motor Trend magazine explains how the Corvette’s design evolved from the model we saw for the first time back in 1953 and up to the seventh-generation that was just unveiled.
The guys over Motor Trend took a ride in a 1957 Corvette up to the Petersen Automotive Museum where the new C7 Stingray was presented. In here, the guys talked with Stingray designer, Kirk Bennion, who offers a brief history of Corvette’s design history.
He is also pointing to many rare Corvette models built, including the very first Motorama prototype, the race-winning Grand Sport and one of the last C6 ’Vettes ever built.
Each model was just a step closer to the final design we are seeing in the Corvette C7 - a design that is nearly perfect, that of course if you ask us!
In true Chevrolet spirit, the first Stingray Convertible will be auctioned for charity. It will be sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction on April 5th in Palm Beach, FL with all the proceeds going to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and its 31st Annual Dinner. For reference, the first Corvette Stingray Coupe was auctioned for a total of $1.1 million by Barrett-Jackson and the drop-top model should fetch a sum close to that.
Clients interested can also bid online at by visiting www.barrett-jackson.com. The winning bidder will receive a letter of authenticity and will have the possibility to choose the exterior color of their car.
The Stingray Convertible is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that delivers an estimated total of 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. The model is equipped with a fully electronic top can be lowered remotely and opened or closed at speeds of up to 30 mph.
Everyone knows that the Chevrolet Corvette is offered in both a coupe and convertible version - quite usual body versions for a sports car. In the past few months, however, another body version has become famous: the shooting brake. While we are pretty sure Chevy will never offer a shooting brake Corvette, the guys over Callaway have developed such a model.
Even crazier is that, if the company will have enough orders for it, the new AeroWagon - as it is being called - will be put into production. Callaway is currently taking orders for the model and announced the modifications will cost about $15,000.
The car’s rear hatch will be made of carbon-fiber structural components, which were developed using Callaway’s proprietary Resin Transfer Molding process. This way it will be both lightweight and strong. Callaway also announced that its new model will exceed 200 mph, making us believe it will use something different than the standard 450-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine seen in the new Stingray.
Stay tuned to see if this kit actually makes its way into production!
The other day at the Geneva Motor Show, Chevrolet unveiled the convertible version for the new Corvette Stingray. Unfortunately, the maker decided to only show us a series of images for the sports convertible, but no video.
Lucky for us though, YouTube user, Marchettino, was in Geneva and he shot some very nice frames of the new Stingray Convertible. Along with the convertible version, you will also see the new Stingray coupe version that made its European debut in Geneva.
Both models are powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that delivers a estimated total of 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in less than four seconds and, since the convertible version received no structural reinforcements, both models share almost identical power-to-weight ratios.
Watch the video and see if the new Stingray looks better on the show’s floor that it does on the pictures released by GM.