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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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Hey there boys and girls. It’s Thursday, and you know what that means; the next episode of the TopSpeed Podcast is here! Bonus piece of news, the TopSpeed.com Podcast is now also available on iTunes. If you like the show, be sure to give us a rating or a review over there. It makes us look good, and feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

New York has been a crazy-busy show this year, so we are changing things up for this week’s episode to get you guys as much news as we can.

For starters, we are skipping the Weekly Wheels segment this week and jumping straight into news. Don’t worry, it is coming back next week and we have some cool cars to discuss then, including the mighty Nissan GT-R .

Also, there is no video cast this week, but it will be back next week. I had some difficulties with the video recording equipment, and we lost about 65-percent of the video feed.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

While we didn’t get a chance to hit all of the big news, and lots of it was breaking as we were recording, we did do our best to hit some of our favorite announcements so far like the new Golf SportWagon Concept, the Corvette Z06 Convertible and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT . We also touch on the new Camry, a Land Rover concept and much more. We even find some time to talk about the Saleen-tuned Tesla Model S .

We still found time to answer all your great questions, and the Q & A can be found just after the news. Keep those great questions coming, guys. Click "play" below or above to hear this week’s Podcast.

We hope everyone enjoyed this weeks show, and we will be returning next week with a more traditional format show, and we will also cover more NY Auto Show news. If you have a favorite new car announcement that you want to hear us talk about, hit the comments, drop us a line on Twitter or hit up our email Podcast@TopSpeed.com.

We will see you next Thursday.

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb

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Breaking news, ladies and gentlemen! Chevrolet has just unveiled that one of its three premieres for the New York Auto Show is the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible. If that’s not good news, I don’t know what is!

The big deal about it is that this is the first factory-built Corvette Z06 Convertible since 1963, when Chevy introduced the said package as a performance update for endurance racing. It was actually called "RPO Z06" and included a larger-diameter front anti-roll bar, a vacuum brake booster, a dual master cylinder, larger shocks and stiffer springs.

Because it also came with a gas tank that was nearly double the size of standard 20-gallon tank, the package was only available on coupe models at first. However, the manufacturer says that one convertible was fitted with the Z06 bundle that year.

Getting back to the newly-revealed model, Chevrolet claims the Z06 Convertible represents "the culmination of more than four years developing an all-new, all-aluminum structure." You see, because the new structure is much more stiffer than the previous Z06, the drop-top sports car needed no structural reinforcements, which means its curb weight won’t be affected by missing a fixed roof.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible.

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The seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette was launched with great success in the 2014 model year, grabbing numerous awards, including the TopSpeed Car of the Year , and exceeding GM’s initial expectations in terms of sales. In fact, demand for the 2014 Corvette Stingray was so high it prompted Chevrolet to adjust 2015 pricing in line with demand by increasing the sports car ’s MSRP by $2,000.

The vehicle’s popularity is likely to continue into the 2015 model year as well, although the Corvette Stingray is not scheduled to receive too many updates. Needless to say, the C7 is fresh enough to give its competitors a run for their money without any visual or performance-related enhancements.

On the other hand, Chevrolet has been working on numerous ways to improve the Corvette Stingray in other areas, such as fuel economy and driving experience, and it appears to have obtained that by developing an all-new gearbox.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Get those checkbooks ready because the first production 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is headed to Barrett Jackson. For everyone who was pining for the return of the Corvette Z06, your wish was granted when Chevrolet officially unveiled the sports car it hailed as the "most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features".

But if you’re interested in new Corvette Z06, you’re going to need to pony up a significant amour of money because the first production Corvette Z06 — yep, the one with VIN 001 — is headed to the Barrett Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida from April 11th through the 13th.

This isn’t the first time that Chevrolet has sent first production models to the auction block, including the first production 2014 Corvette Stingray , which NASCAR team owner and Corvette collector Richard Hendrick scooped up for $1 million.

Not to discourage anybody who doesn’t have that kind of budget, but that’s just the market these days for these first production Corvettes. And with this one being the long-awaited Z06, there’s a good chance that $1 million turns out to be a conservative estimate.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Corvette Z06.

With over 800 horsepower under its hood (actually, it’s 836 ponies), this is the most powerful Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in the world — at least as of February 8th, 2014.

We doubt somebody has one-upped it in 11 days, so we’re more inclined to believe that Late Model Racecraft really has the most powerful ’Vette Stingray in its hands.

In this video, you not only get to see the Corvette exhibiting that throaty roar in full ear-splitting fashion, but you also get to have that treat of watching a beautiful brunette get to experience the unmitigated power of this heavily tuned sports car with a camera focused on her cute dimpled face.

Far be it for us to judge LMR’s taste in women — impeccable, if you wanted to know — the true highlight of this video is that heavily juiced American sports car that absolutely looks and sounds bonkers in a straight line.

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It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that there has been a tragic accident at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky. A large sinkhole opened under the museum and a portion of the Skydome floor has collapsed, taking eight Corvettes with it.

Two of the cars were on-loan form General Motors, a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and the 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” . The other six cars were all museum-owned - 1962 Black Corvette, 1984 PPG Pace Car, 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette, 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette.

Thankfully none of the cars damaged were on loan from individuals, and many of the museums most valuable pieces were not affected. As of yesterday at 17:12 hours, the NCM posted to their Facebook that all remaining vehicles in the Skydome had been removed to prevent further damage.

Among the cars spared from the destruction was the Museum’s irreplaceable 1983 Corvette, the only model ever produced for that year.

Click past the jump to read more about some of these unique models and for a short video from the museum.


Sports cars continue to infiltrate the silver screen in superhero movies, and now it is the Corvette Stingray ’s turn to have a taste of Hollywood fame. In the new "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" movie that is due out on April 4th, Black Widow — one of the many S.H.I.E.L.D. superheros — will drive an all-black 2014 Corvette Stingray .

There are no specifics on this deep, gloss-black `Vette, but it will be on display at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show . Unfortunately, the stunning and dangerous Black Widow herself will not be there. But, Chevy will be passing out a limited-edition Captain America comic book to commemorate the collaboration of Marvel and the Stingray.

On top of the gloss-black paint job, the initial images of the Black Widow Stingray show a set of black rims that help complete this the package. Stay tuned for more details on the 2014 Corvette Stingray Black Widow, but don’t look for a special edition model in dealers, as I’m pretty sure this car is for the movies only.

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

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The Corvette /Porsche 911 debate has been ongoing for many years and almost rivals the Camaro /Mustang debate. Sure, the Corvette has recently kept pace with the 911 Carrera lately, but the 911 always has been a more sophisticated and better handling car. On the other hand, the 911 Carrera S is significantly more expensive than the Corvette ever has been and ever will be.

Well, Chris Harris decided to put these two in a head-to-head matchup, as put the Corvette Stingray and the new-generation 911 Carrera S on the track and let their performance do the talking.

As a reminder, the new Corvette Stingray is powered by a 6.2-liter, small-block, V-8 engine dubbed the LT1 that produces 460 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. This engine pushes the car from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds and up to a top speed of 190 mph.

On the other hand, the 911 Carrera S gets a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that delivers a total of 400 horsepower. The Carrera S goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 180 mph.

Check out the video to see what Harris thinks: which is better German or American sports car?

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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Recently, rumors popped up suggesting that the 2015 Corvette Stingray will come with a series of changes, including the availability of a new, eight-speed automatic transmission. According to Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter, you shouldn’t hold your breath though, as the company has "a lot on our plate to get done." This means that we’ll likely not see it until 2016.

Adding a new transmission means recalibrating and validating pretty much everything on the car, including horsepower, torque, traction control, launch control and performance traction management. The car will also need to pass GM ’s battery of extreme temperature tests, and all these processes require lots of time and work.

On top of all of those changes and tests, there is also the fact that the Corvette is a low-volume car for GM, and developing a new eight-speed automatic gearbox doesn’t make business sense until it sees use in other models.

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

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Hennessey Performance revealed one of the first tuning kits for the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette last July, and the best part is that the tuner offers four different power kits — HPE600, HPE700, HPE800 and HPE1000 — with the output level ranging from 600 to 1,000 horsepower.

The tuner took one of this kits — the HPE700 — and strapped it onto the dyno to see what the car is really capable of. The HPE700 includes a TVS2300 supercharger system and Hennessey’s in-house HPE Air Induction System, CNC ported heads for free-flowing air and exhaust, and a hot camshaft.

As a result of all of this hard work and engineering, the Stingray HPE700 delivers a total of 700 horsepower at 6,300 rpm — up from the standard 460 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm.

Check out the video to see how the Corvette HPE700 did on the dyno test!


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