Chevrolet Corvette C7

Chevrolet Corvette C7

  The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the C7 generation for the hallowed `Vette. In its standard format, it includes an all-new 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine that wallops pavement with 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. The Corvette Stingray debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. It features a lightweight body and frame that makes the car stiffer, faster and better handling. Additionally, the Stingray is now the most powerful base-model Corvette ever offered.

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.

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

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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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.

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.

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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

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