Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

  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.

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Chevrolet Corvette Z06

While the future of the Corvette ZR1 remains a mystery for now, Corvette product manager Harlan Charles said in a recent interview at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show that the company is considering a track-oriented Z06X version.

If built, this version should take inspiration from the Z06X Track Car Concept unveiled at the 2010 SEMA Show. Of course, the new Z06X version will be based on the 2015 Corvette Z06 , but with some of the elements revealed by the 2010 concept. This means the model would get lots of carbon-fiber elements, a new set of wheels, with carbon-ceramic brakes and a modified suspension. It should also be equipped with a more aggressive aerodynamic kit, a role cage and three-point seat belts — all elements required by a "non-street-legal, factory-built track car."

If built, this will be a very strange move for Chevrolet , considering that the new model may steal the thunder of the optional Z07 package. However, such a model could be a hit, considering the amazing reception the other track-oriented model — the Camaro Z/28 — received.

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

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

After all of the good stuff we’ve seen come from the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, we were starting to think that it could do no evil. Well, we were sadly mistaken. Chevrolet amazed us with the revealing of the new Corvette Z06 and its supercharged 6.2-liter engine, but the other shoe dropped when news broke that this will, in fact, be the range-topping Corvette for the foreseeable future.

In a brief interview with Autoblog, Tadge Juechter, chief engineer of the seventh-generation Corvette, said that the recently launched Z06 is the only range-topping model currently considered by Chevrolet . This plan could be modified in the near future, but a new-generation ZR1 is not currently part of Chevrolet’s plan

Sorry, but we call shenanigans here...Sure, the new Z06 will grab the the last-generation ZR1 by its lug nuts and make it scream for mercy, but we highly doubt that GM will just forget about it. Chances are that Chevy is already hard at work finding every little trick it can to pack some more muscle into the C7 Corvette and bump up its performance beyond the Z06’s numbers before deciding to kill the notorious ZR1 name for an entire generation.

Keep in mind, we are entering the era of hybrid supercars, ladies and gentlemen, (see 918 Spyder , LaFerrari and P1) so it is obvious where the next step is for injecting more muscle without more engine. We are willing to bet that GM is simply waiting for batteries that are light enough for use in the C7 Corvette before exploring this route in any depth. And it is possible for this technology to be available before the C7’s production life ends.

Purist may be charging the TopSpeed offices with Daniel Akerson-blessed holy water, screaming "NEVER!!!" But remember, the Corvette would also "NEVER" switch from pop-up headlights and "NEVER" rid itself of the dual-round taillights either...

Of course, this is pure speculation and maybe a little bit of us refusing to believe that GM would dare axe the ZR1...

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

Source: Autoblog

Chevrolet has just pulled the covers off its highly anticipated C7.R, the racing version of its new C7 Corvette Stingray . The news falls with the unveiling of the new Corvette Z06 , the car the C7.R shares many design and performance attributes with. The two beasts were co-developed to take full advantage of the engineering expertise and technology both versions of the Vette use to succeed.

The C7.R features the same fuel-saving/power-making direct injection technology as the production C7 Z06, though used on a 5.5-liter V-8 instead of the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 - all mounted to a highly-ridged aluminum frame. Vents, scoops, extractors, wings, and underbody panels all act together in reducing drag and creating down force.

The lessons learned on the race tract with the outgoing C6.R were key in assisting designers and engineers in developing the current C7 and more so the C7 Z06. For more info on the new production model 2015 Corvette Z06, check out TopSpeed’s full coverage .

Click past the jump for more info on the C7.R and official Press Release

It seems like just yesterday we were discussing the debut of the 2014 Corvette Stingray , and now GM is releasing information on the 2015 model year. No, we do not have any hard details on the 2015 Stingray, but GM did reveal the Performance Data Recorder (PDR) , which will be available starting with the 2015 Stingray.

General Motors teamed up with the folks at Cosworth top develop the PDR system, which includes three main components: a 720p camera mounted near the top of the windshield, a self-contained telemetry recorder and an SD memory card slot in the glove box to store the data and video on your own memory card.

The 720p camera eliminates the need to pick up a digital camera capable of withstanding the wear and tear of the track, as it takes high-quality, first-person footage of your track session. There is also a microphone in the cabin, so you can elaborate on what’s going on. You can watch the video either on the eight-inch display in the car when it is parked, or you can upload it to your computer, using the SD card.

The telemetry recorder makes use of a GPS receiver to track the car’s positioning. This is not your standard, choppy, in-dash GPS; rather, this bad-boy operates at 5 hertz — five times faster than a standard GPS — which precisely tracks the Stingray’s positioning and draws a precise driving line that allows you to see how well you tackle turns. Also weaved into this recorder is the Corvette ’s Controller Area Network, allowing it full access to the engine speed, gear selection and steering angle, giving you an in-depth look at how these aspects affect your performance on the track.

There are three overlay modes for the video, with each one displaying only the data you need. The Track Mode displays all of the possible data on the screen, including speed, rpm, G-force, a location-based map and tons of other pertinent info. The Sport Mode reduces the clutter on the screen, but still shows important data, like speed and G-force. Touring Mode only records video and audio, rendering a dash cam useless. The final mode it the Performance Mode, which includes all of the key performance details, including 0-to-60 mph time, quarter-mile time and speed, and 0-to-100-to-0 time.

Using the included Cosworth Toolbox, which shows your lap times on a Bing satellite map, and allows you to compare each lap corner-by-corner.

GM didn’t reveal the price of the PDR, but it made it pretty clear that this will not be a standard feature. This will simply add to the popularity of the Stingray rolling into the next model year. Hat’s off to GM for really putting all it has into the Stingray!

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

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Bad Dream: The New 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray from Jeffrey Hart on Vimeo.

According to the dictionary, dreams a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep. We know what people dream about when they sleep, but what about cars, what do they dream about when fall asleep? Do they dream about happy things or do they have nightmares?

According to Jeffrey Hart, a McLaren MP4-12C has the strangest nightmare while asleep. So, what does it dream about? Its competition of course: the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray .

In its dream the new Stingray revs its engine, pushes the road to the limit and shows what it is capable of, making the MP4-12C all sweet and scary. The idea behind the commercial is: "the official car of their nightmares is the car of your dreams." We have to admit it is quite an interesting idea and makes the commercial very cool.

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It is that time of the year, when we at Topspeed like to look back and relive the best moments the automotive world had to offer in the year bygone. The 2013 calendar year brought a whole new range of interesting and exciting sports cars , luxury cars and even some odd hypercars, as the big names of the industry finally pulled the wraps off some very special automobiles.

Ferrari launched the 458 Speciale — the replacement for the F430 Scuderia; The La Ferrari succeeded the Enzo; McLaren and Porsche too launched the very complicated P1 and 918 Spyder , respectively; and Lamborghini showed the Huracan LP610-4 , which will replace the Gallardo. Additionally, the Aston Martin Vanquish proved to be one heck off a crowd-puller and Bugatti continued with more special editions of the Veyron.

Lot has happened in the last 12 months that we would love to talk about. Out of all those cars that were launched during the calendar year, we’ve picked ten cars that made headlines. Following is are finalists that made it into the top 10.

2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year Finalists
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Alfa Romeo 4C
Jaguar F-Type Coupe
Mclaren P1
Ferrari La Ferrari
Porsche 918 Spyder
BMW i8
Cadillac CTS
Maserati Ghibli
Rolls Royce Wraith

So, the 2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year goes to... Read on to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year

Once Chevrolet dropped the newCorvette Stingray , it was just a matter of time before the convertible version would hit the market.

Today was the day, 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. The convertible version also features sound-absorbing padding and a glass rear window, which both contribute to a quieter cabin and a more premium appearance.

The new Stingray Convertible will be put on sale in late 2013.

Updated 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.

Updated 12/17/2013: Chevrolet unveiled a new set of high res images for the convertible version of the seventh generation Corvette. Check the picture gallery to find them all!

Click past the jump to read all about the 2014 Stingray Convertible

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When Chevrolet announced the seventh-generation Corvette , it also announced an estimated top speed of 180 to 190 mph, which is light years behind the 200 mph barrier that separates supercars from sports cars. However, with the upgrades announced by Hennessey Performance, the HPE700 Corvette was able to hit a supercar -like 200.6 mph.

This amazing speed was hit on the Texas State Highway 99 and was witnessed by officials from TxDOT, Texas DPS and TransCore.

The HPE700 kit announced by Hennessey adds a TVS2300 supercharger system and Hennessey’s in-house HPE Air Induction System, engine calibration and CNC-ported heads for free-flowing air and exhaust. As a result, the car’s standard 460 horsepower is increased to an incredible 700 horsepower at 6,300 rpm.

With the extra 240 horsepower it was pretty easy for the Stingray to score such a great result. Check out the above video to see this monster Corvette in action.

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It is no surprise that Hennessey Performance was among the first tuners to upgrade the new Corvette Stingray . For the 2014 Stingray, the tuner offers four different levels of upgrades, with power ranging from 600 to 1,000 horsepower, and with prices going up to $67,950.

Today, we get to have a good look and listen to the smallest of the Hennessey upgrades, the HPE600. The model was driven by John Heinricy at the Lonestar Motorsports Park drag strip facility, which is adjacent to Hennessey Performance operations in Sealy, Texas.

And we gotta tell you that this video was fun enough just watching; we could only imagine getting behind the wheel of this nighty C7 Corvette. What a dream come true that would be!

The HPE600 upgrade includes a TVS2300 supercharger system and Hennessey’s in-house HPE Air Induction System. With these upgrades, the 6.2-liter, V-8 engine delivers a total of 600 horsepower — up from the standard 455 horsepower. The HPE600 Corvette Stingray hits 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and sprints the quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds at a speed of 127 mph.

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It is an American icon, this Chevrolet Corvette and the latest C7 Stingray just got the approval of a veteran Corvette fan. Mat Juechter is 80 years old and has seen this icon evolve into what it is now. Recently, this Corvette connoisseur took delivery of his very own 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray .

Mat Juechter is not only a huge fan of the Corvette, but he is also the father of Tadge Juechter who was the Chief Engineer on the 2014 C7 Corvette project. His father, Juechter Sr. is nothing short of a gearlhead, and he had been driving the previous-generation C6 Corvette up until now. When he saw the new Vette, he simply knew it was time for an upgrade.

Another interesting fact about the Laguna Blue C7 ’Vette Stingray that Juechter Sr. just bought is its license plate, which reads, "MYSNSCR" — an adaptation of "My Son’s Car." Mat picked-up his C7 Stingray from the National Corvette Museum recently.

Mat has also owned a couple of Porsches during his life and used his C6 Corvette for the past five years as a daily driver.

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


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