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Only two years after the release of the C7 Corvette Stingray, Mark Reuss, GM’s global product chief, says the automaker is already working on the next generation of Corvette, though deeper details are nearly non-existent.

The news comes at the tail end of a Detroit Free Press report regarding the growing positive corporate morale within the company’s ranks. Despite all the bad press surrounding General Motors’ ignition switch recall fiasco, CEO change-up, and continually growing list of non-related vehicle recalls, Reuss says morale is higher than it was in 2012, when GM employees were last surveyed. He attributes the growth to a greater emphasis on transparency within the company as a result of the recent recalls.

Besides the news of happy employees, fans of GM’s high-performance halo car can widen their smiles as well. The next generation of Corvette is already on the drawing board. This means The General may shorten the lifespan of the C7 Vette, keeping the iconic Corvette nameplate fresh and competitive in the world’s arena. Unlike the C6 Corvette, which grew stale after an eight-year production run, the C7 may find itself replaced sooner. With competitors like Ferrari generally on a tighter and shorter shelf life, GM would be wise to adopt such a strategy.

Vehicle development these days is a long and exhausting process with years of design work done before the first prototypes are constructed. Considering that, the C7 will definitely enjoy several more years as the latest Vette, but we’d suspect GM will introduce its replacement by 2020, six years after the C7’s 2014 introduction.

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

Hennessey Performance is widely known for adding crazy amounts of horsepower to factory fresh vehicles already laded with respectable amounts of horsepower. This Corvette Stingray Z51 is no exception. Coming from Bowling Green with 460 horses and 465 pound feet of torque under the hood, this C7 gets a generous power increase thanks to Hennessey’s HPE650 Supercharger upgrade.

The specialized kit includes a high-flow supercharger with Hennessey’s HPE air induction system, a custom pulley for the blower, an upgraded 160-degree thermostat, and specific recalibration of the car’s engine management system. The extra air forced down the 6.2-liter V-8’s throat helps produce 650 horsepower at 6,300 rpm at the flywheel.

On the dyno, the car turns in 532 horsepower and 539 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. That’s an increase of 72 horses and 74 pound-feet compared to Chevrolet’s performance output numbers. Compare them to Hennessey’s baseline dyno results of the stock C7, and the difference is even greater. The stock car only put down 399 horses and 400 pound-feet to the rear wheels — though with its dealer license tag still tapped on, it’s possible the car wasn’t broken in.

Compare Hennessey’s before and after numbers, and the Vette gains an extra 133 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. Impressive stuff.

Also added to the car are several Hennessey badges, premium floormats, carbon fiber doorsills, and Hennessey’s 3-year, 36,000-mile limited warranty. The Texas-based company also offers plenty of other interior and exterior accessories with the package, at a slight extra cost.

If you find yourself wanting a Corvette Stingray HPE650, you’d better act fast. The company is only building 100 examples for the 2014 model year, though more will likely be available for 2015 and beyond.

Introduced in 1988 as a stock racing option inspired by Chevrolet ’s involvement in Pro-Am road racing , the 1LE Package has become an iconic feature among Camaro enthusiasts looking for more than just a fast daily driver. Rarely sold by the hundreds, the bundle moved onto the 2014 model year with new ZL1-sourced enhancements and neat powertrain upgrades.

Offered with the exclusive TR6060-MM6 six-speed manual transmission, the package is yet again available on the Camaro SS , placing it between the most powerful naturally aspirated model and the supercharged ZL1 missile. Things didn’t change for the 2015 model, but the 1LE remains the same attractive and affordable muscle car that sits below the more exclusive Camaro Z/28 .

So what makes the 1LE so special you may ask? Well, it may not be as fast or as track-focused as a Z/28, but it does come with a few unique exterior parts, Camaro ZL1 -sourced interior features and enough powertrain tweaks to make it the perfect car to drive to the office during the week and at your local track on a warm Sunday.

The current 1LE is about to enter its final year on the market, so it’s about time we have a closer a look at what it has to offer until a brand-new iteration comes out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014-2015 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE.

Unlike the Ford Mustang , which has been produced continuously since its initial introduction in 1964, the Chevrolet Camaro took a seven-year-long break from 2003 through 2009. It took GM a couple of years to realize the importance of a muscle car in its lineup, but it finally launched the fifth-generation Camaro in 2010.

Underpinned by the Zeta platform developed by Holden , the new Camaro rolled out with a range of V-6 and V-8 engines, which was just enough to compete with its long-standing Detroit rivals — the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger .

Mildly updated with each model year, the fifth-gen Camaro received its highly anticipated facelift in 2014, gaining new fascias, redesigned headlamps and taillights, and enhanced interior features. Despite the refreshed body is only going into its second model year in 2015, the sixth-generation model will step in to take center stage in 2016.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 - 2015 Chevrolet Camaro.

The fact the next-generation Camaro will replace the current model for the 2016 model year is no longer a mystery, but Chevrolet has finally made things official, confirming that 2015 will be last year on the market for the fifth-gen pony . The announcement, which came with a shorts list of updates — basically just one new color — for the 2015 Camaro , was quite brief and lacked any details on the redesigned model. However, previous reports have suggested the Camaro will get a new platform and an evolutionary styling that’s pretty familiar to customers.

Of course, the 2016 Camaro will get plenty of powertrain updates, with more horsepower coming out of its V-6 and V-8 engines, and possibly with the Corvette’s seven-speed manual transmission offered as standard. Interior revisions may include more soft-touch materials and premium surfaces, and loads of technology that will help the Camaro catch up with the 2015 Mustang .

As for the 2015 model, there are no horsepower improvements on the horizon, with all the current models to keep their respective specs and configurations. The main novelty is a new Blue Velvet Metallic color to the existing palette. With no significant updates on the table, pricing for the 2015 Camaro lineup is likely to remain nearly unchanged.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Chevrolet Camaro.

My eyes were tired, and the sun was unnaturally bright for 7 a.m. on Tuesday, but the warm Texas weather gave me satisfaction as I opened the balcony door. In just a few short hours I would be throwing cars around a racetrack as I began my one-day crash course on tire testing and comparisons.

I’ve been on worse assignments.

The event was put together and hosted by Cooper Tire. The American tire company, one of the last still operating in the US, has just released the new CS5 line of premium touring tires. With more than 2-million testing miles, and built as a replacement for the company’s best-selling tire ever, the CS5 is quite an ambitious project. Oh, Cooper is also celebrating its 100th anniversary as well. Somehow, I have been invited along with a selection of my colleagues to put this new tire through its paces.

The day would consist of laps around both dry and wet circuits to test the tires abilities, and Cooper had brought along some competition for us to compare against as well. Our weapons of choice included the new BMW 328i and some V6-powered Ford Mustangs .

I would learn a lot about tires, myself, and the breaking point of a C7 Corvette’s rear differential.

Read on to learn more about my day as a tire tester and find out how I did

With all 500 units of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 sold out within a couple of months, a lot of muscle car enthusiasts are basically forced to wait for the 2015 model to start rolling off the production line. But not the big guns of the aftermarket industry, who have already managed to snatch of few examples and turned them into more extreme machines.

For instance, Callaway is already selling a supercharger upgrade for it, while the folks over at Hennessey are ready to stuff a pair of turbochargers under the Z/28’s hood at any time. Redline Motorsports also got its hands on one of these muscle cars and are working on a few updates as we speak. But before getting busy with adding more power to that 7.0-liter engine, the tuner put it through a dyno test to see how many ponies actually reach the rear wheels.

This is the first time a 2014 Camaro Z/28 hit the dyno to our knowledge, and the results are interesting to say the least because the coupe pulled 455 horsepower and 420.4 pound-feet of torque. That translates into a 10-percent power and 13-percent torque loss from its official rating of 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque, which is far less than we expected. What do you think? Make sure you voice your opinion in the comments section below.

There aren’t a lot of things about this industry that can drive us to tears, but we there will be at least some flowing down when we see former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt get behind the wheel of a specially prepared Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at the Indy 500. If you don’t know, Schmidt was paralyzed in a racing accident 15 years ago. But thanks to the SAM (semi-autonomous motorcar) Project, Schmidt will once again find himself doing what he used to do best.

The SAM Project is a collaborative venture to use technology to get disabled drivers driving again and at the Indy 500, the group plans to unveil a specially designed Corvette Stingray race car that has been customized to include integrated advanced electronics and a human-to-machine interface, allowing the driver to essentially drive the car through head movement and brake by biting down on a pressure sensor.

It’s an incredible setup that will be shown in full focus once Sam Schmidt gets inside the car. The paralyzed driver will be wearing a unique hat that’s been dotted with reflective infrared markers, allowing Schmidt to steer the car using his head alone, tilting left or right to steer and backward to accelerate. The Corvette will come with a series of infrared cameras that will capture Schmidt’s head movements. From there, a CPU translates these movements and turns them into commands, relaying the information to actuators found on the Corvette’s steering wheel, accelerator, and brakes.

Incredibly, the car is safe to drive around the race track, an incredible feat that came from a collaboration of a number of tech companies, including Arrow, a supplier of industrial electronics components, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the non-profit Falci Adaptive Motorsports.

For all of the incredible work put in by these companies to develop this equally amazing Corvette, the attention will deservedly belong to Sam Schmidt. It’s been 14 years since that horrific crash Florida’s Walt Disney World Speedway that resulted in him being paralyzed so it’s absolutely amazing that he’s in this position now where he can, at least for one day, find comfort in his racing element.

He’s only driving four laps at the Indy 500 festivities, but make no mistake, it’s going to be the most emotional four laps the Brickyard has had in recent memory.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray.

Source: Cnet

We’ve already discussed all of the details around the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 earlier, when GM introduced the sexy, yet track-capable drop-top at the New York Auto Show . And we were pretty impressed with the fact that Chevy managed to keep weight to a minimum after chopping its roof off.

The staggering power, the projected performance and the aerodynamic body kit are the other reasons that will make grovel at its wheels, but have you heard the way this beast of a car sounds like when the ignition fires up that supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8 mill? You might be the biggest Corvette hater in the world, but if your heart doesn’t start pumping faster after hearing a Z06 idle, then you’re NOT a petrolhead and you should go hang around a bunch of Toyota Prius.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, then you should know that the 2015 Corvette Z06 received a brand-new LT4 engine that’s set to generate at least 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque. Those figures should be enough to propel the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.4 seconds, with the convertible to be a tad slower at 3.5 seconds.

The sports car won’t hit the streets until the first quarter of 2015, so make sure you watch the video above if you’re looking for some early exhaust note action.

I recently spent a week behind the wheel of a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 decked out in the range-topping High Country trim and powered by the largest V-8 offered by The General . While the High Country competes with the gaudy western-wear cowboys from Ford and Ram , the Chevy pulls off the John Wayne look with a touch more class and refinement.

Missing is the dinner-plate belt buckle styling with embroidered seats and barbed-wire floor mats. In their places are simple saddle-colored leather seats with matching leather stitched atop the dashboard, door panels, and armrest. The look is just subtle enough to remind occupants of the truck’s western flair without choking them with the motif.

While the overall theme of the truck isn’t outlandishly equestrian, the Corvette-derived 6.2-liter, V-8 engine under the hood has no shortage of horses — 420 to be exact. Only a handful of parts separate the Silverado’s powerplant from that found in the new C7 Stingray , and after pressing the accelerator, that becomes clearly evident. Though the truck weights double the Vette, the 6.2-liter still motivates the truck with ease, hitting 60 mph in just six seconds.

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