2014 - 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Horsepower @ RPM:450
Torque @ RPM:450
0-60 time:3.8 sec.
Quarter Mile time:11.9 sec.
Top Speed:195 mph (Est.)
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 C3 ‘Vette.
As promised, Chevrolet has taken off the wraps of what’s arguably one of its most highly anticipated cars. This is the day we at TopSpeed have been waiting for since all of this C7 talk started.
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.
Updated 04/27/2015: Chevrolet announced a series of upgrades for the 2016 Corvette Stingray, including some new design packages and new technologies.
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2019 C8 Corvette to Feature Active Side Skirts, Spoilers, and Downforce Generating Ducts
Patent filings are flying all over the place as automakers rush to protect their home-grown inventions. The latest company to do so is General Motors, which has secured patents for a number of active aerodynamic components that could soon find their way to the Chevrolet Corvette. All in all, GM was recently awarded three new patents involving adaptive aero technologies, specifically Active Side-Skirts, Active Spoilers, and Downforce Generating Ducts..
Bart Starr’s 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Is Up for Auction
You gotta love a classic ‘Vette - the looks, the sound, the smell… it’s pure nostalgia stuff. This particular Corvette Sting Ray Convertible takes it even further, bringing some very American provenance to the table as the vehicle originally given to Bart Starr for winning the MVP award at Super Bowl I.
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When Chevy introduced the C7 Corvette, we’re pretty sure that the Earth stood still for a moment. The car managed to maintain the classic Corvette philosophy but came to the market with an all-new design, new powertrain, and a brand-new interior. It was a complete makeover, yet it was still very distinguishable as a Corvette. This is evolution done right, folks. When introduced in 2014, it delivered 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque from a naturally aspirated, direct-injected, 6.2-liter V-8. It was also available with a performance exhaust system at launch that raised those figures to 460 and 465, respectively. Zero-to-60 mph? That sprint comes in less than four seconds. Needless, to say, the Corvette is the epitome of sports cars and muscle cars alike, and that’s why we’ve decided to honor it as the Wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked our favorite, but we’ve included a rather sizeable gallery that you’re more than welcome to pick and choose from. Go ahead, now, get to downloading already.
These days, there’s so much emphasis on Nurburgring lap times that it seems we hear about a new record, or a new attempt, at least once a week. There’s no doubt the Chevy was doing its best to make a best lap at the famous track after it was spotted there not that long ago. But, Chevy has more than a lap record in mind when it comes to the most powerful production Vette yet. Chevy drug the ZR1 all the way to Germany to put it through the paces at ATP Automotive Testing Papenburg, one of the largest proving grounds in the world and one that has miles upon miles of straight track looped together with banked curves at the end – the perfect recipe for top speed runs.
To make a qualifying run, a vehicle has to make two passes on the track, one in each direction (against and with the wind, naturally.) Once both runs are complete, the times are averaged out to establish a “true top speed.” As it turns out, that ZR1 is everything we hoped it would be, hitting 214.88 mph on one run and 210.20 on another. The true top speed? 212.20 mph. Not too bad at all, right? Well, check out the video of this awesome run below and let us know what you think!
The Eadon Green Zeclat Is One Seriously Strange Geneva Debut
This year’s Geneva International Motor Show was chock-full of debuts, both amazing, and terrible, but it also offered plenty of weirdness as well. Case in point - the Eadon Green Zeclat, a British-born, French-inspired sports car with all-American underpinnings. So what exactly is going on here?
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Genovation GXE, the Electric Corvette, Gets More Power for its Pre-Production Debut at CES
Will wonders ever cease? It certainly doesn’t seem like it. Remember that electric Corvette from Genovation Cars that hit 200 mph in 2016 before being show off at Pebble Beach? Well, it will make another public appearance at the 2018 CES show in January, but this time with 800 horsepower and more than 700 pound-feet of torque on tap – figures that promise to push it to the 220-mph mark and all without the use of any dino juice… Oh, what a time to be alive.
Based on the C7 Corvette that’s about to be retired to make way for a new generation, the GXE was originally rated at just 492 kilowatts or around 660 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of twist. Those aren’t bad figures for an electric beast, that’s for sure. We’re not sure how Genovation did it, but it’s managed to provide the world with updated specs that now include an extra 140 ponies and at least 100 more pound-feet of torque. Those figures are pretty staggering, but even more so, when you consider the Corvette ZR1 delivers just 755 ponies and 715 pound-feet. Of course, this news also comes with more goodies too, including an updated specs sheet that promises a 60-mph sprint in less than three seconds and a top speed that peaks more than 220 mph.
There is a downfall, however, as that GXE Electric Vette won’t get you very far and you better not expect a fun day at the track. Despite the fact that battery technology is on the up and up, this baby only gets 130 miles or so from its 60-kWh battery pack, and there’s no word on charging time, either. So, when you shell out the $750,000 for one of those 75 models being created don’t expect to do a whole lot with it outside of some occasional playing or trotting back and forth around town.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible
Chevy just released its new Corvette ZR1, and the spec sheet is just this side of insane. All told, this thing is the fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever created, with a thumping supercharged V-8 under the hood, advanced adaptive suspension components and tuning, and more wing than an international airport. All good stuff, no doubt, but what happens when you take off the roof? To find out, X-Tomi Design put together a rendering, and long story short, we approve.
The ZR1 convertible bears the same upgraded front fascia as its hardtop sibling, with aggressive, angular front intakes, a large splitter, and a taller hood to accommodate the bigger blower underneath. The wheels, fender vents, and enormous rear wing are also a carryover. Up top, though, you’ll notice the expanded headroom. If we’ve got your attention, then you’re in luck, because word has it a factory-made ZR1 convertible will break cover soon, possibly alongside the coupe version later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Read on for the details.
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The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Might Drop Cover In Dubai This Weekend
Word around the ‘Net is that Chevy will reveal its highly anticipated, track-focused iteration of the C7 Corvette, the ZR1, at an upcoming private event in Dubai on Sunday, November 12th. The rumor comes courtesy of the Bow Ties devotees over at CorvetteBlogger, who posted what appears to be a leaked image of the December issue of Car & Driver portraying one very orange and aggressive-looking ‘Vette parked under the ZR1 banner. The image is supported by further detail images taken from the magazine article itself, which appear to show the ZR1’s shifter, engine, and steering wheel, while a post made a day prior shows an invite to a special event in Dubai this weekend, apparently provided by a Middle East-based Corvette owner.
It’s assumed that the ZR1 will land stateside later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show to wow domestic journalists, with a predicted production launch for spring of 2018. And yeah, Dubai does seem like a somewhat unusual place to reveal the red, white, and blue sports car, but as CorvetteBlogger points out, Chevy still managed to garner plenty of attention when it dropped the Corvette Grand Sport at the Geneva Motor Show, and with the L.A. show scheduled to kick off in a few weeks from now, the ZR1 should still get plenty of attention. Either way, stay tuned as we look for further developments.
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The Chevy Corvette ZR1 Spotted with Less Camo; Proves Porsche and Ferrari Should Worry
It’s been a few months since we’ve seen the upcoming Corvette ZR1 out testing, with the last outing taking place on the Nurburgring in mid-April. The trail has since gone cold, but all that changed earlier this week when it was caught filling up with that sweet liquid gold we call gasoline. Even better yet, the prototype that was spotted is also half naked, giving us the best look at the coupe so far. Naturally, the entire front end and a small portion of the rear is still wrapped in the psychedelic camo that we all love to hate, but the lack of camo in the middle shows us that the ZR1 will, indeed, have the same rear quarters, roof, and doors found on the Stingray, Z06, and Grand Sport.
So far, there’s not a lot we know about the ZR1. It’s pretty much certain that the V-8 under the hood will be force fed, but whether or not that happens via a supercharger or a pair of twin turbos is still up in the air. We’re also not sure what it will deliver in terms of power, but with the Z06 cranking out some 650 ponies and the last-gen ZR1 making 638 ponies, we’re expecting no less than 700 horsepower out of the gate if not a little more. It should be able to tackle the 60-mph sprint in less than three seconds and will top out at more than 200 mph if you’ve got the balls to push it that hard. And, it’s about time that a C7-gen ZR1 makes its debut – the typical wait time for the ZR1 trim is about three to four years after the generation was introduced and 2018 will be the fourth year for the C7. So, we should be looking at a mid-2018 model or 2019 model at the latest. What can we spot in these new spy shots? Well, I’m glad you asked. Let’s take a better look real quick.
2018 Chevy Corvette Orders Halted, Bowling Green Assembly Plant Shuts Down
Back in May, we brought you news about Chevy’s Corvette factory and its 18-month shutdown of public tours beginning in June. At the time, Corvette expert and trusted source, Mike Furman, sent out an e-mail saying giving us a number of possibilities as to why the tours were being shut down. The distinct possibilities included the retooling of the factory to produce the mid-engined Corvette ZR1 “Zora” and the possibility that GM is switching from pushrod engines to DOHC engines. I personally speculated that it could be both – GM is trying to hide as much as it can about the ZR1, with tours obviously a serious threat to the way information is leaked these days and the switch to DOHC being a huge undertaking. Keep in mind that the ZR1 will also be based on the C7 instead of the upcoming C8, so it’s possible that GM is preparing the factory for C8 production. Now, as we approach fall and August is ready to kick off, GM is shutting down the Bowling Green plant. The shutdown is going to last through the month of October – something that is also causing a halt of all new Corvette orders until further notice.
So, what is the shutdown really for? Well, that’s still a mystery as far as we’re concerned, but according to spokesperson Ron Kiino, the reason revolves around the building of a new paint shop that is said to be state of the art. That’s the most official information we’ve heard about the shutdown so far, but is it just a front as GM begins to shift toward building DOHC engines or the C8? It’s hard to say, but shutting down an entire factory, just to build a new paint shop seems a little sketchy to us. For what it’s worth, the shutdown doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be able to get a Corvette for the next three months. You won’t be able to order a 2018 model, but GM currently has 14,700 Corvettes in stock as of July 1, 2017. That’s the word from the Automotive News Data Center, and it does make sense considering such a long halt to production. So, what’s it all mean for those looking to buy a Vette in the next couple of months? Keep reading to learn more about it.
Will The Chevy Corvette get an Active Aero System in the Near Future?
If you’ve been paying attention lately, you know that the Lamborghini Huracan Performante made that amazing, record-setting lap time at the Nurburgring. You should also know that it was able to complete that lap thanks to an active aero system that is known as “Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva,” a system that allows the car to remain a little loose in the straightaways while achieving maximum downforce when cornering. Well, Lambo is the only brand that has been working hard on active aero systems as Chevy has also been hard at work, and according to a patent that was published on March 23, 2017, the Corvette could be the first in line to get the GM designed, active aero system.
That’s right; the patent itself gives a pretty fair breakdown of the system but shows that it has been designed around the Corvette. And, that points to something really important: A hardcore track-focused Corvette could be in the works! Of course, we don’t know this for sure, and like some patents, this one could fizzle away into nothing. Autoguide even contacted Chevy Communications to ask about the active aero system, and the only response it received was “We have no comment at this time.”
So what does this active aero system consist of? Well, keep reading to learn more about it.
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The 2018 Chevy Corvette Could Come With a Surprise Under the Hood
The upcoming Corvette ZR-1 has been a major topic among performance and Chevy enthusiasts alike, and has been rumored and desired since the C7 hit dealerships a few years ago. Up until now, however, we’ve gotten very little official information but have seen the beast testing in the wild in mixed colors with lots or padding and camo. We have learned from leaked documents that it will, indeed, have a midship layout and a brand-new engine, but information about said engine has been rather elusive. All that has changed thanks to a leaked document on GM’s service website. The document has since been removed, but not before we’ve all taken in the knowledge that the new ZR-1, as well as the C8 Corvette, will get a naturally aspirated, DOHC, 6.2-liter V-8 that is being called the LT5.
As you’ll see in the document below, the listing in the leaked document reads “ENGINE GAS CYL, 6.2:, SIDI,DOHC,VVT,ALUM,GM. So, out of all that, we know that it will be a dual-overhead-cam unit – the first in a corvette since 1995 – and will make use of variable valve timing, and will have an aluminum block and heads. Of course, it’s not all gravy, as the listing also raises some concerns. After all, this engine is naturally aspirated, and that leads some into a serious state of doubt. See, the current 6.2-liter in the Corvette Z06 pumps out 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, but it’s only able to do so with a supercharger in tow.
So, with the ZR1 expected to have more power than the Z06 – some are saying as much as 750 horsepower – the concept of the LT5 being a naturally aspirated engine is stirring up come skepticism. It’s not impossible, but it is improbable and illogical to get that kind of power out of a naturally aspirated V-8. But, it could all work out in the end. After all, there’s just something about a large and powerful, naturally aspirated V-8 that tickles the fancy of every self-respecting American.
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Chevrolet Corvette Plant Gets $290 Million Upgrade From General Motors
General Motors is putting its money to good use by infusing another $290 million into its production facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, otherwise known Corvette plant. The move is seen as GM’s way of improving the technologies in the facility and improving existing processes, all to create a more efficient production framework for the Corvette.
It’s still unclear how General Motors plans to divvy up the large investment within the facility, but it is reported the assembly line is going to get a sizeable share of the funds as GM seeks to improve production beginning this summer. A significant portion of the funds, $153 million in total, is also being made available to the Kentucky Business Incentive, a program that encourages businesses from different industries to move to Kentucky or, in cases of those that are already planted in the state, to remain there.
It’s not uncommon for General Motors to loosen the purse strings to help add improvements into its Bowling Green facility. Back in May 2015, the automotive giant invested $439 million in facility upgrades, including the plant’s paint shop. As part of that investment, improvements were made to allow robots to use paint more efficiently, LED lighting to improve inspections, less energy-intensive baking ovens, and technology to eliminate sludge water, among other things.
The combined sum of $729 million in investments is part of the automaker’s three-year, $5.4-billion plant upgrades that it announced in 2015. All this maneuvering is tied into GM’s desire to invest as much as it can to ensure that the Chevrolet Corvette remains competitive against a growing number of rivals in the U.S. and foreign markets. It’s hard to argue against GM’s methods here, especially when you consider the increasingly competitive sports car segment in a lot of the world’s biggest markets.
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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
Concerned about Ford’s racing program and what it was doing with the Shelby Cobra, Chevrolet’s Zora Duntov launched the Grand Sport program in 1962. The plan was to build lightweight, race car around the second-generation Corvette and use it for international grand touring events. The project was kept secret from GM executives, who thought that Chevy shouldn’t go racing, and was stopped as soon as rumors about Duntov’s brainchild started to spread. Fortunately, Zora managed to complete five cars, giving the world some of the most coveted and valuable Corvettes ever built. More than five decades have passed since then and the Grand Sport nameplate returns on the seventh-generation Corvette.
Rumored ever since the current Vette was unveiled in 2013, the C7 Grand Sport broke cover at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show. Pretty much a Z06 with a naturally aspirated engine under the hood, the new Grand Sport is aimed at purists that know power isn’t everything. Is it a coincidence that the C7 Grand Sport was revealed at the same event that brought us the Porsche 911 R? Most likely, but this is probably the beginning of a beautiful rivalry that should spawn many battles on the road and at the track.
The C7 Grand Sport is actually the fourth generation to wear the iconic badge. After Duntov’s program was cancelled, the nameplate returned in 1996 as final edition of the C4. The third model arrive in 2010 as an LS3-equipped, C6 Z06 with a steel frame instead of aluminum. Is this new version of the C7 worthy of Grand Sport name? Keep reading to find out.
Updated 04/29/2016: Chevrolet dropped prices for the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport which will be put on sale later this summer. Check the "Prices" section for more details.
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2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 by BBM Motorsport
The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 really needs no introduction. As a souped up version of the Vette, the Z06 handles better and spits out more power than its standard counterpart. Oh, and it looks more aggressive too, thanks in part to a conscious effort from Corvette to make the car stand out. Mission accomplished, right? Well, it depends on who you ask, because a certain German tuner named BBM Motorsport clearly doesn’t think Chevy did as much to the Corvette Z06 as it could have.
That’s why the aftermarket company took it upon itself to do the job, dressing up the American sports car with a new aero kit to go along with modifications to the engine, exhaust, and wheels. The program itself doesn’t transform the Z06 into an all-conquering monster, but it does enough to change the way a prospective customer might look at it.
Considering how popular the Z06 is, programs like this, even if it doesn’t do an overhaul, could be the difference that makes the Z06 stand out. I personally think the high-powered Vette is awesome enough on its own, but I certainly won’t dismiss a tuner if it wants to make it more faster and more powerful.
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Callaway Cars Will Offer Corvette Shooting Brake By The End Of 2016
If you’re someone who thought the C7 Corvette would look cool as a shooting brake, then boy do I have some good news for you. Callaway Cars has just announced a new shooting brake conversion kit for the C7 Corvette Coupe. I know what you might be thinking, but this isn’t a late April Fool’s joke. It is real, and Callaway is already taking orders with delivery and installation available in the last quarter of this year.
The conversion kit replaces the current hatch on the Corvette Coupe and functions in the same way, meaning it can be lifted to access the rear interior just like the stock hatch. Installation is said to be easily, and the whole process can also be reversed to install the original hatch with ease. The conversion kit is a one-piece unit that is made from carbon fiber and is delivered in a natural carbon fiber finish. Optional body coloring is available, so it can also be painted to match your current stock body color.
As you can see from the images, it gives the C7 Corvette a whole new look in the rear, and it’s quite sporty if you ask me. It should be noted, that because of the Corvettes overall design, it is impossible to add rear seats. So, if you were hoping to cram a couple of seats back there, you’re out of luck. Callaway has yet to release details as to how much cargo room will increase with the AeroWagen shooting brake hatch, but it did say that the increase will be “significant.” Performance specs for the C7 with the AeroWagen hatch have yet to be released as well, but Callaway predicts a “slight reduction in overall drag coefficient.” If you’re interested in the conversion kit, you can contact Callaway Cars at their website, or at 1-866-927-9400.
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The Corvette Grand Sport Will Slot Between The Stingray And The Z06
If you were old enough to drive in the late 60’s or early 1970s, you probably lusted over the first Corvette Grand Sport. Those of us that are a bit younger happily remember the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport that rocked the LT4 engine. Finally, 20 years later at the Geneva Auto Show, the new Corvette GS made its long-awaited debut. Now, only a month after that debut, we’ve received new information about Corvette GS from Mike Furman, who works out of Criswell Chevrolet in Gaithersburg, MD. For those of you who don’t know, he is well-known for being the first to release information about Corvettes to his customers.
In his communication to us, he revealed that the Corvette GS will slot between the Z51 Stingray and the Z06 price-wise. Don’t expect to hear more specific pricing, however, as that information has yet to be released. The GS is basically be a Z06 without a supercharger, and actually borrows more than a few parts from it – including the suspension. All Corvettes will be available in Watkins Glen Gray, while the collector’s edition GS will be the only one to receive Tension Blue interior like we saw the GS sporting in Geneva.
As far as availability and production goes, it is anticipated that the GS will be produced at the same time as the Stingray, so there won’t be a delay in availability. As far as we know, the Collector Edition will likely be produced later on in the model year, though, so there may be a wait for that specific model. At the Geneva Auto Show, a strict no touch, no entry policy was observed with the GS, but that was a pre-production model. When the Corvette Bash kicks off in late April, visitors will be able to inspect the vehicle up close and even sit down inside of it.
The Chevrolet Corvette has a long history with racing, and the latest C7.R racecar has definitely been carrying the torch since its introduction last year. To celebrate the early success that the C7 has already had in racing, Chevrolet has introduced the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition.
First the bad news. This car is little more than a styling package tacked onto the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. So where’s the good news, you ask? That lies in the fact that the C7 Z06 is already enough of a track superstar that all it took to create the Z06 C7.R Edition was a special paint job and all the performance goodies the C7 Z06 offers.
Unlike the racecar used by Corvette Racing teams, the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition will be offered as either a coupe or convertible.
Updated 09/28/2015: The very first Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition was sold at the 8th Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction for the amazing amount of $500,000. All the proceeds will go to Detroit-based College for Creative Studies.
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With a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 and bodywork that wouldn’t look out of place on the starting grid at Le Mans, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is an $80,000 car that’s fast enough to embarrass cars costing nearly four times as much. We’ve been barraged with 0-60, quarter-mile, top speed, breaking distance and lateral acceleration figures, but there’s still one glaring omission from the Z06’s repertoire: a Nürburgring lap time.
But, according to a new report from Auto Week, it may have already set a blisteringly fast time of 7:08. According to an individual familiar with goings on at the Nürburgring, a Z06 equipped with the Z07 package set the time very recently, but Chevy has been unable to announce it due to the Nürburgring’s current ban on record attempts. The ban however could be lifted soon, at which point Chevy could make the time (or an ever faster one) official.
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Typically, when an automaker invests capital into a production facility, it goes by unnoticed. However, amid rumors of a mid-engine Corvette, GM investing $439 million into the paint shop at the Bowling Green Corvette plant leaps off the paper to us as a sign of good things to come.
The press release doesn’t have any incriminating evidence of this rumored super-Corvette, but it does mention that the investment will include new tooling and robots, and building a 450,000 square-foot painting facility.
Other changes to the paint shop include a dry scrubber booth with a limestone-handling system that eliminates sludge water and waste, LED lights for the process decks for visual inspection, FANUC robots with versa-bell 3 electrostatic applicators to give each paintjob a smoother finish and to reduce lost paint materials by 25 percent, and high-efficiency baking ovens.
Could these heavy modifications to the paint shop be in anticipation of the hotly anticipated Corvette Zora ZR-1?
Unfortunately, it is hard to tell, as these modifications could simply be to improve flaws in the current paint shop or just to increase efficiency. Then again, an investment this big into the Corvette plant at this point in time just seems strangely coincidental.
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If you’re looking for a biting, Top Gear-style look at the Z06, this isn’t going to be it. This review pretty much boils down to someone reading a sales brochure and driving his neighbor’s Z06 around a suburban subdivision. But don’t take that as criticism. From a consumer standpoint, this is probably the better review. A good look at how the convertible top operates and what the interior looks like are more helpful to the average potential buyer than knowing how easily it goes sideways with the traction control off on a racetrack.
The review is relentlessly consumer-oriented, coming in at over 31 minutes and going over pretty much every feature of the 2015 Z06 Convertible. But sometimes you need something like that, as it can be tempting to view fast cars as nothing more than a collection of performance stats, and review videos will sometimes forget that people actually buy them and live with them. Unfortunately, this one has reminded us that the instruments and switches in the Z06 still aren’t exactly a high point of the car. Still a very cool car though.
Last weekend, the Toyota Mirai became the first hydrogen-fueled car to pace a NASCAR race, replacing the more common, V-8-powered Chevys and Fords for the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Now, it seems that things are back to normal in the U.S. racing scene, with IndyCar nominating the 2015 Corvette Z06 to pace the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24th. Yay!
More good news comes from the fact that the Indy-liveried Z06 will be driven by four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon. The organizer’s choice isn’t surprising here, as Gordon is also a five-time Brickyard 400 winner, also held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Gordon, now in his 23rd NASCAR season (man I feel old), has never competed in the Indianapolis 500, meaning he will turn his first laps during the famed event in a pace car.
"It’s great to have Jeff Gordon serve as this year’s pace car driver,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. “He is a true champion who has earned the respect and admiration of competitors and race fans alike."
Gordon, who is retiring from full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup racing at the end of the 2015 season, will also compete in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 the same day. The 43-year-old will fly to Charlotte Motor Speedway as soon as the checkered flag drops at Indianapolis. What a guy!
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Like an M-80 shoved inside a watermelon, the new C7 Corvette Stingray is pretty damn effective. Straight out of the box, Chevy’s mainstay performance platform can easily outrun sports cars far above its price range. But that hasn’t stopped the power nuts in their search for even more from the Vette’s V-8 powerplant. Hennessey Performance is one such tuner, and is well known for making the fastest even faster. Its latest project is an HPE1000 package for the C7, and as you can see from the above-featured video, the results seem to be coming along nicely.
Hennessey already provides customers with two levels of upgrades for the C7: the HPE650 and HPE700. Included in these packages is a 2.3-liter supercharger system, custom tuning, exterior carbon-fiber aero enhancements and incredibly, a three-year/36,000-mile warranty. It’s an enticing offer for anyone looking to update their ‘Merican speed sled with something custom, unique, and 100 percent badass.
So then, how’s that HPE1000 kit looking? R&D seems to be progressing, with 847 horsepower and 720 pound-feet of torque registered at the rear wheels on this run (not to mention some beautiful internal combustion noise from that signature exhaust). Stay tuned here for further developments, as Hennessey is known for documenting its testing process in extensive detail.
America – land of the free and home of the 1,320. We like our meal portions big and our quarter mile ETs low. And when it comes to engines, we want eight cylinders arranged in a vee, with a big-ass blower sitting on top creating all those whining noises.
These are just a few of the things that make the new C7 Corvette Z06 so awesome. Click the link to read our full review. The car is like a Patriot missile with Johnny Cash riding shotgun – brutal, ruthlessly effective, and undeniably cool in a does-it-look-like-I-care kind of way.
While it’s already shockingly fast from the factory, there are a few out there who are simply not content with “stock.” Enter Fasterproms, an independent GM performance tuning shop in Lutz, Florida. The speed house recently posted a video of its black and white ‘Vette project car running a quarter mile in 9.87 seconds at 138 mph, a feat the company claims makes it the world’s first nine-second 2015 C7 Z06. Incredibly, the single digit run was accomplished with little more than simple bolt-on modifications.
So then, what’s it take to dip below the 10s in a new Z06? The parts list includes a custom 2.31 pulley, ported supercharger, modified intake, thermal reduction plates to keep the blower cool, a flex-fuel sensor that allows a blend of e85 and pump gas, 1.5-gallon expansion tank for the supercharger coolant, ARH 1.875 headers, a custom in-house tune, and 315/30/18 Hoosier drag radials.
Once this thing gets off the line, it simply squats and rockets down the lane.
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You’ll find some seriously heavy-grade speed-weaponry at the annual Texas International Automotive Airfield Exhibition. Some of the biggest names in performance tuning show up to compete and showcase their latest builds, including AMS Performance, Nitrous Express, and T1 Race Development.
Participation is by invitation only, which makes for a field of some of the fastest machinery in the country. Every manner of suped-up speed monster makes an appearance on the long runway, from high-end European exotics like Porsches and Lamborghinis, to powerhouse imports like the GT-R and Supra, to the no-displacement-replacement domestic iron of Vipers and Ford GTs. Four-digit power figures and 200 mph are commonplace.
At the top of the EV class, we find this extensively modified C7 Corvette driven by one of the most badass four-year-olds to put pedal to metal (er, plastic that is). Dear ol’ Dad helped with the upgrades, which include doubled power over stock trim, with 24 volts of tire-shredding electric muscle. Complementing this are two big bottles of nitrous mounted in the rear.
This thing scrambles for traction everywhere. The pilot can barely contain it off the line, but somehow manages to get it to the finish without incident, a testament to his innate driving talent. He even throws in an end-swapping skid at the end of his run for extra style points.
If you need a smile, don’t hesitate to hit play.
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When it comes to official Nurburgring lap times, Chevrolet is the proud owner of the tenth-quickest lap for production cars, an achievement it unlocked back in 2011 with the Corvette C6 ZR1, which stormed the Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 19.63 seconds. That benchmark will certainly change once the 2015 Corvette Z06’s lap becomes official, but, if we are to believe a recent report coming from HorsepowerKings, GM’s new halo car improved upon the ZR1’s time by no less than 20 seconds.
Specifically, the report claims a 2015 Corvette Z06 equipped with the Z07 aerodynamics package and the quick-shifting, 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission, lapped the "Green Hell" in 6 minutes, 59.13 seconds. The HD on-board video will be released "soon," HorsepowerKings adds. On the flip side, the report doesn’t quote a source, and the video that comes with it is actually older footage of the Z06 being tested on the Nordschleife. What’s more, the 2-minute video seems very similar to the one YouTube user "cvdzijden" uploaded back in October 2014. Not that I’m accusing HorsepowerKings of anything, but refurbishing an older video doesn’t help with credibility.
The lap time itself is also possibly far-fetched, as such a benchmark would make the Corvette Z06 only two seconds slower than the Porsche 918 Spyder supercar. And while I agree the Z06 is worthy of the term "supercar" in some respects, I have my doubts it is nearly as quick as an 887-pony, 940-pound-feet hypercar equipped with one of the quickest transmissions ever built. Make sure you keep it locked here for more details on the matter, but until we can dig up new info, take this outstanding lap time with a pinch... make that a jar of salt.
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When it comes to crazy prices at car auctions, Ferrari takes the cake for classic machines. Lately though there has been a big push to put all-new cars on the auction block for charity, and the new Corvette has been setting the auction hammer alight. GM offered up the first production Corvette Stingray and Stingray Convertibles to auction where they went for $1.05 million and $1 million respectively. With the release of the new Z06, GM once again turned to a charity auction to sell the first one off the line. Again, it sold for an eye-popping $1 million dollars. Now with the topless Z06 models rolling through Bowling Green, GM decided to go four for four with auctions and sent this one to Barret-Jackson. While this latest model didn’t break the seven-figure mark that the previous three Corvettes did, this Z06 still managed to climb to $800,000 before the gavel fell.
While that is a lot of scratch to pay for a car with an MSRP below $100k, don’t forget that all proceeds go to charity, which in this particular case, was United Way.
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Certain car companies have begun to re-emphasize the level of quality and craftsmanship that can be offered in cars when you have employees that specialize. Many companies like Nissan, with the GT-R, use specialized manufacturing for engine construction. The result is a special engine that bears the name of its creator emblazoned under the hood. Chevrolet took this one step further a few years ago when they offered their “Engine Build Experience” for buyers of the Corvette ZR1. This allowed buyers to have a hand in crafting their specific car, and it was a big hit for the American company. The ZR1 may be dead, but the Engine Build Experience will live on thanks to the new Z06.
Starting this March, buyers who want a shiny new Z06 to park in their drive, can tick the option box labeled PBC to build their engine themselves. PBC is short for Performance Build Center, and the option tacks $5,000 onto the sticker. That may seem like a stiff bill to save GM some money on labor costs, but in actuality there will be a normal engine assembly technician with you every step of the way to supervise and make sure nothing goes wrong. You will also get a personalized engine plaque with your signature mounted to the engine as well as professional photography of the whole ordeal.
For that extra bit of awesome, GM is quick to remind buyers that they can also choose the R8C option for museum delivery. This will give them a VIP tour of the plant and allow them to drive their new Corvette home from the National Corvette Museum, located across the street from the factory.
If you want a new Z06, and you want your car to have that little extra personal touch, then this seems like the best way.
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If the 2015 North American International Auto Show is a litmus test for the future of the automotive industry, sports car enthusiasts have plenty to look forward to. This year’s Detroit show had an eclectic mix of introductions ranging from high-efficiency green cars to pickup trucks, but most surprising was the large number of high-horsepower performance cars.
Regardless of what type of performance you like, the Detroit Auto Show had it. There were high-powered sedans like the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V and 2016 Lexus GS F, there are more practical vehicles like Mercedes GLE63 AMG S Coupe and Ford F-150 Raptor and traditional sports coupes like the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider and 2016 Shelby Mustang GT350R also had their time to shine. Stealing the spotlight, though, was the debut of two awe-inspiring supercars: the 2017 Ford GT and the production version (finally) of the Acura NSX
While both of these cars showcase the future that awaits supercar enthusiasts, they both do so in slightly different manners. The Ford GT, which will enter production next year in time to run in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, is all about racing with an aero-tuned body and the “most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever,” with initial estimates rating this mid-mounted, twin-turbo V-6 at more than 600 horsepower. The 2016 Acura NSX is more of a high-tech beast with a mid-engine, twin-turbo V-6 producing "north of 550 horsepower," which is paired to a three-motor electric drive system resulting in the latest version of Acura’s Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. Of course, we still have to wait for pricing on both of these new offerings, but it seems like the NSX will start in the $150,000 range while the GT will likely be a bit higher.
The birth of the hypercar may have already changed how we, as enthusiasts, look at sports cars (including the high-end supercars), but for now, we take a look at how the newest breed of supercars — those that have debuted over the last year — stack up against the Ford GT and Acura NSX.
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For the first time available with an automatic transmission and a convertible roof, you would think that the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has been watered down a bit, but as Jay Leno found out for himself, that is totally not the case. With a supercharged V-8 that pumps out 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, the fourth-generation Corvette Z06 is not for the faint of heart, no matter if it comes with a fixed hard top or a rag top, or in automatic or manual transmission guise. It is simply a monster, which is why we at TopSpeed chose it as the 2014 Performance Car of the Year.
Since Jay Leno is... well, Jay Leno, he had the chance to test drive a pre-production version of the 2015 Z06 equipped with the Z07 performance package, eight-speed automatic transmission and an electric soft top — three features that in theory shouldn’t play well together. The convertible aspect makes it more of a boulevard cruiser, the automatic transmission is in theory a comfort feature, while the Z07 package simply transforms an all-out supercar into something even more bonkers.
With sticky Michelin Sport Cup tires, massive carbon-ceramic brakes front and rear and an aerodynamic downforce kit that includes an adjustable see-through rear spoiler, the Z07 performance package is most definitely worth every penny if you’re looking to crush just about everything on the road at any given moment. Not to mention that the car itself has a starting price of only $78,995, which may seem like a lot, but it all depends on perspective as this sub-$100,000 sports car can actually keep up with hypercars costing five times as much. On an even better note, Leno’s test ride didn’t end with a blown engine.
To say that a 2015 Corvette Z06 has a blown engine is as normal as it gets considering GM’s brand-new halo car comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. That said, one Z06 owner just learned that the term "blown" can gain a rather saddening meaning, as the owner in question also happens to be the owner of the first Corvette Z06 to suffer catastrophic engine failure.
As reported by the folks over at Corvette Forum, a Z06 owner had to take its prized sports car back to the dealer following an incident that might spark some concern in the minds of those who bought or plan to acquire a beefed-up, supercharged Stingray. According to the source, the owner, who is also a member of the said forum, was out putting miles on the coupe before a track event scheduled in January when the engine began knocking.
"I shifted short of redline and boom — the car began knocking. I pulled over and popped the hood. I could hear a loud knock coming from the No. 6 cylinder area along with a serious, grinding, metal-on-metal sound coming from the supercharger area," the owner said in a forum post, adding that he was making a pull from 35 mph when the knocking began. His Z06 was literally brand-new, with just 891 miles on the odometer.
The vehicle is now in dealer’s hands, who confirmed a failure in he engine. Further details aren’t yet available, but the engine will be sent back to GM for further analysis. On thing’s certain though, this Z06 needs a new engine and the owner will have it replaced for free under warranty.
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The Chevrolet Corvette has been an iconic nameplate in the sports car world since its introduction back in 1953. The early hand-built Corvettes powered by inline six-cylinders gave way to larger production quantity and much larger and more powerful V-8 engines. Through the years, the Corvette became more powerful and more technologically advanced, and now, as we are in the Corvette’s seventh generation, the Corvette is more powerful and advanced than ever before.
The C7 Corvette, which was introduced in 2014, also brought about the reintroduction of the Stingray name. With a year under its belt, the 2015 Corvette arrives with a new eight-speed automatic and an optional Performance Data Recorder.
The 2015 Stingray comes complete with a 6.2-liter V-8 that boasts loads of cutting-edge technology despite its old-school cam-in-block, pushrod design. Making 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, the V-8 enables 0-to-60 times under four seconds while achieving nearly 30 mpg highway. Other state-of-the art technology surrounds the engine, including a lightweight aluminum and carbon-fiber chassis, a complex traction system, and either a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.
After much anticipation, I finally had the chance to sample the new 2015 Stingray, complete with the all-new (and optional in the Z06) eight-speed automatic transmission and performance exhaust. Fitted with the 2LT Package and ZF1 Appearance Package, but lacking the sporty Z51 Performance Package, my tester took a middle-of-the-road approach to its option list. That certainly didn’t stop fun, however. Keep reading for the full run-down.
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It’s that time of the year when we look back upon what the calendar year had to offer automotive-wise and announce the TopSpeed Car of the Year awards. For 2014 we have three different categories - Performance Car of the Year, Best Car of the Year and Best Truck of the Year. TopSpeed’s first award for 2014 goes to the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, the near-unanimous choice among our editors for the Performance Car of the Year title. The brand-new Z06 received the most number of votes against stiff competition that included the likes of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, making it the second Corvette to win TopSpeed’s Car of the Year award. In 2013, the then new 2014 Corvette Stingray was voted the 2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year.
The 2015 Corvette Z06 debuted at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show alongside the Corvette C7.R, sharing underpinnings with GM’s new race car. That was the first sign the Z06 will become a tremendous street racer and we soon learned it is more powerful and quicker than the mighty 2013 Corvette ZR1. With 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque coming from a brand-new, supercharged, 6.2-liter, LT4 V-8, the 2015 Z06 needs only 2.95 seconds to charge from naught to 60 mph, a figure that puts it in a rather exclusive league of supercars. The exterior is equally aggressive, with a host of aerodynamic enhancements setting it apart from the Stingray and moving it closer to the C7.R race car.
The Z06’s interior sets yet another new benchmark for the Corvette nameplate, offering premium, soft-touch materials like Nappa leather, Alcantara and micro-suede, as well as weight-saving trims in aluminum and carbon-fiber. The flat-bottom steering wheel speaks of the Z06’s special relationship with the C7.R, as do the lightweight wheels wrapped in Michelin sport tires, high-performance Brembo brakes or the smart electronic limited-slip differential. Making the 2015 Z06 even more impressive is its relatively affordable sticker, which sits at $78,995. Granted, the Z06 is unbeatable as far as bang for the buck goes. And the fact that it can be taken to the track without any modifications whatsoever makes it that much of a better deal.
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Well that didn’t take long. One of the first 2015 Corvette C7 Z06s delivered to a customer is now modified. You’ll likely recall the video we posted just a few days ago of a brand-new Z06 lighting up its tires in a dealership parking lot. Well the owner, Vengeance Racing, has completed its first tune on the Vette’s 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8.
The racing shop located outside Atlanta, GA fitted the car with a high-flow cold-air intake system, swapped out the supercharger’s pulley for a larger one, and programmed in its own ECU tune. The results are pretty impressive.
The base dyno run reveals the car makes 587 horsepower and 611 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. That’s not too far off the 650 horse and 650 pound-feet at the crank promised by GM. After swapping in some minimal parts, the Vette gained another 75 horsepower and 60 pound-feet of torque.
The new specs sit at 660 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque.
Keep in mind those modifications were made without any internal engine work — just a different air intake and a pulley swap, both of which are bolt-on applications. An ECU tune is usually a plug-and-play operation, but Vengeance did have to develop the tune itself.
It’s likely this isn’t the limit to Vengeance’s work on the car. A camshaft and fuel injector swap, headers, and a more free-flowing exhaust should boost power beyond the 700-horse mark. Lookout Hellcat!
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Ever since the Dodge Viper Time Attack smashed the Corvette ZR1’s lap record at Laguna Seca, GM enthusiasts have been waiting for a new supercharged Vette to put bowtie-badged sports car atop Chrysler’s V-10-powered Snake once again. With the 650-horsepower Z06 already in dealerships as of December 2015, it seemed Corvette gearheads finally had the tool to beat the Viper. All we had to do is wait for someone to bring the two together for a comparison to find out which is faster. Well, the first video just hit the Interwebz and things don’t look good for Chevy’s new race-bred Z06.
The folks over at ThatRacingChannel just released a video in which a 2015 Corvette Z06 with the seven-speed manual transmission is put to test against a 2014 Dodge Viper TA. Both cars are bone stock and only 700 miles and 1,700 miles on their odometers, respectively. The drivers did multiple runs, including 20-to-140 mph from second to fourth gear, 60-to-155 mph from second to fifth, as well as a 0-to-155-mph sprint from first to fifth gear. Although the Z06 manages to sneak in front at times, the Viper goes on to win the battles, an unexpected and certainly upsetting result for Corvette fans.
How is this possible? Well, we don’t have all the details about the specifics of this rather illegal duel or the skills of the two drivers, but it may have something to do with the fact that the Viper is about 140 pounds lighter than the Z06. Sure, the latter comes with an extra 10 ponies and 50 pound-feet of torque, but the Snake’s aerodynamic package could’ve played a key role in this drag race. Of course, this duel isn’t exactly relevant, but until a proper comparison is made, the supercharged Z06 has to live with the idea that it has been defeated by its older, all-motor competitor. Suddenly, "there’s no replacement for displacement" sounds downright accurate.
For the second consecutive year, The Chevrolet LT1 Small Block 6.2-liter V-8 has won a spot on Ward’s 10 Best Engine list for 2015. That’s thanks to its highly respectable power numbers combined with its fuel efficiency numbers. SAE-certified to make 460 horsepower, the V-8 makes enough power to move the Corvette C7 Stingray to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds yet still get an EPA-estimated 29 mpg highway.
Wards reviewed some 37 engines and other propulsion systems from 12 separate manufacturers in this year’s competition. The criteria not only includes power and fuel efficiency, but also new technology and refinement.
“The 6.2L LT1 V-8 is the heart and soul of the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette, and it proudly upholds the 60-year legacy of small-block engines from General Motors,” says Tom Murphy, executive editor of WardsAuto World digital magazine. “This one’s been re-engineered from head to torque converter, and the LT1 is the crown jewel of this massive engine family.”
The family Murphy refers to is the Gen 5 family of Small Block engines that include the 4.3-liter V-6, the 5.3-liter V-8, and the 6.2-liter V-8 from the GM truck lineup. Like the Corvette’s LT1, all three engines have the EcoTec3 list of advancements that include direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and Active Fuel Management.
All Gen 5 engines benefit from the direct fuel injection’s precise control of fuel and the cooling effect it has on the combustion chamber, the variability of the intake and exhaust valvetrain in producing power, and the engines’ ability to cut fuel to cylinders when under light load.
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So you just slid an $80,000+ check across the desk at the Chevrolet dealership for a brand-spankin’ new 2015 Corvette Stingray Z06. Your new baby is just that, an infant. She still has the ruber hairs on the tires, plastic on the seats, and no more than a couple miles on the clock. What do you do? Well if you’re Vengeance Racing, you burn the rear tires down to the cords before ever leaving the lot. (Wonder when that depreciation starts kicking in…)
The gratuitous burnout lasts what seems like an eternity as smoke from the 335/25ZR20-sized Michelin Pilot Super Sport 2 tires engulfs the car and the onlooking dealership staff. The aftermath is two huge black patches and matching shards of balled rubber. Perhaps it’ll serve as a Corvette selling point for the next six months.
Rest assured the Z06 will be taken care of. Vengeance is a full-blown race shop that specialized in GM vehicles, especially LS small block V-8s. We’re sure the Stingray was taken directly to the shop where Vengeance will install custom parts and accessories on it. It’s also very likely the supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 will be making well north of its stock 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque before long. We’ll be keeping an eye out for future quarter-mile and 0-to-60 times.
If you’re addicted to the brand-new 2015 Corvette Z06 and can’t get enough of GM’s halo sports car lapping America’s most iconic race tracks, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re equally crazy about the Z06 and we have brand-new footage showing this supercharged beast taking fast turns on Road Atlanta. We’ve already seen it do just that recently, but this two-minute video is way cooler, as it shows in-car footage as well as images and data provided by the car’s Performance Data Recorder.
Making things even better is that the Z06 is driven by Tommy Milner, GM’s factory racing and test driver and full-time Corvette Racing pilot. Milner laps Road Atlanta at full throttle, while explaining the Z06’s behavior in each turn. He even manages to complete a lap in only 1:29.81, although he wasn’t aiming for a record. For reference, that’s nearly five seconds slower than the record set by a race-spec Nissan GT-R built by Forged Performance. However, the GT-R set the benchmark using slick tires. Using street tires, the GT-R took 1:29.9 to complete the lap with street tires, roughly a tenth of second slower than the Z06. If you were looking for proof that the Z06 is a race-bred road car, there you have it!
Hit the play button to enjoy the action and make sure you pump up the volume for some pure American V-8 noise. And in case you missed it, the first Corvette Z06s are already on their way to customers as of, which means owners will soon start posting videos of their own. All I can say is bring it on!
If you’ve put money down on a new 2015 Corvette Stingray Z06, you’ll be happy to know Chevrolet is beginning deliveries of its sports car. The Vettes are currently rolling onto trucks headed to dealers where customers can take delivery starting this week.
This marks the beginning of Chevy’s new ultimate Corvette. The Detroit bruiser comes packing a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 650 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 650 pound-feet of torque at 3,600. Those numbers rank highest in the long list of GM’s production vehicles. Optional with that engine are two transmissions: the standard seven-speed manual, complete with Active Rev Matching and No-Lift Shifting; and the all-new eight-speed automatic.
Those looking to row their own will enjoy a 0-to-60-mph time of 3.2 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 11.2 ticks while those more concerned about acceleration numbers can achieve 60 mph in just 2.95 seconds and the quarter mile in 10.95 seconds with the lightning-fast automatic. Regardless of transmission choice, both configurations finish the quarter mile at 127 mph.
Stopping is also accomplished in a record-breaking distance: 99.6 feet. That’s better than anything GM has ever sent down the production line. Lateral acceleration tops out at 1.2g thanks to the Z07 performance package and its sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
Customers have a wide range of choices when it comes to the new Z06. It comes in both coupe and convertible form, the two transmission choices, three stages of aerodynamic bodywork, and plenty of color and interior options. Prices start at $78,995 for the coupe and $83,995 for the convertible.
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With production already underway, the 2015 Corvette Z06 is nearly ready to hit the roads and tracks of North America. We know the supercharged `Vette is downright fast on paper and past Nurburgring footage showed us the road-legal Z06 is nimble as its track-exclusive counterpart, the Z06.R. Everything about is exciting to say the least and I can understand why those who have one on preorder are counting the days until deliveries begin early next year. Those who can’t handle the wait will be somewhat relieved to find out there’s a brand-new video showing the supercharged beast in its natural environment.
What you’ll see above is nearly three minutes of Corvette Z06s revving their V-8 engines, taking tight turns and charging in straight lines like there’s no tomorrow, and it all happens on the iconic Road Atlanta track. There are at least five different Vettes lapping the course, meaning Chevy was quite busy putting the new halo through its paces before sending it to showrooms nationwide.
The Z06 appears to feel quite comfortable at Road Atlanta, a track that has seen many race-prepped Corvettes thundering down "The Esses," including second- and third-generation cars. Making the video even better is that the soundtrack is nothing but supercharged V-8 noise. Pump up the volume and hit play for the best Z06 track footage yet.
We all knew the Corvette Stingray Z06 was going to be a fantastic supercar. What, with its 650-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, and those massive Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, how could you expect otherwise?
Well the first round of tests are in, including this one from our friends at MotorTrend. They take two examples of the Z06 to the track for some fast paced fun. The first car and the one dressed in yellow is equipped with the Z07 and the Stage 2 aerodynamics packages, adding stickier tires, carbon-ceramic brakes, and a all the extra aero bits for added downforce.
Host Carlos Lago takes the car for a spin around MotorTrend’s famed figure eight course where the Z06 laid down the best performance numbers they’ve ever tested for a production car, coming sort of only the Porsche 918. Zero to 60 came in only 3.2 seconds with the quarter mile following in 11.3 seconds at 126.2 mph. Stops from 60 to 0 only took a stunning 91 feet.
Then MT’s version of the Stig takes the wheel of a white Z07-equipped Z06 with the full-on Stage 3 aero kit and the new eight-speed automatic. Randy Pobst blasts the car around Road Atlanta, setting a lap time of 1:30.18 seconds. That’s stunningly fast.
So how’s the Z06 drive? You’ll have to watch the video for that.
Chevrolet has apparently foregone the confetti poppers and noisemakers as the first production-ready Corvette Stingray Z06 quietly rolled off the Boling Green assembly line Monday morning, November 10th, at 9:26 AM Central time. Even the usual press release and twitter blast was absent. In fact, it was through an apparent stroke of luck that a moderator from StingrayForums.com by the name of “elegant” was on a public factory tour and saw the low-key celebration take place.
Rolling off the line was a black on black Z06 coupe, VIN 001, which belongs to Rick Hendricks. The NASCAR team owner won the rights to the first production Z06 back in April at the Barrett-Jackson auction. Gathered around was top brass from the assembly plant and GM.
The forum moderator turned Corvette spy also spotted other Z06 Vettes in “a rainbow of colors” further down the assembly line. “In fact, can not think of a color of Z06 that I did not see,” he continues on his forum post.
Production of the Z06 is well under way and "elegant" estimates that roughly seven of the super-Vettes are rolling off the line every hour. Like other assembly plants that intermingle vehicle models, the Z06 is built mixed in with standard Corvette Stingrays.
Considering the Z06 is now in production, customers who pre-ordered theirs should be receiving their order before the end of the year.
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It’s been more than a year since the seventh-generation Corvette arrived in U.S. dealerships, and Chevy’s new sports car is enjoying great success. In fact, it’s so successful that the 2014 SEMA Show features yet another batch of modified Vettes. GM is definitely eager to showcase a bunch of new accessories for its halo car, while some tuning shops give the newly developed LT1 even more power. While that may be enticing for gearheads attending the event, there’s a certain Corvette that highlights a different approach; one that’s more likely to come from customizing programs such as Ferrari’s Tailor Made and Lamborghini’s Ad Personam.
This is what the Corvette Stingray Paul Stanley edition is all about, a one-of-a-kind creation that shows what Chevrolet is capable of when it comes to creating unique vehicles. Of course, this isn’t a limited-edition you’ll be able to purchase at a dealership near you next year, but a bespoke sports car crafted with input from Kiss guitarist and singer Paul Stanley, also known as "The Starchild." Rockstars are known to have a thing for fast cars, and it seems Stanley isn’t keen to give up on his singing career and buy a Toyota Camryjust yet.
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The seventh-generation Corvette Stingray has been received with great enthusiasm in its first year on the market, but the V-8-powered sports car is about to lose its halo-car status in 2015, when the supercharged Corvette Z06 is set to step in. That’s not to say the Stingray will lose its appeal, but more and more enthusiasts are likely to aspire to the Z06’s race-bred looks and 650-horsepower LT4 rather than the former’s 460 naturally aspirated ponies. Most of them might not be able to afford the Z06’s $78,995 sticker, but there’s good news coming from Chevrolet’s booth at the 2014 SEMA Show in the form of Z06 parts that can be fitted to regular Stingrays.
Don’t get too excited yet, as these performance-enhancing goodies are only presented as conceptual features, but make sure you keep them fingers crossed as the manufacturer might just offer them through the Chevrolet Performance division in the near future. Chevy is actually looking for feedback from "Corvette enthusiasts around the world about their interest in these concept Z06 parts," and judging by the popularity the C7 Corvette enjoys right now, there’s a chance these Z06 components will find their way to customers looking to update their sports cars.
Until that happens, let’s have a look at which Z06 parts can be fitted to the standard Corvette and to which extent they can improve the Stingray’s potential.
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What happens when 650-horsepower wrapped in a carbon fiber and aluminum meets an immovable object? You get destruction and sadness for starters. It seems that what we have here are the exclusive first images of a wrecked Corvette Z06. The car was spotted by an eagle-eyed reader as it was making its way down the interstate just outside of Chicago on a flatbed.
The car is in the signature bright-yellow paint, Z06 badges and all, and it appears to have been smashed quite heavily into a barrier of some sort. The front end is completely missing and the front of the fenders look pretty roughed up as well. The car itself is wearing press tags from Michigan, the tow truck is also wearing Michigan tags, so it is possible that this was an incident involving a journalist. The fact that the Z06 isn’t available to the public until early 2015 also leads us to believe this accident happened with a member of the media behind the wheel.
Whatever happened, we just hope that everyone involved is doing well. Crashing a sports car that is capable of well over 200 mph can have some disastrous ends. For now, just hit the jump to check out the photos, and our reader was even able to snap some video footage.
We are ready and willing to hear your theories about what happened in the comments below. Are you upset that there is one less Corvette Z06 in the world right now?
Big thanks to our reader, Mitch.
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The SEMA Auto Show isn’t just an event for established aftermarket companies to showcase their latest creations. It’s also a chance for new players in the business to introduce themselves to the industry. This year, Revorix falls under the latter category, and it’s prepared a special program for the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
The new aftermarket company has just set up its business in Anaheim, California with the sole purpose of creating aftermarket products that highlights a car’s “functional beauty." Seeing as it’s still a relative neophyte in the industry, you can’t fault Roverix from enlisting the help of Rowen Japan, considered as one of the best aftermarket car body specialists in Japan.
Together, the two companies created the Revorix Corvette Package, which features a comprehensive list of new aerodynamic components designed to give the Corvette Stingray a sportier look and improved dynamics. There are no performance upgrades but that’s not overly important when you’re a new entry to the market looking to make a name.
The important thing is to establish yourself first, and one way to do so is to build a body kit that will catch peoples’ attention, which is exactly what it has with the Revorix Corvette Package. It’s a tough task catching some eyes at the SEMA Auto Show, but Revorix, with the help of Rowen Japan, might have the kit to pull it off.
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Test runs always pose a certain risk for the car and its test driver. One wrong move and the car breaks down or worse, crashes into a wall.
The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 found that out firsthand recently at the Nurburgring when it crashed in the Green Hell after reportedly trying to set an official lap time. Details behind the crash have been kept under wraps, but judging from these photos, the Corvette Z06 seems to have sustained some heavy damage on the front end, enough to prematurely end the session.
General Motors test driver Jim Mero was reportedly behind the wheel of the Corvette Z06 at the time the crash happened. Fortunately, he was not injured nor was anybody else.
If the ‘Vette really was there to set an official lap time, it looks like we’re going to have to wait a little while longer before we find out what that time is. Nevertheless, we’ll keep our eyes and ears open because there are reports that another Corvette Z06 was in the vicinity, possibly as a backup model in the event the first one has any problems.
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The Corvette hit showrooms in 1953 with a 150-cubic-inch six-pot under its hood and a 10-plus-second 0-to-60-mph time. It was no speed demon, but it was the foundation that the greatness that is the Corvette was build upon. The C1 Corvette was also the last time we saw a production model without pop-up headlights before the C6 generation debuted in 2005. In 2014, the C7 and its wild, European styling hit the market, giving Ferrari and other premium brands a reason to check out what’s going on in America. Following that up was the Z06 in 2015 that made all the Euro supercars stand up and take notice.
With the new 2014 Corvette Stingray already in showrooms, we all knew that we were going to soon see a more powerful version. And now that has become a reality, as Chevrolet revealed the potent 2015 Corvette Z06 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
The Corvette Z06 will keep enthusiasts happy until the the new ZR1 model hits the market, if it ever finds its way onto the market.
Just like the previous Z06, the 2015 model, will be offered with a more aggressive exterior look, a more powerful engine, sport suspension and a new, high-performance brake system. General Motors is also offering an optional Z07 kit that will transform the new Corvette Z06 will deliver unprecedented levels of aerodynamic downforce - in fact the best in any GM model ever.
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You might be tempted to think that the 2015 Corvette Z06 is ready to hit the streets now that its configurator is online, but you’d be wrong. Refining a super-fast vehicle that’s based on a true-blue race car is a long and difficult task, and it seems Chevy is spending a lot of time doing that. With just a few months left until the first Z06s start rolling off the assembly line, GM’s halo sports car is being put through its paces on the Nurburgring track, the place where all high-performance vehicles go to hone their skills.
Thanks to YouTube’s BridgeToGantry, whose daily routine is to keep an eye on the "Green Hell" for any interesting car that may arrive to run a few hot laps, we’re able to watch the 2015 Corvette Z06 doing what it knows best. That’s taking fast turns and running fast straights on one of the world’s most challenging race courses. Naturally, the Z06 is by no means intimidated by the Nurburgring’s difficult configuration and has no trouble in tackling the track’s tight bends at high speed. The footage also provides us with yet another opportunity to hear the Vette’s enticing V-8 engine roar through its four-pipe exhaust.
There’s only one thing wrong with this video. It’s too damn short. Just hit the play button and you’ll understand why we need more than 53 seconds of Z06 footage.
You find yourself holding the keys to two of the most-anticipated sports cars of 2014, and you just happen to be at one end of a long, straight and abandoned piece of asphalt. What are you going to do? Hint: the correct answer is “have a drag race.” In this new video from the The Fast Lane Car, they have the new 2014 Chevrolet Stingray Convertible and the BMW i8 down at the local track, and they are doing some straight-line speed runs.
We get to see a total of three runs, and the results are much closer than we expected. One thing to note, and the TFLCar team is quick to point it out, they film in Boulder Colorado. That means that elevation is a major factor in the performance of naturally aspirated, internal-combustion engines. Electric motors don’t suffer from any sort of power drop at higher altitudes.
The video is a little long at five minutes, but they make sure to give you some good details on the cars themselves, and you get to hear a good bit of exhaust noise. If you want skip all the pre-party stuff and just want to jump straight into the drag racing, skip over to the two-minute mark and enjoy.
The seventh-generation Corvette Stingray turned out to be huge success. The car’s new design, the long-awaited premium interior, and its powerful engine make it the greatest Corvette ever created. Add the $51,995 sticker to the equation and you have a bargain on your hands. Fortunately for those looking for a more powerful Vette and race-inspired styling, Chevrolet has also developed a new Z06. It’s gorgeous, supercharged and shares many of its underpinnings with the Z06.R race car. It has supercar-like power that sits at 650 ponies and 650 pound-feet of torque, and a starting price that makes it cheaper than a Porsche 911. Need I say more?
There’s one more thing actually. If you have been saving at least $78,995 for Chevy’s halo car it’s about time you start building yourself one, as the manufacturer has just fired up the Z06’s online configurator. Both the coupe and the convertible are available in the company’s online tool, allowing you to play with the sports car’s exterior colors, interior trims and selection of wheels.
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It’s no secret the Corvette C7 Stingray is a hot performer. With its 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, the C7 launches itself to 60 mph in a very respectable 3.9 seconds. Its handling is spectacular too, thanks in part to the Magnetic Ride Control shocks and other Z51-specific parts. However, improvements can always be made.
That’s where one tuner company based in Germany steps in. GeigerCars has developed a performance upgrade kit that includes new coil-over shocks, a carbon-fiber body kit, and an Eaton supercharger. That last bit helps the Stingray’s 6.2-liter V-8 produce an extra 128 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. Now pushing out 582 horses and 558 pound-feet, the Vette’s trap time should be noticeably quicker. In fact, GeigerCars claims the Vette’s new top speed is 198 mph. That’s a big improvement over the stock Stingray’s 178-mph top speed.
While General Motor’s Magnetic Ride Control allows for firmness adjustments, it doesn’t lower the car. That’s where the KW Variant 3 coil-over socks that adjust vertically between 10 and 35 mm (0.39 to 1.38 inches) up front and 15 and 45 mm (0.59 to 1.77 inches) out back come into play. Bespoke forged wheels sized 255/30R19 and 305/25R20 wheels on the front and rear, respectively, are lighter than the stock units and provide a unique look.
GeigerCars offers its kit for the coupe and convertible Corvette. There’s no final word on pricing, but with the extra 128 horsepower and higher top speed for those German Autobahns, whatever the tuner decides to charge will likely be worth it.
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The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has had strong sales numbers since it hit the market in 2013. But even a fast, powerful, and popular car isn’t immune from the tentacles of auto recalls. That’s exactly where the 2015 Corvette Stingray finds itself now with General Motors set to issue two recalls on the sought-after sports car.
Automotive News is reporting that GM is issuing these recalls to address problems with the Corvette Stingray’s airbags and parking brake cables. All in all, 2,800 models are affected by these problems, but most of these models have yet to leave dealerships. These issues are why GM sent stop-delivery orders to dealers late last week.
The airbag recall, in particular, affects around 2,000 Corvettes, most of which are still in Chevrolet’s plant in Kentucky. The problem centers on the driver-side airbag that could separate from the steering wheel in a crash, resulting in the potential injuries. An additional 800 2015 Corvette Stingray models have also been found to have defective parking brake cables that are not “fully seated and engaged” and could cause a significant drop in operational capability.
Both recalls have yet to be announced publicly because certain parts, especially for the airbags, are currently not available.
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In the wild-and-crazy world of the automotive enthusiast, there are all shapes, sizes and manners of ways to have fun. You can climb up a mountain at 3 mph in a modified Jeep, you can blast across the dessert at insane speeds in a Baja truck, or you can fling a small roadster like the Miata at your local autocross. Despite all of this, there is still one true “enthusiast” machine that stands above all; the sports coupe.
Two doors of sexy, fast, and exciting have long defined the term sports car. There have been many great coupes over the decades, but it seems to me that now is about the best time in our history to be a lover of the coupe.
To celebrate this pinnacle of fun and performance I have gathered together a quick list of what I think are five of the best sports coupes that exist today. As always, make sure you hit those comments when you get done reading. Let me know what I got right, what I got wrong, and what I was missing. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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It seems Chevrolet has a hit on its hands. The new 2014 Corvette Stingray has posted some rather impressive sales stats during its first year in production. General Motors officially announced the C7’s sales numbers at the 2014 Carlisle event, quoting it had sold 37,288 Corvettes so far this year.
This represents a massive increase in Corvette sales over last year’s sales of roughly 11,392 cars. Granted, 2013 was the last year for the outgoing C6. The C6 hadn’t always had slow sales – in fact, the C6 still holds the No. 1 and No. 3 spots in Corvette sales history at 40,561 and 37,372 respectively for 2007 and 2005. The 1985 Corvette C4 holds second place at 39,729 units moved.
It’s also interesting to note that the majority of Stingrays sold were ordered with the Z51 performance package. According to Corvette Blogger, the Z51 accounts for 56 percent of all C7s sold. The six-speed automatic also won out over the seven-speed manual, accounting for 65 percent of sales. That number may actually increase for 2015 with Corvette adopting a new eight-speed auto unit.
All the details aside, the fact that Corvette is selling well again is great news for the “New GM.” The automaker certainly has a popular product on its hands and sales will only continue to grow as the monstrous Z06 coupe and convertible hit the streets for 2015.
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