2014 - 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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  • Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
  • Year:
    2014- 2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    7-Speed TREMEC
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    450
  • MPG(Cty):
    17
  • MPG(Hwy):
    29
  • Torque @ RPM:
    450
  • Displacement:
    6.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.8 sec.
  • Quarter Mile time:
    11.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    195 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    51995
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  • body style:

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.

Continue reading to enjoy our full review and check out whether we were impressed by the all new ‘Vette or if we think Chevy could’ve done better.

 

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Chevy Corvette Stingray

Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Chevy Corvette Stingray

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.

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1

GM reportedly working on mid-engined Vette with turbo power

Since Zora Arkus Duntov joined the Corvette team and crammed a V-8 into America’s sports car in 1955, the Belgian-born engineer chased ever more interesting and dynamic ways of making the little two-door go faster than anything else on the road. Zora was obsessed with speed and performance. Aside from setting a production car record up Pikes Peak in a Corvette, taking a standing-mile record at Daytona and starting the Grand Sport racing program, Zora consistently worked on mid-engined prototypes of Corvettes during his career. Despite having a mid-engined prototype of some form for almost every generation of the Corvette, there has never been a production car wearing the legendary Crossed Flags and carrying the engine behind the driver. That all looks to change in 2019 with the long-rumored Corvette Zora ZR1.

This new car is said to use the Zora name to make it a separate model from the current Corvette family, and when it debuts, it will be unveiled as an eighth-generation (C8) car. To create this new and exciting performance machine, Corvette engineers are expected to create a new aluminum chassis for mid-ship duty and fit the car with an uprated version of the supercharged V-8 found in the Corvette Z06. or also build a brand-new mill. The Zora is expected to carry a price of more than $100k, horsepower ratings in excess of 600 ponies, and return a top speed well above 200 mph. General Motors is no longer building a bargain performance monster. The new Zora will be a purebred supercar; full stop. Ferrari and Lamborghini, you have been put on notice.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Corvette Zora.

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2018 Chevy Corvette Orders Halted, Bowling Green Assembly Plant Shuts Down

2018 Chevy Corvette Orders Halted, Bowling Green Assembly Plant Shuts Down

Rumors say the Corvette ZR1 is on the way, but Chevy claims the shutdown is for a different reason

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.

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2018 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Fresh Options, Familiar Sticker

2018 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Fresh Options, Familiar Sticker

New colors and wheels, plus all the high-performance fun you’d expect

We’re big fans of the latest seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette, even naming the 650-horse monster machine Z06 our Performance Car of the Year when it was first released in 2014. But now that we’re three years into production, its time for a little refresh. As such, the Bowtie is shaking up the options list, while keeping that old bargain pricing static.

Updates for the 2018 model year include a slew of aesthetic changes, as well as a few updates to the performance side of things. Outside, you’ll find standard staggered wheel sizing with an extra inch in diameter (20 inches in back, 19 inches in front). The new wheels come from the Z51 package, and there are new wheel designs on the table as well. A new Ceramic Matrix Gray exterior paint option replaces the outgoing Sterling Blue. Improvements inside include updates for the heads-up display and rearview camera, while the infotainment now comes with HD digital radio as standard. New interior colors were added to the 2LT trim level, while a Spice Red finish was added to the convertible top colors list. Spice Red was also added to the list of interior finishes for the 3LT and 3LZ trim levels. Go for the Jet Black suede interior, and you’ll get carbon fiber on the steering wheel and various trim bits. Finally, the 3LT and 3LZ trims get new stitching packages, including red, yellow, and new blue. Read on for details on the go-fast stuff.

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2017 Yenko S/C Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

2017 Yenko S/C Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Limited run Corvette promises 800 horsepower worth of awesomeness

Back in the day when muscle cars dominated the American auto consciousness, the name Steve Yenko was regarded as a wizard of performance modifications. As the man who ran Yenko Chevrolet of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Yenko oversaw an aftermarket division that gave birth to the Yenko Camaros, considered today as one of the most sought-after Camaros among enthusiasts of the pony car. Yenko Chevrolet’s run was brief, though, as the company stopped making customized Camaros in the early 80’s, and it wasn’t until 2009 when the name returned to the spotlight with the announcement that General Marketing Capital Incorporated (GMCI) announced its ownership of the Yenko trademark. Fast forward to today and the name “Yenko” has officially returned, albeit on a different model altogether. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the 2017 Yenko S/C Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, a heavily modified Corvette that comes with upgrades galore, none more impressive than a new engine output of 800 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque.

The modifications themselves are about as extensive as it’s going to get and the company behind the build of these cars – Specialty Vehicle Engineering – says that the whole custom package for the Corvette took six months to develop. Ultimately, the final product is what you see here and it’s modified looks serve as a nice preview of what’s now lurking under that vented hood.

Unfortunately, a difficult and time consuming build like this one means that SVE isn’t making a lot of them. Only 50 units of the Yenko S/C Chevrolet Corvette are going to be built and those who are interested to get one will have to shell out an extra $46,000 for the modifications alone. That cost is on top of the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport’s starting price of $66,445. Do the math and that adds up to $110,445 for an 800-horsepower Corvette Grand Sport that bears the name of the iconic Camaro tuner.

Fair deal?

Continue after the jump to read more about the 2017 Yenko S/C Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport.

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Ideal Cars To Use This Christmas

Ideal Cars To Use This Christmas

The Christmas season is now in full swing and, as many of you can attest, the roads have been pretty jam-packed the past few days. It’s a tricky situation to navigate, and while we are celebrating Christmas today, it’s reasonable to expect that the roads are going to be just as bad over the next few days. Obviously, many of us are in different positions. Some have yet to complete their holiday shopping. Some probably have yet to start. There are also those who celebrated Christmas away from home and are planning to go back to their own addresses. Then there’s the always unpredictable mood of Mother Nature.

All these things could add up to a debilitating late holiday rush. So if any of you find yourselves in the aforementioned positions, be advised that we’ve picked out some cars that would work best in certain conditions.

Not everyone will be fortunate enough to have the specific kind of car they’re going to need should, for example, they get stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. But in the event that they do find themselves with the right car, at the right place, and at the right time, they should be able to navigate cleanly around the expected rush of the coming days.
These are the ideal cars you might need for certain situations. Good luck on your travels and happy holidays to all of you!

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

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General Motors Trademarks "Corvette E-Ray"

General Motors Trademarks "Corvette E-Ray"

Rumors about a hybrid C7-generation Corvette first surfaced only months after GM unveiled the sports car, but Chevy denied such a model, arguing that the current platform can’t be fitted with an electric motor and a battery. However, the hybrid Corvette resurfaced with the Zora, a mid-engined version of the ’Vette that will reportedly arrive alongside the C8-generation car. Now, it’s being reported that The General filed a trademark for the "Corvette E-Ray" name, which pretty much confirms that the iconic sports car will get a hybrid drivetrain.

Obviously, there’s no info as to when that might happen. Likewise, there are no hints as to whether Chevy wants to electrify the current C7 or wait until the C8-gen model arrives.

According to Car and Driver technical director and Corvette guru Don Sherman, GM could hybridize the C7 by "hanging a motor/generator onto the rear of the differential," while also adding a compact lithium-ion battery at the rear. To do that, GM would have to make major revisions to the exhaust system, as well as sacrifice some of the Vette’s 15 cubic feet of cargo space.

Granted, that’s an interesting and doable solution for the C7’s platform, but GM might have different plans, especially if the modifications needed to make room for the motor and battery would require a major investment. Chevy could also launch the Corvette E-Ray as a separate model on different underpinnings or simply design the next-gen model on a platform that will also support a hybrid drivetrain.

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Chevrolet Invests $439 Million in the Corvette Plant

Chevrolet Invests $439 Million in the Corvette Plant

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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2016 Chevrolet Corvette - Ordering Guide

2016 Chevrolet Corvette - Ordering Guide

Chevrolet isn’t letting the Corvette C7 get stale. For 2016, the Stingray gets a host of changes and upgrades that center around added colors, options and convenience features. These upgrades aren’t earth-shattering, but do give new Vette buyers something different over the last two model years.

The 2016 Stingray returns will all the same body panels and interior design. The majority of the changes, however, are wrapped into three, all-new, color-themed design packages. Twilight Blue, Spice Red and Jet Black Suede offer custom-like appearances. Chevy has also integrated a new front curb-view camera for tight parking situations, and a power-cinching latch for the coupe’s rear lid.

Besides the three main colored themes, The Corvette gets two new exterior color options. Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat and Long Beach Red Metallic replace Velocity Yellow and Crystal Red. The standard wheel package has been upgraded to a new design that comes in silver, black, machined or chrome.

Also offered is a clear-gloss option over the carbon-fiber hood, leaving the intricate weave visible. Chevy’s faux carbon-fiber material, Carbon Flash, is available to replace the chrome bar on the front grille. Inside, The GT seats are now offered in two-tone, in either red or grey with leather or suede microfiber.

More importantly to those who values performance, Chevy is now offering its Magnetic Ride Control on the base Stingray without having to upgrade to the Z51 Performance Package. Lastly, a flat-bottomed steering wheel is now standard across the board.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette.

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2016 Chevrolet Corvette Gets Updates, New Design Packages

2016 Chevrolet Corvette Gets Updates, New Design Packages

After collecting several industry awards in its first two years on the market, the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette receives an array of appearance and technology upgrades for the 2016 model year. The update also brings three new, color-themed design packages to further help buyers park a customized sports car in their driveways.

Arguably the most important change for 2016 is the availability of Magnetic Ride Control on Stingray models without the Z51 package. The bundle is still compatible, but customers are no longer required to get the Z51 package in order to have GM’s fancy suspension.

Two new exterior colors are also on the table for 2016. Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat replaces velocity Yellow, while Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat replaces Crystal Red Tintcoat. There’s also a new standard wheel design finished in either silver, black, machined or chrome. The Carbon Flash badge option now deletes the chrome bar on the front grille, while the Carbon Fiber Hood option features a visible weave section.

Inside, the 2016 Corvette is getting a Z06-like, flat-bottom steering wheel and optional two-tone GT seats upholstered in leather or sueded microfiber. Corvettes ordered in 3LT trim and with Jet Black interior now get a red or yellow accent stitching option.

More goodies can be had with the three design packages, available on Stingray 3LT coupe and convertible models, which are detailed below.

Continue reading to learn more about what 2016 brings new on the Corvette Stingray lineup.

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4-Year Old Drives The Coolest C7 Stingray Corvette: Video

4-Year Old Drives The Coolest C7 Stingray Corvette: Video

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.

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

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2015 Corvette Z06 Reportedly Lapped the Nurburgring in Under 7 Minutes

2015 Corvette Z06 Reportedly Lapped the Nurburgring in Under 7 Minutes

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.

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

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Supercar Buyers Guide After the Detroit Auto Show

Supercar Buyers Guide After the Detroit Auto Show

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.

Click past the jump to read more about how recently introduced supercars compare to the new Ford GT and Acura NSX.

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Hennessey HPE700 Corvette Runs the Quarter Mile: Video

Hennessey HPE700 Corvette Runs the Quarter Mile: Video

When General Motors dusts off a name like Stingray after keeping it on a shelf for 38 years, you know you’ve got something special on your hands. Also called the C7, the newest Corvette is a definite bargain, bringing rocket-ship performance without the requisite space-program budget. We even named the 2015 Z06 model our Performance Car of the Year in 2014.

But what if you want something different? What if you want something unique? What if you want a ‘Vette that’s faster than your neighbor’s C7, but with a certain “je ne sais quois” flair?

Well then, Hennessey is here to help. The U.S.-based tuning house is famous for building outrageous street cars with off-the-charts power figures, such as the Venom GT, which Hennessey claims to be the fastest street-legal car in the world, with 1,244 horsepower, a chassis that weighs 2,742 pounds, and an alleged top speed of 270 mph.

No stranger to Chevy’s flagship, one of Hennessey’s latest packages takes a stock C7 and pumps in roughly a Ford Focus ST’s worth of extra ponies, bringing the grand total to 708 horses at 6,300 rpm. It’s called the HPE700 Supercharged Upgrade, and it includes a 2.3-liter blower, high-flow cylinder heads, a new camshaft, new gaskets and fluids, ECU calibration, and a swath of badges, plaques, and interior odds and ends. The price? $18,450, which includes professional installation, custom tuning, and a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty. Sounds like a bargain to me.

The end result, as you can clearly glean from this video, is one ridiculously fast Corvette. With a set of drag radials properly equipped, 0-to-60 blinks by in 2.9 seconds, while the quarter mile is decimated in 10.97 seconds at 131.3 mph.

So then, which would you have: a Hennessey Stingray or factory Z06?

Or perhaps picking between two bowties is the wrong idea altogether. Perhaps your tastes lean towards something with the name “Hellcat” attached. Oh, the choices. And the new American Performance Revolution rolls onward.

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

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Jay Leno Reviews the 2015 Corvette Z06: Video

Jay Leno Reviews the 2015 Corvette Z06: Video

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.

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2015 Corvette Z06 Blows its Engine After Only 891 Miles

2015 Corvette Z06 Blows its Engine After Only 891 Miles

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.

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

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - Driven

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - Driven

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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2014 TopSpeed Performance Car of the Year

2014 TopSpeed Performance Car of the Year

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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Chevrolet's Future Cars Could Get Corvette-Inspired Styling

Chevrolet’s Future Cars Could Get Corvette-Inspired Styling

We hope you like the look of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, because according to GM’s global design boss, Ed Welburn, the automaker is tastefully infusing the Stingray’s design language into its future products.

“As Malibu and Cruze and Volt come to market, you’ll be able to see a subtle link between some of the form vocabulary for all of them and Corvette," Welburn told Automotive News. "I always look at the hood of the Corvette and the sectioning, the way it’s taut, very lean, very sporty. That will be a part of really everything we do for Chevrolet."

Some of these newly redesigned cars are scheduled to appear over the next year. When they launch, we can expect much more purposeful and angular designs that modestly mirror that of the Corvette. GM hopes the new approach will give its cars the competitive edge over the competition. Good design does go a long way. Take the Honda Civic’s 2012 redesign and the 2013 refresh that addressed customer complaints.

Welburn continued in saying details like the Vette’s angular taillights will be hinted at “in all other Chevrolets, I think in a very positive way.” This will hopefully wake up products like the Malibu that have been long suffering from an uninspired appearance.

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2015 Corvette Z06 by Vengeance Racing on the Dyno: Video

2015 Corvette Z06 by Vengeance Racing on the Dyno: Video

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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Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Vs. Dodge Viper TA: Video

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Vs. Dodge Viper TA: Video

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.

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The Corvette's LT1 Engine Makes Ward's 10 Best Engine List for 2015

The Corvette’s LT1 Engine Makes Ward’s 10 Best Engine List for 2015

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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2015 Corvette Z06 Does Massive Burnout Outside Dealership: Video

2015 Corvette Z06 Does Massive Burnout Outside Dealership: Video

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.

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The First Corvette Z06s are on Their Way to Customers

The First Corvette Z06s are on Their Way to Customers

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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Video: 2015 Corvette Z06 Hits Road Atlanta

Video: 2015 Corvette Z06 Hits Road Atlanta

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.

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Video: 2015 Corvette Z06 Tested by Motor Trend

Video: 2015 Corvette Z06 Tested by Motor Trend

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.

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Goes into Production

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Goes into Production

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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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray by Paul Stanley

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray by Paul Stanley

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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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with Z06 Concept Parts

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with Z06 Concept Parts

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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TopSpeed Exclusive: Wrecked 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Caught on a Flatbed

TopSpeed Exclusive: Wrecked 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Caught on a Flatbed

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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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray by Revorix

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray by Revorix

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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Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Crashes On The Nurburgring

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Crashes On The Nurburgring

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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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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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Video: BMW i8 Vs. 2015 Corvette Stingray

Video: BMW i8 Vs. 2015 Corvette Stingray

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.

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Configurator Goes Live

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Configurator Goes Live

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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2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray By GeigerCars

2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray By GeigerCars

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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GM Issues a Stop-Sale on the 2015 Corvette Stingray

GM Issues a Stop-Sale on the 2015 Corvette Stingray

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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Video: Time-Lapse Video of Hennessey Supercharging a Stingray and Silverado

Video: Time-Lapse Video of Hennessey Supercharging a Stingray and Silverado

Hennessey Performance and the nation-wide automotive dealer AutoNation have recently announced their alliance in bringing Hennessey Performance parts to the masses through AutoNation’s extensive dealer network. That means you can walk into your local AutoNation Chevrolet dealer and order a Hennessey upgrade to your vehicle, so long as Hennessey makes a kit for it.

Kicking off this new partnership, Hennessey outfitted a Chevy Silverado crew cab with its HPE550 Supercharger kit and hooked a flatbed trailer to its hitch. Riding along is a Corvette Stingray convertible with Hennessey’s HPE650 Supercharger. As the supercharger names suggest, the Silverado now makes 550 horsepower and the Vette puts out an impressive 650.

What we see in the video above is the pair getting their modifications in preparation for their nationwide tour. Yep, starting this month, Hennessey will be touring the country, going from one AutoNation dealer to the next, showcasing the performance advantages of its engine upgrades. Demonstration rides will be given and burnouts will likely happen.

Chevy buyers will be able to outfit not only the Corvette and Silverado with Hennessey’s wares, but also the SS, Camaro, Tahoe, and Suburban.

Once this Chevrolet tour is over in approximately 12 months, Hennessey will begin the same process with AutoNation Ford dealerships; showcasing Hennessey’s soon-to-be finished upgrades for the new 2015 Ford lineup. That includes the new Mustang and F-150.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Posts Record Sales for Chevrolet

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Posts Record Sales for Chevrolet

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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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

The Corvette hit showrooms in 1953 with a petite six-pot under its hood and a sluggish 10-plus-second 0-to-60-mph time. Sure, it was slow and rather un-Corvette-like, but it was the model that launched the greatness that is the Corvette. 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 hit the market with heavily revised styling. Following that up was the Z06 in 2015 that made all the Euro supercars stand up and take notice and now we have a convertible version of the mighty Z06..

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

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

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

Update 8/22/2014: GM has revealed the Corvette Z06 Convertible’s base price of $83,995. See all of the details after the jump.

Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 025 LIVE

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 025 LIVE

Another live episode of the TopSpeed Podcast has come and gone again. We hope everyone enjoyed this extra-large episode celebrating 25 jam packed casts of automotive mayhem.

We start this week out with the return of Mark, and a little talk about pumpkins and drunken hand grenade safety. It’s a strange story, but we are sure you will find it entertaining. Once the show proper gets started, we get things moving with Weekly Wheels. This week we cover the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, the Toyota Rav4 and the Fiat 500c Abarth. Two of the three are considered to be amazing, and two of the three are considered to be kinda terrible. Good luck figuring that out without watching the show.

For the news we start with the new Shelby-bodied Renovo supercar, and discuss whether or not this electric car deserves that supercar title. After that we move on to a BMW that is covered in bullet holes, a Corvette system that records your valet’s every move, and the return of the mid-engined Vette rumors. We also take just a second to touch on the possibility of Hyundai making a luxury SUV to compete with Lexus.

The Question and Answer segment of this show was pretty amazing thanks to some incredible questions from you guys. We talk about what kind of dream car we would build if we could put any engine and any interior inside of any other car’s body. We have some pretty varied responses. After that we talk about what cars we would buy if we only had $40k; the catch is we have those cars for the rest of forever. Finally we talk about some of VW’s greatest creations that they refuse to bring to US shores, and talk about why that is.

We finish things out in our traditional manner with an Own, Drive, Burn that features three limited run cars from the 1970s and 1980s. One of them is so awesome, it can go back in time.

Thanks again to everyone who listens and watches us banter about cars every week. We really appreciate you. Make sure to let us know if you like the show, and if there is anything we should change. We also need more questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions for every show, so keep those coming. You can reach us in the comments below, on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast, or by email at Podcast@TopSpeed.com.

Have a great weekend, and we will see you next Thursday.

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Order Guide For 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Leaks

Order Guide For 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Leaks

Although we’re just dying to meddle with the upcoming Corvette Z06 in Chevy’s online configurator, we won’t be able to do that for a few more months, as the utterly powerful Vette won’t go on sale until early 2015. However, thanks to Corvette Blogger, we now have access to the supercar’s order guide and all the standard and optional features that come with it.

Besides revealing the Z06’s exterior and interior amenities, the order guide also tells us that the beefed-up C7 model tips the scales at 3,524 in Coupe guise and at 3,582 pounds with a fabric top. That’s quite a lot considering the vehicle’s lightweight, race-inspired aluminum structure, but explainable by the amount of technology it comes with. All told, the C7 Z06 Coupe is 349 pounds heavier than its predecessor, which weighed in at 3,175 pounds.

The extra pounds shouldn’t be a problem though, as the brand-new Z06 carries no less than 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque under the hood, a 145-pony and 180-pound-feet bump over the previous generation model.

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2014 - 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2014 - 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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.

Continue reading to enjoy our full review and check out whether we were impressed by the all new ‘Vette or if we think Chevy could’ve done better.

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Video: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will Feature an Upgraded Valet Mode with HD Video

Video: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will Feature an Upgraded Valet Mode with HD Video

Ever have nightmares about handing some shady valet character the keys to your ride? Apparently Corvette engineers suffer long, sleepless nights from the thought of their baby being joy-ridden around the parking garage. Well worry no more, as the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray now comes with an upgraded Valet Mode.

Sure, other high performance and luxury nameplates come with a valet mode and the 2014 Stingray did as well, but the 2015 Vette now offers owners some extra reassurance. The valet system now ties in with the Performance Data Recorder to record not only vehicle speed, engine revs and other vital stats, but also records audio and HD video of the driving event while you’re away.

Besides keeping watch over the car, Valet Mode still locks all interior storage spaces and restricts access to the infotainment system via a simple four-digit PIN entered to begin and end the Valet Mode session. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to limit the Corvette’s performance capabilities, so valet employees still have access to the 6.2-liter’s 460 horsepower, 465 pound-feet of torque, and its 190-mph top speed. It also doesn’t prevent that rookie driver from burning out your clutch while trying to squeeze your Vette between an SUV and minivan in the parking garage.

Check out the humorous video above Chevrolet created to showcase the 2015 Stingray’s new feature.

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Next-Generation Chevrolet Corvette Could Feature a Mid-Engine Setup

Next-Generation Chevrolet Corvette Could Feature a Mid-Engine Setup

If you’re one of those gearheads who has his fingers crossed for a mid-engined Corvette, then this report will likely keep your hopes up. According to Motor Trend, quoting "multiple sources" around General Motors, the next-generation Corvette will have its V-8 engine mounted behind the seats. What’s more, the report suggests a mid-engine Corvette could come as soon as the C7-based ZR1 hits the market.

Just as we pointed out back in June 2014, when Chevy trademarked the "Zora" name, Motor Trend also hints that the said moniker will be used on a mid-engined Corvette. A move that would make sense, given that Zora Duntov himself created a mid-engined Corvette prototype in the early 1960s. Dubbed CERV II, the concept also featured a unique AWD system which, at the time, would’ve helped GM develop one of the most advanced supercars for the road.

Unfortunately, the CERV II never became more than just a concept and Chevrolet never offered supercar. But that could change in a few years if Motor Trend’s report proves to be accurate.

Now we know what some of you might be thinking; shifting the Corvette’s engine from the front to the middle would be a huge departure from the ’Vette’s 60-year-old legacy. Well, not quite. Motor Trend speculates that Chevy is considering a "Corvette family" for the next-generation, C8 model. Specifically, the lineup could include both a familiar, front-engine sports car and a mid-engine supercar.

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Video: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray tested Against Exotics

Video: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray tested Against Exotics

The hype surrounding the Corvette Stingray is still going strong since its debut over a year ago. Gear heads and casual watchers just can’t seem to get enough of the Chevrolet’s sultry looks. Well, the folks at 1320 Videos thought it would be a great idea to pit the new C7 against some of the stiffest competition from around the world.

The 2014 Stingray and all the other cars in this video belong to Xtreme Xperience, a company that specializes in exotic driving experiences where regular people can pay reasonable sums of money to spend some time behind the wheels of such cars as the Nissan GT-R, Ferrari 458 Italia, and Lamborghini Gallardo. (You may remember our own Christian Moe attended a similar driving experience. with another company)

The informal tests take place on the straights of a racetrack. The rolling-start drag race pits the C7 against the fierce rivals for all-out speed. Starting at roughly 40 mph, the C7 and its challengers go full throttle until they run out of track.

Now before you watch the video, take a close look at the Vette. It sports the base, 18-inch, five-spoke wheels. That indicates it does not have the optional Z51 Performance Package. Missing are the five extra horses and pound-feet of torque generated by the performance exhaust system, the eLSD rear end, heavy-duty cooling system, and Magnetic Ride Control — among other things — that could potentially affect the Vette’s straight-line performance. Then again, and extra five horses or pound-feet wouldn’t likely help the Vette’s case when pitted against such things as the Ferrari 458 Italia. But we’d like to see this test done again with the C7 Z06...

The Corvette does emerge victorious in at least one race and had a few close calls, but you’ll have to watch the video to find out the results.

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Video: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Vs BMW M4

Video: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Vs BMW M4

Side-by-side comparisons are always a blast to watch, especially when it’s pitting two fantastic cars against each other like the BMW M4 and the Corvette Stingray. Though the guys at Automobile Magazine have to deal with a wet track, the evaluation is no less theatrical.

Both cars are essentially all new. The M4 not only enjoys a new name separating it from its four-door brother, but also enjoys a new turbocharged, 3.0-liter, inline six-cylinder engine cranking out 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The `Vette, of course, is completely new from the ground up. Its classification as a truly world-class sports car comes thanks in part to its Magnetic Ride Control, seven-speed manual transmission, and 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in its highest form.

Both Christopher Nelson and Jake Holmes argue their points for each of their cars. Nelson, piloting the M4, argues that BMW didn’t have much work to do in order to make the new M4 a better car; that the previous car set the benchmark and the new one simply carries the baton but with a better engine. Holmes however, talks about how far the Corvette has come since its last generation and that it’s “fully fleshed out, well executed, and well rounded.”

Both drivers make strong cases for each of their cars, but in the end, Nelson’s admiration for the M4 and its well-balanced chassis caves to his lust for a more visceral machine. Check out all the action in the video above.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette SC627 by Callaway Cars

2014 Chevrolet Corvette SC627 by Callaway Cars

Callaway has been making production cars faster since the 1970s with a special focus on Corvettes. The company’s latest beast is this 2014 C7 Stingray SC627 modified with a supercharger and an innovative intercooler setup for maximum thermal efficiency. Jumping right to the good stuff, the supercharger pushes the 6.2-liter, small block V-8 to 627 horsepower and 610 pound-feet of torque. What’s more, those numbers are SAE certified. In comparison with the stock LT1 V-8, the SC627 Vette makes 167 more horsepower and 145 more pound-feet of torque.

Callaway does this by not only throwing a supercharger in the LT1’s vee, but also by keeping temperatures in check. The system uses three liquid-to-air intercoolers and a totally revised air intake system help keep things cool under heavy throttle. Callaway’s supercharger also extends past the hood, allowing for generous airflow over its top. Not to mention its size wouldn’t fit under the stock C7 hood.

The 2.3-liter supercharger has a high helix angle in a four-lobe rotor pack for compressing incoming air. A new long-runner manifold helps increase the LT1’s mid-range torque. This helps the engine make an impressive 500 pound-feet of toque at only 2,200 rpm. Its full torque peak of 610 pound-feet happens at 4,400 rpm, well within the engine’s usable rev range. For the full 627 ponies, the LT1 needs to rev to 6,400 rpm. If you’re keeping score, that’s only 23 horsepower and 40 pound-feet less than the upcoming Corvette Z06.

Performance comes at a price, though, and the Callaway’s supercharger package starts at $22,995 – not including the cost of the stock C7 Stingray.

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Video: Jay Leno Reviews a 1963 Corvette Sting Ray

Video: Jay Leno Reviews a 1963 Corvette Sting Ray

Yet another episode of Jay Leno’s Garage has hit the comedian’s YouTube channel and this one is all about the details. Jay and his Corvette-expert friend Mike McCluskey take a deep dive into the rare 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray that Mike painstakingly restored to factory specifications. Everything from the radiator hoses to the flat-top bolt holding the master cylinder’s lid on tight are talked about.

As it turns out, the 21,000 1963 Sting Rays made were nearly hand-built and each car can almost be considered a concept car. The 1963’s parts differed so greatly from the previous generation that the designers and engineers essentially designed it as they went. Then in 1964, the car’s assembly process was smoothed out, making them easier to build. The ‘63’s hubcaps, for example, are comprised of 17 separate pieces rather than the single stamping piece used from ’64 on.

Besides the 1963’s rarity, especially for its one-year-only split-window design, the car also helped mark the beginning of fuel injection in American cars. Until that time, only a select few European cars came equipped with such a fuel delivery device. Jay’s particular Sting Ray is powered by a 327-cubic-inch small-block making 360 horsepower. That’s an output rating well beyond what other performance cars of the era were making.

Though it’s 22 minutes long, the video holds your attention with facts and interesting tid-bits that only make the C2 Sting Ray that much more special to today’s car culture.

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