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BY: Bix

GM Supercharged C7 Corvette Motor Pics Leaked; No One Entirely Sure Where It's Going

ZR1? Z07? Z06? Bueller?

If you ask us, the C6 Corvette lineup was pretty much the ideal performance spread for America’s sports car. Base, Grand Sport, Z06, ZR1; each bump up the ‘Vette food chain offered a well-rounded increase in performance and badassitude, along with an appropriate increase in price. So we have no idea why Chevrolet would muck around with that for the C7 generation, but it seems they might. (more…)

October 10, 2013 at 04:44 PM
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BY: Bix

Chevrolet Planning Bargain-Basement Corvette?

A sub-Stingray base model with a smaller engine is possible.

Chevy’s had great success building higher-performance, higher price versions of the Corvette over the last half-decade or so. (more…)

February 27, 2013 at 06:14 PM
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BY: Bix

C7 Corvette ZR1 Could Make 700 Horses; C7 Corvette Z06, 600 Horses

Daaaaaaamn.

General Motors would be stupid not to bring back the Corvette Z06 and Corvette ZR1 models for the C7 generation model. And they’re not stupid. They may have made some bad calls in the past, but they’re not dumb. So the Z06 and the ZR1 will return. (more…)

February 20, 2013 at 03:04 PM
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BY: Bix

From Arizona, The First 2014 Corvette Stingray Crash

With 11 bonus Corvette crash videos, just for fun!

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray won’t be on sale for several months, but it’s already lost its crash virginity. (more…)

February 13, 2013 at 02:25 PM
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BY: Bix

2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible Will Debut In Geneva

Open-top Americana meets chocolate and watches.

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    Possible Corvette Stingray convertible scale model that leaked onto the internet a few weeks back.

After the debut of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at the Detroit Auto Show last month, it was only a matter of time before Chevy trotted out the next variant of the C7—which we fully expected would be the convertible. We just didn’t think they’d choose to reveal it, y’know, abroad. (more…)

February 07, 2013 at 03:17 PM
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BY: Bix

First Corvette Stingray Sells For $1.1 Million

It's all going to a good cause. (No, not paying back GM's federal loans.)

General Motors sent the first production C7 Corvette Stingray to the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction last weekend to auction it off for charity (and drum up a little additional publicity at the same time), and the assembled one-percenters didn’t disappoint: the first 2014 Chevrolet Corvette sold for $1.1 million. (more…)

January 23, 2013 at 03:33 PM
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BY: Bix

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: The C7 Arrives Wearing A Classic Name

The C7 is finally here. So here are the details.

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Story: Sam Schembari

After no shortage of rumors and speculation, the Stingray is back in Motor City. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray—yep, it’s called the Stingray again—broke cover on Sunday night at a packed sneak preview on the eve of the Detroit Auto Show. And when we say all-new, we really mean it. The newest Corvette shares only two parts with the C6 model.

The heart of the new Corvette Stingray is the new LT1 6.2 liter V-8, making 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque, which should be good for a sprint from 0-60 in under four seconds. That would make the C7 the most powerful base Corvette ever with 20-hp over the previous generation. The LT1, which is the first engine in GM’s fifth generation small block family, uses a higher compression ratio, variable valve timing, direct injection, and cylinder deactivation to make more power while still achieving better fuel economy than its predecessor. Pretty impressive for a pushrod motor. It should also pull about one g on the skid pad.

Another new-for-2014 feature is the seven-speed manual transmission, similar to the industry-first in the 991-series Porsche 911 Carrera, but with active rev-matching, like in the Nissan 370Z. The Vette will also be available with a six-speed paddle-shifted automatic. To save weight, the base car will use carbon-fiber for the hood and for the removable roof panel, another first, and will have an aluminum frame. There are two options for seats, one ideal for grand touring and the other for track-rats; both feature a magnesium frame in the name of weight savings.

While the Stingray is still obviously, unmistakably, a Corvette, it is very aggressive looking—more so than the C6, with large air vents and quad exhaust lined up in a row.

A Z51 Performance Package adds an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, transmission, and differential cooling, and an aero body kit that improves high-speed stability. Although no official numbers have been released, GM claims that the new base C7 is already faster around a track than the higher trim C6 Grand Sport.

The Stingray name, according to GM, is only used for special Corvettes, so it’s safe to assume this new Vette is going to be, well, special. The C7 Corvette Stingray should arrive at dealerships this fall, for around the same price as the outgoing ‘Vette.

Press Release:

Return of the Stingray: The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette

DETROIT – Chevrolet is redefining modern performance with today’s debut of the all-new Corvette Stingray. And only a Corvette with the perfect balance of technology, design and performance can wear the iconic Stingray designation.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). It is also the most capable standard model ever, able to accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering grip. It is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 mpg of the current model.

“Like the ’63 Sting Ray, the best Corvettes embodied performance leadership, delivering cutting-edge technologies, breathtaking design and awe-inspiring driving experiences,” said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. “The all-new Corvette goes farther than ever, thanks to today’s advancements in design, technology and engineering.”

The all-new Corvette Stingray shares only two parts with the previous generation Corvette. It incorporates an all-new frame structure and chassis, a new powertrain and supporting technologies, as well as completely new exterior and interior designs. Highlights include:

-An interior that includes real carbon fiber, aluminum and hand-wrapped leather materials, two new seat choices – each featuring a lightweight magnesium frame for exceptional support – and dual eight-inch configurable driver/infotainment screens
-Advanced driver technologies, including a five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to the fit the driver’s environment and a new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching that anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for perfect shifts every time
-An all-new 6.2L LT1 V-8 engine combines advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system that delivers more power while using less fuel
-Lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance that supports a world-class power-to-weight ratio
-A sculptured exterior features advanced high-intensity discharge and light-emitting diode lighting and racing-proven aerodynamics that balance low drag for efficiency and performance elements for improved stability and track capability
-Track-capable Z51 Performance Package including: an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, differential and transmission cooling, as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability.

“Stingray is one of the hallowed names in automotive history,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. “We knew we couldn’t use the Stingray name unless the new car truly lived up to the legacy. The result is a new Corvette Stingray that breaks from tradition, while remaining instantly recognizable as a Corvette the world over.”

The new Corvette Stingray will be built at GM’s Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant, which underwent a $131-million upgrade, including approximately $52 million for a new body shop to manufacture the aluminum frame in-house for the first time.

“We believe the Corvette represents the future of modern performance cars because it delivers more power, more driving excitement and better fuel efficiency,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “The result is better performance by every measure. The 2014 Corvette delivers the fastest acceleration, the most cornering grip, the most track capability, the best braking performance and what we expect to be the best fuel economy ever for a standard Corvette.”

The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013.

January 14, 2013 at 08:11 PM
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BY: Bix

Here's The C7 Corvette's Ass. Happy Weekend!

Thanks, whoever leaked the cover of the next Automobile Magazine.

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The new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette will be revealed Sunday, but because no car can actually be kept under wraps until it’s release date anymore, somebody leaked the next cover of Automobile Magazine—complete with ass shot of the C7 Corvette doing a gratuitous (and possibly fake) burnout. We’ll have actual, good pictures for you Monday. Happy weekend, everyone. [via Jalopnik]

January 11, 2013 at 07:57 PM
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