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Report: New Details of Upcoming C7 Corvette Z06 & ZR1 Emerge 19
Feb
Posted by Darryl in 2014 Corvette Stingray, Automotive, C7 Corvette, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Corvette, Corvette C7, Corvette Stingray, Corvette Z06, Corvette ZR1, Editorial, ZR1 on 02 19th, 2013
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The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has managed to re-captivate enthusiasts all around the world, even those who were never really fans of the iconic American sports car in the first place. Being that the Stingray has reignited the love for the Corvette; the forward momentum will not stop any time soon as Chevrolet appears to make plans for launching Z06 and ZR1 versions of the new C7 Corvette.

A report out of Motor Trend states that the C7 Z06 will get an updated version of the 7.0-liter V8 engine with as much as 600 horsepower. Then, things start to really get interesting in the report as it speculates that the next ZR1 could see as much as 700 horsepower from both supercharging and twin-turbocharging the engine.

Rumors have already circulated that General Motors is testing an engine with sequential forced-induction for powering the next ZR1 as well as the Cadillac CTS-V. Usually horsepower figures for the Z06 and ZR1 are respectively separated by over just over 100 horsepower. Naturally the next CTS-V will get a slightly de-tuned version of the forthcoming C7 Corvette ZR1′s engine as it does for the current model year.

As it looks, in technical retrospect, these numbers are rumored by Motor Trend should not be too far off from reality. If things start to go south below 700 horsepower with the range-topping C7 Corvette ZR1, expect the Z06 to get under 600 horsepower while the Cadillac CTS-V falls in line using the same horsepower gap numbers that we currently see.

Either way, the new C7 Corvette Z06 and ZR1 will be better performers incorporating a better variation of everything you see in the new Stingray with a hard-core edge on performance. We won’t see these American iterations of supercar bliss action in the new Vette launched out of showrooms until at least a year from now but for now, let’s keep our fingers crossed for that 700 horsepower mark.



Chevrolet Talks About The 2014 Corvette Stingray’s Styling: Video 29
Jan
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, 2014 Corvette Stingray, Automotive, C7 Corvette, Chevrolet, Editorial, video on 01 29th, 2013
The 2014 Corvette Stingray in wind tunnel testing
The 2014 Corvette Stingray in wind tunnel testing

The 2014 Corvette Stingray in wind tunnel testing

Love it or hate it, the 2014 Corvette Stingray has achieved exactly what Chevrolet was aiming for: it’s gotten people talking about Corvette again. That hasn’t happened for quite a while, and we get the sense that the C7 launch is the biggest change to the Corvette product line since the C4 replaced the C3.

In the past, Corvettes always seemed to be about equal parts style and substance. Those wanting more speed were directed to the Z06 and ZR1, while those content to cruise to the local car show at legal speeds were happy with base model Corvettes. In fact, we’d bet that the vast majority of Corvette owners, like the vast majority of new Porsche buyers, would never even consider putting a wheel on the racetrack.

That’s why the C7 Corvette is such a welcome departure from the norm. Form follows function here, and everything on the car has a purpose. The hood vents are there to promote cooling, reduce front-end lift and cut down on drag. The rear fender ducts? Those allow cooling air to reach the transmission and differential coolers.

As Ed Welburn explained to Jay Leno, “there is no such thing as a base model with the new Corvette.” That’s going to play well to the hardcore enthusiasts among us, but we’re not sure how the new Corvette will be received by the casual buyer.

If the phrase “beautiful weapon” doesn’t quicken your pulse, perhaps you should be shopping for something more sensible than a Corvette in the first place.



Jay Leno Gets Up-Close and Personal Look of All-New 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray: Video 24
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, 2014 Chevy Corvette, Automotive, C7 Corvette, Chevrolet, Corvette C7, Corvette Stingray, Editorial, video on 01 24th, 2013
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The latest episode of Jay Leno’s garage is labeled a special edition as they come to us directly from Brown’s Classic Auto in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he gets an up-close and personal look at the revolutionary 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray along with GM’s Vice President of Global design, Ed Welburn.

In traditional form, Jay drills down a list of questions to further reveal design inspiration of the all-new Corvette Stingray. With Jay’s passion for automobiles, not to mention how he can contest to the evolution of the Corvette from his own personal collection, particularizes many features and aspects of the new Vette with Welburn. “It is all in the details!”

If you have 12 minutes to sit back and enjoy Jay Leno and Ed Welburn’s detailed walk-around of America’s newest sports car, hit up the video below. Enjoy!



Track-Ready Corvette C7 Stingray Rendered Into Reality 23
Jan
Posted by Darryl in 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, Automotive, C7 Corvette, Chevrolet, Corvette C7, Corvette Stingray, Editorial, Rendering on 01 23rd, 2013
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With the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray hitting the block, it is only a matter of time before we see it hit the race track in full-on race-prepped style. The outgoing Corvette C6 R was already a menacing beast with many of its race aptitude inspiring the design of the new Corvette C7 Stingray. In knowing that the upcoming the Corvette C7 race car will be even better on the race track, master automotive graphics and photography guru, Jacek Kolodziejczyk, takes it upon himself to render what a new Track-Read Corvette C7 Stingray would look like.

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The flared finders, restyled front aerodynamics, massive wing and a huge side-exhaust flame to boot, all make these renderings extensively appealing.

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You can always view additional Jacek Kolodziejczyk automotive renderings on his Iacoski Design site.



Latest C7 Corvette Teaser Shows Chevy (Finally) Rethinking The Interior: Video 17
Dec
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2014 Chevy Corvette, Automotive, C7 Corvette, Chevrolet, Kurt, video on 12 17th, 2012

By nearly anyone’s standards, the current C6 Corvette is a remarkable sports car. Even in base form, the Corvette is capable of truly impressive on-track performance, yet it doesn’t punish those who prefer to use it as a daily driver. We’d go so far as to call the Corvette an easy car to drive fast, since its electro-nannies forgive a lot of sins made by inexperienced drivers. On the track, with the stability control programming turned off, however, the Corvette still overlooks a lot more ham-fistedness than a first-generation Viper or even a Mustang GT.

One area where the Corvette has always turned up lacking is its interior, specifically its seats. Even in higher-end models, the seats are best described as an afterthought (and we’re being generous here). Perhaps they’re light in weight, but they’re also flimsy and uncomfortably for anything resembling long-distance driving.

Chevrolet has heard this complaint before, yet it’s been idle as others have stepped up their game. The new Viper, for example, uses seats from Sabelt, the same company that supplies Ferrari. Even the Ford Mustang now has superb Recaro seats listed as an option, one we would gladly pay more money for.

As the latest Corvette teaser video shows, Chevrolet looks to be treating the new Corvette’s interior to a serious redesign. We hope that’s the case, sine the inside of the last Corvette was one of the few areas that needed improvement. In less than one month, we’ll finally learn all the details.



Want To ‘Drive’ The C7 Corvette Before It Hits Dealers? Video 29
Nov
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, Automotive, C7 Corvette, Chevrolet, Gran Turismo 5, Kurt, video on 11 29th, 2012

The C7 Corvette Prototype, available to Gran Turismo 5 players – image: © General Motors

Being a test driver for a major automaker isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Sure, you get to drive the coolest cars on the planet, but you spend a lot of nights on the road, sleeping in cheap motels, drinking bad coffee and living on a diet of powdered eggs and beef jerky. Then there’s the constant paranoia over spy photographers, who can be hiding almost anywhere.

Chevrolet has done a good job of keeping the new C7 Corvette out of the spotlight, until its January 2013 debut at the Detroit Auto Show. Those lucky enough to drive the car are an elite club indeed, including GM engineers and a handful of big-book magazine editors working on a long production lead time.

Now you can join that club, too, assuming you own a PlayStation 3 and a copy of Gran Turismo 5. Chevy has teamed up with Polyphony Digital to offer a free virtual C7 Corvette test mule, camouflage vinyl included, that can be downloaded at the PlayStation Store. The car can be driven on tracks ranging from Daytona’s high banked turns to the “green hell” of Germany’s Nurburgring.

You can also drive the car against earlier versions of the Corvette, to see exactly how big of an improvement the seventh generation will be. Best of all, you can do this in the comfort of your living room, with no fear of lurking spy photographers. For the truly authentic experience, you’ll have to supply your own bad coffee and beef jerky, though.



Chevrolet Teases The 2014 Corvette: Video 23
Oct
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, Automotive, C7 Corvette, Chevrolet, Kurt, video on 10 23rd, 2012

The Corvette faithful have already started the countdown: in 82 days, at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the C7 Corvette will make its first public appearance. General Motors has done an exceptional job of keeping the car secret, and despite a few leaks (like the front end, which appeared in a supplier video) much of the information on the internet will likely turn out to be disinformation.

Here’s what we know to be true, based on Corvette heritage and evolution: the C7 will be faster and better-handling than its C6 counterpart, it will pack a pushrod V-8 under the hood, sending power to the rear wheels (likely via a transaxle to improve weight balance) and it will be available in coupe and convertible forms. Eventually, we expect to see Z06 and possibly even ZR1 variants, but probably not for a year or so after launch.

To build the anticipation, Chevy has released the first (of many, we’re sure) teaser video of the C7 Corvette. Don’t expect a lot of detail, but the brief clip does give you a sense of what the mirrors, emblem, exhausts and wheels will look like when the car is unveiled in Detroit. Future teasers will probably deliver other detail clues, but Chevy won’t reveal the car’s shape or proportions prior to the big launch.







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