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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 Review & Test Drive 31
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Corvette Stingray, Automotive, Chevrolet, Corvette, Corvette Stingray, Corvette Stingray Z51, Test Drives on 01 31st, 2014
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The iconic Chevrolet Corvette has captivated enthusiasts for many decades but now the captivation takes a new road, one that has redefined the Corvette’s purpose as a true American sports car deserving of the North American Car of the Year award. After spending just about a week behind the wheel of the all-new 2014 Corvette (C7) Stingray, I can walk away with the certainty of knowing that it is at the top of its game in the scope of sports cars with an added and unsurpassed value without compromise.

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The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray carries is iconic name proudly with its unmistakable styling in one hand and in the other a massive iron hammer of shear performance. To start things off the proper way, jumping to the stats that matter to enthusiasts, the new Corvette Stingray with the Z51 package reaches 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. Additionally, it holds its lateral movements with a force of 1.08g, reaches a top speed of 190 mph (est.), and does all this while the driver and passenger bask in a cabin full of leather, brushed aluminum, carbon fiber dashboard trim, delightfully accented stitching throughout, heated and cooled seats, and a limited amount of soft-touch plastics. No longer is the Corvette getting ridiculed for a lackluster interior, the new Stingray exudes quality craftsmanship, functionality for two occupants, and enough gadgetry to keep your techie senses happy on twisty roads, highways and the track.

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The new Chevy Corvette Stingray starts off with its base 1LT trim with several notable standard features including two 8-inch high-definition color screens (one for the center gauge cluster and other for center-dash navigation, audio, phone and settings. The base model also gets keyless access with push-button start, rearview backup camera, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, 7-speed manual transmission with active rev matching and launch control, carbon fiber hood and a 9-speaker Bose audio system. Moving up to the 2LT trim or 3LT adds amenities like Nappa leather seating surfaces, colored instrument panels, heads-up display, memory package, auto-dimming mirrors, and navigation system. The Z51 package can be coupled with any trim level (1LT, 2LT, 3LT), which adds: larger diameter slotted brake rotors, dry sump oil system, electronic limited slip differential, upgraded performance suspension, heavy duty cooling, and 19-inch front 20-inch rear wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP tires – 245/35ZR19 front 285/30ZR20 rear.

Also See: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 7-Speed Manual First Impressions

When we first drove the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray in Miami several months ago, we knew Chevrolet had something special and it made us feel proud to be American all over again. Our drive at that time was very limited so we could not conclude our thoughts without taking the new Corvette Stingray home with us. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to spend a little more quality time with the new Stingray and I have walked away giving the proper respect and honor to a serious sports car on the road that means business.

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The business end of the new 2014 Corvette Stingray starts with its standard 6.2-liter OHC direct-injection V8 engine producing 455 horsepower and 460 ft-lbs. of torque. In my Z51-equipped Corvette Stingray the power is upped to 460 horsepower and 465 ft-lbs. of torque. Sure, the new V8 engine uses older push-rod technology as for one reason it keeps the height of the engine down for a low-slung hood. Conversely, this masterfully crafted engine is wrapped in modern tech with direct injection, cylinder deactivation (V4 mode), variable valve timing, and enough power and thunderous sound to envelope you with pure excitement that only a top-tier roller-coaster emanate. Throughout the power band the engine is meaty with peak torque kicking in at 4,600 rpm and its muscular 460 horsepower at 6,000 up to its redline at 6,500 rpm. Combined with direct injection and cylinder deactivation, the monstrous V8 and amazing aerodynamics of the composite body panels, carbon fiber hood and roof, all add to the lightweight equation to get 28 mpg on the highway. EPA estimates for city driving come in at 16 mpg. I was able to see 15.6 mpg around town and a steady 27.5 on the highway. Of course those figures dropped drastically when I let loose and had a little fun on some back roads where my 10 mile trip returned 11 mpg.

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The new 2014 Corvette Stingray is undoubtedly a thrill ride in more ways than one. The driver mode selection is a convenient way of setting the vehicle up for your desired driving preference. The handling of the new Stingray coupled with the optional magnetic ride control adaptive dampers is amazing as well as the soft ride when the driver mode set to Touring, Weather, Eco or Sport. Placing the mode to Track makes the Corvette Stingray even meaner with stiffened dampers, heavy-weighted steering, and performance shifting of the optional 6-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The driver information center cluster 8-inch LCD primarily displays the RPM gauge along with various vehicle information and settings. The fixed speedometer to the left, fix fuel and engine temp gauge to the right, all surround the high-resolution 8-inch screen in the cluster. The gauge setup within the driver information screen is customized according to the driver select mode switch with the option of separating the modes and manually setting up your desired display regardless of the driver mode selection. This is a nice touch to the screen setup giving you the option to manually configure the type of display whether it is the touring, sport or track display theme. An optional color heads-up display, equipped on my test vehicle as part of its 2LT trim package, simulates the sport and track display themes with a digital speedometer, RPM gauge, lateral g-force meter and a multi-stage shift light in track display mode.

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The room in the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray’s cabin is ideal for two adults just over 6-feet tall. However, moving around in the cabin can be a task as the cockpit-styled cabin limits any lower body adjustments aside from moving the power seats and power steering column. I found my 6 foot 3-inch frame fitting perfectly into the driver’s seat but not with much room to spare considering my knees had about one and a half inch of clearance from the dashboard. Though, I could easily wear a helmet without hitting the roof panel. My other qualm would be the positioning of the trunk release button on the dashboard – I must have accidentally pressed the button with my left knee about 8 times during the course of my week-long driving experience. Fortunately, the trunk release is disabled when driving as are the power-release buttons on the doors when the vehicle is locked to prevent accidental opening while cruising down the road.

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The 6-speed automatic transmission is extremely adaptive according to the drive modes the new Corvette Stingray is placed into. Though, the 6-speed automatic’s torque converter seems to perform a lot of slipping to modulate torque fluctuations before it locks up. This torque converter slipping becomes even more apparent when in manual mode and you step on the gas moderately. It is almost unnerving until you hear the deep droning exhaust note when the rpm raises momentarily. To put things into better perspective with what you will expect from the new Stingray with an automatic transmission, you must focus your attention on its unique drive mode settings. Starting off in Weather or Touring modes the transmission shifts are predictable in a mild manner. Eco mode brings up-shifts on sooner for conserving fuel while the throttle mapping is subdued for a less aggressive profile. In Sport and Track modes the transmission is able to automatically select a performance-shifting mode in the event of aggressive gas pedal action. Using the steering wheel paddle shifters allows you to rev-match downshifts and execute lighting-fast up-shifts in Sport and Track modes. Each full throttle up-shift is followed with a harmonizing and thunderous clatter from the exhaust note and transmission doing its thing in the rear of the Corvette. To make things even more extreme, track mode offers additional competition handling modes when the traction control button is pressed twice. Doing so will enable an extra set of competition track modes: wet, dry, sport 1 & 2 or race mode. Each mode places stability and traction control into a limited state – just to intervene when things get exceedingly dicey. Speaking of being out of control, the new Corvette Stingray’s stability control system is rather progressive in each drive mode where sport and track modes allow the rear wheels to spin for a couple seconds before taking action, which is never too harsh to sap all of your fun or disturb the 50/50 weight balance of the lightweight 3,444 pound Stingray. The use of carbon fiber bits keep things light and are all in the right places, such as the hood and removable targa top. Hardly any stones were left unturned when it came to designing the new Corvette basically consisting of all new parts from the ground up.

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An active sound management is an added benefit for those who don’t want to wake the neighbors when driving through your neighborhood or starting up the LT1 V8 engine. Active sound management controls additional exhaust valves in the rear to quiet things down or open up during full throttle. The drive select modes can control the system automatically or you may manual disable it (open up the valves) and let the roaring sound of the V8 rumble to your hearts delight – just the way I like it.

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The styling of the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray harkens back to the 60’s and 70’s Corvette Stingray. As far as the styling, the idea of the Stingray taking cues from other exotic vehicles is a serious debate that will continue to play out for years to come as on-looking enthusiasts see the new Stingray in person. Either way, borrowed design cues or not, the exterior design serves many purposes with a surprising functional aspect to every sculpted and vented line. Some of the surprising functional elements of the new Corvette Stingray start with the front hood vented air intake, to the top-rear vents channeling air to cool the rear-mounted transmission and electronic differential. Even the rear taillight’s vents and diffuser’s side vents have a purpose of venting air to keep the working mechanics cool while adding slight stability without taking away from the progressive downforce. The new square-shaped LED taillights may draw some controversy for the slow adopters but actually have an added visual depth to their close-up brightly lit appearance. The new LED daytime running lamps up front encased in the exotic-styled headlamp housing simulate the outline of Italian exotic vehicles at a reasonable distance, which isn’t a bad thing considering the new Corvette Stingray’s target competition for an unmatched price.

In comparison of my first quick drive of the new 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 with the 7-speed manual transmission several months ago, the new Corvette Stingray Z51 with an automatic transmission keeps things almost as entertaining without much of a guessing game. The automatic shifts fast enough to rival some dual-clutch transmissions. Additionally, the ease of use factor come into play when you have so much power available over a broad rpm range to lay down on the pavement through the rear wheels.

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Part of the all-new Corvette Stingray’s iconic statement expands beyond its consistent and respected exotic-car performance statistics. The new Corvette Stingray exhibits the best bang for your dollar being that the same V8 engine and impeccable performance can be had in the base Stingray starting at just $51,000. For that price there isn’t much that can compete, which makes the iconic American sports car shine even brighter when pitted against its competition. No doubt that the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a returned contender with an exceptional value at the best of its game. My 2014 Chevrolet Stingray Z51 test vehicle has an as-tested price of $65,530 including a $995 destination charge.

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Copyright: 2014 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Corvette Stingray $51,000 / As-Tested Corvette Stingray Z51 $65,530
  • Engine: 6.2-liter OHC V8 460 (Z51) horsepower @ 6,000 rpm / 465 ft-lbs. torque @ 4,600 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 106.7 inches
  • Total length: 176.9 inches
  • Total width: 73.9 inches
  • Total height: 48.8 inches
  • EPA cargo volume: 15.0 cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: 3,444 pounds
  • Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons
  • 0-60mph: 3.8 seconds (Z51 automatic transmission)
  • Top Speed: 190 mph (estimated)
  • EPA mileage: 17 mpg city / 28 mpg highway (automatic transmission)


2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray Quick Spin & First Impressions 30
Sep
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Chevy Corvette, 2014 Corvette Stingray, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevy Corvette, Corvette Stingray, Corvette Stingray Z51, Test Drives on 09 30th, 2013
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A couple of us at AutomotiveAddicts.com were able to join Chevrolet Performance Cars Marketing Manager, John Fitzpatrick and other General Motors engineering staff for a quick run-down and test drive of the all-new 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray. Down in sunny Miami, FL we took a quick spin of the new Corvette Stingray equipped with the Z51 performance package.

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Initial impressions of the new Corvette Stingray surmount to an aesthetically pleasing sports car that has many traits of a grand-tourer with an attitude. The new 7-speed manual transmission on our test vehicle mated to the new 455 horsepower V8 engine (460 horsepower with Z51 package) were at the heart of the new Corvette C7 allowing us to experience acceleration to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. Of course a couple launches down the streets of Miami Beach quickly came to a dashing stop as we did not want to end up handcuffs.

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The over-all driving impressions of the new Corvette were set high as we were greeted by the best interior found in any Vette yet. The sporty cabin was laced with leather, nicely accented stitching, leather dashboard insets, real aluminum trim pieces and a minimal amount of plastics delicately placed around the shifter housing center dashboard stack. Just as Chevrolet has previously claimed through previous communications before the Stingray’s public debut, all materials are made of what they look like. This holds true throughout the cabin even where you can option it out with a carbon fiber trim package to replace the small amount of plastic surfaces that remain. Otherwise, the sporty seats are supportive yet hold you in place in preparation for hitting twisty roads or the track.

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In terms of driving excitement the Corvette aims to please driving much like a tamed beast in the most selectable pre-programmed drive modes (eco, weather, default normal). Placing the vehicle in either Sport or Track driving modes really spices things up by first opening up the exhaust valve for a mean exhaust burble and firmer magnetic dampers. Leaving traction control and stability control intact, the new Vette moves with authority through the lower gear cogs making the best use of the V8’s wide and torque-filled power band. The 7-speed manual transmission is rather direct and frees up your abilities to make quick money-shifts. The new rev-match system allows for seamless downshifts through blipping the throttle as you down-shift – only hindered by a subtle delay before you can release the clutch. It is possible that this minor hiccup is dependent on the drive mode, which we left in Sport for the duration of our quick 30 minute drive. The 7-speed manual gates are also designed with some forward-thinking intelligence by locking you out of the 7th gear gate when shifting from 4th to 5th. Additionally, the tranny seems to assist in limiting any fumbling through unwanted gear gates having that extra 7th gear spot.

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Besides engine management and the electronic limited-slip differential, the new Corvette Stingray is an adaptable road-going machine. The balance of the ride quality and true handling abilities really shine through the new 50/50 weight distribution and chassis giving you plenty of confidence in any near-illegal maneuvers you make on public roads. Nevertheless, track days are expected to be a blast as we suspecting the quest for the new Vette’s handling limits may take many laps around a demanding track before you really find it. It just feels that good.

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In our limited time behind the wheel of the new 2014 Corvette Stingray our biggest takeaway was the quality and enthusiast-injected capabilities in this being the best Corvette ever. The C7 exhibits the heartfelt drive from American ingenuity and a newfound pride in building an excellent sports car bred from true enthusiasts all the way down from the design team, engineers and racecar test drivers. The new Corvette Stingray exhibited all of the expected traits that the long lineage of the iconic American sports car has for many decades. Only the new C7 model tacks on unsurpassed quality and technological advancements all for a much smaller price of admission when pitted against its direct competition.

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Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (C7) Z51

  • Price: Base Corvette Stingray $51,000 / As-Tested Corvette Stingray Z51 $68,000 est.
  • Engine: 6.2-liter OHC V8 460 (Z51) horsepower @ 6,000 rpm / 460 ft-lbs. torque @ 4,600 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 106.7 inches
  • Total length: 176.9 inches
  • Total width: 73.9 inches
  • Total height: 48.8 inches
  • EPA cargo volume: 15.0 cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: 3,444 pounds
  • Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons
  • 0-60mph: 3.8 seconds (Z51)
  • Top Speed: 190 mph (estimated)
  • EPA mileage: 17 mpg city / 29 mpg highway


2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 Does 0-60 mph in 3.8 Seconds 20
Jun
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Corvette Stingray, Auto Addiction, Automotive, Chevrolet, Corvette Stingray, Corvette Stingray Z51, News on 06 20th, 2013
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When the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray first dropped on the stage at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, we were all promised 0-60 mph time under 4 seconds. That held true for the Corvette Stingray and now that figure gets a bit better with the new Z51 package-equipped Stingray getting a 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds. Additionally, the Z51 Performance Package, priced for an additional $2,800, the skidpad number reaches 1.03g.

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Of course you get 460 horsepower to play with in the new Corvette Stingray Z51 putting it in position to tango with the new Porsche 911 S and Turbo models. Hit up the full press release and astonishing lap time for the Stingray Z51 going around VIR below.

DETROIT – Chevrolet released official performance estimates today for the 2014 Corvette Stingray, the most capable standard Corvette ever. Equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package, the new Stingray is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, braking from 60 to 0 in 107 feet, and sustaining 1.03 g in cornering.

Cumulatively, the acceleration, cornering and braking capability of the Corvette Stingray enable it to lap the Virginia International Raceway’s (VIR) 4.2-mile “Grand Course” in 2:51.78.

“For the new Stingray, we set out to elevate every aspect of the Corvette’s performance,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “Considered alone, the acceleration, braking and cornering performance of the Corvette Stingray is truly impressive. More significant is how well they work together, resulting in a lap time at VIR that places the new Stingray in the upper echelon of all sports cars.”

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Acceleration from 0-60 MPH: 3.8 seconds
¼ mile acceleration: 12 seconds @ 119 mph
Braking distance from 60 to 0 MPH: 107 feet
Maximum lateral acceleration: 1.03 G
VIR ‘Grand Course’ Lap: 2:51.78

The lap around VIR was conducted in Stingray equipped with the available Z51 Performance Package and Magnetic Ride Control. The vehicle that conducted the lap was modified only with safety features like a racing seat and harness, and fire extinguisher system.

“The new Stingray constantly communicates feedback to the driver, which makes you feel incredibly confident behind the wheel,” said Jim Mero, Corvette vehicle dynamics engineer. “That confidence encourages you to attack each corner because the Stingray drives so well: the tire grip is incredible; the steering response is some of the best I’ve ever experienced; the Magnetic Ride dampers allow little body roll through the corner, while still soaking up the rumble strips when you clip the apex,” he said. “It’s just addictive on the track.”

The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013 for a suggested starting retail price of $51,995, excluding tax, title, and license fees. The $2,800 Z51 Performance Package includes 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. Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management is a $1,795 option. A Corvette Stingray equipped like the test car used at VIR would cost $56,590.

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