Chevrolet claims the Corvette is the longest-running, continuously produced passenger car, giving the honor to the Suburban for a vehicle of any type. All ’53 Chevrolet Corvettes were finished in Polo White with a red interior, and at first, came standard with an inline-six-cylinder engine. By 1955, 90 percent of all Corvette buyers went with the optional V-8.
1953 Chevrolet Corvette First Auto Show Appearance
But the original Corvette wasn’t all about straight-line acceleration: in our very first 1953 Chevrolet Corvette road test with an I-6 model, we recorded a 0-60 mph time of 11.5 seconds and a 105.3-mph top speed.
1953 Chevrolet Corvette – Rolling off of the Production line
Since that time, the Corvette has survived changes for better and for worse, and total production of the car numbers about 1,560,000 units. For the first five months of 2013, Corvette sales were down 13.1 percent to 4820 units, but once shipments of the 2014 Corvette begin arriving in dealerships, we’re sure that picture will change.
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
For now, enjoy the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette photos
In a clever fashion, Mazda has proved that its MX-5 Miata is the world’s fastest convertible in a drag race set in Southern California.
Lining up against some of the world’s most prestigious convertibles, the Miata took down the likes of the Lamborghini Gallardo, Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, Ford Mustang V6, and Porsche 911 Carrera.
So how did it achieve this seemingly impossible task? Well, we won’t spoil it for you, so you’ll just have to watch the video below to find out.
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray debut was missing one important piece of information: final power figures for the car’s V-8 engine. Now, Chevrolet has released horsepower and torque ratings of 455 hp and 460 lb-ft for the C7 Corvette.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray’s LT1 V-8 engine
To save Google some searches, those power figures are within spitting distance of the epic LS7’s 505 horsepower 470 lb-ft of torque. A cylinder-deactivation setup which is a Corvette first in combination with the LT1′s direct fuel injection contribute to fuel economy that Chevy estimates will exceed 26 mpg on the highway. As for the performance parameters that matter to those interested in the Corvette’s sports-car chops, Chevrolet estimates that the base Stingray should hit 60 mph in less than four seconds. Have we mentioned that we want to drive this thing? Badly.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray’s LT1 V-8 engine cut-away
When the 2014 Corvette Stingray goes on sale later this year, it will offer the LT1 V-8 mated to either a six-speed automatic or a seven-speed manual transmission. Coupe and convertible flavors will be offered, as well as a Z51 performance pack option. Pricing starts at $51,995 for the coupe and $56,995 for the convertible.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray’s Dyno Results
This is repost as i’m updating the server back up and web servers, so the following is from AutoBlog word for word.
“Word has it General Motors may offer as much as 700 horsepower in the C7 Corvette ZR1. Motor Trendreports the next Corvette Z06 will continue to rely on its naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V8 engine for thrust, but the lump will deliver substantially more power. How much more? MT says the engine could deliver up to 600 ponies. That’s a jump of 95 horsepower over the current Z06, though no figures have been finalized as of yet. Right now, GM is reportedly waiting to see what sort of grunt it can glean from the next ZR1.
2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette – With the other 6 Generations
The automaker has already made it clear it will resurrect the LT5 name for the new supercharged V8, and if GM is already pulling 600 from the Z06, the big dog ZR1 would theoretically offer 700 horsepower. Either way, the range-topping Corvette will be suitably insulated from its less potent siblings. Stay tuned. We aren’t likely to see the Z06 for at least a year, with the ZR1 trailing along at some point there after.”
Last week we enjoyed the Motor Trend the comparison test where they lined up the 2013 SRT Viper head to head with newly released 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. This week we have come a similar comparison video as Car and Driver have pitted the SRT Viper GTS against a face from its past in the form of a heavily modified 1997 Dodge Viper GTS, that has over 650 horsepower at its disposal.
2013 SRT Viper GTS
At a distance, the Viper looks a lot like the previous car, and the two even share the same windshield. But up close, the new car is far more elegant to which you can thank Ferrari. There are no hard creases despite some bold and edgy features, and the hood gives off a menacing look which is not our favorite part of the overal design.
1996 Dodge Viper GTS – Look Familiar?
In comparison, the previous-generation Viper looks dated, even clumsy. There are two Viper models, base and GTS, most obviously differentiated visually by the number of hood vents; the up-level GTS has only two versus the regular car’s six. Every vent or scoop is functional on both models, from the rear brake ducts behind the side windows to the outboard inlets in the front fascia that funnel a drag-reducing curtain of air around the front wheels.
Click the link below to see who will Prevail and come out on top.
Could we interest you today in taking a one day early sneak peak at the all new 2014 C7 Corvette that is set to be announced tomorrow night at it launch event during the North America International Auto Show. If you are interested in learning more about the C7 corvette and let’s face it who isn’t? So keep reading and we will wade through the rumours and let the cream rise to the top.
We introduce the 2014 C7 Corvette
We strongly believe that the C7 will likely have a 5.5-liter V8 version of Chevy’s tired and antiquated pushrod, small-block V-8 engine looks to be making its way under the hood of the C7. This rumor also saddens us it means that other fuel saving technologies like cylinder deactivation and variable valve timing will not be available on what could be a very thirsty car. The new engine will include direct injection and a higher compression ratio should guarantee this new small-block has the same power output and possible more than that of the outgoing 6.2-liter V8. The Z06 models and ZR1 models are on track to receive a forced induction version of the engine with GM favoring supercharging over a twin turbo setup. We will have to see how the Corvette Race teams like the idea of replacing their 7.0-liter V8 for a forced feed small displacement.
One rumor that GM is trying to distance themselves from is that the car will received a supercharged or turbocharged V6 engine option. We have to think that this has more to with satisfying their traditional chest thumping V8 client as we think that this would be a fantastic idea.
No matter which engines will be found under the hood they are expected to be connected to a new 7-speed manual transmission which may receive a rev match function. On the Automatic side of the equation we are expecting a 7 or 8 speed dual-clutch transmission to be included in the new C7 Corvette.
And as dramatic a change as the interior is, look for equally major upgrades inside, with leaked details indicating a premium look and feel, with a digital dash with an info display to show track telematics like lap times, G forces, gear selection, and 0-60 times.
The all-new Corvette is still set to be debuted tomorrow evening so we will be sure to bring all of the confirmed news as it flows into our inboxes.
The precisely sculpted design of the all-new 2014 Corvette delivers more than just stunning good looks – every line, vent, inlet and surface has been optimized for performance. “The all-new Corvette integrates more high-performance aerodynamic features than ever before, many taken directly from Corvette Racing,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer.
After unveiling the new logo and engine of the seventh-generation 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, GM has released a short video to tease fans of the iconic sports car even more. Chevrolet will introduce the 2014 Corvette on Sunday, January 13, 2013. For more information and video content, please visit www.one13thirteen.com.