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Corvette Production Began 60 Years Ago

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

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

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

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

For now, enjoy the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette photos


2014 Corvette Stingray Being Manufactured and Track Driven – Videos

We can never get enough of the dramatic black-and-white short videos that go behind the scenes of the making of the 2014 Corvette Stingray. This one in particular is pure machine porn, showcasing the manufacturing process of the new C7 on the assembly line. Considering the prototypes tend to be built by hand, we’re going to make the educated guess that the footage was shot during the validation process at Bowling Green, with the earliest pre-production models rolling off the line.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray transforms the driving experience. Everything changes. Five distinct, selectable driver modes. Real-time performance data. An Electronic Limited Slip Differential. Integrated driving technology. All calibrated to instill confidence in the driver.

Engineering the 2014 Corvette Stingray:

Driving the 2014 Corvette Stingray:

Will the next Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Get 700+ Horsepower?

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

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.”

Old vs New, Dodge vs SRT, Viper vs Viper

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

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?

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.

The 2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray is Debuted at 2013 NAIAS

The new C7 Chevrolet Corvette has been revealed at the 2013 Detroit motor show. It follows months of speculation, with rumors that the new ‘Vette would become a mid-engined supercar. It stays true to its roots, though, with a front-engine/rear-drive layout and a 6.2-litre V8. The new Chevrolet Corvette is the third model in the series after the second (1963-1967) and third (used between 1969 and 1976) generation vehicles to wear the Stingray designation. It has received its world premiere at the Detroit auto show earlier on today, Monday January 14, and will go on sale in the fall.

2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette - With the other 6 Generations

2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette – With the other 6 Generations

Chevrolet is redefining its range with today’s debut of the all-new Corvette Stingray, and the car is hands down the main attraction at this year Detroit Motor Show. The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque. 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’s mated to a seven-speed manual gearbox, like the 991-gen Porsche 911, which boasts rev matching on down changes to negate the need for heel-and-toeing like in the Nissan 370Z. 

2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette - Side Profile

2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette – Side Profile

Though some rumors had indicated that the Corvette would get a twin-turbo V6, the sports car will instead use an all-new small-block V8 known as the LT1. The power will in fact be provided by a new 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine. While the tried-and-true pushrod configuration remains, the LT1 features direct-injection, variable valve timing and a fairly high 11.5:1 compression ratio. A dry sump oil system will be an optional extra in place of a standard wet sump unit. Also part of the LT1 package is a cylinder deactivation system that saves fuel by effectively turning the 6.2-liter V8 into a 3.1-liter V4. It is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA-estimated 9.0 L/100 km or 26 mpg of the current model.

2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette - Rear

2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette – Rear

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray retains the same general ‘Vette shape as previous generations, but with distinct styling cues that give it an unmistakable presence. A wide, smiling front grille leads the front fascia punctuated by fanged front lip, LED headlights and vented hood to dissipate engine heat. A giant side intake and striking sideskirt design emphasize speed even at a standstill, and further vents above the rear wheels also functionally cool the differential and transmission. The rear of the car may be the most controversial, with Camaro-esque taillights sandwiched by a vertical lip spoiler and central quad exhaust.

2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette - Interior

2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette – Interior

Inside, the theme continues as designers wanted to dispel the stigma that Corvette interiors are cheap, which they are. To do so, extensive amounts of real carbon fibre were used throughout the cabin, the leather is genuine and properly hand-stitched and the inclusion of a new Infotainment system will hopefully firmly plant the C7’s interior in ’14, as opposed to ’94. There are also two new seat choices—an entry level “GT” seat and very racy wing-backed “Competition Sport” option, complete with headrest ports for a five-point racing harness.

2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette - Front 3/4

2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette – Front 3/4

 The 2014 Corvette Stingray will be built at the same site as its predecessors in Bowling Green, Kentucky, after the multi-million dollar retrofit too the plat has been done so that the aluminum frame can also be built in-house. Make no mistake; the All new 2014 C7 Chevrolet Corvette this is a thoroughly re-imagined version of the great American sports car. The car wears its stylistic update very well and where the interior was once cheep and creaky the new model has more than enough high tech features and power. It will undoubtedly undercut many of the less powerful competition when it eventually does reach market, as has always been the Corvette way.

2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette - Rear 3/4

2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette – Rear 3/4

See the Chevy release video here, this is the same video running in the Chevy booth on the 2013 floor of the North American Internally Auto Show.

See the 2014 C7 Corvette Revealed via Magazine Cover one day ahead of time

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 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.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette is teased via video again

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.