First 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray Sold To Rick Hendrick At Barrett-Jackson
Congratulations to Mr. Rick Hendrick for winning the first C7 Corvette Stingray, Vin #0001, at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona tonight.
Details about the new 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray:
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Inside a ramshackle industrial facility in northern Detroit, Chevrolet unveiled the 2014 Corvette C7, the model's first overhaul in nine years. It contains a next-generation V8 engine, a small-block LT1 that combines several advanced technologies into one package and takes drivers from 0 to 60 in less than four seconds.
But for Corvette, this isn't about statistics. "It's more than just a sports car," said GM design chief Ed Welburn. "It's an emotion. It's a passion. It is a vehicle that is larger than life."
For those reasons, it was perhaps the perfect vehicle to headline the first night of the North American International Auto Show. After years of economic doldrums brought on by the Great Recession, the auto industry needed a larger-than-life icon to help celebrate more than 15 million units sold in 2012.
Hundreds of sports-car enthusiasts hooted and hollered Sunday night as Chevrolet pulled curtains back and revealed the C7 inside the Russell Industrial Center, which felt more like a nightclub than a factory. They lingered around the bright-red specimen displayed for more than an hour after the reveal.
Most of the hard-core already knew some specifics about the model, like it's 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque.
Chevrolet added a twist, announcing the C7 will carry the Stingray name, a nod to the Corvette's early heritage throughout the 1960s.
"It matches the concept they had a couple of years ago, and they really hit the nail on the head," said John Dunlap, a 27-year-old Corvette owner and enthusiast who scored a ticket to Sunday's unveiling through the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.
He drove his 2002 C5 from Minerva, Ohio to Detroit for the unveiling. Years ago, he was tempted to upgrade to the C6, but was instead glad he waited for the oft-delayed C7 model.
"They needed to make it sexier and relate it to its heritage," Dunlap said. "And the interior is going to blow our minds. Hopefully, that's really up there, the quality of the materials. I'm a touchy-feeling kind of guy, and the interior, before, was something that everyone knocked on."
Critics had panned the no-frills interior on the C6 model. But that was the least of Corvette's problems in recent years. There were few brands that symbolized the auto industry's crisis better.
As General Motors teetered on the brink of bankruptcy, the sports-car market was ravaged by the economy, losing approximately 41 percent of its sales from its pre-recession high. Sales of the Corvette, which debuted in 1953, slumped to their lowest numbers in nearly a half-century, falling to 13,164 in 2011.
Worse yet perhaps, the Corvette's more muscular sibling, the Chevy Camaro, gained a ton of attention after a mid-decade redesign that drove sales as high as 88,248 in 2011. But even as General Motors discarded sacred brands and models in the midst of its government-backed rescue, the Corvette endured.
"The soul of our company is indeed in Corvette," Mark Reuss, GM's chairman of North America, said Sunday. "Since 1953, through good times and bad for this company, there was always the Corvette, demonstrating what it means to win."
If there are nods to the Corvette's heritage in the new design, there are also subtle nods to the present competition. Gone are the car's trademark rounded tail lights, replaced with more boxy lights that resemble those found on the Camaro. That's not an update that sits well with many long-time Corvette owners.
"Many individuals are concerned about the rear square lights," said Tommy DeLuca, who owns a 2005 Corvette. "My concern would be how to differentiate the tail lights from other GM cars. The tail lights should be different so that anyone looking at the car will know it is a Corvette."
The C7 is one of 13 new Chevrolet products that will hit U.S. show rooms this year. Like many of the others, it arrives lighter than past models. Engineers said Sunday they had trimmed 90 pounds from the car, and used carbon fiber on even the base trim level.
Pricing was not announced Sunday night, but it is expected the base model of the C7 will cost more than the $49,600 of the base C6 predecessor. Fuel economy is expected to reach 18 miles per gallon in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
Combine the overhauled interior with the substantial exterior changes with the structural differences and drop in weight, and it's a dramatically different car.
"It's a bigger departure from the C6 to the C7 than I think it was from the C5 to the C6," Dunlap said. "It has a more exotic look, a more sexy look. They're trying to get a lot of young people involved, and I think this is the car to do it."
Venom GT Guinness World Record 0 - 300 km/h: 13.63 sec.
On January 10, 2013 John Kiewicz drove the Hennessey Venom GT to a new
Guinness WORLD RECORD for a two-seat car from 0 - 300 km/h in 13.63 seconds
(2-way average) at Ellington Airport in Houston, Texas, USA.
First Look: 2014 Corvette Stingray - Jay Leno's Garage
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51! Testing the New High Tech Vette! - Ignition Ep. 77
Finally! On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago gets behind the wheel of
Chevrolet's hotly anticipated 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51, the most
technologically advanced production Corvette ever made. First, Carlos heads
to the test track to put the reborn 460hp V8-powered Stingray through the
full barrage of Motor Trend's instrumented tests: 0-60 mph acceleration,
quarter mile, 60-0 mph braking, lateral acceleration, and figure-eight.
The raw data backs up what Carlos can already feel from the driver's seat -
the 2014 Corvette goes fast, stops quick and handles corners with ease.
Then, its off to the winding roads of Central California to see how the C7
Vette's continuously variable-locking differential, magnetic damping, rev
matching and other high-tech features perform in the real world.
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2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible - detailed video walkaround
Take a detailed walkaround of the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray convertible
with GM Design Director Tom Peters. Autoweek technical editor and resident
Corvette expert Dale Jewett and Peters get up close and personal with the
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2014 Corvette Stingray: Great Car, Wimp Shifting
The 2014 Corvette Stingray had the chance to come out of the box with a car
that could be a game changer but for that that wimp shifting gearbox. It
is, however, still a great car. Why wouldn't they introduce the vehicle
with a dual clutch system or a straight manual? Because Porsche and Nissan
did. Porsche has made no excuses for phasing out the manual gearbox, but
Ferrari did it in a rapid move as opposed to other manufacturers. One can
only hope that the higher performance versions of this car will come with a
Getrag or ZF dual clutch system and just kill the manual.
The 2014 C7 Corvette Stingrays Leave the National Corvette Museum
At the end of the National Corvette Museum's 2013 Bash, the C7 Corvette
Coupe and Convertible were moved outside and loaded into a transporter.
Driving the Corvettes were Bob Bubnis and Adam Boca of the National
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2014 Chevy Corvette C7 Stingray Interview Video with Harlan Charles @ 2013 Detroit Auto Show
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Benjamin Hunting catches up with Harlan Charles, Corvette Product Manager,
at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show for some excellent insights on the new C7
How did you balance the evolution of the design with what people come to
expect to see in a Corvette?
"We really wanted to create an all new Corvette, every surface, everything
people see was intended to be all new but also unmistakably Corvette. In
the back of our minds we wanted to bring back the passion of the Stingray;
some of the famous Corvettes like the 1959 Corvette racecar designed by
Bill Mitchell, or the 1963 split-window. We wanted to bring back some of
that passion but necessarily the same design cues. The goal was to create a
new Corvette statement going forward that builds on the past but in an
entirely new way. So one of the fine balances we did was incorporating a
lot of racing technology which you can see in the car via the functional
air vents and cooling outlets derived from the racecar while at the same
time trying to make the car more sophisticated and upscale."
Are we going to see different variations of the Corvette that will allow
you to take on higher end GT cars?
"Within the new Corvette Stingray line-up we have the Z-51 Performance
Package to satisfy those who are looking for more track oriented
performance, but then there will be different options at a higher luxury
level that can be added on such as faux leather or suede headliner. We are
going to have a lot of different ways that you can tailor the car to your
needs whether it is more towards the performance end of the spectrum or the
luxury GT end. What this will do is not only open the car up to the
hard-core performance enthusiasts, but also to those who appreciate cars in
Will there be additional smaller displacement engines in the future?
"I will say the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray does have a large displacement
6.2 liter engine, but there is an Eco-Mode with cylinder deactivation which
essentially makes the car under certain conditions a 3.1 liter 4-cylinder.
With this technology we are allowing people to have the best of both
worlds: a large V-8 with 450 ft.-lbs. of torque when you want it and you
can also have the fuel economy of a 4-cylinder."
The Corvette gets faster with each
new generation; will we ever hit a wall in terms of performance?
"We keep pushing the technology envelope. On the C6 Corvette, we never
thought that the car would make over 630 horsepower in the ZR-1, but
we did surpass that figure. And I think the performance will keep on going,
people will always want more power and more speed. We are going to keep
pushing the envelope as much as we can."
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A 1.1-mile Private Racetrack In His Front Yard -- JALOPNIK ON /DRIVE
Alan Wilzig, a New York banking scion, built the largest racetrack zoned
for private recreational use in the U.S. at his farm in Columbia County,
NY. Take a tour of the circuit at Wilzig Racing Manor, featuring nine turns
that thread through more than 80 feet of elevation changes, including a
20-percent banked curve. Also on site is a clubhouse and museum for
Wilzig's car and bike collection and race shop for his IMSA racecar and
2014 C7 highway testing
Had a little fun with a 2014 C7 Corvette on the highway, it was allot faster than my C5. My young daughter
worked the camera while I drove. The driver smiled and waved and had just
as much as fun as we did.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray First Drive
Corvette is one of the longest running automotive nameplates with one of
the most robust lineages of any car, and the newest addition—the 2014 C7
Corvette Stingray—balances an equation that Chevy has been tooling with
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