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So you finally did it! You rewarded yourself with that sweeeet head-turnin’, jaw-dropping ride. A brand-spankin’ new shiny Corvette that has been calling your name since you saw it sitting so pretty on the showroom floor of your local Chevrolet dealership. Congratulations! Welcome to the family! Now that you own that brand new Corvette, you will start looking for alternative methods to keep the mileage low when you aren’t joy riding. Why put the miles on it to drive it to your new job located all the way on the other side of the country? Not to mention protecting your baby from all those crazy drivers. This when you in a desperate search for a car shipping company you can trust to help you get your new prized possession safely to your new home.
Chevrolet gave us the first Corvette in 1953. The Indianapolis 500 has given the Pace Car award to the Corvette 13 times (1978, 1986, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2016).
|Production Years:||1953 to 1982, 1984 to present|
|Model Years:||1953 to 1982, 1984 to present|
|Body Style:||2-Door Coupe, 2-Door Convertible|
|Annual US Sales:||1953: 300|
|Trims Available:||Stingray, Grand Sport, Z06|
|Fuel Tank Capacity:||18.5 gal|
|EPA City (mpg):||16 (for Stingray), 16 (for Super Sport)|
|EPA Highway (mpg):||25 (for Stingray), 25 (for Super Sport)|
|Base Curb Weight:||3298 - 3362|
|Height:||48.8in (Stingray) 48.6in (Super Sport)|
|Length:||176.9in (Stingray) 177.9in (Super Sport)|
There are various models of the Chevrolet Corvette. Every 2014 Corvette now features an aluminum frame, not just the higher-performance models. Instead of two uniformly thick, hydroformed rails, the chassis is now made up of five sections using hydroformed aluminum, cast aluminum, and extruded aluminum, with each section tailored to its purpose in strength and stiffness. The result is a 99-pound weight reduction with a 57 percent increase in stiffness. That's 60 percent stiffer than today's Z06 with the C7's removable roof in place, and 20 percent stiffer with the roof out.
Moving outward, the C7 features redesigned suspension hardware with new aluminum control arms and stiffer links, knuckles, and bushings. The front and rear cradles are now hollow cast aluminum with stiffer attachment points for the suspension. Bilstein shocks are standard and upsized on the Z51 performance model (which returns after a four-year hiatus) for stiffer body control -- or why not spring for third-generation magnetic shocks? Whichever way you go, they hold down narrower 18-inch front/19-inch rear wheels (19 and 20 inches, respectively, and forged on Z51 cars) that improve the turning radius without sacrificing grip.
In one of many crossovers from racing development, the same Michelin engineer who designs tires for the Corvette Racing Team now also designs the standard Pilot Super Sport Run-Flats that are unique to the C7. (You know this guy uses a car shipping company to move his Corvette!) Behind those wheels are standard Brembo brakes that, while slightly smaller in diameter than before, boast 35 percent more swept area thanks to larger pads that cover more area on the rotor face. Z51 cars get larger front discs (13.6 inches versus 12.6 on the base C7) with 6 percent more swept area than a current Corvette Grand Sport and a lot more bite. Chevrolet says the new Stingray will stop 11 feet shorter than before, putting its 60-0-mph braking comparable with that of the mighty ZR1, which we measured at 94 feet.
Things upstream of the wheels have improved as well. The C7's steering system has been hard-mounted and beefed up, and the support structure is now, according to Chevrolet, 500 percent stiffer. The new electric power steering features a variable ratio and variable resistance for every circumstance.
On the other end, the Z51 sports an electronically controlled mechanical limited-slip differential that can go from open to locked in "tenths of a second," and can vary clutch engagement infinitely. Just ahead of that is the new seven-speed manual transmission, an evolution of the Tremec six-speed in the C6. As well as the third overdrive gear, it boasts active rev-matching for up- and downshifts. A “hall effect” sensor on the shift rail monitors every minute movement of the shifter and predicts what gear you'll want next, then revs the engine to match. Don't want the computer doing the work? Click either "paddle" on the back of the steering wheel to turn it off. The transmission also features a smaller dual-mass flywheel and smaller, twin-disc clutch that improves clamping power while reducing inertia and shift effort. And, yes, it still has skip-shift. If manual shifting isn't your bag, there's also the paddle-shifted six-speed automatic.
It's an update of the current 6L80 automatic and features a smaller torque converter, which carries less inertia for -- you guessed it -- faster and smoother shifts. Otherwise, all updates are in the software to improve shift speed, rev matching, and gear prediction. You can also do it yourself via the steering wheel paddles. Providing the go power is the latest update to Chevrolet's famous small-block V-8. Resurrecting the LT1 moniker, the updated engine displaces 6.2 liters and pumps out at least 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. The improvements in peak power are modest, with the new engine producing as much torque between 1000 and 4000 rpm as did the 7.0-liter V-8 in the Z06. Helping to produce the extra grunt is direct fuel injection, continuously variable valve timing, and completely redesigned combustion chambers. On the other side of the spectrum, cylinder deactivation allows it to run in four-cylinder mode, a proven technology with the automatic and a first for a manual transmission car. Chevy says it's good for a 10 to 20 percent bump in fuel economy. But if you have invested in this baby, I doubt you are too concerned about fuel efficiency.
Chevrolet introduced the first generation of the Corvette in 1953. It debuted at the New York Auto Show as a “show car”. There were only 300 Corvettes built in 1953 and it only came in Polo White. The following year in 1954, Chevrolet offered the Corvette in Polo White, Sportsman Red, Pennant Blue or Black. While 1953 and 1954 only offered an I6 engine, 1955 saw Corvettes first V8. All of the first generation Corvettes were convertible models.
Chevrolet introduced the Sting Ray to the Corvette lineup in the second generation. A Coupe model was added in 1963 for the first time. 1967 was the final year that Chevrolet offered the second generation Corvette.
In 1968, Chevrolet introduced the third and longest generation Corvette which lasted until 1982. The 25th anniversary of the Corvette was introduced in 1978 as a two-tone Silver Anniversary Edition and an Indy Pace Car limited edition. This was the Corvettes first appearance as an Indianapolis 500 Pace Car. This 1978 model was the same year the fastback was introduced. The fifty-three ZR-1 package Corvettes was introduced in this generation. The “Crossfire” V8 engine was introduced in the final third generation year of 1982.
We did not get a 1983 model year of the Chevrolet Corvette due to quality issues and delays in parts. Corvettes fourth generation was the first major redesign since inception. The Corvette convertible was selected for the second time as an Indy Pace Car in 1986. Chevrolet saw Corvettes 35th Anniversary Edition in 1988. The LT1 engine was introduced in the 1992 Corvette model which produced 300bhp. Model year 1993 saw a 40th Anniversary Edition of the Corvette. That same year, the first General Motors car to have a Passive Keyless Entry System was the Corvette. 1996 was the final year of the fourth generation.
The C5 Corvette generation was the fifth and started in 1997. General Motors also introduced the completely redesigned LS1 small block V8 engine. Model year 1997 only offered the Corvette in a Coupe version; 1998 saw the convertible option. The final year of the fifth generation Corvette was 2004.
For the first time since 1962, the sixth generation Corvette had exposed headlamps. A new 6.0L LS2 V8 engine came along that produced 400bhp, 400lb-ft torque and a top speed of 190 mph. Due to help from the Computer Aided Gear Selection (CAGS), the Corvette dodged the Gas Guzzler Tax by getting better fuel economy. The 2006 Corvette model introduced the Z06 7.0L V8 small block engine. It produced 505bhp and had a top speed of 198 mph. The Corvette ZR1 was added in 2007 with a new 6.2L V8 engine that produced 638bhp with a top speed of 205 mph. 2013 was the final year of the sixth generation Corvette.
For the 12th time, the Indianapolis 500 chose the seventh generation Corvette to be a Pace Car. General Motors toyed with the idea of a mid-engine and a rear-engine Corvette, but decided on the front-engine/rear-wheel drive to keep lower production costs. This generation reintroduced the “Stingray” into Corvettes line-up.
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