2014 CORVETTE STINGRAY TOP GEAR

Some cars are able to leave its mark in the mind of the people that other cars are unable to replace. Same is the case with the Corvette Sting Ray. The car’s interior was well decorated and it offered many different features. The company was able to introduce new generations one after another.

People often confused this car with the Stingray which stayed in the market from 1968 to 1982.

C2 was the second generation and the third generation was introduced as the C3. Both the cars are significantly different from one another. One of the main differences is the spelling. Bill Mitchell was the creator of the C2 Sting Ray who was the styling chief of the GM.

The interior was improved in order to make it more comfortable for the passengers. New windows were introduced at the rear but later on were removed as it was blocking the view.

Panels of Fiber glass were used as in the older versions. Dual headlights were also placed with the pop-up feature. This added more beauty in the car and due to this the popularity of the car increased. The best thing about these lights is its aerodynamic feature. This was not introduced in any other car before.

The company didn’t stopped here and kept introducing new features in the car. These features made this car more popular and were able to compete in the market effectively. These features include:

- Side-mounted exhaust, but this feature was optional and it depends on the buyer whether he wanted to get it installed or not

- Convertible roofs that one can fold and store at the back of the driver’s seat

- Trunks without lids

- Customer can even get the Stay Ray with fixed top

Many different options were available to meet the requirements of customers and this made the car more popular.

This is the reason why its popularity isn’t decreasing over the years. The company is bringing improvement in the model to keep it competitive.

It offers great speed to speed lovers and comes in 3 different types of engine to suit the customer’s choice. The different engine choices available are 327, 396 and the 427 CID and the horse power of the engine ranges from 250 up to 435. It offered the driver to experience the independent suspension in this car and it also have disc brakes installed in all (four) of its wheels.

The car was able to gain fair market and was able to give tough competition to its rivals. You should try it once in your life and will definitely feel the difference in the drive. You can never forget the experience of driving this car.

This was a short history of Corvette Sting Ray, and it is hoped that information in this article will help you to familiarize with its history.

Its an amazing car don’t get me wrong. From the talk (mostly from import people obviously) this is what i hear that makes people like it;

-awd
-not a muscle car (imported)
-shows off that you don’t need a v8 to be fast
-balanced
-looks good.
-is the new version or the famous original skyline

But I want to know the truth behind it all with non biased opinions.

-was the big mufti car race from top gear fair using the fastest commercial (non track setup) models from each company?
-ie Would a v6 turbo really beat a twin turbo v8 Ford GT or a v10 lambo?
-does it really have that much potential where they will keep it as a v6 for many generations and expect to win against any v8?

Everyone points to it being so fast and I know plenty about engines, weight ratios, gearing etc but Im too lazy to actually do the math and research articles and forums over this.

Is it really that impressive or is it just a flag ship for import lovers?

Answer by Tony
yes it is

Answer by Petey
The GTR WAS all that and a bag of chips on top, BUT, bad news has come around for the GTR.
That bad news is the 2014 Sting Ray. The new Corvette is MUCH more of a vehicle in every way.
On top of it all, it costs MUCH less money, it is naturally aspirated (the models available so far) without the turbos that GTR has and even still all the GTR will see are tail lights. We are talking OEM stock to OEM stock.
Right off the dealership floor, the word is flooding in all about the same. The 2nd batch of Stingrays released from Bowling Green are turning average 11.88 sec in the 1/4 mile, pump gas, sea level.
GTR’s turn mid 12′s in the 1/4 which still is extremely quick for a road car.
Of course the ZR-1 version is yet to be released. Word has it that it will be what is known as a “super turbo”, basically a turbocharger without any disadvantages of heat or lag time. I have seen the builds, but nothing on the street yet. Let’s see what happens. OH, I wanted to add this: in econo mode, the new sting ray gets a reality 30 MPG

Answer by Mark F
I have had only 1 chance to slog one – for about a half hour a week before they were officially launched here in the states.

Yes the car is ridiculously fast and easy to drive fast.
Yes it shoots way above its price point.

I wasn’t crazy about all the electronic gizmo’s – not my cup of tea.
I thought the paddle shift was terrible to the point of being almost useless. The F430 Scuderia and Guiardo Superlegara (sp?) I drove the same day were far superior in this regard. The GT-R actually drove better leaving it in automatic. This was a few years ago though and I hear this has been much improved.

Houston, Texas (PRWEB) December 17, 2014

Only a handful of supercars exist that can rightfully lay claim to achieving 200 mph and beyond. With a serious injection of horsepower from Hennessey Performance (HPE), the new Corvette Stingray has entered that exclusive club. On December 11, 2014, an HPE-upgraded C7 Corvette, driven by company founder John Hennessey, achieved a top speed of 200.6 mph, making it the first C7 Corvette to break the double-century mark. The run was verified with both the VBox GPS-based data acquisition system and by radar courtesy of Texas DPS State Troopers who were on hand.

The record run took place on a closed section of the newly completed segment E of Texas State Highway 99, also known as the Grand Parkway thats located west of Houston, made available by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The new toll road section, which opens to the public on Saturday, December 21st, connects Interstate 10 with Highway 290. The day also gave TxDOT officials and their toll road engineers from TransCore the chance to test its toll tag RFID system with Hennessey vehicles.

The road is perfectly smooth and the Corvette was very stable and easy to drive at 200 mph, said driver and company founder John Hennessey. Id put the Texas highway system up against any other highway in the world, including the German Autobahn. Our roads have proven to be smooth and safe at speeds well above 200 mph.

In 460-bhp production form, the production C7 Corvette Stingray straight from the Bowling Green factory is certainly no slouchits a true 180-mph road car. But as aero drag increases with the square of velocity, the Corvette needed to supply serious power700 bhp at 6500 rpmto break through the aerodynamic brick wall and achieve that extra 20 mph. The record-setting C7 utilized the HPE600 package (long-tube headers, ported factory cylinder heads, high-flow cats, HPE camshaft and HPE tune) plus a Nitrous Express 100-hp nitrous oxide system to break the 200-mph barrier.

Hennessey Performance will soon be releasing its HPE700 supercharged upgradealso capable of 200-plus-mph performance, but without nitrousthat employs a TVS2300 supercharger, HPE custom camshaft, air induction system, high-flow heads, long-tube headers and HPE tune. Installed price for the package is $ 22,500.

Said Don Goldman, Hennessey CEO: Were thrilled to have validated our upgraded C7s performance at one of the best possible highways not only in America, but the world.

In addition to the 200-mph C7, Hennessey also brought out its first HPE600 supercharged Chevrolet SS that, despite being gear-limited, easily achieved 164.2 mph on the Grand Parkway.