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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Chevrolet reveals Corvette Z06 convertible

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

At the New York Auto Show, CHEVROLET will introduce a convertible version of its latest Corvette Z06 supercar. The model differs only slightly from the coupe and is powered by the same 634hp V8 engine.

Available with a 7-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic gearbox, the supercar will have a power roof that can be operated at speeds of up to 50km/h.

Chevrolet unveiled the seventh-generation Corvette Z06 coupe at NAIAS in Detroit last January. Packing a 6.2-liter V8 engine with 634hp, the supercar is the most powerful Corvette of all time.

Like the standard Corvette Stingray model, the Z06 includes drive mode controls that adjust around a dozen parameters and driving aids.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe and Convertible are expected to roll into dealerships in early 2015. The New York Auto Show takes place from April 18 to 27.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

GM’s flagship supercar, the first headline unveiling of this year’s Detroit Motor show, potentially has enough in the tank to challenge anything from Ferrari or Lamborghini.

The Z06 may look a lot like the standard Stingray, which itself was officially unveiled at the 2013 event, but it is extremely different where it counts most, under the hood.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The extra power is thanks to a lightweight but potent supercharger that forces the car’s 6.2-liter V8 to pump out over 625hp. Making sure that the car doesn’t disintegrate under that extra performance are aluminum cylinder heads and titanium intake valves. Chevrolet has even taken a leaf out of its European competitors’ books and reexamined the engine’s weight, rods and pistons.

Making sure that power doesn’t disappear in an automatic gearbox’s torque converter, the Z06 will be coming with a seven-speed manual transmission as standard. However, for those that like the full track-day effect, an eight-speed paddle shift unit will also be an optional extra.

Corvette Z06 back

But maybe the best thing is that because the new car is so rigid, the roof panel can still be removed for open air motoring without turning the car into the automotive equivalent of jelly. However, Chevrolet points out that there will still be a slight difference in handling when the panel is out.

Corvette Z06

Potential owners will be happy to hear that the extra rigidity and performance has been paired with bigger brakes and with Chevrolet’s Magnetic Selective Ride Control dampers (an option on the standard Stingray) which will be fitted as standard on the Z06 when it appears in dealerships in 2015.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 interior

However, two significant pieces of information are still missing — firstly, what the engine’s power equates to in performance; and secondly what this increased performance will do to the price.

Corvette Z06 Stingray

The fact that Chevrolet hasn’t yet confirmed performance figures suggests that the company is leaving itself room to tweak the car before production starts to make sure it can still keep up with the best that Europe has to offer.

Performance Data Recorder

Corvette gets a Performance Data Recorder

Chevrolet is bringing industry-first combined telematics and movie-making features to the Corvette.

Called the Performance Data Recorder, the new system, unveiled ahead of the official opening of the 2014 CES in Las Vegas, will allow Corvette owners not only to gather real-time data about their performance, be it lap times or g-force in the corners, but also capture it in 720p HD video.

Performance Data Recorder

“The Performance Data Recorder combines the ability to record and share drive videos with the power of a professional-level motorsports telemetry system,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer.

“Drivers can easily record and share their experiences driving down the Tail of the Dragon or lapping Road Atlanta. In addition, with the included telemetry software, users can analyze their laps in incredible detail and find opportunities to improve their driving and lap times.”

Co-developed by British performance engine builder Cosworth, the system combines driver point of view video from a camera mounted within the windshield header with audio from a cabin-installed microphone and information from a dedicated telemetry box. The results are recorded to an SD card which can be accessed via the glove compartment.

Users can choose between different types of recording mode. For instance, when set to Track mode, the video is overlaid with all recordable data — speed, RPM, g-force and physical map-based location. Meanwhile touring mode does away with all data overlay in favor of capturing video and audio.

The road movies can be watched on the Corvette Stingray‘s integrated 8-inch cabin screen (when the car is stopped) or can be downloaded to a computer for editing and sharing.

Serious track-day enthusiasts can also use Cosworth’s enhanced suite of software to further drill down and analyze their performance after a hard day at the track.

“The ability to review laps between track sessions can identify immediate adjustments for quicker laps in the next session,” said Juechter. “It’s like having a 32-GB crew chief trackside providing you with real-time feedback to improve your driving skills.”

The system will make its debut on the 2015 Corvette Stingray, which will hit the streets in the third quarter of 2014. Chevrolet is yet to confirm pricing.

Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition Convertible

The 2014 Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition Convertible

Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition Convertible

Announced just in time for Christmas, only 550 examples of the Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition Convertible will be built. To make absolutely certain that onlookers know the car is special, each one will be finished in Lime Rock Green paint with a brownstone suede interior, accented with carbon fiber.

The dashboard will also carry a plaque denoting the car’s limited edition status, and Chevrolet will be issuing the cars with a unique VIN sequence too.

And thanks to a variable tuned performance exhaust system and the Z51 Performance package, helping to make the most of its 6.2-liter V8, this collectable car is more than just a pretty face.

The first examples will be arriving in US showrooms at the start of 2014 and each one will carry a price ticket of $77,450, including destination and delivery fees. So better get your order in fast.

Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition

Limited Premiere Edition Corvette Stingray announced

Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition

A limited edition of 500 exemplars of the new Corvette Stingray will soon be selling in the US for roughly $75,000 and up. What sets it apart from the classic sportscar series is, in particular, its blue body and visible carbon fiber roof panel.

The Stingray Premiere Edition 2014 is equipped with the Z51 Performance Package, which makes for 460 horsepower and an acceleration from 0 to 60 mph (0-100km) in 3.8 seconds.

This high-end Stingray revamp features all the best equipment available and is embellished with carbon fiber trimmings, Brownstone suede-covered seating and “Stingray”-logo interior sill plates and wheel caps. Each of the 500 cars comes with a luggage set custom-created for the series by Thule.

Unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray is touted as the most powerful standard Corvette ever.

Bugatti Veyron to star in Transformers 4

Western Star big rig

Although “Transformers 4″ won’t hit the big screen until June 27, 2014, images of a few new vehicles starring in the film have been released.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse (in two-tone black and baby blue) will be featured as Autobots in the new movie.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Transformers 4

Alongside the Veyron and Stingray Bay also released an image on his website of the new Optimus Prime. This time the leader of the Autobots is based on a Western Star big rig, complete with red flame graphics over dark blue and plenty of chrome.

Western Star big rig Transformers 4

“Collector cars of tomorrow” revealed

The 2000 BMW M Roadster, 2003 Mini Cooper S and 2007 Ford Shelby Mustang are among the ten most likely cars of the decade to become collectors’ items.

“The 2010 Hot List” was compiled by valuation experts from Hagerty Insurance, the largest agency for collector cars in the US.
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Specter Werkes C6 GTR

Specter Werkes C6 GTR

Corvette tuner Specter Werkes has announced its newest model, the GTR.

With a complete tuning package of carbon fiber body enhancements, engine tuning, suspension enhancements and a choice of Forgeline or HRE wheels with Michelin tires, the GTR aims to further enhance the appearance and performance levels of any current model Corvette, including the ZR1.

The GTR package starts with a base price of $34,995, with a variety of high-performance powertrain options.
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