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The Chevrolet Corvette (C7) is a sports car produced by Chevrolet. The seventh generation Corvette was introduced for the 2014 model year as the first to bear the Corvette Stingray name since the 1968 third generation model. The first C7 Corvette was delivered in the third quarter of 2013.

Chevrolet Corvette
2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray in yellow at LA Auto Show.jpg
A yellow C7 on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show
Overview
Manufacturer Chevrolet (General Motors)
Production 2013–June 2017 (due to temporary shutdown of plant)
November 2017–present
Model years 2014–present
Assembly United States: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Designer Ed Welburn, Kirk Bennion,[1] Tom Peters[2]
Body and chassis
Class Sports car (S)
Body style
Layout FMR layout
Platform Y-body
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase 106.7 in (2,710 mm)
Length 176.9 in (4,493 mm)
Width 73.9 in (1,877 mm)
Height 48.6 in (1,234 mm)
Curb weight

3,347 lb (1,518 kg) (Base)
3,444 lb (1,562 kg) (Z51)

3,523 lb (1,598 kg) (Z06)
Chronology
Predecessor Chevrolet Corvette (C6)

Contents

Development and introductionEdit

According to Motor Trend, GM executives have been planning the next-generation (C7) Corvette since 2007. On October 18, 2012, GM made an official news announcement confirming the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette would debut on Sunday evening, January 13, 2013, in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show.[3] Chevrolet also showed the new Crossed Flags logo for the new 2014 Corvette. The car was originally planned for the 2011 model year, but was delayed.[4] Mid-engine and rear-engine layouts had been considered, but the front-engine, rear-wheel drive (RWD) platform was chosen to keep costs lower.[5] The C7's all-new LT1 6.2L Small Block V-8 engine develops 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 460 pound-feet (620 N·m) torque, which can accelerate the Corvette from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds. The C7's suspension consists of independent unequal-length double wishbones with transverse fiberglass mono-leaf springs and optional magnetorheological dampers, similar to its predecessor.

The C7 was designed not only to provide a bold styling statement, but also to incorporate an interior makeover that would put to rest past complaints about the quality of interior fit and finish. While overall the C7 attempts to provide an evolutionary redesign to an iconic theme, the car's designers took their inspiration from the 5th generation Chevrolet Camaro's squared rear end, incorporating aggressive angular elements that disappointed many Corvette enthusiasts. The C7 received criticism for some of the more styled elements of the car. "The rear contains what will surely be the C7's most controversial styling elements. It's all creases and vents back there, with aggressive trapezoidal taillights similar to those found on the current Camaro and quadruple-barreled tailpipes lined up in a neat row in the center of the rear valance", wrote Jason Kavanagh for Edmunds.[6] Functional aerodynamic aids are tacked on or cut into every body panel of the C7, often juxtaposed against sharp creases. This is a radical departure from the prior generations of Corvettes, whose styling had no spoiler, few body panel creases, and only semi-functional gills for front brake cooling. In addition, past Corvette models minimized the size of headlamps or even hid them altogether. The C7 reverses that minimalist styling language with intricately styled headlamps with LED accents.

2014 model yearEdit

ProductionEdit

Production and customer delivery of the 2014 Corvette began in September 2013. Corvette Bowling Green, Kentucky Assembly Plant tours begin again in October 2013. As noted previously, the official announcement date for the 2014 Corvette was on January 13, 2013.[7]

Delivery of 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe to dealers began on September 18, 2013.[8] Production of the Stingray Convertible began at the end of 2013.

The Gen 5 small block engine used in the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was built in GM's Tonawanda Engine Plant.[9][10]

The first production 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible was sold in 2013 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach to Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick for USD $1,000,000 in a Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer institute charity lot.[11][12]

A month since the first 2014 Corvette Stingray delivery, 485 vehicles had been delivered, with 38% of the vehicles include 7-speed manual transmission, 75% of all orders include Z51 Performance Package (with 54% also selected magnetic ride suspension system).[13]

EquipmentEdit

The new Corvette from day one was a pioneer[citation needed] in the use of advanced materials. Features of the new generation include a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel. Its fenders, doors, and rear quarter panels remain fiberglass composite. The C7 uses Aerogel, a material developed by NASA, to keep heat from the transmission tunnel from transferring into the cabin.[14] The under-body panels are made of "carbon-nano" composite. The chassis is made of hydro-formed aluminum. The rear tail lights use indirect LED technology.

Despite the increased use of aluminum and other light weight materials, the overall weight of the car remains the same as that of the previous generation (C6).[15] The C7 Corvette offers a seven-speed manual transmission made by Tremec that implements active rev matching. The Corvette also provides a driver mode selector with five settings: Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport, and Track mode. The C7 hood and side vents and inlets assist in cooling and aerodynamic stability. The interior features a driver display that allows the driver to select from several modes with up to 69 different sources of information, ranging from an interactive performance timer to a tire tread temperature display.[16] Two seat options are available: a sporty touring seat for every day use, and a competition sport seat for track driving with pass-throughs for a racing harness.

The new Corvette LT1 engine, the first of the Gen 5 family of Small Block engines, retains the push-rods acting on overhead valves design. It implements direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation), and continuously variable valve timing.[17]

AwardsEdit

  • "Automobile of the Year 2014" - Automobile Magazine[18]
  • "Performance Car of the Year 2013" - Road & Track[19]
  • Finalist - Motor Trend Car of the Year
  • One of the 2014 Car And Driver 10 Best List

MotorsportsEdit

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Pace Car (with Laguna Blue body colour) was used in 97th running of the Indianapolis 500, driven by Jim Harbaugh, head coach of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.[20]

2014 Corvette Stingray was used as Indy Dual Pace Car in the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit, driven by General Motors Corporation North America President Mark Reuss.[21]

Models and Special EditionsEdit

Corvette Stingray Coupe, 3LT interior package, Z51 Performance PackageEdit

 
2014 Corvette Coupe Taillights.
 
2014 Corvette Convertible at the Geneva Motor Show 2013.
 
2014 Corvette Coupe at the Geneva Motor Show 2013.
 
The 2014 Corvette at the North American International Auto Show January 17, 2013. Shows the Kalahari color interior in a Cyber Gray coupe.

The 3LT interior package includes Bose 10-speaker audio system; SiriusXM radio with one-year subscription and HD radio receiver; color head-up display; memory package; navigation system; heated and ventilated seats with power lumbar and bolster adjustment; premium Napa leather seating surfaces; and leather-wrapped dash and instrument panel, console and door panels.

The Z51 Performance Package includes dry sump lubrication, specific close-ratio gearing; transmission-cooling system; larger 19-inch front and 20-inch rear forged alloy wheels and dual-compound tires; larger, slotted rotors and brake-cooling ducts; electronic limited-slip differential and differential cooling system; unique chassis tuning; and optional Magnetic Ride Control active-handling system with Performance Traction Management. Its center of gravity height is 17½";[22] lower than the Lotus Elise.[23]

The Corvette Stingray Coupe was first unveiled in 2013 with the 3LT interior package and leather-wrapped interior ($8,005), Z51 Performance Package ($2,800), competition sports seats ($2,495), exposed-carbon-fiber roof panel ($1,995), Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management ($1,795), dual-mode exhaust system ($1,195), carbon fiber interior trim ($995), sueded, microfiber wrapped upper interior trim ($995), red-painted calipers ($995), and black-painted wheels ($495), followed by 2013 Monterey Motorsports Reunion,[24] 2014 Kagawa import car show.[25]

The US model went on sale in the third quarter of 2013 as the 2014 model-year vehicle. Early models incorporated TREMEC TR6070 7-speed manual with rev-matching for both downshifts and upshifts or Hydramatic 6L80 6-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission optimized for Active Fuel Management.[26][27][28]

Preorder for the Japanese model began between July 6, 2013 and August 25, 2013.[29] Sales of Corvette Stingray Coupe and the Z51 version was set to begin in 2014-04-12.[30]

2014 Corvette Stingray ConvertibleEdit

This is a version of the 2014 Corvette Stingray with a power-operated fabric roof.[31] The roof can be opened at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h).

The 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible was unveiled in the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.[32]

The Japanese model was set to go on sale in 2014-05-24. Early models included 6-speed automatic transmission.[30]

2013 SEMA conceptsEdit

The Corvette Stingray Gran Turismo concept is a version of 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe featured in the Gran Turismo 6 video game, with custom exterior paint scheme, yellow-tinted headlamps, carbon fiber rear spoiler, carbon fiber hood and extractor design, ground effects kit with carbon fiber rockers and front splitter, exhaust tips, racing-style front tow hook, front grille, front fender and rear quarter vents, Competition Sport seats, driver and passenger racing harnesses, flat-bottom steering wheel, leather-wrapped safety belt bar and rear braces.[33]

Corvette Stingray Convertible Atlantic concept is a version of 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible with Blade Silver body colour, carbon flash metallic front splitter, rocker extensions and rear lower diffuser, fusion gray headlamp housings and hood accents, a sueded-wrapped interior package, Chevrolet accessories parts (19x8.5-inch front and 20x10-inch rear chrome five-spoke wheels, wheel center caps with the Stingray script, under-hood liner with the Stingray logo, carbon flash metallic rear license plate holder, molded splash guards, windscreen mounted behind the seats, custom luggage, premium carpet floor mats, sill plates, embroidered center armrest with the Stingray logo), and six-speed automatic transmission.

The Corvette Stingray Coupe Pacific concept is a version of the 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe inspired by West Coast culture, with torch red body colour, Z51 Performance Package, a carbon fiber hood, a visible carbon-fiber weave on the removable roof panel, a satin-black front splitter and rocker extensions, Z51 rear spoiler in Carbon Flash Metallic, a carbon flash graphics package, a carbon fiber trim kit, competition sport seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel with a carbon fiber finish, seven-speed manual transmission, and Chevrolet accessories parts (19x8.5-inch front and 20x10-inch rear satin black aluminum wheels with a red accent stripe).

The vehicles were unveiled in the 2013 SEMA Show.[34][35]

2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe Premiere EditionEdit

It is a limited (500 units) version of the 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe 3LT with Laguna Blue Tintcoat body colour, Brownstone suede interior, suede-wrapped interior trim, carbon-fiber interior packages, visible carbon fiber roof, variable tuned performance exhaust system, Z51 Performance Package, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, "stinger" hood stripe, "Stingray"-logo interior sill plates and wheel caps, custom Corvette-branded luggage from Thule, a unique vehicle identification number starting with 300001, and an exclusive dash plaque.[36]

2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible Premiere EditionEdit

It is a limited (550 units) version of the Corvette Stingray Convertible 3LT with Lime Rock Green body colour, Brownstone suede interior, suede-wrapped interior trim, carbon fiber accents, variable tuned performance exhaust system, Z51 Performance Package, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, unique wheels with "Stingray"-logo center caps, "Stingray"-logo interior sill plates, a five-piece set of Corvette-branded luggage from Thule (from the Corvette Accessories catalog), and a unique VIN sequence starting with 400001, in unique dash plaques.

The US model went on sale for $77,450, including destination and delivery fees, and was set to arrive in dealerships in early 2014.[37]

2015 model yearEdit

ProductionEdit

The 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission used in the Corvette will be built at GM's Toledo, Ohio, transmission facility.

The 2015 Corvette Z06 and C7.R's aluminum frames will be produced at the Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant.

EquipmentEdit

Performance Data Recorder (PDR)Edit

Performance Data Recorder includes:[38]

  • A 720p high-definition camera mounted within the windshield header trim, which records the driver's point-of-view through the windshield, with audio recorded via a dedicated microphone in the cabin.
  • A self-contained telemetry recorder. The system uses a dedicated GPS receiver that operates at 5 Hz, five times faster than the in-dash navigation system, for more precise positioning and corner traces. The recorder is also hard-wired into the Stingray's Controller Area Network (CAN) to access vehicle information, ranging from engine speed and transmission-gear selection to braking force and steering-wheel angle.
  • A dedicated SD-card slot in the glove box for recording and transferring video and vehicle data.

The PDR system can record video with three data overlay options, each rendered in real time:

  • Track Mode – shows the maximum level of data on the screen, including speed, rpm, g-force, a location-based map, lap time, and more.
  • Sport Mode – shows fewer details on the overlay, but includes key data including speed and g-force.
  • Touring Mode – no data overlay; it simply records and displays video and audio of the drive.
  • Performance Mode – records performance metrics, such as 0 to 60 mph acceleration, 1/4-mile speed and elapsed time, and 0-100-0 mph runs. The video can be viewed on the Corvette Stingray's eight-inch color touchscreen (when the car is parked), or downloaded to a computer for further editing, and sharing video via social media sites.

The PDR vehicle data can be opened in the included "Cosworth Toolbox" software, which combines Cosworth's professional-level motorsport data analysis with an easy-to-use graphic interface. The Cosworth Toolbox application overlays recorded laps on a Bing-enabled satellite map of the track, and features an easy-to-use interface to compare selected laps in detail, for any requested point on the drive. Comparisons include corner traces, vehicle speed, and cornering force to help drivers improve their driving consistency, and ultimately lap times.

MotorsportsEdit

Corvette Racing's Corvette C7.R entered 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship starting with Rolex 24, and 24 Hours of Le Mans.[39]

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was selected as the official pace car of the 2015 Indianapolis 500 with Indiana native and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon selected to drive. This is the 13th Corvette to be selected in 99 years of the race.[40]

Models and special editionsEdit

The 2015 Corvette Stingray Coupe with the 1LT package is offered in the US for $54,000; the Convertible for $59,000. Additional packages [41]

2015 Corvette Z06, Z07 performance packageEdit

 
The 2015 Corvette Z06 at the North American International Auto Show

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is a version of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with a 6.2L supercharged and intercooled LT4 V8 engine with Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads and a 1.7L Eaton R1740 TVS supercharger, which makes 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. The Z06 is available with a Tremec seven-speed manual with rev-matching technology or a Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. It also has a removable carbon fiber roof panel, uniquely calibrated SLA-type front and rear suspension design, standard Magnetic Selective Ride Control dampers, standard smart electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) integrated with Electronic Stability Control and Performance Traction Management systems, 19x10-inch front and 20x12-inch rear spin-cast aluminum wheels on Michelin Pilot Sport P285/30ZR19 front and 335/25ZR20 rear tires, extended fenders by 56 mm at the front and 80 mm at the rear, Brembo brakes (371x33mm front and 365x25mm rear two-piece steel brake discs, aluminum six-piston front and four-piston rear fixed calipers), a front splitter, spats around the front wheel openings, a unique carbon-fiber hood with a larger vent, larger front fender vents and unique air blades over the inlets on the rear fenders, a larger unique rear spoiler, and rear-fascia openings that are larger than the Stingray. The redesigned mesh pattern on the front fascia allows for maximum airflow to the supercharger's intercooler heat exchanger, while dedicated brake-cooling intakes and wider grille outlets on the bottom serves as air diffusers. Inside the Z06, there are a choice of 2 magnesium frame seats (GT seat or a Competition Sport seat with more aggressive side bolstering), a steel-reinforced grab bar on the center console for the passenger, soft-touch materials on the edge of the console, and a fully wrapped interior with soft-touch materials (Napa leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and micro-suede depending on the trim level).

The Z07 performance package includes Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 P285/30ZR19 front and 335/25ZR20 rear tires, 394x36mm front and 388x33mm rear carbon ceramic-matrix brake discs, a larger winglets to the front splitter, more pronounced side skirts, and an adjustable see-through center section on the rear spoiler.

The optional carbon-fiber aero package (in either black or a visible carbon-fiber finish) adds a carbon fiber front splitter with aviation-style winglets, carbon fiber rocker panels, and a larger rear spoiler with a fixed wickerbill – a small, vertical tab at the edge of the spoiler that significantly increases downforce.

The 2015 Corvette Z06 was unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show.[42][43]

US model was set to go on sale in January 2015 as 2015 model year vehicle with a base price of $78,995.[44][45]

Chevrolet offers buyers of the Z06 an opportunity to personally assemble the engine used in their cars as part of a $5,000 package.[46] The top speed of the Z06 is officially 185 mph (298 km/h).[47]

2015 Corvette Z06 ConvertibleEdit

Corvette Z06 Convertible includes power-folding top at driving speed up to 50 km/h (31 mph), and repositioned safety-belt mounts.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2014 New York Auto Show.[48][49]

2015 Corvette Stingray Atlantic Design PackageEdit

2015 Corvette Stingray Atlantic Design Package is inspired by the luxury and performance of private jets seen at European vacation destinations. Based on Z51-equipped Corvette Stingray convertibles with 2LT or 3LT trims, changes include front Z06-style splitter, Shark Gray exterior vents, hood "stinger" graphic and tonneau inserts; chrome Torque wheels with Stingray center caps, Stingray underhood liner and floor mats, custom splash guards, rear license plate frame and logo valve stem caps; custom luggage.

2015 Corvette Stingray Pacific Design PackageEdit

2015 Corvette Stingray Pacific Design Package is inspired by West Coast drivers who attend weekend track events. Based on the Z51-equipped Corvette Stingray coupe, with 2LT and 3LT trims, changes include choices of 5 body colours (Torch Red, Black, Arctic White, Blade Silver and Shark Gray), satin black full-length racing stripes, satin black Z51 wheels with red stripe and Stingray center caps, "CFZ" carbon fiber ground effects package and visible carbon fiber roof panel, Carbon Flash rear spoiler, outside mirrors and exterior badges; red brake calipers, Competition Sport Seats in red or black, carbon fiber interior trim, Stingray sill plates and Stingray floor mats; custom splash guards and rear license plate frame, indoor car cover (gray).[50]

Corvette C7.REdit

 
Corvette Race Team at the Indianapolis IMSA race July 25, 2014.

The Corvette C7.R is the racing version of the 2015 Corvette Z06. It is modified to have increased cooling and aerodynamic downforce, including similar front splitters, rocker panels, and front- and rear-brake cooling ducts; a 5.5-litre naturally aspirated engine, suspension modified to accommodate wider racing tires and larger brakes, air intake openings on each of the rear quarter panels above the brake ducts, rear wing, and larger radiator inlet.[51][52]

The vehicle was tested in 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.[53]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2014 North American International Auto Show.[39]

Changes for 2015[54]Edit

  • a transaxle version of the 8L90 8-speed automatic replaced the previous 6-speed 6L80.[55][56]
  • 2.41 limited slip rear axle ratio for non-Z51 cars equipped with the 8AT (Z51 cars retain the 2.73 gearset) which gives it a 0-60 of 3.7 seconds
  • Performance data and video logger optional
  • Two colors retired (Cyber Gray Metallic and Lime Rock Green Metallic)
  • Two colors added (Shark Gray Metallic and Daytona Orange Metallic, the latter is extra cost)
  • Sueded upper interior package standard with 3LT order package
  • RPO codes for radios changed - removal of HD radio
  • OnStar with 4G LTE
  • ZF1 appearance package for non-Z51 cars (provides Z51 wheels and full width rear spoiler)
  • Dual mode exhaust standard on Z51 cars
  • New wheels optional on non-Z51 cars
  • Carbon Fiber exterior package

2016 model yearEdit

ProductionEdit

A mid year production change involves the phasing out of 4 exterior colors:[57][58]

  • (G1H) Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic phased out December 2015
  • (GXH) Night Race Blue phased out January 2016
  • (G1B) Shark Gray phased out May 2016
  • (G7H) Laguna Blue phased out end of model year 2016.

Models and Special EditionsEdit

Twilight Blue Design Package (ZLD)Edit

Available on 3Lx trim models. Includes Twilight Blue full color instrument panel, doors and seats, (EYK) Chrome Badge Package and Shark Gray painted exterior vents. Convertible models include Blue Top with Shark Gray tonneau inserts. There is also an available tri-color full-length stripe. Available in (G1B) Shark Gray Metallic, (G8G) Arctic White, (GAN) Blade Silver Metallic or (GXH) Night Race Blue Metallic exterior colors.

3LT Stingray also includes:

  • (R86) Motorsports polished aluminum wheels - 19" front and 20" rear.
  • (J6A) Black painted calipers
  • Rear spoiler wing on Stingray models without Z51 Performance Package.

3LZ Z06 also includes:

  • (Q8U) Z06 10-spoke blade Pearl Nickel-painted aluminum wheels - 19" front and 20" rear.
  • (J6A) Black painted calipers (When ordered with Z07 package, calipers change to (J6D) Dark Gray calipers).

Spice Red Design Package (ZLE)Edit

Available on 3Lx trim models. Includes Spice Red full color interior, (EYK) Chrome Badge Package and Shark Gray painted exterior vents (Long Beach Red exterior color comes with standard Carbon Flash painted exterior vents). Convertible models include Spice Red Top. Available in (G1E) Long Beach Red, (G1B) Shark Gray Metallic, (G8G) Arctic White, (GAN) Blade Silver Metallic exterior colors.

3LT Stingray also includes:

  • (R86) Motorsports polished aluminum wheels - 19" front and 20" rear.
  • Rear spoiler wing on Stingray models without Z51 Performance Package.

3LZ Z06 also includes:

  • (Q8U) Z06 10-spoke blade Pearl Nickel-painted aluminum wheels - 19" front and 20" rear.
  • (J6K) Spice Red painted calipers (When ordered with Z07 package, calipers change to (J6D) Dark Gray calipers).

Jet Black Sueded Design Package (ZLG)Edit

Available on 3Lx trim models. Includes Jet black interior with sueded microfiber accents on instrument panel, doors and seat inserts. Sueded microfiber wrapped steering wheel and shifter. High gloss carbon fiber instrument panel bezel. (EYT) Carbon Flash Badge Package. Convertible models include Black Top. Available in (GBA) Black, (GKZ) Torch Red, (G8G) Arctic White, (GAN) Blade Silver Metallic exterior colors. Includes (J6F) Red brake calipers along with a Satin Black hood extractor and hood stinger graphic.

3LT Stingray also includes:

  • Requires Magnetic Selective Ride Control.
  • (R87) Z51-Style Satin Black Aluminum Wheels w/Red Stripe - 19" front and 20" rear.
  • Rear spoiler wing on Stingray models without Z51 Performance Package.

3LZ Z06 also includes:

  • (Q9B) Z06 Satin Black Aluminum Wheels w/Red Stripe - 19" front and 20" rear.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition (ZCR)Edit

Available only with 3LZ trim. The Z06 C7.R Edition is primarily an appearance package. Included interior features are Jet Black leather trimmed and suede wrapped interior, competition sport seats, suede wrapped steering wheel and shifter, Yellow contrast stitching, carbon fiber interior package, C7.R Limited-Edition interior plaque (includes racing victories) and Corvette Racing sill plates. On the exterior you will find (Q9C) Black Z06 Wheels with Yellow stripe, Yellow brake calipers, Corvette Racing wheel center caps, visible carbon fiber package, visible carbon fiber hood insert, Spectra Gray grille and vents, C7.R graphics package (hood stripe includes Jake Corvette Racing logo), unique indoor car cover with C7.R Racing Graphics and the Z07 Performance Package with carbon ceramic brakes. Available in (GBA) Black or (GC6) Corvette Racing Yellow exterior colors. It will include its own sequential VIN starting with 700001. Only 500 units will be produced.[59]

Changes for 2016[60]Edit

  • New exterior colors, both extra cost: Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat and Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat
  • Retired exterior colors: Velocity Yellow Tintcoat and Crystal Red Tintcoat
  • New seating features: Two-tone seats (Gray or Adrenaline Red with Napa leather or sueded microfiber inserts), Adrenaline Red leather seating surface with sueded microfiber inserts now available on 2LT, 2LZ, 3LT and 3LZ and require two-tone seats option
  • Front Curb View parking cameras, included on 2LT, 3LT, 2LZ and 3LZ
  • Two new custom leather stitching: Yellow and Red
  • Power cinching hatch and trunk, standard
  • New packages: Twilight Blue Design Package (3LT/3LZ), Spice Red Design Package (3LT/3LZ), Black Suede Design Package (3LT/3LZ), C7.R Special Edition (3LZ)
  • Retired packages: Atlantic Design and Pacific Design
  • Brownstone interior seating now available on Z06
  • 3LZ interior color break now matches 3LT
  • Exposed Carbon Fiber weave hood insert
  • Red, White and Blue Full Length Racing Decal Package
  • Magnetic Selective Ride Control without Z51
  • Carbon Flash Badge Package
  • Two new custom floor console lid with Stingray logo: Brownstone and leather-wrapped flat-bottom, now a standard feature
  • Two new motorsports aluminum wheels, both 19" front and 20" rear: polished aluminum and Black aluminum
  • Two new Z06 10-spoke blade wheels with new designs, both 19" front and 20" rear: Pearl Nickel-painted aluminum, Black-painted aluminum
  • Windscreen, LPO
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Capability features. However, only one of their phone brands at any one time can be used.[61][62]

2017 model yearEdit

ProductionEdit

2017 Model year production began July 11, 2016.

2017 model year production ended the week of May 29th, 2017, with 2018 model year production officially beginning the following week.

Final 2017 production numbers released June 9, 2017[63].

Stingray

Coupe

Stingray

Convertible

Grand Sport

Coupe

Grand Sport

Convertible

Z06

Coupe

Z06

Convertible

Totals
Total Model 11,253 2,298 9,912 2,046 6,197 1,076 32,782
% of total 34.3% 7.0% 30.2% 6.2% 18.9% 3.3% 100%

Models and Special EditionsEdit

Grand Sport (Z16)Edit

In April 2016, at the Geneva Auto Show, Tadge Juechter introduced the new Grand Sport model for 2017.[64] The Grand Sport is a hybrid of the Z51 Stingray and the Z06; sharing much of the wide body work of the Z06 (except the hood) with the Z51 LT1 dry sump engine creating a formidable track car. Highlights of the cars configuration are;

  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires: 285/30ZR19 (front) and 335/25ZR20 (rear)
  • Specific Grand Sport wheel design: 19x10 inches (front) and 20x12 inches (rear)
  • Brembo brake system with (355 mm) 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers in front and (340 mm) 13.4 inch rotors and four-piston calipers in the rear
  • Standard magnetic ride control, specific stabilizer bars and unique springs
  • Standard electronic limited-slip differential
  • LT1 V8 engine rated at (343 kW) 460 hp, with dry-sump oiling system and active exhaust
  • Seven-speed manual transmission with active rev match and available eight-speed paddle-shift automatic with specific performance calibration
  • Available Z07 package adds carbon ceramic-matrix brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires.

Grand Sport models are offered with the Stingray’s full exterior and interior color palette as a Convertible or Coupe with either a 7-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission.

An available Heritage Package (Z15) includes ;

  • Interior brushed aluminum hash marks
  • Floor mats with Grand Sport logo (must also order fender hash marks in:
    • Hyper Green
    • Yellow
    • Volcano Orange
    • Torch Red
    • Gray
    • Carbon Flash Metallic

Grand Sport Collector Edition (Z25)Edit

 
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Collector Edition #43

As part of the introduction of the Grand Sport in Geneva, Switzerland, Chevrolet also announced a Grand Sport Collector Edition, which was to be limited to 1,000 vehicles in total and only 850 for the US Market.[64]. Final production numbers show 784 Coupes and 151 Convertibles were built; 935 total[63]. The $4,995 Z25 Option Package was a cosmetic upgrade that contained some unique features that were only available in the Z25 package, including;

  • (20A) Tension Blue fender hash-marks
  • (246) Two-tone Tension Blue leather seating surfaces with an embossed Grand Sport Logo graphic on the seat headrest
  • (37S) Blue custom leather stitching, including the quilted roof liner
  • (CFY) Serialized edition numbered dash plaque
  • (VYW) Premium carpeted floor mats with the Grand Sport Logo

Base MSRP pricing (USD) for the Collector Edition;

  • Coupe Manual: $81,185
  • Coupe Automatic: $82,910
  • Convertible Manual: $85,185
  • Convertible Automatic: $86,910

The registry for the Grand Sport Collector Edition has collected specific production configurations and some details of specific and unique vehicles in the series. [65]

Changes for 2017Edit

Color changes for 2017;

  • Added: (GTR) Admiral Blue
  • Added: (GGA) Black Rose Metallic
  • Added: (GCB) Sterling Blue Metallic
  • Added: (G7Q) Watkins Glen Gray Metallic
  • Deleted: (G1B) Shark Gray Metallic
  • Deleted: (G1H) Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic
  • Deleted: (G7H) Laguna Blue Metallic Tintcoat
  • Deleted: (GXH) Night Race Blue Metallic

Brownstone interior and the LPO sueded Brownstone floor console lid was deleted as well.

New features for 2017 include;

  • New 10" and 20" rear wheels
  • Red seat belts
  • Satin Black hood stinger stripes

Changes for 2017 include;

  • Sueded steering wheel now included with all suede interior
  • Yellow stitching and red stitching now include color stitching on shift paddles
  • 3LT and 3LZ Kalahari color-keyed headliners on Coupe; Gray on Coupe and Convertible
  • Updated infotainment system 2.6 with updates to the Performance Data Recorder (PDR)
  • The LPO-level Stingray Logo Package now includes LPO-level floor console lid
  • Satin Black aluminum wheels with Red Stripe are now available free flow
  • Standard molded rocker extensions on Grand Sport models
  • Twilight Blue Design Package is now available with Arctic White exterior color and requires Shark Gray-painted exterior vents. It is also available with:
    • Watkins Glen Gray Metallic
    • Blade Silver Metallic
    • Admiral Blue
    • Requires body-color painted exterior vents
  • Spice Red Design Package is now available with available with exterior colors Arctic White or Blade Silver Metallic and requires Shark Gray-painted exterior vents. It is also available with exterior color Watkins Glen Gray Metallic and requires body-color painted exterior vents

2018 model yearEdit

ProductionEdit

2018 model year production officially began the week of June 5th. Production will continue until the end of July when the plant will be shut down for 13 weeks (through October 2017). This shut down is for the new paint plant upgrades which include changes to the plant tour routes to include the paint plant. Plant tours will be suspended for 18 months as a result of this shut down. Any orders placed after June 12th, 2017 will not be built until after the plant restarts in November 2017. Rumors also suggest that the plant shutdown is not just for the paint plant upgrades but also for the ZR1 production startup which is still not publicly announced.

Stingray, Grand Sport and Z06 models continue into 2018. ZR1 model is expected to be announced as a 2018 model.

Models and Special EditionsEdit

Carbon 65 Edition (Z30)Edit

Commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Corvette, Chevrolet announced the Carbon 65 limited edition for the 2018 model year.[66] This edition will be limited to 650 vehicles globally, bringing together all of the current carbon fiber exterior elements (and a few new ones) with the new Ceramic Matrix Gray exterior color. This will be available on Grand Sport 3LT and Z06 3LZ trims in both convertible and coupe bodies. The Carbon 65 Edition option packages adds $15,000 USD to the MSRP of the vehicle and includes the following;

  • Ceramic Matrix Gray exterior (blue top on Convertibles)
  • Unique fender stripes and door graphics
  • Black wheels with machined grooves paired with summer-only tires* (Cup-style wheels for Grand Sport and Blade-style wheels for Z06)
  • Blue brake calipers
  • Visible carbon-fiber ground effects, hood section and roof (Coupe models) or tonneau inserts (Convertible models)
  • New visible carbon-fiber spoiler (all models) and quarter intake ducts (Coupe)
  • Center caps with Carbon logo
  • Carbon Flash badges and outside mirrors
  • Jet Black suede-wrapped interior with blue stitching
  • Carbon-fiber steering wheel rim and gloss carbon-fiber interior trim
  • Competition Sport seats
  • Carbon 65 Edition sill plates

ZR1Edit

A new ZR1 model is expected for the 2018 model year. An Eaton Supercharger is expected and test mule sightings are increasing, but the question at this point is when will it be announced. This page will be updated once more information is officially released.

Changes for 2018Edit

Color changes for 2018;

  • Added: (G9F) Ceramic Matrix Gray
  • Deleted: (GCB) Sterling Blue Metallic
  • Deleted: (GGA) Black Rose Metallic

New features for 2018 include;

  • New 10" and 20" rear wheels
  • Red seat belts
  • Satin Black hood stinger stripes

Changes for 2018 include;

  • HD digital radio is standard
  • The Cosworth Toolbox, included in the available Performance Data Recorder, offers four additional data channels:
    • Individual wheel speeds
    • Individual suspension displacements
    • Yaw rate
    • Intake air temperature
    • Ambient air temperatures
  • Improved rear-view camera image features higher resolution and wider angle
  • Enhanced Head-Up Display rotation setting
  • Spice Red convertible top
  • Spice Red interior offered on 3LT and 3LZ trims
  • Jet black suede-wrapped interior includes carbon-fiber-rimmed steering wheel and gloss carbon-fiber interior trim
  • New interior color stitching packages of red/yellow/blue offered on 3LT and 3LZ trims

See alsoEdit

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