Jeremy Clarkson, one of the co-hosts of the BBC’s Top Gear auto show, has turned in his choice for the 2014 Car of the Year and it’s none other than the 2014 Corvette Stingray. We’ve come along way from the days when America’s Sports Car was nothing but a punching bag (or a literal target) for the British auto critic. The choice for the 2014 Car of the Year was announced in the magazine version of Top Gear in their annual awards issue which is out now.
General Motors released their latest monthly sales report and sales of the Corvette remain very strong with 2,378 Corvettes delivered in November 2014. However, sales did dip slightly by -5.9% from November 2013′s 2,527 deliveries.
For the calendar year to date (January-November 2014), GM has sold 31,287 Corvettes for a 119% gain over 2013′s sales of 14,286. Remember that in 2013, the factory was shut down for half the year while it was retooled for C7 production.
The annual Essen Motor Show is the place where Germany’s manufacturers and finest tuning specialists display their hottest and sometimes most outrageous creations in a festive atmosphere—think SEMA Show with a German accent. This year, however, an American supercar, the Hennessey C7 HPE700, elbowed its way onto the show floor amongst the sea of hyper-tuned Audis, BMWs, and ‘Benzes to stake Hennessey’s claim as a tuner worthy of worldwide recognition.
This Velocity Yellow Corvette Stingray must have been traveling at a high velocity to experience the kind of damage we are looking at from these pictures that were recently posted on reddit.
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Chevrolet dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick was at the National Corvette Museum on Tuesday to take delivery of two new 2015 Corvette Z06s. The two Corvette Z06s were VIN 001 and VIN 003 and not only does Rick take delivery of the first Corvette Z06, his Corvette Z06 is also the first Z06 to be delivered to a customer, courtesy of the R8C Museum Delivery Program.
Check out this Corvette Stingray owner who gives his car a bit too much throttle while trying to impress the M3 owner next to him. When the light goes green he nearly crashes…:
I’m all for engine revs and ‘brisk’ but controlled accelerations, but if you can’t handle your vehicle, don’t get behind the wheel.
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If one of your resolutions for 2014 was to get a new Corvette Stingray coupe this year, you’d better get cracking — 2015 is just around the corner. As usual, you can depend on our friends at the National Corvette Museum to help you with your dilemma.
In addition to the first 2015 Corvette Z06 raffle that will be held later this week, the NCM still has two more Stingray raffles on their agenda for 2014, offering a 2015 Arctic White Stingray coupe to the winner of the December 5, 2014 raffle and a 2015 Laguna Blue Stingray coupe for the December 18, 2014 raffle.
To truly experience the capabilities of the all new Corvette Z06, it helps to take a ride along with a professional race car driver. Tommy Milner, who co-drives the #4 Corvette C7.R for Corvette Racing in the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship Series is no stranger to going fast on the track at Road Atlanta and now we get to see a complete hot lap with Tommy driving the all new 2015 Corvette Z06 production car.
It appears that Chevrolet is happy with the start of production of the C7 Corvette Z06 – so much so that that customer cars have started to ship to customers from the assembly plant in Bowling Green.
When the Stingray was launched last year, Chevrolet delayed the shipping as the automaker pursued an aggressive quality assessment regiment to insure everything was just right and some customer cars were held well over a month. Now, just three weeks after the start of production, the all-new Corvette Z06s are on their way to dealers and the Corvette Museum for customer delivery.