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SEMA 2013: Quantra's Hybrid Package Boosts Corvette Z06 to 773HP!

A few months ago, GM President Mark Reuss perked up the ears of Corvette enthusiasts when he said the idea of a production hybrid ‘Vette was “a very attractive idea.”

Well, Chevy has been beaten to the punch by a company named Quanta, which manufactures replacement parts like fuel tanks and radiators.

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[VIDEO] Motor Trend Tests the 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51

Yesterday we shared the instrumented testing data of the 2014 Corvette Stingray from Edmunds.com and now this morning we can also share Motor Trend’s test of the C7.

Motor Trend tested both a Z51 Stingray with a a 7-Speed manual at GM’s proving grounds, but they also had the opportunity to test a Z51 Stingray with an automatic transmission on public roads in Central California. So their review contains both performance estimates from their tests as well as the more subjective review from driving the Stingray on public streets.

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[VIDEO] Edmunds Drives the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Looks like several of the automotive magazines and websites got their chance to drive the 2014 Corvette Stingray recently as we’ve saw a number of tweets hit just after 5:00 pm ET today with links to articles and videos by the likes of Edmunds, Motor Trend and Automobile Magazine.

The testing was held at GM’s proving grounds and Edmunds provides this video showing the new Stingray undergoing instrumented track testing which includes 0-60, quarter mile, braking, slalom, and skidpad.

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2014 Corvette Stingray Performance Estimates Revealed

by Keith Cornett on June 20, 2013

2014 Corvette Stingray Performance Estimates Revealed

Chevrolet released the performance estimates this morning for the all new 2014 Corvette Stingray and we guarantee that these numbers will sure make a lot of folks happy! We’ve been told that new “base” Stingray would be right up there in C6 Z06 territory and it looks like that claim is mostly spot on! Equipped with the Z51 performance package, the new C7 Corvette has a 3.8 second 0-60 mph estimate, and in the quarter miles does 12.0 seconds at 119 mph!

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Official: 2014 Corvette Stingray Cranks Out 460 Horsepower!

Over the last few days, we’ve been discussing the final horsepower numbers for the 2014 Corvette Stingray’s revolutionary new V8 engine. Mixed messages and leaked docs pointed to that number being 455 HP, and it turns out that’s correct, however, GM today finally made it official by saying the new Stingray Coupe actually makes more than that when equipped with the optional performance exhaust.

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Chevrolet Mexico Announces New Performance Stores to sell Corvette Grand Sports and ZR1

In a press release shared on its facebook page today, Chevrolet Mexico has announced that the Corvette ZR1 and the two Grand Sport models will be available for sale at four retail outlets across the country starting in April. Customers will be able to visit these dedicated “Performance Stores” to shop and custom order America’s sports car.

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CorvetteBlogger Visits Corvette Central

by Steve Burns on March 16, 2012

CorvetteBlogger Visits Corvette Central

We’re pretty sure that most of you have parts from our sponsor Corvette Central somewhere on your Corvette. Recently we had the opportunity to stop in at their sprawling 70,000+ square foot facility in Sawyer, Michigan for a behind the scenes look at all the action that takes place there.

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Maximizing Performance: New Details and Upgrades for 2012 Corvettes

Next weekend’s C5/C6 Bash at the National Corvette Museum is the annual confab where GM and the Corvette Team introduce the changes on the new model-year Corvette. However, that presentation appears to have been somewhat preempted by the release of information from a Chevy dealer on the Corvette Forum which details the changes and upgrades coming on the 2012 Corvette.

Where 2011 was about personalization, you can say that 2012 is all about maximizing performance, especially at the higher end of the model lineup. ZR1 gets a new performance package while Z06 gets some more of ZR1′s tech. New wheels, R-Compound Michelin cup tires and a new 9-speaker stereo are just some of the option boxes that buyers will be checking off starting this summer.

There’s a lot to go through so we’re going to list the options and then we’ll come back around to analyze and discuss with you. As the t-shirt says, “Sit down, shut up and hang on” as we take you through the list of upgrades and changes for the 2012 Corvette.

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IntelliChoice Names Corvette as 2011 Best Overall Performace Car Value

Good news for Corvette owners. IntelliChoice has named the Chevrolet Corvette one of its Best Overall Values for 2011 models. IntelliChoice analyzes the data on nearly 1,800 vehicles to determine its Best Overall Values in 21 popular buying segments. The Corvette was listed as the Best Overall Value for Performance Cars.

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Thoughts Pertaining to Youth, Hot Rodders, and Chevrolet

by Keith Cornett on December 16, 2010

Zora Arkus-Duntov

Fifty-Seven years ago today, an assistant staff engineer working for Chevrolet recognized the burgeoning hot rod market was made up of young men who invariably turned to Ford parts and accessories for performance. The engineer also deduced that once these men progressed in age and income, they would trade in their jalopies for used Fords and then for new Fords. For Chevrolet to be able to compete for these new performance-minded customers, the company’s anticipated V8 engines should also be made available with a ready line of engineered performance parts including cams, pistons and valves. And so the assistant staff engineer wrote a memo to his boss detailing this epiphany.

Little did Zora Arkus-Duntov realize the paradigm shift that would take place after he penned his now famous letter “Thoughts Pertaining to Youth, Hot Rodders, and Chevrolet” on December 16, 1953 to his boss, Chevrolet Chief Engineer Ed Cole.

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