[VIDEO] GM Lets You Know When It’s Okay to Redline Your New 2014 Corvette Stingray



Earlier this month we provided the factory details about the recommended procedures for properly breaking in your 2014 Corvette Stingray. Those procedures are based on reaching 200, 500 and 1500 miles. As more and more Stingrays end up in customers hands, we found out that GM provides a visual clue on the tachometer in regards to the 500 mile break-in process.

If your Corvette Stingray has less than 500 miles, your tachometer will display a yellow line starting at 3500 RPMs at the top. It turns to orange at 4000 RPMs and Red at 4600 RPMs. Once your Corvette has exceeded 500 miles, those special Yellow/Orange/Red warning colors go away.

Click here to see a larger version of the pre-500 mile tachometer.

Check out this short video showing the tachometer display changing once the 500 mile threshold has been crossed:

As a recap, the recommended break in procedure up to 500 miles include:

  • Avoid full throttle starts and abrupt stop.
  • Do not exceed 4000 rpm.
  • Avoid driving at any one constant speed, fast or slow, including the use of cruise control.
  • Avoid downshifting to brake or slow the vehicle when the engine speed will exceed 4000 rpm.
  • Do not let the engine labor. Never lug the engine. With a manual transmission, shift to the next lower gear. This rule applies at all times, not just during the break-in period.


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