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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Third Round of Oil

July 08, 2014

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As expected, our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is thirsty for another round of oil now that it has passed the 22,000-mile mark. It called for its first change around 7,500 miles and another after 15,000 miles so it looks like it's on a pretty regular schedule even though it's a performance-based indicator.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Fuel Economy Update for June

July 07, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

June came and went, and in its wake we find our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe with another thousand miles under its belt.

Power was summoned, noise was made and fuel was burned — some 90 gallons of it to be exact. Click on through to see what we did with all of it.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Odd Mix of Materials

July 03, 2014

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There aren't many things I dislike about our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray but this is one of the small ones.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: A Practical Sports Car?

July 1, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Sports cars are supposed to be impractical. That's part of the charm, right? Not necessarily. Others have extolled the virtues of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray's relatively massive cargo hold. It even passed the infamous "Will the bike fit?" test. At 15 cubic feet, it's roughly the size of a midsize sedan's.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Customizing the Gauges

June 27, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

After living with our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray for about 10 months and 22,000 miles (including my own road trip from L.A. to Detroit back in January) I'm still discovering new ways to customize the car's digital gauge cluster.

It's nearly impossible for me to cover all the choices here, so I'm not even going to try, but I will make an attempt to hit the highlights.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Huge Trunk

June 26, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

The truth is I did not really need to transport my air compressor. I just needed something large to put in the trunk of our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray so I could demonstrate how freakin' huge it is.

And yes, the hatch would close.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Collector's Edition?

June 24, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Is our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray destined to cross the auction block in 50 years as a serious collector's edition?

Let's break it down.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: More Touchscreen Troubles

June 23, 2014

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Earlier this month, Kavanagh reported that the screen on our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was on the fritz. Specifically, he (rightly) complained that the screen flickered when placed in reverse and that the screen was blank one time on startup.

Well, both of those things happened to me this weekend and then a new one.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Cruise Control Works, Even When you Shift

June 20, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Typically, when you've got a car with a manual transmission and cruise control, the cruise control disengages when you shift gears. This is not the case in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Dashboard Damage

June 13, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Something I failed to mention during my award-winning eight-part series, "The Greatest Event in Track Day History" (in retrospect, a better name would've been "We're taking America's sports car to a track day. Duh!"), was that there was some unfortunate damage to our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Did I slide the car off backward into the kitty litter or worse yet, slam it into a wall?

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Nose Emblem Is Peeling Off

June 12, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

The Corvette badge on the nose of our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is starting to lift up and detach from the body. We've had this car just eight months. It hasn't yet experienced its first summer, even.

This sort of thing is supposed to be permanent.

A closer inspection suggests it could have been designed better.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Better Than Italian

June 11, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Ghibli. Meh.

It's Italian, it's got a sweet exhaust note, and I'm genetically inclined to want it. But for the money (the Ghibli starts at $67,000), I think I'd take our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray even in base trim ($54,000), then apply the remaining $13,000 toward a Fusion or Accord for when I need four doors.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Expired OnStar

June 9, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

As part of the purchase deal, Chevy throws in six months of free OnStar service with the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Six months is up and now we're on our own.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Fuel Economy Update for May

June 4, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

We only added 1,953 miles to our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray this month, but that was enough to vault past the 20,000-mile mark. With 4 months to go, it seems that 30,000 miles is a distinct possibility.

But we're still no closer to the Vette's 21-mpg EPA Combined rating. In fact we slipped a bit this month, the lifetime average falling from 19.5 to 19.3 mpg after a May that passed by at just 17.2 mpg.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Touchscreen Display on the Fritz

June 2, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Well, the photo I took of the blank touchscreen in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray turned out all blurry, so above is one of it in its normal state.

Here's what I observed recently of said screen in its abnormal state:

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: It Rocks

May 29, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

As cars go, the Corvette is about as rock and roll as it gets. Most rockers start with Camaros, Novas, Mustangs or whatever contraption they can afford. Maybe an Econoline when they start lining up steady shows. But when rock musicians get famous and come into a little dough, they always end up in something like our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray).

Even the guys who never made it, the ones who still hash out Thin Lizzy songs in the garage and order burgers and champagne at the Rainbow Bar and Grille in Hollywood, even those guys eventually find their way to a '78 Stingray or a C4.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Track Day Video

May 22, 2014

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For those of you tired of reading about our track weekend in the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, your wish has come true. This is the final installment.

And, as promised, here's a short video clipped together with some different GoPro angles, including car-to-car from a friend's Mitsubishi Evolution.  

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Get the Ventilated Seats

May 21, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

If you're thinking about buying a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, make sure it's the 2LT that comes with ventilated seats. Why? I'll explain.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: 20,000 Miles

May 20, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

It's only been seven and a half months since we picked up 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray No. 23 from the factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky, yet we've already reached the 20,000-mile plateau that we shoot for in all of our long-term cars.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Great for Luggage

May 15, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has a large cargo deck with 15 cubic-feet of space. It's not useful for things like groceries, but it's great for luggage.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Why It's the Perfect Car for Me

May 14, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray isn't exactly practical. It doesn't have as much cargo space as a crossover, or a big cabin with lots of cubbyholes, but it fits me like a glove. And for an impromptu weekend trip up the coast to Monterey, I couldn't have asked for a better car. Here's why.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Social Ownership Experience

May 13, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Anecdotally, I've gotten more attention in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray than I ever did in our long-term 2013 Porsche 911. In the Vette, it doesn't matter if I'm at a Sunday morning car show or just going to pick up some groceries, I'm bound to get attention. A 911 may cost $20-140K more, but the Corvette seems to turn more heads.

I give some credit to the fact that the Stingray is a relatively new car, but I also think it's more striking, more unique in Los Angeles and it hasn't looked the same since the beginning of time. Whatever it is, this thing brings people out of their shell.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: New Tires

May 9, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

After six-months of ownership and about 13,000 miles of driving including testing and a track day under their belts, the factory Michelin Pilot Super Sports on our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray have given up the ghost and need to be replaced.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Track Day Trip Home

May 8, 2014

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We made it. Two days of burning tires, brakes and fuel (lots of fuel) during our car/motorcycle track weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

First order of business: Food. Authentic Mexican restaurant on the way out of town? Check.

Aside from some brake-fade issues, our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray proved a hilariously fast track weapon. What a machine.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: This Is Why We Do Track Days

May 7, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Why do we do track days? Sure, there's the pure speed of it all, the skills involved with the desire to make a machine go as fast as you possibly can around a race track. In this case, that machine was our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

But there's more to it. I don't want to get all sentimental on you here, but there's also the whole hanging-out-with-your-buds aspect. For me anyway, there's little on this Earth that I enjoy more than following right behind my buddies in cars or motorcycles, watching them attack the track.

It's awesome.

And what a group of people I'm fortunate to call friends.  

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette: The Black Widow's Car

May 6, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

The featured car in Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 Corvette Stingray, but it isn't driven by the main character. It belongs to the Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) and so, of course, it's all black. This Corvette and the other Chevys are featured prominently in the film and replace the Acura vehicles from the Avengers and Iron Man movies.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Fuel Economy Update for April

May 5, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

In the past four weeks we've driven our Lime Rock Green 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray a little under 3,000 miles. No, it doesn't sit around much.

And as you can see, at a lifetime fuel economy average of 19.5 mpg, it's still delivering better mileage than any supercar has a right to. However, there's something important I need to tell you about this month's numbers.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Back on Track

May 1, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Some lessons were learned after our first track session at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, at the so-called "Greatest Event in Track Day History."

First, it's loud. Second, even this Z51 package doesn't have big enough brakes for this kind of all-out use.

So I adjusted my driving habits in later sessions.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: First Track Session

April 30, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

With brake rotor cooling rings installed, track pads on, front license plate removed and tires set to 26 psi cold (per Chevy's instructions), it was finally time to take our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray out onto Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for its first track session at this combo car/motorcycle event.

First impression: The Vette sounds absolutely glorious barreling full-throttle down (or actually up) Laguna's front straight. Correction, it sounds glorious on any straight. And fast. Man is this thing fast.

But questions remained. Like would the car's optional dual-mode exhaust pop Laguna's 92-decibel sound meter? And while we swapped on track pads, special brake fluid and the rotor cooling rings, would this be enough to ward off brake fade? After all, when Josh Jacquot first tested the C7 Vette at Chevy's proving grounds, he was getting pedal fade after one hard lap...

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Brake Rotor Cooling Rings

April 25, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Kurt Niebuhr mentioned in a recent update that our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray came with several items in the trunk when he and Dan Frio picked the car up at the factory in Kentucky.

One of the things they discovered was a clear plastic bag with what Chevy calls "rotor cooling rings" for the front brakes of our Z51 Performance Package-equipped car. But reading through Chevy's documents on "2014 Corvette Stingray track preparation" doesn't really give much of an explanation about exactly how these rings affect brake cooling.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Track Brake Pads

April 24, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Probably the most important piece of preparation before doing a track day in a production car is swapping out the stock brake pads for a set of performance track-ready pads.

Since the decision to do the track day at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was made at the last minute, it meant much scrambling ensued. No biggie, last-minute running around is pretty much my entire existence. I need to work on that.

The first step was to put a call into the folks over at Carbotech Performance Brakes.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Track Day!

April 23, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Sure, you can slap four snow tires on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and drive it to and from Detroit, Michigan in the middle of winter. If that's your thing, I say go for it, have a great time.

Me? I'd rather drive the new C7 Vette the way it was intended. Hard. And on the track.

And wouldn't you know it, we just happened to get an invite dubbed "The Greatest Event in Track Day History."

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Smells Like a Corvette

April 17, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Although the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray rankles Corvette traditionalists with its overstyled exterior, squareish taillights and seats that didn't come from a furniture store, it still carries one unmistakable reminder of its origins.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Junk in the Trunk

April 16, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Picking up your 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at the factory in Bowling Green has its perks. You get a bit of VIP treatment, a museum tour, a factory tour, a free lunch and better than average odds of falling into a sinkhole.

You also get some extra free stuff thrown in your trunk, stuff you might not get if you picked up your Stingray at a local dealer. See that photo up there? Let's run through what's included.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette: Tire Chatter When Cold

April 15, 2014

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Our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray exhibits a judder when you make a tight turn (say, turning from a driveway onto a narrow street) when the car is stone cold. And it's completely normal and nothing is wrong.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Pause Live Radio

April 14, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

There I was sitting parked in the grocery store lot in our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and I was completely engrossed (as usual) in NPR's broadcast of Radiolab. This time it was on an emerging hypothesis about how the dinosaurs met their demise and the long-standing theory that it was a mega meteor.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: A Thoughtful Audio Feature

April 11, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Has this ever happened to you? You get in your car at the A) car wash, B) valet, C) from the repair shop, you start your car, and the stereo blasts you right out of your seat. Naturally, the radio station isn't even in your presets.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: What Exactly Is "Unlocked Door Anti-Lockout?"

April 10, 2014

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And what does it mean that it is "On" in our Corvette?

According to the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Owner's Manual:

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51: Variable Redline at Startup

April 9, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51

The last time we saw a variable redline on an Edmunds long-term test car was in our 2009 BMW M3 Sedan. On startup, the tachometer in our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray starts with a "yellowline" from 3,500-4,500 rpm, with the redline above that. As the engine warms up (as in this photo), the yellow creeps up and eventually disappears leaving the hard redline at 6,500 rpm.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51: Hidden USB Port

April 8, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51

I suppose this would fall under, "Well, what did you think would happen?" but to satisfy my curiosity, I tried to use the hidden USB port behind the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 's touch screen and then close the door.

Click through to see the video of what happens.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Performance Features Need Unbundling

April 7, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has some of the most technologically advanced performance feature available on, well, any car. The Magnetorheological shocks go from super comfy to super stiff and are essentially magic. The Performance Traction Management reduces the risk of catastrophic crashing AND makes you faster around a road course. It's also magic. And then there's the variable exhaust. Not as fancy as the other stuff, but it sure does work.

The trouble is they've bundled these features together in ways I don't like. Is it too much to ask for a "Custom" mode?

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51: Fuel Economy Update for March

April 3, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Look, we've proven that it is possible to achieve the EPA's 29 mpg highway figure with our own 30.8 mpg over a 271-mile "jaunt." But seriously, this is a fire-breathing sports car extraordinaire and we should drive it as such. Fuel economy be damned.

We added 1,417 miles in March, and lowered the worst fill MPG to a new low of 9.4 mpg — as it should be.

Here are the running totals and averages:

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Too Much Bass. Too Much Boom.

April 2, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Boooooooooooooooooom. Booooooooooooooom. Buuuuuuzzzzzzzzz.

Who knew John Denver rocked this hard?

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: We Love the Tire-Pressure Monitoring System and Display

April 1, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

As you may know, I'm a stickler for tire pressure. That's why I love it when manufacturers make it this easy and intuitive: The numbers on our Corvette Stingray's color display are large, color-coded, and oriented in the same direction as the car.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Instrument Panel Has a Secret To Tell

March 28, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

It had been months since I had driven our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. After I started it, I glanced through the windshield and re-discovered the head-up display. As I was reaching for the button to shut it off (I know, I'm in the minority on this), I noticed it had a secret to tell. It would appear that a previous driver had, ahem, "come to grips" with the Corvette's prodigious grip in corners and the exploit was stored in the display.

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