December 19, 2013
Way back in the day, there was the original Green Machine, the drifting, cool-kid version of the Big Wheel tricycle. (There's a new version of the Green Machine out, incidentally.) But for slightly more expensive grins, I think I'll just go out and drive our Lime Rock Green Corvette Stingray.
December 18, 2013
When I drive, I usually prefer to slam the seat down to the deck. This is especially true with sports cars. In our 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray, though, I'm limited.
December 17, 2013
I was taking a break and sitting on my couch and watching TV on a recent Sunday. Between the NFL's Week 14 "Snow Fest" and news videos of icy roads and skidding cars, it seemed like a pretty unpleasant time to be out and about.
Well, if you lived in the Midwest or East Coast, that is. Meanwhile in Southern California, it was another ideal day to drive our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
December 16, 2013
I've reached the conclusion that on the street there's no reason to use anything except Sport mode in our Stingray. It's the mode that provides the right balance of response, sound and comfort. I'll be leaving it in Sport.
December 13, 2013
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of driving a friend's Lamborghini Countach back from a local car show. Spent maybe 20 miles behind the wheel of the iconic supercar, which, in its day, was a much bigger deal than any Corvette has ever been.
It was epic. But not for the reasons you might think.
December 11, 2013
This is such a small thing, but to me, it speaks to the attention to detail on our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Our Corvette has extendable sun visors.
December 10, 2013
I just spent a week driving our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray around greater Los Angeles. This was my first time in any C7, and the experience has forced me to confront my prejudices against the Corvette.
I thought I knew what the Corvette was all about: Scary fast (at least in Z06 form), kind of comfy, but I'd never own one. I never liked how the C5 and C6 cars rode, nor the driving position in these cars, nor how their interiors felt like they'd disintegrate after 50,000 miles.
But our C7 Corvette Stingray feels so different from these cars.
December 09, 2013
The bike fits. Remove the wheels and it's a cinch.
December 04, 2013
We picked up our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at the factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and after Kurt and Dan drove it home, it had 1,200 miles on the odometer. The Corvette has been in our garage for four short weeks, and the odometer now reads 5,000 miles.
December 03, 2013
After its first full month in our fleet, the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray is averaging 19.9 mpg which is 1.1 mpg below the EPA's combined estimate for the car. We put almost 2,200 miles on the Corvette last month with several road trips.
Its best (30.8 mpg) and worst tanks (11.8 mpg) came in the hands of Mike Magrath, who somehow managed to best the extremes of the Niebuhr/Frio Abusio Twins. Averaging below 12 mpg on the street is no easy task, but I think I can manage.
December 02, 2013
By now you probably know about the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray's hidden storage compartment behind its navigation screen. The compartment is accessed via a button to the left of the screen and is big enough to hold several smartphones, a wallet or two and other small items. It also contains a USB port.
November 29, 2013
Our Stingray is number 23. And that's pretty cool.
November 28, 2013
Before we purchased our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, our entire editorial staff voted on what color it would be. My choice was Laguna Blue Tintcoat. Not only was I outvoted, I'm now convinced this would have been the wrong color for our 'Vette.
November 27, 2013
I noticed the 2014 C7 Corvette has this handy slot for its key fob hiding in the steering column. I'm the guy who always finds himself in the car with the fob still in his hand. Then it's a question of either trying to jam it in my pocket while seated or leave it lying in the cup holder. This beats the cup holder.
November 26, 2013
The 2014 C7 Corvette did away with a conventional handle-style parking brake on the center console in favor of an electronically actuated brake. The new button is much smaller than the old lever. It yields a tidier center console and a bigger cupholder plus a pop-up 12-volt outlet. But the C6 managed to pack in everything but the pop-up outlet.
November 25, 2013
It is mid-November, but you wouldn't know it judging by the weather in Los Angeles. It's 76 degrees on Pacific Coast Highway, and I want to hear the fabulous V8 soundtrack coming from our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. So I pull over, throw three simple latches and the top pops out with ease.
November 22, 2013
Hey, that's neat. Our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette has a cold-engine redline indicator. See it there around the outside edge of the tach?
This isn't the first car to have such an indicator, but I always appreciate these things. Not because I would otherwise beat on the car when stone cold, but because other buyers do. Maybe, just maybe, the cold-engine redline indicator will prevent someone from being a bonehead.
November 21, 2013
When you lift off the throttle in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, not a whole lot happens. The engine essentially freewheels for what seems like a few seconds. Then, finally, you get the engine braking you were expecting, and hoping for.
This "rev hanging" phenomenon is an undesirable byproduct of the engine calibrator's attempt to clean up the emissions of the Corvette's 6.2-liter engine. Basically, by keeping the throttle open during the overrun (you lift off the pedal, the injectors are switched off), the throttle stays open to allow fresh air into the cylinders to help oxidize unburned hydrocarbons. While it is effective at this scrubbing task, it also scrubs engine braking. Bew.
November 20, 2013
Among the long list of tech features in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette is rev-matched downshifting. Basically, when you activate the system, the throttle is automatically blipped during downshifts. The idea is smooth, no-lurch, perfectly rev-matched downshifts. Great for when you want to make fast time on a good road, and especially useful to avoid upsetting the chassis in braking zones on a track.
November 19, 2013
Torque. Our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette has it. And even though its gearing is very tall (it helps fuel economy) even in Z51 trim with its shortened gearset, it's still got enough grunt that you can skip a gear when such driving circumstances arise. I do this in many cars from time to time, even ones with far less torque than this one.
Now, skipping one gear is one thing. GM's infamous 1-4 skip-shift, however, is still in place in the C7, and it's still obnoxious. It's simply too large a ratio drop for the engine to manage cleanly. I drive around the skip-shift (and thus forgo whatever fuel savings it would have provided).
November 18, 2013
Our $71,664.40 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray has 3 USB inputs, Bluetooth audio and satellite radio controlled by Chevy's MyLink system. It does not have a CD player as I found out after a relatively successful trip to Amoeba Records.
November 15, 2013
Conventional wisdom says that cars with manual transmissions shouldn't have shift paddles on the steering wheel. Our 2014 Corvette does and they're dumb.
November 14, 2013
As soon as Kurt and Dan got back from their road trip, I made up some excuse to steal our new long-term 2014 Corvette for a long time.
On day 2, the C7 and its MyLink infotainment system fried my iPhone.
November 13, 2013
Our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a wide car, and it takes a little time to get a feel for where the car is, relative to parking space lines and distance from curbs. It's also a car with black painted wheels. The combination of the two had me spooked. I'm a member of Curbers Anonymous, although I have been scrape-free for more than a year.
November 12, 2013
When I pulled into the car wash this morning, the manager, an affable guy who's very familiar with Edmunds and its long-term cars, raised his eyebrows at the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and at me emerging from it.
"This is too fast for you?" he asked, archly.
"How would you know?" I replied. We laughed and slapped each other's shoulders. All in good fun.
November 11, 2013
If you're a single woman who wants to meet men of all ages, skip Match.com and speed dating. Just get a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. When I had the car this weekend, the attention was nonstop: thumbs-ups from a container-hauling trucker, a Scion street racer, guys getting off their shifts at McDonnell Douglas, and a baby-boomer surfer in a Ram 1500 ("Bitchin' car, dude. If I didn't have a hemi, I'd be jealous.") My favorite admirer, though, was Max.
I found Max, his dad and another guy doing a walk-around of the Corvette, which I'd parked on a suburban street while I ran some errands. Max gave me the chapter and verse about our new car, horsepower, dual-mode exhaust, etc., but hesitated a little when I invited him to sit in it. He stared down at his Pumas, apparently afraid of sullying the interior. He finally did slide into the passenger seat once his dad said it was OK.
November 8, 2013
As you've likely already read here, our ace photog, Kurt Niebuhr and autoscribe, Dan Frio recently enjoyed a road trip across the country to deliver our newest long-term car to "EdQuarters" in Santa Monica, California. What they didn't know is that they brought some of that road home with them in the right-rear wheel of our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
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November 7, 2013
Got a flat.