Do You Need This Gauge? - 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Do You Need This Gauge?

March 25, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Among the many screens in the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray's instrument cluster is this one documenting engine hours and lifetime revolutions. It's gratuitous.

On the up side, I now know that roughly 100,000 revolutions are required to get me from home to work. More useful would be a telltale showing peak rpm over the engine's life. Or peak coolant temperature. Or peak oil temperature.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor


  • tubybntz tubybntz Posts:


  • diigii diigii Posts:

    I agree with JJ.

  • diigii diigii Posts:

    I also find the gauge to be "too busy" with the way it shows the information.

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    Engine hours would be a more useful data point too.

  • It is a nice bit of data but with it not being a common measurement on cars it may not be that useful. But when shopping one used Corvette against another you could at least tell if the low mileage car spent 4 hours a day idling along in traffic to go 20 miles or if they did like some people at work and spent their lunch hour in the car with it idling with the A/C on every day. At least when compared to other cars with the same readout it might be of some use. I see were the other stats about peak temperatures might be nice but this is at least a step in the useful direction.

  • It's not like you're forced to display those...

  • evodad evodad Posts:

    instead of peak rpm/temp/etc. average would give a second buyer a better understanding of how the car was driven. You can run through a few of the gears a few times on the street and hit the same peak rpm you could have compared to the car with 10k miles of which 9k are track miles, but the car that's been tracked will obviously have a higher average rpm, i might be much more cautious buying a used vette with a high average RPM versus one with a high peak RPM.

  • marmotking marmotking Posts:

    Every heavy truck and self-propelled farm implement (tractors, combines, swathers and the like) I've ever operated had an engine hour gauge. Even tractors from the '40's. I think it's a useful metric, even on a car, and as mentioned above you have the option to display something else other than hours.

  • houtexjim houtexjim Posts:

    I'm sure all this data is recorded on the car's computer (probably most modern car computers). The only difference here is that you can display it on the dash. Now if it were permanently on all the time it would be annoying, but let's face it you had to go thru a bunch of menus to get that on the screen so if it bothers you, then don't do that.

  • spyderpa spyderpa Posts:

    @evodad I agree average is much more useful than peak, but in a sense they are giving us the average RPM by giving us the engine hours and total revs: 3642*10000 revs / 396.9 hours / 60 minutes per hour = 1529 RPM average.

  • kirkhilles_ kirkhilles_ Posts:

    Max RPM would be nice, but I think the KEY value would be an AVERAGE or MEDIAN value that would exclude idling. If you see a really high value for that, it might be a warning that the car has been tracked and/or raced and/or abused.

  • flunder flunder Posts:

    Wondering what that little bubble is to the right of the PARK ((P))

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