November 10, 2014
On the left, the car my father thought he might buy. On the right, the car he recently bought.
During our year with the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, I encouraged, cajoled, enabled and endorsed my father's thoughts about getting a Stingray. Like many of us, he was ambivalent after seeing photos of the C7, but he was smitten once he saw one in the wild. In my own self-interest, I urged him to reconsider the seven-speed manual, but he was adamant about the automatic. Too damn old for a stick-shift anymore, he reasoned.
So what swayed he and my mother into a CTS instead of the Corvette?
The fact that Porsche stuck with its tried and true instrument panel setup that puts the tachometer front and center is great, but I would have been satisfied with analog gauges regardless of where the tachometer was placed.
October 20, 2014
Cars lose 20 percent of their value as soon as you drive them off the lot, or so the tired old saying goes. But what if you special order a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, pick it up at the factory and drive it twice as much as anyone else? Then, what is it worth 27,200 miles later?
We had our fun with the Corvette and, sadly, it was time to turn it back into money. This was an unusual car for us since we bought it at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant and even had a little plaque to prove it. Would anyone else think that added value? We decided that we would begin by taking it to CarMax to see what they would give us, thinking we might have to go the private party sale route this time around. CarMax amazed us with its offer.
October 10, 2014
The Stingray has a massive dead pedal that's useful for bracing yourself while executing the kind of driving that makes the engine overheat.
October 8, 2014
The last time I took our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray out for the weekend, I did some sound testing. I wanted to know just how loud the Stingray was at wide open throttle in a tunnel, so I loaded my iPhone up with a few cheap apps and headed for the hills. I used two local tunnels, did two runs in both directions and I got a sound rating of 100 decibels. The problem was, 100 dB was the iPhone's limit, the microphone couldn't register sounds any louder than that. To get a more accurate reading, I checked out some of the Edmunds official testing equipment and went for a second run.
Ya know, for science.
October 7, 2014
Back when I was in high school I had the opportunity to drive a relative's Corvette. It was a 1996 with the LT4 motor. The last of the C4s. For a few minutes, I was able to escape the reality of the 1994 Toyota Corolla that served me as basic transportation at the time. It was an unforgettable experience, the details of which I will not go into here, even though the statute of limitations has long since expired.
The LT4 is gone, and my family member misses it terribly. Unless a wave of amnesia hits the office and everybody forgets we have to sell our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, one of my favorite cars in our long-term fleet is about to depart. There was no better way to say goodbye than by bringing the Stingray back to where my relationship with Corvettes began.
October 6, 2014
As we've discussed, Chevy made the bad (totally reasonable based on sales numbers) decision to discontinue the best color available on 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Lime Rock Green.
So, is it, as I postulated, rare enough to be a collector's edition? With its Lime Rock Green paint and Kalahari leather interior, our Corvette is one of...
September 24, 2014
Now, we knew going in there probably wouldn't be a whole lot the dealer could do, especially since the chances of them replicating the problem would be near nil.
But we figured it was the right thing to do.
September 22, 2014
I was recently asked to represent Edmunds at a local school and bring a vehicle to a sort of show-and-tell presentation. The car of choice: our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Leading up to the event, I was curious how it would be received. Reports of the younger generation's disinterest in automobiles and the influence of hybrid/earth-friendly vehicles had me wondering if the Corvette could still impress a group of eighth graders. I was pleasantly surprised.
September 8, 2014
How much do we love our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray? Enough that we've put 25,000 miles on the Lime Rock Green C7 in less than one year.
Unlike many of our long-term cars, for which the new eventually wears off, enthusiasm for the Vette has barely cooled. It's one of those cars that, if the Corvette is still available when the car list gets to you, you're shocked. And you immediately grab it. At least I do, anyway.
September 4, 2014
I've never been a motorcycle guy. Riding dirt bikes in high school was fun, but I don't think I've been on one since. Sport bikes and Harleys are cool, but I imagine I'd kill myself on the former and perhaps grow very old, creaky and possibly wealthy on the latter, with a cool bandana to vaguely telegraph my internal sociopath. Anyway, I've always felt you experience the world better on two feet.
But I got the touring bug recently and a somewhat inexplicable desire to get a bike and get lost in, among other places, the deserts north and east of L.A. So when I needed to sort out urgent papers that required a ride out to Palm Springs, I had neither bike nor license, but did have a spiritual twin: our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Two feet, two wheels, two seats. It seemed right.
September 3, 2014
Maybe it's all my fault. The plan, inside my head, was to get an early start for a good old-fashioned flogging of our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray on one of my favorite mountain roads.
But plans changed and, instead, it was late morning by the time the Vette and I rolled out.
And it was hot. Like 100 degrees on the flatlands, 93 degrees on the mountain I was aiming for.
The Corvette didn't like it. Overheating ensued. Here's the story.
September 1, 2014
All of the new cars and trucks we test receive detailed vehicle ratings, and our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is no exception. This photo is an excerpt from our rating of the Vette. Check the link below for ratings details on the Stingray. Then see how it measures up against some competitors:
August 27, 2014
Here's a bit of low-speed fun I discovered with our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray's
Performance Traction Management system. Here's what you do: Turn the selector knob on the center console to Track, and then double-click to invoke the PTM system. Choose the lowest, most intrusive mode, which is "Wet."
Once the tires have some temperature in them (PTM only fully functions if there's traction to work with), nail the throttle in first or second gear as you steer around a corner or intersection. You'll instantly hear the "ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba" as it manages engine torque to keep full traction to the tires. That may not be the most accurate impersonation of the sound ever, but let's just agree that it sounds pretty dang awesome.
August 14, 2014
In the past, I've clearly expressed my distain for dirty supercars. A rat rod with side pipes is supposed to be filthy, but I like my brand-new cars to be shiny. And even though we wash our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray on a regular basis, something always gets missed: the exhaust pipes.
What used to be a shiny chrome exit for the gargling sounds of V8 awesomeness is now covered in soot, so I fished out my personal bag of detailing supplies and applied some elbow grease.
July 17, 2014
A few weeks ago, I tested our 2014 SLP Panther Camaro to determine just how loud it was in a tunnel. This week, I decided to use the same decibel-meter apps and the same tunnels to repeat the test with our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Ya know, for science n' stuff.
So which was louder?
July 08, 2014
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.
July 03, 2014
There aren't many things I dislike about our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray but this is one of the small ones.
June 24, 2014
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.
June 20, 2014
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.
June 13, 2014
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?
June 12, 2014
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.
June 11, 2014
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.
June 9, 2014
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.
June 2, 2014
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:
May 22, 2014
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.
May 20, 2014
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.
May 13, 2014
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.
May 9, 2014
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.
May 8, 2014
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.
May 7, 2014
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.
And what a group of people I'm fortunate to call friends.
May 6, 2014
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.
May 1, 2014
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.
April 30, 2014
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...
April 25, 2014
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.
April 24, 2014
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.
April 23, 2014
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."
April 17, 2014
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.
April 16, 2014
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.
April 15, 2014
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.
April 14, 2014
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.
April 11, 2014
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.
April 8, 2014
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.
April 3, 2014
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:
April 2, 2014
Boooooooooooooooooom. Booooooooooooooom. Buuuuuuzzzzzzzzz.
Who knew John Denver rocked this hard?
April 1, 2014
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.
March 28, 2014
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.
March 25, 2014
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.
March 24, 2014
It's official, our 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray is getting a bit creaky.
March 21, 2014
I hypothesized way back last year, long before we got number 23, that the Stingray wears its front tires faster than it wears its rears, an unusual trait for a rear-drive car this powerful and a sure sign of a genuinely balanced sports car.
It looks like I was right.
March 18, 2014
"Oh my goodness. Look at all those pipes."
That was all she said. This is good, I believe.
March 17, 2014
When you're driving a car that gathers speed and cruises as effortlessly as the Corvette, having a speed limit reminder is certainly a welcome feature.
Cruising along on an unfamiliar stretch of wide-open highway, for example, where speed limit signs are rare, you're sans detector and the limit itself fluctuates, it's nice to be able to see at a glance whether it's 55 mph or 65 mph.
Although you can't see it in the photo (it was like trying to photograph a computer screen), the display does have "mph" underneath the "30" so it effectively mimics a speed limit sign.
March 14, 2014
My friend Scott was interested in buying a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. He contemplated getting the Z51 performance package, since it has made all the headlines and helped the Corvette put up some big numbers on the track.
But it seems as though everyone in the market for a Corvette has the same idea and consequently, supply is low on Z51-equipped cars. Scott was told that going for a Z51 would add an additional five weeks to his delivery time. Plus, it added $4,000 to the price of the car. This raised the question: Do you really need the Z51 package?
March 7, 2014
Like all modern cars, our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray provides handy alerts to notify the driver of oil changes,impending doom and weather in regions not necessarily near your location.
March 6, 2014
We introduced our long-term 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray on October 7, 2013. On February 26, 2014, we registered our 15,000 mile. That's something like 142 days. A little division tells us we're averaging about 106 miles per day.
February 27, 2014
I've only spent a few days in our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray long-termer so far. But it seems nearly every time I get in or out of the new Vette, someone comes up to me to say how much they like the new car.
We hear words like "bitchin," "rad car, dude," and "I love the new body." I'm pretty sure with the last one they were talking about the car, not me...
February 24, 2014
When Kurt and I fetched the Corvette from its Kentucky home for a new life in California, we reminded ourselves many times to enjoy the drive. The Corvette would be popular, we knew. We might never get seat time like this again.
Largely, that's been true. But when sign-outs went around for the weekend, which kicked off with Valentine's Day and ended with President's Day, the Corvette went unclaimed. This would not stand. This would also be my first time behind the wheel since the road trip, about 12,000 miles ago. I wanted to see which impressions held up.
The seats and driving position are as good as I remember. The ingress is tricky, yes, and in Magrath's case, painful. I'm not as tall as Magrath or Oldham, nor sit as upright, so I'm fine with the seating position and the views out the window. And there's still a sense of occasion sliding into these buckets, reinforced when you light up the V8. For all its international social climbing, you realize that the Corvette is really just a muscle car raised by good parents.
February 12, 2014
With a car like this, you have to dig deep to find something this truly awful. And even then, it's rarely a deal breaker.
February 11, 2014
When we started this road trip, Oldham and I were on opposite sides of the C7 coin. Scott wasn't a fan of the C7 while I considered Tonya Harding-ing some of the more senior staff members so that they couldn't drive a stick and I'd get more sweet, sweet Corvette time.
A few thousand miles later, we're still on opposite sides of the coin. He's in love, and my Corvette Stingray Bromance is over. I wished we'd taken our 911.
February 10, 2014
Moab, Utah is not a terrible place to wake up. In fact, it's a pretty darned spectacular place to wake up. I could have stopped every 15 feet to take more pictures, but I limited the stops to about 4.
February 7, 2014
The town of Lincoln, Nebraska isn't terribly interesting. But it has an airport which means it has cheap, clean hotel rooms. My room was well insulated from the sound of private jets getting out of Nebraska but was woefully porous to the 900 mph winds that were whipping across the Midwest that day.
The wind nearly blew me over as I filled the tank with :::gasp::: 87 octane — it was all they had and my range indicator was in a panic. I had to lean into it to stay vertical. I had to stay outside the car to hold the fuel nozzle as the wind kept tripping the sensor. It was something like 18 degrees before wind-chill calculations. I've never wanted a flat tire less.
February 6, 2014
I usually like the Detroit Auto Show. The last couple of them have been great. Money's started to flow back into the auto industry, there are more cars on the floor and the reveals get more and more important.
This year, however, I just wanted it to be over. I wanted to bail before noon on the second day. I wanted to tear off my media credential, throw my tie in the trash, sprint back to the hotel and start driving our 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray.
I knew I had about 2,400 miles to cover over the next few days, but I was itching to play in the snow.
January 31, 2014
When the Corvette and I left Santa Monica for Detroit I really didn't like the car. Which was the point of the entire trip. On Jan. 9th I wrote this:
"...I'm the only person in the entire world, it would seem, that is not head over heels in love with the new 2014 Corvette. Somehow the car just leaves me cold. And my list of gripes is long, from its odd (too high) seating position, to its slow throttle response, to its pedestrian-looking gauge cluster, to its ugly wheels and taillights, to the strange feel of its electric steering, to its...I could go on.
I'm an idiot I know. Everyone on Earth is in love with this car but me. And that's why I've decided to road trip it.
I want to bond with this car. And to do that I'm going to drive it 2,500 miles across America. Just me. No passenger.
When I arrive in Detroit sometime Sunday I'll either love our Lime Rock Green machine or I'll be very happy to hand its key over to Mike Magrath for the drive back to California."
January 24, 2014
I called 911. I didn't know what else to do.
The nice man that answered my call said, "911, what is your emergency?" I said I was sorry to bother him, but my car is stuck in the snow and I'm essentially blocking Interstate 70 eastbound somewhere between Vail and Frisco.
He said, "OK, sir. You did the right thing calling us. We'll send out a tow truck as quickly as we can. Please stay in your vehicle. What color is your car?"
"Green," I said.
"And what kind of car is it?"
I paused. I didn't want to tell him. I knew he would think I'm an idiot for driving a Corvette through Colorado in January during a blizzard. "A Chevy," I said.
"What kind of Chevy, sir?"
I paused again. "A Corvette."
And with a snicker he said, "OK, sir. We'll be there as soon as we can."
January 15, 2014
Our 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray passed 10,000 miles while making it way to Detroit with editor in chief Scott Oldham. He sent me this picture for proof. We'll hear more about his trip when he gets back in town.
January 9, 2014
With the Detroit auto show just days away, I've decided to drive our long-term 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray from Santa Monica all the way to Motown.
Crazy I know. It's snowing out there and a 2,500-mile road trip in a 460-horsepower supercar this time of year just ain't right.
January 9, 2014
We like road trips. We're drivers. Give us a reason to go somewhere, and we'll find a reason to take a car instead of an airplane.
Today's reason: We want to know how well our 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray handles the snow and bitter, bitter cold gripping the Midwest.
That's right, the 2014 Detroit Auto Show is just days away, and we called up the guys from ASAP Tire to install a set of Pirelli snow tires for the drive to Detroit and back.
January 9, 2014
I love convertibles. The last four cars I've owned were all drop-tops, and yes, I lump targa tops in with true convertibles. The roof panel on our Stingray is one that I am particularly fond of.
December 30, 2013
It's possible you've read about our 2014 Corvette Stingray's rev-matching feature which is activated via paddles like this on both sides of the steering wheel. It's also possible that what you read is wrong. Or at least partially wrong.
Specifically, the idea that these paddles are a cost-cutting effort on GM's part. Truth is, that couldn't be further from the truth.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 4, 2013
The sun seems brighter than ever. I reckon it's the high altitude and the clear air. Frio reckons it's the tequila.
Coffee at a nearby motel clears us up, but this motel is a little different. It's clean, modern and well appointed. There's no mistaking it for a classic Route 66 job, but it's attractive. Instead of wallowing in nostalgia, it's cleaned up and made something for itself. Naturally Dan and I look, again, at our 2014 Corvette.
October 30, 2013
Days Four & Five: Arkansas > New Mexico > California
Early breakfast in Arkansas and today's goal is Santa Fe, New Mexico. At 842 miles, it's ambitious. We leave early, pass through the rest of Arkansas and make our second fuel stop around mid-afternoon in Checotah, Oklahoma. Even here at the southern fringes of the prairies, you can feel the distance between horizons. The sky is massive out here.
Oklahoma's license plates pay homage to its Native American history and its road signs tell you which nation's territory — Seminole, Cherokee, Choctaw — you're passing through. You wonder how long it took men on horseback to traverse this land. Even in this 2014 Corvette, it feels like it could take us days to reach some faraway settlement we see in the distance.
We've covered 777 miles so far and ranged 415 miles on our last tank. The Corvette says we averaged 25.9 mpg. While filling up, a thin man with long graying hair under a baseball cap walks over from his Dodge pickup. His tank top asks "Why You Hatin?" We aren't.
October 28, 2013
Day Three: Memphis > Arkansas > almost Oklahoma
A confession: We spent most of our cross-country road trip driving a four-cylinder Corvette.
That's right: V4, baby, every day, most of the day. That should merit exclusion from any Corvette club with a shred of dignity. But we were game to see what kind of efficiency we could wring from this new 6.2-liter, and but for on-ramp blasts taken in full Track mode, we covered most of our miles under Eco. While the V8 will still kick in during Eco mode, and often did on slight grades or under other murky combinations of speed, RPM and throttle position, the green governor wants to run on four cylinders whenever possible.
October 22, 2013
Corvette owners aren't strangers, they're just friends who haven't met.
The night we checked into Conway, Arkansas, two older guys occupied us with stories of their times with Corvettes. They've owned one. No, make that two. A '67 and a '69. They're too old for that now, but not too old to tell us a few stories as we unload our bags. This...this is becoming a trend.
October 21, 2013
Light rain is falling this morning in Nashville. Guess the Stingray is getting wet today.
Sleepy surf troubadour Jack Johnson's tour buses are parked outside our hotel, so we pull the Corvette in front for some photos in the drizzle, then set a destination for Alabama in the nav system. I've convinced Kurt to make a 65-mile detour between here and Memphis to let me geek on a couple of legendary recording studios: Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and Fame. I promise great photo backgrounds.
October 18, 2013
Dan's got music studios on the brain as we meander down through Tennessee into Alabama. And just as quickly as we're on the interstate, we're off of it. We're not driving through towns as we are through groupings of small buildings. The lack of pace here is palpable and the 2014 Corvette Stingray just seems so unnecessary.
An old truck would hit the spot.
October 16, 2013
This is all very uncomfortable for me.
For one thing, I'm on camera. There's a live view of me standing around behind our new 2014 Corvette. I'm getting requests to wave and smile. Oh, and tweet for us, Kurt. I feel like I'm on display as much as the Corvettes. The second thing that's making me uncomfortable is the Corvette itself. It's pristine. Like, perfect. I get uncomfortable around perfect.
We're also spending way too much time around this car. Press cars come and go. Some of them are fairly well used by the time we get them, but as a photographer, I'm usually in and out of them before I know how to pair my phone. What I'm getting at is, I never develop a personal connection with a press car. There's simply no time. Today, I have more time than I like.
October 15, 2013
Day One, Continued: Bowling Green to Nashville
The boss wants a burnout photo. The boss always wants a burnout photo. Since we like continued employment, we're happy to oblige. Kurt's more qualified to lay down good stripes than I. My burnout would end on the curb, or in this case, in the ditch. And anyway, with just 27 miles on the engine, I'm happy to let Kurt bear the burden of any piston rings that crumble out the exhaust. I take the camera instead.
October 9, 2013
When it comes to straws, we drew the long ones. While our colleagues Ron and Phil did the actual hard work of ordering up our 2014 Corvette Stingray long-termer from a local dealer, Photo Editor Kurt Niebuhr and I got the cake assignment to go fetch the car. The purchase price included the $990 dealer option for Museum Delivery, which would send our car from the plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to the main lobby of the National Corvette Museum on the other side of the highway. From there, you pick it up and drive it away.
Kurt and I would only need to bring the Stingray home in one piece. But with 2,200 miles between Bowling Green and home, that wasn't guaranteed.
October 3, 2013
When you choose to go through the whole National Corvette Museum delivery experience, you get an official photo of you with your new Vette.
October 1, 2013
Today (Tuesday, October 1) is the day we take delivery of our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Click through to watch a live webcam starting at 10:30 a.m. Central Time (8:30 a.m. Pacific Time).
September 27, 2013
Even though we opted to pick up our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, we still had to pay for the car through a dealer.