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 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.
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 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 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 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.
Click through to see where it was hiding.
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 16, 2013
With the break-in miles completed during our 2014 Chevy Corvette's road trip back from the factory, we immediately proceeded to the track to see what this 460-horsepower beast was capable of.
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.