April 9, 2014
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.
April 7, 2014
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?
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:
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 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 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 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 19, 2014
I'm noticing some brake judder on our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. It's not evident all the time, just at certain speeds and with a certain amount of brake pressure.
It's most obvious when you're commuting home, going around 50 mph or so, and need some moderate brake pressure for slowing traffic ahead on the highway.
February 18, 2014
Since its introduction the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray has been a popular addition to the Edmunds long-term fleet. I haven't had too many opportunities to get in it, but somehow over the long weekend it had yet to be claimed. I attribute that to more responsible editors needing larger cars to shuttle people and stuff about. Me? There was only one thing I needed to haul.
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."
December 31, 2013
December weather along Pacific Coast Highway in Los Angeles forces my hand when it comes to removing the top on our long-term 2014 Corvette Stingray. Hard top removal is easy, but at freeway speeds (65 mph and above), the vibrating wind over the top of the Corvette becomes harsh.
December 27, 2013
So the rev-matched downshift feature in our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray isn't very quick and the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters are intrusive. Luckily, the pedal configuration is perfect.
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 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 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.