2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Customizing the Gauges
June 27, 2014
After living with our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray for about 10 months and 22,000 miles (including my own road trip from L.A. to Detroit back in January) I'm still discovering new ways to customize the car's digital gauge cluster.
It's nearly impossible for me to cover all the choices here, so I'm not even going to try, but I will make an attempt to hit the highlights.
There are three basic instrument cluster assemblies available: Track, Sport and Touring. In Track you can see the tachometer sweeps across and is nearly unreadable under 3,000 rpm, which is obviously unimportant if you're on a race track. Also notice how large the gear readout is, much larger than the digital speed display on the left.
In this configuration you can display other information in the center space (where it says Track). Everything from oil pressure to tire temperatures is available, but only one at a time. And you can see there are lap time calculators built in.
In Sport the tach goes round, the gear readout gets a bit smaller and the digital speedometer moves to the center. It also offers two flanking gauges on either side, which you can customize for the information you think is most important. Here I've chosen oil pressure and oil temperature. As in Track you can display other information in the center space (where it says Sport).
Then there is the Touring configuration, which is in some ways my favorite because it offers the most useful information at any given moment. The tachometer is still round, but it moves an inch or so to the left. There isn't a digital speedometer, but the gear readout remains. Other info is still customizable in the center of the tach, but in the configuration shown here every bit of useful info is displayed at once on the right. I just hate wasting all of that space in the tach with that silly picture of the car.
Over the past year I've dug into the Corvette's instrument cluster for being too plain and simply uninteresting to look at. There's no art to its design. No sex. I stand behind those criticisms, but there's no denying the incredible amount of information they provide or the amazing amount of choices they offer.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 22,070 miles