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 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.
May 21, 2014
If you're thinking about buying a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, make sure it's the 2LT that comes with ventilated seats. Why? I'll explain.
May 14, 2014
Our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray isn't exactly practical. It doesn't have as much cargo space as a crossover, or a big cabin with lots of cubbyholes, but it fits me like a glove. And for an impromptu weekend trip up the coast to Monterey, I couldn't have asked for a better car. Here's why.
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 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 2, 2014
Boooooooooooooooooom. Booooooooooooooom. Buuuuuuzzzzzzzzz.
Who knew John Denver rocked this hard?
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?
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 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 27, 2014
If you want to test the comfort of a car, road trip it.
I just spent four days driving our long-term 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray 2,500 miles from Santa Monica to downtown Detroit. My longest day behind the wheel covered about 800 miles.
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 18, 2013
When I drive, I usually prefer to slam the seat down to the deck. This is especially true with sports cars. In our 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray, though, I'm limited.
December 11, 2013
This is such a small thing, but to me, it speaks to the attention to detail on our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Our Corvette has extendable sun visors.
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.
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.
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.