C7 The Sixth Generation
Enter the seventh generation of the Corvette. For the first time since 1976 the Corvette again carries the Stingray name. An all new design for this generation. Some in the Corvette community were not overly excited about the new design while others embraced it as the next step forward in the long line of the Greatest American Sports Car. The new design is more angular then previous models. Gone are the traditional round tail lights and replaced with also angular styled lights. Many in the Corvette community cried foul and said they were nothing more the Camaro tail lights, were in actuality, they appear to be based more on the 2009 Corvette Concept car. The new tail lights housing also acts as functional vents. If you order the Z51 performance package the these vents they expel heat from transmission and rear differential coolers that are fed air by intakes mounted on the rear quarter panels. You only have two models to choose from for the first year of production. The base model or the Z51 performance option. However you can order a convertible also.
A new more powerful engine known as the LT1 yes the LT1 nomenclature has been brought back to life. Equipped with direct injection the LT1 is rated at 455 hp 460 lb-ft of torque. This is an increase of 25 hp and 36 lb-ft over the LS3. An optional dual-mode performance exhaust ups output slightly to 460 ponies and 465 lb-ft much as it did with the duel mode exhaust system in the C6 generation. GM claimed that the new LT1 would power the new Stingray from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds. Variable valve timing and a fairly high 11.5:1 compression ratio. A dry sump oil system is an option to the standard wet sump unit. The LT1 also integrates a cylinder deactivation system that saves fuel by effectively turning the 6.2-liter V8 into a 3.1-liter V4. If you should opt for the Stingray's manual gearbox you will get the new seven-speed unit. It features an "Active Rev Matching" system that provides rev-matched up shifts and downshift's. The function can be switched on or off via steering wheel-mounted paddles shifters - an unusual touch for a manual-equipped vehicle. When the new Corvette was originally announced it was to be equipped with an all new 8 speed automatic, however that did not materialize and the six speed automatic with the paddle shifter was used.
New to the Corvette is the Driver Mode Selector, which lets drivers optimize the sports car for any given driving situation. It offers five different modes: Tour mode is the default setting for day to day driving; Weather mode is intended to provide additional confidence in rain or snow; Eco mode helps achieve maximum fuel efficiency; Sport mode is for spirited road driving and Track mode is, as one would expect, for track use. The Drive Mode Selector modifies 12 different vehicle settings, including steering assist effort, throttle responsiveness, launch control calibrations, stability control settings, traction control parameters, exhaust noise levels, active fuel management setup, Performance Traction Management configurations, automatic transmission shift points, electronic limited-slip engagement and Magnetic Ride Control damper settings (the last two are Z51-exclusive features). Additionally, the gauge cluster changes to display information pertinent to the selected drive mode.
New to this generation is all Corvette Stingray's 's now sit on an aluminum frame. The new setup is 99 pounds lighter and 57 percent stiffer than the C6's steel unit. Although due to other new feature such as the new electronics the 2014 Corvette will actually weight more then the out going C6.
One complaint GM has heard for many years from both automotive publications and Corvette owners themselves was for a world class sports car the interior was lacking in feature. It appear to be cheap and lacking in conveniences and seats unbefitting of a performance car. Now two seating choices are on offer: comfort-oriented "GT" seats and "Competition Sport" thrones that promise the lateral support for which track-going Corvette enthusiasts have long clamored. GM does advise however that the competition seats should not be order if you plan to use the your new Corvette as a daily driver or for long trips. Also soft-touch materials abound, and premium trimmings such as Nappa leather, micro-suede, aluminum and carbon fiber can be spec'd as options.
With the first year of the all new C7 coming to an end and the 2015 models rolling off the line at Bowling Green and the anticipation of the all new Z06 to be released in early 2015, the 2014 did very well sales. Many were bought by long time Corvette owners, but GM was hoping to target a new group, and that was the younger generation as well as first time buyers. From what I have seen, it appears the they did well in that department. Final sales numbers are not yet available but it appears that this will be one of the best selling first model year of a new generation.
Although the final breakdown on the sales of the first year Corvette are not in at this time, a total number is. This was another great first year sales for Corvette with a total number of 37,288 units produced. This includes the 1,500 Premiere Edition. There is no breakdown on the coupes and convertibles or base and Z51. As soon as it is available I will add that information here
The 2015 models began leaving the assembly plant in late August/early September. New to the 2015 model is the 9-speed automatic transmission that was originally scheduled for the 2014 model. Smaller steps between gears, compared to the previous six-speed automatic, keep the engine within the sweet spot of the rpm band, making the most of its horsepower and torque to optimize performance and efficiency. The new 8-speed transmission is actually 8 pounds lighter then the previous 6-speed transmission and still fits in the same space. The weight savings was done through the use of aluminum and magnesium.
The much awaited Z06 will not be shipped until late 2014 early 2015, yet everyone knows what the spec are. A 650 HP supercharged engine known as the LT4. Funny how the LT1 and the LT4 are back in style. The Z06 will be equipped with an Eaton TVS supercharger and some carbon-fiber body pieces. The supercharger is mounted atop an engine that uses the standard Corvette’s aluminum block. To handle the increased power, the LT4 uses forged pistons; stronger, custom-machined steel connecting rods; and titanium intake valves fitted to cylinder heads that are rotocast of A356T6 aluminum for greater strength and heat resistance. It runs a 10.0:1 compression ratio, relatively high for a supercharged engine, thanks in part to the direct-injection system shared with the Stingray's V-8. The LT4 also uses the same variable-valve-timing and cylinder-deactivation systems as the Stingray's LT1. The shocks are filled with magnetorheological fluid, and is offered with carbon-ceramic brakes. For the first time the Z06 will be available with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet considered a dual-clutch automatic, similar to the PDK in the Porsche 911. Juechter claims that the company couldn’t find a dual-clutch that could both fit into the Corvette’s hindquarters and handle the engine’s plentiful torque. Instead, the team sought to match the shift speed of the 911’s PDK, something Chevy claims to have achieved with the paddle-shifted automatic in most circumstances. Also for a first is you can get the Z06 with the removable top and even a convertible version will be on the option list. This is all due to the new frame that is much stiffer then the previous steel frame in the base models and the aluminum frame in the C6 Z06. Here is a great video that explians this great new Z06 better then I could even come close to.
C7 Paint Codes
Listed below are the different paint codes for the C7 generation. Although previous generations did
not have complete or accurate numbers that match up to the production numbers the C6 figures are accurate.