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Is a Special Corvette on The Way?

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Automakers trademark names all the time, whether they want to protect some part of their past or if they are considering a model even far in the future. But occasionally a trademark pops up that is much more enticing than the rest. For example, General Motors recently reserved the name Zora for “motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles,” according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The name Zora in association with GM immediately calls to mind the Corvette. Zora Arkus-Duntov is generally considered the father of the ‘Vette, at least as the performance car we know it today. He helped get the Chevrolet V8 in the first-generation model to provide a performance boost over its relatively anemic inline-six. He also spearheaded the Grand Sport program that aimed to make the second-generation a world-class racing success.

A Zora edition Corvette could be an interesting way to revive the Grand Sport edition from the previous generation. However, at the moment it may be too soon to say what GM is doing with it. Autoblog contacted company spokesperson Monte Doran who told us he didn’t know anything about using the Zora name. With the reservation just a few days old, it could be years before the ‘Vette’s father is honored with his own model, if ever. Scroll down to read the entire filing.

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Here’s What’s New For The Corvette Stingray In 2015

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The National Corvette Museum recently held their annual bash, where Chief Engineer for the Corvette, Tadge Juechter, and Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles both discussed the success of the 2014 Corvette Stingray and what’s in store for the 2015 model year. As you know, 2015 will see the addition of the hard core Z06 to the lineup, but an array of new features are coming to the standard model as well, Corvette Blogger reports.

We already know almost all there is to know about the 2015 Z06. Simply put, it’s the most track capable Corvette ever built, edging out the Corvette ZR1 for the fastest lap at General Motors’ ‘Lutz Ring’ at the Milford Proving Ground. However Juechter revealed some interesting new tidbits of information at the event. The car will be offered in three downforce trim levels. The base package has a front splitter and rear spoiler, while the second step up features the “CFZ/CFV” carbon aero package we saw on the car at the Detroit Auto Show. The CFZ pack appears the same as the CFV, however it is painted Carbon Flash while the CFV pack features exposed carbon fiber.

Other news in regards to the 2015 Z06 comes in the way of its available content and interior trim levels. The entry level 1LZ trim package will have a standard heads up display, while the 2LZ pack adds heated/vented seats, the memory package and a Bose premium audio system. The jump up to the 3LZ pack will add satellite navigation and the ‘Vette’s all-new Performance Data Recorder. Two new interior colors will be exclusive to the Z06, dark gray and blue. Additionally, four wheel color options will be available for the Z06: Silver, Black, Chrome and Spectra Gray.

Apart from the Z06, the Corvette lineup will also be refreshed with new options for the standard car. You already know the base ‘Vette will feature a brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission, nearly identical to the one in the Z06, but new exterior trim options and other small changes will also be made. Two new body colors will be available for the car, Shark Gray and Daytona Sunrise Orange, replacing Cyber Gray and Lime Rock Green.

New wheel colors and options will also be added for the 2015 model year. Chevy will now be offering black and black machined versions of the base-model wheel. There will also be a black machined Z51 wheel available and a satin black Z51 wheel with either a yellow or red stripe around the lip. Most importantly, a new “Motorsports Design” wheel is available which appears similar, if not identical, to the wheels we saw on the Corvette Stingray Gran Turismo Concept at last year’s SEMA show.

The Stingray will now have two new gauge cluster screens named “Tour” and “Sport”. The Tour theme will show current speed with other vehicle data, while the Sport setting will display horsepower, wheel slippage and the status of the electronic rear differential.

Some disliked the black exterior  vents on the 2014 Corvette and luckily for them, Chevy has added the option to get them painted in either Shark Gray or body color for 2015. The tonneau inserts for the convertible can now also be painted in Carbon Flash.

Finally, Charles put the lid on any rumors surrounding other new models based on the seventh-generation ‘Vette, including a second coming of the supercar-slaying ZR1.

“I had the honor of being at the New York Auto Show last week where we introduced the fourth [model] that basically completes the 7th generation Corvette family,” he said.

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2015 Corvette Stingray Performance Design Packages Unveiled For Coupes And Convertibles

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The 2015 Corvette Stingray Z51 is available with an option Pacific performance design package (shown) for Z51 coupes, or an Atlantic design package for Z51 convertibles.

The 2015 Corvette Stingray will be available in two new Design Packages: the Atlantic luxury convertible and the Pacific performance coupe. They go on sale later this year with the rest of the 2015 Corvette Stingray lineup.

“One of the design goals for the Corvette Stingray was to provide customers with the flexibility to tailor the car to their personality,” said Kirk Bennion, Corvette exterior design manager. “The Atlantic and Pacific Design Packages were originally designed to showcase how the Stingray could be configured as a luxury sport GT car or as a high-performance motorsport car.”

The Corvette Stingray Atlantic convertible and Corvette Stingray Pacific coupe concepts were introduced last fall at the SEMA Show. A strong response from enthusiasts helped influence production. They are the latest Chevrolet concepts from SEMA that made concept to reality. Several Camaros, such as the Hot Wheels edition, and the Sonic Dusk are now in production.

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Eight-Speed Transmission Coming to 2015 Corvette Stingray

Like the 2015 Z06, the new 2015 Corvette Stingray will offer an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Like the 2015 Z06, the new 2015 Corvette Stingray will offer an eight-speed automatic transmission.

An eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission will be offered in the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray for 2015, enhancing the performance and efficiency of the 2014 North American Car of the Year. Designed and built by GM, the new transmission delivers world-class shift times that rival the best dual-clutch designs.

The all-new, GM-designed 8L90 eight-speed is expected to contribute up to 5-percent greater efficiency, when compared to the previous six-speed automatic. EPA fuel economy test results are pending and will be announced later. It also makes the Corvette Stingray one of the few sports cars to offer the choice of a conventional manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic.

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2015 Corvette Z06 Revealed In January

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Chevrolet will introduce the 2015 Corvette Z06 next month at the North  American International Auto Show in Detroit. It will be the most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features. We’ll have the full story including release date, price, photos, performance specs, engine details, and more once more info is released.

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Stingray Competition Sport Seats Coming to 2014 Corvettes in December

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Seating options for the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray include the GT seat, suited for daily driving, and the Competition Seat (coming in December 2013), which provides the ultimate performance for track racing.

The differences in the Standard GT seat and the Competition Sport seat offered in the 2014 Corvette Stingray are similar to the everyday comfort of a well-tailored suit vs. the support offered by compression apparel athletes wear.

Corvette owners use their cars for different things. Some use their new Stingrays as daily drivers, while others are looking for the fastest track times possible from their new 460-horsepower Corvette.

Digital pressure-mapping, technology used to scan people’s backsides when seated, played a pivotal role in the development of the Corvette’s new Competition Sport seat, available as an option in December. Different seats last were offered in Corvette’s fourth generation – 1984-1996.

For the Competition Sport seat, the Corvette team took pressure-mapping technology to the test track to accurately measure driver bottom and back pressures during high velocity maneuvers. On most vehicle development programs pressure-mapping is only used for static impressions.

The technology involves taking a digital snapshot of a person’s back and rear-end pressure distribution over the seat surface, creating a map with more than 4,600 data points per second. The information is transferred to a computer that generates graphics illustrating how occupants are supported by the seat.

The new Corvette also was the first Chevrolet to use a new process for judging seat performance in addition to comfort, based on the subjective evaluations of test drivers of varying sizes, from large males to petite females.

For the new seats, the Corvette team used the advanced materials, including an all-new lightweight cast magnesium frame for greater strength. The frame’s rigidity and the seat’s hard back panel contribute to an enhanced feeling of support during performance driving.

The Sport seat was track tested and modified to provide the kind of bolster support needed for high-velocity maneuvers. The development team hand-modeled extreme bolsters out of duct tape and foam until they were satisfied with the seat’s track performance.

Back bolsters 35-mm deeper than those in the 997 generation Porsche Carrera S are approximately 35 percent deeper for more lateral support when making hairpin turns. The Corvette team also re-engineered the seat’s side airbag, moving it outside of the seat bolster to an attached but separate pod so that the seat could be slimmer, stiffer and more supportive.

While improving seat performance was a paramount concern, the team also boosted seat comfort by introducing Stingray’s first dual heating and cooling ventilation system for seats, overcoming packaging challenges in the process.

Most of you will likely prefer the extended comforts of the GT seat. Of course that’s not to say the Competition Seat isn’t extremely comfortable for a track-inspired seat (it is, trust us), and they’re certainly nice when trying to squeeze every tenth-of-a-second out of your track times.

The Competition Seats will be available at Ross Downing Corvette starting in December. You can order your Corvette Stingray online by clicking here, or call our National Corvette Sales Team at 855-819-2540.

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2014 Corvettes Shipped, Delivery Date Set

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Our first 2014 Corvette Stingray shipment is on its way! The first round of orders include 11 total C7 Corvettes, including 3 that will be available for sale. If you were one of the 8 who ordered yours through us during the first round, then your Stingray will be here and available for pickup shortly.

For those that have not yet ordered a 2014 Corvette from us, you can do so here. Our 2014 Corvette inventory will soon be available for sale on our new Corvette inventory page, provided we still have some available. If you don’t see any listed in our inventory, don’t worry – we have more on the way, both coupes and convertibles!

To contact our Corvette team, please call us at 888-221-8185.

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