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2015 Corvette Z06 Revealed In January

2015 Chevy Corvette Z06The C7 Z06 is officially on its way!

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

2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray seats

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


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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2014 Corvette Stingray Engine Horsepower Officially Rated at 460, 465 lb-ft Torque

The 2014 Corvette Stingray’s all-new LT1 6.2L V-8 engine is SAE-certified at 460 horsepower (343 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 465 lb-ft of torque (630 Nm) at 4,600 rpm, with the available performance exhaust system.

The Stingray is SAE-certified at 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 460 lb-ft (624 Nm) with the standard exhaust system. They are the highest standard power ratings ever for the Corvette, delivered with efficiency that is expected to exceed 26 mpg on the highway.

The LT1’s performance complements the Corvette’s low mass with a tremendous feeling of power that builds as the rpm climbs. Drivers will experience more power and acceleration than ever before with the standard engine – in fact, its power and torque surpass many uplevel engines offered by competitors.

At 74 horsepower per liter, the LT1 has greater power density than the C6 Corvette’s LS3 6.2L engine and even the C6 Z06’s racing-derived 7.0L LS7. It also produces comparable torque to the LS7 – up to 4,700 rpm – and its peak torque is within 5 lb-ft of the 7.0L engine. That torque is generated early and sustained across the rpm band, with 316 lb-ft available at only 1,000 rpm and 90 percent of peak torque available from 3,000 rpm to 5,500 rpm – giving the lightweight Corvette Stingray excellent acceleration at all speeds.

Chevrolet estimates the Corvette will run from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds.

The new LT1 engine’s high output, and high power density and efficiency are due to several advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing, which support an advanced combustion system.

Direct injection is a primary contributor to the engine’s combustion efficiency, ensuring a more complete burn of the fuel in the air-fuel mixture. That’s achieved by precisely controlling the mixture motion and fuel injection spray pattern. Direct injection also keeps the combustion chamber cooler, which allows for a higher compression ratio. Emissions are also reduced, particularly cold-start hydrocarbon emissions, which are cut by about 25 percent.

Active Fuel Management, or cylinder deactivation, is a  first-ever application on Corvette. It helps save fuel by imperceptibly shutting down half of the engine’s cylinders in light-load driving. Continuously variable valve timing is refined to support the LT1 AFM and direct injection systems to further optimize performance, efficiency and emissions.

These technologies support the all-new, advanced combustion system, which incorporates a new cylinder-head design and a new, sculpted piston design that is an integral contributor to the high-compression, mixture motion parameters enabled by direct injection.

Additional engine features include:

  • Advanced oiling system with oil-spray piston cooling and available dry-sump oiling
  • Engine-mounted, camshaft-driven fuel pump to support the direct injection system
  • Intake manifold with “runners in a box” design that allows for high-efficiency airflow packaged beneath the Corvette’s low hood line
  • High-flow, four-into-one exhaust manifolds based on the design of the LS7 engine.


Chevy Small Block History

The 2014 Corvette Stingray’s LT1 engine is the fifth generation of the Small Block engine family, which debuted in the Corvette in 1955. It displaced 4.3L (265 cubic inches) and was rated at 195 horsepower, drawing air and fuel through a four-barrel carburetor. Five years later, Small Block power helped Corvette secure its first victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In 2012, the Small Block-powered Corvette Racing C6.R beat Ferrari, BMW and Porsche to sweep the drivers’, team, and manufacturer championships in production-based American Le Mans Series GT class. These championships make Corvette Racing the most successful team in ALMS history, with a total of 77 class wins, eight drivers’ championships, and nine manufacturer and team championships since 2001.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale this fall, with a convertible following by the end of the year – each sharing an all-new aluminum frame structure and enhanced chassis, as well as completely new exterior and interior designs.

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2014 Corvette Stingray Price Revealed: $51,995 For Coupe, $56,998 For Convertible

The question “How much does the new C7 Corvette cost?” can finally be answered.

Today it was announced that the starting price of the 2014 Corvette Stingray will be $51,995 for the Stingray Coupe, and $56,995 for the Stingray Convertible.

Also unveiled is the price of various performance packages and upgrades, such as the Z51 Performance Package ($2,800), carbon fiber interior trim ($995), and dual-mode performance exhaust system ($1,195).

We’ve got the full breakdown of the packages and pricing on our 2014 Corvette page.

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Vettes and Vs Car Show Coming in August for Chevy Corvettes and Cadillac CTS-Vs

On August 31st, 2013, Ross Downing Chevrolet will host the Vettes and Vs car show in Hammond, Louisiana!

The charity event will be held at the Southeastern University Center on the Southeastern campus, and is in support of the Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps support children with heart conditions.

Owners of both Chevy Corvettes and Cadillac CTS-Vs are welcome to attend by registering online. There will be awards handed out if you’re interested in competing – click here to view the list of awards and vehicle classes. You do not have to be a member of a car club to participate, so we invite everyone to attend!

Click here to view the official Vettes and Vs website for more details.

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Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car Editions On Sale Now!

We’ve got a rare combo on sale now here at Ross Downing Chevrolet: a 1978 Chevy Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car Edition, and a 2008 Chevy Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car Edition!

Both are in fantastic condition, super clean inside and out, and have been garage-kept. Click here to see our entire used Corvette lineup, or call us at (888) 242-6209 to request more information on these rare collector’s items!

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