The Corvette C7: A Reason to Get Excited

2014CorvetteStingrayAlthough the right hand drive model has been delayed for release, for everyone in the left hand drive world it might be time to take a look at the new Corvette Stingray.

The seventh generation of Corvettes, this is not your dad’s Corvette, featuring a newly revamped 455 horsepower engine and a 3.8 second zero to sixty time making it competitive with the European supercars. Gone are the signature circular rear lights, replaced with a look that is half classic Stingray and half Lamborghini. A carbon fiber hood and NASA-designed aerogel keep the weight down and the gas mileage high with an average of 26 miles to the gallon.

The interior is just as impressive as the exterior with the 3LT package offering a leather wrapped control panel, door panels, and dashboard. The seats feature Napa Leather and have seat heating and cooling systems. The C7 also features a convertible model with no compromises to any of the standard features and a top that can open at speeds up to 30 miles per hour, which means never having to pull over again.

For those looking for a fully tailored car, Corvette allows you to customize almost every detail of the car from seat color down to brake color.

Named the 2014 Automobile Magazine Auto of the Year, the Corvette C7 Stingray is too good to pass over. To get yours, head to Les Stanford Chevrolet, America’s Corvette King!

2014 Automobile of the Year – the Corvette Stingray

2014 corvette stingray gaugeThe engineers started from square one when designing the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.  Their revolutionary use of a lightweight, aluminum space frame, combined with carbon fiber and carbon-nano-composite components reduce weight in order to achieve the ultimate in handling and acceleration.  With a 0 – 60 mph time of 3.8 seconds the 2014 Corvette is the fastest, most powerful, standard Corvette ever made.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray comes with a number of standard features, which would be extra on most high performance vehicles, including two 8-inch HD color displays, keyless access with push button start, rearview camera, and a 9-speaker Bose audio system.  There are many luxurious and performance driven optional features available as well such as custom leather interiors, larger front and rear rims, larger front brakes, a specially designed aero package to reduce lift and increase high-speed handling, and a color heads up display.

The 6.2L V-8 small block engine standard in every model of the 2014 Corvette Stingray is capable of 460 hp when matched with the Z51 high performance package, and is still able to achieve an environmentally friendly EPA estimated 29 mpg highway average.  Interior comforts such as optional heated/vented seats, 8-way power Nappa leather seats, navigation system, and a universal home remote all combine to make the Stingray as comfortable and stylish as it is powerful.  Driver safety has not been overlooked either and includes both driver and passenger airbags, 4-wheel ABS, and a traction control system.

Get to know the Stingray at Les Stanford Chevrolet, the Corvette King!

Ready for a NEW, new Corvette?

2015 Corvette Z06Did you enjoy the release of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray the Detroit auto show this year?  Then get ready! Another Corvette will make its debut at the show in January!

Last week, General Motors revealed plans to unveil the 2015 Corvette Z06 at the North American International Auto Show. The automaker said it expects to begin production on the new high-performance sports car, designed to appeal to racing enthusiasts and speed-thirty sports car fans, in late 2014.

GM’s statement said of the vehicle, “It will be the most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique power train, chassis and aerodynamic features.”

While actual specs and statistics are still under wraps, obviously, rumor has it that the new Z06 could pack as much as 600 horsepower from a V8 engine of some sort. Possibilities include a twin-turbo 4.5-liter, normally aspirated 6.2-liter and 7.0-liter options, or a supercharged 6.2-liter V8.

The 2015 Z06could possibly be the best Corvette ever.  So stay tuned.  You’re sure to find this amazing vehicle at Les Stanford Chevrolet, the Corvette King!

The New Sporty 2014 Corvette Models

2014 Corvette Stingray C7 at Les Stanford ChevroletChevrolet is one of the top vehicle makers in the world, and the Corvette has always been one of consumers favorite sports car models on the market from year to year. The 2014 Corvette is no different from the ones in the past in this aspect. It takes all the quality aspects of Chevrolet and the Corvette and makes it even better.

There are two styles of the 2014 Corvette available on the market, and they are the 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe and the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible. This gives consumers the option for a hardtop Corvette or convertible. This new model of the Corvette was tested for speed, and on the test track, the 2014 Corvette went from zero miles per hour to sixty miles per hour in only 3.8 seconds. This makes the new 2014 Corvette one of the fastest vehicles on the market.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe comes with a 460 horsepower V8 engine for all of the consumers that enjoy their car to have to extra powerful kick. Another aspect of the new 2014 Corvette will appear to anyone on the market for a new car. In today’s society, gas prices have sky rocketed from what they were in the past, and the Corvette Stingray Coupe helps with this problem, because it gets around 29 miles per gallon of gas when driven on the highway.

Ready to feel the power of the Stingray for yourself?  Visit Les Stanford Chevrolet, the Corvette King!

Too Much Information? Not from the 2014 Corvette Stingray

2014 corvette stingray gaugeThe advanced cluster display in the 2014 Corvette Stingray can provide up to 69 unique sources of information, ranging from an interactive performance timer to a tire tread temperature display. The crisp and bright display features make this information easily accessible via three configurable modes that prioritize information for daily commuting, weekend canyon carving and track events.

Flanked by three analog gauges for speed, fuel level, and engine-coolant temperature, the eight-inch liquid-crystal display screen in the center of the cluster is organized into sport, tour and track themes that change with the Driver Mode Selector. Each display theme is designed for a specific driving scenario and can be configured through applications found in the “app tray.”

“The new Corvette Stingray features many advanced technologies, so our challenge when designing the driver’s displays was to ensure that those technologies could be easily found in common driving scenarios,” said Jason Stewart, General Motors interaction designer.
“The touring theme places more emphasis on multimedia and infotainment; the sport theme emphasizes performance features with a prominent shift indicator and a large radial tachometer; track theme offers a race-inspired layout containing a sweeping tachometer, Corvette racing inspired shift lights and permanent lap-time displays,” Stewart said. “Each of these three themes can also be configured so that drivers can personalize their experience in the Stingray.”

The 10 configurable display features that will help drivers realize the Stingray’s capabilities are:
The Tour theme – Displayed when the Stingray is in Weather, Eco, or Tour drive mode, this is the most modern display, providing essential vehicle information drivers want for commuting or long-distance driving and includes key vehicle information and multimedia displays;
the Sports theme – Displayed when the Stingray is in Sport mode, this theme is designed to recall the classic sports-car experience, with a single, radial tachometer dominating the display;
the Track theme – Inspired by the cluster of the Corvette Racing C6.R, this theme prioritizes the information vital for a successful track outing, including a “hockey stick” style tachometer, large gear indicator and shift lights;
Adjustable redline – All themes feature an adjustable redline that shows the suggested maximum engine speed as low as 3,500 rpm when the engine is cold;
Tachometer halo – The Sport theme features a ring around the tachometer that glows from yellow to amber to red as engine rpms increase;
Shift lights – The track theme features shift lights influenced by the C6.R, which illuminate from the outside-in, transition from green to yellow to blue and flash at redline providing an easy-to-see shift notification at high speeds;
Friction bubble/cornering force  – The friction bubble that displays lateral and longitudinal G-forces allows drivers to measure how close they are to the Stingray’s limits;
Tire temperature gauge  – Leveraging the existing Tire Pressure Monitoring System, this patented system informs the driver as the tires warm up from cold to warm to hot, with hot being the optimal temperature for peak grip and track performance;
Acceleration timer  – The interactive timer features programmable start/end speeds, which enable drivers to measure any acceleration run, from a traditional 0-60 mph to acceleration from 70-100 mph in top gear;
and the Lap timer  – Shows current, previous and best lap times, enabling drivers to measure their consistency while lapping a road course.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013.  Pre-order yours at Les Stanford Chevrolet, the Corvette King!

Corvette: Legendary Performance

The Chevrolet Corvette is still one of the most recognizable cars on the road today. Its unique design has evolved throughout the years, but has still remained true to the very first Corvette. The new 2012 Corvette is a worthy successor to the legendary Corvettes of old. It is powerful, advanced, sporty and yet, affordable.

The 2012 Corvette comes in four trims: the coupe, the convertible, the Z06 and the ZR1. The first two trims come with a 430 horsepower 6.2 liter V8 engine and standard manual transmission. Optional performance equipment for these trims include a 6-speed automatic transmission and an increase in horsepower to 436. The Z06 and ZR1 are the top performance Corvettes. The Z06 has a 7.0 liter V8 engine that puts out 505 horsepower and the ZR1 takes it even further with an amazing 638 horsepower. Both come with larger tires, a 6-speed manual transmission and a sport-tuned suspension.

The Corvette is not all raw power under the hood, however. A number of safety features are standard on the Corvette, including run-flat tires, airbags, OnStar, traction control and 4-wheel antilock brakes. Always on the forefront of advancement, the 2012 Corvette features a ton of top technology, including a Bose sound system, navigation system, satellite radio, Bluetooth capability and over 50 other custom accessories available to be installed at dealers. The 2012 Corvette also comes with two flashy new colors. Carlisle Blue is the standard one and then Carbon Flash Metallic will come with the Centennial Edition.

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A New Corvette Stingray?

This year at the Kansas City Bartle Hall Car Show, Chevy showed off its new design for possible release on the Corvette. I have always been a fan of the Stingray style from the 60’s, and Chevy seems to want to resurrect a legend! With a seemingly more “Batmobile” physique, Chevy displays the Stingray Concept’s short windows and elongated front, giving it a definite look and feel, famous for concept cars. Prepare to be introduced to the “Wow factor” in this video! Welcome to the future!

Now, I’ve seen some concept cars, but nothing has ever caught my eye like the Stingray Concept! This vehicle shows off a conceptual hybrid powertrain and futuristic function and design. I love the fact that there are no door handles at all! Everything is automatic and power functioning. Chevy also gives it a more Ferrari-like feel with the Butterfly Doors and reverse style hood. My heart is still pounding at the thought of this resurrected legend!

My biggest hope is that the Stingray doesn’t just stay in the concept stage, but actually makes it onto the road. With no valid information online regarding any hopes for an actual production line of Stingrays, my dream to own one of the most awesome vehicles in the world stays just that; a dream. For any inside information regarding a possible release, feel free to stop by Les Stanford Chevrolet Cadillac at 21730 Michigan Ave Dearborn, MI 48124 to speak to a Chevrolet representative for the most updated information!