1st Public 2014 C7 Corvette 7 Speed Manual 1/4 mile Drag Race
1978 Corvette Run
From the video author:
“What the Vette team has managed to achieve with the C7 is nothing short of astonishing…”
Is that the new Corvette?
Yep, but it’s not called the Corvette anymore. For 2014 it’s now the Corvette Stingray.
What, so it’s got two names?
Yes again. But that’s not an entirely new thing. Chevrolet has used the Stingray name before on previous versions of the ‘Vette. If you want to win the pub quiz with this one, it was known as the Corvette Sting Ray from ’63-67 – the C2 version – and as the Corvette Stingray from ’69-’76 – the middle of the C3 version – and now again in 2014.
What’s all this C2 and C3 business about?
The C denotes the generation of the Corvette. A bit like Dr Who (without the Daleks and Cybermen), the car has been through six rebirths since it was launched in 1953, so there are six generations. The launch of this new car is the seventh iteration of the Vette, so it’s known as the C7.
OK, so you’re telling me that it’s old enough to be the Viper’s dad?
I am. But let’s not dwell on any other comparisons between the two cars yet. Well, maybe just a couple to give you the picture. Sales of the Viper total under 2,000 a year. Sales of the ‘Vette regularly top 12,000, so the big SRT is a much more limited-run car. The other thing to consider is price. The Viper starts at $97,395 while the base version of the Corvette starts at $51,995. There will be pricier versions of the ‘Vette later, but for now it’s really not worth comparing the two.
What versions are going to be available from launch then?
There are going to be two available from day one: the base car, which isn’t really base as it’s so loaded with tech and spec; and the Z51, which adds a pack of go-faster goodies that you should consider an essential option as all of them make the car even better. There are a number of optional extras that need to be considered, too.