2014 C7 Chevrolet Stingray-An Overview

If  you have checked out my other reviews on Scion FR-S, M4 and i8, these three cars have the same rival in common and today I am going to review about that car which is considered as the toughest rival for all new cars that are released and going to be released soon. The car which was considered as an “Old man’s car “is nowdrifting its way towards the young and the car which at present is considered to be the most Productive and has the highest bookings all over the world.

It’s the new 2014 Corvette Stingray made by none other than Chevrolet under the vision of General motors. This new C7 had been in development since 2007. GM originally targeted 2011 to release this car, but due to some problems it was delayed and after many speculation, spy shots, leaked 3D images this car was unveiled officially in 2014. After its release, this car has totally changed the allegations on Corvette’s line-up from “Old people’s car “to “Young men’s pride”.

2014 Corvette Stingray review

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History & Facts:

Before releasing of C7, corvette’s line-up (C1-C6) was called as “Old People’s car” as some researches showed that about 46 percent of Corvette buyers in 2012, through October, were 55 (aged folks ). Hence Corvette have got its name. Now GM wants to change it form C7.

2014 Corvette Stingray C7 review

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Review: Technical specs

These are some of the technical specifications of this car. Check it out

2014 C7 Corvette Stingray specs

Review: Styling

Exterior:

Unlike the other corvettes, C7 is designed from scratch. It has a whole new look. If we compare it with the previous release C6 – C7 has lot many changes. The front looks of the car will embrace us for sure as the front grille and headlights shape combine to give an evil smile like look. The headlights are made up of Daytime LED’s and the car body is designed to give an aggressive appeal. The front look in some angles resemble the SRT viper, and while the rare end is in resemblance with Camaro. Coming to the rear end of the vehicle,the car looks absolute gorgeous and is designed to complement the front looks. From every angle the car looks amazing and the Carbon-fiber reinforced body and removable roof panel adds beauty to the car. The 5 aluminum spokes which are painted in silver in front and back wheels also look damn hot and sexy.

2014 C7 Corvette Stingray Exterior

Interior:

The interiors of the previous Corvette lineup was considered as one of the worst interior which was ever built. The previous Corvette C6 interior was dominated with cheap plastic and the seats are bland in shape. But this is going to be changed with the new 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray as corvette is targeting younger audience, the C7 interiors is designed to look smart and eye-catching. The interiors of the 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray is filled with Luxurious leather work and has given the finest detailing to the new interiors in terms of themes such as sport theme, track theme, tachometer halo etc. In this the tachometer halo looks trendy as this theme comes live once the speed mode is activated, a ring around the tachometer turns from yellow to amber to red showing the gradual increase of speed. Not only this, the car is also equipped with many add-on features along with standard features such as Keyless entry, Infotainment systems, Push-button start, Power tilt/telescope steering wheel, audio system power by BOSE and satellite link radio system. Along with these, new Performance data and video recorder is added to set a point to test the maximum limits of the car on our own.

C7 Corvette Stingray interior

Review: Engine & Performance

Under the hood, the new C7 is powered by the new direct-injection 6.2-liter small-block V-8 engine which is also called as LT1. This engine is also present in the new Camaro. It produces power ranging up to 460 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. It also has an Active fuel management system for lower carbon emission rate and decrease of fuel consumption. It is equipped with a 7-speed manual transmission in order to deliver better performance. When it comes to car modes, the car has three modes : Eco, Tour, & Comfort. The car delivers a mileage of 28mpg on highway when the Tour mode is activated, and when the Eco mode is activated the mileage reaches to around 30mpg. The car performance is increased drastically due to the decrease in car weight and thanks to its new Carbon fiber hood and new chassis. This car can reach 0-60 in just 4 seconds. Many videos of C7 Corvette Stingray are already rolling over the internet as the car performance looks amazing.

C7 Corvette Stingray engine

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Review: Brakes and Suspension

The biggest advantage of this car is handling. In terms of handling this car is compared to Porsche’s Legacy 911 Carrera. The reason behind this kind of handling is the suspension and brake system present in this car. The suspension system in front and rear are powered by Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone and lower control arms. The Brembo braking helps to stabilize the car and helps the car during cornering.

2014 C7 Corvette Stingray brakes and control

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Review: Safety

I have already stated that this is the most wanted car at present. This is due its performance, elegance and safety. Coming to safety, the car has major safety features such as

  • Stability control system.
  • Traction control system.
  • Brembo brakes.
  • Advanced Airbag System.
  • Vehicle information system right on the deck.
  • Advanced Suspension range
  • Magnetic Ride Control

Pros & Cons:

Pros:

  • Trendy design
  • Luxurious appearance and interiors
  • Powerful engine
  • Performance

Cons:

  • Add-ons are very costly
  • Design elements looks identical to its rival cars

Rivalry:

This car faces rivalry from released cars and also from the cars which are going launch soon. The major rivals of this car are:

  • SRT Viper.
  • BMW-M4.
  • Jaguar F-Type Coupe.
  • BMW-i8.
  • Porsche 911.
  • Ferrari 458 Italia.
  • Scion FR-S.
  • Audi R8

C7 Corvette Stingray compare

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Bottom Line:

From a trendy, sexy design to power packed performance, this car has all the aspects in order to call it a best buy. Priced at $51,995 (Base Price), this car is worth the shot. If you are a “Need for speed guy” you will love this as it has a wide range of customization options, but the Add-ons which are taught to increase the performance of the car are priced at higher rates( which should also be taken into consideration before buying this car )

Overall this car has a good rating in all the aspects such as price, performance & safety.

AUTOBOTS Unmasked – the real automobiles behind the Transformers

Transformers Fan? No matter which side (autobots / decepticons) you are on. Read on, for the newer and revolutionary automotive casts that bring out newer identities that might have made you jump out of excitement.

Wouldn’t you love it if your car suddenly transformed into an Autobot? Well, we’ve all been there. Unfortunately, you’ve either got to be really drunk or dreaming high to see that happen. But, hadn’t it been for the expensive CGI’s and special effects, our favourite Autobots or decepticons might have been inanimate wallpapers on our screens (where’s the fun in that right?)

Let’s dig in a little deeper and uncover a few of the vehicles that put the previous Transformer films to shame.

THE SUPREME AUTOBOT:

Western Star Prototype a.k.a. Optimus Prime. Image Source: www.thebestwallpapersfan.com
  Western Star Prototype a.k.a. Optimus Prime.      Image Source: www.thebestwallpapersfan.com

Undeniably, the most loved (bulky yet effective) hero who has won millions of fans after the Transformers hit the big screens, Optimus prime, the virtual hero and the most loved character in the Transformers series, was formerly a Kenworth k100 cab-over truck (in the cartoon) that underwent a major overhaul by the Western Star Prototype, underwent major transformations, physically and digitally. Although the flaming paint job might have struck a certain amount of controversy, the all-new design would put all the issues at bay. Optimus Prime comes in a new avatar; flaunting huge chrome accents, exhaust stacks and a heart -throbbing look that put all the controversies at bay. The credits go to the prototype designed by Western Star Trucks (under the Daimler Auto Group)

BUMBLEBEE (Then and Now)

Introduced as Sam Witwicky’s (ShiaLeBouf) best friend, the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro that was later transformed into (then new) Chevrolet Camaro has a whole new look in the latest Transformers movie.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS Image Source: www.worldcarfans.com
1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS
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The Autobot scout that cruised around with a retro look was shown in a sexier and orgasmic avatar, the Chevrolet Camaro 2014 Super Sport. This look is definitely to die for.

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Cross Hairs Sting Ray:

A perfect opportune to invade the skies and rule the racetrack, Chevrolet showcased the 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray; the autobot (abrasive with a cocky attitude) that transforms into Cross Hairs, a paratrooper that gives the Decepticons, a run for their bolts.  The lime green beauty that musters up its rage under the hood takes on the roads and skies.

Corvette Stingray. Image Source: www.corvette7.com
Corvette Stingray a.k.a. Cross Hairs. Image Source: www.corvette7.com

 

DISGUISED “DRIFT”

An Autobot by heart, and a decepticon by looks, meet the street legal Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse 2013, an expensive (US $ 2.25 million) addition, a breath taker and a conqueror of the actual roads that smashes its rivals black and blue, this bolt of lightning goes by the name “Drift” in disguise. Watch this Autobot with an unfinished business and a thirst to regain its lost honor, avenge its enemies with its massive (1200) horse power and a 253.81 mph speed.

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Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse 2013 a.k.a Drift.  Image Source: www.wallpaperstoday.com

THE “HOUND” READY TO POUND:

Another elephantine sized heavy duty vehicle after Optimus Prime, The movie brings you up close and personal with the Autobot commando, Hound, transforms from an Oshkosh Defense Medium Tactical Vehicle which in reality belongs to a family of heavy duty vehicles that are currently manufactured by the Oshkosh Corporation. Hound was formerly a Jeep (in the cartoon series) but the movie has given a newer definition to Hound by changing the complete look and transforming it into a decepticon pounding commando.

Oshkosh Defence Medium Tactical Vehicle. Image Source: www.automoblog.net
Oshkosh Defence Medium Tactical Vehicle a.k.a. Hound. Image Source: www.automoblog.net

Saved by RATCHET

Playing the role of a medical officer in the transformers movie, ratchet transforms into a green rescue Hummer H2 and also into a red and white striped ambulance with flashy lights that looks like a cargo van.

Ratchet. Image Source: www.tfwiki.net
Ratchet a.k.a Hummer H2                                Image Source: www.tfwiki.net

A TWISTED “LOCKDOWN”:

Sleek, slender and possessing sinister traits,  “Lockdown” the grey 2013 Lamborghini LP 700-4 Coupe, disappointingly is not an Autobot, neither is it a part of the Decepticon’s army. A bounty hunter replaced the previous “Lamborghini Murcielago” with ease. With only 4000 units made, Lamborghini proudly flaunted the Aventador, best in its class and a fame that makes you’d still love this legendary bull albeit it’s twisted role in the movie.

Lamborghini Aventador. Image Source: www.picthewall.com
Lamborghini Aventador. Image Source: www.picthewall.com

STINGER

Possessing gory colors, a Decepticon that was supposedly built by a human specializes in spying and sabotaging all good that Autobots stand for, the 2013 Pagani Huayra (Pronounced “wai-rah”) might lack the looks of a Lamborghini, but it is the epitome of pure bred speed infused with state of the art technical aerodynamics. Being one such car that provides flawless handling is definitely a dangerous demon on wheels for the Autobots. Pagani motors, an Italian Premium car Manufacturer is also known for cars such as its popular “Pagani Zonda”.

JUNK HEAP

The obvious, Decepticon which transforms into a Waste Management Truck, Chevrolet trax has been recruited to do the dirty yet effective job. Playing villainous roles, the Jukheap is featured in a differently colored Chevrolet Traxes on screen. These vehicles are also supposedly made by humans (in the movie) and later join the decepticons. This perfectly sized crossover is an offering from Chevrolet motors, sports its rally car which has an impressive design, nimble and confident handling capabilities, and goes easy on your fuel.

Chevrolet Trax. Image Source: www.yjcool.blogspot.com
                           Chevrolet Trax a.k.a Junk Heap.   Image Source: www.yjcool.blogspot.com

THE DECEIVING DECEPTICON

Freightliner Argosy cab-over-trailer. a.k.a Galvatron. Image Source: www.screenrant.com
                                Freightliner Argosy cab-over-trailer. a.k.a Galvatron.                              Image Source: www.screenrant.com

Another human made transformer that becomes the Decepticon overlord. GALVATRON, transforms into an impressive looking 2014 Freighliner Argosy cab-over-trailer. The black and grey colored definer of doom looks very impressive. The Freightliner Argosy trucks are extremely agile and immaculately structured.  The North American descendant looks evil yet breath-taking.

Bottom Line: These vehicles might have played different roles in the movie, yet they have impacted our hearts – a lot 🙂

Also,

Visit the Western Star Website: www.star-prototype.com

Visit the Chevrolet  Website: http://www.chevrolet.com/

Visit the Bugatti Website: http://www.bugatti.com/

Visit the Oshkosh Defense Vehicle Website: http://oshkoshdefense.com/

Visit the Hummer Website: http://www.hummer.com/

Visit the Lamborghini Website: http://www.lamborghini.com/

Visit the Pagani Website: www.pagani.com

Visit the Freight Liner Argosi Website:  http://www.freightlinertrucks.com/