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2014 Corvette Convertible Making First Stop In America

In January we were introduced to the C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe and earlier this month we saw the first official pictures of the new C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible, and at the Geneva Auto Show we got to see some great shots of it in person. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get anybody to Geneva ourselves so we have to wait until the New York International Auto Show to snap our own pictures and conjure our own opinions. Until then, here’s what we know.

The C7 was designed to be both coupe and convertible, and you can tell. The flat hot-tub line from A-pillar to trunk isn’t there, the smooth curves on the top of the doors remain and give it a beautiful shape. It’s sleek, it’s sexy and, depending on who you ask, it’s better looking than the coupe.

The soft-top features a glass rear window and sound absorbing material in an attempt to keep the wind noise out and engine sound in. It’s a powered top that can be opened or closed in 21 seconds at speeds of up to 30 mph.

Other differences from the coupe include a 5-way adjustable drive mode selector, with settings designed for everything between touring and tracking, and the elimination of a couple vents on the rear of the car. The convertible comes standard with the premium interior fittings of the coupe, with carbon fiber trim and leather/suede seats. Sport seats remain an option.

Stay tuned for our gallery and first impressions from the New York International Auto Show!

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Chevrolet Unveils 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible

We’ve been waiting in anticipation for awhile now but Chevrolet was in Geneva showing off the all new 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible to the press at the Geneva Motor Show. The new convertible vette features a fully electric top that can be lowered at speeds of up to 50 km/h (30mph) and can even be lowered remotely using the car’s key fob–great for those extremely sunny days to let all the hot air out.

“The convertible has been a part of the heart and soul of Corvette since the very beginning in 1953,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. “With the all-new Corvette Stingray, we designed and developed the coupe and convertible simultaneously. As a result, the Corvette Stingray offers an open-top driving experience with no compromise in performance, technology or design.”

The convertible Corvette Stingray comes with basically everything you would find on the Corvette Stingray coupe that we were introduced to in Detroit during the NAIAS. As both models were designed at the same time and because of the new more rigid aluminum frame in the latest generation Corvette, the only major changes are limited to accomodating the folding fabric top and repositioned seat belts. Both the coupe and convertible Stingrays are expected to put down similar performance figures as the weight differences are minimal.

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C7 Corvette Stingray Convertible to Debut in Geneva

Chevrolet announced today that the 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible will be making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5. There will be no additional changes or engine choices offered with the convertible Stingray and all options and technology found on the C7 Stingray Coupe that was recently unveiled in Detroit. No official photos were released, but we’ve included pictures that we’ve found on The Auto Insider blog.

See another shot of the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible

C7 Stingray Review

The most hyped car of the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is definitely the all new C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. We posted about it before the show when official photos leaked and were anxious to get close to a production model to see it for ourselves. Well today, after a length presentation going through the history of Corvette, we finally got our hands, and lenses, on a live Stingray.

The first one we saw was the same red that was in the official photos and, I must say, it looks a lot better in person. Before seeing it live, I liked the front, I liked the side but I was on the fence about the rear. In person, the rear is fantastic. It becomes very easy to put tradition aside and welcome the new design direction the Corvette is taking. The angled taillights and the strong, tall profile give the Corvette a modern and powerful look which is in line with the rest of the brand. If you still don’t agree, wait until you see the gray. The darker colour does a wonderful job of highlighting what’s great about the car from front to back. The sharp front, swooping headlights and wide grill all become a little more subtle, but it forces you to take an even closer look, and you’ll be glad you did.

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NAIAS: Chevrolet Unveils the C7 Corvette

The wait is finally over! At last Chevrolet has revealed the new C7 Corvette, and it’s causing quite a stir here in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show. GM is breaking the Corvette mold left, right and rear with the 2014 model. From the Stingray designation to the radical new tail-lights, this is the most unique Corvette in at least 40 years.

If you saw some of the renders floating around the internet then you already had a pretty good idea what the C7 looks like and you’ve probably also got a strong opinion about it. The front is halfway between a Ferrari 458 and Dodge Viper, the sides are angled and three dimensional, and the rear is a completely new design which has caused a rift between most enthusiasts. Every time I look at the pictures I notice something new, but so far I’m a big fan of the new design. I often complain that production vehicles never look anything like the concepts that spawned them but the new Corvette looks like a concept car, and I love that.

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Street Encounter: Rare 1963 Corvette Stingray

Spotting a Corvette on the road is quite common, but spotting a ’63 Stingray is quite the rare sighting. What makes the ’63 so special and rare?

Legend has it that GM designer Bill Mitchell came up with the split window design when he penned the C2 Corvette. His team of engineers had told him that the split rear window would hinder rearward vision, and doesn’t make sense. He kept pushing for it, insisting that the split window was integral to the whole design of the C2.

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Ferrari F430 vs. Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The Ring: Corvette ZR1 Vs. Viper SRT10 ACR

A split screen video with the ZR1 Corvette and ACR Viper both on their record setting laps. The Viper recently beat the ZR1’s 7:26.4 record with a blistering laptime of 7:22.1. The Viper was stock (except for the race seats and 6 point harness) with the Hardcore Package which sheds 40 pounds. The suspension was stiffened up after a few laps after the driver complained of understeer on the medium to high speed corners.

ZR1 Nurburgring Official 7:26.4 Record Corvette Run

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