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Chevrolet Corvette (C7)
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Chevrolet Corvette (C7) Z06
Overview
Manufacturer Chevrolet (General Motors)
Production 2013–June 2017 (due to temporary shutdown of plant)
November 2017–present
Model years 2014–present
Assembly United States: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Designer Ed Welburn
Kirk Bennion[1]
Tom Peters[2]
Body and chassis
Class Sports car (S)
Body style 2-door targa top
2-door convertible
Layout FMR layout
Platform Y-body
Related Callaway Corvette Aero Wagon
Equus Throwback
Callaway Corvette GT3 R
Callaway Corvette Z06
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase 106.7 in (2,710 mm)
Length 176.9 in (4,493 mm)
Width 73.9 in (1,877 mm)
Height 48.6 in (1,234 mm)
Curb weight 3,347 lb (1,518 kg) (Base)
3,444 lb (1,562 kg) (Z51)
3,523 lb (1,598 kg) (Z06)
3,560 lb (1,615 kg) (ZR1)
Chronology
Predecessor Chevrolet Corvette (C6)

The Chevrolet Corvette (C7) is a sports car produced by Chevrolet. The seventh generation Corvette was introduced for the 2014 model year as the first to bear the Corvette Stingray name since the 1968 third generation model. The first C7 Corvette was delivered in the third quarter of 2013.

Development and introduction[edit]

Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray

According to Motor Trend, GM executives began planning the next-generation (C7) Corvette in 2007. On October 18, 2012, GM made an official news announcement confirming it would debut on Sunday evening, January 13, 2013, in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show.[3] Chevrolet also showed the new Crossed Flags logo for the new 2014 Corvette. The car was originally planned for the 2011 model year, but was delayed.[4] Mid-engine and rear-engine layouts had been considered, but the front-engine, rear-wheel drive (RWD) platform was chosen to keep costs lower.[5] The C7's all-new LT1 6.2L Small Block V-8 engine develops 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 460 pound-feet (620 N⋅m) torque, which can accelerate the car from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds. The C7's suspension consists of independent unequal-length double wishbones with transverse fiberglass mono-leaf springs and optional magnetorheological dampers, similar to its predecessor.

Rear view of the C7 Stingray, a design which has received much criticism from Corvette enthusiasts due to departure from past design language[6]

The C7 was designed not only to provide a bold styling statement, but also to incorporate an interior makeover that would put to rest past complaints about the quality of interior fit and finish. While overall the C7 attempts to provide an evolutionary redesign to an iconic theme, the car's designers took their inspiration from the 5th generation Chevrolet Camaro's squared rear end, incorporating aggressive angular elements that disappointed many Corvette enthusiasts. The C7 received criticism for some of the more styled elements of the car. "The rear contains what will surely be the C7's most controversial styling elements. It's all creases and vents back there, with aggressive trapezoidal taillights similar to those found on the current Camaro and quadruple-barreled tailpipes lined up in a neat row in the center of the rear valance", wrote Jason Kavanagh for Edmunds.[7] Functional aerodynamic aids are tacked on or cut into every body panel of the C7, often juxtaposed against sharp creases. This is a radical departure from the prior generations of Corvettes, whose styling had no spoiler, few body panel creases, and only semi-functional gills for front brake cooling. In addition, past Corvette models minimized the size of headlamps or even hid them altogether. The C7 reverses that minimalist styling language with intricately styled headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL).

2014 model year[edit]

Production[edit]

Production and customer delivery of the 2014 Corvette began in September 2013. Corvette Bowling Green, Kentucky Assembly Plant tours begin again in October 2013. As noted previously, the official announcement date for the 2014 Corvette was on January 13, 2013.[8]

Delivery of 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe to dealers began on September 18, 2013.[9] Production of the Stingray Convertible began at the end of 2013.

The Gen 5 small block engine used in the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was built in GM's Tonawanda Engine Plant.[10][11]

The first production 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible was sold in 2013 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach to Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick for $1,000,000 USD in a Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer institute charity lot.[12][13]

A month since the first 2014 Corvette Stingray delivery, 485 vehicles had been delivered, with 38% of the vehicles include 7-speed manual transmission, 75% of all orders include Z51 Performance Package (with 54% also selected magnetic ride suspension system).[14]

Equipment[edit]

The new Corvette features of the new generation include a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel. Its fenders, doors, and rear quarter panels remain fiberglass composite. The C7 uses Aerogel, a material developed by NASA, to keep heat from the transmission tunnel from transferring into the cabin.[15] The under-body panels are made of "carbon-nano" composite. The chassis is made of hydro-formed aluminum. The rear tail lights use indirect LED technology.

Despite the increased use of aluminum and other light weight materials, the overall weight of the car remains the same as that of the previous generation (C6).[16] The C7 Corvette offers a seven-speed manual transmission made by Tremec that implements active rev matching. The Corvette also provides a driver mode selector with five settings: Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport, and Track mode. The C7 hood and side vents and inlets assist in cooling and aerodynamic stability. The interior features a driver display that allows the driver to select from several modes with up to 69 different sources of information, ranging from an interactive performance timer to a tire tread temperature display.[17] Two seat options are available: a sporty touring seat for every day use, and a competition sport seat for track driving with pass-throughs for a racing harness.

The new Corvette LT1 engine, the first of the Gen 5 family of Small Block engines, retains the push-rods acting on overhead valves design. It implements direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation), and continuously variable valve timing.[18][citation needed]

Awards[edit]

  • "Automobile of the Year 2014" - Automobile Magazine[19]
  • "Performance Car of the Year 2013" - Road & Track[20]
  • Finalist - Motor Trend Car of the Year
  • One of the 2014 Car And Driver 10 Best List
  • One of the 2018 Car And Driver 10 Best List (Grand Sport)

Models and Special Editions[edit]

Corvette Stingray Coupe, 3LT interior package, Z51 Performance Package[edit]

2014 Corvette Coupe at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
2014 Corvette at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. Shows the Kalahari color interior in a Cyber Gray coupe.

The 3LT interior package includes a Bose 10-speaker audio system; SiriusXM radio with one-year subscription and HD radio receiver; color head-up display; Performance Data Recorder, memory package; navigation system; heated and ventilated seats with power lumbar and bolster adjustment; premium Napa leather seating surfaces; and leather-wrapped dash and instrument panel, console and door panels.

The Z51 Performance Package includes dry sump lubrication, specific close-ratio gearing; transmission-cooling system; larger 19-inch front and 20-inch rear aluminum alloy wheels and dual-compound Michelin tires; larger, slotted rotors and brake-cooling ducts; electronic limited-slip differential and differential cooling system; unique chassis tuning; and optional Magnetic Ride Control active-handling system with Performance Traction Management. Its center of gravity height is 17½";[21] lower than the Lotus Elise.[22]

The Corvette Stingray Coupe was first unveiled in 2013 with the 3LT interior package and leather-wrapped interior ($8,005), Z51 Performance Package ($2,800), competition sports seats ($2,495), exposed-carbon-fiber roof panel ($1,995), Magnetic Ride Control with Performance Traction Management ($1,795), dual-mode exhaust system ($1,195), carbon fiber interior trim ($995), sueded, microfiber wrapped upper interior trim ($995), red-painted calipers ($995), and black-painted wheels ($495). It was shown at the 2013 Monterey Motorsports Reunion,[23] followed by the 2014 Kagawa import car show.[24]

The US model went on sale in the third quarter of 2013 as the 2014 model-year vehicle. Early models incorporated a Tremec TR-6070 7-speed manual with rev-matching for both downshifts and upshifts, or a Hydramatic 6L80 6-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission optimized for Active Fuel Management.[25][26][27]

Preorder for the Japanese model began between July 6, 2013 and August 25, 2013.[28] Sales of the Corvette Stingray Coupe and Z51 version were set to begin in 2014-04-12.[29]

2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible[edit]

2014 Corvette Convertible at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

The 2014 Stingray Convertible is a version of the 2014 Corvette Stingray with a power-operated fabric roof.[30] The roof can be opened at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h).

The 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.[31]

The Japanese model was set to go on sale in 2014-05-24. Early models included 6-speed automatic transmission.[29]

2013 SEMA concepts[edit]

The Corvette Stingray Gran Turismo concept is a version of the 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe featured in the Gran Turismo 6 video game. It features a custom exterior paint scheme, yellow-tinted headlamps, carbon fiber rear spoiler, carbon fiber hood and extractor design, ground effects kit with carbon fiber rockers and front splitter, exhaust tips, racing-style front tow hook, front grille, front fender and rear quarter vents, Competition Sport seats, driver and passenger racing harnesses, flat-bottom steering wheel, leather-wrapped safety belt bar and rear braces.[32]

The Corvette Stingray Convertible Atlantic concept is a version of the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible with Blade Silver body colour, carbon flash metallic front splitter, rocker extensions and rear lower diffuser, fusion gray headlamp housings and hood accents, a suede wrapped interior package, Chevrolet accessories parts (19x8.5-inch front and 20x10-inch rear chrome five-spoke wheels, wheel center caps with the Stingray script, under-hood liner with the Stingray logo, carbon flash metallic rear license plate holder, molded splash guards, windscreen mounted behind the seats, custom luggage, premium carpet floor mats, sill plates, embroidered center armrest with the Stingray logo), and a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Corvette Stingray Coupe Pacific concept is a version of the 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe inspired by West Coast culture.[citation needed] It features a torch red body colour, Z51 Performance Package, a carbon fiber hood, a visible carbon-fiber weave on the removable roof panel, a satin-black front splitter and rocker extensions, Z51 rear spoiler in Carbon Flash Metallic, a carbon flash graphics package, a carbon fiber trim kit, competition sport seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel with a carbon fiber finish, seven-speed manual transmission, and Chevrolet accessories parts (19x8.5-inch front and 20x10-inch rear satin black aluminum wheels with a red accent stripe).

The vehicles were unveiled at the 2013 SEMA Show.[33][34]

2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe Premiere Edition[edit]

The 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe Premiere Edition is a limited (500 units) version of the 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe 3LT with Laguna Blue Tintcoat body colour, Brownstone suede interior, suede-wrapped interior trim, carbon-fiber interior packages, visible carbon fiber roof, variable tuned performance exhaust system, Z51 Performance Package, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, "stinger" hood stripe, "Stingray"-logo interior sill plates and wheel caps, custom Corvette-branded luggage from Thule, a unique vehicle identification number starting with 300001, and an exclusive dash plaque.[35]

2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible Premiere Edition[edit]

The 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible Premiere Edition is a limited (550 units) version of the Corvette Stingray Convertible 3LT with Lime Rock Green body colour, Brownstone suede interior, suede-wrapped interior trim, carbon fiber accents, variable tuned performance exhaust system, Z51 Performance Package, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, unique wheels with "Stingray"-logo center caps, "Stingray"-logo interior sill plates, a five-piece set of Corvette-branded luggage from Thule (from the Corvette Accessories catalog), and a unique VIN sequence starting with 400001, in unique dash plaques.

The US model went on sale for $77,450, including destination and delivery fees, and was set to arrive in dealerships in early 2014.[36]

2015 model year[edit]

Production[edit]

In 2015, the 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission was available as an option for all Corvette models. The 8L90 is built at GM's Toledo, Ohio, transmission facility.

The newly introduced 2015 Corvette Z06 and C7.R's aluminum frames started producion at the Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant.

Equipment[edit]

Major changes for the 2015 model year, in addition to the reintroduction of the Z06, were limited to the introduction of the 8L90 automatic transaxle (replacing the 6L80 transaxle), as well as the dual mode exhaust becoming standard on Z51 cars.

Performance Data Recorder (PDR)[edit]

Performance Data Recorder includes:[37]

  • A 720p high-definition camera mounted within the windshield header trim, which records the driver's point-of-view through the windshield, with audio recorded via a dedicated microphone in the cabin.
  • A self-contained telemetry recorder. The system uses a dedicated GPS receiver that operates at 5 Hz, five times faster than the in-dash navigation system, for more precise positioning and corner traces. The recorder is also hard-wired into the Stingray's Controller Area Network (CAN) to access vehicle information, ranging from engine speed and transmission-gear selection to braking force and steering-wheel angle.
  • A dedicated SD-card slot in the glove box for recording and transferring video and vehicle data.

The PDR system can record video with three data overlay options, each rendered in real time:

  • Track Mode – shows the maximum level of data on the screen, including speed, rpm, g-force, a location-based map, lap time, and more.
  • Sport Mode – shows fewer details on the overlay, but includes key data including speed and g-force.
  • Touring Mode – no data overlay; it simply records and displays video and audio of the drive.
  • Performance Mode – records performance metrics, such as 0 to 60 mph acceleration, 1/4-mile speed and elapsed time, and 0-100-0 mph runs. The video can be viewed on the Corvette Stingray's eight-inch color touchscreen (when the car is parked), or downloaded to a computer for further editing, and sharing video via social media sites.

The PDR vehicle data can be opened in the included "Cosworth Toolbox" software, which combines Cosworth's professional-level motorsport data analysis with an easy-to-use graphic interface. The Cosworth Toolbox application overlays recorded laps on a Bing-enabled satellite map of the track, and features an easy-to-use interface to compare selected laps in detail, for any requested point on the drive. Comparisons include corner traces, vehicle speed, and cornering force to help drivers improve their driving consistency, and ultimately lap times.

Models and special editions[edit]

In 2015, the 1LT package was available for the Corvette Stingray Coupé and Convertible at a cost of US$54,000 for the Coupé; and US$59,000 for the Convertible.[38]

2015 Corvette Z06, Z07 performance package[edit]

For the 2015 model year, a performance version of the Stingray dubbed the Corvette Z06 was introduced at the North American International Auto Show.[39][40] The Z06 comes with a 6.2 L (376 cu in) supercharged and intercooled LT4 V8 engine with Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads and a 1.7-liter Eaton R1740 TVS Supercharger, which generates 650 bhp (659 PS; 485 kW) @ 6,400 rpm and 650 lb⋅ft (881 N⋅m) @ 3,600 rpm of torque, all of which help the car attain a maximum top speed of 185 mph (298 km/h).[41] The Z06 is available with a Tremec seven-speed manual with rev-matching technology or a Hydramatic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The car also has a removable carbon fiber roof panel, uniquely calibrated SLA-type front and rear suspension design, standard Selective Magnetic Ride Control dampers, standard smart electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) integrated with Electronic stability control and Performance Traction Management systems, 19x10-inch front and 20x12-inch rear spin-cast aluminium wheels on Michelin Pilot Sport P285/30ZR19 front and 335/25ZR20 rear tires, extended fenders by 56 mm (2.20 in) at the front and 80 mm (3.15 in) at the rear, Brembo brakes (371x33mm front and 365x25mm rear two-piece steel disc brakes, aluminum six-piston front and four-piston rear fixed calipers), a front splitter, spats around the front wheel openings, a unique carbon-fiber hood with a larger vent, larger front fender vents and unique air blades over the inlets on the rear fenders, a larger unique rear spoiler, and rear-fascia openings that are larger than that of the Stingray. The redesigned mesh pattern on the front fascia allows for maximum airflow to the supercharger's intercooler heat exchanger, while dedicated brake-cooling intakes and wider grille outlets on the bottom serves as air diffusers. Inside the Z06, there are a choice of 2 magnesium frame seats (GT seat or a Competition Sport seat with more aggressive side bolstering), a steel-reinforced grab bar on the center console for the passenger, soft-touch materials on the edge of the console, and a fully wrapped interior with soft-touch materials (Nappa leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and microsuede depending on the trim level).

The Z07 performance package includes Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 P285/30ZR19 front and 335/25ZR20 rear tires, 394x36mm front and 388x33mm rear carbon ceramic-matrix brake discs, larger winglets on the front splitter, more pronounced side skirts, and an adjustable see-through center section on the rear spoiler.

The optional carbon-fiber aero package (in either black or a visible carbon-fiber finish) adds a carbon fiber front splitter with aviation-style winglets, carbon fiber rocker panels, and a larger rear spoiler with a fixed wickerbill – a small, vertical tab at the edge of the spoiler that significantly increases downforce.

The US model of the Z06 was set to go on sale in January 2015 as a 2015 model year vehicle with a base price of US$78,995.[42][43]

Chevrolet offers buyers of the Z06 an opportunity to personally assemble the engine used in their cars as part of a US$5,000 package.[44]

The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has a power-to-weight ratio of 2.42 kg (5.34 lb) per horsepower.

2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible[edit]

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible (Germany)

The Corvette Z06 Convertible includes a power-folding top that can activate at driving speeds up to 50 km/h (31 mph), as well as repositioned safety-belt mounts.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, alongside the Corvette Z06 Coupé.[45][46]

2015 Corvette Stingray Atlantic Design Package[edit]

The 2015 Corvette Stingray Atlantic Design Package is inspired by the luxury and performance of private jets seen at European vacation destinations.[citation needed] Based on Z51-equipped Corvette Stingray convertibles with 2LT or 3LT trims, changes include a Z06-style front splitter, Shark Gray exterior vents, "stinger" graphic and tonneau inserts on the hood; chrome Torque wheels with Stingray center caps, Stingray underhood liner and floor mats, custom splash guards, rear license plate frame and logo valve stem caps along with custom luggage bags.

2015 Corvette Stingray Pacific Design Package[edit]

The 2015 Corvette Stingray Pacific Design Package is inspired by West Coast drivers who attend weekend track events.[citation needed] Based on the Z51-equipped Corvette Stingray coupe, with 2LT and 3LT trims, changes include choices of 5 body colours (Torch Red, Black, Arctic White, Blade Silver and Shark Gray), satin black full-length racing stripes, satin black Z51 wheels with red stripe and Stingray center caps, "CFZ" carbon fiber ground effect package along with exposed carbon fiber roof panel, Carbon Flash rear spoiler, outside mirrors and exterior badges; red brake calipers, Competition Sport Seats in red or black, carbon fiber interior trim, Stingray sill plates with floor mats; custom splash guards and rear license plate frame and indoor car cover (gray).[47]

Corvette C7.R[edit]

The Corvette Race Team's C7.R at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The racing version of the 2015 Corvette Z06, dubbed the Corvette C7.R, was unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show.[48] Modifications over the Z06 include increased cooling and aerodynamic downforce, including similar front splitters, rocker panels, and front- and rear-brake cooling ducts; a 5.5-litre LS7.R naturally aspirated V8 engine developed specifically for the C7.R producing 491 hp (498 PS; 366 kW), modified suspension system to accommodate wider racing tires and larger brakes, air intake openings on each of the rear quarter panels above the brake ducts, a fixed motorsport rear wing, and larger radiator inlets.[49][50]

2016 model year[edit]

Production[edit]

A mid year production change involves the phasing out of 4 exterior colors and the addition of 1:[51][52]

  • (G1H) Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic phased out December 2015
  • (GXH) Night Race Blue phased out January 2016
  • (G1B) Shark Gray phased out May 2016
  • (G7H) Laguna Blue phased out end of model year 2016.
  • (GTR) In a rare move GM allowed Admiral Blue, a 2017 color to be introduced at the very end of the 2016 production run. A total of 336 Corvettes were painted Admiral Blue – 221 Stingrays and 115 Z06s.

Final 2016 production numbers released July 22, 2016.[53]

Stingray

Coupe

Stingray

Convertible

Z06

Coupe

Z06

Convertible

Totals
Total Model 21,387 5,027 11,543 2,732 40,689
% of total 52.6% 12.4% 28.4% 6.7% 100%

2016 Paint / Trim Combinations[edit]

Color combinations have been presented by the plant at various venues, pictures of these statistics have been posted in public forums [54] and are represented in the tables below.

Stingray[edit]

Blade

Silver

Metallic

Black Arctic

White

Torch

Red

Corvette

Racing

Yellow

Long

Beach

Red

Metallic

Shark

Gray

Night

Race

Blue

Admiral

Blue

Metallic

Daytona

Orange

Laguna

Blue

Total
Jet Black 1,082 3,233 2,233 2,838 1,270 1,081 1,980 274 183 471 1,534 16,179
Adrenaline Red 385 646 2,601 955 8 11 448 13 1 0 40 5,108
Gray 246 110 226 134 44 205 449 135 30 34 508 2,121
Kalahari 34 137 367 194 61 645 375 144 6 141 192 2,296
Brownstone 2 24 14 6 9 31 9 6 1 16 11 129
Twilight Blue 39 0 176 0 0 0 8 34 0 0 0 257
Spice Red 15 0 44 0 0 239 26 0 0 0 0 324
Total 1,803 4,150 5,661 4,127 1,392 2,212 3,295 606 221 662 2,285 26,414

Z06[edit]

Blade

Silver

Metallic

Black Artic

White

Torch

Red

Corvette

Racing

Yellow

Long

Beach

Red

Metallic

Shark

Gray

Night

Race

Blue

Admiral

Blue

Metallic

Daytona

Orange

Laguna

Blue

Total
Jet Black 341 2,200 1,081 1,262 1,212 448 953 87 96 174 854 8,708
Adrenaline Red 256 444 1,272 563 19 12 307 15 2 0 50 2,940
Dark Gray 88 58 85 53 22 108 233 37 11 29 250 974
Kalahari 23 86 111 103 63 268 212 52 3 90 105 1,116
Brownstone 5 5 15 3 8 23 17 6 1 10 14 107
Twilight Blue 28 7 110 0 0 0 13 32 2 0 27 219
Spice Red 11 0 33 0 0 153 14 0 0 0 0 211
Total 752 2,800 2,707 1,983 1,324 1,012 1,749 229 115 303 1,300 14,274

Models and Special Editions[edit]

Twilight Blue Design Package (ZLD)[edit]

Available on 3Lx trim models, the Twilight Blue Design Package includes Twilight Blue full color instrument panel, doors and seats, (EYK) Chrome Badge Package and Shark Gray painted exterior vents. Convertible models include a Blue Top with Shark Gray tonneau inserts. There is also an available tri-color full-length stripe. The package is available with a choice of (G1B) Shark Gray Metallic, (G8G) Arctic White, (GAN) Blade Silver Metallic or (GXH) Night Race Blue Metallic exterior colors.

The 3LT Stingray also includes:

  • (R86) Motorsports polished aluminum wheels - 19" front and 20" rear.
  • (J6A) Black painted calipers
  • Rear lip spoiler on Stingray models without Z51 Performance Package.

The 3LZ Z06 also includes:

  • (Q8U) Z06 10-spoke blade Pearl Nickel-painted aluminum wheels - 19" front and 20" rear.
  • (J6A) Black painted calipers (When ordered with Z07 package, calipers change to (J6D) Dark Gray calipers).

Twilight Blue production numbers released July 22, 2016

Stingray

Coupe

Stingray

Convertible

Z06

Coupe

Z06

Convertible

Totals
Total Model 105 152 43 71 371

Spice Red Design Package (ZLE)[edit]

Available on 3Lx trim models, the Spice Red Design Package includes Spice Red full color interior, (EYK) Chrome Badge Package and Shark Gray painted exterior vents (Long Beach Red exterior color comes with standard Carbon Flash painted exterior vents). Convertible models include a Spice Red Top. The package is available with a choice of (G1E) Long Beach Red, (G1B) Shark Gray Metallic, (G8G) Arctic White or (GAN) Blade Silver Metallic exterior colors.

The 3LT Stingray also includes:

  • (R86) Motorsports polished aluminum wheels - 19" front and 20" rear.
  • Rear spoiler wing on Stingray models without Z51 Performance Package.

The 3LZ Z06 also includes:

  • (Q8U) Z06 10-spoke blade Pearl Nickel-painted aluminum wheels - 19" front and 20" rear.
  • (J6K) Spice Red painted calipers (When ordered with Z07 package, calipers change to (J6D) Dark Gray calipers)

Spice Red production numbers released July 22, 2016

Stingray

Coupe

Stingray

Convertible

Z06

Coupe

Z06

Convertible

Totals
Total Model 128 196 127 84 535

Jet Black Sueded Design Package (ZLG)[edit]

Available on 3Lx trim models, the Jet Black Sueded Design Package includes a Jet black interior with sueded microfiber accents on the instrument panel, doors and seat inserts. Sueded microfiber wrapped steering wheel and shifter, high gloss carbon fiber instrument panel bezel, (EYT) Carbon Flash Badge Package, (J6F) Red brake calipers and a Satin Black hood extractor with a hood stinger graphic. Convertible models include a Black Top. The package is available with a choice of (GBA) Black, (GKZ) Torch Red, (G8G) Arctic White or (GAN) Blade Silver Metallic exterior colors.

The 3LT Stingray also includes:

  • Requires Magnetic Selective Ride Control.
  • (R87) Z51-Style Satin Black Aluminum Wheels w/Red Stripe - 19" front and 20" rear.
  • Rear spoiler wing on Stingray models without Z51 Performance Package.

The 3LZ Z06 also includes:

  • (Q9B) Z06 Satin Black Aluminum Wheels w/Red Stripe - 19" front and 20" rear

Jet Black production numbers released July 22, 2016

Stingray

Coupe

Stingray

Convertible

Z06

Coupe

Z06

Convertible

Totals
Total Model 185 76 143 50 454

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition (ZCR)[edit]

Available only with 3LZ trim, the Z06 C7.R Edition is primarily an appearance package. Interior features include a Jet Black leather trimmed and suede wrapped interior, competition sport seats, suede wrapped steering wheel and shifter, yellow contrast stitching, carbon fiber interior package, C7.R Limited-Edition interior plaque (includes racing victories) and Corvette Racing sill plates. On the exterior, noticeable changes include (Q9C) Black Z06 Wheels with Yellow stripe, Yellow brake calipers, Corvette Racing wheel center caps, visible carbon fiber package, visible carbon fiber hood insert, Spectra Gray grille and vents, C7.R graphics package (hood stripe includes Jake Corvette Racing logo), unique indoor car cover with C7.R Racing Graphics and the Z07 Performance Package with carbon ceramic brakes. The package is available with a choice of (GBA) Black or (GC6) Corvette Racing Yellow exterior colors. It will include its own sequential VIN starting with 700001. Only 500 units were produced.[55]

C7.R production numbers released July 22, 2016

Stingray

Coupe

Stingray

Convertible

Z06

Coupe

Z06

Convertible

Totals
Total Model 0 0 570 80 650

2017 model year[edit]

Production[edit]

Production for the 2017 model year began on July 11, 2016 and ended on May 29, 2017 with the 2018 model year production officially beginning the following week.

Final 2017 production numbers were released on June 9, 2017.[56]

Stingray

Coupe

Stingray

Convertible

Grand Sport

Coupe

Grand Sport

Convertible

Z06

Coupe

Z06

Convertible

Totals
Total Model 11,253 2,298 9,912 2,046 6,197 1,076 32,782
% of total 34.3% 7.0% 30.2% 6.2% 18.9% 3.3% 100%

2017 Paint / Trim Combinations[edit]

Color combinations have been presented by the plant at various venues, pictures of these statistics have been posted in public forums [57] and are represented in the tables below.

Stingray[edit]

Blade

Silver

Metallic

Black Artic

White

Torch

Red

Corvette

Racing

Yellow*

Long

Beach

Red

Metallic*

Watkins

Glen

Gray

Metallic

Admiral

Blue

Metallic

Black

Rose

Metallic*

Sterling

Blue

Metallic

Total
Jet Black 904 1,774 1,243 1,570 548 544 1,134 761 345 229 9,052
Adrenaline Red 113 315 1,095 406 3 1 162 11 0 11 2,117
Gray 147 72 165 133 22 109 250 231 76 152 1,357
Kalahari 9 58 134 80 20 279 122 68 123 5 898
Twilight Blue 3 0 33 0 0 0 6 8 0 12 62
Spice Red 3 0 14 0 0 43 5 0 0 0 65
Total 1,179 2,219 2,684 2,189 593 976 1,679 1,079 544 409 13,551

Grand Sport[edit]

Blade

Silver

Metallic

Black Arctic

White

Torch

Red

Corvette

Racing

Yellow*

Long

Beach

Red

Metallic*

Watkins

Glen

Gray

Metallic

Admiral

Blue

Metallic

Black

Rose

Metallic*

Sterling

Blue

Metallic

Total
Jet Black 284 1,205 765 1,003 388 319 1,104 1,121 227 191 6,607
Adrenaline Red 148 317 1,078 393 2 4 296 77 2 25 2,342
Gray 96 44 91 33 14 64 211 177 59 163 952
Kalahari 7 58 116 52 18 218 144 76 177 6 872
Twilight Blue 6 0 45 0 0 0 31 20 0 17 119
Spice Red 11 0 34 0 0 62 24 0 0 0 131
Tension Blue 0 0 0 0 0 0 935 0 0 0 935
Total 552 1,624 2,129 1,481 422 667 2,745 1,471 465 465 11,958

Z06[edit]

Blade

Silver

Metallic

Black Artic

White

Torch

Red

Corvette

Racing

Yellow*

Long

Beach

Red

Metallic*

Watkins

Glen

Gray

Metallic

Admiral

Blue

Metallic

Black

Rose

Metallic*

Sterling

Blue

Metallic

Total
Jet Black 192 1,166 618 637 329 177 978 380 186 51 4,714
Adrenaline Red 107 264 609 252 5 1 153 22 4 6 1,423
Kalahari 4 26 50 38 10 86 95 28 78 6 421
Dark Gray 51 36 39 24 12 43 142 68 56 28 499
Twilight Blue 8 3 38 0 0 0 17 20 0 19 105
Spice Red 12 0 32 0 0 54 13 0 0 0 111
Total 374 2,219 1,386 951 356 976 1,398 518 324 110 7,273

Colors marked with * indicates that those are premium paint options when ordering. An additional $495 for Black Rose Metallic and an additional $995 for Corvette Racing Yellow or Long Beach Red Metallic.

Models and Special Editions[edit]

Grand Sport (Z15)[edit]

In April 2016, at the Geneva Auto Show, Tadge Juechter, the chief engineer on the C7, introduced the new Grand Sport model for 2017.[58] The Grand Sport is a hybrid of the Z51 Stingray and the Z06; sharing much of the wide body work of the Z06 (except the hood) with the Z51 LT1 dry sump engine creating a track car. Highlights of the cars configuration are;

  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires: 285/30ZR19 (front) and 335/25ZR20 (rear)
  • Specific Grand Sport wheel design: 19x10 inches (front) and 20x12 inches (rear)
  • Brembo brake system with (355 mm) 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers in front and (340 mm) 13.4 inch rotors and four-piston calipers in the rear
  • Standard magnetic ride control, specific stabilizer bars and unique springs
  • Standard electronic limited-slip differential
  • LT1 V8 engine rated at (343 kW) 460 hp, with dry-sump oiling system and active exhaust
  • Seven-speed manual transmission with active rev match and available eight-speed paddle-shift automatic with specific performance calibration
  • Available Z07 package adds carbon ceramic-matrix brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires.

Grand Sport models are offered with the Stingray’s full exterior and interior color palette as a Convertible or Coupe with either a 7-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission.

An available Heritage Package (Z15) includes ;

  • Interior brushed aluminum hash marks
  • Floor mats with Grand Sport logo (must also order fender hash marks in:
    • Hyper Green
    • Yellow
    • Volcano Orange
    • Torch Red
    • Gray
    • Carbon Flash Metallic

Grand Sport Heritage production numbers

Stingray

Coupe

Stingray

Convertible

Grand Sport

Coupe

Grand Sport

Convertible

Z06

Coupe

Z06

Convertible

Totals
Total Model 0 0 3,300 563 0 0 3,863

Grand Sport Collector Edition (Z25)[edit]

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Collector Edition #43
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Collector Edition #43

As part of the introduction of the Grand Sport in Geneva, Switzerland, Chevrolet also announced a Grand Sport Collector Edition, which was to be limited to 1,000 vehicles in total and only 850 for the US Market.[58] Final production numbers show 784 Coupes and 151 Convertibles were built; 935 total.[56] The $4,995 Z25 Option Package was a cosmetic upgrade that contained some unique features that were only available in the Z25 package, including;

  • (20A) Tension Blue fender hash-marks
  • (246) Two-tone Tension Blue leather seating surfaces with an embossed Grand Sport Logo graphic on the seat headrest
  • (37S) Blue custom leather stitching, including the quilted roof liner
  • (CFY) Serialized edition numbered dash plaque
  • (VYW) Premium carpeted floor mats with the Grand Sport Logo

Base MSRP pricing (USD) for the Collector Edition;

  • Coupe Manual: $81,185
  • Coupe Automatic: $82,910
  • Convertible Manual: $85,185
  • Convertible Automatic: $86,910

The registry for the Grand Sport Collector Edition has collected specific production configurations and some details of specific and unique vehicles in the series.[59]

Grand Collector Edition production numbers

Stingray

Coupe

Stingray

Convertible

Grand Sport

Coupe

Grand Sport

Convertible

Z06

Coupe

Z06

Convertible

Totals
Total Model 0 0 784 151 0 0 935

Twilight Blue Design Package (ZLD)[edit]

Twilight Blue Design package production numbers

Stingray

Coupe

Stingray

Convertible

Grand Sport

Coupe

Grand Sport

Convertible

Z06

Coupe

Z06

Convertible

Totals
Total Model 33 29 71 48 19 31 231

Spice Red Design Package (ZLE)[edit]

Spice Red Design Package production numbers

Stingray

Coupe

Stingray

Convertible

Grand Sport

Coupe

Grand Sport

Convertible

Z06

Coupe

Z06

Convertible

Totals
Total Model 34 31 84 47 75 36 307

Jet Black Suede Design Package (ZLG)[edit]

Jet Black Design Package production numbers

Stingray

Coupe

Stingray

Convertible

Grand Sport

Coupe

Grand Sport

Convertible

Z06

Coupe

Z06

Convertible

Totals
Total Model 29 10 77 33 98 23 270

2018 model year[edit]

Production[edit]

2018 model year production officially began the week of June 5. Production was discontinued at the end of July due to the plant shut down for 13 weeks (through October 2017). This shut down was for the new paint plant upgrades which include changes to the plant tour routes to include the paint plant along with the addition of a new assembly plant for the newly launched ZR1 model. Plant tours will be suspended for 18 months as a result of this shut down. All orders placed after June 12, 2017 were not built until the plant restarted in November 2017. Stingray, Grand Sport and Z06 models continued into 2018 model year while the ZR1 model was announced for the 2019 model year.

The 2018 model year ended on January 26, 2018. Final production year totals were released on January 4, 2018 which show a total of 9,686 built. The shortened model year total is the lowest since 1959.[60]

Stingray

Coupe

Stingray

Convertible

Grand Sport

Coupe

Grand Sport

Convertible

Z06

Coupe

Z06

Convertible

Totals
Total Model 3,068 735 2,569 512 2,353 449 9,686
% of total 31.7% 7.6% 26.5% 5.3% 24.3% 4.6% 100%

Models and Special Editions[edit]

Carbon 65 Edition (Z30)[edit]

Commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Corvette, Chevrolet announced the Carbon 65 limited edition for the 2018 model year.[61] This edition will be limited to 650 vehicles globally, bringing together all of the current carbon fiber exterior elements (and a few new ones) with the new Ceramic Matrix Gray exterior color. This will be available on Grand Sport 3LT and Z06 3LZ trims in both convertible and coupe bodies. The Carbon 65 Edition option packages adds $15,000 USD to the MSRP of the vehicle and includes the following;

  • Ceramic Matrix Gray exterior (blue top on Convertibles)
  • Unique fender stripes and door graphics
  • Black wheels with machined grooves paired with summer-only tires* (Cup-style wheels for Grand Sport and Blade-style wheels for Z06)
  • Blue brake calipers
  • Visible carbon-fiber ground effects, hood section and roof (Coupe models) or tonneau inserts (Convertible models)
  • New visible carbon-fiber spoiler (all models) and quarter intake ducts (Coupe)
  • Center caps with Carbon logo
  • Carbon Flash badges and outside mirrors
  • Jet Black suede-wrapped interior with blue stitching
  • Carbon-fiber steering wheel rim and gloss carbon-fiber interior trim
  • Competition Sport seats
  • Carbon 65 Edition sill plates

2019 model year[edit]

ZR1[edit]

The Corvette C7 ZR1 was unveiled at the 2017 Dubai Motor Show for the 2019 model year. The ZR1 is heavily based on the Z06 platform with many noticeable changes, including the all-new 6.2 L; 376.0 cu in (6,162 cc) pushrod LT5 V8 engine equipped with a 2.6 L (0.6 imp gal; 0.7 US gal) Eaton supercharger that is 52% larger than that of the Z06 along with a new fuel injection system. The new engine produces 755 hp (765 PS; 563 kW) at 6300 rpm and 715 lb⋅ft (969 N⋅m) of torque at 4400 rpm.[62] The ZR1 also includes an improved engine cooling system with large cooling vents in the front bumpers, vents on the bonnet and a larger intercooler. The cooling system also adds 4 more radiators bringing the total count to 13. Due to the large supercharger and intercooler, an opening is made in the bonnet but is concealed by making the intercooler cover in such a way that it looks like a part of the bonnet. The ZR1's aero package has been developed in collaboration with Pratt & Miller's Corvette racing team in wind tunnels which includes a large rear wing bolted directly on the chassis, a front splitter and a new front underbody spoiler in order to balance out the excess drag. A fixed wing was added after the engineers at Corvette Racing discovered that an active rear wing serves no more than an aesthetic purpose. Other changes include an active exhaust system and an upgraded crankshaft, all of which help propel the car to a top speed of 214.88 mph (345.82 km/h)[63] with the low rear wing. The optional aero package available for the ZR1 is the ZTK performance package which adds a higher fixed rear wing with five degrees of adjustment levels and generates 60% more downforce than the Z06 with the Z07 package but also reduces top speed due to aerodynamic drag, the ZTK performance package also adds a new carbon fiber front splitter end caps for added downforce. With the combination of the high rear wing and front underbody spoiler, the ZR1 produces 950 lb (430.9 kg) of downforce at top speed. The ZR1 is also fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires instead of the standard Michelin Super Sport tires in the ZTK performance package and specific chassis and magnetic ride control settings for better cornering. Besides the extensive use of carbon fiber, the ZR1 is heavier than the Z06 at 3,560 lb (1,614.8 kg) due to added fluids for the cooling system. The car has a power-to-weight ratio of 2.14 kg (4.72 lb) per horsepower. The ZR1 is available with a 7-speed Tremec TR-6070 manual transmission with rev-matching technology or an 8-speed GM 8L90 automatic transmission with paddle shifters which are the same as those found in the Z06. The ZR1 comes with larger tires and wheels, carbon ceramic brakes, double wishbone suspension system and magnetic ride control system as standard with optional brake caliper colors and wheels. The interior includes Nappa leather upholstery, heated seats, carbon fiber rimmed steering wheel and Bose sound system as standard with a variety of performance and comfort options available. The ZR1 will be available for sale in the spring of 2018 with a price tag starting from $120,000.[64]

Corvette ZR1 convertible at the 2018 NYIAS

A convertible version of the ZR1 was revealed at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Performance figures remain the same as the coupé but the convertible weighs 60 lb (27 kg) more than its coupé counterpart due to structural reinforcing components.[65]

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