Chevrolet firmly established the Corvette’s performance credentials in 1957, giving it the power to match the improved handling and refined styling, the latter judged by many as the most aesthetically pleasing of the early Corvettes. The Corvette engine was bumped from 265 cubic inches to 283, with a corresponding increase in baseline power from 195 HP to a full 220 HP. Buyers could choose from a virtual smorgasbord of engine choices, including the dual carbureted version powering this show-stopping 1957 Corvette convertible.
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This multiple award-winning 1957 Chevrolet Corvette is one of the first production Corvettes fitted with Rochester fuel injection, making it a player in one of the most interesting chapters in Corvette history. As the 1957 model year loomed, newly promoted GM vice president and Chevrolet general manager Ed Cole was not happy.
Perhaps in another dimension, this car could have existed on the original GM Motorama circuit. The thought of ‘prototype show car’ quickly comes to mind when first viewing this 1965 Corvette convertible, finished in rich Silver with Black accents. In keeping with the old-school custom ideas, it features shaved door handles, shaved head-lamp covers, and stack-style injection. However, the way-back machine accelerates right back into the 21st century when the details of this special performance car are unveiled. Created during a two-year, professional body-off restoration, it blends the past to the present. The big-block engine displaces a healthy 572 CI, featuring aluminum heads, body color engine paint, and billet fuel injection equipment.
1963 was a watershed year for the Corvette. Production hit 21,513 – split quite evenly between the new “roadster” and stunning coupe design from Larry Shinoda under the direction of Bill Mitchell, with the now infamous (and valuable) split rear window design. Subsequent model year Vettes added the new knock off wheels (1964), the 396 “big block” V8 (1965), and then in 1966, the 427, 430 HP L-88 model, ultimately one of the most collectible Corvettes ever.
To balance performance and efficiency, the Z06 leverages the same trio of advanced technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray – direct injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing – and leverages them with a new, more efficient supercharger. Combined with the fuel-efficient transmissions, aerodynamic design and lightweight construction, they help make the new Z06 surprisingly frugal.
Corvette Stingray’s provocative exterior styling is as functional as it is elegant. It makes a bold design statement that embraces the advanced technology of the car, while enhancing its overall performance in everything from the wind tunnel to the track.
Lighting is a signature element of the Corvette Stingray’s design and reinforces its high-tech aesthetic. At the front, indirect white LED lamps form a distinctive daytime styling cue. They are set in black-chrome lamp housings with standard HID projector headlamps. The turn signals feature edge-lit amber LED lighting.
This custom project is labeled “Made in Germany”: and centers around a new widebody aerodynamic kit, made largely from carbon fiber. At the front, this starts with a new bumper, spoiler and cup wings. Meanwhile, the back is dominated by massive quad exhaust sitting inside a carbon fiber diffuser skirt.
The PDR700 also brings fresh side skirts and flared wheel arches. All the parts are designed to fit the new Corvette Stingray C7. We’ve calculated that the body kit alone would set you back €7,050, not including installation or paint.
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has been rated at 650 horsepower, which means that it is the most powerful production car that General Motors have ever produced. It is powered by the Supercharged LT4 V-8 engine that has been SAE-certified at 650 horsepower (485 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque (881 Nm) at 3,600 rpm. In fact, the new Z06 engine delivers 40 percent more peak torque (180 lb-ft / 244 Nm) than the previous-generation’s 7.0L LS7; as well as 7.5 percent more than the supercharged 2013 Corvette ZR1′s 604 lb-ft (819 Nm).
At 3,200 rpm, the new LT4 surpasses the LS7 by 208 lb-ft of torque (252 Nm). On the horsepower side of the graph, the LT4′s 650-hp rating is 29 percent greater than the LS7′s 505 horsepower (376 kW), and 12 horses more than the ZR1′s LS9 engine.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Atlantic Convertible and Pacific Coupe debuted at first as concept vehicles at the SEMA show last year. Now, the design packages are prepared to enhance the production 2015 Stingray, due to a strong response from enthusiasts. Both versions are to be offered onto the Z51-equipped convertibles, and will be available in the 2LT or 3LT trims.
The package in the luxury GT-focused Atlantic Convertible includes front Z06-style splitter; Shark Gray exterior vents, hood “stinger” graphic and tonneau inserts; 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 and custom luggage.
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible was just introduced. Like its coupe sibling it delivers 625 horsepower (466 kW) and 861 Nm (635 lb-ft) of torque, making it the most powerful convertible ever produced by Chevrolet. The car is built on an aluminum structure, which is 20 percent stiffer than the previous. Its curb weight is nearly identical to the Z06 coupe. Both cars share the same chassis tuning, powertrain output, driver technologies and equipment options, including the Z07 Performance Package. The latter adds Brembo carbon-ceramic matrix brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires and adjustable front- and rear-aerodynamic components.
Corvette Z06 Convertible features an electronic top that can be lowered remotely via key fob. The top can also open or close on the go, at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h). The thick fabric top is offered in four colors along with sound-absorbing padding and a glass rear window. Behind the seat backs there are dual accent panels in either Carbon Flash-painted or with exposed carbon fiber.