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An Overview of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

The 8th Generation of the Iconic Corvette has arrived. After waiting for, what seemed like an eternity, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette has made its debut. As the spy shots have predicted, the eighth generation of America’s iconic sports car is a revolutionary vehicle, which shreds many of the ideas of what a Corvette should be. 

There is also the fact that the C8 Corvette Stingray has a mid-engine design. Corvette fans refer to the different periods of the car by the generation number of the vehicle. Hence, why the new version is the C8 Corvette, while the current model is the C7.

Over the 66-year history, the seven older age group of the ‘Vette have been front-engine designs, with a mile-long hood which covers the potent engines. Chevy has stated the front-engine layout had extended its peak of performance with the C7 Corvette. For the first time, the engine has been moved behind the seats in the 2020 Corvette. 

The Stingray coupe is one of the first new Corvettes to launch. Many believe that it will be followed by higher-performance variants and a convertible. It’s the first corvette that will also be built with right-hand drive, so the rest of the world can experience America’s affordable supercar. 

The Corvette gets a new shape with the original Corvette design having a shape inspired by the aeronautical advancements. In keeping with the tradition, the plan for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is encouraged by the F-35 Lightning II fighter jets and F-22 Raptor. The lines are curvy and crisp, with a dramatic profile. 

The design elements that show the C8 is a descendant of the C7 Corvette, as well as the body’s proportions, are drastically different. Gone is the Corvette’s signature long hood. An aggressively sculpted short hood has replaced it, and the cabin has been moved ahead by 16.5 inches. 

The sides of the new Corvette C8 are dominated by massive air intakes that look like they could have come from a Ferrari LaFerrari or Ford GT. Those air intakes are needed to feed the V8 that’s located behind the cabin, forward of the rear wheels. That V8 is visible below a large rear window that displays the powerplant like a fierce zoo animal. 

There is only one engine for now, but it’s potent. Chevrolet made a splash at the recent Corvette C8 introduction when they announced the base Stingray model’s engine. It will come with a 6.2-liter small-block LT2 V8 engine that produces 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when it’s equipped with the optional performance exhaust. 

That’s 40 horsepower more than the LT1 V8 in the current C7 Corvette Stingray, and the most ever provided in a base Corvette. It is the only non-turbo- or supercharged V8 in the class. According to Chevy, a C8 Stingray equipped with the Z51 package will launch from zero to 60 mph in less than three seconds.

Of course, you won’t find traditional door handles to break up the Corvette’s lines. They’re hidden at the front edge of the air intake since the engine is on display through the rear window, Chevy designed every visible part with an appearance in mind. They refer to the engine as a “jewel in the center” of the car.

It has an updated infotainment system. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will include the company’s most advanced infotainment system, supported by an all-new electrical system that permits higher-resolution touch screens and lightning-fast data transmission. An 8-inch infotainment touch screen comes standard. 

Chevy says the new wiring architecture will support over-the-air updates and has been designed with cybersecurity in mind. The new system can be outfitted with an advanced Performance Data Recorder (PDR). It monitors vehicle data and matches it with video from a forward-facing camera.

When it’s not used as an analysis tool, the camera acts like a traditional dashcam, triggered each time the car starts or when it’s put in valet mode. To help avoid damaging the Corvette’s massive wheels, buyers can add a curb-view camera. 

Every Corvette available features a 12-inch customizable panel display and other new advanced features to the model. A wireless phone charger is available. Buyers with smartphones that can perform Bluetooth pairing can put their phone near an available near-field communication spot on the dash.

The C8 Corvette’s voice recognition system, according to Chevrolet, will learn as you go. The available navigation system features improved real-time traffic updates, though they’re redundant if you use Waze with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. There’s also an available full-color head-up display project driving information into the driver’s line of sight.

You can search the inventory of Chevrolet Corvette’s at Miami Lakes Automall.  Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

Photo Credit: motor1.com

 

Say Goodbye to the Manual Transmission on the Chevrolet Corvette C8

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

The stick shift days on a Corvette may be numbered indeed. General Motors revealed the redesigned Corvette on July 18th with eye-popping new features such as an engine that is situated under the vehicle’s midsection, instead of being under the hood, which maximizes speed. What doesn’t it have? A manual transmission.

The 2020 Corvette Stingray will have an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that will provide lightning-fast shifts and excellent power transfers, Chevrolet has stated. It’s matched with an “electronic transmission range selector,” which removes the mechanical connection between the transmission and shift stick. It will also incorporate paddle shifters for those who want to design their vehicle to their specifications. 

A dual-clutch transmission is conclusively a manual. Drivers don’t need to fumble for the clutch and use their hands to switch gears when driving the car. The old-school stick shift that defined what the modern vehicles were in the early years is gone with the C8 Corvette.

This has been a long-time rumor, but it won’t make it any easier for the stick-shift loyalists. But the loyalists out there are a “loud minority,” said Karl Brauer, executive publisher of car information and buying sites for Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book. Some enthusiasts might “make all sorts of screams and noises” about the change, but essentially “it’s just getting harder and harder to justify a manual transmission given the low volume,” Brauer said.

The new mid-engined Corvette steps up its pursuit of the Porsche and Ferrari. Entry-level version features a massive 6.2-liter V8 LT2 engine with 495 hp, and 637 Nm of torque and the crankshaft sits at 2.5 cm lower to the ground. The LT2 now uses an engine-mounted dry sump oil system, and three scavenge pumps.

For the first time, the Corvette will not be offered with a manual gearbox. Chevrolet has instead opted to use a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), designed in collaboration with TREMEC. It features a double-paddle de-clutch feature which disconnects the clutch by holding both paddles.

Performance is expected to be blistering. Corvette will offer an optional Z51 package which gives an improved passive suspension system with manually adjustable springs, larger brake rotors, improved cooling, specific axle ratio, and a performance exhaust. Going 60 mph should take just 3 seconds.

The chassis will remain aluminum in preference to the carbon fiber monocoques that have become ordinary for mid-engined supercars now. The chassis will be 137 mm in length over the Corvette C7, which is an extra 56 mm in width. It will be offered in right and left-hand drive variations.

When it comes to design, the Corvette will get a low profile headlamp and the hidden door handles will ensure that the lines are not disturbed. Larger side air intakes were imperative for the vehicle. Chevrolet has chosen a small rear spoiler to complement the front spoiler which adds 180 kg of downforce.

The main functions inside are especially driver-oriented. The entire cockpit sits 42 cm further forward and it features a line of buttons that run along with the center console towards a central monitor. The steering wheel has been stationed to validate an unobstructed view of the 12-inch digital cluster.

The leather finishes come standard with Corvette choosing to use real metal wherever it’s possible. The stainless steel speaker grills cover a Bose audio system and carbon-fiber trim are also available as an option. There are three seat options which are available with GT1 offering the most comfort, GT2 an intermediate opportunity and Competition Sport focussed on performance.

Twelve exterior colors will also be made available with six interior themes, two stitching patterns, and six-seat belt colors. As for availability, there have been no details that have been confirmed; however, we know that production will begin late 2019. The Corvette will be offered both stateside, and in Europe for the first time as well.

You can search the inventory of Chevrolet Corvette’s at Miami Lakes Automall.  Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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You Might See (or Hear) These New Chevrolets in Miami

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
New Corvette Grand Sport Miami Lakes

New Corvette Grand Sport Miami Lakes

Don’t be surprised if you see a new Corvette driving down the streets in Miami. Chevrolet has released two awesome new 2017 Chevrolet Corvette models and you are bound to see them rollin’ down Biscayne or Ocean Drive. And after you see one, there is a good chance that you may be the next person with a new Chevrolet Corvette in Miami.

2017 Chevy Corvette Stingray

The Chevy Corvette Stingray was officially released in 1963, and the 2017 model is just as beautiful and it is more powerful. From the little details in the design and style to the extra performance features for handling and power, the new Corvette Stingray is a true beast.

Equipped with a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine under the hood, that produces 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque and helps the Corvette Stingray to achieve its impressive acceleration of 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds.

To help reign in all of its horses, the Corvette Stingray is fitted with performance features like electric power steering, Brembo brakes, Michelin Pilot Super and Sport Zero Pressure tires. The Corvette Stingray also has features like an aluminum space frame, low beams with a single light engine, edge-lit LED turn signals framed in black chrome housing, four-element taillamps, high-mounted stop lamp, and an aerodynamic rear spoiler all give it a stealth yet sleek appearance. (more…)