Friday, March 8, 2013

Midlife crisis? New Corvette convertible unveiled

Midlife crisis? New Corvette convertible unveiled
Paul A. Eisenstein, the Detroit Bureau 11 clock.

It was the star of the hometown car show now motor hopes General but to prove that his new seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette international broadcasting has, how it up on the so-called "C7" is, by the introduction of the convertible Edition of next week Geneva Motor Show.

Although a few hazy last "spy shots" in the weeks to come up, these are the first official pictures of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, and they reveal that GM designers and engineers went very far, to maintain the distinct shape of the Coupe, which was first introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.

In fact, Tadge Jadhav, senior engineer on the C7 Corvette program, stressed in conversation with, that "the convertible in mind designed." That is different than the way GM and many other auto manufacturers have been developing an advertising traditionally approached.

All too often, they start with a Coupe and then way find the roof panels. But that weakens the entire vehicle platform, something clearly sports car, which supports the introduction of significant and bracing shall not in a required. With 2014 Corvette convertible but there essentially added nothing. Even Jackie said, is the basic model of the C7 Droptop 20% stiffer than the old hardtop Coupe version of the more powerful Corvette Z06.

There is a modest gain in weight, he acknowledged, because of the wrinkles on the roof rails and the motor drive system. Specific details are not released to Geneva, but the new convertible is expected to be served with a single button and is looking can be raised and lowered during the movement slowly. When you consider that competitive convertible sports cars like the Porsche 911 can operate convertible in less than 20 seconds, the new C7 convertible is probably faster, just be.

Chevrolet plans a range of Corvette Coupe variants finally as in the past with the camp hardtop shown in Detroit, and a more powerful Z06 and a track ready-ZR1 follow in the next few years, according to various sources. It is still not clear whether the Detroit manufacturer offer several versions of the convertible, but that seems very likely.

Chevrolet marked the last year - and the 60th anniversary - the Corvette nameplate by the introduction of a tire-shredding version of the last generation, "C6" ' Vette. Dubbed the Grand sport, it was the most powerful version of the 2-seater, which ever produced 430 HORSEPOWER and 424 pound-feet of torque.

When starting the new C7 convertible of the same Powertrain as the share new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe, meaning that it lb-ft would run sports 450 HORSEPOWER and 450 more power than the Grand. And although slightly heavier than the hardtop, the al-fresco Edition should also deliver 0-60 time of 4 seconds or less.

All that is fine, but why go to Geneva to introduce that the new Chevrolet Corvette convertible rather than say, wait less than a month, and while the last of the big US car of the season show above in New York shows?

The answer has to do with changes in the essence of the Chevy itself. While you think of him as "the heartbeat of America," perhaps as it is long settled, the modern reality that all three Chevrolet products outside are sold almost two of North America this year. In an otherwise retrenching European automotive market, it is one of the few growing Marques. It is an increasingly powerful player in China and the bowtie brand traditionally is one of the most powerful in Latin America as well.

While many of these markets have unique products, such as for example the Captiva crossover, we don't see even in the States the Corvette was as much a show car for Chevrolet abroad as at home. And with GM's largest brand with the aim of the C7 remake of "America's sports car" make a truly global competitors, to their own turf takes targeting exotics such as far afield as Porsche and even Ferrari, Geneva in the fight.

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