‘ Vette Has Tech, Too

The 2014 Corvette Stingray has to be more than a superbly performing sports car, meaning that there has to be more to it than an exceedingly impressive powertrain setup (e.g., 450-hp LT1 V8 and all-new seven-speed manual with active rev matching) and an advanced utilization of materials throughout (e.g., carbon fiber hood and removable roof panels on coupes; composite fenders, doors and rear quarters; aluminum frame), it must also have state-of-the-art tech for the driver.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray has to be more than a superbly performing sports car, meaning that there has to be more to it than an exceedingly impressive powertrain setup (e.g., 450-hp LT1 V8 and all-new seven-speed manual with active rev matching) and an advanced utilization of materials throughout (e.g., carbon fiber hood and removable roof panels on coupes; composite fenders, doors and rear quarters; aluminum frame), it must also have state-of-the-art tech for the driver.

Which is why the advanced cluster display in the car, an eight-inch liquid crystal display, can be configured by the driver as conditions require.

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First know that there are three analog gauges for speed, fuel level and engine-coolant temp. But then there are 10 specific profiles than can be selected to show the information that the driver would be interested in under various circumstances:

1. Tour theme – Displayed when the Stingray is in Weather, Eco, or Tour drive mode. Provides essential information for commuting or long-distance driving.

2. Sport theme When in Sport mode, this has a single, radial tachometer dominating the display

3. Track theme – Based on the cluster of the Corvette Racing C6.R. Features a “hockey stick” style tachometer, large gear indicator and shift lights

4. Adjustable redline – Available for all themes. Shows the suggested maximum engine speed as low as 3,500 rpm when the engine is cold

5. Tachometer ‘halo’ – The Sport theme features a ring around the tachometer that glows from yellow to amber to red as engine rpms increase

6. Shift lights When in Track, shift lights illuminate from the outside-in, transition from green to yellow to blue and flash at redline providing an easy-to-see shift notification at high speeds

7. Friction-bubble/cornering force – Displays lateral and longitudinal G-forces

8. Tire temperature gauge – Leveraging the existing Tire Pressure Monitoring System, this patented system informs the driver as the tires warm up from cold to warm to hot.

9. Acceleration timer – The interactive timer features programmable start/end speeds, which enable drivers to measure any acceleration run.

10. Lap timer – Shows current, previous and best lap times.

Here’s a question: how many Stingray owners are going to be switching from one mode to another versus the number of those who are going to engage the clutch and simply GO?