‘ Vette Has Tech, Too

Gary S. Vasilash

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.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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?