GM did the Corvette aftermarket no favors by releasing the 2014 Corvette Stingray just weeks ahead of the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. But despite the minimal prep time, Vette-parts manufacturers managed to cook up an appealing, if limited, menu of speed parts for the all-new C7. Let’s take a look at some of them, along with a few fresh morsels for older models as well.
Look for a full roundup of new-at-SEMA Corvette parts in an upcoming issue of VETTE.
Edelbrock E-Force Supercharger
While Edelbrock admitted that its E-Force Stingray kit wasn’t quite ready to ship, we were duly impressed that the company managed to assemble this working prototype in the limited time allotted. Look for the finished product to drop early next year, and to make well over 600 (crank) hp on an otherwise-stock C7.
Trick Flow Specialties
TFS showed off two new cylinder heads for LS engines: an LS7 GenX 260 (shown) and a “Porter’s Casting” C5-R. The former promises better flow (and power) than the already-excellent stock piece, while the latter brings real race-engine cachet to the street market.
Planning to put more power through your seven-speed Stingray’s driveline? McLeod’s Street Twin clutch might be right for you. It’s claimed to handle up to 1,000 hp, while still offering a light pedal and smooth engagement.
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering
LPE wowed passersby with its blown LT1 crate engine, said to be good for 720 hp. As you might expect, the longtime Corvette tuner has much more on the way, with items ranging from camshafts to stroker packages.
Chevy Performance Parts
While the Stingray Grand Turismo in our lead photo and other C7 concept cars garnered the bulk of the attention in the GM display, we were more interested in the “LT1 Concept Crate Engine” being shown in the adjacent CPP area. Cagey nomenclature aside, we’re confident the ‘ray’s new DI mill will become available through Chevy dealers in the months ahead.
The big news from ProCharger these days is the availability of its innovative i-1 system for C6 applications, but we thought this newly available black-powdercoat finish (shown here on a Mustang GT) was pretty trick too. After all, who said blowers have to be shiny?
Wheels are among the first items Corvette owners tend to swap out post purchase, so it should come as no surprise that we espied several fresh C7-compatible designs--including this one from HRE--in the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
On a related note, we’re told Continental will be entering the late-model-Corvette tire market in the very near future, a welcome development given the current paucity of offerings in that segment.
Exhausting the Possibilities
If any modification is more popular than wheels, it’s exhaust systems. And, indeed, we unearthed a trove of C7-compatible setups from Borla (shown), B&B, Corsa, and others, along with a full headers-to-tips kit on display in the Kook’s booth.