It's not news that 2014 is bringing in a new and incredible Chevrolet Corvette - one that is so technologically advanced and beautiful, that the word "Corvette" has newfound meaning. As Super Chevy brings you more updates about certain aspects of the Stingray, we hope you've been able to build the car in your head - like an experience before an actual experience. So here's another feature of the Vette to add to your neuro-build that will blow your mind.
The 2014 Corvette's cluster display can provide up to 69 unique sources of information - yes, you read that right: 69. Anything and everything from an interactive performance timer to a tire tread temperature display are right in front of you. All of the information is easily accessible via three configurable modes on the bright display, which prioritize information for use during daily commutes, weekend escapes and adventures, and track events.
Three analog gauges flank the center liquid-crystal display screen, which display the speed, fuel level, and engine temperature readings. The center screen is organized into Sport, Tour, and Track themes that can be changed using the Driver Mode Selector. The display themes each serve a different function to match specific driving scenarios, which can be configured through applications that can be found in the "app tray."
"The new Corvette Stingray features many advanced technologies, so our challenge when designing the driver's displays was to ensure that those technologies could be easily found in common driving scenarios," said Jason Stewart, General Motors interaction designer.
"The Touring theme places more emphasis on multimedia and infotainment; the Sport theme emphasizes performance features with a prominent shift indicator and a large radial tachometer; Track theme offers a race-inspired layout containing a sweeping tachometer, Corvette racing inspired shift lights and permanent lap-time displays," Stewart said. "Each of these three themes can also be configured so that drivers can personalize their experience in the Stingray."
Listed are 10 configurable display features to maximize the Stingray's capabilities:
1. Tour theme - This theme is displayed when the Corvette is in Weather, Eco, or Tour drive mode. It is the most modern display, which provides essential vehicle information that drivers want for commuting or long-distance driving, and it also includes multimedia displays.
2. Sport theme - When the Corvette is put into Sport mode, this theme is displayed and is designed to recall the classic sports-car experience, with a single, radial tachometer dominating the display.
3. Track theme - Inspired by the cluster of the Corvette Racing C6.R, this theme prioritizes the information vital for a successful track outing, including a "hockey stick" style tachometer, large gear indicator and shift lights.
4. Adjustable redline - All of the themes listed feature an adjustable redline, which 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 cool ring around the tachometer that glows and changes colors, from yellow to amber to red, as engine RPM increase.
6. Shift lights - The track theme features shift lights influenced by the C6.R, which illuminate from the outside-in. The lights transition from green to yellow to blue and then flash at redline to provide an easy-to-see shift notification at high speeds.
7. Friction-bubble/cornering force - The friction bubble that displays lateral and longitudinal G-forces allows drivers to measure how close they are to their Stingray's limits.
8. Tire temperature gauge - Leveraging the existing Tire Pressure Monitoring System, this patented system informs the driver of the heat of the tires, as hot tires are optimal for peak grip and track performance.
9. Acceleration timer - The interactive timer features programmable start/end speeds, which enable drivers to measure any acceleration run, from a traditional 0-60 mph to acceleration from 70-100 mph in top gear.
10. Lap timer - Shows current, previous and best lap times, enabling drivers to measure their consistency while lapping a road course.
The increasingly incredible 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013.