If you thought technology hasn’t quite surpassed the older American muscle car, the new configurable display included in the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will certainly change your mind. This brilliant technology not only delivers an uninhibited driving experience, but also brings boat loads of information to the driver at all time. Coined as the “information generation,” the 21st century C7 Corvette certainly doesn’t shy away from its place in time. Feeding your brain with knowledge as you drive, the low slung, lighter, and more powerful American-made sports car gives you the most bang for your buck.
The configurable display system in the Corvette has one primary focuses: fulfilling your every curiosity for drivetrain feedback. The display will accurately show the tachometer, speedometer, fuel level, water temperature, voltage, tire pressure, and much more. How much more you ask?
Imagine driving down the quarter mile at a dragstrip, and right there on your gauge cluster is a disguised light that tells you when to shift your manual transmission.
You can adjust the redline based on the suggested peak that coincides with current engine temperatures. Set the shift points and the tack glows when it’s time to change gear. Next, imagine racing around turns at your local autocross, then picture immediate details displayed on your cluster telling you the G-force numbers being calibrated in the car. Displayed on the cluster will be a measured lateral and longitudinal G-force.
It doesn’t stop there. Based on the C6.R, the C7 Stingray will also display track times. Recording and tracking your every lap, your gauge cluster is now your best friend on the open track. During the track themed configurable display, tire tread temperature can also be shown as you drive.
Displayed between your hands will also be a navigation system (GPS), fuel economy (mpg), infotainment (what’s playing on the radio), and the time it takes to reach certain predetermined speeds. There are so many more options to display in this current model of the Corvette than in the past, 69 unique sources of information in total. It’s no wonder why they’re calling this all-new generation of the Corvette the Stingray; it certainly lives-up to the name in our eyes.
Here are 10 configurable display features that highlight the Stingray’s capabilities:
- Tour theme – Provides crucial vehicle information that drivers want for daily driving and includes vehicle information and multimedia displays.
- Sport theme – Displays the classic sports-car experience, with a single, radial tachometer.
- Track theme – Inspired by the Corvette Racing C6.R, this theme displays a successful track outing, including a “hockey stick” style tachometer, large gear indicator and shift light.s
- Adjustable redline – All themes feature an adjustable redline that shows the suggested maximum engine speed as low as 3,500 rpm when the engine is cold.
- Tachometer ‘halo’ – The Sport theme features a ring around the tachometer that glows from yellow to amber to red as engine rpms increase.
- Shift lights – The track theme features shift lights influenced by the C6.R, which 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.
- Friction-bubble/cornering force – The friction bubble that displays lateral and longitudinal G-forces allows drivers to measure how close they are to the Stingray’s limits.
- 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, with hot being the optimal temperature for peak grip and track performance.
- Acceleration timer – The interactive timer features programmable start/end speeds, which enable drivers to measure any acceleration run.
- Lap timer – Shows current, previous and best lap times, enabling drivers to measure their consistency while lapping a road course.