2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test

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edited September 2014 in Chevrolet


  • grc82_grc82_ Member Posts: 5
    I drive my G8 GT year round up in Canada and it does great in snow and ice (with winter tires). I am really interested to hear how the vette does in the cold, currently considering one as my next vehicle.
  • duck87duck87 Member Posts: 649
    Fortunately it looks like you missed the worst of the weather. We were hit with a ton of snow, and then the polar vortex made it so cold that road salt didn't work. It doesn't help that folks in Michigan are horrible drivers. I've never seen so many broken plastic bits around the left shoulder concrete divider. Or so many cars bass-ackwards in ditches.
  • fordson1fordson1 Unconfirmed Posts: 1,512
    Nuh-uh. Wrong car for the trip and I say it about the 'Vette just as I would say it about the Tesla or the Silverado.
  • noburgersnoburgers Member Posts: 500
    @duck87 is there ANY state not filled with horrible drivers?

    I didn't look up the rotation calculators but glad your speedo calibrations are good. Hopefully the stabilitrac system doesn't get messed up by the slightly different tire sizes. I wonder how
  • dgcamerodgcamero Member Posts: 148
    @noburgers: They're probably the same rolling diameter all the way around, so it shouldn't affect the stabilitrak on the Chevy or it would have affected the German cars' systems as well.

    @edmunds: Impressive that you guys have recycled them amongst 3 dif
  • markinnaples_markinnaples_ Member Posts: 251
    Regarding the tire size differences, what is the tire size difference between a brand new tire and a worn out tire? Is that tread difference similar to the difference in the tire sizes in this situation? Not sure how sensitive the system is and if it gets down to that micrometer-type size differences.
  • fordson1fordson1 Unconfirmed Posts: 1,512
    "Today's reason: We want to know how well our 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray handles the snow and bitter, bitter cold gripping the Midwest." Just sounds contrived to me. 98% of all 'Vettes are put away for the winter. Here's an idea - get a set of Pilot Super Sports for the Silverado and get your best staff hotshoe to set the best time he can on Mulholland Drive with it. Good idea? Exactly - no Silverado will ever be called upon to do that, so it's a dumb idea.
  • bassrockerxbassrockerx Member Posts: 24
    boreing! answering the questions nobody asked. would have much rathered hear. i would have much rather read about Acuara's SH-AWD terrorizing the snow and boldy going where no reasonably priced crossover has gone before. or read about the being a badass beater mercedes in the winter. Or maybe just taking the silverado to go play in some snow and give the people up north who buy pickups a good third party review or road trips and snow performance.
  • bassrockerxbassrockerx Member Posts: 24
    @markinapples the narrower the tires the less the difference of tire height will be if the two tires have the same aspect ratio (second number in the tire size) a 205/40/17 and a 215/40/17 are very very close and in height and will not effect a speedomete
  • kevm14kevm14 Member Posts: 423
    First, I am sure the speed sensor/speedo/odo is picked from the transmission output shaft, the way it's always been. The only thing on the front tires should be the ABS/stabilitrack high resolution wheel speed sensors. I did some math out. Lately I've been trying to use the revs/mile spec of the tire rather than just calculating the static diameter of the tire. Not all tires are the same, and I believe revs/mile take into account actual tread height and a loaded tire. However, I could not find revs/mile for the exact (Porsche-spec) Pirelli's they selected. What I did find was that the taller/wider the tire, the less the difference was between static and dynamic diameter. Therefore, I determined that the front tires have a ~3% shorter dynamic/effective diameter and the rear tires have a ~2% dynamic/effective diameter. The factory Michelins do have a revs/mile spec, which I used natively. Comparing the factory rear tire, to the Pirelli selected, I came up with a very good 1% error. Specifically the new rear tires will cause the speedometer/odo to rear 1% slower since they have a 1% taller dynamic diameter. However the front is actually 2.5% taller than stock. Accounting for 7.5/32" worth of tread wear, you could end up with a ~1.5-2%% shorter tire, meaning the system may be programmed for up to 2% tread depth variation just from wear alone. With a little safety factor, that should be ok. BUT, since you are starting with a bias, and the fronts have gotten taller than the rear's have, with worn rear tires, you could be looking at a 3.5% variation, which could begin to exceed the factory margin of safety. Considering the stabilitrack system will get a lot of use in the snow, I'm not sure excited about this swap (I also don't know what Porsche-spec tires means). Mainly because the system may not perform optimally leading to false conclusions about the car's snow abilities.
  • kevm14kevm14 Member Posts: 423
    So 3.5% is the variation with worn rear Pirelli snows and new front Pirelli snows. Not a likely scenario on this trip. Also, with worn fronts and new rears, the gap comes to within 0.2% of the factory front/rear bias. Kind of interesting. In short, wearing the fronts out faster than the rears will improve the situation. Wearing the rears out faster than the fronts will potentially put the system beyond the safety factor programmed to account for a tread wear deviation. I suppose the practical advice would be to avoid spinning the rears and that's going to be hard to heed...
  • edbradleyedbradley Member Posts: 15
    Snow tires at LA's ambient temperatures - anytime of the year - bold move.
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