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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test

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edited September 2014 in Chevrolet

image2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds conducts a Long Term Test of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette and comments on its rev-matched downshifts.

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  • That's disappointing to read. Hopefully something a simple software update can address down the road.
  • Fail. Like all of GM. Didn't we kill this company already?
  • At least its a "free" feature that comes standard on all manual Corvettes. Still, its disappointing that Nissan set the standard with the 370z and GM failed to produce an equally effective system.

    Hopefully the system can be improved in the future with a software flash, as stated by 330i_zhp.
  • duck87duck87 Posts: 649
    Any chance the laggy behaviour is due to emissions controls?
  • More importantly, are the pedals properly placed for heel toe shifting?
  • How hard is it to get used to trusting the system? I think for a while I would still instinctively blip the throttle myself on downshifts, just out of habit. Just thinking about downshifting without a rev match just seems weird to me.
  • Irony, yes. Don't need to for leisurely driving. Maybe they have a software update that can fix that
  • The rev-matching feature is better suited for amateurs to manuals driving the car casually, or for traffic.

    If you wanna drive fast or track the car and think of yourself as a pro, you either man up and learn to heel-toe, or you get the automatic. End of story.

    The C7 destroyed the performance car market. The Z06 will s**t all over it, and the ZR1 will flush it down the toilet.
    Stop blasting the car for the tiniest of details, like your stupid '10 things to modify list'.
  • I think its an engine design trait. My experience has been that GM small blocks don't rev as freely as OHC motors. There simply isn't enough time to rev up from when the shifter indicates which gear you want. It could also be bc a V6 has less cylinders to rev up.
  • duck87duck87 Posts: 649
    "Stop blasting the car for the tiniest of details". Then why are you reading long term evaluations of vehicles, isn't that the point of these tests? Are you saying that a potential owner looking to drop $60K on a car doesn't have the right to know of, or observe the tiniest of details?
  • @ duck87

    'Are you saying that a potential owner looking to drop $60K on a car doesn't have the right to know of, or observe the tiniest of details?'
    Because things such as the Corvette having 4 exhausts is too much, or that the engine Start button is
  • If you set the car to Track Mode, will it still take the same amount of time to rev-match or will it be faster?
  • So, can we assume you CAN make downshifts as fast as you like by heel-toeing the old fashioned way?
  • duck87duck87 Posts: 649
    @vlad_x35: I'm glad that you're the ultimate, go-to authority on what Corvette owners should and should not know.
  • Sorry vlad but Nissan apparently nailed this system with the 370Z so why couldn't Chevy? Seems like more than just a tiny detail to me. Just because the car is amazing doesn't mean we shouldn't expect features to work properly.
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