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Thursday, July 24, 2014

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Updated, Including New Eight-Speed Automatic

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2015 C7 Stingray Options and Changes

Chevrolet has announced a rash of minor tweaks headed the Corvette Stingray’s way for 2015.
 
 While the new 650-hp Z06 coupe and convertible soak up the limelight, the Stingray gains a series of functional upgrades like a new eight-speed automatic transmission, while also seeing its paint and wheel options shuffled a bit.
 
 Don’t worry, the 455-hp 6.2-liter V-8 and seven-speed manual transmission are still very much standard.

We previously reported on the replacement of the optional six-speed automatic with GM’s new, in-house 8L90 eight-speed unit, so we’ll skip to the other stuff.
 
 Like practically every other Chevy product, the Corvette’s OnStar telematics setup gains a built-in 4G LTE data connection provided by AT&T as standard. A three-month/3-GB data trial is included, but after that customers must pony up for a monthly data subscription.


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On the performance side of things, the optional high-performance Z51 package now includes the Corvette’s available sports exhaust. We’re guessing that those interested in the Z51 kit were also keen to order the awesome-sounding upgraded exhaust, too, so this is a logical step.

 Chevrolet’s new Performance Data Recorder, which allows drivers to download a flurry of dynamic and track data after a drive—and record their antics with a built-in camera—is now included with the Vette’s optional navigation system.
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Uplevel 3LT trim levels now get a suede-wrapped dashboard and upper door panels, convertible buyers can buy carbon-fiber tonneau inserts, a CFZ carbon-fiber style package is now available, and buyers can opt for the Z51 wheels and spoiler via a new ZF1 package.
 
 The only other changes are some updated wheel designs and the loss of a few colors, most notably this author’s favorite, Lime Rock Green. The hues have been replaced by Shark Gray and Daytona Sunrise Orange.