The 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray lets the driver tailor the drive
By Greg Barbera
The 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray is one of the most technologically advanced high-performance automobiles ever to hit the streets. Five distinct driver modes electronically calibrate up to 12 performance variables to customize your Stingray with the appropriate handling and steer-ability for any road. Modes can be changed on the fly, enabling drivers to tailor the behavior of the car to any situation—an experience that’s part intuitive and part educational. The result? Drivers get maximum performance from a vehicle that can function as a daily driver, a luxury vehicle or a racecar.
1. Weather: Probably the most self-explanatory of all the modes. It adapts the vehicle to road conditions by distributing the appropriate power to the rear wheels, which promotes more confident driving in rain or snow. Tailored Traction Control is at the heart of this mode.
Road: Good for many road conditions you encounter in inclement weather. Probably would be really helpful on US 24 in the heart of the Rocky Mountains or on Interstate 75 in Florida’s Everglades (a.k.a. Alligator Alley).
2. Eco: This mode is designed to conserve fuel and provide the best gas mileage. Through Active Fuel Management, it limits your car’s power when traveling at cruising speeds. An Eco index display is available.
3. Tour: Ideal for your everyday driving, this mode offers quiet comfort (by relieving the stiffness from shock damping) during the start-stop of your daily commute. Customizable gauge cluster can display audio, navigation and phone data.
Road: That one you take to and from work.
4. Sport: As the name of the mode implies, this works best when aggressive responsiveness and power are needed. Available Magnetic Selective Ride Control is stiffened but tempered (like the steering). The dashboard display changes, easily revealing RPMs, and the throttle note becomes more audible (in other words... LOUDER).
Road: Tail of the Dragon, Deal’s Gap, NC. This road features 318 curves in 11 miles.
5. Track: Best used in autocross or on lapping days, this mode is exclusively for driving on a track. With legitimate race settings that provide maximum responsiveness (through available Magnetic Ride damping and Performance Traction Management) and throttle progression, it also displays a lap timer on the dashboard.
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Greg Barbera of DadCentric is a dad blogger, beer magazine editor and the singer/bass player for the punk band Chest Pains. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. You can follow him on twitter @gregeboy, tumblr, Facebook and Blogger. Want to know more? Just Google him.