C7 Corvette convertibles are the ultimate cruise machine and we snapped this yellow with black top bumble bee waiting for it’s owner outside the River Inn Grill in Guerneville, California recently.
Guerneville is among the giant redwoods with Armstrong State Park close to Main Street and Highway One is only fifteen minutes west where you can cruise along the cliff tops above the rocky shores of the Pacific Ocean.
The C7 model Corvette was released in late 2013 and is the first model since 1968 to wear the ‘Stingray’ badge. The new LT1 6.2 liter V8 will push the ‘Vette from zero to 60mph in just 3.8 seconds with the 460 lbs/ft torque and 455 hp small block.
This model stays with Corvette’s tradition of leaf spring rear independent suspension, although this system is far more advanced than the original multi-leaf steel spring of the C1s. The multi-linked suspension is sprung by a single reinforced-plastic composite leaf which maintains each wheel’s independence. This material is lighter and superior to steel spring mechanisms. The positioning is off-wheel, so unsprung weight is minimized compared to coil sprung independent systems.
Corvette uses the same suspension design front and back, the weight distributing transaxle gearbox is clearly shown in this image below. Image taken at the Chevrolet display at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas last month.
Carbon fiber is used in the hood with doors and fenders keeping the fiberglass tradition of all Corvettes. Aluminum is also used throughout to minimize weight. A very desirable hot ride from the USA.