Chevrolet's new, seventh-generation Corvette Stingray is quite easily one of the most highly anticipated vehicles of the year. And as details of the new car trickle out ahead of our first drive of it (coming soon!), we're getting more and more excited.

Perhaps the question most on our mind as this new Chevy marches towards production is, what will it sound like? That's not a simple question, though, as the Stingray will sound different depending on whether or not you spec the optional performance exhaust, which can radically change the car's acoustic character.

Here, we have video of three different modes for the four-piped exhaust. Unfortunately, though, the car is just idling, which isn't ideal. It's interesting to hear that there are three distinct settings, which contrasts with the information that this was a dual-mode exhaust. Of course, it's possible that one of the modes is what the car sounds like with a few cylinders shut down. All Corvettes feature cylinder deactivation for their 6.2-liter V8s, with a unique exhaust mode to limit four-pot clatter. It just seems odd that it could readily be engaged at idle.

We're going to hold off judgment until we're behind the wheel, but right now, the performance exhaust seems like a worthwhile way to spend $1,195. Take a listen in the video below, and let us know what you think.


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      Worx2749
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      I'm too late because the "video has been removed.." Why?
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        imag
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        Good link. Thanks!
      NamorF-Pro
      • 1 Year Ago
      The second one sounds like a quiet diesel. Lol Pretty cool stuff. At least those are real sounds not something from a computer like some cars.
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      HIT THE GAS!!!
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        jf.bouchard
        • 1 Year Ago
        Maybe if you keep repeating it on Autoblog GM will finally listen to you ;)
        sp33dklz
        • 1 Year Ago
        AWD in a vette? You're a tool.
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        Xedicon
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        It wouldn't be a Vette anymore if they did that.
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          Carguy- Hope to see you at Corvettes at Carlisle. I'll be at the ECS booth. Post your contact info so I can buy your a ice cream cone.
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        Paul M
        • 1 Year Ago
        First, learn to spell (re: "perfornance"), then chill with the all caps stuff. No one needs a shouter. Second, there are lots of reasons performance cars don't need a DCT (weight, complexity, driver involvement and often even fuel economy penalties). Third, there are also lots of reasons not all performance cars need AWD (again, weight, complexity, driver involvement and economy. Also, see: Miata) Fourth, the Corvette, in particular, is as much about heritage as it is about outright performance... which is why you also aren't likely to see it go mid-engine, which one could argue would also help "perfornance" [sic]. That's the same reason the 911 still has the engine over the rear axle (but few would argue its merits as a sports car). Lastly, as one other poster said, if you want these options, there are other cars to suit your need for lack of involvement (which is what the combination of DCT and AWD will often get you... read-up on reviews of the GT-R, many Audis, etc.). We don't need to add the Corvette to that list.
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        Serge
        • 1 Year Ago
        If you used all the time you spend complaining about lack of DCT and AWD to learn how to properly drive a RWD manual car; you wouldn't be complaining and tremendously expand your car enjoyment opportunities...
          Jamie Houk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Serge
          AMEN!!! and let me add that you don't have to have a $90000 car to enjoy, or learn, the benifits of a rear wheel drive manual shift car. You can pick up a $5000 Miata any day of the week that will give you a whole new appreciation of how much fun a rear wheel drive manual shift car can be,
        ImpulseGTO
        • 1 Year Ago
        Oh god! Here we go again!
      Andy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Really? So buyers would pay an extra 2G's for something that adds more weight to a sports car and is another thing to break? GM buyers are suckers I guess. I wouldn't take it for free.
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        mazeroni
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        @Andy
        I wouldn't worry about anything breaking. It's a button that controls a small metal valve. The people who want this are the ones not willing to go aftermarket. Some days you have a headache and don't need your exhaust making it worse. Because logic.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andy
        It's standard on Ferraris. So I guess there are suckers of all sorts.
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      @joeboarder, yea it kinda sounds like a big rig at idle, you should hear a ferrari 458 at idle, its like a moped, that being said, obviously the ferrari has the better high rpm exhaust, but you probably cant beat the corvette in anything under $100k
        TruthHertz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John
        Nissan GT-R More power and twice the wheels getting that power.
          NightFlight
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          @TruthHertz
          @ the.fog Uhhhh. The GT-R might be portly, but it is definitely not slow in ANY sense of the word.
          the.fog
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          @TruthHertz
          You know the bad thing about Godzilla? He's slow and fat.
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      Michael
      • 1 Year Ago
      is option 2 the lifted Chevy pickup option? When I close my eyes I see big tires, improperly done lift kits, and a pair of plastic balls dangling carelessly in the wind.
      sp33dklz
      • 1 Year Ago
      That first and second exhaust setting sounds like absolute crap LOL. Maybe it's just the low budget recording device?
      TrueDat
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 3rd sounds like they are attempting to replicate the sound of an Italian v8. It's very smooth and has the Scuderia type purr.
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