Among many improvements made to the Chevy Corvette for its seventh generation, the interior might be the most important. The C5 and C6 generations were bashed for their lackluster interiors, but the new C7 Stingray is bringing all of the luxury and high-tech goodies expected from a modern sports car. To show an example of this, Chevy has released a short virtual demonstration of one of the highlights inside the car, the configurable gauge cluster.

The video shows just a few of the key features of the cluster, including the ability to switch between the various functions (such as navigation and infotainment) within the tachometer display, as well as the tach that uses a halo that changes color as the engine approaches redline (the redline itself also changes automatically based on engine temperature). One of the coolest features of the cluster might be the track telemetry function, which Chevy says was inspired by the C6.R racecar, showing a plethora of performance data including lap times, acceleration times and a "friction bubble" to display G-forces.

We're in California right now driving the new Corvette, so we should have more information and impressions on the entire C7 car soon. Until then, scroll down for Chevy's video and press release on the car's high-tech gauge cluster.
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Too Much Information? Not from Corvette Stingray
69 unique sources covered in three advanced cluster display modes

DETROIT – The advanced cluster display in the 2014 Corvette Stingray can provide up to 69 unique sources of information, ranging from an interactive performance timer to a tire tread temperature display. The crisp and bright display features make this information easily accessible via three configurable modes that prioritize information for daily commuting, weekend canyon carving and track events.

Flanked by three analog gauges for speed, fuel level, and engine-coolant temperature, the eight-inch liquid-crystal display screen in the center of the cluster is organized into sport, tour and track themes that change with the Driver Mode Selector. Each display theme is designed for a specific driving scenario and can be configured through applications found in the "app tray."

"The new Corvette Stingray features many advanced technologies, so our challenge when designing the driver's displays was to ensure that those technologies could be easily found in common driving scenarios," said Jason Stewart, General Motors interaction designer.

"The touring theme places more emphasis on multimedia and infotainment; the sport theme emphasizes performance features with a prominent shift indicator and a large radial tachometer; track theme offers a race-inspired layout containing a sweeping tachometer, Corvette racing inspired shift lights and permanent lap-time displays," Stewart said. "Each of these three themes can also be configured so that drivers can personalize their experience in the Stingray."

Here are 10 configurable display features that will help drivers realize the Stingray's capabilities:

1. Tour theme – Displayed when the Stingray is in Weather, Eco, or Tour drive mode, this is the most modern display, providing essential vehicle information drivers want for commuting or long-distance driving and includes key vehicle information and multimedia displays

2. Sport theme – Displayed when the Stingray is in Sport mode, this theme is designed to recall the classic sports-car experience, with a single, radial tachometer dominating the display

3. Track theme – Inspired by the cluster of the Corvette Racing C6.R, this theme prioritizes the information vital for a successful track outing, including a "hockey stick" style tachometer, large gear indicator and shift lights

4. Adjustable redline – All themes feature an adjustable redline that shows the suggested maximum engine speed as low as 3,500 rpm when the engine is cold

5. Tachometer 'halo' – The Sport theme features a ring around the tachometer that glows from yellow to amber to red as engine rpms increase

6. Shift lights – The track theme features shift lights influenced by the C6.R, which illuminate from the outside-in, transition from green to yellow to blue and flash at redline providing an easy-to-see shift notification at high speeds

7. Friction-bubble/cornering force – The friction bubble that displays lateral and longitudinal G-forces allows drivers to measure how close they are to the Stingray's limits

8. Tire temperature gauge – Leveraging the existing Tire Pressure Monitoring System, this patented system informs the driver as the tires warm up from cold to warm to hot, with hot being the optimal temperature for peak grip and track performance

9. Acceleration timer – The interactive timer features programmable start/end speeds, which enable drivers to measure any acceleration run, from a traditional 0-60 mph to acceleration from 70-100 mph in top gear

10. Lap timer – Shows current, previous and best lap times, enabling drivers to measure their consistency while lapping a road course

The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      I must admit the C7 is an amazing car and does have some nice useful tech in it.
      550PlusX5
      • 1 Year Ago
      I prefer old analog gauges. But if this car is fast and corners well, who the fvck cares?
      D By
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice to see Chrysler leading the way on a lot of tech lately- I have been enjoying my center TFT display in my Dart for the last 7 monthsr. it's not quite as detailed as the Vette but from what I see has over 75% of the same functioning. It is very cool and is much easier to read in my opinion then analog guages. I think most people would prefer the digital to analog on any car in my opinion.
      Blackie
      • 1 Year Ago
      So cheesy. So tacky. Or is that tachy?
      Alex3000GT
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why is a lower-level car (the Camaro) dictating GM's halo car's looks, again?
      Indubitably
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Honda S2000 called and wants is gauge cluster back.
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only GM would go through the trouble to make the numbers look like the crappy LCD type digits with the unlit segments still visible. Damn, that's hard to read. Somebody needs to put some limits on the 'cuteness' factor on that car. The steering wheel looking like a 'sting ray' is another example. I don't find any of that nonsense on a Porsche and I don't want it on a Vette, if I were to take the plunge there.
        EB110Americana
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason
        Really? *Only* GM would do such a thing? Check out the digital gauge cluster in the Hyundai Equus: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2014-hyundai-equus-first-drive/full/#photo-139504 This is way worse in my opinion. Given the opportunity to display almost an infinitesimal amount of detail, Hyundai chose to go with a solution that not only looks like the cheap LCD bars on entry level cars, but really doesn't give enough information to the driver. Yes, there is also a redundant "Miles Left to Empty," but when the tank gets low, one bar doesn't really tell you how low, and you shouldn't need another gauge to makeup for the lack of functionality in the first. The coolant temp and MPG dial also suffer the same lack of creativity. As for the 'Vette, the LCD digits don't really bother me, as they don't obscure information, but to each their own I guess. If you're comparing this to Porsche gauges, I find the digits much more legible than the classic italicized Porsche typeface and the display much more modern than say this 2014 example: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2014-porsche-panamera-s-e-hybrid-first-drive/full/#photo-141971 Porsches have always had very nice interior materials, but some bits like the above examples have always seemed lacking to me, or say, the rather unfinished appearance of the rear seats in a 911, so I don't know that they are the acid-test for interiors which you are holding them up to be. Currently, I'd say the Panamera is my favorite Porsche from the inside out, as I think the center console is the most cohesive.
      TopGun
      • 1 Year Ago
      Typical anti-Gm comments...Check. OK...Cue the idiocy on the DCT/AWD.
      Noah
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The C5 and C6 generations were bashed for their lackluster interiors, but the new C7 Stingray is bringing all of the luxury and high-tech goodies expected from a modern sports car." They've ALWAYS maintained they've had a great interior. I'm not holding my breath.
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cook stuff! I like it!
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like it. The tire temperature display is probably the best part. It will save a lot of people from accidents and killing themselves.
      citidriver
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the speed presets for timing acceleration but how are the lap times marked? It can't rely on the driver starting each lap so how does the car know when to start timing?
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @citidriver
        I would guess that it does rely on the driver manually starting/stopping it. I have a Porsche with the sport-chrono package and that's exactly how it works, there's a paddle you pull to indicate a completed lap. Obviously that's not very accurate. The only other way that I know of would be to use GPS which also probably isn't that accurate (but probably better).
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