If you own a newer Chevrolet Corvette, Camaro or some other V8 powered GM models equipped with a manual transmission then you have probably noticed that annoying skip shift “feature” (the official name is Computer Aided Gear Selection a.k.a. CAGS). For those unfamiliar with the feature, it causes the car to force you to shift from first gear all the way to fourth gear by locking you out of second and third gear. By having drivers skip gears when the engine isn’t pushed, it helps the vehicle get better fuel economy ratings by the EPA.
But, hey you bought a car with a big V8 and you want to go through all the gears like God intended. So, just how do you deactivate the skip shift “feature”? Well, for as little as $7 you can do a hack that will make an environmentalist near you cringe.
The new 2014 Corvette Stingray offers incredible performance and great gas mileage for a big V8. The new car puts out 455 horsepower and can rocket from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. It can do all of this while being able to get 29 mpg on the highway.
The Stingray name is one of the most coveted names for a Corvette model. The nameplate first appeared in the ’60s and now this newest incarnation of the American sports car has been deemed worthy to wear the name. This video takes you from the early Stingray cars and takes it all the way to the new Corvette. It also features some great footage of each model in between the early car and the newest car.
Checkout the video and then let us know which of the generations is your favorite in the comments below.
The Corvette is one of the few sports cars that has been in production since the 50’s. There are few cars that are so well loved by their owners and the Corvette is the only real American sports car that has remained in production for such a long time (and for much of the time of its production it has been the only real American sports car). There is a lot of excitement with the new Corvette C7 Stingray, with its new technology and aerodynamics it is a sports car that can now better compete with some of its European rivals.
The above video shows footage from the Petersen Automotive Museum in southern California for the west coast debut of the new Corvette Stingray. The video shows all the Corvette variants from an original 1953 Corvette Prototype to the latest Corvette C7 Stingray. The video talks about the various styling changes that have taken place to get us to the latest Corvette.