By now, you’ve heard plenty about the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, along with its upgraded interior. Although the supportive seats and upgraded materials are noteworthy, the focal point of the 2014 Corvette’s cabin has to be its new gauge cluster. Or, if nothing else, it’s the focal point of this new video clip.
The 2014 Corvette presents the driver with a mixture of analog and digital instruments. An eight-inch, high-resolution LCD sits in the middle of the cluster, flanked by an analog speedometer on the left-hand-side, and analog fuel and coolant temp gauges on the right. Those three physical gauges are essentially set in stone, but the LCD screen can be customized to suit your mood – or, better yet, your style of driving.
A Tour mode provides a small tachometer display, but places emphasis on items Chevy thinks drivers will need during commuting or long-distance hauls. Navigation and audio information can be displayed
A Sport theme comes up when the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette itself is placed in – imagine this —
Sport mode. Chevy claims it emulates the “classic sports-car experience” by placing a giant tachometer front and center in the LCD screen. The tachometer glows different colors as the engine approaches redline. A neat effect, but if Chevy truly wanted to emulate a classic first-generation Corvette, that tachometer would somehow be shifted to the middle of the dashboard…
Chances are if you’re actually driving the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette to its fullest, you’ll want to pull up the Track display mode, which is patterned after the displays used on the Corvette C6.R racers. A “hockey stick” tachometer runs the width of the screen, while gauges for oil temperature and pressure, transmission temperature and an accelerometer are placed below. Above, you’ll find readouts for a lap timer and a faux-led shift light – another cue cribbed from the C6.R.
Watch for yourself in the video below.
As cool as the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette’s digi-dash may be, it isn’t the first production Corvette to adopt a digital gauge cluster. The C4 Corvette, which launched in 1984, debuted with an all-digital affair that included two graph-type displays for the speedometer and tachometer, and a small inset section with supplementary gauges and a trip computer. Apart from being a bit too Flash Gordon-y, even for the gee-whiz ‘80s, the system had a reputation for flaking out and fading in sunlight.
The C4 Corvette gauge cluster changed in 1990, when the Chevrolet Corvette’s interior was redesigned. The new cluster still featured a LCD section in the center that provided a numerical speed readout and a fuel gauge, but other gauges – including a tachometer, oil pressure and temperature gauge, coolant temperature, and voltmeter – were all provided through analog instruments.