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In late May, General Motors and its Chevrolet brand announced that its first 2016 cars equipped with CarPlay would be available later this year. Less than a month after the announcement, the first Chevy CarPlay vehicle, a silver Corvette Z06, has rolled off the production line. Chevy shared images of the maiden Corvette with TechCrunch, and told the site its Corvette Z06 vehicles are now heading to dealerships and consumers.

Chevy's Corvette Z06 is the second vehicle with CarPlay that's actually available for consumers to purchase, following the Ferarri FF. The Ferarri FF has been the only vehicle sold with built-in CarPlay support since CarPlay was announced in March of 2014, but the service has also been available to consumers through aftermarket solutions from companies like Alpine and Pioneer.

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Chevy's very first vehicle with CarPlay support, courtesy of TechCrunch​

The 2016 Corvette Z06 has a base MSRP of $79,000 and comes equipped with an 8-inch color touchscreen that uses Chevrolet's MyLink system alongside CarPlay. The Z06 is the most powerful production car that General Motors has created, with 650 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 650-lb ft of torque at 3,600 rpm.

At Chevy's May CarPlay media event, which MacRumors attended, there was no mention of the Corvette Z06 launching as the first Chevy CarPlay car, with Chevrolet representatives instead pointing towards the Tahoe, Suburban, and Volt as the first CarPlay-equipped vehicles. Those cars are expected to go into production in July, with the rest of the Chevy CarPlay lineup rolling out later in 2015. A full list of Chevy vehicles that will be released with CarPlay support is below.

- 7-inch Screens: Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, Camaro Convertible, Silverado, Silverado HD

- 8-inch Screens: Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Volt, Camaro, Camaro Convertible, Corvette, Corvette Convertible, Colorado, Silverado, Silverado HD, Tahoe, Suburban

As we learned at Chevy's media event, the first CarPlay vehicles from the company will not include an upcoming iOS 9 feature -- wireless CarPlay support. Chevy's 2016 vehicles will require a user's iPhone to be connected via a Lightning cable. iOS 9 also includes new features that allow it to be more deeply integrated with in-car systems, letting car knobs control CarPlay functions, but it is not clear if Chevy's vehicles will take advantage of this upgrade when Apple's new operating system launches in the fall.

Several other car manufacturers are expected to launch CarPlay-compatible vehicles in 2015. Volkswagen has promised that its first CarPlay vehicles will come in 2015, and at Apple's "Spring Forward" media event in March, Tim Cook said that more than 40 car models with CarPlay support would be available by the end of the year.

Article Link: First Chevy CarPlay Vehicle, 650-HP Corvette Z06, Heading to Dealers
 

keysofanxiety

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Nuuugh, even though American cars may not have the ... technical prowess of Japanese/German cars, boy do they look and sound good. This would definitely turn heads more than a GT-R would in Europe.
 

stars_fan

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Next up, Touch ID doors... Please?
Corvettes have come with a pad behind the door panel that does something similar since 2005. As long as the key fob is in range you could squeeze the little pad behind the door handle and it would unlock the car. Adding Touch ID would be a pretty cool upgrade.
 
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japanime

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The Corvette is nothing more than a glorified Camaro.

As Sammy Hagar once sang, "I E-A-T Z28!"

:D
 

Col4bin

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docprego

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The Corvette is nothing more than a glorified Camaro.

As Sammy Hagar once sang, "I E-A-T Z28!"

:D

Clearly you know nothing about the Corvette Stingray. It has won every major industry accolade and is nowhere on the same planet as the Camaro. It's on the planet with the Porsche 911, Jaguar F-type, even Ferrari's and Lamborghini's. Get your facts before you make such an ignorant blanket statement.

Too bad that a large majority of Apple users would never buy anything built by GM. The only thing GM has ever been good at is building garbage and then asking for a bailout when it was mismanaged right down the drain.

This Apple user has a 2016 Corvette on order. In fact I waited to order a 2016 because of the rumors that CarPlay would be on board. Glad I waited.
 
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WardC

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Yes, and too bad it requires a cable to do the CarPlay™ -- no wireless CarPlay™ for now, kinda sucks, right?

From what I understand, the systems they are installing in these right now cannot do wireless at all, and the phone will have the capability before the wireless CarPlay™ starts showing up in cars.
 

M5RahuL

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Too bad that a large majority of Apple users would never buy anything built by GM. The only thing GM has ever been good at is building garbage and then asking for a bailout when it was mismanaged right down the drain.

My First car - 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GTX [ GM ]
Then, 2001 Pontiac Trans AM WS6 [ GM ]
And now, 2012 Chevy Z06 [ GM ]

Planned... another Z06 down the road. Also, have an Escalade [ 2008 ] and Chevy Impala in the family, other than BMWs and Acuras.. I absolutely LOVE GM !!
 

WardC

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Minor issue. I'll take this over the manufacturers infotainment system 7 days a week.

Minor? A Lightning cable is about 3ft. long. Wireless capability would make this technology be awesome....but having to connect a cable to your dash is so lame in 2015.

"As we learned at Chevy's media event, the first CarPlay vehicles from the company will not include an upcoming iOS 9 feature -- wireless CarPlay support. Chevy's 2016 vehicles will require a user's iPhone to be connected via a Lightning cable. iOS 9 also includes new features that allow it to be more deeply integrated with in-car systems, letting car knobs control CarPlay functions, but it is not clear if Chevy's vehicles will take advantage of this upgrade when Apple's new operating system launches in the fall."
 
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