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Final Stats on the Entire C8 Line-up Announced

2021  LT2 6.2L 16 Valve OHV                          495 hp             465 lb-ft     Base
2022  LT6 5.5L  32 Valve DOHC                      650 hp             600 ft-lb     Z06
2023  LT2 6.2L 16 Valve OHV Hybrid             600 hp              500 ft-lb    GS
2024  LT7 5.5L Twin Turbo DOHC                   850hp              825  ft-lb    ZR1
2025  LT7 5.5L Twin Turbo DOHC Hybrid      1,000hp            975 ft-lb    ZORA
Move over Z06
The 2018 ZR1 will sport an all new super charged LT5 engine that displaces 6.2-liters. 
The new mill will use direct injection and variable valve timing.  The blower will be an all new Eaton R2650. The new combo should push the LT5 well into the 700hp range.  The war of the super cars continues.

C7 Production Numbers
In 2015 Chevrolet built 34,240 Corvettes that represents a production decrease of 8% for Corvette Stingrays built in 2014. 

The  Stingray Coupe led the way in terms of volume.  20,757 Stingray Coupes were produced in 2015. The Z06 Coupe came in second with 6,980 built . The Corvette Stingray Convertible’s production was 4,830 and  the Corvette Z06 Convertible total was 1,673      
Stingray Coupe        20757      60.6%        
Stingray Convertible 4830       14.1%        
Z06 Coupe              6980        20.4%        
Z06 Convertible       1673       4.9%        
  _______ _______        
TOTAL 34,240 

C7 Z06 Engine Self Destruct Problem Solved (Maybe)

GM engineers have figured out why some early production C7 Z06 motors came apart during spirited driving sessions. It seems that debris from faulty oil filter connections may have been the cause. GM is now recommending that all Z06 owners change their oil after the 500-mile break-in period to make sure that it’s clear of any debris before any of it gets mixed into the moving parts of the engine.

Class Action Suit Filed by C6 Z06 owners

A group of C6 Z06 owners have filed a class action suit against GM. The suit states that the GM LS7 engine installed in the C6 Z06 2006 thru 2013 have an engine related issue that may cause the engine to self destruct. The problem is that on some of the LS7's the valve guide specifications were not adhered to.

GM claims that only a very small percentage of the LS7 engines produced have this problem.  They also state that the only time the affected engines will have a problem is when owners modify them with after market performance parts and track the cars.  

Our advise is if you have an LS7 equipped vehicle try to get a GMPP extended warranty.  We would also advise against modifying the engine but we know that will fall on deaf ears.  As far as the class action suit the chance of a small group of car owners winning a law suit against Government Motors is at best slim and none.

C7 Z06 Performance Numbers Released

corvette z06
Detroit - The 2015 Corvette Z06 was recently put through its paces by GM's test division.  The numbers are very impressive for a factory stocker.  

The time tested benchmarks of hot rodding, 0-60 mph and trap times through the quarter were used in GM's press release.

The new "Z" will do 0-60 mph in 2.94 seconds and fly through the quarter in 10.94 seconds.  The big surprise here is that these numbers were attained with the new 8 speed automatic tranny.  

The 7 speed manual can do 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and the quarter in 11.2 seconds.  In this case humans will have to take a back seat to vehicles equipped with super computers.
To put this in proper perspective a stock C6 "Z" if properly driven can do 0-60 in 3.4 seconds and the quarter in 11.4 seconds.  A .2 and .4 second improvement is not a quantum leap but it is a step in the right direction of muscle car insanity.

The Vettes traditional rival, the $200,000 Porsche 911 Turbo beats the "Z' by a hair with a 0-60 time of 2.6mph and a quarter mile time of 10.90 seconds.  

GM Recalls C6
Problem with the low-beam headlights

Recall: 2005-2007 Chevrolet Corvette
Customer Satisfaction Program repair: 2008-2013

GM has issued a recall notice for all 2005 thru 2007 Corvettes. This recall is part of a campaign  which affects 111,889 U.S. vehicles.  The recall was issued to remedy a serious problem with the low-beam headlights.  According to GM “When the engine is warm, the underhood electrical center housing could expand, causing the headlamp low-beam relay control circuit wire to bend slightly.” The problem arises when the circuit breaks which will disable the low-beam headlights.

The problem also affects 2008-2013 Corvettes. GM stated that those vehicles will be repaired through a Customer Satisfaction Program, rather than a recall. 

c7 zo6
Detroit - GM  introduced the 2015 Corvette Z06 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 13th.

The new Z will deliver supercar levels of performance via a blown 625 hp small block, chassis refinements and ebhanced aerodynamics.

The Corvette 2015 Z06 will enhance Chevy's overall lineup, that will include the addition of the Corvette Stingray Convertible, Camaro Z/28 and SS sedan. The new ZO6 should hit the show room floors by the fall of 2014.

  • Alan Batey, senior vice president, Global Chevrolet said in a recent interview,“Chevrolet is America’s favorite performance car brand, and for 2014 we are going to offer enthusiasts more choices than ever before”. “No other manufacturer will be able to match the breath of performance cars from Chevrolet.”

The 2014 Corvette Stingray has won the North American Car of the Year award. The award was chosen based on the input of 48 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. They voted to recognize the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.


C7 Retail pricing and performance  data released

DETROIT – The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe will have a suggested starting retail price of $51,995 for the coupe and
$56,995 for the roadster.

Chris Perry, VP, Chevrolet marketing, stated 
“The 2014 Corvette Stingray perfectly embodies Chevrolet’s mission to deliver more than expected for our customers.” “The Corvette Stingray delivers a combination of performance, design and technology that very few manufacturers can match, and none can even come close for $52,000.”

 As per the latest GM tests the C7 equipped with the
Z51 Performance Package will yield the following track numbers:

 0-60 MPH: 3.8 seconds
mile acceleration: 12 seconds @ 119 mph
Braking distance from 60 to 0 MPH: 107 feet
Maximum lateral acceleration: 1.03 G

Not too shabby for a new 455 horse base entry. Imagine what this car will do with an anticipated 200 horse upgrade via the ZO6 package.

60th vette

60th Anniversary Special Edition  Rag Top

Chevrolet has announced the release of the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition.  The anniversary Corvette will be the fastest convertible ever produced by GM. The 60th Anniversary Package will be available on 2013 Corvette models.

According to Chris Perry, VP, Global Marketing and Strategy for Chevrolet “The 2013 model year will be historic for Corvette, marking its 60th Anniversary and the final year for the current ‘C6’ generation,”. “We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate these milestones than bringing back one of the most-coveted combinations in the brand’s history – the Corvette convertible and a 427 cubic-inch engine.”

The 60th Anniversary convertible edition will make their public debut at the Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Jan 21. The car should be available at Chevrolet dealers early this summer.

The Corvette 427 Convertible is a Z06 and ZR1 hybrid. The new package intent is to send the C6 model off with a bang and to create the fastest convertible in Corvette’s history.

2012  Upgrades Report

The 2012 Corvette may be the last of its kind for the C6 generation.  The C6 will be going out with a performance bang.  The following are some of the performance upgrade codes that will be available for what may be the last C6.

(PDE) ZR1 High Performance Package
Includes (RUV) Black cup style lightweight 19″ front and 20″ rear wheels, (XFH) Michelin PS Cup tires and (MH3) 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission.

(Z07) Z06 Ultimate Performance Package
Upgraded from its initial 2011 release and renamed the “Ultimate Performance Package”, the Z07 package now includes Performance Traction Management (PTM) which was previously exclusive to the ZR1. 

In addition to Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, Z07 includes (XFH) Michelin PS Cup tires (optimized for warm, dry weather performance with reduced tread wear rating), (RUV) Black cup style lightweight aluminum wheels and (F55) Magnetic Selective Ride Control.

(F55) Magnetic Selective Ride Control for Z06
(F55) Magnetic Selective Ride Control is now available with Z06 and includes Performance Traction Management (PTM), (RUV) Black cup style lightweight aluminum wheels and (XFG) Michelin PS2 tires.

2011 ZO6 Gets Best Rating
From Consumer Reports   

2011 zo6
Consumer Reports has never been a Corvette fan.  Over the years they have taken every opportunity to dissuade their audience from purchasing a Corvette.  The tide has turned  in a big way.  The 2011 Corvette ZO6 scored 92 out of 100 in the reports extensive tests. This ranked the ZO6 as one of the ten best cars to own in 2011.  Now that's a spectacular turnaround to say the least.
Learn How to Drive Compliments of GM

In a last ditch effort to bolster sagging Corvette sales GM announced that it will offer free tuition to a driving school with all new
Corvette purchase made by February 28th.  This is the same driving school offer that was reserved for new ZR1 owners.

New Corvette owners will be able to choose between the Bondurant
school in Phoenix or the Ron Fellows driving school in Las Vegas. The offer includes two days of training at either facility. Travel and lodging are not included. ZR1 owners will get a third day of school on GM.

New Carbon Edition ZO6 Available

The Z06 is now offered in a limited "carbon edition" package. The carbonized Z's will sport a set of Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, black 20-spoke wheels (19" front, 20" rear) and a Magnetic Selective Ride Control damping system to soften the
ride. Chevrolet will build 500 Z06 Carbon edition cars that should be available by late-summer of 2011.

The Carbon Z's will be available in either Inferno Orange or Supersonic Blue. The Carbon's exterior will features blacked out headlamp surrounds and mirrors. Other body improvements will include a ZR1 spoiler, a high profile ZR1 carbon fiber hood without the silly "peek-a-boo" lexan window, carbon fiber rockers and front splitter. Suspension improvements will make the carbon Vette about 3 seconds faster on a roundy round race track like Laguna.

The Carbon Vettes interior will include some needed upgrades as well. The current Vettes interior is a disgrace, sorry if that offends you but we tell it like we see it. Refinements will include new suede leather and lots more carbon fiber accents. The steering wheel, dash and seats will remain, courtesy of Chevy Impala. GM will also offer a Z07 performance package that will include all of the mechanical and chassis upgrades of the Carbon Vette. The price of admission for a fully loaded Carbon Z will be in the ninety thousand dollar range.

A Nice to Have Second Car

First and foremost Corvette owners are car guy's that really appreciate an out of the ordinary piece of engineering even if the car in question was not born in Bowling Green. How about a carbon fiber wonder that sports a dual turbo 2000 hp V8? 0 to 60mph comes in at a tad under 1.5 seconds and has a top speed of 300 mph. 6.6 second Quarter mile times will make you an instant contender at any sanctioned racing event. The monster we are talking about is being produced under the name of Dagger GT. The price of admission is a paltry $450K.

Exclusive Build Your Own Engine Option to be Offered on 2011 ZO6 and ZR1 Corvettes

DETROIT – For enthusiasts who want to be personally involved in creating their Corvette, Chevrolet’s new Corvette Engine Build Ex
perience allows them to literally build the engine for their new car. Corvette customers who order a 2011 Corvette Z06 or ZR1 can choose an option to help assemble their cars’ LS7 or LS9 engines at General Motors’ Performance Build Center (PBC) in Wixom, Mich.

The self engine build option will cost about $5,800. The option does not include travel arrangements to and from Detroit.A Chevrolet Rep.will schedule the engine build and coordinate the customer’s activities at the Performance Build Center.

The customer builds the new engine under the supervision of and support from skilled technicians. After the engine is assembled, a personalized nameplate is added to the engine next to the builder’s name. The engine is then sent to the Corvette assembly plant for installation in the customer’s car.

BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky — The Chevrolet Corvette was named the official state sports car of Kentucky

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said the fact that the Corvette plant has been located in Bowling Green since 1981 was the
impetus for the legislation. "As home to the Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Kentuckians have long considered the Corvette to be Kentucky's sports car," Beshear said in a statement. The official bill was signed into law on April 26 during a ceremony that took place at the Bowling Green plant.

Corvettes Recalled for Steering Problem

General Motors is recalling over forty thousand Chevrolet Corvettes equipped with the tilt and telescoping steering column because a signal interruption in the column could cause the brakes to apply. The recall affects cars built between March 2004 and January 2006.
Repeated movement of the steering column a signal interruption within the column. This will cause the message, "Service Active Handling System" to appear in the driver information center,which will cause the brakes to apply to one or more of the wheels. This could cause the vehicle to pull to the right or left. "If the driver does not respond to the change in vehicle movement, a crash could occur," said the automaker. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, the recall was set to start April 30.

"Fuel leaks may prompt recall for 2004 Chevrolet Corvette"

An estimated 33,000 2004 Chevrolet Corvettes are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for possible fuel leaks. NHTSA said in its defects investigations summary. "The 04 Corvette is equipped with two fuel tanks. In 12 of the reports, a fuel tank was either replaced or identified as the source of the leak." In other documentation, NHTSA reports no crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to the complaints.

"C6 Roof Panel Recall"

General Motors is recalling over 22,000 2005-2007 model year Corvettes with removable roofs. The recall was issued due to a problem with the adhesive between the roof panel and the frame. The failed adhesive could cause roof panel separation while the car is in motion.

"If there is a complete separation, the roof panel may detach from the vehicle," according to the NHTSA. "If this were to occur while the vehicle was being driven, it could strike a following vehicle and cause injury and/or property damage." Dealers will install a new d
esign roof panel free of charge to correct the problem.

Repent The End is Near

Our sources at GM tell us that the Corvette will remain a viable production platform into the near future. GM may halt production of its high horsepower entries, ZO6 and ZR1 after the 2011 run. GM may target the Corvette as a starting point for political correctness. The Corvette brand may take the bullet to allow power upgrades to the Camaro and Caddy.  Oh well it was nice while it lasted.

Corvette Chief Retires

Tom Wallace, Corvette Chief at GM, will be retiring from GM in November of this year. His retirement was announced during a ceremony honoring Corvette history at the Peterson Museum.
While no reasons were given for Wallaces's retirement, there is speculation that he may have been at odds with GM over the postponement of the long awaited C7. Wallace may have been unwilling to commit to the C7's postponed launch.
The C7 was originally set for a 2012 model-year release, it has been pushed back to 2014. Wallace had a keen sence for performance-car marketing and a real love for the Corvette brand. His sudden departure will be a blow to GM's efforts in rebuilding the company.

Political Rides

John McCain's first car was a 1958 Corvette! I wonder if he still has it. His current ride is a Caddy CTS

Obama's first car was a Ford Granada.
He now gets driven around in a bullet proof limo.

More troubling news from Europe
Mercedes will announce the release of a new grocery getter that will out power the current version of the Corvette. The soon to be released beastie is an E class sedan that has been massaged by AMG. It will sport a supercharged 6.3 liter v8 that will have more than 500 horses on tap. Come on GM wake up.

550HP Nissan GT-R, a ZO6/ZR1 Beater
Nissan's newly released super car boasts 550 HP a 0-60mph time of 3.3 seconds and tops out at 193mph. You can get one for about $71k. Sorry GM you should have seen this coming. This new rice burner has a 3.8 liter twin turbo V6 under the hood. Want more bad news? Nissan plans to release a more powerfully version of the GT-R in the near future. 

"She's ugly but she sure can cook"

New ZR-1 Sells for $1MILL. at Barrett Jackson

The first ZR-1 off the line sold for $1 million dollars at the Barrett Jackson auction. This was a Jay Leno charity deal for the United Way.

2008 Corvette Makes Car & Driver's 10 Best Cars List

Car and Driver

If it seems like Corvette is always making Car and Driver's annual 10 Best Cars List, that's because it has earned a spot on the coveted list for seven years straight. Calling the Corvette a poster car for continual development, the new 2008 Corvette boasts 22 significant updates over last year's entry. Car and Driver's staff focuses more on the improvements they say are dynamic to the driving experience. While they liked the upgrades to interior, especially the wrap-around leather option, it's the upgrades to the steering, manual shifter and the clutch that won them over for the seventh
straight year.

Oh and let's not forget the fact that Corvette's mid-cycle upgrade included the new 6.2 liter LS3 engine that expands the horsepower envelope from 400 to 430. Everyone loves more ponies and the 2008 Corvette delivers. Car and Driver calls the Corvette one of the world's best high performance buys.

Here is the full list of cars that made Car and Driver's 10 Best List for 2008:

BMW 3- Series
Cadillac CTS
Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet Malibu
Honda Accord
Honda Fit
Mazda MX-5
Mazdaspeed 3
Porsche Boxter/Cayman
Volkswagen GTI

Mobil 1 and the Corvette celebrates 15th anniversary

ExxonMobil and GM are celebrating the 15th anniversary of the relationship between the companies flagship Mobil 1 synthetic engine oil and Corvette.
Since 1992, Mobil 1 has been the factory recommended lubricant for all Corvettes manufactured by General Motors. More than 490,000 Corvette vehicles have left the production line filled with Mobil 1 engine oil.