Corvette Blue Devil to be Called Sting Ray

Corvette Blue Devil to be Called Sting Ray

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AutoWeek, which last month broke the news that the Blue Devil program is a go in an interview with Corvette Chief Engineer Tom Wallace, reports today that the Corvette Blue Devil project is now being referred to internally as the Sting Ray. Production of the $100,000 Supercharged 7.0-liter 600-hp V8 Sting Ray may start sooner rather than later with units available as soon as 2007, although it’s our guess that it would be a 2008 model available during the summer/fall of ’07. Bits and pieces of the Sting Ray project have been leaked over the past few months with rumors swirling around a Kappa platform project, as well as a special edition Corvette being built for 2007. However, this is the first report that puts them all together as a Corvette project. AutoWeek says that the Blue Devil name was used to get the attention of GM’s CEO Rick Wagoner, who graduated from Duke. That name also allowed the PR guys to “smile slyly” as they claimed there were no plans for a Blue Devil Corvette. Source: Autoweek via Left Lane News
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7 COMMENTS

  1. Ludicrous. For GM to offer a Corvette priced for the wealthiest Corvette buyer/speculator, near or over 100k, which requires a course at a drivers school to buy shows how out of control GM lead by product planner Bob Lutz is (and as head of product planning he has to OK this debacle!). I hope they have a whole bunch of product liability insurance, because requiring a drivers course to buy it is sure to pen them up for lawsuits. No matter, a Z06 is more than most buyers of those cars can handle, now this thing with 600 hp?. Over 100 grand?. Rick (Wagoner) kill this NOW!, we have an aftermarket for 600 hp Corvettes. This is another un-needed Bob Lutz ego trip.
    PS: Owned Corvettes for 40 years, wife and I both own one (each) now (79/85), bracket race’m too.

  2. Performance is what sells. Bob Lutz knows that. I can understand how a guy that owns a 79 and an 85 wouldn’t understand performance. Neither of those vettes would fall out of a tree.

  3. I am a Corvette fan through and through, I own an 82CE and therefore I guess I really don’t know much about a powerful vette either. Would I buy the new "Blue Devil" "Stingray" etc… I would want one but I only make $90,000 per year which means I could not afford one! I believe part of the tradition of the Corvette is style, power (not in the 70s and 80’s), and also affordability. I truly have difficulty saying anything negative about a 600hp vette (wow), however, as a "vette nut", the suggested price is cause for concern, as it puts this great American icon out of reach for so many.

    Take care
    Carl

  4. I am a Corvette fan through and through, I own an 82CE and therefore I guess I really don’t know much about a powerful vette either. Would I buy the new "Blue Devil" "Stingray" etc… I would want one but I only make $90,000 per year which means I could not afford one! I believe part of the tradition of the Corvette is style, power (not in the 70s and 80’s), and also affordability. I truly have difficulty saying anything negative about a 600hp vette (wow), however, as a "vette nut", the suggested price is cause for concern, as it puts this great American icon out of reach for so many.

    Take care
    Carl

  5. This project I believe is actually a good idea. It’s a car that hopefully will perform at the highest level of supercar and give those italian car snobs something to worry about from a manufaturer right here in the good ol’ USA. My only concern would be the skidpad numbers. When the Z06 was holding 1g on the lateral skid pad I was ecstatic, now maybe they’ll really step it up and make it a true road car. 600hp + corvette = an american dream car.

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