Although most of the new updates to the 2012 Corvette were released last week somewhat prematurely and covered here on CorvetteBlogger.com, Chevy made it official today with an official press release detailing the new equipment and options that will be available with next year’s Corvette.
Blue Devil / ZR1
Texas tuner Hennessey Performance Engineering is known for their performance packages that substantially increase the power of GM and other American-built cars and trucks. Right after the initial introduction of the Corvette ZR1, HPE came out with their ZR700 package which boosted the ZR1′s horsepower to 705. Hennessey also offers the ZR750 package which brings the power on tap to 755-ponies, a ground-pounding 728 pounds-feet of torque and a top speed in excess of 224 mph! If those kind of numbers appeal to your inner racer, we encourage you to read on.
Lee Adams of Central Florida loves his sports cars. In addition to a 2009 Corvette ZR1, Adams owns a Ferrari, Mosler and an Ariel Atom, so you can tell he is a real car guy. Unfortunately, Adams recently endured the harrowing and life-changing experience of being locked in the ZR1 when his battery died. In a panic, he calls 911 for help.
Nissan’s GT-R made a run in 2009 against the ZR1 on the world famous Nordschleife and they came within .3 of a second of the Corvette’s 7:26.4 lap. Two years later, the newly upgraded 2012 GT-R goes at it again, this time besting the Corvette by two seconds with a 7:24.22 lap. Check out the laps after the jump.
According to the 2009 SEMA Corvette owners study, we learned one of the first aftermarket changes made to Corvettes usually involves the exhaust system. Recently, we’ve been hearing about a new player in the high end market named Akrapovic and thought a closer look (and listen!) was in order.
This 2010 Cyber Gray Corvette ZR1 put its front end into some unknown immovable object, shearing the drivers rear chrome wheel off the axle and triggering the airbag. Hope the driver was okay. Now its sitting in a California salvage yard with an estimated repair bill of over $70,000. The good news for you fixer-uppers is that its offered for sale with a salvage title.
Article and Photos Contributed by Steve Burns
Each year in early January the auto industry descends upon snowy Detroit to kick off the annual car show season. Automakers from around the world debut new models, special editions, and future technologies. This year’s show featured roughly 40 new vehicle introductions as the auto industry continues to recover from the events of the last couple of years. Over 700,000 people will visit Detroit’s Cobo Center over the course of the 9 public show days.
NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson, NFL star running back DeAngelo Williams and Corvette Racing’s Johnny O’Connell will get behind the wheel of various Corvette models for the premiere of SPEED’s original series Test Drive. Hosted by Tommy Kendall, the Corvette test drives will take place on the streets surrounding Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C and Carolina Motorsports Park (CMP) in Kershaw S.C. The show airs next Wednesday, December 8th at 10:30 pm EST so get those DVR’s set. For a bit of a preview, check out the advance photos we got from SPEED.
Cliff Cohen, GM Performance Parts, is joined with Ken Lingenfelter of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering at Spring Mountain Motorsports park prior to the start of the 2010 SEMA show. Ken brought out a 710 hp Corvette ZR1 and discusses some of the parts and performance know-how that is being licensed from Lingenfelter to GM Performance Parts.
This summer Chevrolet unveiled a new program for Corvette buyers called the Corvette Engine Build Experience. For a cool $5,800, the program allows a Corvette buyer to assemble the LS7 or LS9 engine that will be installed in his Corvette Z06 or ZR1. To help promote the program, Chevy will be taking the Performance Build Center on the road to SEMA where one of GM’s skilled engine builders will assemble the Corvette ZR1′s 638 horsepower engine live from the floor of this year’s SEMA show.