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2009 Corvette Model Year Sales Data - Preliminary Results

During the GM Engineering Seminar at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash, preliminary production data for 2009 was released. Most interesting is the total 2009 model year production through April 21, 2009 which stands at 15,237. This is the lowest amount of Corvettes produced in a single model year since the 9,752 Corvettes built during the first year of the C5 Corvette in 1997 and 20,000 less than the 35,000 Corvette built in 2008. Also included in the report is the penetration for exterior colors as well as some of the more popular options.

Corvettes Produced Amount Percent    
Coupes 7,717 51%    
Convertibles 3,120 21%    
Z06 Hardtop 3,160 21%    
ZR1 Hardtop 1,240 6%    
  _______ _______    
Total 15,237 100%    
Exterior Colors Coupe Convertible Z06 ZR1
Black 20% 16% 26% 26%
Crystal Red 17% 19%    
Cyber Gray 16% 12% 23% 36%
Victory Red 13% 14% 10% 10%
Blade Silver 11% 8% 10% 5%
Jetstream Blue 8% 6% 9% 16%
Arctic White 6% 8%    
Velocity Yellow 5% 17% 7% 5%
Atomic Orange 5% 3% 5% 2%
Options Coupe Convertible Z06 ZR1
1LT 38% 8%    
2LT 15% 22%    
3LT 42% 62%    
4LT 5% 9%    
1LZ     13%  
2LZ     52%  
3LZ     35%  
1ZR       3%
3ZR       97%
CC3 – Transparent Roof 17%      
C2L – Dual Roof Pkg 13%      
MX0 – 6-Speed Auto Paddle 67% 82%    
F55 – Selective Ride Control 10% 34%    
Z51 – Performance Package 37% 28%    
U3U – Stereo/XM/Nav 27% 47% 77%  
NPP – Dual Mode Exhaust 47% 57%    
QG6 – Sparkle Silver 30% 15%    
QG7 – Polished 17% 13%%    
QX1 – Competition Gray 7% 3%    
Q9V – Chrome 46% 57%    
Q10 – Z06     10%  
Q8A – Chrome     56%  
Q76     15%  
Q6A – ZR1 Sterling Silver       20%
Q6B – ZR1 Chrome       80%

As many of you know, 2009 will be the last year for Victory Red and Atomic Orange. Victory Red is being replaced by Torch Red, however Atomic Orange will not be replaced when production ceases on the 2009 Corvette. With the highest penetration of just 5% on the Corvette Coupe and just 2% of Corvette ZR1s wearing Atomic Orange, its easy to see why that color is being phased out.

During the Day 2 walk around at the Museum, Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter said the Corvette ZR1 is on pace for about 1,400 units this year. Despite the assembly plant shutting several times this year, Tadge said GM continued to have suppliers manufacture and bank those critical parts needed for ZR1 production, so that when the assembly resumes after the plant has been idled, those critical parts are available.

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The 2010 Corvette's Launch Control Explained

In addition to the new launch control system coming to all manual transmission Corvettes in 2010, there is another new feature coming exclusively to the Corvette ZR1. Called Performance Traction Management, the system integrates the Selective Ride, Traction Control and Active Handling systems and manages the vehicle’s acceleration based on the conditions and driver’s selection.

The Corvette Team re-engineered the ride control switch on the center console. The normal mode continues to give you the tour and sport adjustments on the shock absorbers, but switching into Competition Mode then brings up the Performance Traction Management. The ride control switch than illuminates to PTM Traction. Turning the switch then allows the driver to select the Traction mode.

Here are the five settings as outlined in the GM Engineering Seminar at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash:

PTM Mode #1 – Wet

  • This is the mode intended for use during damp or wet track conditions by drivers of all skill levels.
  • Engine torque is management based on the given track conditions.
  • Active Handling is enabled.

PTM Mode #2 – Dry

  • This is the mode intended for use on dry track conditions by less experienced drivers or those learning a new track.
  • Engine torque is slightly managed based on the given track conditions.
  • Active Handling is enabled.

PTM Mode #3 – Sport

  • This is the mode intended for use on dry track conditions by drivers who are familiar with the track they are driving. This mode requires more driver skill than PTM Mode #2.
  • More engine torque is available than in Mode #2.
  • Active Handling is enabled.

PTM Mode #4 – Sport

  • This is the mode intended for use on dry track conditions by drivers who are familiar with the track they are driving. This mode requires more driver skill than PTM Mode #3.
  • The same level of engine torque is available as in Mode #3.
  • Active Handling is disabled.

PTM Mode #5 – Race

  • This is the mode intended for use on dry track conditions by experienced drivers who are familiar with the track they are driving. This mode will require more driver skill than all the other modes.
  • Available engine torque is maximized for cornering speed.
  • Active Handling is disabled.

Tadge says the system has show to be able to improve the times of pro-level drivers and so for skilled-level drivers, the PTM system “turns him into a hero”.

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Stile Bertone's ZR1 Based Project M Revealed as Mantide

Last week we introduced you to a new super car project from Stile Bertone that utilizes the chassis of the 2009 Corvette ZR1. This week, the finished Bertone Mantide made its public debut at the Shanghai Motor Show. The distinctly Italian super car features an aggressive look that you’ll either love or hate. Interestingly, Bertone keeps the polycarbonate window showcasing the ZR1′s 638-hp LS9 which reinforces our belief that its what’s inside that counts.

According to the press release, the Mantide promises even greater performance than the Corvette ZR1 due to significant weight savings and highly advanced aerodynamics. Carbon fiber was used everywhere – body panels, interior trim, seats and even the wheels – reducing the overall vehicle weight by 220 pounds (100 kilos). Bertone says these changes give the Mantide a 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph.

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Check out the press release below for more details:

Stile Bertone is proud to present the ULTRA HIGH PERFORMANCE one-off MANTIDE. Few, if any, automobiles have been as awe-inspiring as the show-stopping prototypes and “fuori serie” cars designed by Stile Bertone – the Alfa Romeo Carabo, the Lancia Stratos Zero and the Lamborghini LP500 prototype to name just a few


Stile Bertone has a long history of creating one-off prototypes based on the mechanicals of Chevrolet’s sporting automobiles spanning over 50 years. Today, Stile Bertone is proud to utilize the mechanicals of the formidable 2009 Corvette ZR1. Employing know-how from the Le Mans winning Corvette C5R, the ZR1 is the greatest all-round performance car in the world, the undisputed “King of the Ring”, posting the fastest ever lap time for a true production car at 7:26:4 seconds on the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany, long considered the benchmark for a car’s true performance. Mantide has been designed and fully engineered in collaboration with the renowned Danisi Engineering and aims to be the world’s greatest street legal performance car, wrapped in an iconic and radical Stile Bertone design.

Mantide’s futuristic design draws equal inspiration from modern aerospace and the world of Formula One. The iconic theme is clear to see: a teardrop-like fuselage which tightly encases the mechanicals and the passenger cell which is embraced by two prominent wrapping aerodynamic appendages. While shockingly bold and technical, Mantide’s unique design maintains a sensuality unique to Italian sports cars thanks to a futuristic interpretation of the classic Kamm Back two volume silhouette.

The aerospace inspired design aesthetic is further characterised by innovative yet beautiful forms which are fully driven by performance: the low-slung nose, jet fighter style teardrop canopy and butterfly opening doors, as well as the numerous air inlets and exhausts for maximum air efficiency.

Mantide also boasts cutting edge aerodynamic performance fine-tuned in an advanced full scale wind tunnel. Features include a Le Mans prototype-derived flat floor and diffuser as well as “flying buttresses” which help to increase aero efficiency, guarantee a lower drag coefficient and greater levels of down force. The final aerodynamic results are class leading, with drag reduced by 25% (Cd 0.298) and a 30% improvement in down force. The Mantide not only delivers greater speed and stability, but also more efficiency and therefore lower fuel consumption.

The Mantide promises even greater performance than the ZR1, due to significant weight savings and its highly advanced aerodynamics. Using carbon fibre for all body panels, interior trim, seats and even the wheels, the overall vehicle weight has been reduced by 100 kilos. The result is a staggering 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 351 kph (217mph) Safety and chassis rigidity have been increased with the incorporation of an FIA regulation triangulated roll cage, light-weight carbon fibre racing seats and 4pt racing harness for track use.

Stile Bertone invites you to follow Mantide on its year-long journey as it travels to major auto events around the globe at

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Stile Bertone's Project M Using Corvette ZR1 Chassis

Seems like the coachbuilders love the C6 platform as we’ve covered at least a half dozen designers announcing plans to utilize the chassis and power train for their new super cars. Lately there has been a lot of buzz surrounding Stile Bertone and designer Jason Castriota’s Project M and today it came out that they are indeed using the Corvette ZR1′s underpinnings for their sports car.

Design Director Jason Castriota is use to working around the elite super cars of the world. After all, he brought us the Ferrari 599. I wonder if he knew about the Ferrari 599 seen with the ZR1 during a shakedown in Europe back in May 2007. Watch the video and listen to the high regard he and his staff holds for the Corvette ZR1.

I’ve only been half following the Project M online documentary as there was no clear connection to Corvette except a poll on the site a few weeks ago asking visitors to guess which chassis the Project M would use. For the record, my vote was ZR1. Duh! You can view previous episodes of the Stile Bertone project by visiting Inside Project M. The finished car is expected to debut in a matter of a weeks at the Shanghai Motor Show.

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Corvettes Make Strong Showing at Geneva Motor Show

by Keith Cornett on March 31, 2009

2009 Corvette ZR1 at the Geneva Motor Show

Corvettes have a long history with Geneva Motor Show. Twenty years ago the famous motor show was used by General Motors as the launch point for the 1989 Corvette ZR-1. Earlier this month, Chevy was in Geneva again and they brought all four C6 Corvettes models to tour the Old World, and from all accounts, the C6s gave the Europeans a show.

American performance was on display as the entire Corvette lineup – Coupe, Convertible, Z06 and ZR1 – made their presence known. Whether at the show, on the road or at the track, stock or upgraded with Aftermarket Corvette parts, the latest C6 is a dominant force to be reckoned with on either continent.

Historically, the European stage has been dominated by the elite sports car manufacturers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and Aston Martin. But GM has turned the tables and the gauntlet has been thrown down. The base coupe and convertibles now deliver up to 436 horsepower yet cost thousands less than the European establishment. The Corvette Z06 with its big 7.0 liter LS7 V8 is the quintessential American – loud, brash and fast. The widebody styling that flows seamlessly from the front fascia, to the ground effects to the signature Z06 wheels is a true testament to the marriage of style and performance.

But the real show-stopper at the GM stand in Geneva in 2009 was the all new Corvette ZR1. Making its European debut a year earlier at the 2008 Geneva show, this supercar-slaying Corvette totes a relatively hefty price tag compared to its siblings of $105,000 for an entry-level ZR1. But with that price tag you get the most powerful and fastest sports car ever produced by GM. Based on the already impressive Z06, the ZR1′s power-to-weight ratio is better than other noteworthy superstars like the Porsche 911 GT2, the Ferrari 599 and even the Lamborghini LP640.

When gazing at the Corvette ZR1, lucky onlookers might catch a glimpse of the 638 horsepower supercharged LS9 through the polycarbonate window on the ZR1′s hood. With the carbon fiber chin spoiler and hood scoop, most aficionados agree it’s worthy of the same respect as a work of fine art. In fact, it’s almost a crime to put a Corvette cover over it. Catching a glimpse of the ZR1 is a must, because this is Corvette history in the making.

So the Geneva Motor Show wrapped it up for another year. The 2009 Corvettes on display will be transported to other shows and then eventually sold, and Europeans will have to wait until next year to see the newest Corvettes.

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Corvette Racing: GT2 Corvette C6.R to Wear ZR1 Body

by Keith Cornett on March 31, 2009

GT2 Corvette C6.R to Wear ZR1 Body

In the video presentation from GM Road Race Manager Steve Wesoloski at Sebring, we got an update on the building of the GT2 Corvette. Steve said the following that should put a smile on any Corvette Racing fan: “They (Pratt & Miller) hung the body last week… It’s a ZR1 body. At the doors, it’s got flares front and rear to fit the racing wheels and tires. I got to tell you that it looks more aggressive than the C6.R. But It looks purposeful, it doesn’t look gaudy and it fits that class.”

We turned to to begin our “GT2 Watch” and sure enough, Eddie and the boys have offered a preview of what the GT2 Corvette might look like with the above cad rendering of a ZR1-based GT2. Gone of course is the hood with the polycarbonate window. Wesoloski says the GT2 will be powered by the LS7 destroked to 6 liters this year and next year the rules require another step down to 5.5 liters. Wesoloski says Pratt & Miller will be using an LS3 modified to 5.5 liters with output of around 500 horsepower to reach those goals.

Stay tuned for more GT2 news as it comes available.


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Replica Corvette ZR1 Wheels Now Available

by Keith Cornett on March 17, 2009

Replica Corvette ZR1 Wheels on a C5 Z06

Transform your Corvette by adding a set of the same style of wheels found on the baddest Corvette ever made – the 2009 supercharged ZR1. These triple plated chrome wheels from Ecklers will set your Corvette apart from the others without breaking the bank. And if you drive a C4 or C5 Corvette, the same aggressive looks of the 2009 Corvette ZR1 wheel can be yours as well.

Ecklers replica Corvette ZR1 wheels come in triple plated chrome with a beautiful mirror finish. A center cap is included and no cores are necessary. All Corvette ZR1 wheels come with a 3-year manufacturer’s limited warranty on the chrome finish.

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[VIDEO] All-Electric 2009 Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on March 10, 2009

 All-Electric 2009 Corvette ZR1

Your environmentally-responsible friends will be “green” with envy when you blow by them in the all new 2009 Electric Corvette ZR1. At least that is the premise behind this funny spoof put together by Michael Brown’s Vette Collection’s TV show.

With General Motors hanging on by its fingernails and oil prices as unstable as the whole world’s economy, maybe this will be the ‘stimulus’ to return GM to profitability!

YouTube via eGMCarTech

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1989 Corvette ZR-1

The scene is eerily familiar, yet we are talking about an event that happened twenty years ago today. After months of dodging spy photographers with the automotive magazines eager to capture a new supercar in the works, General Motors took the world by storm with the unveiling of the 32-valve 375 horsepower Corvette ZR-1 at the 1989 Geneva Auto Show.

The new ZR-1 represented Corvette’s return to the high performance automotive arena after decades of languishing under emission standards, reduced power and a corporate mentality that seemed to have no interest in further developing one of the most storied names in automotive history. And like the new 2009 Corvette ZR1, the heart of 1989 Corvette ZR-1 was what made this car special: The all-aluminum 32-valve 4 overhead cam LT5 V8.

Developed in conjunction with Lotus Cars of England and assembled by hand at Mercury Marine in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the LT5 represented a technological leap for Corvette. With 375 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque on board, the Corvette ZR-1 could run 0-60 mph in just over 4 seconds and had a top speed over 175 mph.

After the unveiling in Geneva, General Motors invited a select group of media from around the world to drive the Corvettes from Geneva to the walled city of Carcasonne in the southwest corner of France. A stop at the Goodyear test track in Mireval, France gave GM the opportunity to show off its new supercar’s performance and abilities in a series of high-speed cornering and wet-pavement tests.

The media fell in love with the new Corvette and the ZR-1 was on the cover of virtually every magazine in the world. This initial hype fueled demand and when the Corvette ZR-1 went on sale in September 1989, dealers were selling the new car for $10,000-$20,000 above the MSRP of nearly $60,000. Many collectors who purchased the Corvette had no intention of driving them, but to store them as a future classic.

The Corvette ZR-1 program lasted six years and during that time, the LT5s power was bumped from 375 to 405 hp. Almost 7,000 Corvette ZR-1s were built during those six years. The last “King of the Hill” rolled off the assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky with great fanfare in April 1995. Residing today at the National Corvette Museum, the Torch Red Corvette sports a windshield banners that reads “The Legend Lives”.


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[VIDEO] John Heinricy Drives the Hennessey Corvette ZR700

by Keith Cornett on February 25, 2009

John Heinricy Drives Hennessey’s 705hp Corvette ZR700

As the resident consulting engineer and test driver for Hennessey Performance, former GM performance guru John Heinricy gets to get behind the wheel of some serious vehicles. In this latest video, Heinricy does a warm up lap at MSR Houston with Hennessey’s latest Corvette creation, the 705 hp 2009 Hennessey Corvette ZR700.

With 705 hp under the hood, the Hennessey ZR700 is seen hitting speeds of 145 mph. On this day, Heinricy logs over 125 track miles and recorded a best lap of 1:38.4 seconds on the 2.3 mile road course.

Hennessey Performance introduced the ZR700 last month with great fanfare and a series of stats that would put a smile on any Corvette owner. One of the first tuner upgrades of the 638-hp Corvette ZR1 to come to market, the Hennessey ZR700 features 705 horsepower and 717 lbs-foot of torque. The ZR700 runs the quarter mile in 11.03 seconds at 136 mph. 0-60 mph was timed at 3.1 seconds and 0-150 mph was 13.9 seconds. Estimated top speed is 212 mph.

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