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Blue Devil / ZR1

New King of the Hill: Corvette Blue Devil/SS is now ZR1

by Keith Cornett on September 6, 2007

Motor Trend is the latest to suggest the new supercharged 650 hp Corvette will have a name that looks to the past: ZR1, the King of the Hill, will be resurrected for the Blue Devil/SS Corvette currently being developed in anticipation of next year’s introduction. I like the name and it works for me, but don’t believe for a second that this is a done deal yet. Remember those previous monikers: Z07, Stingray, SS and now ZR1. There’s a couple good names in that list and while my vote would most decidedly go to Stingray, I wouldn’t be surprised if its none of them. Motor Trend also reports that the Blue Devil/SS/ZR1 will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2008.
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New Corvette SS Spy Photos Show Design Refinement

by Keith Cornett on August 29, 2007

Just a week ago I was lamenting about the lack of Blue Devil/SS Corvette news and made the observation that this was probably due to Chevrolet making changes based on their previous road testing. Low and behold Popular Mechanics caught up with the Velocity Yellow Corvette Blue Devil/SS and points out some of the changes they have seen on this latest incarnation that are different from previous mules.

Check out the hood bulge and carbon fiber roof Rear spoiler creates downforce at high speeds
 
With that hood, there's plenty of space for supercharger New wheel design with Michelin tires
These biggest change appears to be a bulge in hood that is much more pronounced than on previous versions. It’s always hard to tell with the black covering GM uses to hide, but on this yellow SS mule, the bulge is definitely larger than before. It also looks like GM is testing a carbon fiber roof. While harder to spot on previous spy photos, these new photos again show a black roof, not painted or tinted as a production Corvette would have. Going to a carbon fiber roof would be yet another way that Corvette engineers are shaving pounds off the SS. Other Changes include: A rear spoiler on the back is now extended across the back of rear. This is for added downforce at high speeds. Michelin tires are on the Corvette for the first time as GM has reportedly reopened the bidding between Michelin and Goodyear for the Blue Devil/SS contract. Mudflaps extend to the fenders to cover the width of these Michelin tires. The Wheel takes the traditional 5 spoke “star” in a split design and adds two more between each of the five points. Popular Mechanics surmises that these are actually a weight saving move that allows for lighter materials and more reinforcement.
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Late Night Observation: All’s Quiet on the Corvette SS

by Keith Cornett on August 22, 2007

The first half of this year was abuzz in Corvette Blue Devil/SS news. We had spy photos from the professionals and from insiders who later got fired. The Blue Devil/SS was seen in Europe side-by-side with a Ferrari 599. For a while we were averaging a couple spy shots a month. The last sighting, the Yellow Devil pics from Popular Mechanic’s Jim Dunne, appeared nearly 2 months ago. Since then, the 6th of June, all has been quiet. No sightings, no spy photos. No slips of the tongue by Maximum Bob Lutz. Nothing… Does this tell us more about the status of the Blue Devil/SS more than a spy photos ever could? The last comments on the Blue Devil/SS by Lutz said the car was completing its powertrain testing. Perhaps now GM is adding the specific body panels that will make the Blue Devil/SS as unique to the Corvette Lineup as the Z06′s side scoops and front air vent. Maybe we’re in for a more radical approach? The next few months are key for GM as they try to keep the lid on unauthorized leaks of the supervette before it makes its debut at one of the auto shows in early 2008 (as we expect). We also expect that details of the Blue Devil/SS will emerge prior to its debut as we saw in the run-up to the introduction of the C6 as well as the C5. Heck, the NY Times couldn’t even honor an embargo on the Chevy Volt, what would they do with details of the Blue Devil/SS? In the meantime, I’ve created a central repository for all of our Corvette Blue Devil/SS news. As news becomes available we will post and archive those stories there.
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PM’s Jim Dunne Debunks Corvette SS Rumors

by Keith Cornett on July 12, 2007

Corvette SS Spy Photo by Jim DunneThe coming of the Corvette SS has generated a buzz on the interwebs that hasn’t been seen since… well, perhaps never. When you’re talking about a brand new $100,000 Corvette, truth and rationale seem to go right out the window. Popular Mechanic’s Jim Dunne, who has taken his share of the uber-Corvette’s spy photos has decided to give readers a reality check by debunking the top five Corvette SS rumors. Myth 1: The Corvette SS will be offered in a manual transmission. False. The LS9 has proven to be too strong for GM’s manual transmissions, so the SS will only be offered in an Automatic. Myth 2: The Corvette SS will use twin turbochargers to develop 650 hp. False. The LS9 has a single supercharger mounted between the cylinder banks. The intercooler appears to be mounted above the supercharger just under the air scoop. Myth 3: Chevrolet will produce 3,000 units of Corvette SS. True. The company is planning 1,500 units each year for two years and then will halt production. Myth 4: The New Corvette will cost $100,000. True. That price point may actually be higher and could end up between $100,000 and $125,000. Myth 5: The Corvette Z06 will be dropped from the Chevrolet lineup. Don’t Know. This story goes both ways with either the Z06 continuing to be placed on the moderate end of the high performance lineup or that it will be gone all together. Here is my take on these five myths: Myth 1: If the Corvette SS will only be offered in an automatic, then there will surely be tears shed by the enthusiasts who believe high end sports cars need a manual shifter to compete with the exotics and other high end competition. On the other hand, there has been a constant drumbeat from the same base to have Chevy offer the Z06 as an automatic. Myth 2: I don’t think anyone believed the Blue Devil/SS was going to be turbocharged. Myths 3 & 4 appear to be dead on. The two year run would take the program to 2011, which is when the C7 is slated for production. My guess is that depending on how well the SS program is received will determine its place in the future C7 lineup. Myth 5: The demise of the Corvette Z06 would cause a lot of consternation among the fan base, especially if the SS program is slated to run only two years. Corvette fans like options, and the idea of a Base/Z06/SS lineup has a lot of appeal.
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Yellow Devil/SS Corvette Spy Photos

by Keith Cornett on June 6, 2007

That’s right, we said yellow. The not so super secret (SS) Corvette has been spotted once again on a GM test track by the hound dogs at Popular Mechanics and this time the car was wearing a Velocity Yellow paint job. So for those of you who are counting, we’ve seen the Blue Devil/SS in Black, Red, Blue and now Yellow. Another interesting tidbit is the fact that Popular Mechanics refers to the Blue Devil/SS in two other monikers I have yet seen reported anywhere else: The ZRS and the Grand Sport S.

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Click here to read Popular Mechanics’ review of their latest sighting.
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The 2009 Cadillac CTS-VLast month GM’s Vice Chairman “Maximum” Bob Lutz was derided by many including myself on this blog for making the comment about taking a look at producing a four door Corvette. Along comes the new issue of Motor Trend magazine which has a story about the next generation Cadillac CTS-V, which will have none other than a “detuned” version of the SuperCharged V8 Blue Devil Corvette engine under the hood. Could this be the first step in the evolution of a 4-door Corvette? The news is just another example of the ongoing horsepower wars and we think this is great news for GM as it continues to position the Cadillac against BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus. However, the information from the Motor Trend article is not entirely correct:

What’s good for the Blue Devil is good for the Cadillac CTS-v. The next-generation muscle-Caddy, which is expected in the 2009 model year along with the quicker-than-Z06 Chevrolet Corvette, also will get the supercharged LS7 7.0-liter powerplant. While the Blue Devil, which will be named Z07, will have about 700-horsepower (“Trend,” June), expect the engine to be detuned somewhat for the CTS-v to about 600 horses.
The Blue Devil engine is expected to be the LS9 – a supercharged 6.2 Liter V8 that should produce upwards of 700 hp. It’s not a blown version of the current Z06 Corvette’s LS7 7.0 Liter V8. Others have speculated the Cadillac engine will have the supercharged LSA 6.2 liter V8. Both are supercharged variants of the new LS3 engine debuting in the 2008 Corvette later this year, but the LSA will have about 100 horses less than the LS9. Okay, now that I got that off my chest, let’s get back to the plans for the CTS-V. Motor Trend says the 4-door sedan will get an updated suspension with stiffer springs and shocks, Brembro Brakes and a host of exterior changes that will include front and rear spoilers and a mesh grille. Click here to read the Motor Trend article and I would also recommend reading the comments about this story on AutoBlog.com
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Edmunds.com Straightline Blog has a set of photos of a Corvette SS Prototype testing alongside a Ferrari 599. The take on the story is that both the Ferrari 599 and the regular production Corvette both share Delphi’s Magnetic Suspension Technology and therefore Chevrolet engineers are reworking the system to help control the massive horsepower output of the Corvette SS. Last April, Ferrari announced they would be using the MagneRide suspension, which uses shock absorbers filled with a fluid capable of changing damping characteristics on the fly. Delphi’s MagneRide system is used on the Corvette as well as the Cadillac STS and other premium GM cars.

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The track the pictures were taken is unidentified other than “a supplier’s test track in Europe”. Visit the Straightline Blog to view all the photos.
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Corvette SS Spy Photos: Return of the Shaker?

by Keith Cornett on May 9, 2007

Another batch of spy photos has surfaced and these appear to be the real deal. As GM has claimed they are wrapping up performance testing, we can only assume that attention is being turned to the exterior. While many Corvette enthusiasts are hoping for a radically different body style for the SS, these latest pictures show that the SuperVette will probably not differ too much from that of its Z06 siblings. Having said that, these photos do show that GM has something pretty cool up its sleeve.

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Earlier photos of the SS showed the hood heavily camouflaged and now we know why. We are seeing what may appear to be the return of the shaker hood. The hood shows a cutout which may or may not have a polycarbonate or lexan see-through panel. Also appearing on these photos are new side vents behind the front wheels, massive rotors and a set of five-spoke wheels. The Corvette also appears to have the same black matte roof that showed up on the recent Popular Mechanics spy photos. As for my last impression of these photos, let me just say that it is good to finally see the Devil dressed in “Blue”…
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Spy Photos: Little Red (SS) Corvette

by Keith Cornett on May 1, 2007

Popular Mechanics has nailed the last two spy photos of the Corvette SS, the highly anticipated supervette that will make its debut next year. The Corvette SS, formally known as the Blue Devil, Z07 and the Sting Ray, is expected to push 650 hp from a supercharged V8 and should be priced in the neighborhood of $100,000.

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With these new photos, it does appear that engineers are moving onto other aspects of the development. Popular Mechanics notes the uneven construction of the roof, suggesting that this mule may have a carbon fiber prototype in place. And then there’s the wheels. The black finish makes it hard to distinguish the design, but you can bet there’s something exciting happening there as well. The rear wheels do appear to be extra large and on the 3/4 rear shot, you can see the addition of mud flaps. Lastly, the rear spoiler has been redesigned and features an ultra small third brake light.
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Corvette Blue Devil/SS Enters Final Tuning Phase

by Keith Cornett on April 16, 2007

Blue Devil/SS Corvette Mule - Photo by Chris DoaneIn a Car & Driver interview with GM’s Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, GM’s great pontificator spoke about the development process of the Blue Devil/SS Corvette. Apparently, development of the fastest Corvette yet is moving through the development stages and nearling completion. That’s a good thing to hear considering that GM has frozen the development of other large and powerful rear-wheel drive cars due to the proposed new CAFE regulations. The freeze has put the brakes on the next Chevy Impala and several Cadillac models. But development of the Blue Devil/SS is very much on track, according to Lutz:

“It’s a very difficult vehicle development. This thing has so much power that we have to explore a dynamic envelope that we’ve never explored before. We want the vehicle to be safe and we want it to be predictable, even at speeds that no mortal is ever going to attain in the United States. That’s our obligation. We’re really into a speed and power realm that General Motors has never been in before. We’re way up there with Porsche Carrera GTs and Ferraris.”
One question not yet settled is the horsepower rating for the new Corvette.
In terms of horsepower, Lutz said: “We’re certainly not going to be at 600 because some of our competition is at 600. So, 600 is a number that is not satisfactory for us. I would say comfortably in excess of 600 is the way I would term it.” As for 700 horses, “that would be a stretch. Tom Stephens (GM’s head of powertrain) would say, ‘maybe in the second year.’”
Expectations are the Corvette Blue Devil/SS will make its debut early next year at one of the large autoshows (NAIAS anyone?) and will be produced as a 2009 model.
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