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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%    
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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.


Source:
National Corvette Museum

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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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Introduction and Reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport at the NCM

Team Corvette was on hand at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash to fully brief the Corvette faithful on the new 2010 Corvette. Here is the team introducing the new model in the Corvette lineup, the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport.

Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles opened the discussion by running through the content of the new Grand Sport and then turned over the mic to Kirk Bennion, Corvette’s Exterior Design Manager who tells us that inspiration for the new vertical side vents comes from an original pencil drawing of the ZR1. Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter wraps up the seminar discussion by presenting the technical and performance details of the new model. The video culminates with the live reveal in the Museum’s main rotunda to the very enthusiastic crowd.

The new Grand Sport models (Coupes and Convertibles) will fit between the standard coupes and convertibles and the Z06 in the Corvette lineup. The Grand Sport features the standard LS3 engine but uses the wider Z06 size wheels, tires, brakes and chassis.

From a performance standpoint, the Grand Sport has better weight distribution and the wider Z06 tires significantly increase the models 0-60 times. While the base Corvette’s 0-60 mph time is 4.3 seconds, the Corvette team thinks the new Grand Sport’s time should be at 4.0 seconds but Tadge opened the door to the possibility that it could break the 4 second barrier.

The models effectively replace the Z51 Performance Package by introducing the new Z52 package for the coupe which features the dry sump oil, differential cooler and the same higher gear ratios found on the Z51 package.

A Heritage Package will be offered for owners who want a unique package like the 1996 version that includes the hash mark decals and special embroidery on the seats. The hash marks are available in 4 distinct colors: Black, Gray, Silver and Pearl White.

Pricing wasn’t announced for the Grand Sports at the unveiling, but both Tadge and Harlan say Corvette owners will be pleased when pricing is announced in early May.

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The 2010 Corvette's Launch Control Explained

During the 2010 Corvette seminar at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash, Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter goes into more detail about the new Launch Control option that will be standard on all manual transmission Corvettes. The system modulates engine torque 100 times per second to give the driver the optimal amount of traction on a full throttle start. The best news? Corvette’s Launch Control System will not void your warranty!

To engage the launch control system, the driver puts the traction control into competitive mode and then pushes the gas pedal to the floor. The system will hold a predetermined RPM based on which engine you have (LS3/LS7/LS9). When the driver quickly releases the clutch, the launch control modulates engine torque 100 times per second to get the best traction.

GM’s testing of the system found that just about any driver can achieve very consistent times on par with that of a skilled driver’s best efforts.

The best news is that use of the launch control system will not void your warranty – an obvious reference to Nissan’s GT-R that until recently had a policy of voiding warranties if the car broke while using their version of launch control. Tadge mentioned this fact several times to the delight of the audience.

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[VIDEO] Juechter: Corvette Grand Sport is the New Z51

by Keith Cornett on April 26, 2009

Team Corvette Grand Sport Walk-Around

On Day 2 of the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash, members of the Corvette Team assembled outside on the NCM Logo Circle with two newly built 2010 Grand Sports. Unlike Day 1′s seminar, this walk-around focused more on the improvements with performance. As Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter discussed the new model, he consistently compared the components on the GS to the Z51, using descriptions like “better” and “faster”. But you Z51 aficionados don’t despair, Tadge tells of the new Z52 package that will have you searching for the emblems at your favorite parts dealer.

The Grand Sport Z16 option is replacing the Z51 when it comes to performance. The Grand Sport gets the Z06′s tires and brakes as well as a uniquely tuned suspension. The Grand Sport does at least a 1g so it corners better than the Z51 and its initially reported 0-60 mph times have been sub-4s but engineering is saying it will be 4.0.

“I should point out that now this is essentially what a Z51 was. You used to check the box and get the z51 performance content now we’re replacing that with the Z16 which is this wide package that were calling the Grand Sport.”

Tadge Juechter – Corvette Chief Engineer

Tadge also introduced a new package for “those serious about tracking their cars” called the Z52. This RPO only comes on manual transmissions coupes. The 6-Speed transmission has the same aggressive gear ratios as the Z51. Selected hardware from the Z06 and ZR1 is incorporated. The battery was moved to the right rear corner in the back to make way for a drysump oil pump, a first for an LS3 Corvette.

Harlan Charles ends the conversation on the walk-around by reiterating the performance numbers of 1g lateral, 4.0 (or better) 0-60 mph time in a 26 mpg car. In his closing remarks he invited a couple southern senators to come check out the Corvettes at the NCM as proof of GM building cars people want.

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What’s New for the 2010 Corvette
Exclusive Photo Gallery: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

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Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

by Keith Cornett on April 24, 2009

Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

The Grand Sport returns! We’re at the Corvette Museum this weekend for the official unveiling and will have more details and exclusive photos as the new models are unveiled to the enthusiasts. In the meantime, read the offical press release from Chevy after the jump.

Click here for a larger photo of the 2010 Grand Sport Corvette


PRESS RELEASE

CHEVROLET ANNOUNCES NEW 2010 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Grand Sport. It’s one of the most storied monikers in Corvette’s illustrious racing heritage and it is returning the lineup. Chevrolet announced the new, 2010 Corvette Grand Sport at the 12th annunal C5/C6 Corvette Birthday Bash, held at the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky.

The new Grand Sport model combines the Corvette’s LS3-based powertrain with unique, wide-body styling and a racetrack-bred suspension for a distinctive, starting grid-ready performer. It is offered in both coupe and convertible body styles, with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The LS3 6.2L engine is rated at 430 horsepower (321 kW)* and 424 lb.-ft. of torque (575 Nm)* with the standard exhaust system. An optional two-mode exhaust system elevates the power ratings to 436 horses (325 kW) and 428 lb.-ft. (580 Nm).

The Grand Sport replaces the Corvette’s previous Z51 package and brings a greater degree of handling performance, with wider wheels and tires; revised shock, stabilizer bar and spring specifications and specific gearing. The equipment enables cornering capability of 1.0 g, as well as a 0.2-second improvement in 0-60 acceleration vs. standard LS3-powered models.

Grand Sport coupe models equipped with the manual transmission are uniquely outfitted for racetrack competition, too, with a dry-sump oiling system, differential cooler and a rear-mounted battery.

The complete list of content and special features for the Grand Sport includes

  • Wider front and rear fenders – including specific front fenders with integrated Grand Sport badges
  • Z06-style front splitter and tall rear spoiler
  • Functional brake ducts and extra cooling
  • Unique 18-inch front and 19-inch wheels; painted finish standard and chrome finish optional
  • Large 275/35ZR18 tires in front and 325/30ZR19 tires in the rear
  • Z06-size brakes, including 14-inch (355 mm) front rotors with six-piston calipers and 13.4-inch (340 mm) rear rotors with four-piston calipers
  • Specific manual transmission gear ratios
  • Specific rear axle ratio on automatic-equipped models

With its special equipment, the Grand Sport offers a unique blend of performance and amenities. Its suspension package approaches that of the Z06, but includes a removable roof on coupes (Z06 has a fixed roof) and, of course, the availability of a convertible body style. Also, the paddle-shift six-speed automatic transmission is offered, while a manual transmission is the only choice with the Z06.

All of Corvette’s exterior colors are offered on the Grand Sport and an available Heritage package adds iconic front fender hash marks offered in four colors, as well as two-tone seats with Grand Sport embroidery. The Grand Sport can be ordered with 1LT, 2LT, 3LT and 4LT trim packages, too.

Grand Sport history

Envisioned by legendary Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov as a factory-built, lightweight and race-ready production model that would trump domestic and foreign road-racing competitors, the original Corvette Grand Sport was a promising idea stymied by GM’s agreement to stay out of manufacturer-backed motorsports.

The planned 125 production models required for racing-class homologation were never built, but five prototypes based on the styling of the 1963 Corvette were hand-assembled under Duntov’s watchful eye. And while they looked like production models, the prototypes were purpose-built racecars that shared little with their assembly-line cousins. Duntov also oversaw the Grand Sport engine program that featured a special, 377-cubic-inch small-block V-8 and used side-draft carburetors.

Although never officially sanctioned by General Motors, the five Grand Sport prototypes saw extensive racing experience throughout the 1960s in the hands of “private” racers who had strong contacts within Duntov’s engineering circle. All five original cars are accounted for today and are among the most valuable in the collector market.

Chevrolet offered a limited-edition Grand Sport production model in 1996, commemorating the original racing cars and marking the end of the C4 era in Corvette production. All of the 1,000 examples were painted Admiral Blue and featured a white center stripe and red “hash mark” graphics on the left front fender, a graphic scheme that mimicked the look of some of the original racecars.

*SAE certified.


Soure:
Autoblog

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[VIDEO] Teaser Video of 2010 Grand Sport Reveal

We’ll be uploading more video once we return from our trip to the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash. In the meanime, here is a quick video we took with our digital camera following the reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport.

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Follow Live Coverage of Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash

by Keith Cornett on April 23, 2009

Heading to the Corvette Museum for the C5/C6 Bash
Later this afternoon I’ll be jumping a Southwest flight to Nashville and then renting a car for the trip to Bowling Green where we’ll be on hand for the 2010 Corvette reveal at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash. While at the various NCM events, we’ll be updating the days activities live and posting exclusive photos via our Twitter account, which can be followed here after the jump.


Click here for the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash schedule of events

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Corvette Z06 Police Car

The National Corvette Museum put out a call yesterday for silver C5/C6 Corvette coupes that will be transformed into state police escorts for labor day’s National Corvette Caravan celebration. The coupes chosen for duty will have a lightbar and graphics installed and will lead each of the four national caravans converging on Bowling Green.

From the Corvette Museum:

Here is your chance to drive your Corvette down the highway decorated as a state police vehicle with a light bar on top and vehicle markings as the lead in for the caravan! We are looking for owners of four silver C5/C6 coupes that are willing to become State Police Caravan Escorts when four caravans cross into Kentucky. The four lead Corvettes, with help from the Kentucky State Police, will be fitted with vinyl State Police markings and working light bars. A KSP trooper will be your passenger and you will be assigned a border crossing point to meet a designated Caravan. If you are interested, email your contact information and a picture to events@corvettemuseum.org. We will hold a drawing May 15th and announce the four caravan lead vehicles. These Corvettes will also be the featured display on Thursday, September 3 during the event. In case you were wondering…no, you can’t keep the light bar or write tickets. These cars will need to be available on Wednesday and Thursday September 2-3.

In addition to the police escort cars, the NCM is putting together two other special displays. On Friday, September 4th, the NCM will host a “First and Last” display featuring a Corvette from the first and last year of each generation. On Saturday, September 5th, the Museum will display 12-15 Corvettes that were part of the original 1994 Corvette Caravan. If you are interested in participating in either of these displays, contact the national Corvette museum at events@corvettemuseum.org.

Would you like to join thousands of Corvettes from across the nation as they trek to Bowling Green for the 15th Anniversary celebration of the National Corvette Museum? Check out the Corvette Caravan for details on this unique experience.


Source:
National Corvette Museum

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First Look: New Photos of the Corvette Museum’s Expansion

by Keith Cornett on February 18, 2009

National Corvette Museum's Expansion Nears Completion

CorvetteForum.com member “tsbbzm” posted some new photos showing the exterior and interior of the new addition at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY. While the construction is slated to be completed in time for the NCM’s 15th anniversary celebration over the 2009 Labor Day weekend, the museum folks are allowing visitors into the new section which includes the Corvette Cafe, library and archives, expanded gift shop and new Corvette delivery areas.

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The expansion will add 47,000 square feet to the existing 60,000 square foot facility and is expected to cost around $9 million. We’ll be checking out the expansion first hand in April as we’ve officially made plans to be at the Museum during the C5/C6 Bash on April 24-25th.


Source:
CorvetteForum.com

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