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GM Delivers Corvette ZR1 to German Prince

by Keith Cornett on May 27, 2009

GM Delivers Corvette ZR1 to German Prince

Prince Albert von Thurn und Taxis recently took delivery of a new Corvette ZR1 in Bonstetten, Switzerland. The Prince is a descendant of one of Germany’s old and wealthy noble families and is an avid race car driver who currently drives a Lamborghini in the FIA GT European Championship and the GT3 Class with Reiter Engineering. Owning a Corvette ZR1 was reportedly a “must-have” for the Prince.

Prince Albert’s racing pedigree includes the current European Lamborghini Cup title, vice champion of the German ADAC GT Masters 2008 and a stint in the FIA GT European Championship behind the wheel of a Lamborghini. He also currently races with Reiter Engineering, using the German firm’s GT3-class Lamborghini Gallardo race car. Despite his racing success, we understand the car will be used for personal driving as no plans have been announced to race the American super car.

Prince Albert joins the list of race car drivers who have purchased a 2009 Corvette ZR1. Other notable race car drivers include Mario Andretti, Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon.


Source
MotorAuthority.com

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2010 Corvette Production Constraints

by Keith Cornett on May 21, 2009

2010 Corvette Production Constraints

The first list of order constraints on the 2010 Corvette are out and we are pleased to see that there are no major options constrained for the new Grand Sport models other than the expected delay of the Z15 Heritage package. It’s normal for the factory to limit some of the new options as production ramps up and for the most part that is what we are seeing. The allocation groups for 2010 have changed slightly as well so that all Corvettes except the ZR1 are in one group and the ZR1 is by itself in another.

Vette Group (Coupe, Convertible, GS Coupe, GS Convertible, Z06)

  • 70U Torch Red Exterior – limited to 54 available
  • US8 Audio System – Single CD with 12 months XM – 22 available
  • Z15 Grand Sport Heritage Package – 0 Available

ZR1 Group

  • 70U Torch Red Exterior – 12 available
  • 10U Artic White Exterior – 3 available
  • 89U Crystal Red Exterior – 3 available

In regards to the Grand Sport Heritage Package, the Z15 option includes two-tone leather seats, Grand Sport logo seat headrest embroidery and dealer-installed fender stripe hash marks. GM told us at the NCM’s C5/C6 Birthday Bash that this package probably wouldn’t be available until sometime in the Fall of 2009. We do understand that the Hash Marks will be available through dealers as part of the Corvette Genuine Accessories catalog.

Although 2010 Corvette pricing hasn’t been made public yet (expect another 2 weeks or so), dealers can and are taking 2010 Corvette orders. If you are interested in ordering a 2010 Corvette including the new Grand Sport, get in line now by calling Kerbeck Corvette’s Dave Salvatore today at 877-537-2325 or visit Kerbeck Corvette online. Make sure you tell them CorvetteBlogger sent you!


Assembly Plant Schedule

Finally, here is the latest schedule of operations for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant through the end of August. The schedule is subject to change based on GM’s ongoing restructuring:

June: Closed the weeks of June 1, June 8 and June 29. Open the weeks of June 15, June 22.
July:  Closed the weeks of July 6, July 13. Open the weeks of July 20, July 27.
August: Closed the weeks of August 3, August 10. Open the weeks of August 17, August 23.

The model year change over is expected around the end of July, however, new production could be postponed should GM go into bankruptcy proceedings this summer. We’ll know more about that process in the coming weeks as well.


Contraint Report Sponsored by:
Kerbeck Corvette

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[VIDEO] Introduction and Reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

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Geiger's 890 hp biTURBO Corvette Z06

Roughly a year ago, we were going gaga over German-based Geigercars Corvette Z06 Black Edition which upped the horsepower of the already potent LS7′s stock 505 horsepower to 592. It seems lately that tuners can’t get enough horsepower or so Geiger installed a couple of turbos on the now venerable Z06 and painted it neon green to make sure people see it coming. The result? Geigercar’s 890 horsepower biTURBO Corvette Z06.

The biTURBO is more than just a Z06 with twin-turbos. The package starts with increasing total displacement from 7.0 to 7.6 liters. Upgraded cylinder heads, valve springs, and cams were added as well as a less restrictive exhaust system. The rear wheels were upsized to 345/25s and adjustable coilover shocks and larger brakes helps keep the Corvette firmly planted to the road. To handle the additional horsepower, the drivetrain was beefed up with a new twin-disc clutch and a carbon fiber driveshaft.

Performance-wise this all ads up to 890 horsepower and 694 lb-ft torque and a reported top speed of 220 mph!

In addition to the performance upgrades, Geiger tops off the project with their body kit finished in a bright neon green with a black hood and roof. We particularly like the black headlights which adds a sinister look to a Corvette. We’d move over for sure if we saw it approaching in our rear view mirror.

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Geiger's 890 hp biTURBO Corvette Z06 Geiger's 890 hp biTURBO Corvette Z06 Geiger's 890 hp biTURBO Corvette Z06
Geiger's 890 hp biTURBO Corvette Z06 Geiger's 890 hp biTURBO Corvette Z06 Geiger's 890 hp biTURBO Corvette Z06

Sources:
Geigercars via AutoBlog.com

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More Corvette Comments from GM CEO Henderson

by Keith Cornett on May 11, 2009

GM CEO Fritz Henderson Discusses Corvette's Future

Last week General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson sat down with Autoweek and essentially said the Corvette isn’t going away because it pays the rent. Henderson repeated those comments in an online live chat this morning on GM’s FastLane blog. In addition to repeating his support for the Corvette, Fritz gives us a peak inside the Henderson garage.

From the FastLane Chat with Fritz Henderson on MOnday, May 11th:


Dr. Ron McGarry:
I know that shuttering popular brands is difficult, but as a former Pontiac owner and now with a Corvette, I am concerned about the whole Corvette/Bowling Green operation. Destroy this and it will be bad for GM on a whole. Any hints on plans for Corvette?

Fritz Henderson:
Corvette remains a force within our product lineup. It is a superb high performance car, the equal or better car relative to cars that sell for 3x the price. The corvette pays the rent in terms of profitability and cash flow and is one of our strongest (if not our strongest) nameplates in the entire GM lineup. We intend to keep this car fresh and in a segment leading position. I also own one and love it.


Brian Watters:
What do you drive presently and what is your favorite gm vehicles?

Fritz Henderson:
The Henderson family fleet. My wife drives a cool 9-3 Saab convertible. My baby is my corvette, I am also driving a camaro, and my daughter drives a Malibu.


Click here to read the transcript from the 30 min chat.


Source:
GM FastLane Blog

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The Hero Edition Corvette ZR1

The Corvette ZR1 “Hero Edition” was specially built by General Motors to honor the Kids Wish Network’s “Hero of the Month”, a child that has faced and overcome traumatic and life-changing circumstances with courage and spirit. This special edition ZR1 will be paired with a Black/Red 1967 Corvette 427/390 hp roadster and raffled off at the end of the year in the Win The Vette’s Corvette Dream Giveaway.

The Hero Edition serial #1 of 1 is the only Corvette ZR1 produced with red accents, special graphics, and additional carbon fiber components. Under the hood, the now-famous blue cowl covering the Eaton supercharged 638-horsepower LS9 V8 engine has been replaced with a one of a kind red version that can be seen through the hood’s polycarbonate window. One-of-a-kind emblems and embroidery confirm its unique place in automotive history.

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Corvette Team Members Ray Krawczyk, Harlan Charles and Tadge Juechter have all signed their names under the hood to further authenticate this 1 of 1 special edition Corvette.

Last year’s Corvette Dream Giveaway generated enough donations to fund the Hero Program for an entire year. The Kids Wish Network provides a “Hero” gift package to a deserving child at a monthly award ceremony at each participating hospital.

Tickets for the Corvette Dream Giveaway start at just $3. There is no cap on how many tickets will be sold and by purchasing more tickets, the price per ticket decreases while your odds of winning increase. The drawing for the two Corvettes will be held December 23rd and winners will be notified.

Most people never get to own a Corvette;
Few people will ever own a ZR1;
Only one person will ever own the Hero Edition

To enter the “Win The Vettes” raffle and help the heros of the Kids Wish Network, click here to purchase tickets or call 866-WIN-Both to speak with a representative.


Source:
WinTheVettes.com

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GM CEO Fritz Henderson Discusses Corvette's Future

Autoweek.com sat down with new GM CEO Fritz Henderson and the Corvette’s future came up in the discussion. Fritz made it clear that the focus for Corvette is on the current C6 platform and making changes and upgrades to insure “it maintains its leadership position”.

When asked about the hold placed on the C7 development, Henderson commented that it would take a significant investment to have the car make another leap forward, but since the current architecture is so good, the plan for now is to make sure the current Corvette continues to improve every year.

I don’t know about you, but Henderson’s comments left me feeling very uninspired. Not just on the future development of the C7, but his discussion of the current C6 was very bland, almost clinical. Anyone else have that opinion?


Source:
Autoweek.com

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April 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on May 4, 2009

We received good news regarding new Corvette sales via GM’s monthly sales report. GM posted 1,407 deliveries of new Corvettes last month, the highest amount since September 2008 and the fourth straight month of growth. Sales of Corvettes climbed 18.9% over March 2009′s figure of 1,183. During the month, the total inventory of Corvettes available fell 9.4% to a total of 6,416 units available nationwide.

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Download the 2010 Corvette Order Guide

by Keith Cornett on May 4, 2009

2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible

As Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles promised at the NCM’s C5/C6 Bash, the 2010 Corvette Order Guides were delivered to Chevrolet dealers today. We’ll be reviewing it shortly and will post anything interesting that we find. In the meantime, you can download your copy after the jump.

A special thanks goes out to Dave Salvatore at Kerbeck Corvette for making this available to us so quickly. If you’re looking to purchase the new Grand Sport or any other 2010 Corvette, Dave is your go-to guy. Call him at 1-877-537-2325 and make sure you tell him CorvetteBlogger sent you!

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Indy 500 Corvettes Help Kickoff Festival on the Circle

The annual kickoff to the 500 Festival was held today at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Despite the soggy weather, a contingent of 2009 Festival Corvette convertibles made their appearance on the Circle. For the first time in five years Corvette will not be handling pace car duties.

This year the all new 2010 Chevy Camaro is sporting the cool paint job while the Festival Corvette’s graphics are bit more subtle, if you can call a Corvette with a huge Indy 500 logo on the side subtle. The Festival Corvettes are used to shuttle dignitaries and track officials around to various 500-related events and then are usually sold.

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NCM to Auction First Competition Sport Corvette Z06

The National Corvette Museum will be raffling the very first 2009 Competition Sport Corvette (RPO CSC) which is a Blade Silver Z06 with Black stripes. The drawing will be held today at 2pm CST and according to an email sent yesterday, only 270 of the 500 tickets total have been sold so your odds of winning are extremely favorable. As the CSC Corvettes all come with a number signifying the build sequence, some lucky winner will get the chance to win #01.

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The Competition Sport Corvette Z06 Package features:

  • Blade Silver/Black exterior
  • Ebony interior with Titanium embroidery
  • Corvette Racing “Jake” and “CRS” logos
  • Corvette Racing pedals from Genuine Corvette Accessories
  • Differential Cooler
  • Red painted brake calipers
  • Z06 tall spoiler
  • Head Up Display
  • R8C Museum Delivery

The winner will have the opportunity to take delivery at the Museum and participate in the R8C Delivery Program.

“We are excited to have the first produced representing this extraordinary Corvette model to use as a fundraiser,” states NCM Executive Director, Wendell Strode. “We appreciate the allocation from our friends at GM allowing us the chance to purchase this car for use as a fundraiser, and look forward to meeting the winner when they take delivery at the Museum. We hope that by continuing to offer these raffles to benefit the Museum, we are also giving someone an opportunity to become a Corvette owner that might not have had the opportunity.”

The Corvette raffles have become an important fundraising tool for the museum. The muesum actually purchases these Corvettes from the factory and then makes money from the difference in what it collects from the raffle ticket sales.

Tickets for the 2009 Competition Sport Z06 are $425 each and available online at at the Corvette Museum or by calling us at: (800) 538-3883.

Update

Congratulations to William Leighton of The Woodlands, TX drawn this afternoon as the winner of the limited edition 2009 Competition Sport Corvette Z06! William held winning ticket number 054 and his odds were even better than expected because this raffle did not sell out. We sold 464 of the 500 tickets that were made available. William was shopping online in the Corvette Store and decided to take a chance. He has never visited the Museum before and looks foward to coming and taking delivery of this special edition Corvette. Thanks to everyone who participated in this raffle. Your next chance to win is coming up on May 7 when we will draw a winner for the 2009 Cyber Gray Corvette Coupe. Only 500 tickets are being sold at $250 each.


Source:
National Corvette Museum

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