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C6 Corvette

What’s New for the 2010 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on April 24, 2009

What's New for the 2010 Corvette

The day spent at the Corvette Museum for the C5/C6 Bash was simply unbelievable. Thousands of Corvette enthusiasts mingling with GM personel and new Corvettes. We got so much information about the new Corvettes that its difficult to know where to begin. So to keep it simple we’ll begin with a list of bullets of what we learned today.

Here is what’s new for 2010 Corvettes:

  • NEW Grand Sport Model – Coupe or Convertible
  • Grand Sport Heritage Package with Iconic Hash mark Stripes and Seat Embroidery
  • Grand Sport coupe manual with Z52 Dry Sump Performance Package standard includes rear mounted battery and differential cooler
  • Torch Red is back – Z06 and ZR1 available in all 8 colors for the 1st time
  • Launch Control standard with all manual transmissions
  • 6-speed paddle shift automatic – Push and hold feature allows easy return to auto mode using’+’ paddle
  • Side Airbags standard on all Corvettes
  • New interior console trim plates – Orbit and Gunmetal patterns
  • Crossed flag logo embroidery seat option
  • Convertible includes Z06 style tall spoiler
  • Z06 and ZR1 now available with cashmere interior
  • Z06 3LZ package now includes power sport seats and power passenger seat
  • ZR1 includes PTM – Performance Traction Management Technology
  • 1 year XM subscription included with 3LT – 2LZ – 3ZR option packages
  • Cashmere custom leather wrapped interior – interim availability
  • Available Competition Gray wheels for ZR1

Some items on this list deserve additional attention:

First is that Launch Control is standard on all manual Corvettes. Tadge showed us several videos on how it works and its impressive. Tadge was also very clear that use of the Corvette’s Launch Control system won’t void your warranty either! We’ve got video of the seminar and will have that up in the next couple of days.

Secondly, the Performance Traction Management Technology for the ZR1 is an advanced system that integrates your Traction Control, Active Handling, and Selective Ride Control systems to enhance racetrack driving consistency and overall performance. With PTM you can now push full throttle while exiting a corner on a racetrack as the system automatically manages your overall acceleration dynamics. They tested the system and it even improved lap times of professional drivers.

Finally, the ability to order any car in any color cannot be overlooked. Want an Artic White or Crystal Red Z06 or ZR1? Now you can!

We’ve got a lot more info on everything from the 2009 Option penetration to Corvette Racing GT2 info. And with another full day at the Museum planned for tomorrow, we’ll be plenty busy over the next week.

Related:
Exclusive Photo Gallery: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

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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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Hertz Corvette ZHZ Slams Into 8 Cars in Philadelphia

Police say a speeding Corvette lost control and hit eight parked cars along a street in a south Philadelphia neighborhood before coming to rest on a sidewalk. The Corvette is clearly from the Hertz ZHZ fleet and news reports confirmed a Hertz GPS unit was installed on the dash. After the crash, the driver fled the scene and its believed there were injuries as blood was seen on the driver-side airbag.

Just 500 Corvette ZHZ were made for Hertz. The Corvettes feature a velocity yellow exterior with a black strip painted on the hood and ZHZ emblems inside an out. This is the third ZHZ totaled that we are aware of since the Corvettes became available last summer.


Source:
VetteTube via VetteMarket.com

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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.


Source:
Inside Project M

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Ugur Sahin Mallet Corvette Z03

Last year uber designer Ugur Sahin released his renderings for a custom coachwork design based on the C6 platform dubbed the Corvette Z03. Cool is the fact that this concept wasn’t just an exercise in design. Sahin recently announced a partnership with well-known Corvette tuner Mallet Cars to bring the Z03s to life. Mallet will be offering a couple different power plant options including a 999 horsepower version referenced as the “Twin Turbo Hammer.”

Unique to the Corvette Z03 is its split-window, but not where you would expect to see one on a Corvette. The Z03 features a window on the hood much like the ZR1, but there is a painted divider running through the center to show off that big supercharged 700 hp LS7 or the 999 hp twin turbo.

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Cost of the custom body work conversion is expected to cost $69,000 plus your donor Corvette. Mallet is offering two performance engine upgrades based on the Chevy LS7. The 700-horsepower “Dead Hammer Blow” costs $32,700 while the 999-horsepower APS “Twin Turbo Hammer” will set you back $37,795.

Check out the press release below for more details:

PRESS RELEASE UgurSahinDesign Mallett Z03

“Since the first press release early 2008 Ugur Sahin and his team have been involved in a lot of preparations to take the Z03 concept from art to parts.

Several exterior design adjustments have been made for optimal engine cooling and improved downforce. The headlight units have been shaped into a more aggressive, yet distinctive design to fit the shape of the new powerdome hood.

For fabrication and engine tuning of the limited Corvette series Ugur Sahin Design has teamed up with Mallett Cars from Berea, Ohio. Mallett Cars has a long history with racing Corvettes and the Mallett brothers have tuned and upgraded hundreds of Corvettes over the years.

Now that Ugur Sahin Design and Mallett Cars have set their minds on the Corvette C6, they are aiming to push the bar even higher for the American performance car enthusiasts.

Proof of this statement is that Mallett Cars has developed a full 24000 mile/ two year guaranteed 999 hp Twin Turbo engine upgrade, which makes the Mallett Z03 the most powerful Corvette series ever produced. Every body part will be precision engineered by the state of the art engineering equipments to ensure the maximum build quality.

Pricing of the conversion of your Corvette C6 or Z06 into a USD Mallett Z03 is set at $ 69.000 for the full bodywork conversion including reference class paintwork. Pricing does not include cost of the donor vehicle, which will be supplied by the customer.

The Mallett Z03 will be available with two optional performance packages based on the GM’s LS7 engines, a 700 hp supercharged conversion and a 999 hp twin turbo conversion.

Mallett Z03 700 hp Dead Blow Hammer Conversion $ 32,700.00

Technical specifications:
Vortech Supercharger Kit w/ Mallett Modifications
Custom Designed Fuel System Upgrade
Custom Ported LS7 Heads, Flow Matched & CC Matched
Custom Ported / Polished 90mm Throttle Body
Custom Mallett Billet Monster Camshaft
Custom Crower Valve Springs
Custom Crower Titanium Valve Spring Retainers
Cometic Headgaskets
Manley 4340 Chrome-moly Push-rods
2618 Alloy LS Series Pistons & Rings
K1 Technologies Forged Connecting Rods
Clevite 77 Coated Engine Bearings
Professionally Balanced Rotating Assembly Service
Kooks Headers, Cats & X-Pipe
Corsa Touring Muffler System
Mallett Body Graphics & Seat Embroidery
Mallett Custom Shifter
Custom Number Plaque
Custom ECM Calibration With Dyno Tune4.0 C6 ZO6 Corvette 700hpn

Mallett Z03 999 hp APS Twin Turbo Hammer Conversion $ 35,795.00

Technical specifications:
APS Twin Turbo Hammer Conversion
Custom Designed Fuel System Upgrade
Custom Ported LS7 Heads, Flow Matched & CC Matched
Custom Ported / Polished 90mm Throttle Body
Custom Mallett Billet Monster Camshaft
Custom Crower Valve Springs
Custom Crower Titanium Valve Spring Retainers
Cometic Headgaskets
Manley 4340 Chrome-moly Push-rods
2618 Alloy LS Series Pistons & Rings
K1 Technologies Forged Connecting Rods
Clevite 77 Coated Engine Bearings
Professionally Balanced Rotating Assembly Service
Mallett Body Graphics & Seat Embroidery
Mallett Custom Shifter
Custom Number Plaque
Custom ECM Calibration With Dyno Tune


Source:
autoblog.com Related:
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More Details Emerging on the 2010 Grand Sport Corvette

by Keith Cornett on April 1, 2009

1996 Corvette Grand Sport

Back in January, we brought you news that GM was considering a Grand Sport Widebody for 2010 and now the interwebs have blown up again with the news following a Corvette Forum post by Billings, Montana Chevy dealer Ken Fichtner. I guess a rumor is much more official when you can back it up with the internal model codes from GM. We’ve also got some additional information about the Grand Sport and it’s about the color blue.

Ken’s post on the Forum went viral pretty quick. Here is what he said:

Chevrolet will offer the 2010 in 6 models:

1YY07 Corvette Coupe
1YY67 Corvette Convertible
1YY87 Corvette Z06
1YY87 Corvette ZR1
1YG07 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe
1YG67 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible

I haven’t any other information on colors, trim, powertrain, packages, or options.

I will keep you updated as information is available.

Well, we do have some brand new info regarding the 2010 Grand Sport Corvette:

  • It will be offered as a widebody (like the Z06/ZR1)
  • It will be offered in different color combinations, not just blue/white.
  • It will be offered with the LS3 – no engine upgrades.
  • Some parts/pieces of Z06/ZR1 may be offered on the GS.

Regarding that last bit of info, we are hearing a brake package may be available but we could also see other items like a differential cooler.

And if you want a blue Grand Sport, you can get one but it will come in Jetstream Blue only. No other new colors are slated for 2010 other than Torch Red replacing Victory Red.

We heard from Corvette Marketing Manager Harlan Charles say at Sebring that the new 2010 models can be seen at the Birthday Bash on April 24th at the Corvette Museum so we are assuming the Grand Sports will be there as well. CorvetteBlogger will be making the trip to the Bash specifically to witness the 2010 introductions and will bring the coverage to the web that weekend.

Source:
Corvette Forum

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CorvetteBlogger Talks with Corvette’s Harlan Charles

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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.

Sponsored by: Corvette Guys
Photo Credit: trollpowersaab @ Flickr.com

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Hourly Corvette Production Slashed Again

by Keith Cornett on March 31, 2009

The Bowling Green Assembly Plant

UPDATE: Autoblog spoke with Andrea Hales, GM Bowling Green Assembly Communications manager, who informed them that while there will be six weeks of down time from now until the end of June, the plant actually has about 600 workers and they will continue to build 11 Corvettes per hour, not eight.

Earlier this week it was announced that GM would idle the Bowling Green Assembly Plant for 6 weeks over the next three months. What we are hearing now is that when the plant is open, hourly production of the sports car will fall from 11 to 8 cars an hour.

UAW Local 2164 Secretary Cindy Shelton confirmed the slowing of the assembly line to 8 cars an hour, a far cry from the 18 cars an hour produced a year ago. “We are hardly running”, she said as the workforce has been trimmed to 400 workers, down from nearly 1,000 workers two years ago. “We are all worried and we are all waiting.” Shelton said in response to news about Rick Wagoner’s departure and President Obama’s comments about General Motors earlier this week. “Retirees are worried about their pension if GM goes bankrupt and the rest of us are just worried if we will be here next week.”

The slow down in production and plant idling comes as Corvette sales continue to run about half of what they were a year ago. In February 2009, Corvette sales were down 50% over 2008 sales. Just 1,027 Corvettes were sold in February compared with 2,071 the year prior.

Later this week we are expecting similar numbers when GM announces March 2009 sales.


Source:
Louisville Courier-Journal

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2009 Chevy Corvette

by Keith Cornett on March 30, 2009

2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1

Now in its sixth generation, the Chevrolet Corvette is being offered in its most powerful version ever, with the label ZR1 attached. The 638-horsepower ZR1 is the long-awaited addition to the Corvette line and it joins the the other three 2009 Chevrolet Corvette models, the Coupe, Convertible and Z06.

For the 2009 Corvette, all models gain two new color options, “blade silver metallic” and “cyber gray metallic,” while an older color, “machine silver metallic” has been discontinued. The options list now includes Bluetooth capability, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls are standard. The convertible has a base 1LT package available, which reduces the introductory price to $51,700, and the 2LT version now includes power-operation for the top.

The base Corvette coupe starts even lower, at $47,045, making it less than half the price of (and half the trouble in finding car loans for) the ZR1, though it still comes equipped with a 430 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine with a 2.5-inch dual-chamber exhaust system available as an option. The Z06 comes with the same 505 horsepower 7-liter V8 as last year’s model, while the much-anticipated ZR1 ships with a supercharged 638 horsepower 6.2 liter engine.

All through the 2009 Corvette lineup the suspension options are carry-overs from the 2008 models, with a Z51 performance package that adds Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, stiff springs, aggressive damping, and large (13.4 inches in front, 13 inches in back) cross-drilled brake rotors with shortened ratios for first, second and third gears, but there’s also the Magnetic Selective Ride Control option that allows the driver to adjust damping on the fly, should road conditions warrant.

More specifically, the Z06, which has a starting MSRP of $72,405, receives the larger dry-sump oiling system already in use on the Z01, a 10-spoke wheel design that comes in four fashion colors, and an upgraded audio system.

The base-model six-speed Corvette is the most fuel efficient of the line, rated at 16mpg city/26 highway, though with the automatic transmission that number is reduced by one on each side. The Z06, with its all-aluminum mill has even lower fuel economy (15 city/24 highway) while the supercharged ZR1 really demonstrates that power does NOT equal efficiency with numbers coming in at 14 city/20 highway, though it’s still better than Ferrari’s F430, if that helps.

What does this lack of major changes mean for Chevrolet in general and the 2009 Corvette in particular? Well, it means that the focus is on the new guy, the ZR1. Even though it might not have the splashy look one might expect from a super car, loyal Corvette fans won’t have to adjust to major changes.


Source: Elaine Newland


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