GM released the October sales report today that shows 1,154 Corvettes were delivered last month. This is a decrease of 27% over September’s 1,585 deliveries and 1.4% off October 2008′s sales of 1,170. For the calendar year (January-October) 11,949 Corvettes have been delivered, a decreased of 51.3% from the 24,554 Corvettes sold over the same time period in 2008.
Earlier this year, Chevrolet announced the return of the Corvette Grand Sport model. Itâ€™s a track-oriented Corvette with wider wheels and tires, special suspension tuning and unique exterior details. The Corvette Grand Sport achieves a 0-60 time of less than four seconds, pulls 1.0 g on the skid pad and still boasts an EPA-rated highway fuel economy 26 mpg. GM is now at the 2009 SEMA show in Las Vegas where they announced a slew of cool accessories for the new Grand Sport.
The General has put out a video showing what Chevrolet has in store for the SEMA show which kicks off next week. While the video is heavily devoted to gratuitous shots of the new Camaro outfitted in Synergy Green, we do see the new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport teased. Stay tuned for more SEMA coverage next week!
Even though Specter Werkes first introduced the C6 GTR last summer, they have continued to make improvements to the package. Now that SEMA is just around the corner, the Troy, Michigan-based tuner has unleashed perhaps the best variant yet to the GTR family – this one featuring BASF Blue Pearl paint, HRE Carbon Fiber wheels and a twin turbo LS7 V8 courtesy of Lingenfelter which produces a mind-blowing 800 horsepower. The Specter Werkes GTR Corvette will be prominently displayed outside the Las Vegas Convention Center as a feature car for HRE Wheels.
Since the release of the dedicated Corvette Grand Sport page last month, I’ve been hitting the regular Corvette website to see the changeover from the 2009 model to the 2010 model information. Well, that switch has just happened within the last few days because Chevrolet is now displaying the 2010 Corvette at www.corvette.com.
Earlier this week, a writer named “The Mechanic” at Edmund’s Inside Line blog posted a bogus story entitled “Please GM, Fix the Corvette”. It’s an opinion piece with no facts, just outlandish statements. Bloggers call this technique “linkbait”: an inflammatory article designed for nothing more increasing page views. Example 1: In the first paragraph, “The Mechanic” says this article isn’t an attack on Corvette owners and then in the second paragraph, the author attacks Corvette owners as barrel-chested baldys and strippers named Bambi. See what I mean? Normally, I don’t give these kinds of articles attention, but I must after reading a comment responding to the post from a new 2009 Corvette owner.
First, some more examples of what Edmunds thinks is a newsworthy automotive feature:
This column is not about them (Corvette Owners). It’s about the Corvette itself, which sucks.
Chevy has blown it by allowing the Corvette’s price and performance to get out of hand.
The Corvette has already been displaced as the attainable dream car for America’s youth: displaced by the Infiniti G35 Coupe and the BMW M3 (E46).
And so the Corvette is being squeezed from the bottom by cars like the Infiniti, and it can’t really compete with the upscale stuff (Porsche 911) because of its shoddy interior, questionable fit and finish and 1985 profile.
Read the rest of this dribble here.
Now, here is the comment from a new 2009 Corvette owner that sums up what really happens when you buy a Corvette:
I just bought a C6.
Thanks for applauding my patriotic act – while calling me a fat, bald guy – and my wife a stripper. Please let me know what kind of car you just bought so that I can stereotype you.
I have read Motor Trend for 30 years. My wife thinks its stupid.
After I read this blog – I tend to agree now.
I can afford any car made.
Read that as ANY car made now – or any collector car in existence.
I have taste, class, a beautiful wife and no gold chains or grey hair.
My buddy got a $136,000 Audi R8 – and I got a $60,000 Corvette.
We both wrote checks.
His Audi is Daytona Grey Pearl and my Vette is Cyber Grey.
When we park them side by side at a restaurant – his gets interest, but:
Mine gets awe.
Mine is the one people want to buy.
Mine is the one they have always wanted.
Mine is the one that they can possibly afford.
Mine has a heritage.
Mine has history that means something to them.
Mine is a Corvette.
That is what a Corvette is about – just as much as how it drives.
Any person who thinks – for one second – that America’s youth does not want a Corvette is smoking way too much crack. I have been to Infiniti and BMW dealers with my 15 year old son. His eyes glaze over. I mean he literally cannot wait to leave their showrooms of shiny little sedans from far away lands. To him, they are like gay little trinkets for girls.
I took him to see Corvettes and the change in him was remarkable. He instantly wanted one. Isn’t that what you want to happen, Chevy Product Managers?
To wrap up, I have never responded to a blog or article in my life.
But, this is the gayest article I have ever read.
In fact, one could say it sucks.
GM: Please keep making the C6 better – then – please – bring us a C7 that those of us in the correct demographic can afford.
Thanks 2009c6owner for telling the rest of the world why people really buy Corvettes. The only real poser in this article is “The Mechanic” who is masquerading as a journalist.
According to GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, just one car – a Chevrolet Corvette – is the only “authenticated” return under the automaker’s 60-day return policy. Lutz was speaking at a luncheon event in Detroit with journalists and recounted the reason for the return as the customer was tired of shifting a manual gearbox. GM exchanged the Corvette for one with an automatic transmission. Lutz said “He brought it back because me made a mistake.”
Of the roughly 150,000 sales GM has made since launching the “May the Best Car Win” program, only around 100 customers have taken GM up on the offer. Others have taken the conventional incentives offered at the time of the sale.
The money-back guarantee is just one of the ways that shows GM has become more aggressive in its advertising message. “We can stand the comparison with just about anybody,” Lutz said, while pointing out an advertisement that shows Chevrolets registering better fuel-economy figures than counterparts at Toyota. “[But] we need to close this perceptual gap.â€
This Corvette Z06 was parked at the entrance of the Corvette Corral at last week’s Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. I had asked around for the owner but we never did hook up so details on this conversion are light at best. But obviously, the owner is a huge Corvette racing fan and his Z06 nearly replicates the look of the GT1 Corvette C6.Rs.
Neohydro Technologies has perfected its twin turbo system for the C6 Corvette. While the usual performance benefits of a turbo system are present: 775 horsepower and 691 Ft-lb of torque, the real trick on this install is better fuel economy which raises the mileage standard to 40 mpg around town and 32 mpg on the highway.
Neohydro calls their revolutionary twin turbo system the “Green Interactive Hybrid System”. The company installs a patented rear-mounted turbo system and then gives it an advanced custom tune that increases the efficiency of the car. Neohydro claims their GIHS system will not only boost horsepower and fuel efficiency, but when purchased with a new GM vehicle, the GIHS system is covered under the full factory warranty.
While turbo charging is typically used to create more power, one of the benefits is that it also helps create more power with less effort. On the rear-mounted turbo install, the compressed air runs back to the intercooler and then into the engine. Neohydro claims rear-mounted turbo systems are superior to traditional engine-mounted systems because they are efficient, less intrusive, easier to install and are very reliable. The GIHS turbo systems are legal in all 50 states.
Corvette Magazine heard about the GIHS turbo Corvette and recently put the car through its paces. Corvette Magazine’s Editor Eric Gustafson said the Corvette is “very fast” and “its a very neat installation. It’s nice to get into an aftermarket modified car without the check engine light on.” Look for the full review to run in March 2010 issue which hits newsstands in January.
Thanks to the folks at Chevy Racing, we had the unique opportunity to take a hot lap around Road Atlanta where Petit Le Mans will run on Saturday. The course is 2.54 miles and features 12 turns. My ride was silver 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe and my driver Jason put the car through its paces. On the monsterous backstretch our speed exceed 130 mph and those big Z06 brakes safely brought us to a near stand still for the bend at Turn 10.
Chevrolet designed the Grand Sport with track events in mind and I can tell you first hand they hit a home run with this car!