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APB: Po-Po Driving a Confiscated Corvette Z06 in Raleigh, NC

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office just confiscated a Corvette Z06 from a baddie and turned it into an unmarked police car. This has been confirmed by several in the Raleigh area who have seen the car lit up like a Christmas tree along I40 as well as the guy who installed the light bar.

Posted on horsepowerjunkies.com was this quote supposedly from a Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy:

That SUM BITCH is BADD! It was a drug seizure vehicle, and the county nor the state spent a dime on that car except to put gas in it. All of the lights and equipment in the car is recycled from another cruiser that has been retired. The only way you will get away from this car is if you go through a parking lot with speed bumps, or cross a median.”

According to others that chimed in, the vehicle was donated by a local drug dealer who paid cash for the car. Other than time spent installing the light bar, no other expenses have been incurred in turning this Corvette into a police car.

“No expenses” may be the case, but wait until the Sheriff’s office needs to come up with $2K for a set of new tires!

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Hertz Selling Corvette ZHZ's at Dealer Auction

It appears that Hertz has starting to sell off a few of their special edition rental Corvette ZHZs. In an email to our friends at CorvetteConti.com, a visitor tells Rick that three of the specially-badged Velocity Yellow and Black striped coupes ran through the dealer-only Manheim auto auction in South Florida last Friday.

Hertz and other car rental agencies generally begin to sell off their inventory after a year or so of rental duty. These three Hertz ZHZ Corvette coupes each have between 22,000 to 25,000 miles and are described to be in “driver” condition with some scratches and worn seats.

The visitor tells Rick that the three Corvettes sold for $31,400, $31,500 and $31,600.

As Manheim is a registered dealer only auction, we expect these Corvettes to be offered for sale to the public in the near future. As Conti correctly points out, let’s hope that dealers aren’t getting one of these Corvettes:

Hertz Corvette ZHZ Slams Into 8 Cars in Philadelphia


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CorvetteConti.com

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Ran Across a 2010 Corvette Grand While on Vacation

We’re spending this 4th of July weekend in Savannah and while taking a walk in the historic distric, low and behold I come across this 2010 Corvette Grand Sport. As it had a Michigan license plate and a “captured test fleet” sticker on the window, I figured some lucky GM engineer was also in town for the wonderful Southern atmosphere and holiday fireworks.

I tried to explain to my family the significance of running across one of these new Corvettes but frankly they think I’m crazy. I’m not crazy, I just have “Corvette Fever”. I took a pic right there on the spot and sent it to my Twitter account. I tried to explain that process to them too, but then realized I probably am crazy.

So what are the odds of a Corvette Blogger running across one of these CTF Corvette Grand Sports while on vacation? Slim to none is my thinking so I’m buying a lottery ticket tonight. Who knows, maybe lightning will strike twice!

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June 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on July 2, 2009

Chevrolet dealers delivered 1,396 Corvettes last month according to the latest sales report from General Motors. The number is slightly off last month’s 1,643 and ends five months of consecutive growth. GM finished second quarter with 4,446 Corvettes deliveries compared to 3,052 in the first quarter. For the calendar year, sales are off 49.9% compared to last year.

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Corvette Coupe Tops Strategic Vision's 2009 Quality List

Just a week after JD Power announced the Chevrolet Corvette as the best Sports car, Strategic Vision’s 2009 Total Quality Awards bestows the same title on the 2009 Corvette Coupe. Not only did Corvette perform better than any other car in its “Premium Coupe” class, its score of 938 was higher than any other class winner in the survey.

The Strategic Vision survey gathers its results differently than JD Power. While JD Power surveys approximately four times as many consumers, Strategic Vision rates the positive and negative aspects of buying, owning and driving vehicles.

“The difference between products that generate consideration, build brands and increase sales versus those that do not,” says Dr. Darrel Edwards, chairman of Strategic Vision, “is often how much delight and love the product generates with its customers.”

Other GM vehicles that ranked well in the survey include the Pontiac G8 (899), the GMC Envoy (859) and the GTM Yukon XL (899). Below are all the class winners as ranked in the 2009 Strategic Vision Total Quality Awards:

Segment Winner(s) TQI Score
Small Car Ford Focus Sedan 877
Small Multi-Function Volkswagen Rabbit 889
Mid-Size Car Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 891
Large Car Nissan Maxima 900
  Pontiac G8 899
Near-Luxury Car Volkswagen CC Sedan 923
  Audi A4 Sedan 922
Specialty Coupe Volkswagen New Beetle 924
Premium Coupe Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 938
Minivan Honda Odyssey 865
Entry Utility Volkswagen Tiguan 914
Mid-Size Crossover Utility Toyota Venza 925
Mid-Size Traditional Utility GMC Envoy 859
  Toyota 4Runner 858
Large Utility GMC Yukon XL 899
Near-Luxury Utility Infiniti FX 906
  Infiniti EX35 904
  BMW X3 904
Luxury Utility Land Rover Range Rover 920
Standard Pickup Honda Ridgeline 874
  Dodge Ram 1500 899


Source:
Motor Trend

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Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!

by Keith Cornett on June 26, 2009

Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on 

Fire!

In a scene somewhat reminiscent of Boris Said’s fire in the LG Motorsports #28 GT2 Corvette at Long Beach, this SCCA racer was recently tearing up the track at Road America when his C6 T-1 race car caught on fire.

Apparently oblivious to the fire raging underneath his Corvette, the racer lost control and swung around as the intense flames had melted the tires. Here’s how it all unfolded

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Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!
Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!
Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!    


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2010 Corvette Z06 Details and Pricing Announced

by Keith Cornett on June 18, 2009

2010 Corvette Z06

Once the toast of the town, the Corvette Z06 has recently been overshadowed in the news by its two stable mates, the supercharged 638-hp Corvette ZR1 and the new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport. But that doesn’t mean the Corvette Z06 performance and looks have been diminished in any capacity. Far from it. The 505-hp Corvette Z06 remains one of the best performance values on the market and to make sure the Corvette stays within reach of its target market, GM is only upping the price of the 2010 Z06 by $360 over the 2009 model.

Like the other 2010 Corvettes, new to the Z06 is Launch Control and side airbags. On the 3LZ package, buyers will also get power sport seats and power passenger seats. As for the trim, the Corvette Z06 will be offered in all eight standard Corvette colors including Arctic White, Crystal Red Metallic and the new Torch Red.

One the inside, buyers will be able to select a new Cashmere interior later this year and two new console trims called Orbit and Gunmetal will debut. The cross-flags logo can also be embroidered on the seat headrests.

Pricing for the 2010 Corvette Z06 starts at $75,235 which is an increase of $360 over 2009′s MSRP of $74,875.

Here is the full press release from General Motors on the 2010 Corvette Z06

Corvette Z06 details

With racing-inspired powertrain and suspension features, t he Corvette Z06 delivers exceptional levels of capability and technology, making it one of the best performance values on the market. It has an aluminum frame, with carbon-fiber fenders and door panels, making it the lightest Corvette model available.

Design – The Z06 has an unmistakable and aggressive appearance, with design cues that include:

  • A wide front fascia with a large, forward-facing grille opening, a splitter along the bottom and wheel opening extensions along the sides to provide aerodynamic downforce
  • A cold-air scoop in front of the hood that integrates an air inlet system for the engine
  • The trailing edge of the front wheel opening is radiused to achieve improved drag, but protects the body finish with a tough molding, and a large air extractor is behind the wheel
  • A fixed-roof body style optimizes body rigidity and mass
  • Wide rear fenders with flares cover the massive rear tires and a brake cooling scoop in front of the wheels visually balances the fender extractor
  • A tall rear spoiler houses the CHMSL on the top of the rear fascia
  • 10-spoke spider-design wheels (18-inch front; 19-inch rear)
  • Four large stainless steel exhaust outlets
  • Z06 badging on the carbon-fiber front fenders

The aerodynamics of the Z06’s exterior were shaped by the experiences of the Corvette racing program, where high-speed stability and cornering capability are paramount. While the race cars use large rear wings, the Z06’s elevated spoiler provides sufficient downforce to balance the road-worthy front splitter without adversely affecting aerodynamic drag.

For all of its race-inspired functionality, the Z06 is designed to be a daily-drivable high-performance vehicle. To that end, comfort and convenience are held to a very high standard. High-Intensity Discharge lighting, fog lamps, leather seating, dual-zone air conditioning, cabin air filtration and head-up display (HUD) with track mode and g-meter are standard.

The Z06 gauge cluster displays the Z06 logo on the 7000-redline tachometer, and has a readout on the oil pressure gauge to reflect the higher standard pressure of the dry-sump oiling system. The seats feature two-tone leather surfaces with Z06-logo embroidery and contrasting stitching.

LS7 engine – The Z06’s LS7 7.0L (427 cubic inches) engine delivers 505 horsepower (377 kW) in a 3,175-pound (1,440 kg) package – a combination that delivers 0-60 performance of 3.7 seconds in first gear, quarter-mile times of 11.7 seconds at 125 mph and a top speed of 198 mph (as recorded on Germany’s Autobahn).

Drivetrain – The Corvette Z06’s powertrain and drivetrain systems are matched to the LS7’s performance capability. The light, four-into-one headers discharge into close-coupled catalytic converters and through two-mode mufflers. The mufflers each feature a vacuum-actuated outlet valve, which controls exhaust noise during low-load operation but opens for maximum power.

At the rear of the LS7 engine, a single-mass flywheel and lightweight, high-capacity clutch channel torque to the rear transaxle. The six-speed manual transmission has been strengthened to handle the LS7’s increased torque load. The transmission includes a pump that sends transmission fluid to the front radiator for cooling. Upon its return, the fluid removes additional heat from the differential lube before returning to the transmission. The six-speed transmission connects to a limited-slip differential, with enlarged ring and pinion gears. Stronger axle half-shafts with tougher universal joints transmit power to the rear wheels.

Structure – The Z06 has a unique aluminum body structure for optimum stiffness and light weight for the fixed-roof body style. Perimeter rails are one-piece hydroformed aluminum members featuring cast suspension nodes, which replace many welded steel components on other Corvette models. Advanced structural composites featuring carbon-fiber are bonded to the aluminum structure. The wider front wheelhouses, for example, are carbon composites and the passenger compartment floors combine carbon-fiber skins with an ultra-lightweight balsa wood core.

The Z06 has a magnesium cradle that serves as the attachment point for the engine and some front suspension components. Magnesium is lighter than aluminum, yet incredibly strong. The magnesium cradle helps improve the front-to-rear weight distribution, as do carbon-fiber front fenders and wheelhouses. Engineers also moved the battery from underhood to a position in the rear cargo area, behind one of the rear wheels.

Suspension and brakes – The Z06 retains the 105.7-inch (2,686-mm) wheelbase of other Corvette models, as well as the short-long arm suspension and transverse spring design, but it rides on all-new wheels, tires and brakes, as well as its own rear spring and roll stabilizer.

The firmer suspension works harmoniously with large 18 x 9.5-inch cast-spun aluminum wheels and 275/35ZR18 tires in the front, and 19 x 12-inch cast-spun aluminum wheels with 325/30ZR19 tires in the rear. The tires use the latest extended-mobility technology from Goodyear to provide a satisfactory ride, but still allow the vehicle to achieve lateral acceleration of more than 1 g.

Complementing the suspension system and large rolling stock is an equally capable four-wheel disc brake system, consisting of 14-inch (355 mm) vented and cross-drilled front rotors and 13.4-inch (340 mm) vented and cross-drilled rear rotors.

The front rotors are acted upon by large, red-painted six-piston calipers that use six individual brake pads. Individual brake pads are used because they deliver more equalized wear compared to what would otherwise be a pair of very long single-piece pads. The rear brakes use four-piston calipers with four individual brake pads. A four-channel ABS system is standard, as is a very competent active handling system – complete with a Competitive Driving mode.

*SAE certified.

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Source:
General Motors

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Corvette Gets Fished Out of Lake

Corvette Hall of Famer Myron Scott is best known as the man who named the Corvette. According to the National Corvette Museum, Myron was reading the dictionary under “C” looking for a name to call a new Chevrolet sports car when he came across Corvette, a speedy pursuit ship in the British Navy.

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GM Increases 2010 Corvette ZR1 MSRP by $2,910

by Keith Cornett on June 16, 2009

2010 Corvette ZR1

The cost to own America’s own 638-horsepower supercar just got more expensive. GM recently released prices of all Corvette models to dealers and the 2010 Corvette will now start at $107,830. Add the required $1,700 gas guzzler tax for the Corvette ZR1 and the new out the door price increases to $109,530, an increase of $2,910 over the 2009′s MSRP + gas tax of $106,620.

Although no one likes to see prices increases year to year, we’re not at all surprised as dealers routinely sell the Corvette ZR1 for $10,000 or more over the MSRP. The new price adds a little more profit to GM and well-healed buyers probably won’t balk at the new pricing.

GM has not yet released the Options Package pricing yet, but we expect that to remain in the neighborhood of $10,000 for the 3ZR package. In addition to the Chrome ZR1 wheels, the 2010 Corvette ZR1 will feature a new competition gray wheel which we expect pricing to be similar to the 2009 wheel upgrade price of $2,000. So using 2009′s pricing as the basis for calculating the price of a loaded 2010 Corvette ZR1, expect to pay $121,530.

The 2010 Corvette ZR1 does feature several new enhancements over the current model. New is the Performance Traction Management technology, Launch Control and standard side air bags. A new cashmere interior will be available later this fall and now the Corvette ZR1 can be ordered in any of the Corvette’s standard colors including Torch Red, Arctic White and Crystal Red Metallic.

We spoke with Dave Salvatore of Kerbeck Corvette in Atlantic City about the 2010 Corvette and he thought the new pricing was in line considering the new upgrades coming in 2010. If you’re interested in buying one of his three in-bound 2009 ZR1s or ordering a new 2010 model when the factory begins production next month, call him today at 877-537-2325 or visit Kerbeck on the web at: Kerbeck Corvette

Here is the official press releases from Chevrolet about the 2010 Corvette ZR1:

2010 CORVETTE ZR1: PERFORMANCE TRACTION MANAGEMENT ENHANCES AN ALREADY WORLD-BEATING DRIVING EXPERIENCE

After taking on the world’s best supercars and proving a better value and performer by the global automotive press, the Corvette ZR1 returns for 2010 with new Performance Traction Management (PTM) technology. It is an advanced system that is part of a new Launch Control feature, which optimizes traction for greater and more consistent on-track performance.

The PTM system holds a predetermined engine speed while the driver pushes the throttle to the floor. That allows the driver to quickly release the clutch and the system modulates engine torque 100 times per second to maximize the available traction. The system is capable of approaching a skilled driver’s best effort and repeats it consistently.

PTM also integrates the ZR1’s traction control, active handling and selective ride control systems to enhance race track driving consistency and overall performance. When full throttle is applied upon exiting a corner, it automatically manages acceleration dynamics.

The new PTM technology is the newest element that affirms the Corvette ZR1 is an American supercar with the technology and engineering refinement to take on the world’s best – but at a much lower price.

The ZR1’s highlights include:

  • LS9 supercharged 6.2L V-8 rated at 638 horsepower (476 kW), and 604 lb.-ft. of torque (819 Nm)
  • Six-speed, close-ratio, race-proven manual transmission
  • High-capacity dual-disc clutch
  • Higher-capacity and specific-diameter axle half-shafts; enhanced torque tube
  • Specific suspension tuning provides more than 1g cornering grip
  • Twenty-spoke 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels
  • Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires – P285/30ZR19 in front and P335/25ZR20 in the rear – developed specifically for the ZR1
  • Standard Brembo carbon-ceramic, drilled disc brake rotors – 15.5-inch-diameter (394-mm) in the front and 15-inch-diameter (380-mm) in the rear
  • Blue-painted brake calipers
  • Standard Magnetic Selective Ride Control with track-level suspension
  • Wider, carbon-fiber front fenders with ZR1-specific dual ports
  • Carbon-fiber hood with a raised, polycarbonate window – offering a view of the intercooler below it
  • Carbon-fiber roof panel, roof bow, front fascia splitter and rocker moldings with clear-coated, visible carbon-fiber weave
  • ZR1-specific full-width rear spoiler with raised outboard sections
  • Specific gauge cluster with boost gauge (also displayed on the head-up display) and 220-mph (370 km/h) speedometer readout
  • Curb weight of 3,333 pounds (1,512 kg).

The specialized components of the new ZR1 work harmoniously to deliver the most powerful and fastest automobile ever produced by General Motors. It has a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h).

In addition to PTM, the following features are also new for 2010:

  • Standard launch control
  • Available Torch Red exterior color
  • Available Cashmere interior color
  • Available Competition Gray wheels.

Supercharged LS9 engine

The supercharged LS9 6.2L small-block engine is the power behind the ZR1’s performance. A sixth-generation Eaton supercharger helps the LS9 make big power and torque at lower rpm and carries it in a wide arc to 6,600 rpm, as it pushes enough air to help the engine maintain power through the upper levels of the rpm band – the area where supercharged performance tends to diminish. Heavy-duty and lightweight reciprocating components enable the engine’s confident high-rpm performance.

The Roots-type supercharger uses a unique, four-lobe rotor design. It is augmented with an integrated charge cooling system that reduces inlet air temperature for maximum performance.

The LS9 is hand-assembled at GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom, Mich., and incorporates special processes typically seen in racing engines to produce a highly refined and precise product. For example, cast iron cylinder liners are inserted in the aluminum block and are finish-bored and honed with a deck plate installed. The deck plate simulates the pressure and minute dimensional variances applied to the block when the cylinder heads are installed. This ensures a higher degree of accuracy that promotes maximum cylinder head sealing, piston ring fit and overall engine performance.

Transmission and axle

The LS9 engine is backed by an upgraded, stronger six-speed manual transmission and a twin-disc clutch that provide exceptional clamping power, while maintaining an easy clutch pedal effort. ZR1-specific gearing in the transmission provides a steep first-gear ratio that helps launch the car, and top speed is achieved in sixth gear.

As the term implies, the twin-disc clutch system employs a pair of discs, which spreads out the engine’s torque load over a wider area. This enables tremendous clamping power when the clutch is engaged, while also helping to dissipate heat better and extend the life of the clutch.

The twin-disc clutch system also contributes to the ZR1’s exceptional driving quality, with smooth and easy shifting. The twin-disc system’s design allows higher torque capacity with inertia and pedal effort similar to the Corvette Z06. It enables a 25-percent reduction in inertia, thanks to smaller, 260-mm plates; the Corvette Z06’s uses a 290-mm single-disc system.

The rear axle also is stronger in the ZR1 and features asymmetrical axle-shaft diameters – 33 mm on the right side and 40 mm on the left – that were developed after careful testing to provide optimal torque management. The axles are mounted on a more horizontal plane that correlates with the wider width of the rear wheels and tires.

Ride and handling

The ZR1 is built on the same aluminum-intensive chassis as the Corvette Z06 and features similar independent SLA front and rear suspensions, with aluminum upper and lower control arms. Where the ZR1 differs is the suspension tuning, which was optimized for the car’s steamroller-wide front and rear tires.

Magnetic Selective Ride Control is standard and tuned specifically for the ZR1. The system’s ability to deliver a compliant ride with nearly instantaneous damping adjustments enabled engineers to develop a surprisingly supple ride quality in a supercar that still delivers cornering grip of more than 1g.

From a high-performance perspective, Magnetic Selective Ride Control helps the rear axle remain planted during launch for smooth, hop-free acceleration. It also helps suppress axle movement when cornering on broken or uneven pavement.

Brakes, wheels and tires

Commensurate with the ZR1’s engine output is the braking system, which is headlined by Brembo carbon-ceramic brake rotors. Found on only a few exotics and more expensive supercars, carbon-ceramic brake rotors are made of a carbon-fiber-reinforced ceramic silicon carbide material . The advantages of these rotors are low mass and resistance to wear and heat. In fact, the rotors should never show corrosion or require replacement for the life of the vehicle, when used in normal driving.

The vented and cross-drilled rotors on the ZR1 measure 15.5 inches (394 mm) in diameter in the front and 15 inches (380 mm) in diameter in the rear – making them among the largest carbon-ceramic rotors available on any production vehicle.

Clamping down on the high-tech rotors are six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers, each painted a ZR1-exclusive blue. The brakes are visible through the ZR1’s exclusive wheels: 20-spoke alloy rims that measure 19 x 10 inches in diameter in the front and 20 x 12 inches in the rear. A Sterling Silver paint finish is standard; chrome and Competition Gray versions are optional. The wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires developed specifically for the ZR1, measuring P285/30ZR19 in front and P335/25ZR20 in the rear.

Exclusive exterior

The ZR1 is instantly recognizable, with perhaps the most identifiable feature a raised, all-carbon-fiber hood that incorporates a clear, polycarbonate window. The window provides a view of the top of the engine’s intercooler, with the legend “LS9 SUPERCHARGED” embossed on the left and right sides, and an engine cover with the Corvette crossed flags logo debossed at the front.

The underside of the hood has a visible carbon-fiber-weave. Visible carbon-fiber is used on the roof, roof bow, rocker molding and front splitter. These exterior components are protected by a specially developed glossy, UV-resistant clear coat that resists yellowing and wear.

Widened, carbon-fiber front fenders with specific, dual lower ports; and a full-width, body-color rear spoiler incorporating the center high-mounted stop lamp are also unique to the ZR1. All of the exterior features were developed to enhance high-speed stability and driver control.

Interior details
The ZR1 interior builds on the brand’s dual-cockpit heritage, with high-quality materials, craftsmanship and functionality that support the premium-quality performance. The ZR1 cabin differs from the Corvette and Corvette Z06 with the following:

  • ZR1-logo sill plates
  • ZR1-logo headrest embroidery
  • Specific gauge cluster with “ZR1” logo on the tachometer and a 220-mph (370 km/h) readout on the speedometer
  • Boost gauge added to the instrument cluster and head-up display.

The standard ZR1 (RPO 1ZR) comes with accoutrements based on the Z06, including lightweight seats and lightweight content. The uplevel interior package (RPO 3ZR) includes power-adjustable, heated and leather-trimmed sport seats (embroidered with the ZR1 logo); Bose premium audio system; navigation system; Bluetooth connectivity; power telescoping steering column; custom leather-wrapped interior available in four colors; and more.

By the numbers

In addition to the exterior cues and powertrain, ZR1 models are distinguished from other Corvette models by their vehicle identification number, or VIN. Each carries a unique, identifying VIN digit, as well as a sequential build number. This makes it easy to determine the build number of a specific car – information treasured by enthusiasts and collectors. For example, a ZR1 with a VIN ending in “0150” would indicate it is the 150th ZR1 built for the model year.

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Popular Mechanics Tests Corvette’s Fuel Efficiency

by Keith Cornett on June 15, 2009

 Popular Mechanics Tests Corvette's Fuel Efficiency

Those who look at the Corvette and see a gas guzzling V8 sports car are usually unaware that the sport car’s EPA highway mileage rating is 26. Corvette owners who regularly drive their cars know this number to be on the low side. So Popular Mechanics recently got behind the wheel of a new C6 to test what they call Corvettes “most amazing talent…its astonishing fuel economy”.

Popular Mechanics chose a route from a gas station in Santa Barbara, California north along US Route 101 to Santa Maria and then back, a round trip of about 140 miles. The Corvette was a C6 model equipped with a standard six-speed manual transmission. PM drove the Corvette on the freeway at 55 mph, 10 mph below the posted speed limit, using cruise control with the windows up, air conditioning off and vents open. The 18-gallon tank was filled with 91 octane gas.

At 55 mph, the Corvette’s tach showed a steady 1300 rpms, barely off-idle, but producing enough torque to maintain a constant speed on even some of the longer grades. According to the on-board computer, PM averaged 30.5 mpg with and average speed of 52.8 mph over the 142.8 miles. But it only took 4.358 gallons to refill the Corvette’s gas tank. That works out to 32.8 mpg!

So how does a sports car with a 6.2 liter 436 horsepower V8 get this kind of fuel economy? Popular Mechanics says the secret is the sixth gear in the transmission, which is an aggressive 0.50:1 overdrive that when combined with the 3.42:1 final drive ratio allows the engine to turn slowly at modest cruising speeds.

The availability of the low-end torque provided by the LS3 engine means that it doesn’t have to spin to high revs to make sure there is enough ft-lbs of torque on tap. Popular Mechanics compares this feat to the Ferrari F430 (EPA highway rating is 16 mpg) which believes the Italian sports car could not make the same trip without at least one downshift.

The thought of driving the Corvette at 10 mph under the posted speed limit sounds pretty boring though and the writers from Popular Mechanics said the same. Any vehicle driven conservatively will get better fuel economy than one driven hard and fast. That being said, Popular Mechanics sums up its fuel efficiency test by saying the Corvette’s “parsimonious performance likely can’t be duplicated by any other car with anywhere near the performance.”

Lastly, for you detractors out there that only see Corvette owners as out of touch with the environmental movement or being less green than say a hybrid owner, I urge you to visit the story at Popular Mechanics and read the comments coming from Corvette owners who share their real life stories of the Corvette’s most amazing talent – it’s astonishing fuel economy.


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Popular Mechanics

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