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Top Gear Testing the Corvette ZR1

I warned you when we heard that Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson was testing driving the Corvette ZR1 out on the Bonneville Salt Flats about his tendency to talk glowingly about Corvettes and then bashing them. It’s beginning to look like that’s what we’re in for after we saw this quote about Clarkson’s time in the Corvette ZR1 in his very unflattering review of the Chrysler Sebring Cabriolet.

In the Sebring review, which Clarkson calls the “worst car in the World”, he’s ranting about the poor quality of American cars when he drops this in eight paragraphs from the end:

“I spent most of my time in America this time in a new Corvette ZR1. It is a fabulous car. Mesmerisingly fast, good looking and amazing value. But after three days the damn thing was beginning to disintegrate. It made me growl with annoyance and despair.”

The next seven paragraphs is typical Clarkson, bashing America and our lack of “history” as the root cause. I’m not going to go into any more details. His constant rants on the subject of American cars and therefore America itself is so tiresome. Unfortunately, he’s about to turn his sights on our favorite sports car and I for one could really care less…


Source:
UK Times Online via Motor Trend Forums

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[VIDEO] Another Corvette ZR1 on the Dyno pulls 549.9 RWHP!

by Keith Cornett on September 30, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1 Dyno Sheet

The Vette Doctors of Amityville, NY had a customer bring his new 2009 Corvette ZR1 into their shop and this time we got three dyno runs on video. The sound this Corvette makes is impressive. I think that it would have been pretty cool to have been there in person to hear it.

The shop performed three base dyno pulls and their best run was 549.9 rear wheel horsepower and 500 ft-lbs of torque, better than what we saw last week when two Corvette ZR1′s averaged 535 RWHP on a dynojet. According to the post, these are adjusted numbers. That’s a 13.8 percent loss which again is within the normal parameters.

Now for the crazy part. The Corvette ZR1 is in the shop because the owner is “already looking for a little more power!”. Vette Doctors is working on some custom programming to get the full potential out of the new King of the Hill. They are also will be working with American Racing Headers to develop a ZR1 specific header system. The shop is hoping to have these changes on the car and back on the dyno in the next week and will be posting those new numbers as soon as they are available.


Source:
Corvette Forum
The Vette Doctors

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GM Raises Prices on All 2009 Corvettes

by Keith Cornett on September 30, 2008

GM announced yesterday an across the board price increase on all Corvettes produced on and after September 29, 2009. Coupes, Convertibles, Z06s and the ZR1 will have their MSRP raised by $1,520. This price will effect any Corvette that is not already in dealers stock.

Kerbeck Corvette’s Sales Manager Dave Salvatore told us you are price protected if you have a Customer order date prior to September 29th. He also sent us the new Corvette base prices (not including the $850 destination charge or the ZR1’s gas guzzler tax):

  • Coupe – $48,565
  • Convertible – $53,220
  • Z06 – $73,925
  • ZR1 – $103,970

The good news is that Kerbeck Corvette has over 85 2009 Corvettes in stock at the old price! Call Dave and his team today at 1-877-537-2325 to get the best price available and make sure you tell him CorvetteBlogger sent you!


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Kerbeck Corvette

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[PICS] More on the Katech Corvette Z06 Clubsport Package

by Keith Cornett on September 27, 2008

Introducing the Katech Corvette Z06 ClubSport Package

Last month Katech unveiled the ultra-slim Corvette Z06 Clubsport, an exclusive package for those looking for an edge on the streets and particularly at the track. We really loved the aggressive looks and the track-ready components but the one picture supplied by Katech left us wanting. Luckily, they sent us a complete set of new photos for you Z06 aficionados to drool over. Check out the gallery after the jump.

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The Katech Corvette Z06 ClubSport Package is available exclusively through Les Stanford Chevrolet in Dearborn, Michigan. The Clubsport starts at $109,000 for the standard package and includes a 12-Month/12,000 mile warranty. That’s a lot of laps around the autocross or road course! Katech also has a “Bring Your Own Z06″ program for the enthusiast that wants to take their Corvette to the next level.

For more info, here is our previous look at the Katech Corvette Z06 ClubSport Package


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Katech Performance Related:
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2009 Corvette ZR1 Goes on Sale in the UK

by Keith Cornett on September 26, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1

The new supercharged 6.2 litre V8 powered Corvette ZR1 is now on sale in the UK. For a mere £109,000 or $200,400 US Dollars, you can be one of the lucky few to own one. And we mean few because only two are going across the pond in 2008 and no more than 10 will be available to order in 2009. Buyers of the Corvette ZR1 will receive an invite to an advanced driver course as well as a free change of shorts. Okay, maybe you’ll have to supply your own shorts but you get the idea.

FASTEST EVER CORVETTE NOW ON SALE IN THE UK

  • Ultimate American Corvette ZR1 supercar boasts 205 mph top speed
  • Supercharged 6.2-litre V8 delivers 647 ps and 819 Nm
  • 0-to-62 mph in 3.6 seconds, with 1.0g cornering ability
  • Advanced Driver Training Programme for every customer
  • Very limited numbers available in UK priced from £109,000 on-the-road

The fastest ever and most powerful series production car from General Motors, the 2009 Corvette ZR1, is on sale in the UK with first customer deliveries scheduled for late 2008. The eagerly-awaited ZR1 made its UK debut at the British International Motor Show in July, just a few weeks after claiming the ‘unofficial’ production car lap record at the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife circuit with a time of just 7 minutes 26.4 seconds.

The left-hand drive ZR1 will be available in the UK featuring a single premium specification level, with a number of exquisite and exclusive details inside and out setting the ZR1 apart from every other Corvette and supercar on the road. The ultra exclusive proposition will be available in the UK in small numbers with just two Corvette ZR1 arriving in 2008 and only single digit volumes available to order for delivery in 2009. The ultimate American supercar is priced from £109,000 on-the-road.

“The ZR1 combines a series of cutting edge technologies such as carbon-fibre, ceramics and sophisticated electronics with the instantly recognisable and distinctive design to create the ultimate American supercar,” explains Jonathan Nash, director in charge, Corvette UK.

“The result is spectacular. The Corvette ZR1 boasts astonishing performance, is visually striking and feels very special to drive. It outperforms much of the exotic supercar competition costing twice as much, while presenting buyers with a unique balance of stunning performance and exceptional driveability.”

“In addition, Corvette UK is determined to deliver an ownership experience par excellence, which starts with the specially-designed driver training experience and continues with technicians in the official Corvette service network receiving specific training on the unique features of the ZR1,” adds Nash.

Race-bred Technologies

To achieve its incredible performance, the new ZR1 features a range of technologies from the elite echelons of motorsport, including lightweight carbon-fibre panels, carbon ceramic brake discs, an advanced aerodynamic package and lightweight race-engineered titanium engine components.

At the heart of the ZR1 is an all-new, hand-built, race-tuned supercharged LS9 6.2-litre V8 engine that produces maximum power of 647 ps at 6500 rpm and peak torque of 819 Nm at 3800 rpm. The force behind the ZR1’s performance and refinement is a large, positive-displacement Roots-type supercharger with a new, four-lobe rotor design. It is augmented with an integrated charge cooling system that reduces inlet air temperature for maximum performance.

Power is delivered to the rear wheels via an upgraded six-speed, ‘short-throw’, close-ratio race-bred manual transmission featuring a high-capacity twin-plate clutch. This new system also contributes to the ZR1’s exceptional driving quality, with smooth and easy shifting. The twin-disc design allows the clutch to handle a higher torque capacity with levels of inertia and pedal effort similar to the Corvette Z06.

The ZR1 has a curb weight of just 1528 kg and its staggering power-to-weight ratio betters that of the significantly more expensive Porsche 911 GT2, the Ferrari 599 and even the Lamborghini LP640. The mighty Corvette V8 engine launches the ZR1 to 62 mph in just 3.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 205 mph.

The ZR1 is built on the same aluminum-intensive chassis as the Corvette Z06 and features similar independent double wishbone front and rear suspension, manufactured in aluminium. Vehicle weight is distributed 51%/49% front/rear and the independent double wishbone suspension (front and rear), works with the ZR1’s advanced Magnetic Selective Ride Control to deliver a highly compliant ride without compromising on its exceptional handling and grip that is capable of generating more than 1.0g lateral acceleration in corners.

Colossal engine power is matched by massive Brembo carbon-ceramic brake discs, clamped by six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers. Ventilated and cross-drilled, the discs measure 394 mm (front) and 380 mm (rear) – making them among the largest carbon-ceramic discs available on any production vehicle.

The brakes are prominently visible through the ZR1’s exclusive 20-spoke polished chrome alloy wheels – 19 inches in diameter at the front and 20 inches at the rear. These are fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres – P285/30ZR19 (front) and P325/25ZR20 (rear) – which have been developed specifically for the ZR1.

A Truly Exclusive Appearance

The exterior of the ZR1 is truly distinctive. Widened, carbon-fibre front bumpers with specific, dual lower ports, and a full-width, body-colour rear spoiler (incorporating the centre high-mounted brake lamp) are also unique to the ZR1. All of the exterior features were developed to enhance high-speed stability.

One of its signature features is a raised, all-carbon-fibre bonnet incorporating a clear, polycarbonate window. This 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 at the front.

Exposed carbon-fibre is used for the roof, sill mouldings, underside of the bonnet and for the prominent front splitter. A choice of seven exterior colours will be available – Black, Blade Silver, Velocity Yellow, Cyber Gray, Victory Red, Atomic Orange and Jetstream Blue.

Inside ZR1, high-quality materials, craftsmanship and functionality support the premium-quality experience promised by the car’s performance. A custom leather wrapped interior package is standard, and unique features include ZR1-logo sill plates and headrest embroidery, a bespoke instrument cluster design, and a Head-Up Display that includes a boost gauge.

Driver and passenger are supported firmly and comfortably in lightweight, power-adjustable, heated, leather seats. Infotainment is courtesy of a Bose® premium audio system with seven speakers and a dual-slot CD and DVD player, plus a DVD-based navigation system with 6.5-in LCD touch screen.

Unique Ownership Experience

In order to ensure that UK buyers can safely enjoy the performance potential of their ZR1, each owner will receive an exclusive invitation to a specially-developed driver training course. Highly experienced instructors will help customers to develop and advance their driving skills – for both track and road driving.

UK customers will also receive an exceptional level of ongoing aftersales care commensurate with the exclusive nature of their new acquisition. The UK’s official Corvette service network will provide specialist care in their workshops, where cars will be maintained by dedicated technicians specially trained on the unique bodywork, running gear and powertrain features of the ZR1. The ultimate Corvette supercar comes with a three-year / 60,000 miles manufacturers’ warranty.


Source:
GM.com

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Six Popular C6 Corvette Performance Mods

by Keith Cornett on September 25, 2008

C6 Corvette Performance Mods

Last month we brought you Five Do-it-Yourself Appearance Mods for your C6 Corvette. Now that you got your ride looking good, its time to turn our attention to adding some performance and additional horsepower to your C6 Corvette. Once again, we turned to our friends at Ecklers Corvette Parts who gave us a list of the most popular C6 Corvette mods.

One of the easiest ways to add additional horsepower and torque, as well as give your Corvette a great sound is to add an aftermarket exhaust system. Here are three popular systems:

C6 Corvette Performance Mods CORSA Sport with Pro-Series 3-1/2″ Quad Tips
The CORSA Sport provides a deep, full-bodied exhaust note at idle, yet provides a clean, crisp powerful exhaust note under acceleration. The system features straightflow thru design mufflers which provide 64% more exhaust flow than stock mufflers, giving you more power and torque. The CORSA Sport system is a bolt on system fitting all 2005 Corvettes as well as 2006-08 manual transmission Corvettes except the Z06. The system will delivered 5-8 rear wheel horsepower.
 
C6 Corvette Performance Mods B&B Bullet Performance with Round Tips
Billy Boat performance exhaust introduces the newest and most aggressive C6 performance exhaust system-the BULLET! The bullet has quickly become the industry standard for a deep aggressive muscle car sound. The Bullet is a bolt-on installation and owners will have a 11-13 horsepower improvement over the stock exhaust system. The boldest tip style and configuration insure the C6 scream “muscle car”.
 
C6 Corvette Performance Mods Borla Stinger II Sport S-Type with Quad Round Tips
The Borla Stinger II system is race inspired and delivers that classic American Muscle Car sound. Featuring the exclusive X-Pipe that evens out exhaust pulses for improved flow, the Borla Sport system outflows all other aftermarket systems by 27%. Each system is an easy bolt-on product and includes all necessary mounting hardware. Fits all C6 Corvettes except the Z06.

It’s a fact that if you want more horsepower out of your engine, you got to get more air into it. These two Air Induction systems force the air directly into your C6 Corvette’s intake, lowering temperatures and increasing horsepower.

C6 Corvette Performance Mods BPP Vortex Rammer Cold Air System
BPP’s Rammer replaces the restrictive stock air box assembly. The cool air is forced through BPP’s sealed air box, through BPP’s revolutionary air cleaner and then into your intake, lowering manifold air temperature by almost 70°. The system will yield up to a 36 horsepower improvement at the flywheel and up to 36 fl.-lbs. of torque. Easy to install and fits all C6 Corvettes except the Z06.
 
C6 Corvette Performance Mods Vararam Snake Charmer
Vararam Snake Charmer cold air intake is formed using two construction processes, the upper is roto molded and the lower scoop is vacuum formed to ensure maximum performance at all times. With other cold air kits, you can normally expect 10-15 horsepower but the Vararam can provide 39-42 horsepower at the flywheel through a mile. For 2005-2007 Corvettes.

Finally, no self respecting power-hungry Corvette owner would be without a flash-tuning programmer:

C6 Corvette Performance Mods Diablo Sport Predator Tunable Performance Programmer
The Predator is an awesome tool for three reasons: The stock Diablo Sport download gives you a 18-21 horsepower on LS2, You can make custom enhancements including adjustments in timing, fuel enrichment, rev limiter, electric fans, shift firmness and shift RPM plus you can eliminate GM’s torque management on automatics and finally, the Diablo will you cam get full OBDII diagnostics for your Corvette. For use on 2006-2007 Corvettes including the Z06.

These six performance mods are just the beginning for getting more horsepower out of your Corvette . If you are not already getting their C6 catalog, visit Ecklers Corvette Parts and request your free catalog today.


Source:
Ecklers Corvette Parts

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[VIDEO] Corvette Knight Ryder

by Keith Cornett on September 25, 2008

Corvette Knight Ryder

I don’t recommend driving this fast on public roads and such activity is not condoned here at CorvetteBlogger.* That being said, after watching this video of a C6 traveling in a group of four Corvettes on a New Jersey highway at speeds up to 160 mph, seeing the DIC reading an average speed of 121+ mph, and that awesome “fast car” soundtrack makes me want to jump in my Corvette and go for a midnight run myself.

C6DVL says the four Corvettes covered 85 miles in 43 minutes. This must be a stretch of highway that runs fast because the cars they are passing appear to be moving at a pretty fast clip as well. He also claims that he averaged 13.5 mpg on the run. The comments on the video are a trip to read as well. Seems people are surprised to see the Corvette’s HUD floating about the road.

* Our attorney made us say this. We, um, well okay.


Source:
Streetfire.net

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2009 Corvette ZR1 Hits the Dyno

by Keith Cornett on September 24, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Dyno

Continuing our virtual checklist of things to do with the new 638-horsepower Corvette ZR1, a trip to dyno to see just how much power the new King of the Hill is sending to the rear wheels can now be checked off. Corvette Forum member “Alvin” had not one, but two Corvette ZR1′s to play with on a dynojet earlier this week. Word on the street and yet unconfirmed is that these two ZR1′s were part of the group purchase of 5 made by Hendricks Motorsports team.

The first Corvette ZR1 to hit the dyno was this Cyber Gray car which had all of 30 miles on her. The bone stock SAE adjusted number came in at 530 rwhp and 508 ft-Lbs of torque. After making some tuning adjustments, we see the SAE adjusted numbers rose to 567 rwhp and 532 ft-lbs of torque. The dyno sheet is below:

The second Corvette ZR1 was Black and unfortunately seemed to be having some clutch slipping issues which can skew the dyno numbers we’re told. Alvin mentioned in his post that the guy who brought the car into PCMforLess where the dyno was performed said the car was acting fishy and smelled of “clutch”. That’s too bad for a Corvette with all of 200 miles on her. We don’t see a sheet for the initial run, but read that it was 540 rwhp. With the tune, Alvin was able to boost rwhp an additional 17 but the clutch slip makes this a moot point.

2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Dyno 2009 Corvette ZR1 Dyno Sheet

Averaging the two Corvettes, you get 535 rwhp, which is on par with the 15% average loss rule of thumb. Alvin said that the stock tune was pretty rich as well as the fact that once the engines loosen up after a few thousand miles they will usually provide a higher base number.

UPDATE: Check out this VIDEO of another Corvette ZR1 that pulled 549.9 RWHP on the dyno.
Source:
Corvette Forum
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[VIDEO] The Fastest Corvette Z06s in the World

by Keith Cornett on September 23, 2008

Velocity Yellow C6 Corvette Z06

IPS Motorsports of Columbus Ohio claims to have built the two fastest Corvette Z06′s the world has ever seen. And from watching the video, I agree that both are pretty sick. The two Corvettes Z06s, an Atomic Orange and a Velocity Yellow, hit the drag strip at Norwolk raceway in Ohio earlier this month and both finished with quarter mile times in the 9s with one having the fastest time of 9.32 @ 156 mph!

Other than the fast times, which are very impressive by themselves, what’s amazing about these Corvettes is how stock they look. Other than the tires and the fact that both have been lowered, the challenger that pulls up next to either of these two Z06′s at a light would be in for a major surprise.


Source:
Shinkaze.com

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UK’s Top Gear to Test Drive The 2009 Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on September 22, 2008

Top Gear Testing the Corvette ZR1

The three hosts of the UK’s wildly popular Top Gear show arrived in San Francisco and then headed out to Reno where they picked up their rides for an all-American edition of the show. Frequent critic of all things American Jeremy Clarkson was spotted getting into a 2009 Velocity Red Corvette ZR1 while co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May had to settle with a Cadillac CTS-V and a Dodge Challenger SRT8 respectively.

Following their drive through Reno, billed as the Biggest Little City in the World (figure that one out), the three ended up at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Despite the fact that we’ll hear Clarkson make stupid quips about leaf springs, push rod V8s and plastic-fantastic interiors, we might just be treated to seeing the Corvette ZR1 pushed to its 200+ mph maximum velocity.

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I am sure the show will offer plenty of Corvette ZR1 eye candy and we’ll be treated to some sort of stunt that only Top Gear can deliver, but Clarkson’s boorish comments and his bash-America attitude will make watching the segment a chore at best.


Source:
Jalopnik.com | FinalGear.com

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