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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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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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n2a Motors Shows Off The Retro C6 Corvette Stinger

by Keith Cornett on March 28, 2009

The Retro C6 Stinger Corvette

Coachbuilder n2a Motors has been dabbling in rebodied Corvettes like the 789 and the Anteros, but we think their latest project dubbed the Stinger is right on! Still in development, n2a just released the latest renderings and model photos of the Stinger, which finds inspiration from the 1963-67 midyear Corvettes.

The n2a Stinger is based and built on the C6 Corvette platform, using the chassis and LS3 drive train. n2a Motors gives the C6 donor all new carbon composite body panels, custom interior, wheels and cat-back exhaust. The standard C6 Corvette Coupe with its 430-hp V8 is the base model and customers can have the treatment done to Z06 and ZR1s as well.

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The Stinger pulls in different design elements from the midyear Corvette and puts them together in this attractive package. According to n2a (which stands for no 2 alike), the front end and hood scoop comes from the 1967 Corvette, the mid-section finds inspiration from the 1965 Corvette and the famous split-window 1963 gives the Stinger one of the most iconic rear window treatments in automotive history.

Although pricing details are still vague, n2a Motors says production of the Stinger is expected to begin October 1st. We’ll keep our eyes out for more of the Stinger…We think its a winner!

PRESS RELEASE:

n2a Motors announced today that it is accepting deposits on the Stinger, the latest model in their line of critically-acclaimed coachbuilt automobiles. Slated for January 2010 delivery, the Stinger is inspired by the 2nd generation 1963, ’65, and ’67 Corvette Sting Rays and is built atop the 2009/2010 C6 Corvette chassis.

The ’63-67 Corvettes are among the most revered, iconic, and beautiful cars in automotive history. The Stinger pays homage to the historic 2nd generation Corvette with a sleek, carbon-composite body featuring the front end and hood scoop from the 1967 Corvette, a mid-section reminiscent of a ’65 Corvette, and the famous split-window rear end of the ’63 Corvette, and has a level of performance and safety that engineers of the era could never have dreamed possible. Utilizing a new Corvette donor car, the Stinger achieves 0-60 in 4.3 seconds with a 430 hp/424 lb.-ft. torque LS3 V8 engine rated at 16 MPG city and 26 MPG highway. Since the chassis and safety equipment remain unmodified, GM’s 100,000 mile powertrain warranty remains completely intact and the Stinger can be serviced at any GM dealership.

n2a Motors starts by removing the donor Corvette’s body panels and installing the new carbon-composite Stinger body, a process that takes over 800 hours for n2a’s coachbuilding craftsmen to complete. The interior is entirely new with re-contoured leather seats, leather dash, wool carpeting, and leather-wrapped interior panels. Wheels and cat-back exhaust are removed and replaced with n2a’s custom-made components. The n2a moniker stands for “no two alike,” referring to n2a Motors’ policy of building unique vehicles for each customer. No two vehicles will be built with identical color combinations, ensuring that each customer receives a unique car customized to his or her tastes.

n2a Motors has reserved serial numbers 001,002, and 003 for ZR1-based Stingers. Featuring the 638-hp LS9 engine, the ZR1 is the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever produced. Stingers built on the ZR1 platform rocket from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 205+ mph. Serial numbers 004-010 are reserved for Z06-based Stingers, which are 505 hp with a 0-60 time of just 3.7 seconds. n2a Motors is accepting deposits to reserve a serial number and a place in the production order. Production is expected to commence October 1st.

The Stinger is n2a’s third model, following the successful 789 and Anteros models that debuted in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Both are built on the C6 Corvette platform and utilize carbon-composite bodies, a carry-over from n2a’s background in stealth technology prototyping for military contractors. About n2a Motors

n2a Motors was founded in 2004 to revive the art of American coachbuilding. The n2a moniker stands for “no two alike,” referring to n2a Motors’ policy of building unique vehicles for each customer. No two vehicles will be built with identical color combinations. Kanter Concepts, n2a’s parent company, produces concept cars for Detroit and foreign automakers and stealth technology prototypes for military contractors.


Source:
autoblog.com Related:
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Corvettes on the track at Bondurant

I was surfing the different programs offered at Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving and one that caught my eye that I wanted to share was their upcoming half-day Performance Driving Experience. The Performance Driving Experience allows you to get behind the wheel of the C6 Corvette, Cadillac CTS-V and the Bondurant ProKart for a variety of driving instruction on different road courses. Best of all, the cost for all this fun is only $500!

Here is what you can expect during the Performance Driving Experience:

The program starts with a lead and follow exercise with your instructor on the Bondurant road course. You will see first hand the proper racing line the pros drive and will learn to Know precisely where to brake, turn in and position your car for the fast way around the track.

You’ll also compete on Bondurant’s autocross for fastest time among the others in the event. Test your abilities to handle the car at its limits and learning to be smooth with the car will improve your lap times. The autocross and the lead/follow exercises prepare you for the race in the Bondurant ProKarts.

The evening wraps up with the ProKart Enduro – just like the endurance races of Daytona, Sebring and LeMans. Teams will be formed to compete in the hour long race driving Bondurant’s 50-mph ProKarts. Strategy will play into the final outcome of the event. Teams will have to decide which driver drives each leg of the race; practice driver changes; and work together to help the rest of the team learn the track and be quick.

If you’re interested in spending a half day learning from the same instructors who have worked with Johnny O’Connell, Jimmy Johnson and Dale Jr, then the Bondurant’s Performance Driving Experience is for you. There are only a few seats left for the May 2nd Experience, so visit Bondurant.com or call 1-800-842-RACE (7223).


Source:
Bondurant.com

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CorvetteBlogger Talks with Corvette’s Harlan Charles

by Keith Cornett on March 24, 2009

CorvetteBlogger Talks with Corvette's Harlan Charles

The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring brought down several key members of Team Corvette to Florida who were on hand for the unveiling of the 2009 GT1 Championship Edition Corvettes. CorvetteBlogger spoke with Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles about the people who build America’s sports car, the new GT1 Championship and Competition Sport Corvettes and the Transformers’ Corvette Stingray Concept and its potential influence on the C7 Corvette.

We appreciate Harlan taking the time to talk with us and we’re looking forward to attending the 2010 Corvette model rollout at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green at the end of April.


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[PICS] First Look: The 2009 Competition Sport Corvette

by Keith Cornett on March 23, 2009

The 2009 Competition Sport Corvette

Chevrolet loaned the ALMS Vitesse program this 2009 Competition Sport Corvette to serve as a track car during the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, giving hot laps to fans and enthusiasts (and bloggers!) as well as shuttling around track officials. We took these photos just prior to our own hot lap around the 3.7 mile track and we can tell you that this Corvette is a winner!

The #02 Competition Sport Corvette was just completed prior to the race but since this was to be used as a track car, the drive down to Florida from Bowling Green served to break-in the car prior to undertaking track duty. The #02 Corvette features the Blade Silver with Black stripes and one of my favorite touches, blacked-out headlights:

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In addition to the #02 CSR Corvette Coupe, the #03 Competition Sport Corvette Z06 was also in Sebring at the Chevy display:

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The Competition Sport package is aimed at owners who like to attend driving schools and track events. Available in Spring 2009, the Z51-equipped 1LT Corvette Coupe will retail for $55,655 while the 1LZ Corvette Z06 will cost $77,500.


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My Hot Lap Around Sebring in a 2009 Competition Sport Corvette

Thanks to my new friends at Mobil 1, I was able to take a hot lap around Sebring International Raceway on the Friday prior to the 12 hour race. The new 2009 Competition Sport Corvette Coupe was doing duty as a Vitesse track car and the particular Corvette that I rode in was the #02 car in the series.

My ALMS Vitesse driver was Patty and she was very good out on the track. I asked her to give a shout out whenever we topped speeds of 100 mph and we hit that mark at least three times. I created two versions of the video. There is also a short version showing just the lap. The version below features a walk-around the Competition Sport Corvette, idle chatter with Pattie while waiting to get on the track, and then a trip to the Corvette Corral where we see Corvette team members Harlan Charles and Tadge Juechter.

The Competition Sport Corvette is available as either a LT1 Coupe or a 1LZ Z06. Also included in the Coupe package is the Z51 performance package, NPP performance exhaust, differential cooler, heads up display, red painted brake calipers and the Z06 spoiler. The numbers for the doors are the same as the series sequence number and like the GT1 Championship edition, the “Jake” mascot is embroidered on the seats, center console and also outside the car on the B-Pillar. The Competition Sport is available in three colors, Blade Silver or Black for the Z06, Blade Silver or Arctic White for the Coupe.

Again, I’d like very much to thank Mobil 1 who arranged the lap as well as showed me a great time at Sebring, my driver Patty of the ALMS Vitesse Program, and the folks at Corvette who built an incredible sports car.


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2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition

In commemorating the 10th anniversary of GT1 racing in the American LeMans Series, GM is producing 600 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Editions and selected the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring as the appropriate place to debut the new cars to the public. On the Friday before the 12 hour race, GM’s Corvette team including Product Manager Harlan Charles and Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter were on hand along with the six drivers of Corvette Racing to introduce the limited edition “Jake” Corvettes.

The Corvette GT1 Championship cars shown in the video were the first six cars of the series built. Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter remarked that the Corvettes were just completed within the last week and were shipped down from Bowling Green. The six Corvette drivers picked up the keys of the Corvettes following an ALMS drivers meeting and drove them down to Corvette Racing’s paddock. A little later, the six Corvette Racing drivers drove them over to the Corvette Corral to be viewed by the enthusiasts gathered at the hospitality tent.

The GT1 Championship Editions are limited to just 600 units: 200 Coupe, 200 Convertible and 200 Z06. Each of these body styles will have 100 in Yellow/Black and 100 in Black/Yellow. The series also has its own specific VIN sequences: 300001 for the Velocity Yellows and 40001 for those in Black.

The GT1 Championship Edition features C6.R livery inspired graphics which feature the mascot “Jake” ghost-painted on the hood bulge, years of the championships and drivers flags. Also making the Corvettes unique are the ZR1 full width body color spoiler and chrome wheels. The coupes and convertibles include the Z51 Performance Package, NPP Performance exhaust and MX0 6-Speed Paddle Shift Automatics. The GT1 Corvette coupe also comes with the optional C2L Dual Roof package. All three GT1 models get the optional U3U Navigation Systems as well.

Inside the GT1 Corvettes you’ll find a custom leather wrapped ebony interior with exclusive yellow accent stitching, GT1 embroidery on the leather seats, instrument panel and center console armrest. Under the hood is a special engine cover with a carbon pattern and yellow Corvette lettering. A windshield banner is also included and is installed by the owner.

Pricing for the GT1 Championship Edition starts at $65,310 for the 4LT Coupe, $71,815 for the 4LT Convertible and $86,385 for the 3LZ Corvette Z06.

Check out our exclusive photo gallery of the 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition.


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