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Rumor: 2010 Corvette to Include a Grand Sport Widebody?

by Keith Cornett on January 21, 2009

1996 Corvette Grand Sport

Update: The Corvette Grand Sport was introduced on April 24, 2009 at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash. We have updates which include:

Exclusive Photo Gallery: 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
[VIDEO] Introduction and Reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport


Talk of “Change” is in the air, but luckily our focus is on Corvettes and what may be coming our way in 2010. A CorvetteForum member was perusing the GM computer system and claims he saw a Grand Sport option for both Coupes and Convertibles in 2010. The RPO Z16, used in 1996 to describe the Grand Sport package was also mentioned. However, something else is afoot, as we are seeing how just one word is causing the Corvette enthusiast community to swoon: widebody.

A widebody describes the Corvette Z06′s increased width over the Coupe and Convertible models due to the flared front and rear fender panels that house the larger Z06’s wheels and brakes. A Widebody conversion, especially the rear portion which when done by itself is referred to as a “widebooty, is one of the more popular C6 Corvette body modifications which can cost upwards of $10-$15K.

The last few special editions rolled out by GM have been nothing more than special paint schemes and embroidered seats, no doubt conceived by marketing types to sell more Corvettes. Normally, we are okay with that but some special edition Corvettes require a little something extra to make them special. As in the case of the coming 2009 Competition Sport Corvette, is it more of a performance model over that of a regular Coupe because it comes with a user-affixible numbers to paste on the doors?

A Grand Sport widebody on the other hand changes the game. A unique body style would make the Corvette special. Add some goodies like the Z06’s brakes and then wrap it up in the Grand Sport livery with special paint and interior trim and you’ve got a guaranteed winner.

Like any rumor, those that know aren’t talking and those that don’t anything are talking too much. Watching the chatter over the next couple months will be interesting and it gives us something to look forward to. Hopefully as we get closer to the Corvette Bash in April we will start to get some solid news that will surely please the enthusiast community: The return of the Grand Sport Corvette.

Sources:
Corvette Forum

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2009 Competition Sport Corvette

New for Corvette enthusiasts and racers alike is the 2009 Competition Sport Corvette. This limited edition Corvette is aimed for the owner who attends driving schools and track events. Available in Z06 or Z51 configurations, the CSC package is ready for some serious performance driving. Are you?

With the focus on keeping the Corvette lightweight for performance driving, you’ll see some serious track influenced design features. Included in the package:

  • Competition Gray Exterior Stripes, Wheels, and Headlamps
  • Corvette Racing ‘Jake’ and CSR logos on b-pillar, headrest, and center armrest
  • Ebony Interior with titanium embroidery
  • Corvette Racing Pedals from GCA
  • Special engine cover
  • Racing style numbers with number based on build sequence to be installed by customer

The Competition Sport Corvette is available in either a 1LT Coupe with 436 horsepower or as the 1LZ Z06 with 505 horsepower. The Z06 version is available in 17U Blade Silver or 41U Black. The Coupe version is available in 17U Blade Silver or 10U Arctic White.

Also included in the coupe version is the Z51 Performance Package, NPP Performance Exhaust, Differential Cooler, Head-Up Display, Red Painted Brake Calipers and a Z06 tall spoiler.

Pricing and dates of availability are expected to be released shortly.

Put a number on the doors and Jake embroidered on the seats and this Corvette does indeed look ready for the track. If you’re interested in the 2009 Competition Sport Corvette, please call our friends at Kerbeck Corvette at 877-537-2325 and tell them CorvetteBlogger sent you!

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2008 Corvette Chassis

The rolling 2008 Corvette ZR1 chassis that was scheduled to be sold at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction has been pulled from the docket and the auction cancelled according to a Barrett-Jackson media representative. The auction was lot # 82.1 and was scheduled to cross the block on Tuesday evening.

After the ZR1 Chassis failed to appear in its assigned slot, a review of the Barrett-Jackson website showed that it had been pulled from the 2009 run list completely. We emailed Barrett-Jackson and was told that the auction had been cancelled and no other information about the chassis is available.

The Corvette ZR1 Chassis is one of the 200 GM Heritage Collection vehicles that were scheduled to be sold at the famous collector car auction. Perhaps the car has been rescheduled to appear with other Heritage vehicles at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach collector car auction later this Spring. The only other possible outcomes is that GM sold or donated the car prior to auction or GM decided to keep it for the time being.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson

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2009 Corvette Display at the Detroit Auto Show

by Keith Cornett on January 13, 2009

2009 Corvette ZR1 at NAIAS

It was a year ago today the 2009 Corvette ZR1 was introduced by Jeff Gordon and Kid Rock at the 2008 GM Style Event, a cars and stars and models extravaganza that kicked off the start of the North American International Auto Show. What a difference a year makes. For 2009, GM lets the cars speak for themselves. So I bring you the Corvette ZR1 at the 2009 NAIAS.

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Click here to view Autoblog’s Gallery of GM’s NAIAS display area.


Source:
Autoblog.com

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Corvette ZR1 Unveiled to Corvette Museum Members

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Clarkson Selects Corvette ZR1 as his Car of the Year

by Keith Cornett on January 5, 2009

Jeremy Clarkson Loves The Corvette ZR1

Readers of CorvetteBlogger know that I haven’t been the biggest fan of Jeremy Clarkson. I’ve harped on the Top Gear host about his over-the-top attitude when it comes to America and America’s sports car, the Corvette. Yet I find my opinion of Clarkson evolving as he surprises me once again by selecting the 2009 Corvette ZR1 as his Car of the Year.

I was downright down on Clarkson following is infamous review in 2006 of the Corvette Z06. But starting late last fall with Season 12 of Top Gear, it appears Jeremy has finally warmed to the Corvette and according to Clarkson, the Corvette ZR1 = Love.

Clarkson’s conversion (or epiphany) began in 2006 while making the Top Gear DVD “Everything Explodes”. While he had a million amazing cars on the set to drive, Jeremy says he most enjoyed driving a Corvette C6 Convertible so much that he used it to drive back and forth to the hotel every night.

Then he drove the 7.0-liter Corvette Zed 06, the Corvette he called typically American: “Rough-riding, uncouth, garish, brash and as tasteless as an onyx lavatory.” Despite the fact the Corvette Z06 is supported by leaf-springs, Clarkson was impressed with some of the technical’s like the magnesium engine tray that supports the 7.0 liter LS7 was moved back into the car which improved the weight distribution.

And then came the Corvette ZR1 which Clarkson said was the best performance car he’s driven all year…by some margin.

Clarkson takes a swipe at the USA by asking how come it took so long for Americans to make a car so good. But then he sums up the Corvette ZR1 with the following paragraphs:

The 638 hp from that supercharged 6.2-liter V8 is impressive. But it’s the sheer surprise of the 638 hp that impresses most of all. In an Enzo, you know the grunt is there all the time because it shimmies and shakes. The Corvette does not. It’s softer than a C6. It’s as quiet as a Mondeo. It’s as well air-conditioned as a Rolls-Royce. Stabbing the throttle, then, is like lying in a hammock on a warm tropical evening and then suddenly falling out. You’re just not ready for the rush.

The bald figures tell some of the story. But 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds and the top speed of 205 mph do not explain what it feels like when that onslaught comes out of nowhere, and you are watching the world go into hyperspace through a head-up display.

So as Clarkson’s opinion of the Corvette has evolved, so has my opinion of Clarkson. Still, despite acknowledging that Top Gear is a global brand and that cultural issues must be left aside to focus on the car, we get the following Clarksonism when he sums up his Corvette ZR1 = Love article:

“It’s a bloody good car. If I had a collection of automatic weapons, some attack dogs and a wife with tattoos, I’d have one like a shot.

Yep, Clarkson is evolving all right.

Thanks for the tip George!


Source:
Top Gear

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Corvette Museum Selling 2008 Corvette Coupe VIN #000001

by Keith Cornett on December 30, 2008

2008 Corvette Coupe VIN #000001

The National Corvette Museum has posted a new fundraiser auction on eBay – the sale of the very first Corvette produced in 2008. The Corvette – VIN #000001 – is a 2008 Coupe painted in Velocity Yellow and features the highly anticipated 4LT custom leather wrapped interior. The Corvette was part of GM’s Show Car Division where it was used primarily at Corvette Racing displays and at the Bloomington Gold show.

The 2008 model year saw Corvette get a number of significant mid-cycle upgrades and this Corvette Coupe appears to have been built with that in mind. VIN #000001 was the first Corvette fitted with the new LS3 6.2L engine producing 430 hp and coupled with the NPP dual mode performance exhaust, horsepower stands at 436.

The VIN #000001 Corvette also features F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control, Polished Aluminum Wheels, OnStar, Heated Seats, AM/FM Stereo with 6-Disc In Dash CD Changer with MP3 playback and premium 7 speaker Bose sound system, XM Satellite Radio, Power Telescoping Steering Wheel, Head Up Display and Garage Door Opener.

The Corvette has just 977 miles on the odometer and comes with the remaining 5-Year 100,000 mile warranty. We are told the key fobs have all GM internal tags in place.

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General Motors donated the Corvette to the Museum, and proceeds from the sale will benefit the non-profit organization.

The auction kicked off today and runs through January 5th. The Corvette Museum will also provide the winner with a copy of the Build Sheet which shows approximated date of production, options, VIN and Order numbers.

Click here to visit the eBay auction for the 2008 Corvette Coupe VIN #000001.


Source:
eBay via National Corvette Museum

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[VIDEO] In Jay Leno’s Garage: The Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on December 10, 2008

In Jay Leno's Garage: The Corvette ZR1

“This is what the founding fathers wanted us to be driving” says Jay Leno as he pulls up to a stoplight in his new 2009 Corvette ZR1. The new 638-hp supercharged Corvette is the latest edition to Jay Leno’s Garage and we have the privilege of riding shotgun with late night’s funny man as he puts the Corvette through its paces and points out the unique features in a style that only Leno can.

Jay gives us a walk-around the new Corvette while he discusses some of the finer points of the new Corvette like the 20-spoke 19″/20″ wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires, standard carbon ceramic drilled disc brakes, magnetic selective ride control as well as pointing out the flares, vents and spoilers that are unique to the ZR1. He also touches on the story about the special clear coat that protects the carbon fiber – yes, Virginia it does cost $60,000/gallon.

One of the surprising aspects of the video is that Jay shows us that he owns VIN 001 – most thought that honor went to Chevy dealer Dave Ressler who paid $1 Million at Barrett-Jackson for the honor of owning VIN #001. Turns out there are three sets of Corvette ZR1 VINs – Ressler ownes one – and the one one of that unique set. The demo and dealer test Corvette ZR1 were produced under a separate VIN and then the production customer cars have their own VIN. Very interesting!

I love to listen to Jay talk about the Corvette while he’s driving it. Just seeing him behind the wheel while talking about the amazing torque of the ZR1 then watching him floor it puts it all into perspective. Jay is a Corvette guy and listening to him talk about Corvettes, while driving the most it shows. This was a fun ride!


Source
Jay Leno’s Garage

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Top Gear's Clarkson Outruns Murderous Black Corvette in a Fiesta

This is the kind of stunt that only Top Gear and Jeremy Clarkson would design. The concept is “What if I go to a shopping center and get chased by baddies in a Corvette?” What the title doesn’t tell you is that the chase scene takes place inside a shopping mall. While our previous video of inside hoonage featuring a guy parking his C5 into his living room seemed like good fun at the time, that video doesn’t hold a candle to watching this black C6 Corvette leaving skid marks on marble floors and crashing into birthday card stores.

As with all new Top Gear episodes, they get pulled down from YouTube sometimes faster than they go up. We’ll watch this post and try to replace the segment should this version come down. You can also search for the show using the episode guide: Top Gear S12 E06.

I’ve been critical in the past about Clarkson’s tendency to disrespect America and especially the Corvette, but I’ve got to hand it to him that he does showcase some great driving skills in this video. And let’s face it, we’ve all wanted to drive like crazy in the a shopping mall. The only thing missing from this video is the zombies…


Source:
Top Gear

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2nd Look: The Corvette C3R Retro Stingray

by Keith Cornett on December 1, 2008

C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray

Last month we took a look at the Corvette C3R Stingray, a computer rendering by Christian Cyrulewski that wrapped a modern day Corvette C6 with a new yet retro-inspired bodywork of a 1969 Corvette Stingray. Christian is back in the news with a second version of the C3R that features a few tweaks to the original rendering including lengthening the car to give it a more aggressive stance and flattening the rear deck.

The retro cues of a 1969 Corvette are of course all over the place, hence its name, but the new skin feels very modern as well. I’m not sure how the headlights will be pulled off as Christian says they are not pop-ups. The only other issue we believe to be a problem is the lack of access to the rear storage area from the removal of the rear storage hatch. However with this second group of renderings, I have become a certified fan of the C3R Stingray.

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Here’s what Christian had to say about the newest version:

The changes were mostly on the rear end, I added a chamfer where the body meets the rear diffuser to visually lift the rear, I extended the rear about 25mm and narrowed it by more than 50mm to visually give it a more aggressive and planted stance. I also flattened the rear deck area and added a chamfer to the spoiler to match the profile of the 69 stingray better and also to give it a more modern look. The last change was to the front fender in front of the wheel, I added some fullness to give it better lead-in to the grill area.

The dimensions on the C3R are the same as the z06 except the length, my car is 4 inches longer. I also wanted to mention that the headlights are not pop-up, I don’t want to say right now how they work because I going to create an animation that shows the process. One of the main complaints was that people thought it was going to have the pop-up lights.

Now that the main surfaces are done I am going to focus on the details like if it is possible to have 69 style door handles and the possibility of moving the location of the fuel filler to the rear deck, again like the C3.

With General Motors in its current funk and no plans to update the current C6 Corvette body style until at least 2014, we’re hoping progress continues on the C3R Stingray and Christian will be able to bring his prototype to the 2009 Woodward Dream Cruise as planned. Until then, we’ll just have to live vicariously through these awesome computer renderings.


Source:
C3Retro.com via Serious Wheels

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2009 Corvette Makes Car And Driver’s 10Best List

by Keith Cornett on November 20, 2008

The 2009 Corvette Makes Car and Driver's 10Best List

Car and Driver’s staff continue to show the love to Corvette by including the standard Coupe and Convertible on the magazine’s 2009 “10Best” list. Despite falling head over heels for the new Corvette ZR1, the supercharged 638-horsepower doesn’t make this list due to its base price being $34 grand north of the $71,000 MSRP cutoff. That same cutoff drops another previous Corvette inductee off the 2009 list, the 505-horsepower Z06.

But despite the fact the two performance models – the ZR1 and Z06 – didn’t make the list but the standard 430-hp Coupe and Convertible did says something about the magic that is Corvette. Listen up Congress – Car and Driver says they were “impressed by the ongoing improvements in Corvette assembly quality, materials and everyday comfort.” Fact is, the Chevrolet Corvette “continues to deliver a level of performance and stlye that’s unbeatable for the money.”

Hopefully, some members of Congress are subscribers to Car and Driver and will read in the January 2009 issue that an American automaker does make a quality, fuel efficient car that doesn’t sacrifice performance. Unfortunately, the only way some members of Congress would ever see Corvette quality first hand is to get run over by Robert Novak, but now I’m ranting. Sorry.

This is the third straight year that Corvette has made the “10Best” list. Last year’s list included the Corvette Z06 while in 2006 the standard Coupe was listed.

The only other American-made car to make the Car and Driver “10Best” list is the 2009 Cadillac CTS/CTS-V. But the Car and Driver also points out that while Cadillac coined the phrase “American Standard of the World”, in the world of sports cars, those words describe the 2009 Corvette. We couldn’t agree more.


Source:
Car and Driver

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