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Corvette Earns Edmunds.com Consumers Top Rated Award

by Keith Cornett on June 6, 2008

2008 Corvette Coupe

Another week, another award for the 2008 Corvette. Last week it was Corvette Convertible that won Strategic Visions Total Quality Award for “Convertibles over $30,000“. This week, it’s the Coupes turn as visitors to Edmunds.com made the 2008 Corvette the Consumer’s Top Rated “Coupe over $45,000″. The Edmunds.com Consumer’ Top Rated award is the result of thousands of people’s opinions about their cars so this award says much about the owners of Corvettes and their expressed level of satisfaction about their car. Read on to see what Edmunds.com says about the 2008 Corvette.

In selecting the winner of each class, the editors of Edmunds.com gives each winner a write-up faithfully describing the ownership experience. Here is what they said about the 2008 Corvette Coupe:

Most exotics are hobbled by two significant flaws. The first is an exorbitant price tag. The second is a proclivity for being temperamental; these traits make many of these cars poor choices for those in search of a daily driver. Enter the Chevrolet Corvette. In addition to being a slice of pure Americana, this coupe offers world-class performance at a price that’s thousands more affordable than others in its class. It also boasts the sort of rock-solid dependability that makes it an excellent choice for everyday driving. Consumers have expressed appreciation for the Corvette’s impressive interior comfort and its head-up display. The car’s distinctive styling also earns it a special place in many hearts. Then, of course, there’s the prodigious power offered by its 6.2-liter and 7.0-liter V8s. Gushed one consumer: “Acceleration is instantaneous and onlookers are plentiful.” Yep — that about sums up the Corvette’s one-of-a-kind allure.


Source:
Edmunds.com

Related:
Corvette Convertible Wins Class in 2008 Total Quality Awards

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2008 30th Anniversary Indy 500 Pace Car Corvette

On Saturday I took a drive across Tampa to my Corvette Club’s sponsoring dealer Ferman Chevrolet to see the two special edition 2008 Corvettes: The 30th Anniversary Indy 500 Pace Car replica and the 427 Edition Corvette Z06. While the promotional pictures and other people’s photos have already appeared online, it’s quite a different thrill to actually see these two unique Corvettes up-close and personal.

Ferman’s Corvette specialist Tommy Farruggio told me they ordered two of the Indy 500 Pace Car replicas, a convertible and a coupe. I’ve mentioned it before and seeing it in person has only reinforced my belief that this is the best looking Corvette Pace Car since the original one appeared back in 1978. What really stands out is the green trim on the Indy 500 side logos and the stripe running along side the hood bulge. The Pace Car replica’s feature the signature of Emerson Fittipaldi, two time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and are numbered. The Pace Car coupe that I viewed was number 245 out of 500. This Corvette has already been sold but interestingly the buyer is also in the market for a sub-1000 mile 1978 Corvette Pace Car. If you know of one available, let me know.

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The other special edition of 2008 is the Crystal Red 427 Corvette Z06, a tribute car that celebrates the heritage of the 427 cubic inch engine. In Chevrolet history, the 427 engine was the pinnacle of performance for Corvettes and other muscle cars of the late ’60s. As the pushrod V8 has matured and technology advanced, Chevrolet is able to once again offer the potent power plant, this time in the form of the LS7 7.0 liter 505 hp small block. The 427 Editions are unique with the Crystal Red paint and custom black hood strip as well as the bevy of the old-style horsepower logos on the hood and embroidered on the seats. The 427 also pays homage to Wil Cooksey, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant’s manager who just retired. Wil’s focus on quality is one of the reasons why the Corvette scores so well on owner satisfaction surveys. Tommy said this was third 427 Edition to come through Ferman with other two already sold and delivered to customers. This 427 Corvette is signed by Wil Cooksey and is number 370 out of 505.

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Sales Analysis: The 2008 30th Anniversary Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car Replica

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LeMans Blue Corvette Z06 in Italy

SuperCarMovies.com has turned their high-definition camera lenses on the Corvette Z06 and the result can only be summed up simply as “breathtaking”. This isn’t just another YouTube video showing the comings and going of America’s super car turned loose on Italy’s twisty old-world roads, its a full cinematic experience showing America’s super car turned loose on Italy’s twisty old-world roads.

While previous SuperCarMovies.com came complete with a plot line, with this movie, the Z06 is the plot line. From the beginning you get a sense that the video you are about see will exceed your expectations. They even filmed the Corvette Z06 in the rain! I didn’t see that coming…

Leaving the confines of a parking garage, the Corvette Z06 is shown first in the rain outside a gorgeous Italian estate. The action then moves to surrounding roads. The Corvette looks very comfortable sliding around the switchbacks and sloping mountainside curves. The views are wonderful and after watching the video, you’ll have a strong urge to go online looking to book travel to southern Europe.

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Some have referred to this video as Car Porn. We’re very happy to report that the video is “Safe for Work”. Enjoy some of the photos from the gallery and visit SuperCarMovies.com to watch the movie, available in both High or Standard definition. For those of you who actually prefer YouTube styled movies, I bring you our own 5 Bridges Run video shot last year.


Source:
SuperCarMovies.com via Autoblog.com

Related:
5 Bridges Run

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2008 Corvette Convertible

Strategic Vision has released their annual Total Quality Awards and the 2008 Corvette Convertible won the “Convertibles over $30,000″ class besting 3 models from Mercedes-Benz and the BMW Z4 Roadster with a score of 940. This is the second year in row that the Corvette Convertible has won this class, and like last year, finished second overall behind the 950 scored by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Luxury Sedan. The score represents new vehicle owner satisfaction.

The top 5 of the Convertibles over $30,000:

  1. Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (940)
  2. Mercedes-Benz SL (939)
  3. Mercedes-Benz CLK Cabriolet (909)
  4. BMW Z4 Roadster (907)
  5. Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster (891)

A number of prominent 2008 cars were not included in the results as Strategic Vision claims that the sample size of respondents for a specific model was not sufficient to be included.

Quality and owner satisfaction are two hallmarks of the latest generation of Corvettes. This year’s total quality index score of 940 is up 10 points over 2007′s quality score of 930.

Chevrolet also scored a class win in large pickups with two models tying for the top class score. The Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 and the Silverado 1500 both had a total qaulity index score of 880.


Source:
Strategic Vision

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Corvette Convertible Tops Class in Total Quality Awards
Corvette Convertible Named Intellichoice Best Overall Value

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2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nürburgring

BridgetoGantry.com has seen spotted Corvette’s ZR1 yesterday at the Nürburgring. Dale Lomas, writing for the officially unofficial track blog states that the weather has been warm and dry over the previous days and that has brought out Team Corvette and their supercharged 638 hp Corvette ZR1, this time dressed in red. Dale goes on to speculate that GM may have been looking for a lap time as he “spotted a helicopter chasing something that sounded very V8 and awfully supercharged…”

2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nürburgring

Although that may be the case, the photos again show a passenger riding shotgun so its doubtful that an attempt to lap the ‘ring in “seven minutes and twenty-something seconds” as Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter alluded to last week was happening when these photos were taken.

As for the helicopter? The ZR1 has proven to be a boon for spy photogs and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see arial footage of the new supercharged bad boy making its way around Nürburgring’s Nordschleife.


Source:
BridgetoGantry.com

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Tadge Calls Out Nissan’s GT-R: Corvette ZR1 Will Beat ‘Ring Time

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2008 Corvette Coupe
The C5/C6 Bash at the National Corvette Museum has wrapped for another year and as is generally the case, there was some interesting news coming straight from the folks at GM. This preliminary 2008 Corvette Model Year Data slide was presented in one of GM’s forums at the Museum over the bash weekend. The data is from start of production through April 2nd and shows the production numbers for each model as well as some of the more popular options with model penetration.
Corvettes Produced Amount Percent  
       
Coupes 15,927 57%  
Convertibles 6,166 22%  
Z06 Hardtops 5,779 21%  
  _______ _______  
Total 27,872 100%  
       
       
Options Coupe Convertible Z06
       
1LT 30%    
2LT 14% 10%  
3LT 51% 83%  
4LT 5% 7%  
1LZ     6%
2LZ     74%
3LZ     19%
       
CC3 – Transparent Roof 18%    
C2L – Dual Roof Pkg 15%    
       
MX0 – 6-Speed Auto Paddle 66% 77%  
F55 – Selective Ride Control 13% 23%  
Z51 – Performance Package 38% 37%  
U3U – Stereo/XM/Nav 32% 58% 77%
NPP – Dual Mode Exhaust 47% 57%  
QG7 – Polished Aluminum 20% 19%  
QX3/Q9V – Chrome 41% 63%  
QX1 – Gray Painted Aluminum 6% 2%  
QL9 – Z06 Base     11%
Q44 – Z06 Painted     5%
Q76 – Z06 Chrome     71%
       
Despite our penchant for stressing out over the latest monthly sales numbers, production appears to be moving along at a clip reminiscent of the 2006 model year when just over 34,000 Corvettes were produced. With the preliminary sales data showing 27,872 through April 2nd, conservatively estimating production at 2,500 units per month over the next two and half months puts us over the 34,000 mark.
Source:
CorvetteConti.com Related:
Final 2007 Corvette Production Numbers Technorati Tags:
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The End of the 2008 Corvette is Near!

by Keith Cornett on April 24, 2008

The sun sets on the 2008 Corvette Model Year

The opportunity for you to custom order a 2008 Corvette is rapidly coming to an end. Chevrolet dealers received their final allocations this week and you will need to act fast as this is the final week to get your order placed. Corvettes ordered this week will be built the week of May 19, 2008.

The 2008 model year for Corvette will come to a close on June 20th. The plant will be idled for three days as its prepped to produce the 2009 Corvette. Production on the 2009 is slated to begin June 23rd for Coupe, Convertible and Z06. ZR1 Corvette production is expected to start three weeks later on July 14th.

Constraints this week include:

  • QX3 Chrome Wheels
  • 67U Machine Silver
  • Z44 427 Limited Edition Z06
  • Z4Z Corvette Pace Car

As our sales analysis on the Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car indicated, dealers that took a chance and ordered the Corvette will have in stock and available in early May.

If you’ve already picked out your Corvette but have yet to decide on a dealer, contact Dave Salvatore at Kerbeck Corvette, the world’s largest Corvette dealer at 1-877-537-2325. Dave can help you navigate through the buying process and your Corvette can be delivered anywhere including the National Corvette Museum.


Source:
Kerbeck Corvette

Related:
Sales Analysis: The 2008 30th Anniversary Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car Replica
GM Announces Production Dates for 2008/2009 Corvettes

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[VIDEO] New Corvette Pace Cars Hit The Indy 500

by Keith Cornett on April 23, 2008

Running the Brickyard in a 2008 Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car

“Welcome to the adult version of Christmas.” That’s what one speaker calls the day when the keys to all those Indy 500 festival cars are passed out. IGotShotgun was at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 500 Festival Committee Meeting which culminates in members receiving the keys to their very own 2008 Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car and then taking them for some laps around the speedway.

We counted at least 50 of the 30th Anniversary Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars and to see them lined up on the fabled brickyard is something special. The E85 Concept Corvette Z06 was also at the track showing what it can do.

Some of the dignitaries went for a hot lap with 2-time 500 Winner and this year’s official pace car driver Emerson Fittipaldi or Corvette Racing’s Max Papis. In this next video, “Mad Max” Papis takes IGotShotgun for a 180 mph hot lap around the 2.5 mile oval.

Festival members have use of the Corvette through the month of May and then the cars are sent to various dealers where they will be sold as official Indianapolis 500 Festival cars.


Source:
I Got Shotgun!

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Sales Analysis: The 2008 30th Anniversary Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car Replica
Two Unique Corvettes to Pace the 2008 Indianapolis 500
Video: Unveiling the 2008 Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars

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30th Anniversary Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car

Late last year with much fanfare, Chevrolet announced that for the first time ever two Corvettes would be pacing the Indianapolis 500. One of the Corvettes is the customized Z06 E85 Concept highlighting GM’s Green Initiative and will showcase the ability of the automaker to run even the Corvette on E85 Ethanol. But it was the second Corvette that is even more interesting in our opinion as it marked the 30th Anniversary of the 1978 Corvette Pace Car and would be commemorated by a special run of 500 Pace Car Replicas.

With only 500 of these special editions available, you would think that these Indy Pace Car replicas would be in demand and sell fast, but from the conversations we’ve had with several high-volume Corvette dealers, that just doesn’t appear to be the case. Here is what we’ve been hearing as the major roadblocks to sales of the 30th Anniversary Corvette Pace Car and why we think owning this special edition is a smart investment.

Dealers may be bypassing this year’s Corvette Pace Car replica because last year model didn’t sell well. Many point to the late entry of the replica into the 2007 production model run. The 2007 Corvette Pace Car Replica didn’t hit the lots until June, well after the running of the Indianapolis 500. We also believe that demand for last year’s Pace Car was tempered by news of the 2008 Corvette models which featured a new, more powerful engine and interior upgrades. As a matter a fact, that news is attributed to an overall decline in sales of all 2007 Corvettes.

Last year, Chevrolet offered two special edition Corvettes at the same time, the Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Championship Z06 and a Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car replica. Buyers overwhelmingly gravitated to the Ron Fellows Z06 Signature Edition. This year, Chevrolet again offered two special edition Corvettes at the same time: The 427 Limited Edition Corvette Z06 and the 30th Anniversary Corvette Indy Pace Car Replica and guess what? Buyers again gravitated first to the Z06.

So why is the 30th Anniversary Corvette Indy Pace Car Replica a smart buy? The first is economics. No, I’m not saying buy this car and you’ll make money on it. But you will lose less money because of its limited production of only 500 cars. Recent history shows the depreciation of the Corvette Pace Cars will be less than an average coupe or convertible Corvette and will generally start appreciating first and faster than their regular production counterparts.

1998 Indy 500 Corvette Pace CarTake a look at the 1998 Corvette Indy Pace Car. 1,158 of the Purple and Yellow Corvettes were produced. It’s 10 years old now and the five year depreciation number for the Pace Car replica is -19%. However, the 1998 Corvette Coupe’s five year depreciation is -26% while the 1998 Corvette convertible was down -29% over five years.

1995 Indy 500 Corvette Pace CarThe news is even better for the 1995 Corvette Pace Car. Only 527 of these Corvettes were built and over the last five years, the Pace Car has appreciated 19% while the regular production Coupe was down -7% and the roadster was down -12% over the same time frame. The Pace Car’s appreciation is even higher than the 1995 ZR-1 which shows an 8% increase.

The second reason we like this year’s Pace Car replica is that it’s offered in either a Coupe or Convertible model, and the option choices will all but guarantee that there will be some interesting combinations when its all said and done. We already know that there are no major changes for next year’s Corvette model so that hurdle has been removed. And forget the “All Corvettes are Red” mantra. The Indy 500 Pace Car is finally back in black, the number one selling Corvette color.

Lastly, the Pace Car is signed and numbered by 2-time Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi, making this Corvette only the third model in the car’s 55 year history to feature a signature. We’re still hoping that in the future this honor is reserved only for those who’ve had a direct impact on the Corvette and the enthusiast community.

So the final question you should be asking is where can I get one? We suggest getting in touch with Dave Salvatore at Kerbeck Corvette who told us they have several available. Dave can be reached at 1-877-537-2325 . Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank Jim “Z” of Spitzer Chevrolet who was kind enough to answer our inquiries for this story.


Source:
Appreciation and depreciation figures on the 1995 and 1998 Corvette Pace Car from Vette-N-Vestments 2008 Corvette Pricing Guide.

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Two Unique Corvettes to Pace the 2008 Indianapolis 500
Video: Unveiling the 2008 Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars

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Corvette Z06 Black Edition by Geigercars

by Keith Cornett on April 19, 2008

GeigerCars Corvette Z06 Black Edition

German-based Geigercars was already well known in Corvette tuner circles for their performance engine enhancements and wide body kits. So when they turned their attention to the Corvette Z06, something special was bound to happen. GeigerCars calls it the Corvette Z06 Black Edition.

The Corvette Z06 is already ahighly tuned machine with 505 horses available for the driver. GeigerCars managed to up the performance of the LS7 7.0L V8 to a whopping 592 horsepower. And then there’s the body. The Z06 Black Edition matches the car’s sinister performance with a blacked out body. Very intimidating. The only trace of color comes from the red brake calipers behind the black 5 Spoke Corvette rims. The rear fascia has been redesigned and features a set of smaller diameter taillights that remind us of a Ferrari. And while its different than a stock Z06, we’re okay with it.

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GeigerCar's Corvette Z06 Black Edition GeigerCar's Corvette Z06 Black Edition

Sources:
WorldCarFans.com via AutoBlog.com

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