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Maybe through the fence is a better way to describe how we came across this photo of the Corvette Pace Car Festival Car for the Allstate Brickyard 400. IndyAndy had a chance to visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this month when he spied these Velocity Yellow Corvette Convertibles in Gasoline Alley. The Corvettes feature the Allstate Brickyard 400 logos as well as the horizontal graphics that start at the front tires and sweep down the side. A graphic that appears to be the Chevrolet Bowtie graces the hood.

Corvette Convertible Pace Car
Photo Credit: IndyAndy
This marks the third major auto race to be paced by Corvette in 2008. Previous appearances include the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. The Brickyard 400 festivus kicks off on Friday, July 27 with Chevy Day at the Brickyard. Practice and qualifying is Saturday, July 28th and the race will be held on Sunday, July 29th beginning at 2pm.
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IndyAndy’s Indy Journal
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MTI Dynos a 2008 Z51 Corvette; 2007 Owners Cry

by Keith Cornett on July 16, 2007

2008 Z51 Corvette on the DynoLast week we shared the dyno numbers from an LG Motorsports test of an automatic 2008 Corvette. This week, Corvette tuner MTI puts another LS3 2008 Corvette to the test and the numbers we see are even higher. MTI’s test vehicle is a bone stock 6-speed manual 2008 Corvette with the Z51 package and new NPP Dual Mode Exhaust. Only 6 miles were on the odometer at the time of the test. According to Zach@MTI, the Corvette made an additional 50 rear wheel horsepower over the last 2007 stock model tested. Results for the 2008 Corvette finished with a Max Rear Wheel Horsepower of 395.3 and Max Torque was 384.5. LG Motorsports test of their Automatic 2008 was 370.8 Rear Wheel HP and 363.8 Max Torque. Unfortunately, all these dyno tests on the new LS3 Corvettes are having an unintended consequence for 2007 Corvette owners, many of whom now seem to be experiencing buyer’s remorse.
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LG Motorsports Dynos the LS3 2008 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on July 11, 2007

Lou Gigliotti of LG Motorsports loves to get his hands on the new stuff and there’s nothing newer than the 6.2 liter LS3 V8 engine in the 2008 Corvette. Last week, Lou had delivered to his Dallas-based tuning shop a Red 2008 Corvette with an automatic A6 paddle shift transmission. The Corvette had just 29 delivery miles on it. Totally stock with no changes, the LS3 dyno’d at 370.8 rear wheel hp and 363.8 rear wheel torque. Click below for the graph.

LS3 Dyno Sheet 2008 Corvette LS3 Engine
Following the thread at CorvetteForum.com, Lou has been experimenting with different setups on the LS3, swapping cams, headers and other tuner tricks to maximize performance. With his LG G7X-4 Cam, LG Pro Long Tube Headers, and a K&N Air Charger, the Corvette dyno’d at 484 rwhp and 440 rwtq. That’s Z06 territory, folks! Lou also has an LS3 with a 6-Speed manual transmission coming in this week so we are real interested to see what the bone-stock dyno will be for that Corvette.
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Final 2007 Corvette Production Numbers

by Keith Cornett on June 30, 2007

With the conclusion of the 2007 Corvette Model Year, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant has released the final production numbers for the year. Corvette production for 2007 totaled an astounding 40,561 Corvettes. This is the most Corvettes produced since the introduction of the C4 model in 1984 and only the sixth time in 54 years that Corvette production crossed the 40,000 unit threshold. As with the last few years, Corvette owners still prefer Red Corvettes. The two shades of red, Victory and Monterey, combined for 28.9% of total production. However, the single most popular color for the third straight year was Black, accounting for 23.5% of Corvettes. Second place was Victory Red at 16.5% and Machine Silver third at 13.6%. Atomic Orange, the new color for 2007 that replaced Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic finished at 3,790 Corvettes or 9.3% of production nd more than doubled DSOM’s 1,729 units in 2006. The percentages of Corvettes with orders for the 6-Speed Manual, Paddle Shift Automatic and Z51 6-Speed Manual are relatively unchanged from 2006. I expected to see a decrease in true manual 6-Speeds in favor of the Paddle Shift as it has the Automatic modes, but that was not the case. The MN0 Paddle Shift had an option penetration of 55.3% vs 2006′s 56.1%. Here are the final 2007 Corvette Production Numbers:

Corvettes Produced Amount Percent    
         
Coupes 21,484 53%    
Convertibles 10,918 27%    
Z06 Hardtops 8,159 20%    
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Total 40,561 100%    
         
         
Exterior Colors Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
10U Artic White 2,387 1,312 676 399
19U Le Mans Blue 3,854 2,243 784 827
41U Black 9,526 4,908 2,091 2,527
45U Velocity Yellow 3,755 1,672 843 1,240
67U Machine Silver 5,518 2,887 1,589 1,042
74U Victory Red 6,708 3,556 1,701 1,451
80U Monterey Red 5,023 3,157 1,866 0
83U Atomic Orange 3,790 1,749 1,368 673
         
         
Convertible Top Colors Total      
         
35T Cashmere 2,813   2,813  
37T Storm Gray 979   979  
41T Ebony 7,126   7,126  
         
         
Interior Colors Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
02I Cobalt Red 3,071 1,066 622 1,383
19I Ebony 24,267 13,529 5,334 5,404
31I Light Cashmere 7,359 4,135 3,224 0
84I Light Titanium (Gray) 5,864 2,754 1,738 1,372
         
         
Transmissions Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
MN6 6-Speed Manual 12,670 3,433 1,078 8,159
MX0 6-Speed Auto Paddle 22,422 14,093 8,329 0
MZ6 6-Speed Manual w/Z51 5,469 3,958 1,511 0
         
         
Wheels Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
P4A Painted Alum Indy Car 500 0 500 0
QG6 Painted Aluminum 7,500 6,422 1,078 0
QG7 Polished Aluminum 3,461 2,452 1,009 0
QL9 Z06 Polished Aluminum 3,459 0 0 3,459
QX1 Gray Painted Aluminum 1,091 945 146 0
QX3 Chrome 19,850 11,665 8,185 0
Q10 Z06 Base 1,457 0 0 1,457
Q44 Z06 Painted 545 0 0 545
Q76 Z06 Chrome 2,698 0 0 2,698
         
         
Other Options Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
Z51 Performance Handling Pkg 13,696 8,966 4,730 0
C2L Dual Roof Pkg 3,558 3,558 0 0
F55 Magnetic Select Ride 5,619 2,777 2,842 0
UV6 Heads Up Display 22,948 13,022 9,926 0
U2K XM Satellite Radio 28,897 12,220 9,789 6,888
UE1 OnStar System 18,074 6,935 6,488 4,651
U3U Navigation Radio 20,653 7,661 6,849 6,143
R8C Museum Delivery 1,104 402 288 414
         
         
Export Units Total Coupe Convertible Z06
CV3 Mexican Export 34 23 11 0
MAE European Export 1,327 522 87 718
Z49 Canadian Export 860 286 256 318

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Bowling Green Assembly Plant via CorvetteConti.com Related:
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Photo: 2008 Crystal Red Metallic Corvette

by Keith Cornett on June 28, 2007

Just last night I was hoping to see a 2008 Corvette with the new 89U Crystal Red Metallic exterior and this morning our Corvette Muse named Conti came through again:

2008 Corvette in Crystal Red Metallic
Now this color will be a hit because it’s not that big a leap from the color it replaced, Monterey Red. Besides all Corvettes are Red, right?
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Photo: 2008 Jetstream Blue Metallic Corvette Z06

by Keith Cornett on June 27, 2007

CorvetteConti.com brings us the new 2008 Z06 Corvette in Jetstream Blue Metallic. The color already has its own acronym: JSB, but since its the successor to LMB I guess it should. Reaction on the forums is mixed with many taking a wait-until-I-see-in-person approach.

2008 Corvette in Jetstream Blue Metallic
Personally, I like the new color as it harkens back to the days of Nassau Blue, one of my personal favorites. Jetstream Blue will never be a hit though. GM will churn out a several thousand per model year and then will see a return back to a darker blue in a couple years from now. We’re also still waiting to see an 89U Crystal Red Metallic Corvette. As the 2008 Corvette production kicked off this week, it shouldn’t be too much longer until those photos hit.
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A 2007 Corvette being assembled in Bowling GreenThe Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green will begin production of the 2008 Corvette during the week of June 25th. As the 2007 model year concludes, we will have the final production numbers for you. The assembly plant will be closed from June 29th through July 15th and will resume on the 16th. If you are planning on touring the plant, you can reserve your tickets online through the Corvette Museum.
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Official 2008 Corvette Pricing Announced

by Keith Cornett on June 18, 2007

Corvette Dealer Ken Fichtner posted the official pricing for the 2008 Corvette on the Corvette Forum. Prices listed include the three Corvette models: Coupe, Convertible and Z06 as well as the available options. Also listed is the new 4LT packages for coupes and convertibles which will set you back $8,005 and $8,600 respectively. The three Corvette models base prices were increased $920 for coupes and convertibles and $1,000 for the Z06. Considering the Coupes and Convertibles come with the new LS3 which adds 30 horsepower, I would say that is a bargain.

MODELS  
1YY07 Coupe $45,170.00
1YY67 Convertible $53,510.00
1YY86 Z06 $70,175.00
Destination Charge $825.00
   
PACKAGES  
2LT Package – Coupe $1,495.00
3LT Package – Coupe $4,505.00
4LT Package – Coupe $8,005.00
3LT Package – Convertible $5,100.00
4LT Package – Convertible $8,600.00
2LZ Package – Z06 Coupe $3,045.00
3LZ Package – Z06 Coupe $6,545.00
   
OPTIONS  
CC3 Transparent Roof Package $750.00
C2L Dual Roof Package $1,400.00
D30 Custom Color and Trim Combination $590.00
F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control $1,995.00
GU2 2.73 Rear Axle Ratio $395.00
MX0 6 Speed Automatic with Paddle Shift $1,250.00
NPP Dual Mode Exhaust System $1,195.00
R8C Museum Delivery $490.00
U3U AM/FM CD with Navigation $1,750.00
Z51 Performance Handling Package $1,695.00
**6 Two Tone Seats with Embroidery $695.00
   
WHEELS  
QX1 Competition Gray Wheels – Coupe/Convertible $395.00
QX3 Chrome Wheels – Coupe/Convertible $1,850.00
QG7 Polished Wheels – Coupe/Convertible $1,295.00
Q44 Competition Gray Wheels – Z06 $395.00
Q76 Chrome Wheels – Z06 $1,995.00
QL9 Polished Wheels – Z06 $1,495.00
   
PREMIUM EXTERIOR COLORS  
45U Velocity Yellow Paint $750.00
83U Atomic Orange Metallic Paint $300.00
85U Jetstream Blue Metallic Paint $750.00
89U Crystal Red Metallic Paint $750.00

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One thing you can always expect from the guys at Chevrolet is that they are going to get the maximum amount of horsepower out of a push-rod small block V8. And then a couple years later they’ll do it again. And a couple years later they’ll do it again. In fact, the Corvette has gained 130 horsepower from its base LT1 300 hp engine in 1996, just 12 short years earlier. This year’s version is called the LS3, a 6.2 liter push-rod V8 is rated at 430 hp. The new V8 with a six-speed paddle-shift automatic can go 0-60 in 4.3 seconds and its top speed is 190 mph.

2008 Corvette LS3 6.2 liter V8 2008 Corvette LS3 6.2 liter V8 2008 Corvette LS3 6.2 liter V8
The LS3 replaces the 6.0 liter LS2 rated at 400 hp that was the inaugural C6 engine. For production engines, three years is a very short lifespan. However, just because it is no longer installed in the Corvette doesn’t mean it may be destined for other GM performance vehicles including the new Camaro. I’ve read the posts on the forums that discuss how the upgrade in engine for Corvette allows the LS2 to become the Camaro’s base V8. The LS3 engine is truly a marvel. It features a larger bore at 4.06 inches compared to the LS2′s 4.0 inches as well as larger pistons, upgraded camshaft and high-flow intake manifold. Total displacement grows from 364 to 376 cubic inches. But the real secret to the LS3′ success comes borrowed from the Z06 Corvette’s LS7 engine. The LS7 offers several hand-me-downs for the LS3 including new high flow LS7/L92 cylinder heads with the large port/large valve design, and the high flow fuel injectors. Also optional on the 2008 Corvette is the Z06 styled two-mode performance exhaust system. Not quite identical to the Z06. The LS3 still has the 2 1/2 in exhaust compared to the three inches in the L7. The system features butterfly valves that close two of the four ports to reduce engine noise under normal driving conditions, but open up for maximum performance when called for. With the new dual mode performance exhaust, the power output for the LS3 rises to 436 hp and 428 lb.-ft. of torque.

Engine

6.2L V-8 LS3

Displacement (cu in / cc):

376 / 6162

Bore & stroke (in / mm):

4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92

Block material:

cast aluminum

Cylinder head material:

cast aluminum

Valvetrain:

overhead valve, 2 valves per cylinder

Fuel delivery:

SFI (sequential fuel injection)

Compression ratio:

10.7:1

Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):

430 / 321 @ 5900* w/ std. exhaust
436 / 325 @ 5900* w/ opt. exhaust

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

424 / 575 @ 4600* w/ std. exhaust
428 / 580 @ 4600* w/ opt. exhaust

Recommended fuel:

premium recommended but not required

Estimated fuel economy :

TBD

Still amazed? Production begins in late July with cars shipping in August/September. Although Chevrolet has not yet announced the pricing for the 2008 Corvette, it should remain similar to the 2007 model that retails for $44,995.
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Long Island Z06 Corvette Catches Fire

by Keith Cornett on November 5, 2006

A motorist heading home from work has a Red Corvette pass him on the right shoulder of the highway and realizes it is on fire. So he follows him to a Goodyear Tire Store where the Z06 owner jumps out and watches the flames consuming the Corvette right in front of him. The Goodyear guys attempt to put out the flames with fire extinguishers but the flames reappear. Then the fire department shows up and douses the Corvette with water to put out the fire for good. The Z06 owner said he was just driving when he heard something from underneath the car on the highway, but didn’t realize it was on fire until he exited the highway. He also mentioned that he just had a dealer-installed exhaust system added, which may have been the culprit.

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Source: M3Forum.com via MotorAuthority.com
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