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1963 Split Window Corvette Featured in PGR4 Commercials

by Keith Cornett on October 8, 2007

The story of these videos is that a section of streets in downtown Los Angeles was closed for a commercial shoot for the Project Gotham Racing video game. The commercial features a Tesla Roadster, a Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren, a Ferrari F430, a Yamaha motorcycle and our favorite, a 1963 Split Window Coupe Corvette. The cars were driven by professionals, but were “supposedly” driving in a manner that was to reflect the skills of everyday drivers. In other words, there were several near misses in the intersection and at one point the Ferrari (unintentionally, I believe) hit the retaining wall. (note: If the player asks you to click here to view more videos in the playlist, just reload the page)

Watch these videos and then tell me driving like this wouldn’t be a blast. That Sting Ray’s exhaust reverberating off the downtown walls of is awesome!
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Corvette Recall: 2008 Keyless Access System Inoperative

by Keith Cornett on October 4, 2007

2008 Corvette Key FobCorvetteBlog.com yesterday told us about the 2008 Corvette Recall that is being initiated in regards to the 2008 Corvette’s keyless access system. Here are the details of Service Bulletin regarding the keyless access system for the 2008 Corvette: Subject: Bulletin GMP07-181 – 07260 Keyless Access System Inoperative
Models: 2008 Chevrolet Corvette
Message #: VSU20071584 DESCRIPTION: CUSTOMER SATISFACTION PROGRAM #07260 DATED: OCTOBER 1, 2007 NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS IN EFFECT UNTIL OCTOBER 31, 2008. On certain 2008 model year Chevrolet Corvette vehicles, the keyless access system may become inoperative at times. The doors may not automatically lock or unlock, and the vehicle may not start. The DIC will also display a “NO FOBS DETECTED” message. If this condition occurs, the driver can lock or unlock the doors by pushing the buttons on the keyless access transmitter. The vehicle can be started by placing the transmitter in the glove box transmitter pocket with the buttons facing towards the passenger’s side. Then, with the vehicle in PARK (P) for an automatic transmission, press the brake pedal and the START button. If the vehicle has a manual transmission, press the clutch and the START button. CORRECTION
Dealers are to install a new module for the keyless access system. Refer to Customer Satisfaction Program Bulletin #07260 for the service procedure and other detailed information. EFFECTIVE DATE:
Owner mailing is scheduled to begin OCTOBER 8, 2007. GENERAL INFORMATION:
PART IS RESTRICTED. PLEASE CONTACT PRODUCT QUALITY CENTER AT 1-866-654-7654 TO ORDER. The Parts list follows: Part Number Description Quantity/Vehicle
25882862 RECEIVER, R/CON DR LK & THEFT DTRNT 1 VIN RANGE IS: From 85105302 thru 85106987
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C7 Corvette to get All Wheel Drive System?

by Keith Cornett on October 3, 2007

Since the GM-UAW agreement became available last week, tons of information usually kept close to the chest has been laid out for all to see and it seems as though a new nugget of information relating to the C7 Corvette is revealed every day. Earlier this week we read about plans to move the Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky to the Bowling Green Assembly Plant sometime after 2011. Yesterday we learned that the C7 Corvette could be offered with a dual-clutch transmission and today’s news? All Wheel Drive!

GM and Sweden’s Haldex already have a performance AWD system dubbed XWD that debuted on the Saab 9-3. The AWD system features an electronic differential and can send up to 85% of torque to an individual wheel to prevent slippage, whether it’s from a fast corner or when trying to put power to the ground.

Various accounts state that engineers have been seen testing a GM prototype with a very wide rear track, which is thought to be a test mule for the next generation Corvette.

We are still five years away from the production of the C7 Corvette and I am already dizzy trying to keep up with the details. If all these rumors are correct, in 2012 you’ll be looking at a kappa-based mid-engine Corvette with all wheel drive and some fancy Shmancy dual-clutch transmission.

Yep, that sounds like a Corvette to me…

UPDATE:

Thanks to Wikipedia, I now know what a dual clutch transmission is:

A twin-clutch gearbox or dual clutch transmission (DCT) is a semi-automatic transmission with separate clutches for odd and even gears. The outer clutch drives the odd numbered gears and reverse, while the inner clutch drives the even numbered gears. Shifts can be accomplished without interrupting power, by applying the engine’s torque to one clutch just as the engine’s torque is being disconnected from the other clutch. Since the synchronizers that select an odd gear can be moved while driving the car in an even gear, and vice versa, DCT’s have been configured which shift faster than Formula One cars and other single-clutch AMT’s (automated-manual transmissions, a.k.a. single-clutch semi-automatics); the shift can also be made smoother and more suitable for street-driving than a single-clutch AMT is capable of.


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Late Night Speculation: C7 Corvette Moving to Kappa Platform?

A Kappa-Platform Corvette?

Yet another tip from my new friend George led me over to Automotive News where a preview of an article that’s related to the recent GM-UAW agreement and the now famous summary outlining the distribution of future GM products states the following:

Two GM plants are left without long-term products
Orion Township, Mich., and Wilmington, Del., will wait
General Motors’ Orion Township, Mich., plant and its assembly plant in Wilmington, Del., did not have new vehicles designated for them as part of broad job guarantees in GM’s tentative new contract with the UAW. Wilmington does not have replacements for the Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky and Opel GT roadsters after 2011. The contract says the next generation of Solstice and Sky will be built at Bowling Green, Ky.

Whoa, Kappa designated platforms will be moving to Bowling Green AFTER 2011? And the C7 Corvette is now slated to be introduced in 2012. And Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tom Wallace is also the Vehicle Line Chief for GM Performance Cars, which in addition to the Corvette and Cadillac XLR includes the Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky and the Opel GT.

Do you see where I am going with this?

A year ago this month, a bomb was dropped by CorvetteConti.com who wrote about an inside source saying there was a possibility of a Kappa-based vehicle wearing a Corvette badge and sporting a V6. The enthusiast community cried NOOOOOO while Zora rolled over in his grave (I know his ashes are in a urn at the NCM, but that visual doesn’t work here).

But let’s drop the V6 aspect of that story for a minute and concentrate on the core concept: a Kappa-based Corvette. Sure we know economies of scale and the dollars saved when the brands share a platform. Motor Trend even mentions the Kappa C7 Corvette possibility in their Nov 2007 issue. We also know that the Kappa can handle a big V8, as Mallet proved by dropping an LS2 into the Solstice. The downside though is that one kappa looks like the others: The Opel GT looks like a Saturn Sky, which looks like a Pontiac Solstice. Imagine driving down the road, seeing a familiar looking car and throwing out a Corvette Wave, only to find out it wasn’t a Corvette at all. Remember the front view of the Fiero anyone?

Of course this is all just late night speculation on my part. I don’t have an account to Automotive News (help anyone?) so the complete story could be just the opposite. For all I know it could say that the Kappa platform vehicles are going to be sharing the Corvette platform in 2012. But I don’t even think “Maximum” Bob Lutz could sell that story…


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Rare Pininfarina Corvette Heading for Barrett-Jackson

by Keith Cornett on October 2, 2007

We are about 100 days out from January’s Barrett-Jackson’s Collector Car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona and details are beginning to emerge about some of the “talent” that will be hitting the auction block. Corvettes are always well represented and that should remain the case despite plans to cut back the number of vehicles from around 1,200 to 1,000.

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GM-UAW Deal: C7 Corvette Planned for 2012

by Keith Cornett on October 1, 2007

During the negotiations last week between General Motors and the United Auto Workers, the main sticking point which resulted in the 2 day walkout according to various press accounts was job security. The UAW was looking for assurances that jobs wouldn’t be sent abroad. A glimpse into the tentative agreement that GM and the United Auto Workers signed which ended the walkout also provides details about the GM lineup, the factories that will produce them as well as future target dates for production.

The summary of product commitments included in the agreement shows the C7 Corvette and the Cadillac XLR as arriving in 2012, making them products of the 2013 model year lineup.

We’ve already heard that GM has greenlighted the C7. In an interview earlier this year, Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tom Wallace suggested the C7 Corvette could come as early as 2010, while a google search shows GM’s Vice Chairman Bob Lutz is all over the place with various target dates for the C7. Even future GM product watcher Ted Krygier’s website has the C7 (codename GMX711) being introduced during the summer of 2010.

The key point I’m making with these observations is that its important for the faithul not to get caught up with talk of “delays” as target production dates are simply “targets”. The good news is that the C7 is coming and will be here quicker than you think. If you have ever read about the development of the C5 corvette in James Schefter’s All Corvettes Are Red, you get a sense of the major undertaking for producing any new car, and then double or triple that when the new car is the Corvette.

Thanks for the tip, George!


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Accident Lands Corvette in Iowa Home’s Basement

by Keith Cornett on September 28, 2007

A homeowner in Hiawatha, Iowa heard a loud crash early Thursday morning and upon investigating, found a yellow C5 Corvette in their house. The car crashed through the wall of the split level home before coming to rest fully in the basement. The driver, 52 year old Lee Francis Brown was taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving.

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Amazingly, the Corvette appears not to have been seriously damaged considering it crashed through a wall of a home.
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Take Control of Your 2008 Corvette’s NPP Exhaust

by Keith Cornett on September 12, 2007

One of the new options available on the 2008 Corvettes is the NPP Performance Exhaust. The exhaust features two ports on each side with one port on each side that remains closed by a butterfly valve while driving “normally” (a term loosely applied). When the driver demands more the closed valves spring wide open and unleashes the full volume from the 6.2 Liter LS3 V8. Corvette people dance to a different drum though and the first mod that an owner does to his NPP-equipped Corvette is pull the fuse on the butterfly valves which sets them open all the time. Enter Sunset Orange Creations. Recognizing the need for customization, they created the NPP/Z06 Exhaust Commander, the first RPM adjustable Bi-mode exhaust controller for the C6 and Z06 Corvette equipped with the NPP bi-mode exhaust. Using the Commander, you can set the butterfly valves to open at either a predetermined RPM or you can set them to full open. The commander works by tapping into the vacuum control solenoid to open and close the butterfly valves. Another connection is made with the Tachometer signal and a RPM control unit allows you to customize at what RPM the valves open. Really cool is the wireless remote that can be used to switch instantly between your predetermined RPM open setting and fully open setting. Sunset Orange Creations says the unit is 95% plug and play and installation instructions with detailed photos are provided. These kits work for all Z06, NPP and retrofitted NPP/Z06 Exhaust systems. The NPP Exhaust Commander is offered for $175 with free shipping in 48 states. For more information, visit Sunset Orange Creations.
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Autoextremist: GM May Greenlight Mid-Engine C7 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on August 22, 2007

A Mid-Engine Ferrari F40Peter De Lorenzo’s Rants column at AutoExtremist is required reading on Wednesdays and this week he may have just hit a home run to the Corvette fan base. Conversations with high level executives lead Sweet Pete to claim that “the Mid-Engined Corvette is not only back on the front burner – it looks to be a certainty”:

It was already supposed to be a done deal that the seventh generation of the Corvette would arrive in its current, front-engined, rear-wheel-drive configuration – albeit slightly smaller, lighter and with two engine choices. There was serious talk of an extremely limited production mid-engined “super” Corvette (fewer than 500 units), which would be built as an adjunct program to the traditional car, but that had not been decided. That’s the way we reported it many weeks ago, and that was the assumption by many in the business as to how it was going to go down – until now. But after my conversations late last week with executives at the top of the company (who shall remain nameless for obvious reasons), I can tell you that the “idea” of a mid-engined “C7″ Corvette has not only progressed far beyond the initial planning stages, the engineering on the car is well underway.
Pete goes on to examine the 3 factors that he says changed the internal debate for building a Mid-Engined C7 Corvette. With Pete’s track record and contacts in the industry, he is probably the one person to believe on this subject as Corvette seems to be a cause celeb of his. So if he say’s its coming, after approval from GM brass in September, its coming. We are so ready for GM to make the leap to a mid-engined Corvette for host of reasons. Corvette needs to be the platform and the showcase for these new technologies. But if it has the Corvette name on it, then it needs to be done right: Better than the competition and still be affordable to the masses. Click here to read Autoextremist.com.
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Flickr Photo of the Day: 1986 Corvette Convertible

by Keith Cornett on August 7, 2007

From the Flickr Corvette Pool:

1986 Corvette Convertible
Photo Credit: TW Collins
1986 Corvette Options and Facts 1986 marked the return of the Corvette Convertible, a body style last seen in 1975. The 1986 model year was third in C4 production with a total of 35,109 Corvettes produced. Production was split with 27,794 Coupes built vs 7,315 Convertibles. 1986 marked the first year that the price of a Corvette climbed over the $30,000 mark. MRSP for the Convertible $32,032 while the Coupe was modestly priced at $27,027. Only one engine option available:
     350 ci (L98)
      Aluminum head engines produced 235 hp
      Iron head engines produced 230 hp 17 Exterior Colors Available:
     Rarest Color was Copper Metallic. Only 4 produced.
     8 Interior colors were offered
How to Spot a 1986 Corvette:
Differences between the 1984-1990 Corvettes were very minor. The easiest way to spot a 1986 Corvette may be the wheels. In 1986, the wheel centers were unpainted. In 1984 and ’85, the wheel centers were painted black while in 1987 the centers were painted gray. The center-mounted third brake light also made its appearance on the Corvette in 1986. 1986 Corvette Highlights:
The 1986 Corvette paced the Indianapolis 500 and Chevrolet designated all convertible models as pace cars. Each convertible was sold with an Indy 500 Pace Car decal kit that could be installed by the dealer. Anti-lock brake systems (ABS) became standard as well as the new VATS vehicle anti-theft system which has a chip implanted at the base of the ignition key. Chevrolet paid tribute to New Jersey Chevrolet dealer Malcom Konner with a special run of 50 Malcom Konner Commemorative Edition Corvettes. 1986 Corvette Values:
The early C4 models are starting their appreciation curve and with the return of the roadster for Corvette, values for the 1986 model are strong. Our Corvette Price Guide puts the average price of the 1986 Corvette Coupe at $9,300 with a one year appreciation of 2%. The Convertible model does even better with an average value of $13,000 and +8% appreciation over the year prior.
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