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2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition to MSRP for $90,960

by Keith Cornett on November 22, 2010

2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition to MSRP for $90,960

Finally, we have some exciting news regarding the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition! Every couple of months since 2011 Corvette production started, I’ve been firing off emails to assorted Corvette team members asking about the start of production for the Carbon Edition and how much will it cost. Today we learned that production is expected to start sometime in early 1st Quarter 2011. And the price? Corvette’s Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles tells us the 2011 Corvette Z06 will MSRP at $90,960 and if you select all the option boxes, a loaded 2011 Z06 Carbon Edition will sell for $99,925.

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[VIDEO] 1963 E-ROD Corvette Grand Sport at SEMA

by Keith Cornett on November 17, 2010

[VIDEO] 1963 E-ROD Corvette Grand Sport at SEMA

Dr. Jamie Meyers from GM Performance Parts talks with Lance Stander from Superformance on the floor of the 2010 SEMA show. Lance discusses the officially GM-licensed Grand Sport continuation program which features GM Performance Part’s 556-hp supercharged E-ROD LSA.

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October 2010 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on November 9, 2010

October 2010 Corvette Sales

Last week General Motors released the monthly sales report and for the seventh straight month, the number of Corvettes remained higher than 1,000 units. But is there bad news on the horizon? October’s delivery of 1,011 Corvettes marked the sixth straight decline from May’s 1,428 deliveries. October’s sales lagged -12.4% from the 1,154 Corvettes delivered a year ago and year to date sales are running -9.5%.

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2010 SEMA: 2011 Corvette Jake Edition Concept

by Keith Cornett on November 1, 2010

2010 SEMA: 2011 Corvette Z06X Concept

Corvette Racing’s now ubiquitous mascot Jake is sooo huge, Corvette owners will turn to Genuine Corvette Accessories to create their Jake special editions. That’s the thinking by GM with the release of the 2011 Corvette Jake Edition Concept which showcases many new GCA accessories featuring the factory race team’s icon.

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[POLL] Do You Like The New “Chevy Runs Deep” Ad

by Keith Cornett on October 29, 2010

[POLL] Do You Like the

This week Chevrolet introduced a new advertising campaign which debuted during Wednesday night’s Game 1 of the World Series. The ad is narrated by Tim Allen and features the new tagline “Chevy Runs Deep”. 100 years of Chevrolet history is shown including the new Volt and the 2011 Arctic White Corvette ZR1 featured in the “Rockets” ad. Watch the new commercial and then cast your vote whether or not you think the new tagline will be a success for Chevy.

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Chevy to Build Corvette ZR1′s LS9 Engine Live at SEMA

by Keith Cornett on October 28, 2010

Chevy to Build Corvette ZR1's LS9 Engine Live at SEMA

This summer Chevrolet unveiled a new program for Corvette buyers called the Corvette Engine Build Experience. For a cool $5,800, the program allows a Corvette buyer to assemble the LS7 or LS9 engine that will be installed in his Corvette Z06 or ZR1. To help promote the program, Chevy will be taking the Performance Build Center on the road to SEMA where one of GM’s skilled engine builders will assemble the Corvette ZR1′s 638 horsepower engine live from the floor of this year’s SEMA show.

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[VIDEO] Corvette Engineer Discusses the ZR1's Exposed Carbon Fiber

When the Corvette ZR1 was first introduced to the public in 2008, one of the features causing a huge buzz in the automotive world was the exposed carbon fiber roof and the very expensive UV-resistant clear coat (said to cost $60,000 per gallon) that keeps the carbon fiber from cracking and yellowing in the sun. In this video, Corvette engineer Mark Voss talks about that clear coat covering that acts like a sunscreen to protect the panel for the life of the car.

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Chevy Acknowledges Petit Le Mans Win with USA Today Ad

THE WINNER OF PETIT LE MANS
As Seen by Porsche, Ferrari and BWM

Chevy celebrates the tremendous end-of-the-season win by Corvette Racing at Petit Le Mans with this full page advertisement in the Friday, October 8th edition of USA Today.

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2011 Corvette Production Statistics (So Far) by Model, Color

Thanks to Corvette Conti, we have a couple of charts detailing 2011 model year Corvette production. Buyers are still flocking to the Grand Sport models which combined, makes up 54% of total Corvette production. As far as popular colors, the numbers are following the recent trend of Black being the most popular choice followed by the two Reds and Cyber Gray.

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September 2010 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on October 4, 2010

September 2010 Corvette Sales

Friday saw the release of GM’s monthly sales reports and for the straight sixth straight month the number of Corvettes sold has been north of 1,000 units. In September 2010, 1,109 Corvettes were sold. This was 30% lower than last year’s 1,585 Corvettes, but discount that due to extenuating circumstances surrounding the September 2009 sales total. Year to date, Corvette sales total 9,798, a 9% decrease from 2009′s 10,795 units.

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