Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter said at the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash in April that they would be looking to make a trip to the famous 12.9 mile Nordschleife for final validation of the supercharged C6 ZR1. We just didn’t realize it would be so soon! Judging from the new official video from Chevrolet showing test driver Jim Mero piloting the 638-hp Corvette to a time of 7:19.63, an 6 second improvement over the famous high speed run in July 2008, I would have to say that final validation was most definitely a success.
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That 2012 Carlisle Blue Corvette Grand Sport Coupe that was spotted on a car hauler a couple of weeks ago seems to have turned up at the Corvette Club of America’s 37th Annual Spring Car Show. The show was held Saturday at Sport Chevrolet in Silver Spring, Maryland. In addition to the celebrity cars on hand was another celebrity, Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles who took a moment to pose with the new Grand Sport.
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April Kauffman had a dream when she toured the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. What if the Wounded Warriors from nearby Fort Campbell and Fort Knox could be honored with a special caravan from the posts to the Museum. Her two-year dream came true when cars picked up troops from the two army bases and delivered them to the National Corvette Museum and General Motors’ Bowling Green Assembly Plant for a full day of activities.
General Motor released their monthly sales figures for May and Corvette sales continue to encourage us. In May 2011, 1,304 Corvettes were delivered to new buyers. Although the sales figures are down 8.7% over May 2010′s 1,428 Corvettes, it does rank as the second best month of sales since last May. For the calendar year, 5,597 have been sold which is pacing 13.1% over the 4,950 Corvettes sold the same time in 2010. Like I said, Corvette sales for 2011 are very encouraging.
The new 4LT interior was on display for the first time at last weekend’s CorvetteForum Cruise-In at the National Corvette Museum. On hand was Tom Hill – Corvette Plant Engineer who said these seats were put in the car the day before the event began which makes this the first 2012 Corvette to have the 4LT interior installed.
Back in September we told you about the loss of Taylor Michigan police corporal Matthew Edwards who was gunned down in the line of duty, leaving a wife and two children. Taylor Chevrolet offered to step in with a Corvette ZR1 raffle to help raise funds for the family. Now the dealer claims the police charity that was brought in to assist with the raffle has taken them for ride.
Les Stanford Chevrolet of Dearborn, MI posted these photos Wednesday on the Corvette Forum which show a 2012 Corvette Grand Sport painted in Carlisle Blue. Having seen just the bumper cover at the Bash, I wondered how it would look on a full car. Check out the larger photos after the jump and then let us know what you think of the new blue 2012 Corvette.
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According to a story by TheDetroitBureau.com, one of the engines that General Motors is planning on offering in the C7 Corvette is a European-style turbo V8 that will be slightly larger than 3 liters in displacement. This would mark a turning point for the company which has traditionally offered high-displacement V8s in the sports car. The turbocharged engine is expected to woo the hearts, minds and wallets of European performance car buyers who are usually drawn to the likes of Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini.
Automotive News’ product editor Rick Kranz wrote yesterday on the timeline for C6/C7 Corvette production. He says that according to a source at Chevrolet, the C6 Corvette will be offered in 2012 and 2013 while the C7 Corvette is expected in 2014. However, he writes that the 2013 model year may be abbreviated to allow plenty of time to retool the Bowling Green Assembly Plant for C7 production.
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A couple weeks back we told you about the newest batch of 10 people being added into Bloomington Gold’s Great Hall. Last week our friends at Bloomington Gold announced the 10 cars to be inducted during the June 23rd – 26th event in St. Charles, IL. The cars being inducted this year cover the full spectrum of the Corvette legend from race car, to styling car, to pace car.