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C7 Corvette Rumors: Is A Twin Turbo V6 In The Mix?

by Keith Cornett on August 26, 2008

Corvette Centennial Design Concept

Popular Mechanics recently played the guessing game on the 2012 C7 Corvette and since we’re all about Corvettes here (hence the name – CorvetteBlogger), we decided to reprise our role of irresponsible speculators. Besides, now that the supercharged ZR1 is rolling off the assembly line, we need something new to dream about. With the changing times brought on by $4/gallon gas, we know two elements that will become the mantra for those in charge of developing the next Corvette – reduced weight and fuel efficiency. How GM gets there will be the trick.

Development for every generation of Corvette since the C4 has started out with engineer’s dreaming of a mid engine layout. And every single time its tried its ruled too expensive. As one of the hallmarks of the C7 program will be weight reduction, a mid engine Corvette will not be in the cards for the C7. Jim Hall of 2953 Analytics tells Popular Mechanics “The mid-engine Corvette is simply too expensive. It would need costly new tooling and offers little weight savings because it requires an extra, metal-intensive firewall.” So count on the next Corvette being like the first Corvette – front engined and rear wheel drive.

So what will go in that engine compartment? GM’s recently foray into supercharged engines could mean a smaller V8 with displacement returning back around 5.7 liters instead of the 6.2 liter and 7.0 liters we see on the C6 Corvette. But superchargers, turbo charging and variable valve timing will still make the smaller V8′s much more powerful than their predecessors.

Can a Corvette be a Corvette without a V8? Another bold idea being floated is a twin-turbo version of the 3.6-liter DOHC V6 that’s currently in the Cadillac CTS. That engine could easily pump out 400 hp, just 36 less than today’s LS3 V8. Drop that engine into a Corvette that weighs several hundred pounds less than today’s C6 and you’ll have something moves.

And speaking of weight, the new C7 Corvette will have to be several hundred pounds lighter to maintain that all important performance to weight ratio. The Corvette Z06 is already considered relatively light at 3200 pounds and technology exists to cut this figure even more. Katech recently announced that their ClubSport Z06 in its ultimate performance configuration has a weight of 2825 lbs, so we know its doable.

We could see the next generation Corvette make more extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum, especially as these materials mature and higher production levels can be achieved. The hydroformed steel frame found on the Coupe and Convertible models could be dumped altogether in favor of the aluminum frame used on the Z06 and ZR1 models. Titanium and Magnesium are two other pound saving materials that have found their way onto Corvettes in limited production but the cost factor for these metals is higher so use may still be limited to wheels and exhaust.

Popular Mechanics also believes that despite the fuel savings that could be gained from Corvette moving to a dual clutch gearbox, one with seven gears and a wide ratio spread, the development dollars for such a project, estimated at half a billion dollars, has already been shifted to other more pressing projects like the Chevy Volt. We’ll have to wait and see if this is the case as that UAW agreement that ended the strike last fall calls for such a transmission to be built.

And finally, the next Corvette will be drawn by the same talented designers who’ve been on a roll lately with efforts including the Cadillac CTS, Pontiac’s Solstice Coupe and the new Chevrolet Camaro. The Corvette Centennial Design Concept that will make its movie debut in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen may provide some insight to the limits that GM’s designers are willing to push for the 2012 Corvette C7.


Source:
Popular Mechanics

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[VIDEO] Corvettes Get Patriotic at Carlisle

by Keith Cornett on August 24, 2008

Red, White and Blue Corvettes Make Giant American Flag

Corvettes at Carlisle’s Lance Miller had a dream to make a giant flag out of Red, White and Blue Corvettes. After a year of planning, that dream came to fruition on Saturday with 117 Corvettes making up the red and white stripes and the blue field, while 50 white balloons made the stars. Video after the jump.


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WHTM

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CorvetteBlogger's Keith Cornett with his 1966 Sting Ray

It was three years ago today I registered the CorvetteBlogger.com domain name and you could say the rest is history. I’d like to say thanks to all my readers and regular commenters that have helped in making this site one of the most comprehensive online sources for Corvette Sales, News and Lifestyle information.

I started my first Corvette website back in October of 1995 as a personal site dedicated to my 1966 Corvette. When that site launched, there were probably only 15 or so websites that dealt with Corvettes. VetteFinders.com, my Corvette classifieds website was launched in April of 1996 and remains one of the leaders in this crowded category. I was interested in blogging as far back as 2003 but was concerned about what type of subject matter I would cover and if there would be enough material to write about. As a test, I started blogging in early August 2005 and realized the potential immediately. CorvetteBlogger.com was launched the same month and has since evolved into a discussion of what I call the our three pillars of blogging content:

Sales:
Includes corvettes for sale or those that have been sold both privately or at public auctions. This category also encompasses my passion for Corvette pricing and values.

News:
Self explanatory, this category covers Corvettes in the news as well as news about Corvettes.

Lifestyle:
These posts are some of my favorites, and include stories about people and events surrounding the Corvette hobby.

Here are some of our blogging stats:

  • 884 Blog Posts
  • 400 Comments
  • 1,111 days since our first post

I’d also like to thank our sponsors who are helping to support the site: Proteam Corvette Sales, Kerbeck Corvette, Boundurant School of High Performance Driving and Ecklers Corvette Parts. All are tops in their respective categories and you couldn’t be better served by any other company.

I am working on some new ideas for the site as I look to take CorvetteBlogger.com to the next level. I’d love to have any input and suggestions from the readers of the site. Please drop me a line at keith@corvetteblogger.com or call me at 877-608-3883. If you have a passion for Corvettes and can sting together a few coherent paragraphs, I’d love to talk with you. Related:
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2008 Corvette Pace Cars Now Discounted with Employee Pricing

One of the most successful incentive programs offered by GM is now back and the good news is Corvettes are included. Employee pricing for everyone runs through September 2nd and Corvette buyers can save a significant amount on 2008 Coupes, Convertibles and the Z06.

Usually Corvettes are excluded from most of GM’s incentive programs but due to the number of 2008 Corvettes available on dealers lots – 5,854 as of yesterday – the General wants them sold to make room for the 2009 Corvettes now rolling off of the Bowling Green Assembly line.

The discounts are fairly significant too. In the case of the 505 horsepower Z06 where base prices start around $72,000 the discounts can be close to $10,000 off!

Our friends at Kerbeck Corvette only have a few 2008′s left including a Black Z06 and a Indianapolis 500 Pace Car coupe so if you want to get in on the discounts you better give Dave and the gang a call immediately at 1-877-537-2325. Make sure you tell them CorvetteBlogger sent you!


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CorvetteBlogger.com News: Hurricane Fay Is Heading My Way

by Keith Cornett on August 18, 2008

Hurricane Fay

Tropical Storm/Hurricane Fay is bearing down on us in Tampa so I may not get much of a chance to write about Corvettes during the first part of this week. We’re watching the storm track and I’m confident we’ll come through it okay. I’m looking forward to getting back to work as we celebrate our third year of blogging about Corvettes. Wish us luck!

Keith Cornett
CorvetteBlogger.com

Update
The storm has steadily been tracking more to the east and is expected to make landfall between Ft. Myers and Naples and then cross the central part of the state around Lakeland and Orlando. It looks more like a rain event for the Tampa Bay area.

Corvette Centennial Design Concept

Jalopnik got a tip from “the Auto Insider” about the corvette concept car spotted this summer during the filming of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. It’s been identified as GM’s Corvette Centennial Design Concept. So it is a Corvette Concept car, just not the C7 Corvette Concept as some have been speculating.

As the name suggests, the Corvette Centennial Design Concept was developed as part of GM’s 100 Year celebration. This design study integrates key design elements of previous Corvettes as well as other GM vehicles, namely the Camaro.

Transformers 2 Corvette Concept Transformers 2 Corvette Concept
Transformers 2 Corvette Concept Transformers 2 Corvette Concept

As far as the design of the C7 Corvette, we think the designers should use this Corvette Centennial study as their starting point. It would need to be refined so its mostly acceptable to the masses and enthusiasts, but still keeping the sharp design aspects that make you stand back in awe. Can you imagine this thing in black? We should be seeing more of this car early next year before the opening of the Transformers.

Click over to Jalopnik to read more and see the exclusive photo of the full sized clay model.


Source:
Jalopnik

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July 2008 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on August 4, 2008

Sales of New Corvettes continue to decline with July 2008 being one of the worst months on record in recent years. GM’s July sales report show only 1,870 new Corvettes were delivered, a decline of -10.2% from June 2008 and -21.3% over July 2007. For the 2008 Calendar Year, 16,824 Corvettes have been delivered, a decline of -16.4% over the same six-month period in 2007.

July has traditionally been a month where we witness some pullback in deliveries due to the model year changeover and the annual two week plant shutdown at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. With record inventories on hand though at the beginning of the month, its unlikely that either the model year changeover or the plant shutdown played any role in the reduction of sales in July.

The decision by GM to offer 0% financing on 2008 Corvettes couldn’t have come at a better time for dealers or consumers. The offer includes all three models with 48 months 0% APR for Coupes and Z06s and 60 months 0% APR for Convertibles.

2008 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2008 2007 % Change Months 2008 2007 % Change
January 2,015 2,234 -9.8% Jan-Jan 2,015 2,234 -9.8%
February 2,071 2,784 -25.6% Jan-Feb 4,086 5,018 -18.6%
March 2,692 3,158 -14.8% Jan-Mar 6,788 8,176 -17.1%
April 3,190 3,227 -1.1% Jan-Apr 9,968 11,403 -12.6%
May 2,904 3,300 -12.0% Jan-May 12,872 14,703 -12.5%
June 2,082 3,055 -31.8% Jan-Jun 14,954 17,758 -15.8%
July 1,870 2,377 -21.3% Jan-Jul 16,824 20,135 -16.4%


2007 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-Jun 17,758 19,063 -6.8%
July 2,377 2,794 -11.4% Jan-Jul 20,135 21,857 -7.9%
August 2,877 2,990 -3.8% Jan-Aug 23,012 24,842 -7.4%
September 2,837 3,056 -3.5% Jan-Sept 25,849 27,903 -7.4%
October 2,484 2,761 -13.5% Jan-Oct 28,333 30,664 -7.6%
November 2,438 2,773 -12.1% Jan-Nov 30,771 33,437 -8.0%
December 2,914 3,081 -5.4% Jan-Dec 33,685 36,518 -7.8%


Corvette Stock Report:

A check of Jeff Hardy’s website shows a total of 7,162 Corvettes on the ground of yesterday. That’s good news considering at the beginning of July, that number had ballooned up to 8,760 Corvettes. We may already be seeing the effect of the 0% financing offer as we ran the numbers just three days ago and since then 330 2008 Corvettes were sold over the weekend. Here’s the current breakdown in 2008 Corvette inventory:

  • 3,781 Corvette Coupes
  • 1,742 Corvette Convertibles
  • 1,639 Corvette Z06

According to the site, there are 325 2007 Corvettes still available at dealers across the nation.


Source:
GM.com
JeffHardy.com

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GM Offering 0% Financing on 2008 Corvettes

by Keith Cornett on August 1, 2008

The 2008 Corvette Z06

We knew it was coming and GM didn’t let us down. As soon as the 2009 Corvettes started hitting dealer showrooms, GM has announced a 0% financing offer on all new 2008 Corvette models including the Z06. This is a great opportunity for buyers to save thousands of dollars on interest payments as well as help dealers clear excess inventory to make way for the 2009 models.

The 0% financing offer goes into effect this weekend with terms up to 48 months for coupes and Z06 and 60 months for convertibles. A quick check of Jeff Hardy’s website shows the remaining 2008 Corvettes broken down as of yesterday to be:

  • 3,947 Coupes
  • 1,841 Convertibles
  • 1,704 Z06s.

If you’ve been waiting for a traditional model year end rebate, you’re in luck. Those that jump the quickest will have the greatest selection of 2008 Corvettes to choose from and the special offer expires on 8/19/08. Visit our friends at Kerbeck Corvette and Dave and gang will get you into the Corvette of your dreams.


Source:
GM.com
JeffHardy.com

Related:
June 2008 Corvette Sales

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GM Cutbacks Extend to Corvette Program

by Keith Cornett on July 28, 2008

Gary ClaudioLast week GM CEO Rick Wagoneer announced an ambitious plan to cut costs across the board and we are now hearing the cuts will impact two members of the Corvette team. Gary Claudio, Corvette’s current marketing manager and dealer liaison is being moved to a position at Chevrolet Racing. The marketing manager duties will be shifted to Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles.

Thanks Gary for your service to Corvette and good luck with your future endeavors.

We’ll continue to watch the goings-on at GM and will bring you news as it impacts Corvette.


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2008 Allstate 400 Corvette Z06 Pace Car

The 15th running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is Sunday and the Corvette Z06 was selected for the 4th consecutive year. This year’s Allstate 400 Pace Car Corvette features a design that can only be described as an ear of corn: the yellow hood and the green stalks grace the sides against a Lemans Blue base. Surprisingly, there is no mention if the Jolly Green Giant of Pace Cars runs on E85. We’re not counting on it, because if it did GM would have put a big fat ethanol sticker on it. Or perhaps GM is counting on subliminal advertising. Maybe this is just a “tribute” to e85 cars everywhere!

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2008 Allstate 400 Corvette Z06 Pace Car 2008 Allstate 400 Corvette Z06 Pace Car  
Credits: IMS Photos by Ron McQueeney

Whenever the Corvette paces a NASCAR race we just have to mention how the Z06 is well equipped with its 7.0 liter 505 horsepower V8 to lead the pack flying bricks stock cars. The only modifications needed to pace the Brickyard are “corny” exterior graphics and the safety lights.

Former Chevrolet General Manager John Middlebrook will be driving the Corvette Z06 Pace Car. Middlebrook recently retired after nearly 5 decades at GM, serving various positions including Chevrolet General Manager and GM VP global sales, service and marketing operations.

“It is great honor for me to have the opportunity to drive the Corvette Z06 Pace Car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” Middlebrook said. “There is a tremendous Chevrolet heritage at the Speedway dating back to the involvement of Louis Chevrolet in the Indianapolis 500 in the early-1900s. To play a small role in continuing that tradition behind the wheel of the 505-horsepower Corvette Pace Car for NASCAR’s 15th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is a memory I will embrace.”

The 15th running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is scheduled to start at 2 pm EST on Sunday, July 27. Live coverage will be provided on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network.


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