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Callaway C16 Speedster to Make Debut at Pebble Beach

by Keith Cornett on July 23, 2007

Callaway Cars released the details of the third model in the C16 lineup today and by all accounts this is the most electric. The C16 Speedster, which its increased horsepower and chopped wind deflectors is the ultimate in topless driving. Two humps rise behind the seats to help with airflow although the thought of pushing the 700 hp car to its 210 mph limit makes me a bit queasy. The C16 Speedster is the third such model in Callaway’s 30 year history. Paul Deutschman, who designed the original 1990′s Callaway Speedster was the designer behind the C16 model. Every body panel is designed with aerodynamics in mind. The signature Callaway badge decorates the car inside and out.

The Callaway C16 Speedster The Callaway C16 Speedster The Callaway C16 Speedster
The heart of this Corvette derivative is a 6.2 liter supercharged intercooled V8 which produces 700 hp and 660 lbs of torque. Estimated 0-60 is 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 210 mph. A newly developed coil-over suspension allows the driver to customize the settings for specific road conditions. Unique to the Callaway C16 line is its carbon wheels that weight 40% less than the lightest aluminum wheels. They feature forged magnesium spiders surrounded by carbon fiber rims. 19′s on the front and 20′s in the rear complete the speedster look. The C16 Speedster will makes its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 19, 2007. Production models will be available this fall and the MSRP is just north of $300,000. The good news? For that much money, the C16 is completely tailored to the buyer’s specifications including interior and exterior colors.
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Internet Brands Buys CorvetteForum.com

by Keith Cornett on July 19, 2007

The Corvette ForumTroy Roberts has announced the sale of CorvetteForum.com to Internet Brands. The notice showed up today on the front page of the forum and links to an official announcement created this afternoon. Internet Brands runs several car related websites including CarsDirect.com and Autos.com as well as develops the vBulletin forum software that powers the forum. Other forums announced in the acquisistion include LS1Tech, AudiWorld.com and MustangForum.com. According to the post by Roberts, the plan will be for the Corvette Forum to remain as a stand alone site, and additions in content and features will be coming soon. The Forum was founded in early 1999 and is widely regarded as the largest in our niche with over 110,000 members. Our classified ads website VetteFinders.com has been a sponsor of the site since 2001. CorvetteForum.com recently made the leap to new, faster servers provided by Internet Brands. According to the FAQ of the sale, Internet Brands will be providing infrastructure and technology resources for the site.
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PM’s Jim Dunne Debunks Corvette SS Rumors

by Keith Cornett on July 12, 2007

Corvette SS Spy Photo by Jim DunneThe coming of the Corvette SS has generated a buzz on the interwebs that hasn’t been seen since… well, perhaps never. When you’re talking about a brand new $100,000 Corvette, truth and rationale seem to go right out the window. Popular Mechanic’s Jim Dunne, who has taken his share of the uber-Corvette’s spy photos has decided to give readers a reality check by debunking the top five Corvette SS rumors. Myth 1: The Corvette SS will be offered in a manual transmission. False. The LS9 has proven to be too strong for GM’s manual transmissions, so the SS will only be offered in an Automatic. Myth 2: The Corvette SS will use twin turbochargers to develop 650 hp. False. The LS9 has a single supercharger mounted between the cylinder banks. The intercooler appears to be mounted above the supercharger just under the air scoop. Myth 3: Chevrolet will produce 3,000 units of Corvette SS. True. The company is planning 1,500 units each year for two years and then will halt production. Myth 4: The New Corvette will cost $100,000. True. That price point may actually be higher and could end up between $100,000 and $125,000. Myth 5: The Corvette Z06 will be dropped from the Chevrolet lineup. Don’t Know. This story goes both ways with either the Z06 continuing to be placed on the moderate end of the high performance lineup or that it will be gone all together. Here is my take on these five myths: Myth 1: If the Corvette SS will only be offered in an automatic, then there will surely be tears shed by the enthusiasts who believe high end sports cars need a manual shifter to compete with the exotics and other high end competition. On the other hand, there has been a constant drumbeat from the same base to have Chevy offer the Z06 as an automatic. Myth 2: I don’t think anyone believed the Blue Devil/SS was going to be turbocharged. Myths 3 & 4 appear to be dead on. The two year run would take the program to 2011, which is when the C7 is slated for production. My guess is that depending on how well the SS program is received will determine its place in the future C7 lineup. Myth 5: The demise of the Corvette Z06 would cause a lot of consternation among the fan base, especially if the SS program is slated to run only two years. Corvette fans like options, and the idea of a Base/Z06/SS lineup has a lot of appeal.
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June 2007 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on July 7, 2007

For the first time this year, GM posted a monthly sales total for Corvette that was higher than last year’s monthly total. June 2007 saw 3,055 Corvettes sell compared to 2,938 Corvettes in June 2006. For the 2007 calendar year (January-June) sales total 17,158 Corvettes, still -6.8% off of the 2006′s Corvette sales of 19,063. A couple of factors worth watching for the rest of year will be to see how the 2008 Corvette, with its upgraded LS3 engine and new interior refinements will sell compared to the 2007 model, which set a yearly production total record for the C6 at 40,561 units. The factory also is in the middle of a two-week hiatus with no Corvettes being produced until the plant restarts production on July 16th, 2007.

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-June 17,758 19,063 -6.8%

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Corvette Coins and their Ilk Cheapen the Brand

by Keith Cornett on June 30, 2007

Corvette CoinsI started seeing these coins on CNBC a couple of days ago. Some podunk country offers up their coinage to some “collectors” mint who designs a coin that is an exclusive legal, non-circulating tender. Oh, and it’s such a limited deal that you can only buy five. Give me a break. These are simply trinkets that are designed to do one thing and one thing only. Separate you from your money. And since when is .925 considered pure? As a Corvette owner, you obviously have some discretionary money to spend. Are you so gullible to allow these predatory companies think they can separate you from your money simply because it has a Corvette logo on it? Reminds me vaguely of the dialogue in the Chris Farley movie Tommy Boy. Rewritten, it would sound like this, “You could take a dump in a box and then slap a Corvette logo on it and then some sap would feel good about it, and would buy it.” See what I’m saying? In the end, all you really have left is a box of crap that won’t get you three bucks on eBay. You’d be better off putting the $19.95 (plus $4.95 shipping and handling) in your gas tank and going for half a days cruise. Or buy that one little part that you’ve been putting off forever. Me? I think I’m finally going to order that hubcap inset that I lost oh, three or four years ago. For those of you who haven’t see the commercial, it’s playing on Jalopnik.com For those of you who just have to have it because, gasp, it celebrates the 100 year anniversary of GM, order your box of crap Corvette Coins at CorvetteDollar.com
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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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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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Yellow Devil/SS Corvette Spy Photos

by Keith Cornett on June 6, 2007

That’s right, we said yellow. The not so super secret (SS) Corvette has been spotted once again on a GM test track by the hound dogs at Popular Mechanics and this time the car was wearing a Velocity Yellow paint job. So for those of you who are counting, we’ve seen the Blue Devil/SS in Black, Red, Blue and now Yellow. Another interesting tidbit is the fact that Popular Mechanics refers to the Blue Devil/SS in two other monikers I have yet seen reported anywhere else: The ZRS and the Grand Sport S.

Blue Devil/SS Corvette Spy Photos from Popular Mechanics Blue Devil/SS Corvette Spy Photos from Popular Mechanics Blue Devil/SS Corvette Spy Photos from Popular Mechanics
 
Blue Devil/SS Corvette Spy Photos from Popular Mechanics Blue Devil/SS Corvette Spy Photos from Popular Mechanics
Click here to read Popular Mechanics’ review of their latest sighting.
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The 2009 Cadillac CTS-VLast month GM’s Vice Chairman “Maximum” Bob Lutz was derided by many including myself on this blog for making the comment about taking a look at producing a four door Corvette. Along comes the new issue of Motor Trend magazine which has a story about the next generation Cadillac CTS-V, which will have none other than a “detuned” version of the SuperCharged V8 Blue Devil Corvette engine under the hood. Could this be the first step in the evolution of a 4-door Corvette? The news is just another example of the ongoing horsepower wars and we think this is great news for GM as it continues to position the Cadillac against BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus. However, the information from the Motor Trend article is not entirely correct:

What’s good for the Blue Devil is good for the Cadillac CTS-v. The next-generation muscle-Caddy, which is expected in the 2009 model year along with the quicker-than-Z06 Chevrolet Corvette, also will get the supercharged LS7 7.0-liter powerplant. While the Blue Devil, which will be named Z07, will have about 700-horsepower (“Trend,” June), expect the engine to be detuned somewhat for the CTS-v to about 600 horses.
The Blue Devil engine is expected to be the LS9 – a supercharged 6.2 Liter V8 that should produce upwards of 700 hp. It’s not a blown version of the current Z06 Corvette’s LS7 7.0 Liter V8. Others have speculated the Cadillac engine will have the supercharged LSA 6.2 liter V8. Both are supercharged variants of the new LS3 engine debuting in the 2008 Corvette later this year, but the LSA will have about 100 horses less than the LS9. Okay, now that I got that off my chest, let’s get back to the plans for the CTS-V. Motor Trend says the 4-door sedan will get an updated suspension with stiffer springs and shocks, Brembro Brakes and a host of exterior changes that will include front and rear spoilers and a mesh grille. Click here to read the Motor Trend article and I would also recommend reading the comments about this story on AutoBlog.com
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May 2007 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on June 4, 2007

Second Quarter continues to remain strong for Corvette sales as the factory had its best sales month this year to date. In May 2007, customers took delivery of 3,300 Corvettes, just 17 less than what was sold in May 2006. For the 2007 calendar year (Jan-May) sales total 14,703 Corvettes. We’re still looking at an year-to-year decline of -8.8% from the 16,125 Corvettes sold in 2006.

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%

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