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Diesel-Powered Corvette Subject of April Fool’s Joke

by Keith Cornett on April 2, 2007

I am usually a sucker for a good April Fool’s Joke but I doubt that even I would have fallen for this one. The kids at Cars.About.com posted yesterday that the Chevrolet would be introducing a diesel-powered Corvette next year as a 2009 model and would call it the Corvette TDI:

Chevrolet has announced that they will introduce a diesel-powered Corvette next spring as a 2009 model. The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette TDI will be powered by a specially-designed 5.7 liter V8 diesel with twin turbochargers. Output for the engine, developed in cooperation with Isuzu, is estimated at 350 horsepower and 675 lb-ft of torque. “We feel that with its high fuel economy and strong low-end torque characteristics, the turbodiesel is the perfect engine for the Corvette,” says a General Motors spokesperson. Early tests indicate that the Corvette TDI accelerates from 0 to 60 in just over 4 seconds and achieves real-world fuel economy of 25 to 30 MPG. Chevrolet has hinted that if the Corvette TDI is a hit with buyers, they may consider phasing out gasoline-powered Corvettes altogether and making the turbodiesel engine the exclusive powerplant for the iconic American sports car.
Of course, we’ve seen real stories about the Corvette that could have been April Fools jokes – like the V6 Corvette or a Corvette Stingray built on the Kappa platform. Still, it will be interesting to see which sites run with the story.
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Corvette Performance Academy Launched Across Europe

by Keith Cornett on April 2, 2007

The Z06 Corvette hits the trackIn a move to further position Corvette for the European sports car market comes the the Corvette Performance Academy. The Academy, which consists of a fleet of ten Corvette C6 models and four Z06 models, will give drivers the opportunity to see what the Corvette can do when pushed to its limits on a controlled track course. Three different levels of training are offered, aimed at both the potential Corvette driver as well as those more experienced Corvette owners. Level One is the Corvette Safety Training Course. With the Academy’s professional instructors, drivers will learn the basics of handling the Corvette test tracks in Germany. The day-long course includes four, 75-minute driving sessions. Slaloms, braking tests, low grip skidpans and learning about understeer and oversteer, make it an experience to remember. Level Two is the Corvette Performance Training course, and is aimed for more experienced participants. Four, ninety-minute driving sessions work on getting the best from the superb dynamics of the Corvette, balancing the car using the throttle and steering. The day-long course is offered at tracks in Germany, Sweden, France and Belgium. Level Three is the Z06 Advanced Training course. Only the most experienced and skilled drivers can participate, and they must have completed the first two levels of training. The Z06 course takes place at the Goodyear test tracks of Colmarberg in Luxembourg and Miréval in France. Each Z06 course is limited to just 12 participants to ensure maximum track time. The focus of the Z06 course is the development of basic racing techniques to transition drivers from the C6 to the Z06.
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1958 Dual Quad Corvette ConvertibleBarrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach Collector Car Auction begins tonight and Speed TV will be broadcast three hours of coverage beginning at 9pm eastern time. Tonight and Friday night’s 6 hours of coverage will be tape-delayed, but on Saturday, Speed TV will be broadcasting the auction live from 12 noon to 8 pm. Time to set the TIVO! Looking through the list of available Corvettes, this 1958 Convertible really caught my eye and will be one to watch when it crosses the auction block. Lot number 674 is a 283 ci/245 hp dual quad Corvette in Panama Yellow with White Coves and a charcoal interior. The engine is coupled to a 4-speed transmission and it has the rare power top option. Less than 12% of the Corvettes in 1958 had the RPO 473 Power Folding Top option. The Corvette was recently treated to a no expenses spared restoration to NCRS specifications. Check out the awards this Corvette has won over the last couple of years: Multiple NCRS Regional and National Top Flight Awards 2004-2006
NCRS Performance Verification Award 2006
Bloomington Gold Certification 2004
Gold Spinner Concourse Award 2004
TRIPLE CROWN 2004
NCRS Duntov Award 2006 The 1958 Corvette model year has seen its values skyrocket over the last five years, appreciating at a whopping 76%. Our average price is $46,200 but if this Corvette is well documented and with the awards it has won, it should be close to, if not surpass, our high price of $145,000.
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PM’s Jim Dunne Bags Corvette SS Spy Shots

by Keith Cornett on March 27, 2007

Popular Mechanic’s automotive spy photographer extraordinaire Jim Dunne snagged a few photos of the Corvette SS running on a GM test track (Milford?) outside Detroit. The speculation is that the SS is one of seven new cars to be introduced at the New York Auto Show in April. Our guess is that it won’t be, as every spy shot we’ve seen is really just an SS power train mule in Z06 clothes. Word on the street is that a new ‘skin’ may differentiate the SS the same way the Z06 is different than a coupe. Still, any glimpse is better than no glimpse at all.

The Corvette SS at a Detroit-area test track The Corvette SS at a Detroit-area test track The Corvette SS at a Detroit-area test track
Popular Mechanics also makes mention off the bumper sticker under the right taillights as perhaps relating to the Duke Blue Devils, a reference to GM Chairman Rick Wagoner’s alma mater. A commenter on the AutoBlog story claims the sticker is actually a simplified map of the Nürburgring, where the SS mules have been testing. Finally, like those who have HEARD the Corvette SS, Jim Dunne describes the sound as nothing you’ve quite heard before: “The sound of the supercharged V8 during acceleration is akin to a big diesel decelerating down—sharp rattle raps—only in reverse.” As to the New York Auto Show appearance, our bet is the Corvette SS utilizes home court advantage by making its first auto show appearance at the Detroit Auto Show in 2008 before hitting the streets in 2009…
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Popular Mechanics via AutoBlog.com Related:
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Where’s Johnny? Corvette Included in Chevy Print Ads

by Keith Cornett on March 26, 2007

Chevrolet launched a new series of print ads that ties back into the “Ain’t We Got Love” Super Bowl ad, which featured three Corvettes and included Corvette Racing’s Johnny O’Connell rapping LL Cool J’s “Going Back to Cali”. The print ads we came across were in the April 2007 Wired Magazine that featured the three full page spreads starting with the inside front cover.

The Cobalt SS The 2007 Corvette Convertible in Monterey Red The Chevrolet HHR and a classic Impala.
It’s great to see Chevrolet include the Halo car in their marketing, as the Corvette needs no advertising and is almost guaranteed to sell out each model year. Chevrolet should be including Corvette in future advertisements by showcasing the sports car as an example of what is right with GM. If by chance that some of its magic can rub off to the Vette’s new siblings, then all the better for Corvette, right?
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Ethenol Corvette on Display for Lawmakers

by Keith Cornett on March 13, 2007

1992 Ethanol CorvetteOn display for lawmakers Monday at the Advanced Vehicle Research Center in North Carolina was a Red 1992 Corvette. One look under the hood though would tell you that something is remarkably different about this C4 Corvette. The Chevrolet V8 engine has been replaced by a four-cylinder engine capable of producing 350 horsepower by running on ethanol instead of unleaded gasoline. That is a 50 horsepower gain over the original LT1 V8 that produced 300 horsepower. The experimental Corvette was rolled out Monday for North Carolina and Pennsylvania representatives who are looking into the merits of biofuels. Richard Dell, the Executive Director of the Advanced Vehicle Research Center said, “If you are going to go green, you might as well look good doing it.”
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TechnicianOnline.com
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Corvette Summer Promo Car Sells on eBay

by Keith Cornett on February 28, 2007

Corvette Summer Promo Car

Nearly 30 years after Mark Hamill and Annie Potts drove a hideous custom Corvette to B-Movie success, one of the movie’s promotional cars was offered up and sold on eBay this morning for $30,000. The buyer appears to be from the Volo Auto Museum based on his current listings.

This isn’t the original Corvette Summer car, as that had a right-wheel drive conversion and the cool bowtie tail lights. That car is part of the collection owned by MA Motorworks owner Mike Yeager.

You can also see a clip of the Corvette Summer car on YouTube.com


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No Jail Time for Corvette SS Spy Photographer

by Keith Cornett on February 23, 2007

Josh Oliver from TheGMSource.com has looked into the allegations that the Spy photographer of the Red Corvette SS mule was being held in police custody and claims that that simply isn’t the case.

“We did a little research of our own and can confirm, with the utmost certainty that the gentleman in question was NOT arrested or placed in police custody. TheGMSource has been able to confirm that a civil complaint was filed today by General Motors in Romulus, Michigan. We can also confirm that no criminal charges have been filed by the Romulus Police Department and that… …an investigation is still ongoing. What is expected to happen next is a detective will be assigned to the case if it is deemed necessary. While we can not state specifics, we are told that the civil complaint is in regards to “a prototype being pictured by an employee.” So, to set the record straight. The gentleman in question was NOT arrested, nor placed in Police custody, and criminal charges are pending depending on the outcome of the ongoing investigation.”
We’ll keep you up to date as the story evolves.
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TheGMSource.com Related:
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2007 Corvette Pace Car Allocation Info

by Keith Cornett on February 23, 2007

2007 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car ReplicaCorvetteConti.com has posted some preliminary information about how Chevrolet will allocated the Pace Car Replica Corvette to its dealers. We do know that GM will begin producing the Pace Car replica’s for consumer purchase in May and June. A street date for availability has yet to be released but we do know that it won’t happen prior to the annual Memorial Day 500 race. If you are interested in obtaining a 2007 Indy 500 Pace Car replica, then here are some guidelines outlining how the Corvettes will be allocated:

“The intention is to provide a minimum of one Pace Car replica to each dealer who sold 24 or more Corvettes (including Z06) from 4/1/06 – 3/31/07. (Two Corvettes per month) It is anticipated that approximately 345 dealers will receive at least one Pace Car replica allocation. The balance of the available allocations will be distributed based on each Dealer’s percentage of total Corvette sales for the subject period so that the largest Corvette dealers will then receive multiple allocations. Pace Car allocation will be included within May 2007 estimated shipments and will be communicated as a constraint during the DOSP cycles for TPWs 6/4/07 ~ 6/18/07. Constraints will not be protected and any constraints not utilized by the originally assigned dealer will be made available to other dealers having May Corvette allocation. Using code CCR will help secure allocation. Final determination of individual dealer allocation cannot yet be communicated since a few dealers on the fringe may change between now and the end of March. However, it should be safe to use the 24 Corvette sales cutoff when providing generalized guidance as to whether or not a dealership will have allocation ”
So there you have it. Find yourself a dealer who has a larger allocation of Corvettes, and make sure you bring your checkbook.
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CorvetteConti.com Related:
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Irresponsible Speculation: Blue Devil/SS Corvette Spy Photos

by Keith Cornett on February 22, 2007

Not to bash Winding Road over the freakin head again, but with new photos of the supposed Blue Devil/SS Corvette making the rounds again, the first question people are asking is “Is that real or is Winding Road messing with us again?” Here we have a group of photos taken from an unknown source so I think many of us may be gun-shy. We’re still gonna post them, but that thought in the back of our head saying “fraud” is going to stick with us until proven wrong. But I digress. This group of photos was first posted on the Fast-Autos.net forums by Chikara83. Reading some of Chikara83′s previous posts, there is talk about how the “shop” gets in vehicles directly from GM and “oh I think that may be the Blue Devil/SS Corvette”. Chikara83 apparently works at an air-freight warehouse where items are shipped to and from Germany. Could the new Corvette be on the way to the ‘ring? Chikara83 even talks about driving Blue Devil/SS: “God almighty this thing is fast!!! it had carbon ceramic brakes and you can hear the supercharger whistlin. That Vette has zero traction in 1st and 2nd. it felt like over 600 [hp], drove c6s and z06s b4 and their more controllable.” What is also kind of funny about these photos is that they appear in a viper vs vette forum pissing contest. Chikara83 first chimes in on Page 2. So let’s recap. GM leaves supersecret Corvette in a warehouse without supervision. The help has full access to the unprotected supersecret Corvette including taking the unprotected supersecret Corvette out for a spin and to “do burnouts”. Does this sound like GM to you? Here are some selected photos. They were dark so I made some adjustments to lighten as much as possible without losing too much detail:

Spy Photo: Corvette SS/Blue Devil The LS9 Supercharged Corvette SS/Blue Devil The LS9 Supercharged Corvette SS/Blue Devil
Ceramic Brakes for the Corvette SS/Blue Devil The Corvette SS/Blue Devil Got Carbon? The Corvette SS/Blue Devil
Here is the analysis from AutoBlog.com: The hood and front quarters are wearing camouflage to cover changes in those panels. The low-pressure area behind the front wheels makes the perfect location for extractors, which are likely fed by the high pressure area at the base of the windshield. Together they provide a good path through the engine bay for extra cooling air. That’s a nice, tidy explanation for why the camo is where it is, too, so we’re going with it. There’s also a vent in the leading edge of the rear quarter panel, which we presume is for rear brake cooling. For more photos (albeit dark photos), view the AutoBlog.com Gallery
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