Since 1981, the Chevrolet Corvette has called Bowling Green home. But a news report by a Michigan television station suggests that America’s Sports Car may be moving its production to Lansing.
Rumors & Innuendo
Sources within GM have told Motor Trend that the C7 Corvette will be one of the first cars to feature the next-generation small block V8. General Motors recently announced its investment of $890 million to develop and manufacture the powerplant. The new V8 will feature aluminum blocks and heads, direct injection and a new combustion system.
Last week we posted a video of Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter talking about the C7 Corvette while at the C5/C6 Bash at the Corvette Museum. The conversation was prefaced with Juechter discussing the automotive magazines and their misrepresentation of the facts and he specifically called out Automobile Magazine for their June 2010 article in which, according to Tadge, they implied that he was endorsing a V6 power plant for the next generation Corvette. Today we received an email from Automobile Magazine with a link to the article in question as well as their response to Juechter’s criticism.
Automotive News reported that 10 GM studios across the globe have submitted designs for the next generation Corvette. GM’s VP of Global Design Ed Welburn says of the designs submitted, some “were absolutely phenomenal”. Welburn suggests the global initiative is part of an effort by GM to create a C7 that appeals to both buyers in Europe, where Corvette sales has gotten little traction, and to a younger US buyers, who tend to favor imports.
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The Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring is huge in the world of sport car racing and GM has used the event in recent years to leverage the media and enthusiasts gathered in Central Florida to showcase new products. Just last year we witnessed the public debuts of both the 2009 ALMS GT1 Championship and Competition Sport Editions.
A GM official told Jalopnik that they were considering letting Corvette ZR1 buyers build their own LS9 638 horsepower engine that would then be installed in their very car. This was confirmed by Tom Read from GM’s Advanced Powertrain Technology Communications who said “We are considering the program”.
Corvette Quarterly, the official magazine of Corvette from General Motors has told readers that in an effort to better the magazine, the spring and summer issues will not be published. We also have heard that subscribers have been mailed refunds and the mailers lead us to believe there will be no more print issues for the foreseeable future.
On Corvette Quarterly’s website, the following statement is at the top of the page:
Corvette Quarterly News
Because we value the readers of Corvette Quarterly, we are taking some time to make Corvette Quarterly the best source of Corvette news available. As part of this process, we will not publish our spring and summer issues for 2009.
But please check the website often to find the latest news on Corvette and information on the magazine.
Thank you! Your Corvette Quarterly Team
We contacted Corvette Quarterly through their Twitter account regarding the statement on the home page:
CorvetteBlogger: What’s the word on Corvette Quarterly? Saw the message on the site. Is it moving to an online addition only?
CQMag: The post at the top of our website (cqmag.com) is the official update regarding Corvette Quarterly from General Motors.
The Magazine has a subscriber base of 250,000 and an annual circulation of 1,000,000 copies per year. According to Echo Media, the demographics for Corvette Quarterly are:
- Average Income: $137,000
- Average Age: $53
- Percent Male: 90%
Online at Corvette Quarterly you’ll find full and partial issues going back to Summer 2006. You can view the magazines in a pdf format that is friendly to the magazine experience. That leads us to speculate that the magazine may try to cut costs by going digital only. But the move to cancel issues altogether in the name of providing a better product is lost on us.
Via our friends at BadBoyVettes, the Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette was seen testing over the weekend at Road Atlanta. Outfitted in flat black and featuring Jake on the doors, the new GT2 Corvette also has the racing team’s motto stenciled appropriately above the rear wheels: Take No Prisoners.
The photos originally come from the forum site www.AmericanLeMansFans.com so we promptly signed up to participate in the discussions as well. You do have to register before seeing any threads.
According to some of those that have seen and heard the new GT2 Corvette during the testing:
The GT2 Corvette is expected to make its racing debut at the Acura Sports Car Challenage at Mid-Ohio in early August.
Timed them for about a 10 minute period around 1pm in nice weather 65+F and got consistent 1:22s (low) with a quick lap of around 1:21.5 and a high of 1:23 (low).
I clocked a couple of high 1:19s on the second day of testing. Car sounds just like the GT1 car.
That’s approaching the fastest GT2 lap at the 2008 Petit LeMans. Considering that these cars are in the very early stage of development, high 1:19 laps are scary fast. Maybe they were using no restrictor (or a larger-that-permitted restrictor) in an effort to test other car components.
Bondurant School of High Performance Driving
Back in January, we brought you news that GM was considering a Grand Sport Widebody for 2010 and now the interwebs have blown up again with the news following a Corvette Forum post by Billings, Montana Chevy dealer Ken Fichtner. I guess a rumor is much more official when you can back it up with the internal model codes from GM. We’ve also got some additional information about the Grand Sport and it’s about the color blue.
Ken’s post on the Forum went viral pretty quick. Here is what he said:
Chevrolet will offer the 2010 in 6 models:
1YY07 Corvette Coupe
1YY67 Corvette Convertible
1YY87 Corvette Z06
1YY87 Corvette ZR1
1YG07 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe
1YG67 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible
I haven’t any other information on colors, trim, powertrain, packages, or options.
I will keep you updated as information is available.
Well, we do have some brand new info regarding the 2010 Grand Sport Corvette:
- It will be offered as a widebody (like the Z06/ZR1)
- It will be offered in different color combinations, not just blue/white.
- It will be offered with the LS3 – no engine upgrades.
- Some parts/pieces of Z06/ZR1 may be offered on the GS.
Regarding that last bit of info, we are hearing a brake package may be available but we could also see other items like a differential cooler.
And if you want a blue Grand Sport, you can get one but it will come in Jetstream Blue only. No other new colors are slated for 2010 other than Torch Red replacing Victory Red.
We heard from Corvette Marketing Manager Harlan Charles say at Sebring that the new 2010 models can be seen at the Birthday Bash on April 24th at the Corvette Museum so we are assuming the Grand Sports will be there as well. CorvetteBlogger will be making the trip to the Bash specifically to witness the 2010 introductions and will bring the coverage to the web that weekend.