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Rumors & Innuendo

Corvette SS Spy Photos: Return of the Shaker?

by Keith Cornett on May 9, 2007

Another batch of spy photos has surfaced and these appear to be the real deal. As GM has claimed they are wrapping up performance testing, we can only assume that attention is being turned to the exterior. While many Corvette enthusiasts are hoping for a radically different body style for the SS, these latest pictures show that the SuperVette will probably not differ too much from that of its Z06 siblings. Having said that, these photos do show that GM has something pretty cool up its sleeve.

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Earlier photos of the SS showed the hood heavily camouflaged and now we know why. We are seeing what may appear to be the return of the shaker hood. The hood shows a cutout which may or may not have a polycarbonate or lexan see-through panel. Also appearing on these photos are new side vents behind the front wheels, massive rotors and a set of five-spoke wheels. The Corvette also appears to have the same black matte roof that showed up on the recent Popular Mechanics spy photos. As for my last impression of these photos, let me just say that it is good to finally see the Devil dressed in “Blue”…
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OMFG! Is That A Convertible Corvette Z06?

by Keith Cornett on May 1, 2007

Tonight I was browsing Autoblog.com’s 2008 Corvette image gallery when I happened to notice the Corvette parked behind the black 2008 convertible. Yes, it appears to be a Monterey Red Convertible Z06 with a black soft top. There is actually a burgeoning market for chopping the tops off Z06′s and this is probably the end result of an FRC meeting a buzz saw. Click the image below to see a larger version.

Is this a convertible Corvette Z06
Used to be you could walk into the dealership and order your Corvette convertible with the engine of your choice, but those glory days of giving the customer what the want are long gone.
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Spy Photos: Little Red (SS) Corvette

by Keith Cornett on May 1, 2007

Popular Mechanics has nailed the last two spy photos of the Corvette SS, the highly anticipated supervette that will make its debut next year. The Corvette SS, formally known as the Blue Devil, Z07 and the Sting Ray, is expected to push 650 hp from a supercharged V8 and should be priced in the neighborhood of $100,000.

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With these new photos, it does appear that engineers are moving onto other aspects of the development. Popular Mechanics notes the uneven construction of the roof, suggesting that this mule may have a carbon fiber prototype in place. And then there’s the wheels. The black finish makes it hard to distinguish the design, but you can bet there’s something exciting happening there as well. The rear wheels do appear to be extra large and on the 3/4 rear shot, you can see the addition of mud flaps. Lastly, the rear spoiler has been redesigned and features an ultra small third brake light.
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The Ron Fellows Special Edition C6.RThere was some exciting news about Corvette Racing that came from the Bash at the Corvette Museum. Corvette Racing’s Ron Fellows will be fielding a third C6.R at his hometown event, The Grand Prix of Mosport. Joining Ron as co-driver will be none other than C5-R Veteran Andy Pilgrim. Fellows and Pilgrim will be co-driving the special edition White C6.R that was unveiled earlier this year at Sebring. The last time Fellows and Pilgrim shared driving duties together was in 2000. The Grand Prix of Mosport is scheduled for August 26 in Ontario. SPEED will provide the racing coverage. More on this as it develops.
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2008 Corvette Engine and Interior Photos

by Keith Cornett on April 24, 2007

Continuing on our 2008 Corvette post from yesterday’s wheel and exhaust photos are these engine and interior photos. The new base engine for the 2008 Corvette is the LS3 V8. The consensus from the photo is that the LS3 has the mass air flow integrated into the air filter housing like the Z06′s LS7. We’re expecting the new V8 to be rated somewhere in the neighborhood of 430 hp. The interior photo is also drawing a lot of comments on the forums with mostly decent reviews. However, we’re still waiting to see what the 4LT package and the “Custom Wrap Interiors” look like, especially in the new Sienna and Linen colors. This photo really just shows the matching center console lid, unless I am missing something.

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The 2008 Corvette makes its debut this Saturday at 1:00 pm at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 bash.
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2008 Corvette Wheel and Exhaust Photos

by Keith Cornett on April 23, 2007

Photos of the 2008 5-spoke wheel and exhaust have found their way to CorvetteConti.com. The 5-spoke wheel is one of four designs for the 2008 model year. This 5-spoke wheel will join the other wheel design that we speculated would be a 2008 option: The split 5-spoke wheel featured on the 2007 Indy 500 Pace Car replica. The exhaust photo is interesting in that it appears to be a Z06 exhaust setup on a regular Corvette coupe. The Z06 exhaust uses a butterfly valve that opens at higher RPM’s, so under normal driving only two of the four exhaust ports are open. This is the first I’ve heard of the Z06 exhaust migrating to the rest of the Corvette line.

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The 2008 Corvette makes its debut this Saturday at 1:00 pm at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 bash.
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Corvette Blue Devil/SS Enters Final Tuning Phase

by Keith Cornett on April 16, 2007

Blue Devil/SS Corvette Mule - Photo by Chris DoaneIn a Car & Driver interview with GM’s Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, GM’s great pontificator spoke about the development process of the Blue Devil/SS Corvette. Apparently, development of the fastest Corvette yet is moving through the development stages and nearling completion. That’s a good thing to hear considering that GM has frozen the development of other large and powerful rear-wheel drive cars due to the proposed new CAFE regulations. The freeze has put the brakes on the next Chevy Impala and several Cadillac models. But development of the Blue Devil/SS is very much on track, according to Lutz:

“It’s a very difficult vehicle development. This thing has so much power that we have to explore a dynamic envelope that we’ve never explored before. We want the vehicle to be safe and we want it to be predictable, even at speeds that no mortal is ever going to attain in the United States. That’s our obligation. We’re really into a speed and power realm that General Motors has never been in before. We’re way up there with Porsche Carrera GTs and Ferraris.”
One question not yet settled is the horsepower rating for the new Corvette.
In terms of horsepower, Lutz said: “We’re certainly not going to be at 600 because some of our competition is at 600. So, 600 is a number that is not satisfactory for us. I would say comfortably in excess of 600 is the way I would term it.” As for 700 horses, “that would be a stretch. Tom Stephens (GM’s head of powertrain) would say, ‘maybe in the second year.’”
Expectations are the Corvette Blue Devil/SS will make its debut early next year at one of the large autoshows (NAIAS anyone?) and will be produced as a 2009 model.
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New Paint Chips Unveiled for 2008 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on April 12, 2007

Our January post about Advance 2008 Corvette Production Info appears to be taking shape as we get closer to this month’s debut of the 2008 Corvette at the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash. Over at DigitalCorvettes.com, CorvetteConti posted images of the two new exterior colors as well as an interior swatch with a cool new shade of red.

Corvette Exterior 85U Jetstream Blue Metallic Corvette Exterior 89U Crystal Red Metallic Two new custom leather wrap interiors
The new exterior colors are 85U Jetstream Blue Metallic and 89U Crystal Red Metallic. They are replacing the popular LeMans Blue and Monterey Red. The two new interior combinations are being added to the seven combinations currently being produced. The new custom leather wrap interiors are named 245 Sienna and 425 Linen. According to our early post, the Z06 is supposed to pick up these options as well. As an interesting aside, and I only mention it because it comes from the king of watermarks himself, Conti hints that another exterior color could be making its way onto the 2008 Corvette sometime after the first of the year. That color is described as Mocha Bronze Metallic.
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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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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.

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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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