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Corvette Ranks 2nd in JD Power Dependability Survey

by Keith Cornett on August 10, 2006

In their latest survey, JD Power measures problems experienced by original owners of three year old vehicles (2003 model year). Corvette was listed in 2nd place in the Premium Sporty Car segment. The Lexus SC 430 was the highest-ranked car and the now discontinued Ford Thunderbird was third. Corvette is the only passenger car from Chevrolet to show up in the top three of their respective category. The Suburban (SUV) and Express (Van) each were listed in the top three of their categories. The 2003 model year was the second to last year of the C5 generation. It will be interesting to view the long-term results of dependability for the new C6 Corvettes. Click here for Complete Survey Results
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Z06 Corvette to Pace Brickyard 400

by Keith Cornett on August 3, 2006

The 505 hp Z06 Corvette has been named the Offical Pace Car of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, running at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 6th. While the Corvette has been a favorite pace car of the Indianapolis 500, pacing the most famous race in America a record 8 times, this will be the first time Corvette has earned pace car duties for the annual NASCAR event at the historic track.

“We’re excited to have the 505-hp Corvette Z06 back at the world-famous Brickyard speedway as the Allstate 400 pace car,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “The Corvette is so racing-ready that all we do is add strobe lights, racing safety belts and a fun paint scheme and it’s ready to pound the bricks at up to 198 mph.”
The Brickyard 400 Pace Car has a paint scheme unique for the event. Pace car designer Kip Wasenko says of the exterior theme, “We’ve used the new sixth-generation Corvette to pace several races recently and its shape is so iconic that we’re comfortable getting a little more abstract and artistic with the pace car theme and not sticking to a design that follows the lines of the car.”
Z06 Corvette - The Official Pace Car of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Z06 Corvette - The Official Pace Car of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Z06 Corvette - The Official Pace Car of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard
Z06 Corvette - The Official Pace Car of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Z06 Corvette - The Official Pace Car of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Z06 Corvette - The Official Pace Car of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard
The 13th annual Allstate 400 at the Brickyard starts at 2:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Aug. 6 and will be televised live on NBC. Source: TheAutoChannel.com
Photos: Ron McQueeney & Jim Haines Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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2007 Z06 Corvette MSRP Increases Nearly $3K

by Keith Cornett on August 1, 2006

Corvette Window StickerWord on the street is that the MSRP for the 2007 Z06 Corvette has been increased from $66,465 to $69,175 for the base model that includes the 1LZ package. With the 2LZ package, MSRP rises to $73,485. I was just on Corvette.com and the lower prices are still listed, but visits to both DigitalCorvettes.com and CorvetteForum.com have comments from Dealers confirming the price change. Z06 buyers on the forums who have order numbers have been calling their dealers to inquire about the price increase are also being told that its true. Rick Conti gives this advice to those with deposits: Look at your GM order sheet. If it has your name and address as the customer, then you should be price protected. If not, call your dealer immediately. The Z06 is still a fantastic bargain for the price, and adding an additional 5% to the cost of the car will do little to slowdown the enthusiasm Corvette buyers have for it. The increase probably has very little to do with demand and more to do with covering the manufacturing costs due to increased energy costs. Sadly, this increase will do little to stop the stem of gouging by certain dealers. Check out this window sticker from a dealer in Washington that added a $29,995 Adjusted Markup Value to the cost of a Z06 making the total $102,785! Wonder what his cost will be once the Blue Devil/Stingray arrives! Source: CorvetteForum.com | DigitalCorvettes.com | Corvette.com
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Motor Trend Hails Return of Corvette Stingray

by Keith Cornett on July 29, 2006

Corvette StingrayMotor Trend magazine has a nice piece on the Blue Devil – only their take on the Supercharged Corvette not only calls it the Stingray (not Sting Ray for those of us inclined to the Mid Year version), but their illustration also has it badged with the very cool Super Sport SS logo. The supercharged version of the LS7 7.0-liter V8 will also weigh in at 2900 pounds, a couple hundred pounds less than the current Z06. Can you say carbon fiber! Motor Trend also predicts the unleashing of the uber-Vette to happen in mid-2007. Source: Motor Trend Magazine (via DigitalCorvettes.com)
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Final 2006 Corvette Production Numbers

by Keith Cornett on July 25, 2006

Now that the 2006 Corvette Model Year has ended, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant has released their final count of option penetration for the year. Just over 34,000 Corvettes were produced for the 2006 Model Year. 49% of production went to coupes, 33% Convertibles and the hot new Z06 accounted for 18% – 6,272 units total. No big surprises with exterior colors. Corvette owners still prefer Red Corvettes. The two shades of red, Victory and Monterey, combined for 32% of production. One out of every five Corvettes is Black. The least produced color is Artic White with 4.7% penetration and the now discontinued Daytona Orange Sunset Metallic (DOSM) came in at 5.1%. One of the hot options available is R8C Museum Delivery where the new owner can take delivery of their Corvette at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky, just across the street from the assembly plant. For the 2006 Model Year 1,172 new owners received their keys at the NCM. Here are the major options in their respective categories:

Corvettes Produced Amount Percent    
         
Coupes 16,598 49%    
Convertibles 11,151 33%    
Z06 Hardtops 6,272 18%    
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Total 34,021 100%    
         
         
Exterior Colors Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
10U Artic White 1,588 941 647 0
19U Le Mans Blue 3,459 1,815 973 671
41U Black 7,243 3,365 2,206 1,672
45U Velocity Yellow 4,122 1,540 1,118 1,464
67U Machine Silver 4,984 2,370 1,636 978
71U Daytona Sunset Orange 1,729 930 571 282
74U Victory Red 5,844 2,758 1,881 1,205
80U Monterey Red 5,052 2,879 2,173 0
         
         
Convertible Top Colors Total      
         
35T Beige 3,076      
37T Gray 757      
41T Black 7,318      
         
         
Interior Colors Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
02I Red 2,028 683 422 923
19I Ebony 19,974 10,312 5,901 3,761
31I Cashmere 7,175 3,727 3,448 0
84I Titanium (Gray) 4,844 1,876 1,380 1,588
         
         
Transmissions Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
MM6 6-Speed Manual 10,517 2,815 1,430 6,272
MYC 4-Speed Auto 19,094 10,967 8,127 0
MZ6 6-Speed Manual w/Z51 4,410 2,816 1,594 0
         
         
Wheels Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
QG6 Painted Aluminum 7,926 5,592 2,334 0
QG7 Polished Aluminum 3,449 0 0 3,449
QX1 Gray Painted Aluminum 887 648 239 0
QX3 Chrome 2,803 1,452 1,351 0
Q10 Z06 Base 2,544 0 0 2,544
Q44 Z06 Painted 279 0 0 279
         
         
Other Options Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
Z51 Performance Handling Pkg 10,338 6,189 4,149 0
F55 Magnetic Select Ride 5,709 2,762 2,947 0
UV6 Heads Up Display 22,479 11,948 10,531 0
U2K XM Satellite Radio 26,891 11,256 10,319 5,316
UE1 OnStar System 12,869 6,358 6,511 0
U3U Navigation Radio 17,474 6,734 6,565 0
R8C Museum Delivery 1,172 423 302 447
         
Source: Bowling Green Assembly Plant (via CorvetteConti.com)
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Subtle Changes Mark the 2007 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on July 21, 2006

2007 Corvette Interior As the 2007 Model Year arrives and new Corvettes are making their way into showrooms, we are now able to see some of the changes from the 2006 models. CorvetteConti.com has several photos worth checking out detailing the changes. Changes from 2006 include a larger glovebox, two-tone seats with reverse stitching and the lock is now missing from the center console. We’ve detailed the options for the 2007 Corvette previously, but I have to mention that the two-tone seat colors, previously available only on the Z06, look fabulous. I especially like the titanium on black, which can really brighten an otherwise unremarkable interior. Source: CorvetteConti.com
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The Blue Devil’s New Name – The Z07 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on July 18, 2006

Name games are afoot for GM’s Supercharged Corvette. First we had the Blue Devil. Then there was the SS and the Sting Ray. Now we have the Chevrolet Corvette Z07, this week’s new name from Automobile Magazine. That, of course, is speculation like all the names previously mentioned. Automobile Magazine went a step further though by publishing an image of a photochopped Z06 with elements inspired from the Corvette C6.R LeMans racer. Now that the name has a face, emotions of all kinds have been raised as one would expect from the legions of Corvette enthusiasts. Quotes from the magazine:

“Tom Wallace has a 650 hp trick up his sleeve. A new super Corvette will build on Z06′s 7.0 liter LS7 V8 that was developed in sync with the Corvette C6.R LeMans racer.” “Supercharged to bump output by 145 hp.”
“Huge hood vent aimed at killing front end lift.”
“Chevy will undercut competition by pricing the Z07 at about $100,000. “We think they’ll go with Z07 or maybe Z06 R.”
Already some are bemoaning the design saying that it will take more than a hood scoop and some air vents to get them to buy one. Might I remind them that the only exterior difference in 1967 between the 327/300 Corvette and the 427/435 Tri-Power was in fact the Stinger hood. Might I also remind those getting their drawers in a bunch that this is an unofficial representation of a car by a magazine that wants to sell more magazines. Calm down folks! Chevrolet has used the Z07 RPO code twice in its history of Corvettes. The Z07 first showed up as an RPO in 1973. The package included special front and rear suspension and heavy duty power front and rear brakes. It required the L82 or LS4 engine, the M21 4-Speed and J50 Power brakes. The same package was offered in 1974 and 1975. Z07 returned as an RPO in 1991-95 as an Adjustable Suspension Package for coupes. I’ll say this for Automobile Magazine. At least they got the color right. Source: Automobile Magazine | DigitalCorvettes.com
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Corvette Racing Celebration at GM World Headquarters

by Keith Cornett on July 17, 2006

On Tuesday, July 18, GM will be saluting the Corvette Racing team for its 5th class win at the 24 Hours of LeMans with a parade and presentations in downtown Detroit. The event begins at the Compuware Corporation, who is the primary sponsor of Corvette Racing, with a caravan of Corvette race cars, pace cars and other collector cars though the streets of Detroit including famed Woodward Avenue. The parade concludes at Jefferson Avenue where the lobby of GM’s Renaissance Center is located. At the Renaissance Center, there will be a presentation of the 24 Hours of LeMans trophy and speeches by Chevrolet’s General Manager Ed Peper and Pete Karmanos, Jr, CEO of Compuware. Following the speeches, there is an autograph session with the Corvette Racing drivers. Corvette Racing is an American success story, winning the GT1 class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times and defeating marques such as Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Viper in top-level international road racing. The championship-winning Corvette C6.R race cars were developed with GM technical and human resources, and have strong links with the production Corvettes that are sold in Chevrolet showrooms. Source: GM
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Rumor: Corvette Blue Devil to have 700+ HP!

by Keith Cornett on July 5, 2006

We love rumors. Especially when they are about something that we wish would be true. In the case, the rumor is about the horsepower of the Blue Devil Corvette – itself just a rumor until a month or so ago when GM said it was gonna happen. Now the rumors are about details and this one comes from a tipster over at Jalopnik.com so we are just doing our civic duty to report it (and then drool over the prospects of what might be). The rumor comes from a guy that knows a guy who is a Master Mechanic for Chevrolet and recently visited a seminar for servicing the supercharged LS9 that will power the Blue Devil Corvette. According to him, the new engine will output 700+ horsepower.

My VERY RELIABLE source tells me the new Corvette is going to come with 700+ N/A HP!!!! I didn’t believe him until he said he went to the class that shows them how to repair the engine. My source has been a Master Chevy mechanic his entire career. He also mentioned there will be 2 new supercharged CTS-V and the convertible (forget the name) Caddy’s. The design of the supercharger actually puts the intercooler inside the intake manifold, cooled by a front end radiator.
With recent news that the new Viper will come in around 600-650 hp, this is good news indeed. Er, I mean, we can only hope that this rumor will stick! Source: Jalopnik.com
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Clarkson Shoots and Destroys a C4 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on July 4, 2006

Jeremy Clarkson, host of the ever popular UK television show Top Gear, hates all things American – especially American Cars. Listening to him is a chore and I almost wish someone would kick his bloody ass, as that would be a very American thing to do. Recently he got his hands on a C4 Corvette somewhere out in a desert and thought it would be cool to destroy it. Using a helicopter equipped with mini-guns capable of firing 8,000 rounds a minute, Clarkson hunts his robotic driven prey and shows just what horrible shot he is. I’d bet this was his first time shooting a real gun. Finally after the helicopter’s pilot gets right up on the Corvette’s rear (and the guy steering the Corvette drives a straight line) is he able to hit it, blowing the gas tank and stopping it dead. Like any ass with a gun, he begins monologuing about how “Hank (the remote-controlled robot driver) is never gonna keep his Corvette” and “that Corvette is never going to be sold by the time we’ve finished with it”. With the Corvette stopped in its tracks, he shoots away and accomplishes his goal of destroying the car. It’s only fitting that this video is posted on July 4th. While I am sorry to see a Corvette killed by a pompous British TV host, at the least the car died in a hail of gunfire on the open range all for the benefit of a television audience – and that my friends is a very American way to go.

Hat Tip: Gleeful Gecko
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