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Vettes in the News

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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NCM Delivers 1,000th Corvette This Year

by Keith Cornett on June 30, 2006

One of the most exciting options for new Corvette owners is R8C – Taking delivery of their new Corvette at the National Corvette Museum. As part of the Delivery, customers are given a tour of the Corvette Assembly Plant located across the street from the NCM. Then the customers tour the Museum and will see their new Corvette on display. The NCM Delivery Team provides a quality orientation followed by a delivery presentation. Each Corvette that is delivered through the Museum received a unique gold decal which is placed on the inside drivers door jam. The R8C option has become so popular that recently it has become a constrained option. On June 28th, Brad and Dianna Best from Edmond, Oklahoma picked up a beautiful Monterey Red Corvette Convertibleas part of the R8C Museum Delivery program. The Best’s also received another surprise – their Corvette was the 1,000th delivery of the 2006 model year!

“We are so surprised that we are the 1,000th delivery for the model year,” stated the excited delivery participants. “We came to take delivery of our Corvette and this just adds to the experience.”
You can find out more about the Museum Corvette Delivery Program by visiting the NCM’s website or check with your dealer for more details.
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Is This The New LS9 Blue Devil Engine?

by Keith Cornett on June 29, 2006

So I called it the Blue Devil instead of the Sting Ray. Point is most of us referring to the supercharged Corvette will probably call it the Blue Devil until we actually see photos and confirmation that the car will be called the Sting Ray. But that’s another story. The big story regarding the Blue Devil is the publishing of photos on DigitalCorvettes.com reportedly showing the supercharged LS9. Comments by members and others who have joined in the conversation, not only on DC, but other sites including Left Lane News and AutoBlog are saying that it is the supercharged LSA which is going into the Cadillac Escalade. To deepen the mystery, the original poster of the photos(Norm) has removed them from his post at what he claims are at the request of GM’s censors. We’ve decided to repost one of the photos here, but have placed a black bar to “protect” the identity of the mystery engine (ala AC/DC’s Dirty Deeds album). I am still trying to get a link from GM’s FastLane Blog and would hate to do something that might put it into jeopardy. Source: DigitalCorvettes.com, Left Lane News, AutoBlog.com
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Corvette Assembly Plant Celebrates 25th Anniversary

by Keith Cornett on June 13, 2006

Back in 1979 when word got out of a possible move of the General Motors Corvette plant from St. Louis to Bowling Green, workers thought it was a ploy during contract negotiations. But GM was serious about moving the home of the Corvette and after considering sites in Waco, Texas, Wichita, Kansas and Montgomery Alabama, the General settled on Bowling Green, Kentucky. Two years later, the first Corvette rolled off the assembly line. The date was June 1, 1981. This month the Bowling Green Assembly Plant celebrates its 25th anniversary and the Bowling Green Daily News has put together a special online section detailing everything from the ups and downs of the plant to how the city has become an automotive mecca since the building of the Corvette Museum. Along the way we learn about the four general managers who have guided the plant during the last 25 years and the challenges each of them faced as well as some of the stories from the 900 workers from St. Louis who made the move with Corvette. Click here to read Celebrating 25 Years of Corvette in Bowling Green presented by The Daily News. The section is presented as printed in the newspaper, but all the pages are clickable to enlarge for reading.
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JD Power’s Annual Initial Quality Study measures new-vehicle quality at 90 days of ownership and once again Corvette scored very well in its class. For the Premium Sporty Car Category, Corvette tied for third with the Mercedes-Benz SL Class. Leading the category was the Lexus SC 430 and second place went to the Porsche 911. The annual survey was redesigned for 2006 to capture problems experienced by owners in two categories: Quality of Design and Quality of Production. Chevrolet as an automaker had an average of 124 problems per 100 vehicles, which was also the industry average. Porsche had the best rating at 91 and Land Rover was the worst at 204 problems per 100 vehicles. In ranking the Big 3, Chrysler scored a 120 and Ford came in at 127. Source: JD Power & Associates
Image Credit: CorvetteImages.com
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Corvette Blue Devil to be Called Sting Ray

by Keith Cornett on June 8, 2006

AutoWeek, which last month broke the news that the Blue Devil program is a go in an interview with Corvette Chief Engineer Tom Wallace, reports today that the Corvette Blue Devil project is now being referred to internally as the Sting Ray. Production of the $100,000 Supercharged 7.0-liter 600-hp V8 Sting Ray may start sooner rather than later with units available as soon as 2007, although it’s our guess that it would be a 2008 model available during the summer/fall of ’07. Bits and pieces of the Sting Ray project have been leaked over the past few months with rumors swirling around a Kappa platform project, as well as a special edition Corvette being built for 2007. However, this is the first report that puts them all together as a Corvette project. AutoWeek says that the Blue Devil name was used to get the attention of GM’s CEO Rick Wagoner, who graduated from Duke. That name also allowed the PR guys to “smile slyly” as they claimed there were no plans for a Blue Devil Corvette. Source: Autoweek via Left Lane News
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Normally I shy away from stories like these, but sometimes they are just too unbelievable not to post. So here it is as posted by KESQ in Palm Springs: HAYWARD, Calif. A motorist who sped through a Hayward cemetery in an apparent road-rage pursuit of another car is dead after crashing into a mausoleum. Hayward police say the driver of a classic 1967 Corvette was killed when he skidded out of control and totaled his car this morning at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. The identity of the 52-year-old man was not immediately released. Police say he was chasing a Mercedes-Benz convertible through the cemetery after an apparent argument on a nearby street. Mourners watching a nearby burial witnessed the crash. Police say a pair of crypts inside the mausoleum were jarred open, but the caskets inside were not damaged. The Mercedes driver is being sought as a witness but is not thought to have caused the crash. Source: KESQ NewsChannel 3

Corvettes Go Irish

by Keith Cornett on June 1, 2006

Corvette and Cadillac dealers have been appointed for 4 Irish cities including Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Waterford said Eddie Kavanagh, who is the Sales Director for Cadillac and Corvette Ireland. “These are two of the best know car brands worldwide and we are delighted to bring them to Irish motorists” said Kavanagh. The move continues GM’s expansion into foreign markets. Last month it was reported that GM was also considering setting up a sales distribution chain in Australia for Corvette. Source: Roscommon Herald
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May’s Corvette Deliveries Up 3.5%

by Keith Cornett on June 1, 2006

GM reported today that Corvette deliveries were up 3.5% with 3,317 total sales in May 2006 vs 3,078 total sales in May 2005. For the year, GM has sold 16,125 Corvettes, up 13.4% from 2005 figures of 14,217. Source: GM
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