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Corvette to get iPod Integration

by Keith Cornett on August 7, 2006

Corvette, as well as 56 other models under the GM corporate umbrella will soon have a factory device called the “Personal Audio Link” that allows owners to hook up their iPods and play them through their factory audio systems. Rollout of the PAL will begin in October this year and by then of 2007, most GM vehicles should be equipped with the device. The Personal Audio Link uses existing radio software and is integrated through the radio’s digital XM Satellite Radio bank. XM does not have to be activated for the system to work. Similar to FM Modulated systems, the XM integration offers improved sound and contents (artist, title, genre) are viewable on the radio’s display. The radio controls on the Corvette’s steering wheel will allow drivers to adjust the system volume. Personal Audio Link Key Features – At a Glance

  • Seamlessly connects an iPod to the vehicle’s factory installed audio system
  • Charges iPod when ignition is on
  • Choose from English, Spanish or French language for function displays
  • Search and display music by genre, playlist, album, artist
  • Use seek function to move forward or reverse within a song for up to 15 seconds
  • Select “shuffle” function to mix music
  • Sort music using “alphabetical jump” from A-Z list
  • Sort and select Podcasts and audio books by title
  • Control volume from steering wheel controls
  • Personalize text display in dynamic mode (radio display scrolls through artist, album, title, song, time remaining, etc.) or static mode (fixed on one display element such as artist)
  • Perform fast music searches using high-speed text display technology
The Personal Audio Link will be sold through dealerships for under $160. Source: GM
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Final Resting Place for Stolen Z06 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on August 5, 2006

I was browsing some blogs tonight when I came across a post at JeffSandquist.com about some photos on Flickr that depict the final resting place for a stolen Z06 Corvette. Obviously, our sympathy lies with the owner of the Corvette and not at all with the car thief if that was the case.

Final Resting Place for Stolen Z06 Corvette Final Resting Place for Stolen Z06 Corvette Final Resting Place for Stolen Z06 Corvette
A Corvette Wave to JeffSandquist.com. Jeff just recently got his first Corvette and that story is worth a read. Photos: Flickr
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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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July 2006 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on August 2, 2006

GM Reported that Corvette sales were up 55% year to year with 2,794 deliveries in July 2006 vs 1,872 in July 2005. Calendar year sales also remain 18.1% ahead of 2005 figures with 21,857 deliveries vs 18,506. Sales of Corvettes in July tend to be smaller than other months because of the model year change over. There were 25 selling days recorded for July 2006 while in July 2005, there were 26 selling days. Source: GM
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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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Corvette – Performance Car with Economy Benefits

by Keith Cornett on July 31, 2006

With gas prices now averaging over $3.00 per gallon there is much talk about what the average person can do to conserve. My advice? Sell your SUV and buy a Corvette. What most of the uninitiated don’t realize is how well the Corvette can do on gas mileage, especially highway mileage. It’s not uncommon to hear owners tell how they average in the high 20′s or low 30′s on their highway driving trips. And with Corvette’s onboard computer, mileage is easier than ever to review, not only between destinations, but over the life of the Corvette as well. Here are some quotes from a thread on CorvetteForum.com about owner’s gas mileage experiences:

Yesterday I decided to do a highway run solely to determine gas mileage per gallon. I fueled up at a station right off the expressway and drove 80 miles. (I know, maybe too short of a trip.) I set cruise control at the speed limit, 65, until approaching Chicago, then 55. (Got a lot of strange looks doing 55 on I355 around the City). Average MPG on the DIC, and verified by refilling at gas station after ride, was 31 mpg! I have a 2006 A6 with 9,800 miles on the odo. So yes, the Vette truly is an economy car. I made a trip from Jacksonville to Orlando a couple of weeks ago on Traffic Disadvantaged I-95 and Construction Challenged I-4. Managed 75-80 mph most of the way and got 28.5 mpg. The car does really great. On our 6300 mile trip we average 28 mpg, 31.3 mpg being the highest for a tank. Average speed for the whole trip was around 70 and I know I saw 105+ a few times. Just finished a 4358 mile trip, WI, MN, SD, ND, WY, MT, ID, and WA. Average mph 60.4, Average mpg 26.6. Yes, this is an economy vehicle with lots of perks. My car has about 5500 miles on it. According to the DIC, i am averaging 20.5 miles per gallon for the life of the car. That is pretty evenly mixed between freeway and city driving.
Of course, if you drive it hard or do a lot of stop-and-go city driving, your miles per gallon stats will suffer, as it would in any car INCLUDING A PRIUS. Boy, that’s an oxymoron…the thought of someone performance driving a Prius. The next time you’re thinking about buying a new car and you want performance AND economy, think green…Bowling Green. Source: CorvetteForum.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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Corvette Values: 1982 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on July 28, 2006

1982 CorvetteSissyChrissy posted the following question on Yahoo Answers: This guy is trying to sell me a 1982 Corvette Stingray. Brand new candy paint job, brand new motor, golden rims,leather interior, everything in excellent condition. The thing is, I don’t know how much a car like that is actually worth. He says he paid $16,000 for it and is not going to settle for anything less. Is he trying to rip me off or is he being reasonable? Our Answer: 1982 was a good year for Corvettes. It was the end of a body style that began in 1968. Just over 25,000 Corvettes were produced that year, nearly 15,000-20,000 less than an in previous years which means there’s less of them on the road. It was also the first year of the Cross Fire Injection engine. Our Corvette Price Guide has the average 1982 Corvette valued at $11,900, and our high price is $24,500. These models are also appreciating in value with a 7% return in 1 year and 14% over 5 years. While the Corvette you are looking at sounds like it is in great condition, its value is lessened by having a brand new engine instead of the original engine. At $16K, if the Corvette is as in good shape as you described, the price, while reasonable, is somewhat high due to the fact that it is missing its original engine. That might make it harder to sell down the road. Source: Yahoo Answers
Image: CorvetteImages.com
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GMS and GMID Pricing for 2007 Corvettes

by Keith Cornett on July 27, 2006

A member of CorvetteForum.com posted the GMS and GMID Pricing for the 2007 Corvette. GMS is essentially employee pricing and GMID is special pricing for employees of GM suppliers. If you qualify for one the price breaks, your next goal is to find a dealership that can accommodate you. Not all dealerships offer the breaks, so a good place to start is searching the forums and asking around. And even though Z06′s are part of the GMS/GMID Program, good luck finding either a Z06 available AND a dealer willing to sell below MSRP.

2007 Coupe MSRP GMID Invoice GMS
         
Base 44,170.00 40,038.00 39,532.00 38,282.05
Destination 825.00 825.00 825.00 825.00
2LT 1,495.00 1,249.82 1,241.00 1,196.00
3LT 4,945.00 4,134.02 4,104.00 3,956.00
Z51 1,695.00 1,417.02 1,407.00 1,356.00
F55 1,995.00 1,667.82 1,656.00 1,596.00
Auto Transmission 1,250.00 1,045.00 1,038.00 1000.00
Chrome Wheels 1,850.00 1,546.60 1,536.00 1,480.00
Polished Wheels 1,295.00 1,082.62 1,075.00 1,036.00
Competition Grey Wheels 395.00 330.22 328.00 316.00
Dual Roof Package 1,400.00 1,170.40 1,162.00 1,120.00
Transparent Roof 750.00 627.00 623.00 600.00
NAV Radio 1,750.00 1,463.00 1,453.00 1,400.00
OnStar 695.00 581.02 577.00 556.00
Two-Tone Seats 695.00 581.02 577.00 556.00
LMB Paint 300.00 250.80 249.00 240.00
VY/MR/AO Paint 750.00 627.00 623.00 600.00
Museum Delivery 490.00 409.64 407.00 392.00
         
         
2007 Convertible MSRP GMID Invoice GMS
         
Base 52,085.00 47,193.06 46,616.00 45,128.53
Destination 825.00 825.00 825.00 825.00
3LT 5,540.00 4,631.44 4,598.00 4,432.00
Z51 1,695.00 1,417.02 1,407.00 1,356.00
F55 1,995.00 1,667.82 1,656.00 1,596.00
Auto Transmission 1,250.00 1,045.00 1,038.00 1000.00
Chrome Wheels 1,850.00 1,546.60 1,536.00 1,480.00
Polished Wheels 1,295.00 1,082.62 1,075.00 1,036.00
Competition Grey Wheels 395.00 330.22 328.00 316.00
Dual Roof Package 1,400.00 1,170.40 1,162.00 1,120.00
Transparent Roof 750.00 627.00 623.00 600.00
NAV Radio 1,750.00 1,463.00 1,453.00 1,400.00
OnStar 695.00 581.02 577.00 556.00
Two-Tone Seats 695.00 581.02 577.00 556.00
LMB Paint 300.00 250.80 249.00 240.00
VY/MR/AO Paint 750.00 627.00 623.00 600.00
Museum Delivery 490.00 409.64 407.00 392.00
         
         
2007 Z06 Hardtop MSRP GMID Invoice GMS
         
Base 65,640.00 59,367.38 58,748.00 56,778.60
Destination 825.00 825.00 825.00 825.00
2LZ 3,845.00 3,214.42 3,191.00 3,076.00
Polished Wheels 1,295.00 1,082.62 1,075.00 1,036.00
Competition Grey Wheels 395.00 330.22 328.00 316.00
NAV Radio for 1LZ 3,640.00 3,043.04 3,021.00 2,912.00
NAV Radio for 2LZ 1,750.00 1,463.00 1,453.00 1,400.00
US9 Radio 1,890.00 1,580.04 1,569.00 1,512.00
LMB Paint 300.00 250.80 249.00 240.00
VY/MR Paint 750.00 627.00 623.00 600.00
Museum Delivery 490.00 409.64 407.00 392.00
Source: CorvetteForum.com (via Wheel Talk)
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2007 Atomic Orange Corvettes Debuts

by Keith Cornett on July 26, 2006

I finally saw some real-world photos of the 2007 Corvette with the new 83U Atomic Orange Metallic and I have to say that it is a stunning color. I have posted a side by side with the discontinued Daytona Orange Sunset Metallic and you can definitely see the difference between the two. Atomic Orange is, well, more Orange than the Daytona Sunset.

2007 Atomic Orange Corvette 2006 Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic Corvette
Atomic Orange Daytona Sunset Orange
Based on 2006 Productions numbers, I really don’t see this color being any more popular than DSOM. What did the numbers from 2006 tell us? 50% of Corvettes manufactured are either going to be a shade of red (32%) or black (20%), figures that should remain fairly constant throughout the 2007 model run. Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic was ordered on 1,729 Corvettes, about 5.1% of production. Atomic Orange, while benefiting from being the new color, is not different enough to increase this percentage substantially. That being said, Atomic Orange will be a popular color for those who want to be a bit different than the rest of the crowd. And who knows, perhaps in 20-30 years we’ll look back on either of these two shades of Orange with the same genuine affection that we now have for Warbonnet Yellow. Source: DigitalCorvettes.com
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