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 weekâ€™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
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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.
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The new brochure for the 2007 Corvette will be on its way to dealers soon, but two websites have already broken down the swag in detail. The brochures come with an accessories catalog and a chip guide for the exterior, interior and convertible top color samples.
CorvetteConti.com has a nice shot of the accessories catalog showing a photo of two new wheels including a real 10-spoke.
AutoSpies.com has over 40 photos showing the brochure page-by-page. One of the photos shows a nice close-up of the multi-function steering wheel.
Interestingly, a quick search on eBay shows a bunch of 2007 Corvette Brochures for sale, so if your dealer doesn’t have them yet, start bidding!
Sources: CorvetteConti.com | AutoSpies.com | eBay
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Shawn S. submitted the following Corvette pricing question via Yahoo! Answers and we decided to take a look at it.
Shawn’s Question: What is a 1977 corvette worth?
Our Corvette price guide has an average 1977 Corvette Coupe valued at $10,000. Our High price is $13,000. Prices are fairly low compared to other years because the 1977 Corvette had the third highest production total ever with 49,213 produced. Most 1977 Corvettes came with the base engine, the L48 350/180. Just over 6,000 Corvettes came equipped with the optional L82 350/220 engine and just over 2000 came equipped with the optional 4-speed. So of the 1977 Corvettes, the most valuable was the L82 coupled with the 4-Speed manual transmission.
The good news is that our appreciation figures for the 1977 model are 5% for one year and a whopping 19% over five years.
Source: VetteFinders.com’s Corvette Price Guide
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Apparently Dale Earnhardt Jr is in the process of upgrading his car collection and to make room for the new toys (a new Z06?), he is auctioning his 2005 Corvette coupe on eBay. The Coupe has been repainted a custom black cherry-pearl with custom air-brushed flames. Custom 20/22 inch Asanti wheels adorn the 6-Speed Corvette as well.
The winner will have the option of having Dale Jr’s signature on the dash, as well as the opportunity to travel to Dale’s home in North Carolina to pick up the Corvette from the NASCAR star in person.
Bidding started at $59,999.99 and the current high bid is $60,099.99 with just two bidders so far. The auction runs through Saturday, July 15th.
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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 didnâ€™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) Caddyâ€™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!
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