For those keeping score, this black Corvette Z06 is the current reigning champion of the quarter mile. The Z06 takes on a variety of challengers in the video including a Factory Five GTM and then rips a fastest time of 9.3 second quarter mile at 150.8 mph!
There are a couple schools of thought regarding the future direction of the Corvette program. While we’ve been focused on the C8 Corvette and the mid-engine Zora that’s expected in 2018 and whether or not the program will continue as a mid-engine only or a dual model program, it does now appear that Chevrolet isn’t quite done with the C7 program yet.
When discussing the C8 Corvette, we’ve mentioned Don Sherman and his report in Car & Driver that suggested that the ZR1 will actually return in 2017 to close out the C7 program with a bang. That actually makes a lot of sense to us, and as a one-year only car, the return of the ZR1 will be sure to set the automotive world on fire.
This morning General Motors posted the sales from July 2016. Despite the two-week summer shutdown that stretched from late June into early July, Corvette sales have remained steady with 2,159 deliveries during the month. This is a -22.7% decline from July 2015’s delivery total of 2,794 Corvette Stingrays and Z06s.
For the calendar year to date (January-July), Corvette sales totaled 16,827 which is -20.3% off from the same time period in 2015.
Last week we posted a video and rant from a member on the Corvette Forum who was unhappy with how his Corvette was tested during a service visit to Three-Way Chevrolet in Bakersfield, CA. The owner had engaged Valet Mode on his Performance Data Recorder which captured the tech supposedly “joy riding” the Stingray at speeds up to 83 MPH on city streets.
How about a little lead-follow action from Thompson Speedway in Connecticut featuring the Callaway Corvette SC757 and a 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo S. These two awesome machines were used to capture some on-track video footage for an upcoming feature on MotorWeek TV and Maryland Public Television.
We previously have shown the Performance Data Recorder video of a white Callaway SC757 at Thompson Speedway, but this view totally rocks as you can watch it from the rear POV as it dances through corners and accelerates on the straights. We were also slightly mesmerized by the Z06’s supercharged 757 horsepower V8 engine breathing through Callaway’s signature Double-D exhaust.
As far as we are concerned, there is no better way to start off the week than with a random photo gallery we like to call Midyear Monday.
This week we are back with our regular Midyear Monday posts after last week’s special gallery featuring one of the original five 1963 Corvette Grand Sports! This week’s salute to the second generation Corvette features 45 random photos, and yes, I did sneak in another photo of my 1966 Corvette. It’s good to be the CorvetteBlogger!
There are some folks who prefer the look of a 1973 Corvette because it offers the best of both worlds.
Unlike the 1972, it has a urethane bumper on the front.
Unlike the 1974, it still has a chrome bumper on the back.
It’s always fun when two Bow-Ties go head to head at the track because in the end, there is no loser and the Chevy goes home victorious. Okay, we’re a bit biased here and we’ll always root for the Chevy wearing the crossed flags first.
Especially when the little brother looks a heck of a lot larger than the day he was delivered at the Chevrolet dealer.