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850 of 1,000 Corvette Grand Sport Collector Editions Will Go to US Customers

Chevrolet to Build 850 2017 Corvette Grand Sport Collector Editions for US Customers


When Chevrolet first unveiled the new 2017 Corvette Grand Sport in Geneva, it was the 2017 Grand Sport Collector Edition in the new Watkins Glen Gray with Tension Blue Hash Marks and Interior. The new model caused quite a splash overseas and at home especially when it was learned that only 1,000 Collector Editions would be offered.

Chevrolet has held back production of the Collector Edition until after the regular Grand Sport launch, but the good news is that they are now sending order information and allocation numbers to dealers this week.

From the new information, we have learned that 850 of the 1,000 Collector Editions will be offered to US customers while the rest will be exported to foreign markets.

2017 Corvette Grand Sport


Dealer allocations will be tight with even the largest Corvette sellers having just a handful. Production of the Collector Edition Grand Sports will also be spread out over a five month period beginning in October and ending in February. The first order period will be in September so if there is interest, hopefully you’ve already spoken to your dealer.

The 2017 Corvette Collector Edition in available as a Coupe or Convertible and will be offered only in 3LT trim. The Collector Edition features Watkins Glen Gray Metallic with Carbon Flash badge package and Satin Black full-length body stripes. Black Grand Sport Cup Wheels and the Tension Blue fender hash marks complete the look.

On the inside, the Tension Blue leather and suede interior will amaze. The two-tone seats feature blue accent stitching along with seat and steering wheel emblems and the numbered plaque featuring the 1963 Corvette Grand Sport is one of the best designs yet.

2017 Corvette Grand Sport Interior


The Z25 RPO adds $4,995 to the cost of a 3LT-equipped Corvette Grand Sport Coupe or Convertible and so the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport Collector Edition models will start at $80,190 for the Coupe and $84,190 for the Convertible. The ultimate Grand Sport Collector Edition Corvettes can also be equipped with the Z07 Performance Package which would add an additional $7,995 to the price.


Source:
Chevrolet

Related:
Only 1,000 Corvette Grand Sport Collector Edition Models Will Be Offered
Official Pricing for 2017 Corvettes is Now Available
Chevrolet Introduces the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport

 

Mid Engine C8 Corvette to Come with Dual Clutch Auto Transmission Only

Mid Engine C8 Corvette to Come with Dual Clutch Auto Transmission Only
Photo Credit: Car & Driver


Speculation is running rampant on the Internet these days about what’s believed to be the long-dreamed-about mid-engine C8 Corvette, predicted to be a 2019 model.

Car & Driver’s Don Sherman believes the new Corvette will have just one transmission available when it comes out in less than two years – a dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) from Tremec.

Sherman says Tremec – which supplies the manual transmission for the C7 – decided not to reinvent the helical gear used in DCTs, so to speak, and instead just bought a company that already knew how to make such a transmission – Hoerbiger Drivetrain Mechantronics.

Hoerbiger currently provides DCT transmissions for Mercedes-AMG, Ferrari, and McLaren.

That merger has led to Tremec’s TR-9007 family of transmissions that can be provided in rear-drive, all-wheel-drive, and transaxle configurations. Car & Driver believes that spy photos of prototypes of mid-engine Corvettes show that Chevy is already testing these transaxles for drivability and durability.

The magazine says the TR-9007 should be very capable of being used in a new Corvette since Tremec engineering documents show it can handle 9000-rpm maximum input speed and 664 lb-ft of torque, both of which exceed the current C7 Z06 levels.

The new transmission, with a die-cast aluminum housing, has seven forward gears, including three overdrive ratios, and a 5.6:1 ratio spread, and is described as “virtually dry wet clutches” by Tremec.

DCTs are more efficient because their helical gears (in place of a conventional automatic’s planetary gears) create lower hydraulic and friction losses. Because torque delivery is not interrupted during upshifts, DCTs can generally accelerate faster than manual transmissions.


Source:
Car & Driver

Related:
[SPIED] Spy Photos Capture Side View of the Mid Engine 2019 C8 Corvette
DETROIT NEWS: Mid-Engine Corvette Coming in 2019 while C7 Runs through 2021
Car and Driver: Next Generation C8 Corvette to be Mid Engine Only

 

Corvette Racing at COTA: Championship Leads Intact Leaving Austin

Corvette Racing at COTA: Championship Leads Intact Leaving Austin


Gavin, Milner increase GTLM Driver’s Championship lead

AUSTIN, Texas (Sept. 17, 2016) – Corvette Racing met its goal Saturday of a solid points haul to maximize its championship position heading into the final race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R placed third in a closely fought GT Le Mans (GTLM) class in the Lone Star Le Mans race at Circuit of The Americas.

Corvette Racing at COTA: Progress Made in GTLM for Corvette C7.Rs

Corvette Racing at COTA: Progress Made in GTLM for Corvette C7.Rs


Gavin starts on third row in championship-leading No. 4 Corvette

AUSTIN, Texas (Sept. 16, 2016) – Corvette Racing’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) championship-leading Corvette C7.R will start from the third row of the class in Saturday’s Lone Star Le Mans sports car race at Circuit of The Americas. Oliver Gavin qualified the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R sixth Friday for the next-to-last race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

[PICS] C7 Corvette Z06 Receives Satin Red Chrome Wrap

[PICS] C7 Corvette Z06 Receives Satin Red Chrome Wrap


Here’s a cool Corvette Z06 that underwent a transformation to make it a one of a kind ride for the car’s owner. And that’s always been one of the draws for people who want to own America’s sports car. The Corvette Z06 was the canvas to be customized however the owner wanted and he’s obviously a fan of Red and White.

With the addition of the Lamborghini style doors, custom two-tone wheels and a custom Satin Red Chrome wrap from Impressive Wrap, this Corvette Z06 could star at any car show. While you probably wouldn’t spot it out on the track for a high performance driving event, but it’s more than ready for any booth at SEMA!

Fässler, Rockenfeller Back with Corvette Racing for Petit Le Mans

Fässler, Rockenfeller Back with Corvette Racing for Petit Le Mans


Endurance teammates rejoin team at Road Atlanta IMSA finale

DETROIT (Sept. 15, 2016) – Corvette Racing is bringing back two endurance racing all-stars to rejoin its already strong lineup for the final championship push in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Mike Rockenfeller and Marcel Fässler will be part of the Corvette Racing roster at Road Atlanta’s 10-hour Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.

[GALLERY] Vettes and Jets on the Lex 2016 (58 Corvette photos)

[GALLERY] Vettes and Jets on the Lex 2016 (58 Corvette photos)


Over the weekend in Corpus Christi, TX., 400 Corvettes converged on the flight deck of the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay for an event known as “Vettes and Jets on the Lex”. The show has been held every other year since 2009 but this will be the final time that Corvettes will be hoisted to the flight deck due to the age of the elevator that lifts the cars.

We put a call out for photos earlier in the week and one of our readers responded with a fantastic photo gallery from the event. We picked nearly 60 images which are displayed below but you can go to OurVettesandJets.com to see all the photos from Phil Lewis.

According to Stephen, McCravy, events coordinator with the Corpus Christi Corvette Club who hosted the event, attendees of “Vettes and Jets on the Lex 2016” came from 19 states and as far away as Canada. The show broke a record for most Corvettes on an aircraft carrier and raised nearly $60,000 for the Wounded Warriors Project and United Service Organizations of South Texas.

It’s sad that this will be the final Vettes and Jets on the Lex, but the Museum says all that lifting of fiberglass puts too much stress on the aging elevator. The ship was commissioned in 1943 and was the oldest working aircraft carrier in the US fleet when she was decommissioned in 1991. During World War II, the USS Lexington operated in the Pacific and spent 21 months in combat.

Thanks again to honorary CorvetteBlogger Phil Lewis for allowing us to share his great photos!

[VIDEO] 1500 HP Twin Turbo C6 Corvette Clocks 204 MPH at Finland Airport

[VIDEO] 1500 HP Twin Turbo C6 Corvette Hits 200+ MPH at Finland Airport


This highly modified twin turbo C6 Corvette showed up at the Lappeenranta Airport in Finland for a few runs on the runway and the car clocked a high speed of 204.4 mph!

The C6 Corvette is said to have been dyno’d at 1,500 HP but has been detuned to 1,000 HP. Still fast enough to break into the 200 mph club. Or as they would say over there, the 320 km/h club.

[VIDEO] Watch a Robot Display a Corvette Stingray at a Trade Show

[VIDEO] Watch a Robot Display a Corvette Stingray at a Trade Show


If you’ve ever been to any kind of trade show, you know that companies are always trying to find new way to get the attention of attendees. And while SEMA has its booth girls, the folks at FANUC America has something a little more to offer those attending the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS2016) in Chicago this week…like a giant robot swinging around a C7 Corvette Stingray!

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