Our friends down under may soon be able to buy a fancy new American car at their Holden dealer in Australia.
That was the word last week from Stefan Jacoby, head of General Motors’ international division.
Jacoby didn’t give many details about the new car, but he did tell Australian media this week that Holden will get a “halo model” after production of the V8 Commodore ends in 2017.
American Muscle is on full display in this video Jalopnik called “the drag race America demanded.” That is certainly true for Corvette fans who saw what happened when a Corvette Z06 with the Z07 Performance Package went up against a Viper TA in seven different roll races and lost.
In this race which takes place on the controlled environment of a drag strip, we got an example of a base aero Corvette Z06 (base splitter, no rocker panels and smaller rear spoiler) but still packing the potent 6.2L supercharged LT4 making 650 hp.
One of the modern validation points for benchmarking performance among sports car fans has become the car’s ability to put down a fast lap around the 12.9 mile Nurburgring in Germany. The Corvette Z06 has been there two years in row and in each occasion, the ability to lay down a complete timed lap was thwarted by the weather.
During a recent Question and Answer session hosted by Jalopnik with Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter, Tadge said they would only make public a fast lap that was complete and captured on video as opposed to offering a pieced-together “segmented time” which is what he says was all they have due to the weather. Of course, crashing the Z06 on the ‘Ring doesn’t help either.
Tadge said the Corvette Z06’s lap time at VIR’s Grand Course was 2:41.3, beating the C6 ZR1 by 4.3 seconds and then he threw down the challenge about the Nurburgring time which has been accepted by several members of the Corvette Forum – Do the Math!
When the doors opened to the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit last week, visitors to the Chevrolet area were greeted with an all new display featuring six 20 foot tall transparent screens that told the stories about the cars, trucks and crossovers through video and coordinated LED lighting and music.
Friday night at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, the first retail 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible wearing VIN 001 was auctioned for charity. Surprising nobody, the winner of the auction was Chevrolet dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick who paid $800,000 for the black and red Z06 droptop.
If you want your new C7 Corvette Stingray to speak with a German accent, German tuner Prior Design GmbH may have what you are looking for. They recently revealed their latest Corvette aerobody creation, the PDR700, a widebody kit featuring a new front bumper, spoiler and cupwings; rear diffuser; side skirts; front fenders; and rear fender flares that take the look of the C7 to aggressive new levels.
Texas-based tuner Hennessey Performance has been busy tweeking the new C7 Corvette Stingray over the last year with various packages designed to increase performance of the new sports car. Now that the 2015 model is out, Hennessey recently showed off the performance characteristics of its supercharged HPE700 package on a Corvette Stingray equipped with the new potent 8-speed automatic transmission.