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Z06 7-M Convertibles Moving To Production!

Nov 19, 2014 - 11:44 AM - by elegant
Thanks to Mike Furman @ Criswell Chevrolet, we have confirmation that Z06 7-M convertible orders are not only being accepted, but now are significantly moving forward, with status 3000 just around the around. Criswell already has, right now, five customer Z06 orders at status 2500, where GM's defines status 2500 as:

2500 = Order Preferenced (or "Picked Up" or "Imaged"), Sent to Production

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This will do several really good things, first and most importantly, obviously, confirm that Z06 convertible orders are proceeding, and now that this "cat is out of the bag," will confirm what I and others all saw in person during last week's public BGAP tours, that there were two Z06 convertibles with the 8-speed auto transmissions going down the assembly line, with these two convertibles intermixed with saleable VIN customer cars (one was right after mine). One could tell that they were automatics, even from 20+ feet away, with their "chassis main line" build tickets having a very large "A" in its top center box -- as opposed to all the rest which had a large "M" in that box. It is highly unlikely that these were GM test cars at this point, and most probably were for Rick Hendrick who bought the rights to GM's first Z06 convertible, and/or for GM's internal collection --- however, no employees were willing to publicly talk.

Additionally, having another batch of Z06 customers (7-M convertible orderers) who have been on dealer's Z06 internal priority lists for months, some over a year, now getting their cars' orders moving forward, will help relieve the stress that even the top 5 dealers have been having in selling 7-M coupes, i.e., now another customer group who will soon be happy.

And, having taking this step, we learned a few weeks ago, though the exact date is yet still unknown, that the biggest Z06 customer group who have been waiting, those 80+ percent of Z06 customers wanting an automatic, the next and last Z06 group will start to be orderable sometime next month (as soon as on December 4th, though most believe not until December 11th); however, we just do... [Read More]
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Best Car to Buy according to Kelly Blue Book is the STINGRAY

Nov 17, 2014 - 6:20 PM - by jsvette
CNN ran a short article today citing the Kelly Blue Book of the "12 vehicles [that] provide the best value for your dollar according to the car experts at KBB." The Corvette Stingray was picked as the best sports car because it "offers power and performance as well as value with its good fuel economy and low depreciation."
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Corvette Enthusiast's Dream!

Nov 16, 2014 - 7:50 PM - by elegant
OR, Ten Days In Corvette-Heaven!!!

Was asked to write about my ten day adventure in Bowling Green. To summarize, for those who want the punchline first, met and "helped tour" three Florida StingRay friends who had never been to Bowling Green before; got out onto NCM's Motorsports Park track at speed; ate at Rafferty's and many other good BG restaurant; stayed at the home of long term Corvette friends (they have owned 30+); spent hours and hours at the National Corvette Museum; meet with StingRay Forums (SRF) members either getting their StingRay via Museum Delivery, or visited with them at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant (BGAP) while they were doing their Z06 Buyers Tours; saw and reported back as to their Z06's assembly progress for a couple of SRF members who's Z06's were being made (but were unable to do the Tour); spent 12 1/2 hours walking along side my Z06 while it was put together; had dinner with the BGAP Performance Build Center (PBC) Team Leader Barry Dennis; and, took seven (7) BGAP public and private Plant tours in addition.

If that is enough detail for you, please stop here, but if a BG Corvette addict, you may enjoy reading further. Here goes...

Way back around mid July, some of our Florida friends, who coincidentally own '14 Z-51's (SRF members "CyberVette," "LagunaVette" and "Ambrut"), all of whom had never been to Bowling Green before, decided they were going to have a long weekend adventure, to visit "Corvette heaven." A month later, they had made their plans, including buying the BGAP "private tour." They booked their flights, set to arrive in BGAP on November 6th. They told me about their plans, to which I casually and jokingly responded, "wouldn't it be nice if my Z06 were made around then, so when I do my NCM Buyer Tour, we could meet there? LOL." Fat chance of that, as likely as when pigs fly. At this time, still had not ordered my Z, nor had any real idea when I would be going to BG. Later learned that there could be a remote possibility of my being there around their trip, and a month ago that my Z06 build start estimate was November 12th. Annie said to me, "why don't you extend your trip, arrive in time to see them." Yep, you guessed it, for they landed at Nashville, an hour after I did on November 6th, and here is their arrival gate.

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1st Z06 Completed: 9:26 AM Today!

Nov 10, 2014 - 9:57 AM - by elegant

BGAP Z06 Update:1st Z06 Completed.

Or, "luck beats the heck out of brains anytime," for just happened to be in the right place at the right time as per below...

The line was not moving at 6:12 AM start of shift this morning, after Friday's frame-shop robot wiring failure, but did start at 8:46 AM. Z06's continued to move toward the finish line, with VIN 001, Rick Hendrick's black Z06 being the first one (no surprise) and it came off the line at 9:26 AM. Happened to luckily be at that exact spot as part of my public tour. Jeff LaMarche and other top BGAP Plant staff were there for photographs, etc.


The production rate continues to be just under 7 Z06's per hour. Saw a rainbow of colors, in fact can not think of a color of Z06 that I did not see.

In response to earlier-asked questions, splitter and skirts are not attached prior to the dealership PDI, so can not determine the specific appearance of the Stage 1 splitter. As noted earlier, EVERY Z06 spoiler is carbon flash metallic, regardless of whether it is a Stage 1, 2 or Z07 and regardless of whether one selects CFZ or CFZ.
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11/7 BGAP Z06 News!

Nov 07, 2014 - 3:23 PM - by elegant
Z06 News From BGAP!

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1). No Z06 customer cars have been completed. The line was shut down three hours early today due to a non-Z06 parts shortage. 121 StingRays were completed today.
2. First customer Z06's are scheduled to be completed on Monday. Talked with VIN # 011 Harvey Glueck about his DSOM II which he had come to see. Unfortunately, due to the temporary shutdown, it was way up in the rafters, many, many yards away.
2). The final production stage 1 spoiler looks just like Z-51 spoiler except that it is approximately 3.0" inches wider (going from extreme rear fascia width from side to side).
3. Earlier reports of 7 Z06's being produced per hour are accurate with the cars being intermixed with StingRays, e.g. first 1 Z06, then 2 StingRays, then 1 Z06, then 1 StingRay, then 1 Z followed by 2 Rays, then 1 Z followed by 1 Ray, etc., etc.
4. No more than 2 Z07's per 18 cars were seen at any point in the abbreviated tour.
5. Saw a MVB/test Z06 convertible. It was CRM with matching CRM front fender grills and vents. Everyone who was there had the same, immediate response, i.e., "it looks much better with contrasting black vents and grills."
6. Customer Z06's are scheduled to be completed Monday, though today's three hour shutdown will probably result in Buyers Tours' and others' Z06 production being delayed by that time.
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Paul Stanley's Custom 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Debuts at SEMA

Nov 05, 2014 - 8:28 PM - by TorqueNews
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Paul Stanley of Kiss got in on the SEMA action this year with a custom 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Patrick Rall reports for TorqueNews.com.

Although the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas exists to help companies in the automotive aftermarket show off their latest and greatest items for sale, there are two real attractions at the SEMA Show – big name celebrities and super modified show cars. At the 2014 SEMA Show, GM has their fill of both celebrities endorsing a product and gorgeous show cars, but one key show piece for General Motors is the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe customized by Paul Stanley of the rock band Kiss.

This unique 2015 Corvette Stingray coupe isn’t as heavily modified as some other Corvettes on the show floor, but the fact that it is tied to someone as famous as the lead guitarist of Kiss makes it a star attraction at the 2014 SEMA Show.

Do you see what I did there? The Star attraction…and Paul Stanley’s nickname with Kiss was Starchild. Hopefully someone got that.

“It was great working with Paul Stanley, because of his vision and passion for design and automobiles,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president, performance vehicles and motorsports.

Paul Stanley’s Custom 2015 Corvette Stingray
Unlike some other new Corvettes on display at SEMA this week, this 2015 Stingray Coupe doesn’t have a crazy carbon fiber body kit or a thousand horsepower engine all clad in chrome. Instead, GM built this car with Paul Stanley to show how gorgeous this new Corvette can be without major modifications.

“This car is undeniable in terms of its aesthetics,” said Paul Stanley. “And it is also a world-class piece of machinery.”

On the outside, Paul Stanley’s 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe wears a unique candy red paint on most of the car while the roof, rear hatch, rear spoiler, outside mirrors and grille insert are all painted Midnight Glaze Silver. On the inside, Stanley picked quilted parchment leather... [Read More]
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Automobile Magazine Stingray Longterm Update

Nov 01, 2014 - 6:41 PM - by jsvette
Automobile mag in today's issue (December 2014) updated it long term test at 11,647 miles, with the Stingray and positive comments including:
-took it to Traverse City MI a 240 mile trip that usually takes four hours but had 460 hp to use so it only took three
-went down to BG NCM Motorsports Park to do some laps- just about the perfect track for a new Corvette
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