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Corvette Customer Deliveries

Oct 03, 2016 - 8:47 AM - by elegant
We hear from several sources that Corvettes are not selling, piling up at dealers, especially unsold 2016's.

Today's GM data on actual Corvette delivered to customers does show that for the first ten months of this year, that deliveries to customers are down 13.9% for the first nine months of this year compared to last year (down from 26,398 units for 2015 to 22,719 for the comparable period Jan. 1 through Sept. 30th of this year).

Customer deliveries for last September were 2,572, however up this September by 10.0% to 2,839 units -- though with incentives.

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Bowling Green Assembly continues to be on overtime, so, so far, GM is keeping the pedal to the metal on production.

How about dealer stock of 2016 Corvettes? As posted by a member two weeks ago, he was surprised in his visit to a dealership that all of that large dealership's 2016 inventory was now gone. Another larger dealer told me that while he still has a fair amount of 2016's, that inventory level is manageable and selling all the time, down to less than 25% of his typically stocked units. That dealership was not concerned about 2016's languishing -- though as we have seen, discounts of up to 20% and GM incentives are sometimes what is taking to move the 2016's. One local smallish Corvette dealership that I visited does have three unsold 2016's and is concerned about little Corvette traffic other than for Grand Sports and for the 2017 cooling-improved Z06's.

The special edition, 850 unit Grand Sport Collector Edition is almost totally out, with some dealerships already having waiting lists for that specific modelas long as their "sold allocations," with all of one dealership's significant number of the GS CE's going for full list. Would not surprise me if there are exceptions to these special models going at full sticker. And there are still some GS CE's still available for purchase for the next month or so -- but those who love that model need to ink the deal soon.

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Which American Race Car sounds best (Corvette, Viper, Ford GT)?

Oct 01, 2016 - 3:26 PM - by meyerweb
To me, nothing beats the sound of a V8 at full song, except a Ferrari V12.

If Ford's 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 is Satan's buzzing swarm of locusts, and Dodge's mountain-toppling 8.3-liter V10 is a seismic weapon of mass vibration, I figure Corvette's 5.5-liter V8 is hell's megaphone.

Together, we have 24 cylinders and more than 1500 horsepower of GT in-car audio glory to share in a first of its kind: A three-way sound comparison of Michigan's finest racing machines.

Thanks to Corvette Racing, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, and Lone Star Racing, who let me strap my digital audio recorder into the No. 4 Corvette C7.R, No. 66 Ford GT, and No. 80 Dodge Viper GT3-R at the recent IMSA event held at Circuit of The Americas, three distinct forms of ground-pounding technologies were captured.

It's a small-block V8 versus cutting-edge forced-induction versus an almighty shrine of rotating mass locked in a war of audio excellence. Which one is best? Take a listen and let us know.
Original story, and audio files, here: Which American Race Car Sounds the Best?
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NCM offers new enticement for lifetime membership

Sep 29, 2016 - 9:19 PM - by meyerweb
Folks who are looking to purchase a new Lifetime Membership from the National Corvette Museum are in for a special treat, as NCM is offering a limited edition C7 Stingray welcome kit through the end of the month.
The kit features a “Making of Stingray” book packaged inside a leather sleeve, which is made of actual C7 seat leather and embossed on the back with the C7 crossed flags and verbiage denoting the special leather. The book and sleeve are both packaged in a box bearing the crossed flags emblem; it’s about the size of an owner’s manual.
To clarify, you don’t need to own a Corvette in order to obtain membership (but come on, you should). The kit is also available for those who wish to upgrade their current memberships to Lifetime status. Again, this offer ends September 30th. You can acquire your piece of Corvette history by purchasing a $1,500 lifetime membership via this link.

NCM Lifetime Members Stingray Welcome Kit | GM Authority
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Oh My! Not sure I like THIS Calloway C7

Sep 29, 2016 - 9:12 PM - by meyerweb
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Callaway AeroWagen Package

Although rear visibility might be a bit better.
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AAA Finds Top Tier gasoline worth while

Sep 25, 2016 - 12:49 PM - by meyerweb
AAA: Not All Gasoline Created Equal | AAA NewsRoom

“AAA was surprised to learn the extent to which detergent additives impact gasoline quality,” revealed John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “As advertised, tested TOP TIER gasolines kept engines remarkably cleaner than other fuels we tested."
“When it comes to selecting a gasoline, automakers got it right – TOP TIER gasoline performs best,” continued Nielsen. “By selecting a quality gasoline, drivers can minimize engine deposits, increase vehicle performance and improve fuel economy.”
Full report here:
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One Week with a 2016 Convertible Z51

Sep 20, 2016 - 9:39 PM - by meyerweb
One Week With: 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Z51 | Automobile Magazine

In summary:

Driving a Z51 Corvette in the open air—especially in the warm, salt-scented evening breezes along the sparkling Pacific—is a powerful affirmation of what being an auto enthusiast is all about. You’re in tune with the road and a bewitching machine, yet you’re equally attuned to the earth—the gauzy heaviness of the ocean air, the coolness setting in with the fading sun. Another upshift, another crack from the V-8’s exhaust, and you press on into the dusk, knowing that right now, right here, you wouldn’t trade driving this Corvette Convertible for anything.
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Grand Sport Collector Edition Info Announced

Sep 20, 2016 - 2:02 PM - by elegant
Thanks to Mike Furman (Mike@CorvetteFurman), we have learned a whole bunch of info about the GS Collector Edition. Most importantly, only 850 available nationwide, though Mike is getting a good amount of those. But even a top, TOP Corvette allocation dealer such as Criswell, only has a few slots available but not yet sold, e.g., just three remaining for purchase at Criswell.

Here are a lot more details about the Collector Edition thanks to our friend Keith at CorvetteBlogger:

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

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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.

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
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