The BBC Loves The Z06!

Jan 20, 2015 - 2:39 PM - by elegant
It is not often that foreign journalists gush over the Corvette. We got our first major praise when the British show "Top Gear" raved about it recently. Now the BBC is positively piling on. How nice!

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06:

"Here's how you tell when the tire's worn out," said Lee Willard, Michelin performance tire engineer, pointing at the wear indicator on the sticky, hot, scuffed Pilot Sport Cup 2s mounted to the Corvette Z06's magnesium wheels. On most cars, tire wear is obvious: the chunky tread blocks wear down, leaving the tread smooth. Drivers can tell when the tires are worn because lap times begin to swell as the Corvette starts breaking a touch wide in corners. Under racing conditions, this might occur over the course of combusting a tank of gasoline.

Vital Stats
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Base price: $79,990, inclusive of $995 destination
Price as tested: $94,770
Powertrain: 650hp, 650lb-ft supercharged 6.2-litre aluminium V8 engine, seven-speed manual transmission with automatic rev matching or eight-speed automatic; rear-wheel drive
Standard equipment: magnetically adjustable dampers, xenon headlights, eight-way power-adjustable seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, colour head-up display
Major options: Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, competition sport seats, performance data and video recorder
All this serves to illustrate that the Z06 – the track-optimised variant of the seventh-generation Corvette, which began production in 2013 – is a narrow-focus weapon that can be appreciated only by weekend track rats, right? Incredibly, no.

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StingRay Wins "Most Practical Car" Award!

Jan 19, 2015 - 12:19 PM - by elegant
In an interesting and surprisingly-positive twist, the 2014 Corvette StingRay was just named the most practical 2014 car by Main Street. Conversely, what a non-surprise, another award for the StingRay!!!

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The Most Practical New Car You Could Have Bought Last Year: 2014 Corvette Stingray!

If you're looking for a practical car, you're probably thinking about something like a thrifty compact; maybe you'd even eye a roomy sedan or a handy pickup. But what you should be considering is a Corvette Stingray. It's just the sensible, practical thing to do. At least from a value retention standpoint. Of all the all-new or heavily redesigned vehicles put on the market last year, the 2014 'Vette held its value better than any of them. Rather than losing half of its MSRP once it was driven off the lot – like so many vehicles do – the new-breed Stingray retained nearly 85% of its value, leading the field in value in '14.

"We saw some real big winners and losers this past year when it comes to used vehicle value retention," said Jonathan Banks, executive analyst at the NADA Used Car Guide. "The 2014 Corvette dominated other models by retaining 84.7% of its typically-equipped manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP), while the more practical Mitsubishi Mirage performed the worst, holding only 54.5% of its original MSRP."

So the 'Vette is your best value -- not to mention, it packs 455 horsepower. And with 17 mpg (city) and 29 mpg (highway), its city fuel economy is equal to and its highway mpg better than that of a Toyota 4Runner (22 mpg highway), though the 'Vette does list for $20,000 more. However, the 4Runner only scored a lower 77% value retention.
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Ho-Lee Crap! Prior Design's C7 PDR700

Jan 14, 2015 - 3:49 PM - by NickJ
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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray [C7] | Prior-Design PDR700 #Widebody Aero-Kit | Aristo Collection Wheels

Those crazy Germans have taken American muscle and "Pumped... It up!" The Prior Designs wide body kit on this black/black Stingray looks AMAZING and like it rolled out of the factory like that. The image above shows the German attention to detail, fitment, and obsession with power. They have bumped the C7 up to a reported 700 horsepower and in my opinion just NAILED the body work. Those hips look great and that front end... Oh my word. I need a minute.

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The Z06 Just Keeps Being Amazing

Jan 13, 2015 - 4:18 PM - by NickJ
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Pahrump, Nevada – The new Corvette Z06 makes us think of Clint Eastwood’s nameless cowboy in the Sergio Leone movies, re-armed with the massive Magnum .44 wielded by the hero of Dirty Harry.

This Chevy is the American product that grunts “Go ahead, make my day”, the unforgettable line associated with the fearsome and quick-drawing detective, Harry Callahan.

The new Z06 is the most powerful and fastest production model in all the 72 years of Corvette production, and can go toe-to-toe with rivals costing twice or even three times as much.

The Stingray launched the seventh-generation Corvette to great fanfare last year. It was named North American Car of the Year and Best Sports Car over $50,000 by AJAC, and went on to place ahead of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S and the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe – both of which cost much more – in the 2015 Car Guide/Guide de l’auto sports car shootout. You might say that a trend has been set.

A matched pair of magic numbers: 650 + 650
Think of the new Z06 as a Stingray on steroids: a pussycat in normal driving, and wonderfully ferocious on the track. This is an exceptional sports car, featuring all the virtues of its sister vehicle, that raises the bar in a very meaningful way in terms of power, performance, grip and braking, without giving up one iota of its peerless balance and refinement.

We found ample proof of this on a track at the Spring Mountain complex and a loop of desert roads through Nevada and Death Valley, California. Child’s play for the Corvette, in both cases. Almost too easy.

We are talking here about a car whose new LT4 engine produces 650 hp at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm, which makes it the most powerful power unit GM has ever produced. It yields a sprint from 0 to 60 mph (0-96 kph) in 2.95 seconds with the new 8-speed transmission, which – its makers claim – makes it the fastest front-engined production car on the planet. They promise 3.2 seconds with the 7-speed manual. Add a few tenths for 0-100 kph.

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Want Zora Mid-Engine Confirmation?

Jan 08, 2015 - 1:57 PM - by elegant
Yes, been one of the skeptics, though the "evidence mountain" that a mid-engine Zora Corvette is coming just keeps growing. Here is an early test mule, using parts of a Holden Commodore and parts of a Monaro Ute body to disguise it

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EXCLUSIVE PROOF: The Mid-Engined Chevrolet Corvette Is Happening!

Our exclusive mule sighting confirms that Chevrolet means mid-engine business.

Behold, mid-engine Corvette fans: The car you’ve waited patiently for Chevrolet to build has finally evolved beyond titillating concepts to the engineering mule revealed here. An 82-second strike by our recon op resulted in 15 frames before security narcs dropped the curtain on this black test car—with its two occupants still inside.

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Don’t fret over the pointy-pickup camouflage; more attractive attire will follow. Instead take solace in a cabin hugging the front axle, ample space between the cockpit and the rear wheels for the hot parts, and this Corvette’s crouched and ready attitude.

The nose clip is from Holden Commodore SSV (with even wider flares), while the cabin module, roof, and exterior mirrors are hand-me-downs from today’s Stingray. A Holden SSV ute’s sheetmetal wraps door to door around the heinie. The wing keeps the tail planted during high-speed runs and what could be more practical than the bumper-mounted 2x10 for shoving this test sled back to the garage when it breaks down?
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Corvette "Engine Build" Experience Returns!

Jan 07, 2015 - 10:05 AM - by elegant
It is pricey, $5,000, but for some, the experience of building their own Z06 motor is priceless.

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Exclusive Corvette Engine Build Experience Returns: Program renewed for supercharged LT4 engine at new Bowling Green build center!

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Chevrolet announced today it is resuming the exclusive Engine Build Experience for Corvette Z06 customers – the only program of its kind for supercar customers.

Starting in March 2015, Corvette Z06 customers will be able to assemble the 650-hp supercharged LT4 engine for their cars at the new Performance Build Center inside the Bowling Green Assembly Plant.

“Chevrolet recognizes the passion customers have for Corvette and the Engine Build Experience offers them a truly unique opportunity for hands-on involvement in the creation of the heart of their new car,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product manager. “It’s a chance to bond with their new car.”

The Engine Build Experience is selected with order code PBC and is offered on all Z06 trim levels. The $5,000 package includes a full day with a Performance Build Center engine assembly technician who instructs and oversees the build, a personalized engine plaque identifying the owner/builder and the date of the engine build, and professional photography of the experience.

After the order is submitted, personnel from the National Corvette Museum will handle concierge services for the customer, following up on the scheduled build date and handling logistics on the day of the build. The customer is responsible for travel costs to Bowling Green and lodging.

Upon completion, the engine moves to the vehicle assembly area of the plant, where it will be installed with the scheduled assembly of the customer’s
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2014 Corvette Customer-Deliveries Really Strong!

Jan 05, 2015 - 11:17 AM - by elegant
2014 was the best calendar year of Corvette sales in many, with 34,839 actually delivered to customers. December's actual customer deliveries, which included approximately 1000+ Z06's, was also a really good month. In December, 3,552 Corvettes went to new customer homes. So while some are touting increased StingRay discounts (true) more C7 Corvettes on dealer showrooms (accurate), and more used ones for sales (also true), all as indications that StingRay sales are getting soft, the most accurate measure of how strong 2014 Corvette sales have remained are the preceding statistics, e.g. new Corvettes sold AND delivered to customers!.

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[General Motors dealers in the United States delivered 274,483 vehicles last month for the company’s best December sales in seven years. Total sales were up 19 percent compared to a year ago. Retail sales were up 23 percent and fleet deliveries were up 6 percent.

“Chevrolet was strong in every segment of the market, from pickups and SUVs to cars and crossovers. Buick and GMC also had strong sales across the board, and our growth far outpaced the industry average,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “Everything you need to have a great month was in place: Consumers felt good about the direction of the economy, interest rates and fuel prices were low, and our dealers did a great job introducing customers to our incredible range of new and redesigned vehicles.”

GM’s unique three-pickup strategy – with new models spanning the light-duty, heavy-duty and mid-size segments – drove combined deliveries to almost 87,000 units in December, a 43-percent increase compared with a year ago.

Five GM vehicles – the Chevrolet Corvette and Spark, the Buick Enclave and Encore and the GMC Sierra – had their highest December sales ever.

Seven GM vehicles – the Chevrolet Cruze, Equinox, Sonic and Spark, the GMC Terrain, and the Buick Enclave and Encore – had their best-ever annual sales in 2014.

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2015 StingRay Award!

Jan 02, 2015 - 10:15 PM - by elegant
How about an award from an organization that has never given a car an award in their history....!

Business Insider has just named the 2015 Corvette StingRay "Car Of The Year."

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The new Corvette Stingray has captured a lot of awards since Chevrolet introduced it in 2013.

But here comes a first. The 2015 Stingray has just captured an award that no other Corvette – well, no other car ever, for that matter – has won because it’s the first time Business Insider has named a Car of the Year.

The business-oriented website was apparently so blown away by the seventh-generation Corvette that it started a new award, or at least we Stingray enthusiasts can say that anyway.

“The bottom line is that we wanted our first-ever Car of the Year to be an amazing machine when it comes to the nuts-and-bolts part of the story,” said Business Insider’s Matthew Debord and Ben Zhang. “It had to look cool and be a blast to drive. And because Business Insider is, after all, a business publication, we decided that the COTY should be significant for the auto industry — it couldn’t be a niche product that appeals only to enthusiasts with millions to spend on exotic hypercars.”

So here’s the judging breakdown.

The Corvette, as expected, drew praise for its bang for the buck and its much-improved interior, described as “modern, fairly luxurious, and yet purposeful.”

But it was the exterior and the monster that lurks under the hood that drew the most praise.

The styling was described as “truly remarkable.”

“From the angular front end to the square rear taillights, the car’s designers decided to take a bold detour from the curvy Corvettes of the past, without
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