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C8 M-E "Is A Lock!"

Jun 26, 2016 - 12:02 AM - by elegant
Jalopnik has just declared that the 2018 mid-engine C8 is believed by Car and Driver to be a lock, and for those remaining skeptics (everyone always has that right), let us not forget that Jalopnik, on Nov. 11, 2011 published actual/accurate GM pictures of the C7, yes, more than two years before the C7 surfaced. So here is the latest Jalopnik article on the C8 mid-engine coming for the 2018 model year. The last sentence is sure interesting, seeming to say about their own article, "no sure we believe it ourselves."

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The mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette. It is as mythical and fleeting as a unicorn, or the new Frank Ocean album. For decades now—literally decades—General Motors has flirted with a mid-engined ‘Vette that could really take the fight to European exotics. It has never happened. So why is GM now spending $290 million to upgrade the Bowling Green, Kentucky plant where the Corvette is built?

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Why GM Is To Blame For All The Mid-Engined Corvette Hype...

If insanity is repeating the same action over and over again and expecting different results, are…

GM has been spending quite a bit of money lately upgrading its facilities, but today Automotive News reports the automaker will drop a pretty penny on the Bowling Green Assembly Plant—where the Corvette and only the Corvette is produced—for “technology upgrades and manufacturing process improvements.”

This, naturally, leads to speculation that the upgrades could be for a final-form Corvette with its engine in the middle of the car for proper weight distribution and the humiliation of Ferraris and Lamborghinis—not to mention the Ford GT that just won its class at Le Mans.

Could the upgrades be for that car, or
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GM to invest $290 million for upgrades to Corvette Plant in Bowling Green

Jun 24, 2016 - 9:26 AM - by jagamajajaran
General Motors Corp. to invest $290 million for upgrades to Corvette Plant in Bowling Green
Jun 24th, 2016

General Motors Corp. plans to invest $290 million to improve technology and processes at its Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Friday.

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“GM has a long tradition of commitment to southcentral Kentucky and to producing, in Warren County, the finest sports cars in America,” said Bevin. “This benefits our entire state, both as a source of pride and as a tremendous contributor to our economy.

“For 35 years, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant has provided jobs to thousands of Kentuckians and to hundreds of suppliers and vendors. We congratulate GM and offer our commitment to lending them support for this project and any others they may undertake in the future,” continued Gov. Bevin.

The $290 million includes a $153 million new project aimed at improving vehicle assembly line processes. Two ongoing projects at the Warren County plant — a $44 million, 36-job capacity expansion of the Performance Build Center and a $439 million investment in a new paint shop and other facility upgrades — increased by about $137 million.

“We are making technology investments that will continue to improve our manufacturing processes and ultimately the quality of our vehicles,” said North American Manufacturing Manager Arvin Jones. “We are putting Corvette customers first by building upon our world-class manufacturing process.”

To encourage the investment and job growth in Bowling Green, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in a special meeting in June preliminarily approved GM for up to $3 million in tax incentives through the Kentucky Business Investment (KBI) program. The incentives are based on eligible company investments of up to $153 million and creation of up to 270 jobs over 10 years.

KBI’s performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage... [Read More]
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'17 Z06 Order Guide Up Now

Jun 20, 2016 - 10:56 PM - by elegant
The 2017 Z06 ordering specs just appeared on line at the link below; just select the Z06 model in the upper right box (for each different page one, must re-select the model).

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While the ordering specs are now live, one can not yet order a Z06, nor are there any new specs listed. But hey, it's a start for those who want to put together their order when the ordering banks open -- perhaps in the next few weeks. Alas, 2017 Z production does not start until September 6th.

Model Information - Online Ordering Guide

For the latest spec changes for the Z06 (and all other 2017 models), please check here:
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336, 2016 Admiral Blues To Be Built!

Jun 02, 2016 - 2:49 PM - by elegant
Quote Originally Posted by National Corvette Museum

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On Tuesday, May 31 the National Corvette Museum delivered their first 2016 Admiral Blue Corvette. The car was optioned with R8C Delivery by owner Scott Sloan of Battle Creek, Michigan. It was Scott’s second Museum Delivery, and his second Corvette. The first was a 2006 Lemans Blue Coupe. “I really like the medium blue,” said Scott. “I sold the 2006 a couple of years ago and had decided back in December that I was going to buy a Stingray in February. But then they started releasing information that they were discontinuing the Laguna Blue so I decided to wait and see what blue would replace it.”

Scott had not seen the new Admiral Blue in person, only in pictures from its debut at the NCM Bash event. His car was ordered on April 25, 2016 from the factory through Criswell Chevrolet of Gaithersburg, Maryland – the third largest Corvette dealer in the country.

“Not every dealer was able to get allocations of the 2016 Admiral Blue, and there was only a two week ordering window for that color,” said Corvette Specialist Mike Furman. “We had a total of maybe seven Admiral Blue 2016s ordered through Criswell.” Mike shared photos taken at the dealership of a C6 Lemans Blue by a C7 Admiral Blue. “There’s no metallic in the 1996 Admiral Blue but there is in the new one, so it’s actually very close to the 2004, 2005 and 2006 Lemans Blue Corvettes.”

Ordering for 2016 Corvettes is now complete and according to Chevrolet Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles, they ended up with 221 Admiral Blue 2016 Stingrays, and 115 Z06s. “We are allowed up to three color changes per year, so Admiral Blue was our third color change for 2016. This then allowed us three more colors for the 2017 model
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Fastest C7 Z06 1/2 Mile Record

May 31, 2016 - 5:10 PM - by elegant
Here's the video of a Vengeance Racing C7 Z06 doing the half mile @ 177 MPH.

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Congratulations Vengeance!

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Get ready to listen to the beautiful sounds of the world’s fastest half-mile C7 Z06 on this Auto Evolution video.

The super Corvette, based in Georgia, has been tuned by Vengeance Racing, no strangers to the world of Corvette performance. They had to add some extra downforce to keep the car stable at high speed, which generated drag and slowed things down.

To make up for that, the 6.2-liter V8 — with its boost already dialed up — had to receive a 150 shot of nitrous, and the result was just what the doctor ordered to increase the car’s top end to a whopping 177 mph in the half-mile — best ever recorded by a C7 Z06.

Don’t expect that record to last long, though, as tuners are really starting to get it in gear as far as increasing the performance levels of the Z06. We expect to see those top-end numbers to keep on climbing, at least we can hope.
[VIDEO] C7 Corvette Z06 from Vengeance Racing Sets Half Mile Speed Record - Corvette: Sales, News & Lifestyle
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The May 2016 Stingray of the Month contest winner is dwward!

May 27, 2016 - 1:52 PM - by wicked

The May 2016 Corvette Stingray of the Month contest winner is none other than dwward with this beauty! Congratulations!
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2017 Corvette and Option Pricing

May 17, 2016 - 3:16 PM - by elegant
Thanks to MacMulkin Chevrolet, we have the just released final 2017 Corvette and options pricing.

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And here is a link to details on pages of option pricing.

2017 Corvette Pricing Released with Options and Packages! - MacMulkin Corvette - 2nd Largest Corvette Dealer in the Country!

Thank you again MacMulkin!
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