2017 Corvettes Get "Updated"

Oct 28, 2015 - 6:23 PM - by elegant
Learned from a little birdie that 2017 Corvettes have already been successfully run down the assembly line, but the little birdie smartly would not share what is new about them. (GM takes its "be quiet about its future product direction" to its employees VERY seriously, i.e., want to remain a GM employee, keep your mouth shut -- not that I blame them.)

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And we also see one little sentence in this week's AutoWeek, which says that while the mid-engine is far away (maybe by 2020?), "An updated Corvette is expected in 2016", e.g., the 2017 model year Corvette. Thank you AutoWeek for sharing that in your October 26th issue.

Not that there was any doubt about my going to the 2017 NCM BASH, where GM typically reveals changes for the soon next model year Corvette, but now doubly-confirming, will be there to attend those presentation seminars and new model year "walkarounds."

BTW, while the little birdie was able to observe the 2017's going down then line last week, he/she was unable to see a single difference. Of course with the 2016 Camaro's power nibbling at the StingRay's, conjecture is running rampant that, coupled with start-stop engine technology, the 2017 Corvettes will have a power boost.

What so you think of potential 2017 updates(s)?

*To 475 HP ? To 500 HP?

* It's all smoke and mirrors, and the only change is a new color (which the birdie would have been able to see in its flyover (though maybe not if the new color is "Metallic Pearlescent White)?

* Start-stop engine technology (though most Corvette owners would instead think of that as "downgrade")?

* Changes in a body panel(s), maybe to include a full fendered Z06 (bye-bye disliked spats)?

* Upgrading the motor cooling system?

* Minor interior cosmetic enhancements?

* Infotainment improvements?

* OR?
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C7 Wide Body Version Available

Oct 23, 2015 - 11:15 AM - by elegant
Aftermarket C7 "Grand Sport" Equivalent!

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Quote Originally Posted by Motor Authority
It’s been a while since we last heard from Lingenfelter, but the tuning firm, based in Brighton, Michigan, has been toiling away on some interesting new products. One of these is a new wide-body kit designed for the seventh-generation Corvette.

The kit widens the all-American sports by roughly two inches either side. It consists of wider wheel arches as well as a new front splitter and rocker panels. Lingenfelter also adds a carbon fiber hood extractor to give an aggressive, tuner look. With the kit installed, you’ll be able to install 20-inch wheels rocking massive 335/25 size tires.

And to ensure that your C7 Corvette has the go to match its new show, Lingenfelter offers a supercharger package that even with mild boost pressure will see the stock 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 spit out 624 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. Along with the supercharger, in this case an Edelbrock E-Force TVS2300, there is also a high-flow exhaust system incorporating Kooks headers and cat-back Corsa pipes.

According to Lingenfelter CEO Ken Lingenfelter, the body kit and engine upgrade remains well under Corvette Z06 pricing, making it a good option for Corvette Stingray owners seeking a distinct look for their car plus plenty of performance but without breaking the bank.
Lingenfelter Unveils Wide-Body Kit For The C7 Corvette
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Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R Team Partners with Whelen Engineering

Oct 14, 2015 - 2:54 PM - by NickJ


Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R Team Partners with Whelen Engineering

- Eric Curran and Boris Said to Pilot Callaway Competition Racer

Old Lyme, Connecticut - October 8, 2015 – Callaway is proud to announce that Whelen Engineering Inc. will be the primary sponsor for the first of the brand new Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R’s. Beginning in 2016, the Callaway Competition-built racer will compete with the world’s fastest GT cars in a variety of racing series worldwide.

Founded in 1952, Whelen Engineering designs and manufactures premium quality audio and visual warning equipment for the Automotive, Aviation, and Mass Notification industries. With facilities in Connecticut and New Hampshire, Whelen products are designed, manufactured, and assembled in the USA.

Sonny Whelen elaborates on the Callaway-Whelen association: “I'm very excited about working with the Callaway team in Europe next year. They have produced an amazing Corvette that will be a perfect way to promote the Whelen brand. Our objective is to penetrate deeper into European markets with our all-American made emergency lighting and siren products. We believe that Callaway's presence in motorsports along with their commitment to quality and success will be an excellent fit and help us to expand our sales efforts in the European marketplace.”

Distinguished racers Eric Curran and Boris Said are set to pilot the first Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R. Boris has driven for the Callaway team since the 1990's, and Eric is a prominent racer with an impressive winning record. Among their other achievements, Boris has captured pole position at Le Mans in a Callaway Corvette and Eric recently celebrated major victories at Detroit and Road America in the IMSA Tudor Prototype Series in a Whelen Corvette.

Curran looks forward to 2016: “It’s really exciting to be entering into yet another program with Whelen Engineering. Sonny Whelen has been a close friend, sponsor, and teammate of mine for nine years, so to be venturing into a new program combined with Callaway Cars is a really big deal. All the guys at Callaway have been good friends for over 15 years and I've... [Read More]
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Interview with Tadge Juechter

Oct 08, 2015 - 4:48 PM - by elegant
Free wheeling interview with Tadge Juechter.

Corvette Chief Engineer on Why You Won’t See a Self-Driving Sports Car

Quote Originally Posted by Graduate School of Business, Stanford Unkversity
With 37 years at GM, Tadge Juechter offers a long-view perspective on the auto industry. (By Jonathan Xavier).

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Tadge Juechter, Corvette's chief engineer. | Andrew Trahan Photography
Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter never intended to work for General Motors. A teenage summer job on the assembly line had soured him on auto manufacturing, and Juechter said he couldn’t see himself at a big company where he was just another cog in the machine.

Yet when a college friend asked Juechter to accompany him to an interview there, he went along and interviewed himself, mostly on a lark. To his surprise, he got the job.

That was 37 years ago.

Since then, Juechter (MBA, ’86) has climbed his way up the ladder at GM, spending the past 20 years working on its flagship sports car, Corvette. In 2006, he became just the fifth chief engineer in the storied automobile’s 62-year history. In that role, he has final authority on the direction of one of the world’s most iconic car brands, and was the driving force behind 2014’s lap-time—obliterating Stingray C7, for which he was named Automobile Magazine’s Man of the Year.

Even with all the accolades, Juechter hasn’t been able to entirely escape the manufacturing work he dreaded in his youth. Like all engineers at Corvette, he spends at least one day a year at the company’s plant in Kentucky, working on the assembly line. With the benefit of experience, Juechter says he now finds it informative.

Corvette is the tip of the technology spear. What we do
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The September 2015 Stingray of the Month Contest winner is SEXC-C7

Sep 29, 2015 - 4:34 PM - by wicked

The September 2015 Corvette Stingray of the Month contest winner is none other than SEXC-C7! Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who submitted a photo and to all those who voted. We'll do this again in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!
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1st C7.R Replica@ Barrett-Jackson

Sep 22, 2015 - 11:56 PM - by elegant
1st C7.R Replica will be sold at Barrett-Jackson. Will it become yours?

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Following its tradition of auctioning first VIN Corvettes with proceeds going to charity, we are pleased to see that the first 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R edition will be offered this weekend at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction held at Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort.

The newest special edition Corvette is also one of the best we’ve seen lately from the Corvette team. The Z06 C7.R Edition is jam packed with options and content. Featuring a Corvette Z06 with the Z07 Performance Package and a 3LZ equipment group, the C7.R Edition is available in both Black and Corvette Racing Yellow and it can be ordered as either a Coupe or Convertible.

Chevy is only making 650 C7.R edition with 500 available domestically. Previous “Corvette Racing” editions like the ALMS GT1 Championship Corvettes from 2009 continue to be targets for collectors who have a passion for the race team.

Proceeds from the sale of the first VIN 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition will go directly to benefit the College of Creative Studies, a Detroit-based private four-year college that offers degrees in fine arts. Many automotive designers and creative types in Detroit went to “The College” and GM’s Design Chief Ed Welburn said this about the school who benefited from the first 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe with VIN 001 that was offered back in January 2013:

“When you think about the designers of this car. And the sculptors of this car. And the designers of all the cars here at Barrett-Jackson. Where did they come from? Many of them came from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit. One of the finest design schools, not only in America, but in the world and that’s where the money is
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Right Hand Drive Corvette?

Sep 18, 2015 - 7:56 PM - by elegant
Certainly not in America, but highly probable for Austrailia and other parts of the world -- a major about face for GM!

GM Promising New Approach on Engineering its Vehicles for Right Hand Drive!

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The decision won’t affect American customers, but General Motors says it has changed its corporate philosophy to include the engineering of right-hand drive capabilities in certain vehicles from the beginning.

While that switch won’t help customers in places like Australia that might be candidates for the current Camaro and Silverado if they were RHD, it does offer hope in the future that such vehicles could show up some day in The Land Down Under.

As GM Global President Dan Ammann told motoring.com.au at the Frankfurt motor show overnight:

“For a long time it [right-hand drive business cases] has been looked at on a very individual approach, which was we would develop something and then say the cost to do right-hand drive is prohibitive.

“The philosophical change is that from the outset on most major programs we are going to build in right from the beginning the capability for right-hand drive so that then entry-by-entry the decision to do it is not as expensive

“So that is a philosophical change. We are going from a piecemeal approach to a serve all markets approach.

“I think it is realization that the only way to do this the right way is to make the philosophical decision from the beginning to put the engineering enablers into the vehicles from the beginning.”

The decision comes too late to keep Holden from having an affordable V8 once the Commodore ends production in 2017. As we reported earlier this week, rumor has it that the Corvette will become the halo car for Holden with its next generation, though estimated to cost more than $100,000.

In the meantime, the Ford Mustang will apparently be left to battle it out with high-performance versions of the Dodge Charger and Challenger in the low-cost V8 market. GM CEO Mary Barra explained her company’s... [Read More]
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