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Spy shots suggest that GM is working on a spicier C7 Corvette, but what is it?

Sep 05, 2016 - 9:10 PM - by TorqueNews
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Spy shots suggest that GM is working on a spicier C7 Corvette, but is it a new ZR1 or an improved Z06? Patrick Rall reports from in this story titled Is GM Working on a Corvette ZR1 or a Better Z06?

Some spy shots have hit the internet showing a C7 Chevrolet Corvette wearing the familiar clothing of a company test mule, creating the discussion over whether this mysterious Corvette is the long-rumored next generation ZR1 or if we the photographer caught a glimpse of the new-and-improved Z06.

Since before the C7 Corvette ever saw the light of day, there has been speculation as to how General Motors would be able to out-do the C6 Corvette. The combination of the C6 Corvette Z06 with the 505hp LS7 engine and the C6 Corvette ZR1 with the 638hp LS9 made for one of the meanest pairings of American performance cars ever. The C6 ZR1 was billed as the ultimate Corvette and with stunning lap times on tracks around the world – the ZR1 was unquestionably one of the greatest road-going performance cars of all time.

The “problem” with the C6 Corvette ZR1 was that with the arrival of the C7 Corvette (GM trademarked Corvette ZR1 again), GM would have to create a new super-Vette that would take down the previous ZR1. The arrival of the C7 Corvette Z06 seemed to be the answer to that problem, with a new supercharged LT4 laying down an awesome 650 horsepower and a combined suspension and braking package that made the newest top of the line Corvette a real beast.

Unfortunately, shortly after the new Corvette Z06 hit the street, owners noticed the loss of power when the engine gets hot, which has proven to have a major impact on performance when making laps on a road course. That caused many owners to question whether the C7 Z06 was really a proper replacement for the C6 ZR1 – and that brings us to the discussion of a C7 Corvette ZR1.

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Z06 TPW = September 26th!

Sep 01, 2016 - 11:30 AM - by elegant
September 26th 2017 Z06 initial production is again, a TARGET production week, and as well as know, it could move forward, or move backwards to the week of October 3rd. Thank you Mike Furman for sharing this information, for as we learned, he was one of the very, very few dealers last week to be awarded more than 5 initial Z06, TPW production allocations. Nice and earned reward Mike, for your always being among the nation's top five Corvette dealerships. With the week having zero Z06 allocations (including also no allocation for either the StingRay nor the Grand's Sports), next week most dealers with allocation will get their first 2017 Z06 allocations. For those dealers, we currently expect a Oct. 3rd TPW, though that could move to October 10th.

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Nice for all who have ordered a 2017 Z06 to know that later this month, the first customer ordered Z06's will be going down the assembly line, heading for their excited customers.

And for those who need a further reminder that TPW is just a "target," another way to think of TPW is tentative production week.

Best of luck to all who have ordered a 2017 Z06!
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Corvette Customer Deliveries Way Up

Sep 01, 2016 - 9:26 AM - by elegant
August was a terrific month for Corvette deliveries to customers, signficantly up over previous months to 3,063 units. True, major GM incentives and also significant dealer discounts were in place, but having the best month in a long time (probably over one year), is a good sign that owners are still wanting new C7 in their garages.

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Also true is that deliveries the first seven months of this year, compared to the same first seven months of 2015 were down 16.5%, but it shows that with the right combination of factory incentives and dealer reductions, approximately 20,000 new 2016's found owners' homes in this time period.

GM made just over 40,000 2016 C7's, so a lot more sales to go to clean up last year's inventory, with major deals are ahead, perhaps bigger than the large ones we have already seen.

Source: Media.GM
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Black Rose Starting Down The Line Today!

Aug 29, 2016 - 10:48 AM - by elegant
When I was talking with a BGA paint shop employee in the Plant last week, she said that they are awaiting the "Black Rose green light," that while they were told they were going to start painting the Black Rose cars sometime in September, they still did not know when.

Now, thanks to Mike Furman@Criswell Corvette, we have learned that one Black Rose C7 is actually going down the line today. That person originally had a TPW of September 5th, so all of a sudden, Black Rose cars are moving now.

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Congratulations to a person living in the Mid West whose Black Rose car is very probably in the first batch!

Thank you Mike Furman for that breaking information!!!
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2016 C7 Production: More "Numbers" On Many

Aug 28, 2016 - 11:43 AM - by elegant
Thanks to GM, with pictures credit to "Corvette ED" who took these at Carlisle, here are the latest GM released 2016 production numbers. Yes, far from a full picture, but will be interesting to some, especially the 1 of 1 owners, etc.

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2017 Corvettes@Carlisle Z06 Cooling News & Pics

Aug 26, 2016 - 12:21 PM - by elegant
Here are the pictures that we have been waiting for the new 2017 Z06 engine cooling parts and more (which is what Jag & I were told about a while ago but could not share until now that this is public info). The Powertrain employees call this "The Big Lid."

First a huge thanks to "6104696" for taking/sharing these terrific pictures!

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The supercharger lid is so tall, the hood liner had to be sculpted out compared to the 2015/2016's:

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And repeatedly now rumored in lots of places, though yet no official GM confirmation, that the reasons for this taller lid are that they either thickened the interior supercharger cooling bricks, and/or canted the rear ones up to provide better cooling to the rearmost cyclinders. Again, this is not yet fact, and awaits GM confirmation. (I appreciate the emails I got last night and this morning on this.)

Lastly, despite the rumors/questions/wishes elsewhere that the primary radiator might be changed, the 2017 Z's radiator is unchanged from 2015/2016. GM must have determined that their other changes (and there are more yet to be shared other than above and so far other place reported) will solve the cooling issue up to 100 degrees ambient.

Much more to come from Carlisle.
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2017 Z06 Spotted And More

Aug 22, 2016 - 9:16 PM - by elegant
Yes, the proverbial "in the wild" spotting. This confirms that there are no 2017 Z06 exterior-visible changes. Jag and I found this car under a parking lot street light in Bowling Green, with just enough light from it and our cell phones to closely inspect the entire exterior and confirm that even months from now, the only way you will be able to determine whether the Z06 you are looking at is a 2017, is whether it is Sterling Blue, Black Rose or Watkins Glen Gray.

First, confirmation via its VIN that it is a 2017.

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And now proof there there are not any additional hood vents for those who are still thinking that there will be these extra vents for better cooling. While we earlier today again confirmed that there will be additional 2017 Z06 cooling, none of its components can be seen from outside the car.

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This car has a Kentucky dealer license plate.

Finally, sad news for those who are wishing for the first Z06's to be delivered within the next month. Does not mean that ordering window won't open up this Thursday or next, but that the Plant is not, in my personal option based on what has been shared, going to have a 2017 Z06 TPW prior to the week of September 26th. Hope that I am wrong, and that the initial TPW's will be as early as September 19th for this model, but I doubt it.

Other things also learned today were:

* The actual number of C7 parts, at 4,725.
*Lastly, more sad news, that not one Black Rose customer car has yet to be painted. In fact during the public tour today, the NCM Tour Guide pointed out that at the tour entry point, that there is still a missing Black Rose gas cap on the "current model year" pole as the public starts their tours, noting that September will be the... [Read More]
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