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|Chevrolet plans to release more affordable Corvette Coupe by 2015||
After hearing that Chevrolet is cooking up successors to the Corvette ZR1 and Z06, there is a new buzz that the American carmaker is planning to release a more budget friendly Corvette that more people can afford.
The new Corvette model will be known as the Corvette Coupe and will be positioned below the new Corvette Stingray. Given the name, most likely the low-cost Corvette will have a fixed roof instead of the Stingray’s carbon fiber removable top. Recent reports say that this new version of the Corvette may roll out as a 2015MY.
Being an entry-level unit, the Corvette Coupe will not have the new LT1 V-8 engine with a displacement of 6.2 liters but instead have a 5.3L V-8. The output of this engine is said to reach 400 horses so there is a good buffer of 50HP between the Coupe and the Stingray.
The Corvette Coupe will also receive a different styling approach featuring less equipment. The new Corvette model will have new fenders, bumbers, and a fixed roof. The Coupe will of course not have the carbon fiber elements featured on the Stingray.
Chevrolet has not revealed the tag price of the Corvette Stingray but reports say that anyone who has the budget for the base C6 that has a tag price of $50,595 should have no trouble getting the Corvette Coupe to their garage. So most likely, the Coupe will have a price lower than $50,000 and that will go very well with fans and the tuner crowd.
|Report: New Details of Upcoming C7 Corvette Z06 & ZR1 Emerge||
The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has managed to re-captivate enthusiasts all around the world, even those who were never really fans of the iconic American sports car in the first place. Being that the Stingray has reignited the love for the Corvette; the forward momentum will not stop any time soon as Chevrolet appears to make plans for launching Z06 and ZR1 versions of the new C7 Corvette.
A report out of Motor Trend states that the C7 Z06 will get an updated version of the 7.0-liter V8 engine with as much as 600 horsepower. Then, things start to really get interesting in the report as it speculates that the next ZR1 could see as much as 700 horsepower from both supercharging and twin-turbocharging the engine.
Rumors have already circulated that General Motors is testing an engine with sequential forced-induction for powering the next ZR1 as well as the Cadillac CTS-V. Usually horsepower figures for the Z06 and ZR1 are respectively separated by over just over 100 horsepower. Naturally the next CTS-V will get a slightly de-tuned version of the forthcoming C7 Corvette ZR1′s engine as it does for the current model year.
As it looks, in technical retrospect, these numbers are rumored by Motor Trend should not be too far off from reality. If things start to go south below 700 horsepower with the range-topping C7 Corvette ZR1, expect the Z06 to get under 600 horsepower while the Cadillac CTS-V falls in line using the same horsepower gap numbers that we currently see.
Either way, the new C7 Corvette Z06 and ZR1 will be better performers incorporating a better variation of everything you see in the new Stingray with a hard-core edge on performance. We won’t see these American iterations of supercar bliss action in the new Vette launched out of showrooms until at least a year from now but for now, let’s keep our fingers crossed for that 700 horsepower mark.
|Even On Top Gear, Accidents Sometimes Happen: Video||
The British version of the mega-successful Top Gear is known for its elaborate stunts and incredibly high production values. While spin-offs such as Top Gear USA and Top Gear Korea don’t have quite the bankroll that the original does, they still do what they can to up the thrill quotient with (occasionally risky) driving challenges.
A recent episode of Top Gear Korea had host Kim Jin Pyo racing an AH1 Cobra gunship in a Corvette ZR1. We’ve seen this kind of stunt countless times on Top Gear, and it generally ends with the car losing to the military helicopter / tank / drone / jet fighter. This time, however, it appeared that Pyo crossed the finish line before the helicopter. While our Korean language skills are a bit lacking, that certainly sounds like a celebratory cheer from the Top Gear host.
And then, suddenly, things go very, very wrong. As the pilot of the AH1 Cobra executes a turn, his aircraft suddenly loses altitude and impacts the ground at a high rate of speed, disturbingly close to a camera car. If there’s good news, it’s this: no one, including the pilot, was seriously injured in the crash.
Sure, Top Gear in all of its forms is scripted, with the outcome of most stunts and segments pre-ordained. The really dangerous driving is left to experts, since hosts like Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are too indispensable to the series. As this video shows, however, reducing the risks associated with filming isn’t the same thing as eliminating them.
|Corvette ZR1 Dukes It Out with Ferrari 458 Italia & McLaren MP4-12C: Video||
The new Corvette ZR1, Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren MP4-12C are closely matched supercars. The three kings, as Road & Track calls them in their latest comparison video, are pitted against each other in a series of tests. Each of the vehicles has their own performance attributes and tends to lay down comparable horsepower numbers to the pavement through their rear wheels from a V8 engine. Road & Track took the three beastly vehicles out with the help of former IMSA champion Steve Millen and Hennessey Performance for some ‘testing’.
The 592 horsepower 3.8-liter turbocharged V8 McLaren MP4-12C is a one-of-a-kind supercar. The Ferrari 458 Italia’s 562 horsepower 4.5-liter naturally aspirated V8 screams just like its F1 siblings. The Corvette ZR1, costing over $100K less than its Euro rivals, remains to be the king of straight-line performance mainly due to its massive 6.2-liter 639 horsepower supercharged V8. Can the ZR1 hang with the European exotics in other tests? Hit up the full test video from Road & Track below to find out.
|2013 Lucra LC470 Revealed: 0-60 mph in 2.5 Seconds||
Don’t feel alone if you have never heard of Lucra Cars, let alone what the new 2013 Lucra LC470 is. Lucra Cars, owned by sports car aficionado Luke Richards and founded in 2006, is known for making barely street-legal cars birthed from modern Corvette chassis components and customized composite body. Weighing in just under 2,000 pounds, the 2013 LC470 likely powered by the Corvette ZR1’s 630 horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged V8, will sprint from 0-60 mph in an astonishing 2.5 seconds.
The new 2013 Lucra LC470 is a much revised variation of the outgoing 400 horsepower 2007 model. The new version features updated headlights, LED daytime running lights, a new exhaust system, revised steering wheel and console interior elements.
To give you an idea of how edgy the LC470 is supposed to be, just imagine the idea of Shelby using a light-weight Corvette chassis for his ‘project’ cars powered by a modern-day 600+ horsepower V8 engine. Lucra Cars has given us a glimpse of the new LC470 through a barrage of colorful renderings posted below.
|2013 Chevy Corvette ZR1 To Pace This Year’s Indy 500||
The C6 Corvette goes out of production later this year, so picking the latest Corvette ZR1 to pace this year’s Indy 500 is an appropriate send-off for the current generation. The 2013 Corvette ZR1 becomes the 23rd Chevrolet to pace the Indy 500 over its 96 runnings, and is the 11th Corvette model to do so. With 638 horsepower, the ZR1 is also the most powerful production car to ever lead the pack at the Brickyard.
Next year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Corvette model, and Chevy is commemorating this with special badging on all 2013 Corvette models built. Front and rear fascias will wear “60th Anniversary” logos, as will the “waterfall” panel on convertible models. Instruments and door sills get badging, too, and if that’s not enough tribute you can order up the Corvette 60th Anniversary package for any Corvette model.
Package buyers get Arctic White paint, a ZR1-style read deck lid spoiler, gray brake calipers, “60th” logo wheel caps and unique exterior badging. Opt for the Graphics Package, and you’ll also get the same Pearl Silver Blue stripes worn by the Indy pace car. Inside, there’s Blue Diamond leather upholstery with suede accents and logos on the steering wheel and headrests.
Chevy hasn’t said whether or not it will build ZR1 pace car replicas, but it wants fans to know that the Anniversary package models look a lot like the pace car. We suspect that a run of pace car replicas is also in the works, but Chevy has yet to decide on equipment levels and pricing.
|Matt Farah Tests The Top Speed Of The Corvette ZR1: Video||
The Corvette ZR1 is the fastest car that GM has ever produced, and it’s the closest thing to a supercar that’s still being built by a major American manufacturer. Stuffed full of 6.2-liter, supercharged LS9 V-8, the uber Corvette makes some 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque. Given enough room (and the right conditions), Chevy says the car is capable of a 205 mile per hour top speed.
The ZR1’s top speed is exactly what Matt Farah and The Smoking Tire set out to test at the Mojave Mile in the high California desert. Using a press fleet ZR1 Corvette (which we’ll never see here in the Southeast), Matt set a goal of 180 miles per hour in the standing mile, but failed to take a few things into consideration. The track’s altitude of 2,700 feet, for example, reduced the ZR1’s output from 638 horsepower to roughly 577 horsepower.
Did he make it? You’ll have to watch the video to find out, but let’s be clear about one thing: Matt either has huevos mas grande or a clear lack of sanity for pushing the double-ton in a press fleet car. Those of us who drive them (occasionally on the race track) know they aren’t exactly maintained the same way we’d look after a top-speed-run-car. Having a tire plug let go at 150 miles per hour, for example, would be an, um, unpleasant experience.
|Best Motoring’s Last Hurrah: LFA vs. GT-R, 911 GT2 RS, ZR1, F430 GT3||
The demise of Japan’s Best Motoring International – Hot Version video series was almost as sad as when Toyota stopped production of the Supra in 1998. The good news is that sometimes legends die hard.
Best Motoring put together one last race pitting the most popular modern-day supercars against each other. Those cars consist of the new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Ferrari F430 GT3, Lexus LFA, Nissan GT-R and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. If that list of supercars does not excite you then you have serious issues and may need some counseling from Tony Soprano. Hit the jump below for some Best Motoring action one last time.
|Video: Hennessey’s 755 Horsepower Corvette ZR750||
Out of the box, the $110,000 ZR1 Corvette gives you some pretty incredible stats, like 638 horsepower, 604 ft-lb of torque, a zero to sixty time of around 3.5 seconds and a top speed somewhere north of 200 miles per hour. Just a few years back, those numbers were reserved for cars with a prancing horse or a charging bull on their logos, with the accompanying increase in price. The Corvette ZR1 really does bring near-supercar performance to a broader audience (although $110k isn’t exactly blue collar), but that’s simply not good enough for some buyers. It’s one thing to show taillights to a Ferrari F430; it’s something else entirely to go toe to toe with your ZR1 against a Ferrari Enzo. Want to see a ZR1 capable of taking on Italy’s best? Hit the video below.
If you’ve got that jones, and if you have a sufficiently large balance in your bank account, Hennessey Performance would be happy to build you a 755 horsepower ZR1 Corvette. Dubbed the ZR750, the car gets its horsepower increase from ported cylinder heads, a hotter cam, a ported throttle body, more boost courtesy of smaller supercharger pulleys, a revised intake, headers and high-flow catalysts. The mods drop the zero to sixty time to 2.9 seconds (assuming you can get the tires to hook up) and yield a quarter mile time of 10.7 seconds at 139 miles per hour. The tops speed is increased to 224 miles per hour, and the zero to one hundred fifty mile per hour time is decreased by four seconds (to 13.1 seconds). Pricing isn’t listed on the Hennessey website, but I can guarantee the kit plus a ZR-1 Corvette will set you back far less than anything with a horse or bull on it.
|Blue Devil vs Blue Angel Drag Race Video: Corvette ZR1 vs. F/A-18 Hornet||
If you have ever seen the Blue Angels in action at an airshow, then you know just how awesome they are. Better yet, if you have ever been lucky enough to strap in the cockpit of an F/A-18 Hornet, then you really can contest to how much of a bad-assed jet it really is. The new Corvette ZR1 is probably one of the closest things you can experience on land similar to a jet fighter (excluding the Bugatti Veyron of course). MotorTrend takes the ZR1 (Blue Devil) out against a Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornet for a drag race to 100mph just to see who would really win. Remember, the ZR1 can reach 60mph from a standstill in 3.3 second in part due to its 638 horsepower Supercharged V8. On the other hand, the F/A-18 Hornet packs in over 32,000 lbs of thrust making it capable of mach 1.8 (1,400mph). Check out the video below and enjoy!
MotorTrend Editor at Large Arthur St. Antoine pits Chevy’s awesome “Blue Devil” — the Corvette ZR1 — against its toughest adversary yet: a Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet.