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1959 Corvette Vs 1955 Ford Thunderbird In Classic Comparison Test 19
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet Videos, Classics, Corvette, Ford Thunderbird, Ford Videos, reviews, video on 11 19th, 2017


If you know your history and you like American muscle, this comparison of a ’59 Corvette and a ’55 Thunderbird might be equally if not more to your liking than most of the new cars getting reviewed these days.

Choosing between a first-generation Corvette and a Thunderbird is no easy task. Both cars are two-seat convertibles with V8 engines and manual transmissions, and both feature a lot of chrome.

When new, the Corvette was slightly more expensive, which made sense since it was marketed as a sportier car, putting down 270 HP to the Thunderbird’s 202 HP, and hitting 60 mph (96 km/h) in 8.3 seconds, whereas the Ford needed 9.6 seconds.

Despite all the Corvette’s advantages on paper, the Thunderbird outsold its rival by more than 23-to-one when it first came out in 1955. While Ford built this car as a direct rival to the Corvette, they also wanted to put an emphasis on its comfort and convenience features, rather than driving dynamics.

This comparison review, courtesy of Driving.ca, definitely highlights all these differences. In fact, the guys quickly arrive at the conclusion that, while the Thunderbird is quite a looker, it’s the first-gen Corvette that feels lighter and more agile on the road – not to mention faster in a straight line.

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Deal Or No Deal? 1995 Porsche 968 With Corvette V8 Transplant 17
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, Corvette, porsche, tuning, used cars on 11 17th, 2017


What makes this Porsche 968 different than most out there is that instead of its stock 3.0L boxer four, is has a 1994 Corvette LT1 V8 engine, complete with short ratio gear set.

Playfully called Gunther, it’s for sale on Cars for $13,000, has covered approximately 153,000 miles (246,230 km), although the owner says that its Corvette V8 unit has done less than that.

So if you’re the type of person who appreciates a big V8 over a 3.0-liter straight-four (which is what powered the 968 originally), then perhaps you and good old Gunther here could get along quite well.

Aside from adding the Albins short ratio gear set to its 6-speed manual transmission, the owner of the car also replaced the entire ignition system and installed a new water pump.

As for the interior, while the sole picture doesn’t really give us much to go on, it looks pretty clean from a distance, and those after-market sports seats certainly look as though they would offer a lot more support than the 968’s stock seats.

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2019 Corvette ZR1 Blows Its Top Off With Convertible Version 17
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Scoops, Corvette, Reports, Scoops on 11 17th, 2017


The fastest and most powerful version of the Corvette, the ZR1, grabbed headlines when it was unveiled earlier this week in Dubai.

However, Chevrolet is already planning a second version of the menacing supercar, as the images posted by Redditor Coonark00 show.

The photos reveal a three-car convoy seen in Florida a few days ago, and one of them is a convertible, with camouflage wrapped around its front and rear ends, a folding soft top, and a low wing.

“I fish down in the Florida Everglades, and I see these ZR1s testing fairly regularly. They come cruising by me, and often give me a nice throttle blip if I wave. They sound awesome”, said the man who posted the images online.

With Chevrolet bringing out a Corvette ZR1 Convertible, the move will mark yet another important modification for the C7 ZR1, compared to its predecessors, besides the targa roof with removable panels.

Naturally, the Convertible ZR1 will use the same 755hp 6.2-liter supercharged V8 of the Coupe, which is so good that Chevy believes it can lap the Nurburgring in less than 7 minutes.

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Chevy Planning Sub-Seven Minute ‘Ring Lap With 2019 ZR1 15
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chevrolet, Corvette, Nurburgring, Reports on 11 15th, 2017


Chevrolet’s 2019 Corvette ZR1 has finally arrived. However, no Nurburgring lap time for the car has been released. Don’t stress, it’s coming.

At the ZR1’s global debut at the Dubai Motor Show, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter told Road & Track that the automaker will attempt a flying lap next year in hopes of cracking the seven-minute barrier.

Although 2019 ZR1 prototypes have been filmed testing at the Nurburgring, they’ve never had a run at the production car lap record. In fact, Juecther revealed that Chevrolet only had a single day to set a flying lap during the German summer a few months ago. The firm opted to use the Camaro ZL1 1LE that day, as its development was more complete than the ZR1’s. It set a blistering 7:16.04 lap.

With all the advanced aero of the new ZR1, as well as its incredibly powerful 755 hp, supercharged V8, there’s no doubt it will be the fastest ever production Chevrolet around the circuit.

The previous-generation ZR1 set a best of 7:19.63 at the circuit in 2011 and beyond its power and aero improvements, the new ZR1 would benefit from Michelin’s sticky Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. A sub-seven minute lap would also make it faster than the Dodge Viper ACR.

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Should Chevy Build A Convertible 2019 Corvette ZR1? 14
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chevrolet, Corvette, Renderings on 11 14th, 2017


Technically, the new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 can offer a partial view of the sky with its targa style, removable top.

However, to some, this may not be enough to satisfy their needs, so until the automaker decides whether this model is a good candidate for a true convertible body style, XTomi has given it a go.

Having a Chevrolet ZR1 Convertible at your disposal likely means that it’s going to gain a few pounds over the regular one, but that shouldn’t really affect the still-to-be-announced 0-60mph (96km/h) acceleration. For what it’s worth, the coupe’s top speed stands at over 210mph (338km/h).

Of course, such a model would retain the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that powers the fastest and most powerful stock Corvette ever, making 755hp and 715lb-ft (968Nm) of torque, and coming with a choice of two transmissions: a stick shift with 7 speeds, and an automatic with 8sp.

Moreover, it would also benefit from the optional ZTK Performance Package, which adds more visual drama for an increased downforce, in addition to some technical modifications made beneath the skin.

So, should Chevy give the Corvette ZR1 Convertible a go?

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2019 Corvette ZR1 Sounds Like Your 911’s Worst Nightmare 13
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Videos, Corvette, GM, new cars, reviews, video on 11 13th, 2017


It’s official, the most powerful road-going Corvette in history is a bad-ass in more ways than one.

We saw the ZR1 break cover today, but those were stills. What we have here is a video tour of the ZR1 courtesy of Doug DeMuro, who traveled all the way to Dubai in order to check out the car.

Before giving us his take, the first thing we get to see is an exhaust sound bite, and let’s just say everybody is going to hear this car’s 755 HP 6.2-liter V8, every time it gets revved. By the way, the engine also produces a massive 715 lb-ft (968 Nm) of torque.

Now, if you like numbers, we reckon you’re going to love the ZR1’s weight, which DeMuro says is just 3,560 lbs (1,614 kg), almost identical to that of a stock Z06, only the ZR1 packs considerably more power. He also says that he anticipates the car to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in as little as 2.7 seconds, but we’ll know more once Chevy shares some more official figures.

As for the car’s many quirks and features, we learned that buyers will get a choice of two wing options (low and high, this being the high one), and that the rear wing can be adjusted manually. DeMuro also noticed that it’s going to be really hard for people to load things into the boot because of the wing.

This is also the most carbon fiber-filled GM vehicle ever built. Even the roof panel is made from this lightweight material, and by the way, it’s removable, so you’re basically riding around in a 755 HP convertible that sounds like this.

The all-new Corvette ZR1 is expected in dealerships in Spring 2018.

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Quench Your Corvette ZR1 Thirst With This 730HP Z06 13
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chevrolet, Corvette, tuning, used cars on 11 13th, 2017


Chevrolet let loose the 2019 Corvette ZR1 over the weekend, but a tuned example of the quintessential American sports car could be just as exciting.

If you’re interested in such a machine, then you should check out VOS’ Corvette Z06, which comes with plenty of upgrades, including of course, a lot more power.

By optimizing the ECU, improving the oil and engine cooling, installing a K&N air filter, and a VOS Performance exhaust system, the tuner was able to increase the total output of the 6.2-liter V8 engine to 740PS (730hp) and 960Nm (708lb-ft) of torque.

This makes it just 26PS (26hp) and 8Nm (6lb-ft) of torque shy of the Corvette ZR1, which is capable of reaching a top speed in excess of 338km/h (210mph).

VOS didn’t say how fast their Corvette Z06 actually is, but they’re willing to let you find out on your own for €119,500 ($139,391) in Germany, with 19% tax included. If you don’t have that kind of cash lying around, then you could lease it for 48 months, at €1,795 ($2,094) monthly with tax, with a €12,395 ($14,458) deposit and a residual value of €52,059 ($60,724), though if you do the math, that comes out to €98,555, which doesn’t make much sense…

Other things that potential buyers might want to know are the car’s first registration date – April, 2017, its mileage – 9,942km (6,178miles), and the fact that it features plenty of kit, including DAB, head-up display, automatic control, heated and ventilated seats with electric adjustment, reversing camera, targa roof, ceramic brakes, and others.

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2019 Corvette ZR1 Unveiled With 755 HP, 210+ MPH Top Speed 12
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chevrolet, Corvette, Dubai Motor Show, featured, new cars, Top 5 on 11 12th, 2017


Chevrolet has unveiled the highly-anticipated 2019 Corvette ZR1.

Billed as the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever created, the ZR1 features a supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 V8 engine that produces 755 hp (563 kW) and 715 lb-ft (968 Nm) of torque. It can be paired to either a seven-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet didn’t go into specifics but confirmed the model has a top speed in excess of 210 mph (337 km/h).

In order to hit these impressive speeds, the car has been equipped with an all-new front fascia and a “downforce-enhancing front underwing.” The model also features a unique carbon-fiber “halo” hood and four new radiators.

Two different aerodynamic styling packages will be available and the standard “Low Wing” variant is designed to deliver the highest top speed. It enables the ZR1 to generate up to 70 percent more downforce than the Z06’s base aero package.

The optional ZTK Performance Package goes even further as it adds a front splitter and an adjustable “High Wing” that provides an estimated 950 pounds (430 kg) of downforce. The package also includes Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tires, chassis modifications, and a retuned Magnetic Ride Control system that promises to deliver even greater cornering grip.

Speaking of options, Chevrolet will offer a Sebring Orange Design Package that includes a Sebring Orange exterior with orange brake calipers and orange accents. The package also includes orange seat belts, orange contrast stitching, and bronze aluminum interior trim.

The interior can also be equipped with an assortment of other options including heated and ventilated Napa leather upholstery, a carbon fiber rimmed steering wheel, a Bose premium audio system, and a Performance Data Recorder.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 will go on sale next spring and pricing will be announced closer to launch.

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Chevrolet Teases 2019 Corvette ZR1 Before November 12 Debut 10
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Videos, Corvette, Dubai Motor Show, Reports, video on 11 10th, 2017


Shortly after images of the long-awaited 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 leaked online, the car manufacturer has released a teaser video previewing the model and confirming its November 12 debut.

The video, posted on Instagram, shows off a host of eye-popping new features of the track-focused Corvette. Among these components is an exposed section of carbon fiber on the hood, a front grille with similar shapes to the Camaro ZL1, a large carbon fiber rear wing, and a new set of quad tailpipes.

As we revealed a couple of days ago, the new Corvette ZR1 will make its public debut at the Dubai Motor Show before heading to the U.S. for a local launch at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Beneath the skin, the 2019 ZR1 will feature a 6.2-liter LT5 V8 engine with an Eaton supercharger, not a twin-turbo setup as originally predicted. Power will sit at 750 hp and 680 lb-ft of torque. The new car will also accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under 3 seconds, record a sub-11-second quarter mile and lap Virginia International Raceway a full 2.5 seconds faster than the Z06.

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2019 Corvette ZR1 Surfaces Early, Could Have 750 HP 8
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Scoops, Corvette, Reports, Scoops on 11 8th, 2017


The first purported pictures of the Corvette ZR1 have surfaced online ahead of its debut on November 12th.

Posted by Corvette Blogger, the images were reportedly taken from Car and Driver and reveal the model will be equipped with an aerodynamic body kit which that includes a carbon fiber front splitter, air intake ducting, and a massive rear wing. We can also see a ventilated carbon fiber hood, a carbon fiber roof, and lightweight alloy wheels.

The rest of the photos don’t reveal much but they show the cabin will have an Alcantara-wrapped shifter and a flat-bottom steering wheel with carbon fiber trim. There also appears to be a carbon fiber engine cover and a glimpse of the engine itself.

The report says the car’s LT5 V8 engine will be rated at 750 hp (559 kW) and 680 lb-ft (920 Nm) of torque. This is substantially more than the Corvette Z06 which has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that develops 650 hp (484 kW) and 650 lb-ft (880 Nm) of torque. Thanks to the extra power, the model will reportedly be able to hit a top speed in excess of 210 mph (337 km/h).

Pricing is expected to start at around $120,000 which would be almost $40,000 more than the Z06.

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New Corvette ZR1 To Debut At Next Week’s Dubai Motor Show? 8
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chevrolet, Corvette, Dubai Motor Show, LA Auto Show, Reports on 11 8th, 2017


Chevrolet has been openly testing the 2018 ZR1 for well over a year but no announcement has been made about when the supercar will premiere.

Last month, Chevrolet informed its dealerships that production of 2018 Corvette models will end in just a few months and that production of the 2019 car will commence at the end of January. This means that the new ZR1 will be a 2019 model year car. Additionally, the American carmaker has confirmed dealerships will receive 2019 Order Guides on November 20th.

So, what does all of this mean? Well, it could mean that the new ZR1 will debut earlier than expected, potentially at next week’s Dubai Motor Show on November 14th.

Initially, it was thought the car would launch at the Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of this month. However, it wouldn’t make sense for the car’s order guide to be made public a full 10 days before its debut, as Corvette Blogger mentions.

While Chevrolet has yet to comment on the rumors, they aren’t all that far-fetched, even if the Dubai Motor Show seems like an odd place to reveal the new ZR1. Either way, an appearance in LA seems inevitable for, at the very least, the car’s U.S. debut.

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Corvette Lands On Toyota Yaris In Bizarre Canadian Driveway Crash 3
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Canada, Chevrolet, Corvette, Offbeat News, Toyota Yaris on 11 3rd, 2017


Both a C6-generation Chevrolet Corvette and a Toyota Yaris have been severely damaged in a bizarre crash in Brampton, Ontario.

Late last week, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services responded to calls after a Corvette somehow landed on top of a parked Yaris in a driveway after the sports car speared off the road.

Police are still investigating the exact cause of the crash but it’s believed that the driver of the Corvette lost control of the car, veered off the road, bounced off a tree and ended up on top of the Yaris.

Upon arriving at the scene, authorities extracted the 42-year-old Corvette driver from the car with serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries. Fortunately, the Yaris owner was not in the hatchback at the time of the crash.

Speaking to CTV News, the homeowner, Payal Mehta, said the family heard a loud bang and rushed outside to see what happened.

“We just heard a big sound in the house. We just came out and we saw the car – the Corvette – on our driveway, all up on my car.”

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Chevrolet Will Make Your Corvette Faster For Just $350 1
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chevrolet, Corvette, Reports, SEMA, SEMA show on 11 1st, 2017


For a mere $350, Chevrolet will make select C7-generation Corvette models up to a second faster around a racetrack.
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Chevrolet Will Make Your Corvette Faster For Just $350 1
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chevrolet, Corvette, Reports, SEMA, SEMA show on 11 1st, 2017


For a mere $350, Chevrolet will make select C7-generation Corvette models up to a second faster around a racetrack.
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Sweet 1957 Corvette ‘Air Box’ Displays Chevy’s History In Performance Options 31
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Chevrolet, Classics, Corvette, Reports, SEMA show on 10 31st, 2017


To showcase their 60-plus years of history in official performance options, Chevrolet has brought this beautiful 1957 Corvette ‘Air Box’ to SEMA.
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