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Mid-Engine Corvette Will Reportedly Skip Detroit But Offer A Hybrid Powertrain With 1,000+ HP 12
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chevrolet, Corvette, Detroit-Auto-Show, Hybrids, Reports on 01 12th, 2018


The mid-engine Corvette rumor mill kicked into high gear following the release of several CAD drawings in December but fans hoping to see the model at the North American International Auto Show next week are reportedly out of luck.

Hagerty is reporting the C8 will likely debut in Detroit but it isn’t expected to be unveiled until next year. This isn’t a complete surprise as Chevrolet recently unveiled the Corvette ZR1 but it’s disappointing nonetheless.

One thing that’s certainly not disappointing is the C8’s engine lineup as Hagerty is reporting the model will likely be offered with an upgraded version of the company’s 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine. The engine will reportedly produce up to 600 hp (447 kW) thanks to a higher compression ratio and a less restrictive exhaust. Other engines are expected to be added to the lineup after launch and the report says the company has expressed interest in a flat-plane crank V8 like the one used in the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.

The most interesting rumor revolves around a range-topping variant which would make the ZR1 look weak by comparison. The model will reportedly have a twin-turbo V8 engine that powers the rear wheels and an electric motor that powers the front wheels. This setup would give the model all-wheel drive and a reported output of 1,000+ hp (745 kW).

While manual transmissions have been a hallmark of the Corvette, the C8 will reportedly eschew them for a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters. That will probably annoy a number of fans but DCTs offer a number of benefits including improved acceleration.

The manual transmission might not make the jump to the next-generation, but GM’s focus on lightweight construction surely will. The report says the car will use a hydroformed aluminum space frame chassis as well as lightweight components such as carbon fiber and magnesium. We can also expect carbon-ceramic brakes and lightweight fiberglass springs.

There have been constant rumors about how much the mid-engine Corvette will cost but the latest report says pricing will start at around $70,000.

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800+ HP Genovation GXE Debuts At CES 9
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in CES, Chevrolet, Corvette, Electric Vehicles on 01 9th, 2018


Genovation has used the Consumer Electronics Show to introduce its new GXE.

Based on the Chevrolet Corvette, the GXE has a modestly revised exterior with a new front fascia that features integrated LED lighting units. The car has also been equipped with a rear wing, a massive diffuser, and carbon fiber wheels that are backed up by a Brembo carbon ceramic braking system.

The GXE has an eye-catching appearance thanks in part to its stylish paint job which can consist of “up to 15 individual coatings of paint to ensure a deep, durable and sustainable finish.” The company also says each model will be painted a bespoke color to “meet the customer’s wish for a unique vehicle.”

The unique styling continues in the cabin as drivers will find leather and Alcantara upholstery as well as a new infotainment system and a Harman audio system.

Genovation declined to release detailed performance specifications but the company said the car has “state-of-the-art batteries, inverters and electric twin-motors.” The motors produce more than 800 hp (596 kW) and 700 lb-ft (948 Nm) of torque. This enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than three seconds and hit a top speed in excess of 220 mph (354 km/h).

Owners can order the car with either a seven-speed manual or a paddle-shift automatic gearbox. Regardless of which transmission is selected, Genovation says drivers can expect to travel more than 175 miles (281 km) on a single charge during normal driving conditions.

Production will be limited to 75 units and pricing starts at $750,000. The first deliveries are scheduled for later this year.

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Callaway’s Sexy Z06 Aerowagen Taken To Its Limits At A Circuit 9
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Callaway, Chevrolet Videos, Corvette, Film, tuning, video on 01 9th, 2018


The Chevrolet Corvette SC757 Z06 Aerowagen from Callaway defines the phrase ‘weird and wonderful.’

For the most part, the heavily-modified Corvette is quite similar to a ‘regular’ Z06, the key difference being that its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine has been equipped with a Power Kit that bumps grunt up to 757 hp and 775 lb-ft (1050 Nm) of torque.

However, it isn’t just the powertrain that makes the Aerowagen unique. What distinguishes it from all other Corvettes is the hatch conversion which transforms the American supercar into an exceptionally sleek Shooting Brake that isn’t about practicality and instead solely about looking good.

The car was revealed in early 2017 and Motor Week recently had the opportunity to test out the supercar on a circuit.

If you thought the Aerowagen looked good standing still, just wait and till you see it on the move!

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Pair Of Le Mans-Winning Corvettes Meet At Thermal Club 6
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Chevrolet Videos, Classics, Corvette, Film, Le Mans, racing, video on 01 6th, 2018


When a personal car collection includes both the first Corvette that ever raced in Le Mans along with the last one, you have to bring those two together on a race track.

Bruce Meyer is the man that holds the keys to both the iconic Briggs-Cunningham C1 Corvette that raced in Le Mans in 1960 and a C6.R that won its class in 2009.

The C1 is the #2 car entered by the Cunningham team in Le Mans but failed to finish the 1960 race, but another C1 from the same team managed to score the victory in its class.

“I’ve always been a hot-rodder, a bit of a patriot and I love to see the American dominance in sports, and in motorsports,” said Meyer to Petrolicious. “I love the American effort at Le Mans, and I decided to go see if I could find one of the original Le Mans Corvettes. So my first entry was with the C1 Corvette, and this was the very first Corvette to ever run Le Mans.”

Meyer’s C6.R is chassis 007 and comes with an impressive racing history. Despite the obvious advances in aerodynamics and chassis engineering, the racing Corvette’s recipe retained the simple but always effective formula of a big, powerful engine, just like the C1 did.

“In its career, it raced 15 races, and of those 15 it finished 1st in 10 of them, and when it didn’t finish first, in four of them it finished 2nd, and one time it DNF’d,” Meyer added. “So it’s come through unscathed, and as you see it today, is exactly how it finished Le Mans in 2009.”

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Electric Genovation GXE Headed To CES, Now Rated At 800 HP 27
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in CES, Chevrolet, Corvette, Electric Vehicles on 12 27th, 2017


We haven’t heard much from Genovation lately but the company has just announced plans to showcase the GXE at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 9th.

Previewed by an assortment of different prototypes, the production model is even more powerful than expected as the modified Corvette has an electric powertrain that produces 800 hp (596 kW) and 700 lb-ft (948 Nm) of torque. This will reportedly enable the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than three seconds before hitting a top speed in excess of 220 mph (354 km/h).

Additional information will likely be released at the show but in 2016 the company announced the car would cost $750,000 and have a powertrain that produced 660 hp (492 kW) and 600 lb-ft (812 Nm) of torque. Production was said to be limited to 75 units and the model was expected to have a range of approximately 130 miles (209 km).

Earlier this year, it was announced that the performance figures had climbed to exceed 700 hp (522 kW) and 600 lb-ft (812 Nm) of torque while range had increased to 150 miles (241 km) during normal driving operation.

The car is slated to be launched in 2019 and it will be offered with either a seven-speed manual transmission or a paddle-shifting automatic gearbox.

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New CAD Image Reveals The Mid-Engine Corvette’s Twin-Turbo V8 27
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chevrolet, Corvette, Reports on 12 27th, 2017


A new CAD image of the mid-engine C8 Chevrolet Corvette has just leaked online, this time revealing what’s thought to be the supercar’s twin-turbo V8.

First published on Twitter, the image clearly shows two large turbochargers and dual overhead cams. Apparently, the engine will be dubbed the LT7 and according to previous reports, be offered alongside at least two other powertrains, one of which was revealed in previous CAD images.

The twin-turbo LT7 V8 will most likely act as the range-topping powertrain and could conceivably deliver over 700 hp, giving the mid-engine Corvette a significant power advantage over the Ford GT, and enough to rival established European supercars.

Beyond the new range of engines set to be made available, the C8 Corvette will be underpinned by a new platform and will feature a plethora of composite materials throughout its construction. Several roof options, including fixed, targa, and a full-glass option are on the cards.

Production of the C8 Corvette should commence in January 2019 with deliveries starting shortly after. Production of the C7 may continue until 2021.

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CR Owners Survey Lists Top 5 Most Satisfying New Cars 24
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Consumer Reports, Corvette, Dodge Challenger, Ford F-Series, Honda Odyssey, Lincoln Continental, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Tesla Model X, Toyota Prius, video on 12 24th, 2017


Whether you’re a petrolhead or not, there aren’t many things as enjoyable as buying a new car, but choosing among the plethora of models that are out there could prove to be quite difficult.

Enter Consumer Reports and their new study, which might make this task a bit easier.

Based on data collected from owners, who rated their rides in six categories that include driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems, and to answer the ultimate question, which is whether they would buy or lease it again, CR has put together the five most satisfying new cars on sale in the U.S. market right now.

#1 Tesla Model S

Elon Musk’s all-electric executive saloon is the car that put most smiles on the faces of consumers, with 92.5 percent of them saying that they would gladly buy it again. The Model S impressed buyers with its styling, comfort, and driving, managing to become more desirable than some highly established sports cars.

#2 Porsche 911

This brings us to number 2, the Porsche 911, with its impressive driving credentials, interior comfort, and great styling that has evolved over the years, yet it’s instantly recognizable. The sports car from Stuttgart is great as a daily driver, too, and in the publication’s survey came right under the Tesla Model S, with 92.1 percent of buyers admitting that they would happily choose one again.

#3 Chevrolet Corvette

The bronze medal goes to an all-time American classic that’s getting ready to be replaced by an entirely new generation that ditches the front-engine for a mid-engine layout when it comes out next year. However, until the C8 arrives, the Corvette C7 wowed 91.2 percent of its owners, who love the way it drives and consider it great value for money.

#4 Lincoln Continental

Missing the podium by an inch is the Lincoln Continental, which scored 91 percent in owner satisfaction. Unveiled at the beginning of the year, it shares its nuts and bolts with the Ford Fusion (or Mondeo in other markets), has a very imposing design, is tech-friendly and made its owners appreciate its comfort, driving characteristics, equipment and spacious cabin.

#5 Ford F-350

You might have noticed that, so far, that no crossovers, SUVs or pickups have made it on the list, which given their popularity, is remarkable. In fact, just one made it to CR’s number five, namely the Ford F-350. No less than 90 percent of the Blue Oval’s trusty heavy-duty truck owners say that they would absolutely buy it again, as they were impressed with the driving experience and rugged styling.

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Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible Looks Mighty Menacing On The Road 22
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Videos, Corvette, video on 12 22nd, 2017


Just a couple of weeks after premiering at the LA Auto Show, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible has been filmed up close while driving in the U.S.

This particular clip was filmed in Bowling Green and shows the dark blue pre-production ZR1 Convertible testing on the I-65. Sitting behind the wheel was Corvette product marketing manager Harlan Charles.

Sales of the ZR1 Convertible, as well as the Coupe, will commence next Spring. In the meantime, Chevrolet will put the final touches on the supercar, ensuring that it is capable of competing with the industry’s finest.

Sitting under the hood of the ZR1 is a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine delivering 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet says the car will hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in under 3 seconds, complete the quarter mile in the high 10-second range, and sprint to over 210 mph (337 km/h).

Prices for the ZR1 Convertible start at $123,995 while the new ZR1 Coupe is slightly cheaper at $119,950.

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GM Confirms That Leaked C8 Corvette CAD Images Are Real 19
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Corvette, GM, Reports on 12 19th, 2017


General Motors has inadvertently confirmed that recently-leaked CAD designs of the C8 Corvette are indeed genuine.

Last week, the revealing images, detailing components including the vehicle’s engine and suspension systems, emerged online through the Corvette Forum. At the time, it was impossible to confirm whether or not the designs were directly from GM.

However, the American automaker recently reached out to Jalopnik asking them to remove an article posted with the designs. Additionally, General Motors was able to have these designs removed from a Jalopnik Facebook post after sending a Digital Millennium Copyright Act request through to the social media network.

Perhaps unknowingly, GM has admitted that the brand is the owner of the CAD designs.

Try as General Motors might, the mid-engine Corvette is perhaps the worst kept secret in the auto industry. Spy shots of the car have been circulating for the better part of three years and throughout 2017, images have shown the Corvette’s development progressing at a steady rate.

Sources claim that Chevrolet will offer the C8 Corvette with three different powertrains, including the LT2, LT6, and LT7, one of which will be a hybrid. Production of the supercar is expected to commence in January 2019.

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2019 Chevrolet Corvette Pricing To Start At $56,590 15
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chevrolet, Corvette, prices, Reports on 12 15th, 2017


There’s a mid-engined Corvette coming our way, but until it arrives, Chevrolet will keep selling the current models throughout the 2019MY.

And while the car marque remains tight-lipped when it comes to pricing, CorvetteActionCenter have gotten their hands on some figures, thanks to MacMulkin Chevrolet, revealing that the cheapest variant will start from $56,590, delivery fee included.

The shipping charge has increased by $100, compared to the 2018MY, but that’s pretty much the only novelty when it comes to the base and mid-range models, as these will continue to soldier on, carrying identical prices, as per the list that can be downloaded from here.

The highly desirable Corvette ZR1 Coupe and ZR1 Convertible will become available from $119,995 and $123,995, respectively, once they go on sale next spring. Both numbers include the delivery fee, but not the gas-guzzler tax, whose price has yet to be determined.

Equipping your new ZR1 with the 3ZR Package will set you back another $10,000, whereas the ZTK Performance Package comes in at a cool $2,995. The ZLZ Sebring Orange Design Package costs a further $6,995, and for the wheel finish alone, which can be either Carbon Flash, Satin Graphite or Chrome Aluminum, Chevy’s asking $495, $595 and $1,995, respectively.

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New CAD Drawings Appear To Show The Corvette C8 And Its Engine 14
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chevrolet, Corvette, Reports on 12 14th, 2017


Chevrolet recently unveiled the Corvette ZR1 and although it features a supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 V8 engine and a top speed in excess of 210 mph (337 km/h), everyone’s anxiously awaiting the 2020 Corvette C8.

The mid-engine model promises to change everything we know about the Corvette and we might be learning more about the car thanks to several CAD drawings that recently surfaced on Corvette Forum. The original poster quickly deleted the images but not before Firebirdfan was able to save them for posterity’s sake.

While the images might not look that exciting to an untrained eye, Firebirdfan notes they show the car has coil springs and several components which appear to be an evolution of parts used on the Corvette C7. We can also see massive brake discs and a glimpse of the car’s powertrain which reportedly features an LT1 engine.

While it would be hard to confirm the authenticity of these images, someone put a lot of time and effort into creating them so it seems possible that these could be the real deal. However, we shouldn’t expect confirmation from General Motors anytime soon.

H/T to Jalopnik

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Corvette Will Be The Last Chevy To Adopt Autonomous Features 14
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Chevrolet, Corvette, Reports, Tech on 12 14th, 2017


Like Porsche, Chevrolet is in no rush to offer semi-autonomous driving systems to its performance cars, namely the Corvette.

Speaking to GM Authority at the recent LA Auto Show, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter said the Corvette will probably be the last Chevrolet vehicle to adopt self-driving technologies. After all, it is a car designed around the driver.

“The whole purpose of the Corvette is to enjoy driving it. So, (Corvette) will probably be the last to adopt the autonomous technologies. In fact, we don’t even have adaptive cruise on the car… we try to lean down the content to just what’s necessary for driving, and we expect the person driving it to want to drive it.

“So between that, and adding all of the additional content (for adaptive cruise)… it requires the sensors to be in front end, which can block airflow. We don’t have a lot of spare airflow, so all of these choices come down to a balance of attributes across the whole car,” Juechter said.

However, Chevrolet seems aware of the inevitability of such technologies eventually finding their way into the Corvette. According to Juechter, this could come in the form of a system that teaches a driver the fastest line around a racetrack, much like Porsche’s recently-discussed ‘Mark Webber’ mode that could be used by future generations of the 911.

“There could someday be use for some of these autonomous features. One of my favorite is a ‘track learn’… a setting where you could dial an assistance, like a driving instructor in the passenger seat.

“If you’re driving off the line, they’ll reach over to the wheel and tug you back… I can imagine using some of these features as a track learn. Everything from giving you a nudge when you’re not in the right place, to a hands-off, show-me-the-line as fast as the car will go,” he said.

Although Juechter failed to give a timeframe for when such a system could see the light of day, it inevitably won’t be implemented into the existing seventh-generation Corvette. Instead, self-driving tech could make an appearance roughly half-way through the production run of the eighth-generation, mid-engine Corvette.

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Corvette Will Be The Last Chevy To Adopt Autonomous Features 14
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Chevrolet, Corvette, Reports, Tech on 12 14th, 2017


Like Porsche, Chevrolet is in no rush to offer semi-autonomous driving systems to its performance cars, namely the Corvette.

Speaking to GM Authority at the recent LA Auto Show, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter said the Corvette will probably be the last Chevrolet vehicle to adopt self-driving technologies. After all, it is a car designed around the driver.

“The whole purpose of the Corvette is to enjoy driving it. So, (Corvette) will probably be the last to adopt the autonomous technologies. In fact, we don’t even have adaptive cruise on the car… we try to lean down the content to just what’s necessary for driving, and we expect the person driving it to want to drive it.

“So between that, and adding all of the additional content (for adaptive cruise)… it requires the sensors to be in front end, which can block airflow. We don’t have a lot of spare airflow, so all of these choices come down to a balance of attributes across the whole car,” Juechter said.

However, Chevrolet seems aware of the inevitability of such technologies eventually finding their way into the Corvette. According to Juechter, this could come in the form of a system that teaches a driver the fastest line around a racetrack, much like Porsche’s recently-discussed ‘Mark Webber’ mode that could be used by future generations of the 911.

“There could someday be use for some of these autonomous features. One of my favorite is a ‘track learn’… a setting where you could dial an assistance, like a driving instructor in the passenger seat.

“If you’re driving off the line, they’ll reach over to the wheel and tug you back… I can imagine using some of these features as a track learn. Everything from giving you a nudge when you’re not in the right place, to a hands-off, show-me-the-line as fast as the car will go,” he said.

Although Juechter failed to give a timeframe for when such a system could see the light of day, it inevitably won’t be implemented into the existing seventh-generation Corvette. Instead, self-driving tech could make an appearance roughly half-way through the production run of the eighth-generation, mid-engine Corvette.

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Hennessey To Boost 2019 Corvette ZR1 To 1200 HP 11
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chevrolet, Corvette, Hennessey, Reports, tuning on 12 11th, 2017


Although most of us are still trying to wrap our heads around the insane 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Hennessey Performance has announced three upcoming packages for the supercar, one of which promises to deliver 1,200 hp.

The entry-level kit, dubbed the HPE850 upgrade, will see the LT5 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine equipped with a lower pulley upgrade, high flow cylinder heads, upgraded valve springs, intakes and exhaust valves, new air induction system, stainless steel heads, stainless steel midpipes, custom camshafts, and high-flow catalytic converters.

With these mechanical upgrades working alongside software tweaks, the upgrade will lift power from 750 hp to 850 hp, resulting in a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) time of roughly 2.6 seconds and a 10.3 second quarter mile at 136 mph.

Next in the range will be the HPE1000 package. Utilizing many similar upgrades to the HPE850 package but some add-ons, including a new supercharger and intercooler, the car should reach 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, run the quarter mile in 9.7 seconds at 147 mph and exceed 220 mph, all thanks to 1000 hp and 966 lb-ft of torque.

Last but not least will be the HPE1200. Pumping out 1200 hp at 6,400 rpm and 1066 lb-ft of torque, it’ll achieve 0-60 mph in 2.2 seconds, the quarter mile in 9.2 seconds and potentially reach more than 230 mph.

No pricing details have been announced but Hennessey says it will offer 2-year, 24,000-mile warranties for the HPE850 and HPE1000 packages and a 1 year, 12-mile warranty for the HPE1200.

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Watch The 2018 Corvette ZR1 Spit Flames For 12 Seconds 8
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Videos, Corvette, video on 12 8th, 2017


The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is an absolute beast. Need proof? Watch this video of the front-engine supercar spewing flames for a full 12-seconds on a track.

Captured during prototype testing of the ZR1, the clip shows the car accelerating at full throttle while shooting bright blue flames. It really looks as if the car has small rockets at the back rather than tailpipes.

Although we’ll have to wait until journalists get their hands on the new ZR1 to see if it lives up to the hype, the figures published by General Motors indicate that it will be an absolute animal.

Sitting at the heart of the ZR1 is a 6.2-liter supercharged LT5 V8 engine delivering 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque. This engine can be paired to either an eight-speed automatic transmission or seven-speed manual and will send the ZR1 to a top speed exceeding 210 mph (337 km/h). Chevrolet also believes the car will set a sub-7-minute lap at the Nurburgring.

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