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18th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (2013) 11
Mar
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Amelia Island, Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, auto show, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Corvette, Concours d’Elegance, Corvette, Corvette Stingray, Editorial, Events, Ford, Ford GT, Ford GT40, GM, Lamborghini, porsche, Porsche-911 on 03 11th, 2013
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Once again, we were on the scene for the Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The spectacle of this truly prestigious event, marking the 18th year, kicked off the weekend to a pleasant sunny field highlighting some of the finest automobiles in the world. This year the Concours celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Porsche 911 and Ford GT40 along with the cars of Harry Miller.

Some of the displays of Porsche 911’s were something to cherish with just about every variation of the German classic on display including a couple one-off all-wheel-drive rally 911s. On the other end of the spectrum several iconic Ford GT40’s laced the field with their one-off displays with vast collections from Harry Miller and a few for the honorary chairman Sam Posey.

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The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance also highlighted over 60 years of the Corvette with the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray on display surrounded by notable Corvette models through the years. We didn’t forget the astonishing Lamborghini’s at the start of the field to really get your motors running. Seminars featured Ed Welburn, Vice President Global Design at General Motors, 1963 Sting Ray designer Peter Brock and the GT40 racing tales by Dan Gurney, David Hobbs, Brian Redman and others.

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Every year the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance gets better and better, the images below that we captured is further proof of concept. We look forward to joining the festivities once again next year and sharing many of these stunning automobiles with you.

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Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com



First 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Crashes 14
Feb
Posted by Darryl in 2014 Corvette Stingray, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Corvette, Corvette Stingray, crash, Exotic Crash, News on 02 14th, 2013
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So by now you probably have already seen the famous photo of the very first 2014 Corvette Stingray to greet the rocky shoulder of an Arizona road. The photo, shared by a member of Digital Corvettes, was said to be an accident much worse than it initially appears.

Sources have alleged that the accident was a single car event where the inside tire caught the edge of pavement during a tight corner, thus causing the new Corvette Stingray to crash. It is apparent that the vehicle owned by General Motors but we are still unsure of who was driving at the time of the accident.



First 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Crashes 14
Feb
Posted by Darryl in 2014 Corvette Stingray, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Corvette, Corvette Stingray, crash, Exotic Crash, News on 02 14th, 2013
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So by now you probably have already seen the famous photo of the very first 2014 Corvette Stingray to greet the rocky shoulder of an Arizona road. The photo, shared by a member of Digital Corvettes, was said to be an accident much worse than it initially appears.

Sources have alleged that the accident was a single car event where the inside tire caught the edge of pavement during a tight corner, thus causing the new Corvette Stingray to crash. It is apparent that the vehicle owned by General Motors but we are still unsure of who was driving at the time of the accident.



2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Service Manual Images Leaked 27
Dec
Posted by Darryl in 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Corvette, Corvette C7, News on 12 27th, 2012

The guys at Jalopnik have discovered several images posted on the Corvette Forum enthusiast site of the new Corvette C7, which all appear to be from a service manual of the upcoming American sports car.

The anticipation is steadily building as we await the Detroit Auto Show next month where there will be an onslaught of new vehicle reveals and releases including that of the highly anticipated Corvette C7.

Many of the design elements of what we see in the speculated service manual leaked images of the new C7 Vette, show us fresh body panels and new technology. Many of the images match to what some spy photographers have captured up to this point of the C7 out on testing grounds. Some will say that the design looks to have traits of current sports cars such as the Nissan GT-R, and maybe some hints at the Camaro. Either way, the new C7 is looking to be an stunning vehicle, good for some and maybe questionable for others.

What we do know, aside from the previously released details on the new V8 engine for the C7 Corvette, is that we cannot wait to get our hands on one when it hits the ground literally burning up the rear tires.

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New 2014 Corvette C7 Spotted in Gran Turismo 5 Game 13
Nov
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Corvette, Corvette, Gran Turismo, Gran Turismo 5, video, video games on 11 13th, 2012

Right now, no one really knows what the highly anticipated 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 will look like. Recently, gamers took notice to the new Corvette C7 inside of the PlayStation Gran Turismo 5 game (recent game update renders new demonstration with new Corvette featured). In the game, the new Vette is not drivable and is covered by heavy camo. Having a vehicle covered by camo in a video game is a first.

The real 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 will be officially revealed in January at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show. Rest assured, the internet spies are busier than ever keeping an eye out for any leaks of the new Vette, so we may get to see a ‘little something’ before the official debut.

The new 2014 Corvette is set to get a 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque V8 engine sporting a 26 mpg highway estimate. Stay tuned!



2012 Chevrolet Corvette GS Centennial Special Edition Review & Test Drive 1
Dec
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Corvette, Corvette, featured, Test Drives on 12 1st, 2011

The Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most unmistakable sports cars around. Being “America’s sports car” for upwards of 58 years, the Corvette has been a staple and benchmark for other sports cars to follow after. For 100 years Chevrolet has been in existence and to commemorate a century of selling over 200 million vehicles around the world, a new Centennial Edition package is available for the iconic Corvette for 2012.

I had the opportunity to review the all-new 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Centennial Edition. My Corvette test vehicle was the Grand Sport model with a Centennial Edition package. For 2012, you can have the Centennial package added to any Corvette whether it is the base model, Grand Sport, Z06 or the ultimate performance injected ZR1.

The all-new 2012 Chevrolet Corvette carries the classic look that has made it a distinguished sports car not only in the eye of enthusiasts but also clearly recognized by the average Joe. For 2012, the Corvette receives a new seat design, an available Bose stereo system, and new steering wheel. I would argue that the Corvette’s interior has come a long way which is a good thing considering how previous generations were perceived by many. Looking at the new 2012 C6 body style, one would agree that the Corvette has attempted to shake off the old notion of not having an interior to compete with other sports cars on the market. It would be safe to say that the newer Corvette C6 generation has a much improved interior and aims to please some of the most critical sports car buyer.

My new 2012 Corvette Centennial Special Edition brings out the essence of a true American sports car. My Corvette started life as a Grand Sport model on the assembly line but received a special black-on-black color scheme. To start things off, the paint color is an attractive Carbon Flash Metallic augmented by satin black lightweight cast-spun aluminum 5-spoke wheels. The red painted 6-piston brake calipers up front and 4-piston rear clamp down on the Grand Sport packages larger diameter cross-drilled rotors than those in the base model.

You will find the man that started it all, Louis Chevrolet, illustrated in 100th Anniversary emblems on the wheels, steering wheel and side B-pillars.  The Centennial Special Edition Package is truly a remarkable addition to any Corvette.

Also part of the Centennial Special Edition package, my 2012 Corvette Grand Sport receives General Motor’s Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension system. The ride control is what sets the riding style of the new Corvette apart from other sports cars. Not to mention, Ferrari utilizes GM’s suspension technology in their prided 458 Italia. Two selective modes, touring and sport, allow the driver to dial-in their own preference. The suspension system also automatically adapts to road conditions adjusting the magnetic dampers in milliseconds. I have to say, the ride quality is among the best in the sports car segment eliminating virtually any harsh feedback once prone to previous generation Corvettes.

Each new Corvette in the base model and Grand Sport trim is powered by the big 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine pumping out a healthy 430 horsepower and 428 ft-lbs. of torque. My Corvette Grand Sport Centennial Special Edition included an optional exhaust system boosting horsepower output to 436hp. Surprisingly performance numbers are very respectable getting in a run from 0 mph to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. A launch control system aids in obtaining that performance figure even with the 6-speed manual transmission. Simply put the traction and stability control system into Competition mode, bury the gas pedal, and dump the clutch.

The 6-speed manual box is very direct with rather strong shifter springs. Despite the stiff lateral movement of the shifter, it only takes a competent driver a few minutes to row through the gears with confidence. Fuel consumption figures come in at a surprising 16mpg city and 26mpg highway. During the bulk of my “civilized” drive I had no issue hitting 26mpg on the highway.

The new 2012 Corvette handles well pushing a 1.06 lateral G on the skidpad. Some of its handling abilities are due to the relatively low curb weight of 3,289 pounds, remarkable active magnetic dampening suspension setup and meaty Goodyear Eagle F1 Z-rated run-flat 325/30/19R tires in the rear and 275/35/18 up front.

Power comes on strong and tends to surge even more just before redline in the new 2012 Corvette. Traction control takes a back seat at times allowing the rear wheels to spin when under full-throttle power. Stability control kicks in fast to keep the Corvette laterally civilized and not letting the rear wheels nudge too far out of line. Sometimes the intervention is snappy spoiling any chance of swinging the light-weight rear end off center.

The new 2012 Corvette Grand Sport has a serious growl when you open up the throttle. My Centennial Special Edition Corvette features an optional dual-mode exhaust which uses vacuum actuated bypass valves opening up around 3500 rpm letting the Vette breath better for a total of 6 more horsepower over the standard 430hp. As you can imagine, unleashing the raw sound of a big 6.2-liter V8 at full throttle makes for a little extra rumbling noise pollution. It all sounds great if you are a diehard enthusiast. At times the Corvette managed to make more noise in the cabin than the Bose stereo system but remained surprisingly civilized when cruising.

An optional removable transparent roof panel replaces the standard body-color removable roof panel on the Grand Sport model. The Centennial Special Edition accent stripes running down the middle of the car are visible on the inside running across the transparent roof panel.

The new heated sports seats on the 2012 Corvette are well-bolstered giving just enough lateral support when you decide to hit the curvy roads. My Centennial Special Edition Corvette Grand Sport’s seats had leather bolsters but microfiber suede inserts. Red stitching is used throughout the seats while a “100” logo is embroidered into the headrests. The new suede steering wheel fits well in your hands and features minimal controls for cruise, stereo station change and volume.

The 2012 Corvette dashboard and cluster have been somewhat refined from previous generations but remain to have a classic look. The integrated navigation and stereo system in the center-stack touch-LCD-screen is rather simplistic and easy to use. You may find yourself stuck in some menus or stereo operations only to find that a simple touch of the source or navigation button will get you where you need to be. I find that the AC and heater controls are the only “cheap” part of the new 2012 Corvette’s dashboard. The plastic turn knobs for temp and other HVAC operations look basic and the mono-tone LCD read-out seems somewhat out of place.

The heritage of the Corvette is strong, laterally, and continues to live on in the new 2012 Chevrolet Corvette. The Grand Sport model coming in at a base price of $55,925 is a good bet on a well-performing American legend. Adding the $4,950 Centennial Special Edition package will set the Corvette apart from the norm injecting added style and Chevrolet pride. My new 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Centennial Special Edition test vehicle came out to a total of $70,185.

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Copyright: 2011 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Corvette Grand Sport $55,925 / Corvette Grand Sport Centennial Special Edition $70,185 as tested
  • Engine: 6.2-liter 16-valve V8 436 horsepower @ 5900 rpm / 424 ft-lbs. torque @ 4600 rpm
  • Total length: 175.6in.
  • Total width: 75.9in.
  • Total height: 48.7in.
  • Wheelbase:105.7in.
  • Track: f/r-63.5/62.5in.
  • Turning circle: 39ft.
  • Headroom: 37.7in.
  • Legroom: 43.1.in
  • Fuel tank: 18 gallons
  • Curb weight: 3,289 lbs.-six-speed manual
  • EPA fuel economy: 16mpg/city, 26mpg/highway
  • 0-60 mph: 3.9 seconds


Transformers 3 Movie Set Sightings: Ferrari 458 Italia, Corvette Stingray Convertible, Bumblebee Camaro SS, etc. 22
Jul
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro SS, Chevrolet Corvette, featured, Ferrari, ferrari 458 italia, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Benz E-Class, Movie, Nascar, Transformers, Transformers 2, Transformers 3, video on 07 22nd, 2010

‘Transformers 3′ the movie is shaping up to be one of the best modern-day car flicks with all of the car porn they have shipped in to the movie set in Chicago. The stars of the movie are showing their faces and we like them! Some of them include the Ferrari 458 Italia, Corvette Stingray Convertible Concept “Sideswipe”, a newer Chevy Camaro SS “Bumblebee”, several NASCAR vehicles and a modified Mercedes E-Class.

Check out the images and exclusive video clips below!
















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“America Still Builds Rockets” – 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Commercial 13
Jul
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, GM, video on 07 13th, 2010

I honestly cannot think of the last time that I saw an exclusive Chevy Corvette Commercial on TV. It is about time GM puts some marketing behind a remarkable sports car and major staple in American ingenuity.

In the newly released Corvette commercial GM features the new ZR1 and says “It’s nice to know America still builds rockets”. Just the other day GM announced they would let future buyers of Corvette Z06 and ZR1s to assemble their own engine.

I speculate GM will attempt to give the Corvette a better image through more marketing like this. Not that the 638hp Corvette ZR1 really needs it. For now, enjoy the video below!

[source: GM]







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