Chevrolet’s Corvette has long been an American hot rod icon. The latest iteration of the Corvette saw a major change in its appearance with much more angular and chiseled features very much resembling cars coming out from those Italian automakers. Well, it looks like the Corvette is taking through another major change that puts it more inline with it’s Italian competitors and possible making a mid-engine version. This is a major departure for the corvette as it has always been a front engine rear drive vehicle.
Other than some spy photos, there’s absolutely no details about the next generation Corvette that’s available to the public. The pictures, although blurry, does show a lower front end, a redesigned rear which shows an opening behind the driver’s head, and a much wider waistline. So despite the lack of information, seeing the prototype testing during the day has got the whole industry a buzz on what Chevy is up to.
Callaway is a company that is synonymous with highly modified corvettes. A few years ago, Callaway teased the public with a shooting brake conversion on a corvette. There were no official production plans, and Callaway was simply trying to see if there was even interest in this type of modification to a standard bodied corvette.
Well, 2013 was a long time ago and this design concept really fell off the face of the earth. That is until recently Callaway announced that it will in fact start taking orders for the conversion which is all made out of light weight carbon fiber. Callaway states that the factory hatch will be replaced, but the hinges, seals and latch assembly from the factory will be retained and used in the shooting brake retrofit. The replacement hatch will also be made in carbon fiber. Be sure to keep all your factory body panels as the kit is as easy to fit as it is to remove to convert your station wagon corvette back to the standard body car.
Callaway is starting to take orders for the kit at a price tag of $15,000. For those who are looking for something unique, this kit definitely will offer that up and then some.
Chevrolet’s Corvette has been the at the epicenter of all things Americana since the original car rolled off the assembly line. Nothing says America more than this low slung V8 coupe. Recently, Chevrolet unveiled their Corvette Grand Sport at the Geneva International Motor Show. The Grand Sport is a lightweight version of the standard Corvette that has been bred for the race tracks.
Here’s some performance specifications for the Grand Sport. As standard, it comes with Chevrolet’s LT1 V8 that pumps out 460hp. With its race tuned suspension, it pulls 1.2 Gs in the corners, carbon ceramic brakes brings the whole package to a halt. Chevrolet still offers a seven-speed manual, but an optional eight-speed paddle-shift automatic can purchased with the Grand Sport.
Be on the lookout for the new Corvette Grand Sport to make an appearance at showroom floors in the summer.
Each year at the SEMA Show, Chevy sets up a big booth in the central hall and packs it with their fleet of cars and trucks including the Corvette, Camaro, Colorado, Silverado and even the compacts are represented with the Sonic. For this year, Chevy bid adieu to the current generation Camaro with a couple special edition Camaros. They actually enlisted the help of their fans to help name their special edition Camaro and what has the internet come up with for the #NameThatCamaro contest? From now on, the 2015 Special Edition Camaro will be known as the Green Flash Special Edition.
In order to confuse thing even further though, they also had another special or rather, commemorative edition Camaro dressed in silver with a wrap around stripe which you can see below. With so many cars in their booth its tough to mention them all but they also had on a hand the 2015 Chevrolet COPO Camaro Concept of which only 69 copies will be build.
Check out the rest of the pictures in our gallery after the break!
When GM first unveiled the 2015 Corvette Z06 in Detroit you may have noticed we said the car made 625+ horsepower and 635+ lb-ft of torque. They were holding back the official performance figures until closer to launch and today they have confirmed that the Z06’s LT4 supercharged 6.2L V8 engine makes 650 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm!
“The LT4 Small Block sets a new benchmark for power and torque at GM,” said Steve Kiefer, vice president, GM Powertrain Engineering. “The engine also puts the new Corvette Z06 on par with the most powerful supercars offered in America, while delivering performance with impeccable manners that make it suitable for daily driving.”
Not only is the amount of power staggering, but the torque curve makes many other super cars weep. Just barely above idle the engine is already producing nearly 460 lb-ft of torque. By 2800 rpm it has already skyrocketed to 625 lb-ft of torque. The whole curve is pretty flat, the LT4 maintains 90 percent of its peak torque, or 592 lb-ft, from 2,500 to 5,400 rpm. This is the definition of “passing power” and will certainly bring a smile to many new owners when it goes on sale later this year.
Last week, Chevrolet announced it’s lineup for the 2014 New York Auto Show… sort of. They had said they were bringing a facelifted Chevy Cruze, a yet to be confirmed update to a compact car (Chevy Spark?) and lastly, the one that began a series of rumors was a new variant for the corvette lineup. Limited edition Z06? ZR1? Convertible Z06? Today, Chevrolet confirmed that it will indeed be bringing a convertible version of the 2015 Corvette Z06 to New York next week.
The C7 Z06 aluminum frame is largely borrowed from the C7.R race car and provides a stiff enough frame that did not require any beefing up to handle the folding soft top for the convertible Z06. In fact the current Z06 frame is 20 percent stiffer than the C6 Z06 coupe frame. Without having to add any structural reinforcements, the curb weight of the convertible Z06 is pretty much identical to the Z06 coupe. They also share the same chassis tuning, powertrain output, driver technologies and equipment options – including the Z07 Performance Package, which adds Brembo carbon-ceramic matrix brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires and adjustable front- and rear-aerodynamic components.
“Until recently it was not possible to create a lightweight, open-roof structure strong enough to cope with the braking, cornering, and acceleration of Corvette’s top performance models,” Juechter said. “The frame for the Z06 convertible leverages advancements in computer-aided engineering, metallurgy, and manufacturing techniques – many of which were not available just five years ago.”
“The most impressive aspect of the Z06 Convertible may be its performance bandwidth,” said Juechter. “Very few cars on the market can match its combination of extreme, supercar levels of performance; the flexibility for daily driving and long-distance commuting; and the 360-degree, open-air driving experience only true convertibles can offer.”
The C7 Corvette Z06 Convertible definitely makes no compromises for the track warrior that also wants to get his or her tan on. 625 horsepower, 635 lb-ft of torque, and the wind blowing through your hair. I don’t think it gets much better than that. Look forward to checking it out in New York next week.
Do you guys remember last year in New York where I said the Chevrolet Z/28 was the loudest most badass unveil I’d ever seen? It was something along those lines, anyway. Well, Chevy just dethroned themselves today at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show with the Corvette C7.R reveal.
There’s really not much to say. They played a video with V8 noises like they did with the Camaro, but then they brought out the race car and just sat there revving for a while. It’s something so simple, so mundane, but so beautiful.
The C7.R was developed in conjunction with the C7 Corvette Z06 it shared the stage with this morning. Requiring only minor tweaks to the aerodynamics and chassis, it’s a testament to how track-worthy the new Z06 is. With obviously widened fenders and a giant rear wing, there’s no mistaking the C7.R for a street car, but the similarities to the Z06 are definitely visible.
The C7.R will make its racing debut at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, January 25-26 2014. In the meantime, browse the gallery and make the loudest engine noises you can with your mouth.
Arguably (not really) the most anticipated vehicle of the 2014 NAIAS in Detroit is the 2015 ChevroletCorvette Z06. Since 2001 the Z06 has been a blue-collar track and strip monster, running 11 second quarter miles and pulling over 1G on the skidpad straight off the lot. When we found out that the base C7 ‘Vette was going to have only 50 fewer horsepower than the outgoing Z06, we knew that the new Z06 was going to be ridiculous.
We weren’t wrong.
As is to be expected before a car show, some details were revealed ahead of the official unveiling thanks to a technical miscue. On January 7th we discovered that the 2015 Z06 would have more than 625 horsepower and a better-than-the-C6-ZR1 630+ ft/lb of torque from the new supercharged LT4. We also found out that, for the first time ever, the Z06 would have an available automatic transmission, though we didn’t have any details on it. Now we do.
Chevrolet showed off a special edition Corvette Stingray in their booth at SEMA this year. It is a special Gran Turismo edition that will be a playable vehicle in GT6, which is slated to come out on December 6th on PS3.
The Gran Turismo Concept Vette features a large wing that isn’t mounted high above the rear of the vehicle but instead extends backwards. GT specific graphics adorn the vehicle and the headlights are tinted yellow, you know, for better visibility and all. Not entirely sure if is an exact replica as none of the 25 GT6 exclusive vehicles (all blue) that were shown on the Gran Turismo facebook page are rocking yellow headlights.
If you aren’t a big fan of the new C7 corvette and you happen to be a PS3 owner, there is some good news for you. All previous generations of the Corvette will be available in the next installment of Gran Turismo.
It may have been overshadowed by the announcement of the new Camaro Z28 at the New York International Auto Show, but the new C7 Chevy CorvetteConvertible certainly deserves your attention. Being a car that was built from the start to be a convertible, it’s got none of the boxy look, poor weight distribution or chassis flex that an afterthought convertible does. This makes the C7 vert almost identically potent to the coupe version, and that means it’s even more desirable to people like me.