Corvette Grand Sport – $66,455

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If you’v been waiting for the Corvette that fills the gap between the base model and the Z06, the time has come, along with pricing and some additional options details.

Chevrolet announced today the track-bred 2017 Corvette Grand Sport will be priced at $66,445 for coupe models and $70,445 for convertibles, when they go on sale this summer. The prices include the destination charge, but not tax, title and other dealer fees.

With heritage-inspired design cues combined with track-focused chassis and suspension elements, the new Grand Sport builds on a legacy established in 1963, when five Grand Sport race cars were built under the direction of the Corvette’s first chief engineer, Zora Arkus-Duntov.

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“The racing DNA of the original Grand Sport race cars is in the 2017 model, adding greater dimensions of capability and driver involvement to the Corvette’s award-winning architecture, for a purer driving experience,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product marketing manager. “It is a worthy successor to the spirit of the originals.”

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Callaway Cars – When the Z06 just isn’t quite enough…

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Callaway Cars today announced power numbers and performance for the flagship model in their performance car lineup. Equipped with Callaway’s GenThree Supercharger, the Corvette Z06 now produces 757 bhp @ 6,200 rpm and 777 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm (SAE). A launch to 60 mph is now achieved in 2.8 seconds, and a quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds at 131 mph.

Why Go Big, When You Can Go Bigger? Size Matters. To reach that power (which is up from 650 bhp / 650 lb-ft) the supercharger itself needed to be bigger since the output of a positive displacement supercharger is proportionate to its size. The Callaway GenThree supercharger is 32% larger in displacement (2300cc vs 1740cc).

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Cooling – Callaway engineers recognize that a key contributor to maximizing power is reduction of inlet air temperature associated with forced induction. Callaway’s unique triple-element intercooler configuration provides significantly lower and well-managed inlet charge air temperatures than single or smaller dual-element designs. The supercharger housing extends through the hood, thereby exposing it to outside ambient airflow and adding an element of convective cooling. The supercharger is visible without opening the hood, and heat is inherently extracted from the engine compartment.

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Bold Packaging – The supercharger assembly is no longer cramped below the hood line. The completely redesigned manifold helps maintain consistent charge air temperatures with exceptionally low restriction and even airflow distribution to all cylinders, which results in a broad torque band producing over 500 lb-ft from 2,000 to 6,400 rpm. This translates to more consistent power delivery in severe-duty driving environments, a compromise typically observed with “underhood” approaches. A 10-rib drive pulley system was also integrated to prevent belt-slippage.

 

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CALLAWAY CORVETTE Z06 STANDARD EQUIPMENT INCLUDES:

  • Callaway GenThree Supercharger (pat. pend.)
    with Triple-Element Intercooler System
  • Callaway Supercharger Hood Surround
  • Callaway Carbon Fiber Engine Mid-Covers
  • Callaway High Flow Air Intake System
  • Callaway Embroidered Floor Mats
  • Callaway Anodized Aluminum Door Sill Panels
  • Callaway Exterior and Interior Badging
  • Callaway Underhood Build Plaque with Vehicle Identification Number
  • Callaway Key Fobs
  • Callaway Authenticity Documentation Package
  • Callaway 3 Year, 36,000 Mile Limited Warranty

The Callaway Corvette Z06 Package price: $16,995.00 (after you’ve paid for the Z06 of course)

Corvette Z06 First Drive

Apart from checking out prices of 2007/09 911 Turbos, the Z06 is my current car obsession. I’m not in the market for a new car just yet, but hoping towards the end of the year I might be able to swap out the E46 M3 I’ve been driving since it was new (although I really want to work out a way to keep it forever and hand it down to my kids, coz that car is pretty much perfect to learn how to drive a track properly).

So fueling my desires was this video from AutoGuide of their first drive of the car, complete with incredible soundtrack. This looks like it took place at Spring Mountain, a track I have spent a good few days driving (6 or 7 at last count) doing a few schools down there (including drive the previous generation Corvettes and Z06’s). If you ever get a chance to head down there, Rick and the rest of the instructors do a fantastic job of helping you drive way faster than you ever thought possible (and you get some pretty heavy discounts if you do buy a Corvette given they’re the official school now). Anyway, enjoy the video.

 

Corvette Z06 getting delivered to customers

And what better way to celebrate this 650 bhp, $80k marvel than with a hot lap around Road Atlanta with Tommy Milner?

Corvette Z06 – it’s fast….

Chevrolet-Corvette-Z06Like very fast – as details are slowly released in anticipation of the upcoming arrival, todays news is that the 0-60 time will be delivered in less than 3 seconds, and the quarter mile in less than 11. That’s pretty close to new 911 Turbo S speeds for less than half the cost. Tempted yet?

2015 Corvette Z06

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2015After much anticipation (and a few leaks in the last week), the Corvette Z06 has finally been announced today to mark the start of the Detroit Auto Show. Packing a new, supercharged 6.2L engine it will deliver at least 625 horsepower  and 635 lb-ft of torque, and can be matched with either a seven-speed manual or an all-new, high-performance eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

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The Z06 will offer three, increasing levels of aerodynamic downforce:

  • The standard Z06 features a front splitter, spats around the front wheel openings, a unique carbon-fiber hood with a larger vent, and the rear spoiler from the Corvette Stingray’s Z51 Performance Package
  • An available carbon-fiber aero package – in either black or a visible carbon-fiber finish – adds a carbon fiber front splitter with aviation-style winglets, carbon fiber rocker panels, and a larger rear spoiler with a fixed wickerbill – a small, vertical tab at the edge of the spoiler that significantly increases downforce
  • The available Z07 package add larger winglets to the front splitter, along with an adjustable, see-through center section on the rear spoiler for track use. With this package, the Corvette Z06 delivers the most aerodynamic downforce of any production car that GM has tested.

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A track-focused Z07 Performance Package adds unique components in addition to the aerodynamic downforce – Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires for enhanced grip, and Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors that improve braking performance and contribute to greater handling through reduced unsprung weight.

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Like the Stingray, the Driver Mode Selector tailors up to a dozen features of the Z06 to suit the driver’s environment, including:

  • Launch control: Available in Track mode for manual and automatic transmissions, providing maximum off-the-line acceleration
  • Active handling (StabiliTrak electronic stability control): A “competitive” setting is available in Track mode and is more suited for on-track conditions. It can also be disabled, giving the driver complete control
  • Traction control: Weather mode tailors traction control and engine torque for driving in inclement conditions
  • Performance Traction Management: Available in Track mode and offers five settings of torque reduction and brake intervention for track driving
  • Electronic Limited Slip Differential: Adjusts the rate at which the limited slip engages, to balance between steering response and stability in different driving conditions with more aggressive performance in Sport and Track modes.

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The new Corvette Z06 will be available in early 2015. Performance data and pricing will be announced closer to the start of production.

Corvette Performance Data Recorder

Performance Data Recorder for the 2015 Corvette StingrayFor anyone who has studied to various options for track data to improve your driving, finally a manufacturer is offering a solution to the third party options (either dedicated or phone based) to add to your choices.

Corvette will include an option later in 2014 to select the Performance Data Recorder. The fully integrated system enables users to record high-definition video, with telemetry overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track. The Performance Data Recorder, or PDR, system was developed with Cosworth, the British motorsports-engineering company that supplies the Corvette Racing team’s data acquisition and telemetry electronics system.

197293_2015-CorvetteStingray-PDR-03The PDR system includes three major components, all seamlessly integrated into the Corvette Stingray’s interior. First is a 720p, high-definition camera, mounted within the windshield header trim, which records the driver’s point-of-view through the windshield. Audio is recorded via a dedicated microphone in the cabin.

Second is a self-contained telemetry recorder. The system uses a dedicated GPS receiver that operates at 5 hertz, or cycles per second. That is five times faster than the in-dash navigation system and allows more precise positioning and corner traces. The recorder is also hard-wired into the Stingray’s Controller Area Network, or CAN, to access vehicle information, ranging from engine speed and transmission-gear selection to braking force and steering-wheel angle.

Finally, the system features a dedicated SD-card slot in the glove box for recording and transferring video and vehicle data. Recording time depends on the capacity of the memory card, but an 8-gigabyte card can record approximately 200 minutes, while a 32-GB card stores up to about 800 minutes – more than 13 hours of driving time.

"Cosworth Toolbox" softwareThe video can be viewed on the Corvette Stingray’s eight-inch color touchscreen when the car is parked, or downloaded to a computer for further editing, and sharing video via social media sites. For users who want a more in-depth understanding of their performance, the PDR vehicle data can be opened in the included “Cosworth Toolbox” software, which combines Cosworth’s professional-level motorsport data analysis with an easy-to-use graphic interface.

Corvette Z06 – Debut at Detroit Auto Show

Chevrolet_Corvette_Z06The all-new Corvette Z06 will make its public debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. Production is expected to begin in late 2014. Chevrolet released one little teaser of a photo, but it’s enough for me to stop obsessing over the regular stingray car configurator and wait for the details on this model. Can’t wait!

Corvette’s are in the dealerships

2014 Chevrolet Corvette StingrayBut judging by a quick survey of local garages, you can only have one if you’re prepared to pay a random “service charge” of between $10k and $15k. Not a bad little markup I guess – can’t be much money in selling Impala’s these days, so they’ve got to get their profits from somewhere.

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I’m of European heritage, I grew up on a diet of Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini, and yet I’ve been excited about the upcoming release of the new Corvette for a while now. Why you might ask. It’s pretty simple actually – I’ve been lucky enough to spend a decent amount of track time in the C6 of the ZO6 variety, and to put it bluntly, it’s a pretty epic car. Fast, good handling, more torque than you know what to do with and the generator of lots and lots of smiles. And it didn’t even kill me when I spun it once.

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So the new version was released on Sunday night as part of the opening of the Detroit Motor Show this week (note to self, get your arse in gear and attend this thing next year). Lots of details, pics and information has finally satisfied the crazed Corvette fans who have been living off a diet of sketches and rumors for the last few months, along with a few details officially released every now and again.

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Well, what do we have – 450 bhp and 450 lb-ft of torque from a 6.2 liter V8 with direct injection, dry sump lubrication (with the Z51 Performance Pack) and continuously variable valve timing propelled with a 7-speed manual (or 6-speed automatic) gearbox.  Lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel, composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels and a 50/50 weight balance. And a brand new interior made with lots of leather, carbon fiber and aluminium, designed to address what seemed to be the biggest weakness in the previous generation vehicle.

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From a personal perspective, the fact that there are new seats is one of the biggest deals to me. Spending a couple of days in these at the track used to result in my legs being bruised to shit as I braced my knees and thighs against the body to stop sliding all over the place, and this has obviously been recognized (the problem, not my personal complaint/pain) with the option of a Competition Sport seat with more aggressive side bolstering to provide greater support on the track.

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There is a track package available out of the gate, but you’ll have to wait a little longer for a Z06 equivalent to be released. The Z51 Performance Package includes an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, differential and transmission cooling, as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability.

If you’re really keen, you can watch the video of the live reveal from Sunday night – the interesting stuff happens around the 34 minute mark, and there’s the full press release with a boat load more details right here. And yes, I think I want one…..