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Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has been hard at work tuning the LS9 found in 2009-2012 Chevrolet Corvettes, and now has three engine packages for those hungry for more horsepower. The first, offers up to 680-hp thanks to a supercharger pulley upgrade, while the remaining two are both supercharger system upgrades, one of which brings power output to 710-hp while the other is a more extreme 750-hp.
The pulley upgrade package is a surprisingly affordable $2,995 (installed) package helping safely increase boost to 12-13 psi from the factory supercharger. The increase isn’t too shabby either, taking the factory figure of 638-hp and 604 lb-ft of torque to 680-hp and 660 lb-ft of torque. As with all other Lingenfelter products, even the pulley upgrade comes complete with pre- and post-install dyno and a 1-year/12,000-mile warranty on added components.
The lesser of the two supercharger upgrades is available at $5,295 with additional upgrades which include Lingenfelter’s Heat Exchanger upgrade, Corsa stainless steel cat-back exhaust and an Akrapovic Titanium Evolution Exhaust. Total power output on this package is 710-hp and 680 lb-ft of torque thanks to the addition of Lingenfelter’s supercharger front cover or snout and air intake system.
Lastly, the most extreme of the three packages gives the ZR1 750-hp and 730 lb-ft of torque in exchange for $12,895 from your bank account. But this isn’t just your typical supercharger upgrade, Lingenfelter adds on their GT9 supercharger camshaft and Lingenfelter CNC ported LS9 cylinder heads. This comes with a 2-year/24,000-mile warranty and can take anywhere from three to four weeks to complete.
So those looking for more power out of their ZR1, head on over to Lingenfelter Performance Engineering to see what they’ve got.
The Chevrolet Corvette gets a lot of grief for having a less-than-opulent interior, but the upgraded 2012 models will not only get some new materials on the inside, but the Z06 and ZR1 performance models will get new tires and a couple handling packages designed to boost performance.
Interior upgrades include new seats and a re-designed steering wheel. A new Bose stereo, padded interior surfaces and an infotainment system package with GPS navigation and a heads-up display are also offered, although pictures have not been made available.
On the performance front, the Z06 is now available with a carbon fiber hood, the MSRC magnetic shock absorber system, new Michelin Pilot Sport tires and Performance Traction Management. The ZR1 gets the same tires, a new spoiler and alloy wheels, as well as revised gearing that gives it a 2 mpg bump in highway mileage.
The revised 2012 ‘Vette is expected to go on sale in July, but if you can’t wait that long, check out the video below to see the car in action.
With Chevrolet celebrating their 100th anniversary, the time is right for yet another special edition Corvette, and the bowtie brand is happy to oblige fans of their slow-selling supercar with the 2012 Corvette Centennial Edition.
Available on every trim level, from the base car up to the ZR1, Centennial Edition cars will get special badging, blacked out wheels and exterior paint and most significantly, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, which allows the driver to adjust shock damping from the cockpit.
The first Centennial Edition, a Z06 model, will be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson, with proceeds going to charity. No wonder on pricing, but you can bet that it won’t be cheap.
Automotive News is reporting that the Chevrolet Corvette sales are on the rebound after being on a steady decline since 2006. At their peak 5 years ago, Chevrolet moved 36,518 Corvettes. By contrast, Chevrolet only sold 12,624 in 2010.
The first two months of 2011 have seen a 13 percent sales increase compared to January and February 2010, but we shouldn’t get too optimistic yet. The current generation Vette is already long in the tooth, and even though the Corvette (in certain trims) can return just under 30 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg around town, high gas prices could still torpedo America’s favorite sports car as consumers recoil against the idea of big V8s and profligate sports cars.
[Source: Automotive News]
A car, unlike a house, is not an investment. It’s a pit that your pour money into over time, especially when you take into account interest rates on loans and depreciation. That is, unless you just so happen to have bought, say, a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO back in the era of flower power and decided to sell it now – with one such vehicle recently hitting a record $18 million dollars at auction.
But how can you know what cars will be worth purchasing as an investment? Ask an expert.
That’s what the folks at Yahoo Autos did, speaking with McKeel Hagerty of Hagerty Insurance, the world’s largest insurer of pricey classic and antique vehicles. Hagerty broke down his list of the top five models of the last 20 years that are expected to become top collectors items – and the Veyron (above) isn’t one of them.
Hit the jump for the list and give us our feedback
Chevrolet’s Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition will retail for $90,960 when it goes on sale in early 2011. Pricing hasn’t been officially announced, but Harlan Charles, GM’s Corvette product marketing manager let pricing numbers slip during an interview with Corvette Blogger, a leading Vette enthusiast site.
While the Carbon Edition shares the Z06s 7.0L LS7 V8, it gets some exclusive parts, namely carbon fiber body panels, Brembo ceramic brakes and Magnetic Selective Ride Control. Fully optioned, the Z06 Carbon should come it at just under $100,000, making it a nice bridge between a Z06 and a ZR1.
[Source: Corvette Blogger]
Pricing for the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette hasn’t been officially announced yet, but Kerbeck Corvette, which bills itself as the “world’s largest Corvette dealer”, has leaked the pricing guide to Corvette Blogger, and its slowly making its way around the internet.
All Corvette models see a meager $20 increase, except for the ZR1, which rises $2,920 in price, to$109,800 (but hey, who’s counting?) The big news this year is the Z07 performance package for the Corvette Z06, which brings it ever so closer to the top-dog Corvette ZR1 (confused yet?) All in all, there are nearly 20 option packages, almost 40 standalone options and nine wheel and tire choices. At $48,950, America’s sports car is still a great deal even in base trim, and the 430-horsepower V8 means that you can take on cars that cost twice as much as still leave them for dead.
Hit the jump to see the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette pricing guide.
Chevrolet announced a custom one-off Z06 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Corvette’s first appearance at LeMans. Featuring the traditional American racing color scheme (white with blue stripes), as the 1960 Corvette, which won its class at the 24 hour race. The car’s sale will benefit the National Corvette Museum, and anyone who wishes to buy the car must make a $300,000 donation to the Museum, and then pay the $85,000 sticker price of the car.
The special edition Z06 also comes with a Z07 package, featuring some bits from the Corvette ZR1. A celebration will be held in honor of the Corvette at this Saturday’s ALMS race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, one week before the Corvette racing team heads off to contest the 24 Hours of LeMans in Frace.
The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is one of the best bargains in the sports car category – if you can call $74, 285 a bargain, that is. Undoubtedly, it is a great deal considering the performance you get with it, and now it’s an even better value proposition thanks to some choice upgrades borrowed from the even crazier Corvette ZR1.
A re-tuned exhaust, new tires and some cosmetic bits are standard, but the big news is the Z07 option package, containing Brembo ceramic brakes, ZR1-like 20-spoke wheels, Michelin PS2 tires and GM’s famous Magnetic Selective Ride Control shock absorbers, which can alter the handling characteristics at the touch of a button. Hit the jump to see a 10 minute video outlining the changes to this year’s Corvette Z06.