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The next generation Corvette should arrive in 2013 as a 2014 model, and today the front end of the new ‘Vette has been leaked thanks to a General Motors supplier.
Ever wonder what it takes to get ready for one of the most rigorous races in the world? Corvette Racing is releasing a five-part video series giving enthusiasts an inside look at the team as it gets ready for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The C2 Stingray features an accident-free fiberglass body crafted by Corvette Restorations AZ. Along with the immaculate body, a couple of bolt-ons were added to make it more aggressive and functional, while the fenders were shaped to perfectly frame the 18-inch Foose Nitrous Thrust wheels.
The sixth-generation Chevrolet Corvette is heading into its final year of production, signifying a highly successful seven year production run.
As it prepares to be replaced, the American automaker is giving the C6 ‘Vette a new paint shade, Night Race Blue. The Night Race Blue is a classy shade of blue which will complement the existing Supersonic Blue Metallic and Carlisle Blue Metallic that is currently being offered.
Buyers of the 2013 Corvette will also get to choose between four Black Painted aluminum wheel choices, instead of the Competition Gray that was offered in years prior. Choices include a 5-spoke in 18- or 19-inch sizes, the Grand Sport in 18- or 19-inch, the Spider design will come in 18- or 19-inch, and the ZR1-styled wheel will be offered in 19- or 20-inch.
With the new paint and wheel combos certain to make the 2013 ‘Vette a looker, we’ll have to suffer with these grainy photos for now.
2013 Corvette Wheels
Blowing candles out on a birthday cake seems like an age-old tradition, but who would have thought a car could do it? When one of America’s most famous sports car turned 60, Chevrolet decided to give it its candles to blow out.
The American automaker took a Corvette 427 Convertible out to the track that acted as a giant birthday cake and lit 60 candles along the pavement. A driver piloted the 7.0-liter Corvette – the same engine found in the Z06 – with 505 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque as it made its way around the course, blowing out its candles along the way.
Weighting in at 3,355 lbs, the Corvette 427 Convertible hits 60-mph in just 3.8 seconds and has a top speed over 190-mph.
Watch the video after the break.
The late Paul Newman will be remembered by automotive enthusiasts worldwide, though perhaps in varying ways by different people.
Whether it was being a friend and rival to Steve McQueen, or racing the 24 Hours of Le Mans in Barbour’s Porsche 935, or being the oldest driver at age 70 to be part of a winning team in a major sanctioned race, Newman paved a rich heritage of motorsports throughout his life.
And now the same 700-hp, 346-cubic inch V8-powered 2002 Chevrolet Corvette that Newman won his last SCCA race at Lime Rock in has fetched $275,000 at the RM Auctions in Amelia Island. The Corvette was just recently rebuilt, re-bodied and repainted, and numbered 83 for Newman’s age prior to the auction. It was originally built by Riley & Scott for Tom Gloy’s 2002 Trans Am season.
Newman’s list of accolades ran long, including 55 mainstream acting awards, winning an Academy Award for best actor in 1986 and being well-known for his “Newman’s Own” food company which donates all post-tax profits and royalties to charity. As of July 2011, those donations had exceeded $300-million.
GALLERY: Paul Newman’s 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Race Car
Collector’s editions are always nice to have, especially when quantities are limited. When it’s the last of a generation of iconic Chevrolet Corvette models, and only 190 were made… it’s an even bigger deal.
Up for sale is the 330-hp, LT4-equipped Corvette Grand Sport Convertible, produced back in 1996 to celebrate the outgoing of the Corvette’s C4 model. This collectible Grand Sport features the Admiral Blue and Arctic White Grand Sport trim and the unique red interior, that makes it even rarer.
This particular vehicle is number-709 and has 19,380 miles on the odometer with a price tag of $55,900. It’s also one of 53 that got the red leather interior.
Under the hood is the LT4 small block from GM with 330-hp and 340 lb-ft of torque, which is respectable today – but was the king back in 1996. A six-speed manual transmission is mated to the LT4 and this particular vehicle is one of 118 Grand Sport Convertibles with the F45 adjustable suspension system.
The Corvette sports 17-inch A-mold wheels that are resemble the five-spoke design found on the ZR-1. Wrapping them are staggered 255/45/17 front Goodyear Eagle F1s while the rear has a much wider 285/40/17 setup.
True Corvette collectors shouldn’t need to look much farther than this for their next purchase. This Grand Sport Convertible is not only rare, but has been kept in pristine condition making it an easy buy to justify.
Watch a video on the 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible below.
GALLERY: 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible
[Source: RK Motors]
As if winning Super Bowl XLVI and becoming the MVP of the game wasn’t enough, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was also handed the keys to a 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible Centennial Edition.
The MVP Award winner was chosen through a media panel and fan vote on www.superbowl.com during the game, and those that watched the events unfold during the big game probably knew the younger Manning would be MVP once the game was over and the Giants had won. Now he’ll get to enjoy the 6.2L V8 with 436-hp and 424 lb-ft of torque in a limited, black-on-black Centennial edition model to celebrate 100 years of Chevrolet history.
Those who watched the post-game ceremony probably got a good laugh at how Manning didn’t seem to really acknowledge that he had won a car. In fact, the announcer had to reiterate a couple of times just to get Manning’s attention to hand him over the keys. But we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt; considering he just won his second Super Bowl, proved he was an elite quarterback and, well, probably didn’t care too much about the Corvette.
GALLERY: Eli Manning / Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible
The first ever 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible went for a hot $600,000 at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson auction. Sporting VIN #001, the convertible sports car was sold to Ron Pratte, a multi-millionaire who made his fortunes from wood framing and concrete foundations.
When the ‘Vette first hit the auction block, it caused a bidding frenzy quickly jumping up to over $200,000 when things started to die down. Then Jeff Gordon decided to make it more enticing by adding in his own racing suit and a VIP trip to the 2012 Daytona 500. The final $600,000 sale price wasn’t even the best part, as Eddie Vannoy added another $100,000 donation to the price of the car, which is going towards the AARP Drive for Hunger charity.
The Corvette 427 features an LS7 engine from the Z06 with 505-hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. It’s the most powerful engine ever placed into a Corvette convertible. It’s also outfitted with several carbon fiber pieces in order to save some pounds, with the convertible weighing in at 3,555-lbs. Its 0-60 mph time is a scant 3.8-seconds while it can clock the quarter mile in just 11.8-seconds.
GALLERY: Corvette 427 Convertible
When the Chevy Corvette celebrated its 50th birthday back in 2003, many enthusiasts were hoping for a special edition model to be released. Chevrolet for the most part failed to deliver, only offering a version with custom paint and an emblem package. The aftermarket decided to take things into their own hands, coming up with a limited edition appearance package that commemorated the 50th anniversary.
Developed by Advanced Automotive Technologies out in Rochester Mills, Michigan, a 1953 Commemorative Edition appearance package features retro C1 styling with a then-new generation C5 Vette – in this case, a 2001 model. Only seven total C5 Z06s got converted, and this is one of them. In total, only 200 of the 1953 Commemorative Edition packages made it onto C5s worldwide.
Packed with 405-hp, this very hard-to-find creation sports only 8,049-miles on the odometer and has an asking price of $69,900. Other than the retro-styled appearance package, most everything is what you’d expect on a C5 Z06, so no huge surprises under the hood or inside the cabin except that it’s all immaculate. Nonetheless, the aesthetics are what makes this car so unique, with it completely torn down to everything but its doors and roofs for the remake.
The fiberglass panels for the 1953CE kit were aligned to factory perfection before the entire body got resprayed Torch Red. To complete the transformation, new lights and red metal accents were added to the car. The result is a retro-style Vette with modern technology under the hood and a modern body to preserve it for many years to come.
Check out a video highlighting the car after the break.
GALLERY: Corvette Z06 1953 Commemorative Edition
[Source: RK Motors]
In their desire to offer their customers a greater variety of exciting cars that they can rent, Hertz’s Adrenaline Collection will now feature the 6.2L V8 powered Camaro SS and Corvette convertibles. The Camaro SS comes packing 400-hp and a six-speed automatic transmission while the Vette has 430-hp and a six-speed manual. The Adrenaline Collection is available in California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, New York and New Jersey.
The Prestige Collection now adds Cadillac’s CTS to its lineup, featuring a 3.6L V6 with 318-hp, NeverLost GPS, satellite radio and Bluetooth capability. Hertz’s Prestige Collection is available in Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Autocross is generally the safest form of motorsport you can participate in. Most courses are setup to focus on skillful driving rather than high speed passes, leveraging your vehicle’s handling and brakes more than its horsepower. Unfortunately for this Chevrolet Corvette, a cold track with cold tires meant a long, unintentional sideways slide into the curb.
And of course all the action is caught on video and immediately uploaded onto YouTube for the world to see. We’re going to guess this accident is partly driver error and partly (albeit, much smaller) bad course design. Even though the ‘Vette doesn’t seem like it’s going at any real fast rate when the accident occurs, there’s definitely some significant damage to the car, especially to the chassis.
Check out the video after the break.
Celebrating 30 years of “Corvettes at Carlisle”, Chevy will show off a special edition Corvette Carlisle Blue Grand Sport Concept sporting a new and unique Carlisle Blue exterior. Contrasting the Carlisle Blue Corvette will be a Torch Red Corvette Z06 Ron Fellows Hall of Fame Tribute vehicle.
The Carlisle Blue Grand Sport Concept features an LS3 6.2L with dry sump oil system, a motor that was hand-built at GM’s Performance Build Center. The power plant is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and features Chevrolet’s Magnetic Selective Ride Control. On the outside, silver-painted Torque 2 wheels contrast the Carlisle Blue exterior while Pearl White full-length racing stripes sets a nice accent. A dual-mode exhaust system goes with a huge collection of Genuine Corvette Accessories. The exterior also features a carbon fiber ground effects kit and full-width rear spoiler while the interior gets ebony floor mats and a racing pedal package.
The custom Z06 set to honor Ron Fellows’ long, distinguished Corvette Racing career features a CFZ carbon fiber package which includes a new splitter and rocker moldings; a carbon fiber raised hood, and black headlamp housings and mirrors. The brake calipers were done in a similar red as the exterior while the ebony interior also received red stitching accents.
Autoguide will be sure to check out these Corvettes and all the Camaros that will surely take SEMA by storm this year.
GALLERY: Corvette Carlisle Blue Grand Sport Concept
GALLERY: Corvette Z06 Ron Fellows Hall of Fame Tribute
Former Corvette Racing driver and motorsports icon Ron Fellows recently had the pleasure of being inducted into Corvette’s Hall of Fame. And as if that wasn’t a big enough honor for Fellows, he was also presented with this wicked 2012 Corvette Z06 at the National Corvette Museum’s 17th Annual Labor Day celebration. This particular Chevy Corvette has been dubbed the SEMA/Spring Mountain Special Edition and chances are we’ll be seeing it in action at the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School right outside Las Vegas at Spring Mountain Raceway – not to mention at the upcoming SEMA Show in November.
The special edition 2012 Z06 features a carbon fiber hood and full-body racing stripes. On all four corners are black wheels with a red stripe, borrowed from the Centennial Edition, while the interior features embroidered seats with “100 Years” on them. Displayed prominently on the side of the car is Ron Fellows’ #3 racing number which is complemented by graphics stating “Hall of Fame”. In the rear, the Vette has graphics from Mosport Raceway, which Ron co-owns, plus logos from his own driving school.
[Source: Corvette Blogger]
Check out the video after the jump:
Back in 1980, California Custom Coachworks did a limited run of just five Chevrolet Corvette sedans for customers (a total of six were produced, one of them being a prototype). They took the stock body Corvettes, lengthened them by 30 inches, adding a significant 500-lb weight gain to the body. The result however was a very rare four-door Corvette that featured four seats and a very peculiar design.
We spotted one of these rare sedans up for sale on eBay, claiming it’s one of the few left and that it’s completely original, never been damaged and sports 19,867 miles on the odometer. The owner has also taken it to many shows, collecting first place trophies along the way through each one. It’s a little strange to see a four-door Corvette with our own eyes, never mind one with a $265,500 price tag.
GALLERY: 1980 Four-Door Chevrolet Corvette
The wrap company out of Czech Republic, Tintek, has been producing chrome vehicles for the Internet to enjoy for quite some time now. New to their collection is a Chevrolet Corvette, and if that wasn’t enough, this Corvette sports a set of vertical doors.
A quick peek at their website reveals that Tintek doesn’t look to be slowing down on the chrome wrap movement either. They’re showing off a new violet chrome variant and even recently did a Bentley GTC in gold chrome. Oh what the hell, who cares about being subtle anyways.
GALLERY: Tintek Chrome Chevrolet Corvette
[Source: GT Spirit]
Looks like somebody at General Motors got the memo about Corvette owners being aging, denim-swathed lotharios. And to better target the sort of young trendsetters posing in Porsches, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis, GM is planning to give some European substance to the Corvette in the form of a smaller turbo V8.
That somebody is Mark Reuss, by the way—GM’s North American president who stated that the seventh-generation C7 Corvette will be “completely different” than the current model. He helped approve plans for a smaller-displacement, higher-revving V8 that would shake up many of the key characteristics that have defined the Corvette over the years. For example, instead of pushrods and overhead valves the new V8 would be an OHC. Instead of the adage “there’s no replacement for displacement,” the V8′s size would be cut down from 6.0 liters to half that size.
And for the first time in its 60 years, the ‘Vette would get turbo motivation—for a flat torque curve and more usable performance in different driving conditions. In total, the new engine should deliver 400 horsepower minimum, and at a projected 3 liters it would churn out 125 horsepower per liter while revving as far as 10,000 RPM.
With these high-tech powertrain advancements, Reuss wants to “target a very different sort of buyer for the next Corvette. Let’s face it, the current customer is getting old.” Still, the traditional OHV engine will be offered with more engine choices across the board than there are now. And as far as styling goes, it would be kept traditional and draw cues from legendary bygone models. Lastly, the oft-criticized interior will be “world-class,” says Ed Welburn, GM’s global design chief who is personally overseeing its interior redesign.
Now would be a good time to revisit those fun mid-engine rumors that have fueled Corvette concepts since the 80s. What’s next—Porsche captures the displaced, aging baby boomers by giving the next 911 a HEMI engine mounted way up front somewhere? Stranger thing have happened in the automotive world, and enthusiasts have burned down castle gates over less.
[Source: The Detroit Bureau]
There’s risks when you take your vehicle to tackle land speed records at the Texas Mile. Hinson Motorsports’ Chevrolet Corvette Z06 experienced everyone’s biggest fear when the vehicle flipped going an astonishing 230-mph. Luckily the driver didn’t sustain any major injuries, a huge testament to Hinson Motorsports in focusing on safety as much as performance.
Unfortunately, cars speeding beyond 200-mph is a little commonplace out at the Texas Mile, so not a lot of cameras were shining on the Corvette when the incident happened. One video did surface, and is available after the break, that shows the Corvette Z06 zooming along before it rolls over and landing back on its four wheels. We’ll just keep to our boring, mundane commuter cars after watching this video, thanks.
GALLERY: Hinson Motorsports’ 230-mph Corvette Crash
Two one-of-a-kind Chevrolet Corvettes were given away recently at the Corvette Dream Giveaway, one of them being this 2010 Brad Paisley Hero Edition Corvette ZR1. The other was a 1967 Corvette convertible Sting Ray.
The draw was created to aid in the expansion of the Kids Wish Network’s “Hero” program and the Corvette Dream Giveaway’s lucky winner was Brian Landgren of Washington.
While a unique supercar-killer in its own right, this particular ZR1 received some tweaks from Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, squeezing out 720-hp, a nice increase over the factory’s 638-hp figure.
Unique features in the aesthetics department include country star Brad Paisley’s signature under the hood of the vehicle. The exterior of the 2010 ZR1 has been refinished in Ermine White, matching the 1967 Sting Ray that was also given away.
Inside the cockpit, a red interior with a ton of red accents contrasts the carbon fiber accessories.
GALLERY: Brad Paisley Corvette ZR1 Hero Edition