The Corvette is back! Sales numbers are great for the 2014 model year. The last year for the C6 Corvette was not good, sales numbers were just about 12,500. We feel this might have been a combination of an outdated look or perhaps the consumer was just waiting for the all new Stingray. From our sources it looks like GM made a total of 37,288 Stingrays in 2014…not a bad increase year over year.
With the Z06 coming out in 2015, we expect to see 35,000 or more Stingrays roll off the assembly line in Bowling Green in 2015. It’s very exciting to see that the Corvette is back and back in full force.
All Corvette fans are going to be very excited for the Barrett Jackson Auction in Scottsdale this year. The 2015 Z06 Convertible with VIN 001 will be one of the main attractions at the auction we are sure. We are betting the very first Z06 Convertible ever produced will bring a million bucks or more based on the previous two C7’s with VIN 001 both bringing a million. If you are thinking that a million bucks is crazy, well, it is, but that money is all being donated to charity, and this is the first ever C7 Z06 Convertible. So we think it’s money well spent.
Who could buy this beast? We’re betting that NASCAR’s Rick Hendrick will be the winning bidder, we could be wrong, but that’s our guess. Rick Hendrick has bought the first couple of C7’s that crossed the auction block at previous Barrett Jackson events. Tune in to the auction in January 10-18.
Despite Chevrolet’s Best Efforts, Renders of the C7 Z06 Have Leaked Ahead of the Vehicle’s Official Unveiling
In the information age keeping things a secret is almost impossible, and Chevrolet keeps learning that the hard way. As has been the case with the C7 Corvette every step of the way, more information has been leaked ahead of Chevrolet’s planned unveiling. This time, it’s rendered images of the C7 Z06.
This vehicle is undeniably busy from front to back. Chevrolet has put aerodynamic touches and extra vents seemingly everywhere they could fit them. It’s beautiful–there’s no denying that–but it may not be to the minimalist’s tastes. The new side skirts, front lip spoiler, rear spoiler and rear fascia, and other body components should equate to improved downforce and drag coefficients.
The extra vents should all be active. If the supercharger rumors are true, that will explain the large inlet on the car’s hood, and the brake vents should help to keep, what will almost certainly be carbon-ceramic, the advanced brakes cool while trying to stop the C7 Z06’s 620HP and 650 Lb/Ft of torque.
Tomorrow’s the big day, and around 10am or so we should have lots of solid information. For now, though, check out these rendering and appreciate what the next greatest American supercar will be.
Here’s a Tease of just how Incredible the C7.R will Sound
Corvettes sound great. It’s common knowledge. A proven fact. A law of automotive science. Corvettes always sound great. They always have and they always will. That’s why it was no surprise to me when I heard that the C7.R sounded amazing. No, the surprise came when I heard just how amazing.
The C7.R is Chevrolet Racing’s next GT-class performance race car based on their Corvette chassis. The C6.R, which recently took a pole in Dubai at a GT1 event despite it being sunset in the months to come, has dominated other tarmac and driver alike for years now, and it’s finally time for it to retire. In its place will be amazing variation on the C7 Stingray Corvette specially designed to tackle the world’s toughest courses at some of mankind’s greatest speeds.
We showed you what the C7.R Corvette looks like a few weeks ago when the first spyshots were leaked. And we’ll share official photos of it from its Detroit International Automotive Show unveiling on Monday. We’re excited, and we know you are too, and that’s why this sub-10 second clip is so wonderful. It’s one more taste of what’s sure to become the next world class Corvette racer ahead of its official unveiling.
So, turn up your speakers, sit back, and enjoy, because if this any indication of the what the C7.R will be like then we, the Corvette adoring public, are in for quite a treat.
Chevrolet Has Introduced an Incredible New Performance Data Recorder for their Flagship Corvette at the Consumer Electronics Show
Ahead of the unveiling of the C7.R and the C7 Z06, Chevrolet has provided Corvette lovers another fantastic bit of news. At last week’s CES, Chevrolet unveiled a new Corvette Performance Data Recorder technology that will be made available for Corvette owners to provide them an even greater edge at track days.
The Corvette Performance Data Recorder isn’t new technology, ultimately. Formula One, American LeMans Series, and other high end race cars have utilized functions just like it for years and years now; however, its dealer installed availability on a production race car like the Corvette is nearly revolutionary.
The Corvette Performance Data Recorder will allow Stingray owners, and almost certainly those people who are lucky enough to get a hold of a C7 Z06, the ability to record and review their racing performance. The box itself will use telemetry data taken from the vehicle’s computer to provide full hardline data on the driver’s performance at a track. This can show a skilled and knowledgeable driver where they lost precious seconds due to unnecessary movements.
Of course, that information alone wouldn’t be revolutionary. It is, instead, the second aspect of Chevrolet’s new toy that makes it so special. The Corvette Performance Data Recorder will allow the Corvette driver to insert an SD card in to their glovebox and pull off not only their hardline data, but also HD video of their laps. An HD video recorder will be installed high along the windshield line and will provide video footage of the lap, which can then be overlayed with live telemetry data for a full race experience.
This technology will allow any individual a chance to see their driving from a competitive perspective, and, ultimately, give Corvette drivers a chance at seriously improving lap times at tracks that they race multiple times. The videos themselves can also, and certainly will also, be shared online. Corvette communities are certain to explode with track day videos of Corvette racers dominating the twists and turns of their favored local tarmac.
Check out the Chevrolet video below:
Also be sure to watch CNet’s great test of the technology as well:
Chevrolet Will Livestream the C7 Z06 and C7.R Reveal on Monday, January 13th, from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit
Chevrolet is excited and so are we. On Monday, at 9:30 a.m., the official unveiling of the C7 Z06 and C7.R will begin at the North American International Auto Show, and we’ll be watching. So should you. Watch it here.
Chevrolet has promised that the event itself will provide tons of information on their new supercar: the 620HP C7 Z06 that’s sure to dominate its competition on both road and track. We have already had a chance to learn about the vehicle’s HP and Torque numbers, but on a vehicle as impressive as the C7 Z06 promises to be, that’s just skimming the surface.
Questions still abound about the C7 Z06’s engine, the C7 Z06’s aerodynamic and handling upgrades, the C7 Z06’s price tag, and the other changes that the car will see, and we’re certain that some, if not all of them, will get answered for us in just a few short days. We’re counting the days. So, read up on what we already know about the C7 Z06, and the rumors that abound concerning it as well, and then tune in on Monday for a live look at the world’s next great supercar.
Check with us Monday night for a full recap, as well.
Chevrolet Accidentally Released the Specs of the 2015 Corvette Z06 Ahead of its Official Unveiling
We’re just 4 days away from the official unveiling of the 2015 C7 Corvette Z06 at the Detroit International Auto Show, but one of the event’s biggest secrets has already been released. Chevrolet unveiled a new teaser video ahead of the automotive show, but somebody there messed up when they put in the video’s metadata.
“With 620 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2015 Corvette Z06 is the most advanced Corvette ever made. Read more about Chevy’s supercar here.”
This bit of data was input as a meta tag, but was visible through viewing the web page’s html information. So, that cat is now officially out of the bag, and what a big and powerful cat it is.
The 2015 Z06 Corvette will officially be producing 620 HP and 650 lb/ft of torque. Let me repeat that real quick: The 2015 Z06 Corvette will officially be producing 620 HP and 650 lb/ft of torque. That’s a lot of power.
Compare that output to the base C7 Stingray Corvette, which puts down an impressive 460 hp and 460 lb/ft of torque from the 6.2-liter V8 LT1 at its heart. Compare that also to the 505 hp and 470 lb/ft that the 7.0-liter V8 LS7 put out in the C6 Z06 and you’re beginning to get an idea of what a capable machine this new C7 Z06 will be.
The C6 Z06 is considered one of the world’s ultimate production track vehicles, and we can now wholeheartedly expect the C7 Z06 to top it in all facets. Price tag, expected handling improvements and chassis packages, or exactly what engine it is that will be providing this power are, as of yet, unknown. Rumors place the vehicle as featuring more carbon fiber than the base Stingray Corvette to lighten curb weight, as well as featuring the MRC magnetic suspension, and that the engine will be a supercharged variant of the C7 Stingray’s LT1.
If the vehicle does in fact utilize a supercharged 6.2 V8 LT1, that means that this car will have a similar powerplant to the 6.2L Supercharged V8 LS9 used in the C6 ZR1, and begs the question that, if a ZR1 were to be made, just how powerful would such an automobile be?
Chevrolet Will be Unveiling Their New C7.R Corvette Alongside the C7 Z06 at the Detroit International Auto Show
Chevrolet Motorsports division is joining their retail brethren to officially unveil their next generation racing Corvette at the Detroit International Auto Show. We’ve known for some time that the C7.R was an inevitability, but nothing had been officially shown or seen thus far. Next month, in Detroit, that will change.
So far all the public has known of the C7.R has been a collection of track-testing spy photos, but we’ll get all of the details soon enough. Following the Detroit Auto Show the C7.R will make its professional race debut at the Tudor United SportsCar Championship (USCC) racing series at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, on January 25.
Chevrolet Motorsports has been track testing the C7.R at the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway as well as their company owned Milford Proving Grounds track. Coupling their race work and know-how with a vehicle as capable as the C7 Stingray should produce a Corvette Racing vehicle capable of continuing the Corvette Motorsport history of race success.
The C6.R was one of the most successful vehicles in its class for its entire life, and lead the pack in places multiple different years. Expect the C7.R to continue leading the competition and winning races for years to come.
Corvette Racing will continue using the Jake’s racing vehicle emblem. The Jake’s Racing Skull has become synonymous with Corvette performance.
Spy Photos of the C7 Stingray and a new LT4 Small Block V8 Engine Have Hit the Web
Just a few days after Chevy’s announcement of their C7 Stingray Z06 Corvette, spy photos of one involved in engine testing have been captured. The images show a highly modified Stingray featuring camouflage used to disguise dramatic aerodynamic enhancements, extra vents, and a new hood. What lies underneath the hood is what’s the most intriguing thing, however.
Spy photos of what appears to be the future Corvette Z06 engine, dubbed the LT4, have also hit the web. The LT4 appears to be a supercharged and modified version of the 6.2L LT1 V8. Rumors swirling around this engine put its HP ratings as high as 650HP, although the 600HP mark seems to be the most likely.
While the HP number is what we’re uncertain about at this point, the existence of the LT4 is something we’re not questioning. A spy photo has leaked showing the clearly marked LT4 on an engine stand with a supercharger inlet. The spy photos of the C7 Z06 itself also seem to indicate a power hood inlet for extra space to fit the supercharger and the vents to allow for more air.
The engine and hood aren’t all that has been changed, however. The front fascia has been thoroughly reworked to with a larger grille opening flanked by aerodynamic enhancements on either side. The rear quarter panels now also sport added cooling vents behind the wheels, similar to the brake cooling duct found on the C5 Z06. As seen in the teaser, the Corvette Z06’s rocker panel certainly looks more aggressive too. We expect more aerodynamic changes to be made both to the vehicle’s rear end and the front lip and fascia.
Chevrolet Will Unveil the C7 Z06 Corvette at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show
We’ve known that a Z06 version of the C7 Stingray was an inevitability since the vehicle was released, and the incredible popularity and praise of the vehicle have made that even more of a guarantee. This new Z06 Corvette may be even more anticipated than the C7 Stingray on which it’s built, too.
Specifications aren’t yet known on the C7 Z06, but expectations are for the track-monster C7 Corvette to feature an engine with 600 or more HP. Rumors have hinted at engine variations ranging from a twin-turbo 4.5L V8 all the way to a naturally aspirated 7.0L LT take on the LS7. Some people have even guessed that the Z06 could feature the LT1 engine of the C7 Stingray with an added forced induction system.
One thing is for certain: the C7 Z06 will be an absolute monster. The 3.9 second 0-60mph time and the 1.05g skid pad capability of the Stingray are already impressive and we can expect the C7 Z06 to best those numbers, and every other one the incredible Stingray puts down.