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Unread 2017-07-23, 08:42 PM   #801
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C 7 verts are prob my favorite iteration of the c7
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'BraaaAAAAP,' Said The New Corvette ZR1







The wind hushed through the trees. It was quiet—peaceful, even. But not for long.
It started out as a distant hum of thunder. “Bbbbbrrooom.” What was that? A bear, perhaps? A lion?
Then the maelstrom howled closer. “Braaaaaaap.”
Tires screamed—shrieked—in protest, as they carried the wide body with the gaping front (perhaps but most likely of the new C7 Corvette ZR1) into view. “SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEE!” The murderous engine unleashed a dragon’s breath of a roar, drowning out the screech of the tires: “BRAAAAAAAAAAAAP!”

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Why those weird exhaust pipes? you wondered, hands clapped over your ears, head tucked between your knees for fear of this nuclear fury. Why why why?












It’s because they apparently help with the noise regulations at the Nürburgring, according to Road & Track. But what about for the fear? What is being done about that? How will we sleep?
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Unread 2017-09-14, 03:44 PM   #804
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All it takes to total a C7 Corvette is one tiny crack





Totaled Corvette Grand Sport with cracked frame Photo: Corvette Forum/CDM85-251


Taking a quick look at this 2017 Chevrolet C7 Corvette Grand Sport reveals what appears to be no issues. It runs well and has no body damage. But, it's been totaled out by the driver's insurance company thanks to a tiny crack in the frame.
According to the owner, who told the story on the Corvette Forum, he was unable to avoid a large rock on an eight-lane wide interstate. With cars on all sides of him, he had no choice but to try to straddle the large chunk of rock. Thankfully, he did fairly well and the rock missed anything with fluids running through it. However, during a dealership inspection, it was revealed the Corvette Grand Sport had suffered a microscopic crack in the frame, which the dealer deemed non-serviceable. Total cost of the damage was $7,600 without the part or labor.

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The situation got stickier after the insurance company began looking for ways to fix the issue without totaling out the car. The owner told Jalopnik that Chevrolet itself said replacing the part itself would compromise the integrity of the car. Welding it back to health wouldn't be covered under warranty, either. So, insurance had no choice but to total the car. The value was assessed and the owner has already been paid.
Now, the Corvette Grand Sport will be offered for sale with a salvage title, which may make it a seemingly excellent score for a buyer who will likely never find the issue.
However, we wouldn't recommend taking the car to a track or trusting the integrity of the frame for any type of performance driving. Given the structural nature of the issue, we think this car is best parted out. In that case, it's still probably worth a pretty penny.
What a shame. Stupid rock.
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I would think this could be welded up and grinded down and the integrity of the frame would be fine...
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it's on an auction site right now w/ a salvage title for sale iirc
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U Spy The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 With Different Aero Kits




A pair of 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 prototypes were recently spied in the midst of testing by Carscoops reader Kyle Thoreen.

Chevrolet has been testing the new ZR1 for well over a year and these images appear to confirm previous reports that the car will be offered with at least two different aero kits.

One of the prototypes has been fitted with a towering rear wing which will inevitably help to stick the track-focused Corvette to the tarmac. As for the second prototype, it has a much smaller rear wing barely any more prominent than the lip spoiler of the current Corvette Z06.

During recent outings at Germany’s Nurburgring, it has become increasingly apparent how performance-focused the car will be. There’s even a possibility that Chevrolet will look to set a sub-7-minute lap time at the track but it’s difficult to imagine it topping the GT2 RS’s 6min 47 sec lap record.

When the 2018 Corvette ZR1 arrives in showrooms, it is widely expected to use a new LT5, twin-turbo V8 engine with over 700 hp. However, there remains a possibility that the supercharged V8 of the Z06 will be retained and simply upgraded.

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RENDERED SPECULATION: This *MAY* Be A Good Indication Of The Next-gen Corvette, Also, It May Be Here As A 2019 MY Vehicle








It seems the Chevrolet Corvette's time has come.

Given the latest spy shots we've posted for you of what's perceived to be the next-gen Corvette, it will be going to a mid-engine layout.

This is a HUGE step for one of the industry's most storied sports cars.

One thing we were really taken by was how much it looked like something far more exotic. The more I looked at the images, the more I thought it looked like a Ferrari 458 Italia with more prominent hips.

It seems I am not the only one as an artist has rendered what may be in story for the 2019 model year. According to local news reports in Kentucky, where the Corvette is built, it may be here sooner than originally thought as well. That's because the folks down in BG are saying that the 2019 MY will start production around January 29, 2018.

Perhaps this mid-engine car will arrive as a 2020 model? Or, is this why GM is retooling the plant now? What say you, Spies?

Also, let us know what you think of the render below!


...Workers will be assembling 2018 Corvettes when the plant reopens and continue doing so through the week of Jan. 22, 2018. They will then shift gears and start manufacturing the 2019 model of the iconic sports car Jan. 29.


Speculation in trade publications such as Motor Trend and Auto Week has the 2019 Corvette featuring a mid-engine design that would enhance the car’s handling characteristics and make it comparable to such exotic sports cars as Ferrari and Porsche...






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If Ricky the fuck outta that.

Too bad I'll never be able to swing a gas powered version of one.
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GM CEO May Have Accidentally Confirmed The Electric Corvette e-Ray



Twitter What a cruel joke to play just after the epic ZR1 launched.
Woah there. Please pull back on the reigns of progress because the rate of it is accelerating too rapidly. The term “accelerating too rapidly” may not be a bad thing for a horsepower enthusiast, but it becomes that way when it entails stripping the V8 from an American muscle car and swapping it for batteries. Yep, you heard that right. That is if Automobile Magazine heard it right, because according to the news source that’s exactly what General Motors CEO Mary Barra alluded to at the Barclay’s Global Automotive Conference.



We’ve heard rumors of an electric Corvette, dubbed the e-Ray, as far back as 2015 when GM trademarked the name and left the world to wonder if it was planning an electric Vette or a juiced-up Cadillac sports car that would redeem the badge after the horrors it went through with the ELR. While outlining General Motors’ plans to bring at least 20 new electric vehicles to market by 2023, Barra made mention of an “expressive luxury low-roof” vehicle among other EV options that seem more practical for families, workers, and commuters. As part of GM’s charge to get consumers weened off of fuel and onto electricity, such a car could lead the pack as the flagship, sort of how the Tesla Roaster set the stage for the Model S, Model X, and Model 3.

Unlike Tesla, General Motors has little issue with churning out mass amounts of cars. The problem it does face—as disparities between Tesla's and GM’s stock price show even though GM is much larger, actually profitable, and has a long history behind it—is getting both consumers and investors excited about its electric products in the same way they are about Tesla’s. It’s anyone’s guess as to which brand GM would launch its “expressive luxury low-roof” electric car under, especially given that the auto giant is bringing electric drivetrains to all of its brands. Our only ray of information lies with that conspicuous e-ray patent, which sounds Corvette-like given the connotations the sports car shares with the word “Stingray.”
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Chevrolet Offers $9,000 Discount On Corvette Z06



Yes, sales have been that bad.
Despite the recent unveiling of the new Corvette ZR1, Chevrolet is having difficulty selling its seventh-generation Corvette. How much difficulty, exactly? According to MSN Money, only 1,345 Corvettes were sold in October. That's a 49 percent drop from the previous October. Overall, sales are off by a troubling 20 percent for the first ten months of 2017, and the year is quickly coming to an end. What to do? Discounts. Even the Corvette Z06 is being discounted.



In fact, the Corvette Z06, previously the fastest and most powerful within the C7 lineup prior to the ZR1’s arrival, is among the Chevy vehicles with the largest discount right now. How much, exactly? Try $9,107 below the $80,445 MSRP. Bear in mind that tacking on extra features quickly jacks the price even higher, easily into the $90k range. Given the end of year discount, perhaps now’s the best time to buy a C7 Z06. Sure, the ZR1 will be arriving soon, but the Z06’s 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque isn’t exactly for amateurs. The LT4 supercharged 6.2-liter V8 made the Z06, until the ZR1, the most powerful production car ever from General Motors. Discounts of up to $9k don’t come along often.




But going back to the dismal Corvette sales in general for a moment. It’s troubling. Like the now discontinued Dodge Viper, the Corvette, especially the Z06, is more of a trophy car for the brand. It attracts customers to dealerships, but they typically wind up with a Malibu, Equinox, or Colorado. You know, something mainstream. Despite the base Corvette Stingray’s more affordable $56k starting price, buyers just aren’t responding. Not exactly good news for Chevrolet just as its rumored to soon to debut the next generation C8 Corvette. The C8, as we all know, will likely feature the most significant change to the Corvette in its 60+ year history, the switch from front- to mid-engine.

Question is, will that be enough to reenergize GM’s premiere sports and, in the case of the Z06 and ZR1, supercar? Hopefully, the C8 will make its world premiere soon, perhaps as soon as Detroit in January. For now, the C7 soldiers on for the 2018 model year relatively unchanged.
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