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Opinion: Mid-Engine Corvette: Too Little, Too Late?

Our veteran spy photographer says electric drive is the way to go.

by on Mar.02, 2018

Off to a rocky start? Our spy photographer thinks GM is on the wrong path with its mid-engine Vette.

Drop the mid-engine Corvette. Now.

It’s time for GM to stop its development of an icon vehicle, the 20?? mid-engine Corvette. Yes, the long, long overdeveloped car that has diverted GM’s innovational (?) attention for over 25 years. The car could be way behind what is happening in the 2-seat racing-type model of today.

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Huge changes are ongoing in the automobile business. We all see that. Car companies are formed and reformed, replaced, absorbed. New technologies are in huge development – autonomous cars and trucks are surely on the way. Electrics are moving – in some instances, shoved – on the scene, replacing the internal combustion engine.


Chevrolet Teases New Corvette Z06

High-performance model due to debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

by on Dec.04, 2013

Chevrolet offers just a tease of the new 2015 Corvette Z06 debuting next month in Detroit.

Chevrolet will up the ante for sports car performance when it unveils the new 2014 Corvette Z06 at the Detroit Auto Show next month.

Regular readers might be scratching their heads and wondering about the name of the new supercar as rumors had been circulating in recent months suggesting that for the 2015 iteration Chevy would upgrade the name of the Corvette spin-off by redubbing it the Z07.

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Apparently not, and we’ll be looking to find out why when we meet with company officials in the coming weeks, but there’ll be a lot of other questions to ask about the 2015 Corvette Z06 including performance specifics.


Corvette Customers Face Potential Six-Month Backlog

Many dealers also adding stiff premium to price tag.

by on Sep.30, 2013

You could be in for a long wait for the new 2014 Corvette Stingray, Chevy warns.

Even as dealers begin delivering the first of the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays to customers, many buyers could be in for a long wait, General Motors officials are warning – and a potentially stiff premium.

The new Corvette continues to garner a wave of strongly positive reviews, while buyers also appear to be strongly attracted to a $51,995 base price that is significantly lower than key competitors, such as the Porsche 911. But many dealers are acknowledging that early customers are ponying up anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 extra to jump to the head of the line.

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“We probably have six months’ worth of orders,” said Chevrolet General Marketing Manager Chris Perry, adding that some dealers have already reported selling out their initial allocation. And Chevy won’t even begin to fill the order bank for the new Corvette Convertible until early next year.


Chevy to Offer Limited Edition Corvette Premiere Edition

Special model adds custom luggage – and Z51 performance package.

by on Jul.01, 2013

Thule will provide the Corvette Premier Edition's matching set of luggage.

The very first 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray commanded a whopping $1.1 million when it went up on the auction block earlier this year. True, it was a charity benefit event but there are only so many dedicated Vette fans able to come up with cash like that.

Nonetheless, Chevy has something special for those on a bit tighter budget a special Corvette Premier Edition that will be offered in a limited run of just 500 models for an estimated $75,000 apiece.

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The news coincided with the 60th anniversary of the factory roll-out of the very first Corvette, Chevy working hard to prove the new model lives up to the so-called C7’s advanced billing. The maker pulled the wraps off during a special launch party at the National Corvette Museum – which is around the corner from where the seventh-generation sports car is getting ready to go into production.


Already Iconic – Chevy Bills the 2014 C7 Corvette as a True World-Beater

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette by the numbers.

by on Jan.13, 2013

The C7, shown here at Sunday night's unveiling, will be the fastest and most powerful "base" Corvette ever.

You can forgive the first Corvette.  When it rolled out almost exactly 60 years ago, it was a stylish break from the heavy metal most U.S. manufacturers were producing at the time. But despite its striking looks it was a pretty primitive product, with a solid rear axle and a woefully under-powered straight-6 under the hood.

It didn’t take Chevrolet long to figure out what it had to work with, and over the decades, with each successive generation, the Corvette got bigger engines and more and more power.  Yet there’s a big difference between a muscle car and a sports car, and the divide between the Chevy 2-seater and European competitors like Porsche and Ferrari has only grown larger over the years.

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The outgoing ‘Vette, which has been in production since 2005, was perhaps the first in generations to suggest that Corvette could really produce a world-class sports car.  But at least on paper, the new C7 suggests that Chevy may really be ready to deliver a 2-seater that the competition should be worried about.

Here’s a quick look at some of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette’s basics.


Coming Sunday, 7PM: 1st Look at C7 Corvette!

The exclusive inside story of Chevy's 1st true world-beater.

by on Jan.11, 2013

It almost didn’t happen.  Between General Motors’ bankruptcy and plenty of internal debate, the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette nearly failed to materialize. But after a two-year delay, the C7 is finally ready to make its tire-spinning debut. has seen it and we’ve got the inside story ready to reveal to readers on Sunday 7 PM ET. You’ll soon see why the all-new 2014 ‘Vette is already being called the most beautiful American sports car in half a century.

Beyonce to Get New C7 Corvette at Super Bowl

Singer will serenade new model during halftime show.

by on Dec.28, 2012

Beyonce will help launch the new C7 Corvette during the upcoming Super Bowl.

It’s easy to forget that there’s actually a football game going on during the Super Bowl, what with all the attention paid to the high-profile commercials and the big name acts that anchor the annual halftime show.

But Chevrolet is hoping that it can be a real Super Bowl stand-out despite General Motors much-publicized decision to yank its ads from the upcoming event. In a creative compromise with the NFL, the Detroit maker plans to place its all-new 2014 Corvette on the 50-yard line during the halftime show and present it to this year’s celebrity performer Beyonce, sources tell

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GM officials would not confirm for the record their involvement in the 2013 game, Chevrolet spokesman Mike Albano only noting that, “We’ve got a history of being involved with the Super Bowl.”

That involvement was originally set to end, however. Last May, former GM global marketing czar Joel Ewanick announced that, due to rising costs he called unjustifiable, the maker would not advertise during Super Bowl XLVII.


Leaked C7 Corvette Renderings Reach Web

Images reveal interior and exterior.

by on Dec.26, 2012

Renderings of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette - likely from an owner's manual - have leaked onto the Web.

There are few secrets in the auto industry but General Motors has gone to great pains to keep the lid on images and details concerning the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette. Only a handful of journalists have had a chance to see or hear about the new C7 ‘Vette in advance of its debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

But now, it appears, a number of details, as well as some detailed renderings, have leaked out anyway. But we’re betting that it will only enhance interest when the Corvette reveal takes place in little more than two weeks.

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We owe a tip of the hat to Autoblog for nabbing these images which first appeared on the Corvette Forum but which were then quickly pulled back down.

The renderings, which appear to come from an owner’s manual or service guide, reveal a more European design that would seem to be in line, dimensionally, with the likes of a Porsche 911.  A large grille is located directly below the steeply raked headlamps. There are large air exhausts behind the front wheels which could be used for brake cooling as well as to exhaust air from the engine compartment.


2014 Chevrolet Corvette Breaks Cover

Is this the new C7?

by on Dec.10, 2012

Is this the long-awaited C7 Corvette? Car & Driver claims it's finally nailed the new -- and still top-secret -- sports car on its January cover.

With the official debut of the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette barely a month away, details about the much-anticipated sports car have begun leaking out despite the tight lid the Detroit maker has clamped down until the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

A number of preliminary specifications for the so-called C7 Corvette have begun dribbling out – along with some spy images and renderings, including several appearing in the January 2013 issue of “Car And Driver.”

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“While the C7 maintains the basic proportions of its immediate predecessor, the visual drama shifts to the side view. The B-Pillar is subdued for a smoother, sleeker flow to the greenhouse roofline,” notes C&D Technical Director Don Sherman in the magazine’s cover story.  “That the Ferraro F12 berlinetta shares the tapering side glass motif won’t be lost on Corvette-heads,” Sherman suggests.


Video Series Teases C7 ‘Vette

GM riles up Corvette Nation.

by on Nov.20, 2012

Click through below to watch the video teasing the Corvette C7, called "Conception."

General Motors is doing everything it can to whip car enthusiasts into a lather, slowly revealing minute details about the C7, the next Chevy Corvette, which break cover at the Detroit auto show on Jan. 13.

The 47-second video opens dramatically with a shot of the Corvette hidden with a loose-fitting grey cover.

Always the Tease!

Do a Google search on Corvette C7 and you’ll find dozens of illustrations showing what artists think the next ‘Vette will look like, mixed in with dozens more spy shots of the C7 wear camo completely covering every detail save the basic outline of the car.

As a halo car for the brand, the next Corvette is a huge play for the automaker, one it plans to milk for every ounce of publicity possible. (more…)

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