65th Anniversary of the Chevy Corvette

The 2018 model year is the 65th anniversary of Chevy’s iconic Corvette—and, no, the Corvette isn’t retiring. However, Chevy is marking the occasion by releasing a “Carbon 65 Edition” package for their 2018 Grand Sport and Z06 models. It is a special release of only 650 vehicles (no word on how the 650 will be split between the two models).

All of the Carbon 65 Edition Corvettes will be painted in Ceramic Matrix Gray with blue graphics on the doors and front fenders. Convertibles will get blue tops. The rest of the package focuses on carbon fiber upgrades.

The Carbon 65 gear thus includes the following carbon-fiber goodies: a ground-effects package , a hood insert, the roof panel on coupes, a spoiler, and side intake ducts. Dark-painted badges and side-mirror caps are included as well as carbon wheel centers fitted to black wheels wrapped in summer tires. Blue-painted brake calipers complete the exterior changes.

The interior gets Carbon 65 door sills, optional Competition Sport bucket seats, Jet Black suede upholstery with blue stitching, a carbon-fiber-rimmed steering wheel, and glossy carbon trim.

The $15K Carbon 65 package will be available this summer.

http://blog.caranddriver.com/retirement-age-chevy-launches-special-edition-carbon-65-anniversary-corvettes/

Baby Boomers too old for Sports Cars?!

The Victor crew came across this bizarre article stating that Baby Boomers Are Getting Too Old for Sports Cars. So what are their proofs of this? They are saying Mustangs and Porsches are slipping because people are opting for SUVs and Camaros are being marketed to younger crowds.

As boomers are starting to reach the 70 mark, they aren’t buying as many sports cars. Comfort is part of the reason. Also the younger generations aren’t purchasing as many sports cars because of costs. Mustang plants were idled for a week this year. The Camaro and Corvette are slumping as well.

2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 Gives Exotics a Run for Their Money

GM’s new production car, the 2015 Corvette Z06, will run alongside the fastest and most exotic cars available in America. It will keep pace with the likes of the Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, the McLaren P1, the Lamborghini Aventador and the Ferrari FF.
The Z06 will also be the fastest production vehicle ever built by GM. The Z06’s LT4 supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine is SAE-certified at 650 horsepower (485 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque (881 Nm) at 3,600 rpm.” The LT4 Small Block sets a new benchmark for power and torque at GM,” said Steve Kiefer, vice president, GM Powertrain Engineering.

Keeping with the engineering advances that have made other Corvettes what they are Chevy was able to create a production vehicle that out guns many competitors. For example, the new LT4 inside the Z06 engine blows away the Porsche 911 Turbo S engine’s max power levels by 90 horsepower (67 kW) and 134 lb-ft of torque (182 Nm).

Jordan Lee, chief engineer for Small Block engines, describes the achievements of the Z06 engine in detail: “The new LT4 engine builds on the design strengths of our previous supercharged engine and leverages the technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray – direct injection, cylinder deactivation and continuously variable valve timing – to take Corvette performance to an all-new plateau,” said Lee. “Our new, very compact supercharger also helps the engine make power more quickly, and perhaps more importantly, it helps produce more torque earlier in the rpm band.”

Watch the roads for one of these new Corvettes, though with this kind of power you might only catch a blur of the famous Corvette logo.

More Info Here: http://www.autoblog.com/2014/06/06/2015-chevrolet-corvette-z06-650-hp-official/

The new 2014 Corvette Stingray is here!

Sorry Jody, if you’ve been wanting to order the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with the Z51 package, you will have to wait at least a year! The suppliers are having trouble producing the necessary parts to meet the demand for them. The wait may vary from location to location because of allocations that are preset dealer to dealer.

So what are you waiting for? The Z51 package has a dry sump oil system, revised suspension, slotted brake rotors, larger front brake discs, an aero package, electronic limited-slip differential, larger wheels and revised gear ratios. This package will cost you an extra $2800.

The 2014 Stingray has an all-aluminum frame powered by a new 5.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine. A 7-speed manual transmission is standard but you can also get 6-speed automatic. The C7 has only been on the market for a few weeks so you will have a wait with or without the special Z51 package.

~ Joe Victor

Hey Jody, How about a Corvette Station Wagon?

Seriously, I am shocked and of all the cool things I could have imagined I would never have thought of this one. Custom Corvette specialist Calloway has designed a Corvette hatchback of sorts and it is pretty hot. You still aren’t going to haul furniture in it but this is a pretty nice sled for an extended trip to the mountains! According to reports this conversion will not affect performance significantly. I am still stunned at the lines of this automobile and just the overall terrific looks, this is not your Grandma’s utility vehicle. Check it out here or here.

Joe Victor

Hey Jody, Look a 1000hp Corvette, Really!

My Dad, Jody Victor, is a real automobile aficionado but Corvettes have really never been one of his passions however, I think this is one at which he may need to look. Hennessey Performance, some of the best “Go Fast” people out there in fast car land is prepping possible 1000hp 2014 Corvette Stingray. Hennessey expects the first Corvette to be completed within six to nine months after they receive their first 2014 Stingray C7. The price for the HPE1000 Twin Turbo upgrade is $69,500. But how can you put a price on the thrill of owning a 1000hp automobile?

Check out the video here.

Taking a look at Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet is bringing back the Stingray name for the 2014. This looks like a really good effort by Detroit and should garner some international attention. It has a brand new 450 hp 6.2 liter small block which will rocket you from 0-60 in under 4 seconds. It appears that the GM designers left may have had a paradigm shift it what make a ‘Vette a ‘Vette and and at least in my opinion they nailed it, this is a sharp car! This is the 7th generation Corvette and GM has high hopes for this machine and from first glance I think that hope is justified.

See the video introduction of the new 2014 Corvette Stingray

Get even more details in this 20 minute video from Chevrolet

Joe asks Jody Victor®: The 600-Horsepower Club

If you thought 500 ponies crammed into an engine was boast-worthy wait until you see what these vehicles can do. I asked Jody Victor®  to tell us about these super-fast cars from an article by James Tate of MSN Autos/msn.com.

Jody Victor®: Apparently it was not hard to come up with these 10 examples of cars with 600 or more horsepower. Here it is, an impressive list of 10, in two parts.

10. Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, 612 horsepower – With Ferrari’s last hypercar, the Enzo, slowly fading from memory, the 599 GTB now holds the crown of top Ferrari. This front-engine grand-touring sports car boasts a 6-liter 612-horsepower V12 engine under its long hood. It also holds the crown for one of the world’s fastest zero-to-60-mph times, at just 3.2 seconds. For those with an even greater lust for performance, and even deeper pockets, the 599 GTO variant claims a whopping 661 horsepower and the title of Ferrari’s fastest production offering — even faster than the aforementioned Enzo.

 

9. Porsche 911 GT2 RS, 620 horsepower – Porsche reserves its “RS” designation for only the best of its breed. In the case of the already frightening GT2 variant of the 911, the RS trim borders on insanity. Although based on the previous 997 generation, rather than the all-new 991, the GT2 RS is the fastest production Porsche. With 620 horsepower coming from a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter engine mounted in the trunk and powering only the rear wheels, calling the GT2 RS a handful to control should be an understatement. Still, for drivers versed in the art of 911 driving, the GT2 RS produces a thrill that few cars can match.

 

8. Bentley Continental Supersports, 621 horsepower – The first of two English cars on this list, the Bentley Continental Supersports differs from most of this pack because of its emphasis on luxury and comfort, rather than on outright, face-melting performance. This sumptuous Bentley packs six liters spread across 12 cylinders, although laid out in a W configuration instead of the more typical V. The turbocharged behemoth produces a dizzying 621 horsepower and launches the big coupe to 60 mph in less than four seconds — seriously fast for a 5,000-pound hunk of metal. Most examples of this $250,000 car end up in the hands of celebrities looking to flaunt some automotive bling.

 

7. Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG, 621 horsepower – While the Mercedes-Benz S65 isn’t the most powerful vehicle here, it is arguably one of the most astounding. The reason? It’s a 4-door luxury sedan capable of transporting five adults in comfort, technology and style. Like the Bentley, this big Benz gets its monumental power from a 6-liter 12-cylinder engine sporting a pair of turbochargers. As opposed to the Bentley’s unorthodox W-cylinder layout, the engine in the S65 is a traditional V12 good for 621 horsepower and a stupefying 738 lb-ft of torque. A sleeker 2-door cousin, the CL65 AMG, packs the same monstrous mill under the hood.

 

6. Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, 638 horsepower – The Corvette ZR1 is the most potent mass-produced American sports car and lays claim to one of the quickest times around Germany’s famed Nürburgring track. Its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine churns out an easy 638 horsepower, making it the fastest production vehicle to wear a Chevrolet bow tie. Yet it remains surprisingly docile when driven gently. It continues to suffer against equally priced imports in terms of refinement, but the reverse can also be said of its performance — practically no other vehicle in the ZR1’s price range can touch its track-readiness. The Nissan GT-R is one of its few direct competitors.

Thanks, Jody! More 600 horsepower vehicles next time!

Joe Victor