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PostHeaderIcon Chevy is Taking the Corvette C7.R To Race at the Shanghai International Circuit

The Corvette C7.R has been around for a few years now, and it’s about to take a trip to Shanghai where it will compete in the FIA WEC wearing a special redline livery. It’s also the first time a factory-run Corvette has participated in a race in the Asian region.

PostHeaderIcon GM Executive, Mark Reuss, Should Probably Stop Driving Pace Cars on Indy Car Races

General Motors’ Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing, and Supply Chain, Mark Reuss, crashed a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 on the parade lap of the second IndyCar race at the Detroit Grand Prix. The surreal incident led to a 27-minute delay and prompted the Internet to come down hard on Reuss. Fortunately, neither Reuss nor his passenger, IndyCar official Mark Sand, were hurt after the crash.

PostHeaderIcon Bart Starr’s 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Is Up for Auction

You gotta love a classic ‘Vette – the looks, the sound, the smell… it’s pure nostalgia stuff. This particular Corvette Sting Ray Convertible takes it even further, bringing some very American provenance to the table as the vehicle originally given to Bart Starr for winning the MVP award at Super Bowl I.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 Top Speed Testing

These days, there’s so much emphasis on Nurburgring lap times that it seems we hear about a new record, or a new attempt, at least once a week. There’s no doubt the Chevy was doing its best to make a best lap at the famous track after it was spotted there not that long ago. But, Chevy has more than a lap record in mind when it comes to the most powerful production Vette yet. Chevy drug the ZR1 all the way to Germany to put it through the paces at ATP Automotive Testing Papenburg, one of the largest proving grounds in the world and one that has miles upon miles of straight track looped together with banked curves at the end – the perfect recipe for top speed runs.

To make a qualifying run, a vehicle has to make two passes on the track, one in each direction (against and with the wind, naturally.) Once both runs are complete, the times are averaged out to establish a “true top speed.” As it turns out, that ZR1 is everything we hoped it would be, hitting 214.88 mph on one run and 210.20 on another. The true top speed? 212.20 mph. Not too bad at all, right? Well, check out the video of this awesome run below and let us know what you think!

PostHeaderIcon It’s Not Exactly Confirmed, But Chevy Has Teased the “Supercar,” C8, Mid-Engined Corvette to Dealers!

Rumors about Chevy planning to build a mid-engined Corvette have been flying around for quite a few years now, but GM’s supercar is no longer just a wet dream. Several prototypes have been spotted on public roads recently, and we’ve read a ton of reports about its design and drivetrain. Things have been rather quiet recently until Cadillac’s new V-8 engine in the CT6 V-Sport gave rise to speculation that the mid-engined Corvette might get it. Now that GM rejected that scenario, we got word that Chevy just showcased the supercar to its dealers in Las Vegas.

PostHeaderIcon Want to Know Why the Mid-Engined Chevy Corvette Won’t Get Cadillac’s New Biturbo V-8?

It didn’t take but 4.5 seconds after Cadillac unveiled the CT6 V-Sport before word spread about that Chevy will use that 4.2-liter, Biturbo, V-8 in the upcoming mid-engined Zora ZR1 Chevy Corvette. After all, why not? It has 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque, right? Well, those rumors were put to bed quickly after President of Cadillac, John de Nysschen, went on record saying “Just Quit the Speculation it’s headed for the Corvette. It’s Not.” And, he even made a good point when he said that the Corvette has a different kind of character. So what’s the real reason why Chevy won’t use Cadillac’s new V-8?

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PostHeaderIcon First-Production Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Fetches $925,000 at Barrett-Jackson Auction

The first-production Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, a.k.a. the fastest and most powerful Corvette in history, went up for auction at the Barrett-Jackson event over the weekend. Based on how much previous first-production Corvettes fetched in similar auction settings — the first-production Corvette Z06, for example, sold for $800,000 — we expected the ‘Vette ZR1 to sell in the neighborhood of $1 million. It never reached that amount, but we were still pretty close because the first-production ZR1 sold for a whopping $925,000.


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“The first-production ZR1 sold for a whopping $925,000.”

Special variants of the Chevrolet Corvette are fetching ridiculous prices in auctions these days. In addition to the first-production Z06 and ZR1 models, first-production units of the coupe and convertible versions of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray sold for $1.05 million and $1 million, respectively.

That’s a lot of money to be putting on cars that traditionally cost somewhere in the vicinity of $100,000 to $150,000. But that’s the appeal of the Corvette in the collectible market. Buyers pay millions for these first-production units because they know that the value of these cars could skyrocket under the right conditions. It could be true for the Corvette ZR1, especially if it retains its status as the fastest and most powerful Corvette in history. The provenance attached to a model of this caliber would be enough to see its price go through the roof.

2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 Quick Specifications

Type: LT5 6.2L Supercharged V-8 with direct and port injection
Bore & stroke (in / mm 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92
Block material: Cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: Cast aluminum
Valvetrain: Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder
Fuel delivery: Direct and port injection
Horsepower 755 HP @ 6,300 RPM (SAE certified)
Torque 715 LB-FT @ 4,400 RPM (SAE certified)
Transmission 7-speed manual with Active Rev Match
8-speed paddle-shaft automatic
Fuel economy city/highway 15/22 mpg (manual)
13/23 mpg (automatic)

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“All the proceeds from that sale will go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its Building for America's Bravest program”

As surprising as it is for some people to see first-production Corvettes fetch close to seven figures, there is another aspect about these auctions that we can’t forget. Proceeds from these sales traditionally go to organizations that champion worthy causes. In the case of the ‘Vette ZR1, all the proceeds from that sale will go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its Building for America’s Bravest program. For those who are unfamiliar with the foundation’s work, the Siller family started it to honor the memory of their family member, Stephen Siller, who lost his life on Sept. 11, 2011, as a New York City firefighter. Part of the foundation’s mission is to build smart homes for catastrophically injured service members returning home and first responders.

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PostHeaderIcon Genovation GXE, the Electric Corvette, Gets More Power for its Pre-Production Debut at CES

Will wonders ever cease? It certainly doesn’t seem like it. Remember that electric Corvette from Genovation Cars that hit 200 mph in 2016 before being show off at Pebble Beach? Well, it will make another public appearance at the 2018 CES show in January, but this time with 800 horsepower and more than 700 pound-feet of torque on tap – figures that promise to push it to the 220-mph mark and all without the use of any dino juice… Oh, what a time to be alive.

Based on the C7 Corvette that’s about to be retired to make way for a new generation, the GXE was originally rated at just 492 kilowatts or around 660 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of twist. Those aren’t bad figures for an electric beast, that’s for sure. We’re not sure how Genovation did it, but it’s managed to provide the world with updated specs that now include an extra 140 ponies and at least 100 more pound-feet of torque. Those figures are pretty staggering, but even more so, when you consider the Corvette ZR1 delivers just 755 ponies and 715 pound-feet. Of course, this news also comes with more goodies too, including an updated specs sheet that promises a 60-mph sprint in less than three seconds and a top speed that peaks more than 220 mph.

There is a downfall, however, as that GXE Electric Vette won’t get you very far and you better not expect a fun day at the track. Despite the fact that battery technology is on the up and up, this baby only gets 130 miles or so from its 60-kWh battery pack, and there’s no word on charging time, either. So, when you shell out the $750,000 for one of those 75 models being created don’t expect to do a whole lot with it outside of some occasional playing or trotting back and forth around town.








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PostHeaderIcon More CAD Images Show the Mid-Engined, C8 Corvette’s Twin-Turbo, DOHC, LT7 in All its Digital Glory

The last time we saw CAD images for the mid-engined, C8 Corvette, Chevy lost its mind, sending out letters that asked publications to remove the images and it even used the digital copyrights act to have the images removed from another publication’s Facebook page. What Chevy doesn’t realize is that the mid-engined beast we’ve all been waiting for is the world’s worst-kept secret and, as evidence, we’re looking at more CAD images right now. The thing is, however, that we’re looking at a completely different engine setup this time around. Keep reading to learn more about it.

C8 Corvette LT7


Based on what we saw in the previously leaked images, we were likely looking at either an early iteration of the engine or an engine that wasn’t the LT7 that you see here. The engine seen previously (shown below) didn’t even have turbochargers, and here we are looking at a turbo sitting down low, between the exhaust outlets and the intake manifolds – this is, without a doubt, the twin-turbo DOHC engine we’ve been hearing rumors about.


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“Other differences include the positioning of the exhaust manifolds, the belt routing, the charge-air cooler, and the size of the intake itself”

Other differences include the positioning of the exhaust manifolds, the belt routing, the charge-air cooler, and the size of the intake itself – clearly, we’re talking about two different engines. On a side note, that old CAD image has a beefy transmission hooked to the rear, almost suggesting that it was the hybridized engine, which wouldn’t necessarily make sense without turbos, but at this point, anything is possible. To save room, the turbochargers could be added post-cat on that engine, with the flat area above that transmission reserved for the airbox. Oh, the possibilities. Either way, the new image that you see above should look familiar – after all, it is styled after the 3.6-liter LGW:




Much like the engine you see in the newest leak, it has the turbos on each exhaust outlet and the feed heading upward to the air coolers on top too. Now, the new engine looks to have a slightly different intake setup as far as where drawing in air happens, but that’s because we’re talking about a mid-engined setup here. Based on spy shots, the air will likely be drawn in from vents behind the doors. The belt routing between the LGW and the engine LT7 shown above are also quite similar. So, where Chevy to a 5.7, chopped off two cylinders and made it a 4.3 in the past, it’s now taking a 3.6, and adding two cylinders along with some other goodies to make extra power. So what do we know about the C8, mid-engined Corvette so far? Keep reading to find out…

The C8 Chevy Corvette


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Official information as of this point is scant, and outside of seeing the Vette with our own eyes and seeing GM rush to have some leaked images pulled from the internet, we have yet to even receive confirmation of the beast we’ve all had wet dreams about. But, that hasn’t stopped us from garnering information from the images we do have, and there’s actually quite a bit.

C8 Chevy Corvette Suspension and Chassis


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“The Vette will finally get coil springs, a first and a heavy request from Vette guys for years”

What we can make out from these images is that the Vette will finally get coil springs, a first and a heavy request from Vette guys for years. It will also run with magnetic shocks, and the upper and lower control arms appear to be carried over from previous generations with minor changes. The very odd thing here is that the rear chassis is downright massive and appears to be a blend of tube and cast parts – undoubtedly designed to cut down on twist (we’re looking at some serious horsepower that the rear end now has to deal with) and increase strength throughout the body. Whether it’s bolted or welded remains to be seen, but knowing GM, it will likely weld in this area, not for strength but simplicity and inability to repair later. The front frame itself looks to be hydroformed rails, which means it’s probably cast aluminum which could be good or bad at this point. Unibody construction might not have been a bad thing for the C8, but we may never know.

C8 Chevy Corvette Drivetrain, Brakes, and Driveline




In the previous leaks, we could tell that the engine didn’t have turbochargers, but this new engine clear rocks dual turbos on each manifold. Those exhaust manifolds, by the way, appear to be cast directly onto the head – something that means there will be no ability to upgrade to headers later if that’s what you’re into. There’s no transmission shown on the latest leak, however, the transmission in the old leaks was boxy and flat. It could have been a manual, could have been DCT, there’s just no telling. It was shaped oddly, and I’ve argued that – especially with the lack of turbos – it was designed as a hybrid transaxle unit, something we’ve been expected with the C8 generation.

The previous CAD images did show that the half-shafts were bolt-on units, which means removal and installation is a breeze, eliminating the need to drain the trans before replacement. Maintenance-wise, the basic stuff should be easy as Chevy has taken care to make the oil filter somewhat easy to get to, assuming it isn’t obstructed somehow once it’s installed in the vehicle. We also have word that the braking system will be phenomenal and reminiscent of what you would expect on your typical Ferrari or Lamborghini. One-piece rotors will be standard equipment, and you can expect six-piston calipers up front as base equipment while eight-piston units may be optional.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 By Hennessey

The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever created. It has 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque on tap, and when used to its potential, it’s capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in a staggering 2.6 seconds. These numbers are more than enough to leave people breathless, but one tuning company isn’t impressed. Not one bit, actually. Welcome, then, to the world of Hennessey, where 755-horsepower cars are shrugged off in favor of tuned versions of the same car, dialed up to as much as 1,200 horsepower.

There’s nothing surprising or shocking about this because we’re talking about Hennessey. This is the same outfit that gave birth to the mental Venom GT. It’s also the same company that served up an even more monstrous follow-up in the Venom F5. Oh, and we can’t forget about its tuning programs. There’s been a lot of them. But now, it’s the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1’s turn in the spotlight, and in true Hennessey fashion, it doesn’t disappoint. Not by a long shot.

What makes the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 By Hennessey special


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“The program for the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 comes in three stages”

I’m not beating around the bush with this one. Actually, there’s no reason to, not when the facts are right in front of us. Hennessey has never been shy about showing off its wares, and it’s no different this time. The program for the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 comes in three stages, beginning with the HPE850 program.

The HPE850 program

  • 850 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
  • 715 pound-feet of torque @ 4,300 rpm
  • 0-60 mph time: 2.6 seconds
  • Quarter-mile time: 10.3 @ 136 mph
  • Hennessey lower pulley upgrade
  • High-flow cylinder heads
  • Upgraded valve springs, intake, and exhaust valves
  • Upgraded lifters and pushrods
  • High-flow air induction system
  • Long-tube stainless steel headers
  • Stainless steel midpipes
  • High-flow catalytic converters
  • Custom Hennessey camshaft upgrade
  • Professional Installation
  • HPE engine management calibration
  • Dyno tuning and road testing
  • 1 of 100 limited production
  • Hennessey and HPE850 exterior emblems
  • Hennessey premium floormats
  • Full tank of Shell V-Power Nitro+ 93 octane gasoline
  • Pennzoil Ultra Platinum synthetic oil and filter change
  • 2 Year / 24,000-mile limited warranty

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“That kind of power bump helps the ‘Vette sprint fro 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds before blowing through a quarter-mile in just 10.3 seconds at 136 mph.”

This is Hennessey’s HPE850 program for the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. You’ll notice the significant amount of upgrades that a lot of work was put into turning the ZR1 into an all-conquering sports car. The sheer volume of new and updated components are staggering. The tuner added high-flow cylinder heads, an air induction system, and catalytic converters. In addition, the range of upgrades in the program includes new valve springs, exhaust valves, lifters, and pushrods. The headers even get changes of their own, specifically long-tube stainless steel types. But the most important element of this program is also the least conspicuous of all the new components. It’s the HPE engine management calibration, which is largely responsible for tuning the ZR1’s output to 850 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque. That kind of power bump helps the ‘Vette sprint fro 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds before blowing through a quarter-mile in just 10.3 seconds at 136 mph.

The HPE1000 Program

  • 1000 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
  • 966 pound-feet of torque @ 4,000 rpm
  • 0-60 mph: 2.5 sec.
  • 1/4 mile: 9.7 sec. @ 147 mph
  • Top speed: 220+ mph
  • High-flow supercharger system
  • Custom HPE camshaft
  • Ported cylinder heads
  • Upgraded valve springs and retainers
  • Upgraded intake valves and exhaust valves
  • Upgraded lifters and pushrods
  • High-flow intercooling system
  • High-flow air-to-air intercooler
  • Long-tube stainless steel headers
  • Stainless steel midpipes
  • High-flow catalytic converters
  • HPE engine management calibration
  • Dyno tuning and road testing
  • Serial-numbered dash and engine plaques
  • Hennessey exterior badging
  • Hennessey premium floormats
  • Shell V-Power 93 octane gasoline.
  • Pennzoil Ultra Platinum synthetic oil & filter change.
  • 2 Year / 24,000 Mile Limited Warranty

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“The Corvette ZR1 achieve a staggering output of 1,000 horsepower and 966 pound-feet of torque”

There’s something to be said for a mid-tier tuning program that already promises power levels in the four figures. That’s what we have here with Hennessey’s HPE1000 kit for the Corvette ZR1. You will notice that there are elements of this kit that are similar to what’s found in the HPE850 program. That’s by design because Hennessey wouldn’t waste its time and money working on a completely new program, only because it offers more power than the one below it.

So the usual suspect of upgrades stay. That includes the upgraded valve springs, intake, lifters, pushrods, and exhaust valves. It’s the same story with the new air induction system, the long-tube stainless steel headers, and catalytic converters. All these elements are found in both tuning kits.

The difference with the HPE1000 kit, though, is the addition of a few items, most prominently being the high-flow supercharger system. Take this particular element of the program, combine them with all the bits from the HPE850 kit, and you end up creating a program that can help the Corvette ZR1 achieve a staggering output of 1,000 horsepower and 966 pound-feet of torque. That allows the ZR1 to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds before slamming home a quarter-mile time of just 9.7 seconds at 147 mph. Top speed has also been rated at “more than” 220 mph.

The HPE1200 Program

  • 1200 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm

  • 1066 pound-feet of torque @ 4,000 rpm
  • 0-60 mph: 2.2 sec.

  • 1/4 mile: 9.2 sec. @ 147 mph
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  • Top speed: 230+ mph

  • High-flow supercharger system
  • 7.0-liter engine upgrade
  • Custom aluminum pistons
  • Forged steel connecting rods
  • Ported cylinder heads
  • Custom HPE camshaft
  • Ported cylinder heads
  • Upgraded valve springs and retainers
  • Upgraded intake valves and exhaust valves
  • Upgraded lifters and pushrods
  • High-flow intercooling system
  • High-flow air-to-air intercooler
  • Long-tube stainless steel headers
  • Stainless steel midpipe
  • High-flow catalytic converters
  • HPE engine management calibration
  • Dyno tuning and road testing
  • Serial-numbered dash and engine plaques
  • Hennessey exterior badging
  • Hennessey premium floormats
  • Shell V-Power 93 octane gasoline
  • Pennzoil Ultra Platinum synthetic oil and filter change
  • 2 Year / 24,000 Mile limited warranty

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“Throw in the usual cocktail of upgrades and you have a Corvette ZR1 that can unleash 1,200 horsepower and 1,066 pound-feet of torque”

Right now, it’s important to remember that when you’re driving a car that has 1,200 horsepower under its hood, even the slightest of movements can be enough to make the car uncontrollable. I feel like I should tell you that before introducing you to the monstrosity that is Hennessey’s HPE1200 program for the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

You’ll notice that most of its offerings are also similar to the ones that are available on the HPE850 and HPE1000 programs. Again, that’s not by accident. What’s different with the HP1200 program is that it moves beyond tuning the Corvette’s V-8 engine and adding a supercharger into the mix.

This upgrade actually starts off with increasing the displacement in the engine, from 6.2 liters to 7.0 liters. The physical transformation of the engine also leads to the inclusion of new components, including aluminium pistons, forged steel connecting rods, and ported cylinder heads. Throw in the usual cocktail of upgrades and you have a Corvette ZR1 that can unleash 1,200 horsepower and 1,066 pound-feet of torque, enough to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a pulse-pounding 2.2 seconds before covering a quarter-mile in just 9.2 seconds at 147 mph. In case those numbers aren’t bananas enough by themselves, this program also helps the Corvette ZR1 achieve a top speed in excess of 230 mph.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Hennessey is Ready to Tune the Hell Out of Your 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1

There’s something to be said for a Chevrolet Corvette that’s considered the fastest and most powerful of its kind that has ever been created. That’s the distinction the new Corvette ZR1 comes with. It has 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds. Those are impressive numbers, but not quite good enough for a company like Hennessey. The American tuning shop that’s responsible for some of the most extreme tuning programs in the business has developed not one, not two, but three programs for the Corvette ZR1, topping out with the HPE1200 kit. Care to venture a guess what the “1200” in that kit’s name means?


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“The first stage kit only gets the power level up to 850 horsepower, but even with that many horses, the ZR1 can already lay waste to some of the finest exotics in the land today”

We’re saving our full review of these programs for a later day. For now, it’s all about giving all of you a preview of what’s to come. See, Hennessey has a long history of tuning kits that bring power levels up to four figures. It has done so for cars like the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Camaro, and of course, past versions of the Corvette. All received massive tuning upgrades, and all of them showed results that were borderline inhuman.

This is what we can expect out of these programs for the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. The first stage kit only gets the power level up to 850 horsepower, but even with that many horses, the ZR1 can already lay waste to some of the finest exotics in the land today. Now imagine if 1,000 ponies are coming out of the Vette’s 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine. Your guts will be coming up to your throat when you’re blasting off at speeds in excess of 220 mph.

It paints a pretty morbid picture, but still, that’s nothing compared to getting the top-of-the-line program. That’s the HPE1200 tuning program, and yes, that “1200” means that Hennessey was able to tune the ZR1’s V-8 to produce a staggering 1,200 horsepower. That’s hypercar-level power, folks.


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“That’s the HPE1200 tuning program, and yes, that “1200” means that Hennessey was able to tune the ZR1’s V-8 to produce a staggering 1,200 horsepower.”

Hennessey hasn’t said how much each of the tuning programs will cost, but it did say that only a handful of examples of each upgrade will be made available. That’s probably for the best because I can’t imagine someone being able to enjoy the full potential of a 1,200-horsepower Corvette ZR1 without soiling his trousers.

References

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PostHeaderIcon His Angel Was Riding Shotgun: Chevy Corvette Z06 Crashes into a House

Turned on its side, a wheel missing, various engine items thrown about, and the passenger seat ejected. How any person could walk away from such a horrific crash is mindboggling, but that’s exactly how things went for the unknown driver of the Chevy Corvette Z06 that you see above. As of now, details are scant, but a handful of pictures posted by Thomas Minnear on Facebook show the aftermath of a crash that was likely facilitated not only by speed but by excessively worn tires as easily noticed by shots taken of the tire that came off during the accident. Even without an official police report, it’s pretty easy to see that the driver of this car was quite lucky to have walked away.

Mr. Minnear posted what has to be the most relevant comment of the year along with the photos: “I’d say his angel was riding shotgun.” That’s pretty much an understatement considering the fact that the driver has reportedly walked away and, had there been a passenger (other than a guardian angel, of course,) they probably wouldn’t have been so lucky. In the end, the driver’s ego is tarnished, his car destroyed, his angel scared shitless, but in the end, he and those in the house still have their life, so you could say things managed to work out. Keep reading to hear our thoughts and see a full gallery from the accident.

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“In the end, the driver’s ego is tarnished, his car destroyed, his angel scared shitless, but in the end, he and those in the house still have their life”

It may be said that the driver lost his car but, as they say, Karma is a bitch. In this case, it’s quite likely that the driver was traveling at higher speeds. I wouldn’t necessarily say extremely excessive, but he wasn’t going slow either. Despite the fact that the passenger seat, alternator, coolant reservoir, one wheel, a brake caliper, part of the exhaust, and various body parts were thrown about, one critical piece of information is given from the pictures at hand: The driver didn’t take care of his Vette as well as he should have. Just look at the condition of those tires. Those summer tires aren’t what we would call being “in the best condition,” and are really teetering on the line of being unsafe altogether. Even if the driver was going, say a speed of 55 mph, which may have been legal, he probably didn’t stand much of a chance in a hard turn or on a slick surface.

In the end, everyone (except for maybe his guardian angel, that is) came out without serious injury, so that’s the most important thing. What do you all think about this accident? Without being there and just looking at the pictures, can you tell us what happened? We’re curious to hear your thoughts.

References

Chevrolet Corvette


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Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

PostHeaderIcon 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show – Best In Show

The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show is here, and with it comes a fresh batch of four-wheeled goodies to pick through. With more than 50 debuts and over 1,000 vehicles in attendance, the LAAS is the West Coast destination if you’re looking for the latest and greatest from the world’s top automakers. The paint has barely dried by the time these machines roll into the Southland, and attendees get an enticing opportunity to check out what’s headed to dealers before deliveries commence. This year, we saw loads of good stuff, like updated icons, new speed machines, and even an interesting concept or two, all of which is worthy of your collective auto-flavored attention. As such, we put together the following list of exceptional debuts from this year’s event for your reading enjoyment. These are TopSpeed’s picks for Best In Show from the 2017 LA Auto Show.

Of course, it’s entirely possible you’ve got other ideas about what belongs on this list. If that happens to be the case, feel free to post your picks in the comments below, and don’t forget to tell us why you think they deserve the title of Best In Show!

Continue reading to learn more about our picks for Best In Show from the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Jeep Wrangler


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The new Wrangler has arrived, and it’s bringing with it oodles of tempting options. Body styles include both two-door and four-door iterations, while behind the vertical grille slats, you’ll find one of three engine options. Cog swap duties are handled by one of two transmission options, one of which is a brand-new eight-speed automatic.

The updates continue inside, where we find a modernized interior layout, complete with a new infotainment system. Jeep even showed off a complete line of available upgrades and parts from Mopar. That’s all well and good, but the most important part of this machine is what it can do straight from the factory, and thankfully, the Jeep still looks like one helluva off-roader out of the box. Providing the grip is a 4WD system with features like a 2.72:1 crawl ratio and a 4LO 4:1 ratio with locking differentials for the Rubicon. Then there’s the Rubicon’s ability to wade through water 30 inches deep, its 10.9 inches of ground clearance, and its standard 33-inch tires. All told, this thing has all the capability as the old model, wrapped in a new school package.

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

Saleen S1


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It’s no secret we’re fans of the Saleen S7. Rear-mid engine, RWD, and 750 horsepower stuffed into an aero-friendly body that looks like it might cut ‘ya if you stare at it too long… what’s not to like? Now, Saleen is once again offering up something new, and while it might not have the same over-the-top aggression as its older sibling, it’s still got that high-performance allure we’ve come to expect from the brand. Carbon fiber, aluminum, and a compact body keep it light, while a mid-mounted turbo 2.5-liter four-cylinder sends as much as 450 horsepower to the rear wheels. A run to 60 mph takes just 3.5 seconds, while the quarter mile is dispatched in 11.3 seconds. Top speed clocks in at 180 mph.

Read our full review on the 2018 Saleen S1.

Mazda6


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While it might have four doors and FWD, this Japanese sedan still has plenty of zoom-zoom under the hood. Now, all that go arrives with turbocharged levels of motivation, as Mazda fits the latest 6 with an upgraded and boosted 2.5-liter four-cylinder for the 2018 model year. Outside, we find a few nips and tucks to the already great looking styling, while the interior sees a substantial refit with higher-quality trim and a simplified layout. We’re fans – now it just needs a dash of AWD, eh Mazda?

Read our full review on the 2018 Mazda6.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible


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Following an unveiling of the hardtop coupe variant in Dubai, the ZR1 arrived in LA for its stateside debut, rocking an open-air top and a searing shade of orange paint. Like the coupe, the ZR1 convertible comes proper with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, which gets drenched with dino juice thanks to a unique dual fuel injection system (both direct and port injection for this monster). Output is rated at 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the ultra-wide rear wheels by way of either a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Then, of course, there’s all that carbon fiber, which gets applied to the front splitter, side skirts, and rear wing, plus the enormous engine cover sticking out of the hood. Wanna get noticed?

Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible.

Toyota FT-AC Concept

There’s usually no shortage of outdoorsy-themed SUV concepts, no matter what show you’re talking about, but this concept caught our attention all the same. For starters, if actually looks pretty good, with big, chunky features that work well with the motif, plus a layered front fascia that doesn’t make you want to run and hide. A variety of mounts and carrier racks provide spots to store your gear, while external cameras help to record every move you make in the great outdoors. Finally, a hybrid powertrain keeps it green while crawling through the dirt.

Read our full review 2017 Toyota FT-AC Concept.

PostHeaderIcon 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show – Best In Show

The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show is here, and with it comes a fresh batch of four-wheeled goodies to pick through. With more than 50 debuts and over 1,000 vehicles in attendance, the LAAS is the West Coast destination if you’re looking for the latest and greatest from the world’s top automakers. The paint has barely dried by the time these machines roll into the Southland, and attendees get an enticing opportunity to check out what’s headed to dealers before deliveries commence. This year, we saw loads of good stuff, like updated icons, new speed machines, and even an interesting concept or two, all of which is worthy of your collective auto-flavored attention. As such, we put together the following list of exceptional debuts from this year’s event for your reading enjoyment. These are TopSpeed’s picks for Best In Show from the 2017 LA Auto Show.

Of course, it’s entirely possible you’ve got other ideas about what belongs on this list. If that happens to be the case, feel free to post your picks in the comments below, and don’t forget to tell us why you think they deserve the title of Best In Show!

Continue reading to learn more about our picks for Best In Show from the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Jeep Wrangler


2018 Jeep Wrangler - image 749430

The new Wrangler has arrived, and it’s bringing with it oodles of tempting options. Body styles include both two-door and four-door iterations, while behind the vertical grille slats, you’ll find one of three engine options. Cog swap duties are handled by one of two transmission options, one of which is a brand-new eight-speed automatic.

The updates continue inside, where we find a modernized interior layout, complete with a new infotainment system. Jeep even showed off a complete line of available upgrades and parts from Mopar. That’s all well and good, but the most important part of this machine is what it can do straight from the factory, and thankfully, the Jeep still looks like one helluva off-roader out of the box. Providing the grip is a 4WD system with features like a 2.72:1 crawl ratio and a 4LO 4:1 ratio with locking differentials for the Rubicon. Then there’s the Rubicon’s ability to wade through water 30 inches deep, its 10.9 inches of ground clearance, and its standard 33-inch tires. All told, this thing has all the capability as the old model, wrapped in a new school package.

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

Saleen S1


The Saleen S1 Can be Yours for $1,000 Deposit; $100,000 Total; Deliveries Start in Mid-2018 - image 749041

It’s no secret we’re fans of the Saleen S7. Rear-mid engine, RWD, and 750 horsepower stuffed into an aero-friendly body that looks like it might cut ‘ya if you stare at it too long… what’s not to like? Now, Saleen is once again offering up something new, and while it might not have the same over-the-top aggression as its older sibling, it’s still got that high-performance allure we’ve come to expect from the brand. Carbon fiber, aluminum, and a compact body keep it light, while a mid-mounted turbo 2.5-liter four-cylinder sends as much as 450 horsepower to the rear wheels. A run to 60 mph takes just 3.5 seconds, while the quarter mile is dispatched in 11.3 seconds. Top speed clocks in at 180 mph.

Read our full review on the 2018 Saleen S1.

Mazda6


2018 Mazda6 - image 749676

While it might have four doors and FWD, this Japanese sedan still has plenty of zoom-zoom under the hood. Now, all that go arrives with turbocharged levels of motivation, as Mazda fits the latest 6 with an upgraded and boosted 2.5-liter four-cylinder for the 2018 model year. Outside, we find a few nips and tucks to the already great looking styling, while the interior sees a substantial refit with higher-quality trim and a simplified layout. We’re fans – now it just needs a dash of AWD, eh Mazda?

Read our full review on the 2018 Mazda6.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible


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Following an unveiling of the hardtop coupe variant in Dubai, the ZR1 arrived in LA for its stateside debut, rocking an open-air top and a searing shade of orange paint. Like the coupe, the ZR1 convertible comes proper with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, which gets drenched with dino juice thanks to a unique dual fuel injection system (both direct and port injection for this monster). Output is rated at 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the ultra-wide rear wheels by way of either a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Then, of course, there’s all that carbon fiber, which gets applied to the front splitter, side skirts, and rear wing, plus the enormous engine cover sticking out of the hood. Wanna get noticed?

Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible.

Toyota FT-AC Concept

There’s usually no shortage of outdoorsy-themed SUV concepts, no matter what show you’re talking about, but this concept caught our attention all the same. For starters, if actually looks pretty good, with big, chunky features that work well with the motif, plus a layered front fascia that doesn’t make you want to run and hide. A variety of mounts and carrier racks provide spots to store your gear, while external cameras help to record every move you make in the great outdoors. Finally, a hybrid powertrain keeps it green while crawling through the dirt.

Read our full review 2017 Toyota FT-AC Concept.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 Was An Unplanned Baby Created by Curiosity

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Recently revealed in successive events in Dubai and Los Angeles, the ZR1 Coupe and Convertible are absolute beasts, rocking the most power and highest top speed of any production ‘Vette ever created. But this synthesis of all-American muscle and race-bred performance wasn’t the culmination of some drawn-out development process. Rather, it was more of a spur-of-the-moment kinda thing, as confirmed by Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter in a recent interview with GM Authority.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“This synthesis of all-American muscle and race-bred performance wasn’t the culmination of some drawn-out development process”

In the interview, Juechter says GM was far more concerned dealing with immediate issues than long-term plans when the C7 dropped in 2013. “We don’t always do a ZR1 every generation of Corvette… we weren’t looking that far ahead. We did the C7 in a panic coming out of bankruptcy, with the C6 being long in the tooth,” Juechter said.

However, Juechter continued by saying the C7 platform still needed to have some extra performance potential left in reserve, just in case. “But most of us worked on the C6, so it was always in the back of our minds that the architecture needs to be capable of going farther if someday we were able to do (a ZR1).”

Then the Z06 dropped, and it didn’t look like the C7 would get any faster. But, as is often the case, the ceaseless progression of technology afforded new opportunities for the team and, in just a few short years, the ideas started to fly.


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“The ceaseless progression of technology afforded new opportunities for the team and, in just a few short years, the ideas started to fly.”

“We started working with our suppliers; we started doing experiments, we actually built some cars with big aero wings… and we were starting to see what we could get out of a wing package, and see if that was a big advantage over the Z06,” Juechter said.

Eventually, the team put together something resembling the new ZR1. “New front clip, new engine, rear wing, everything… and a program that made business sense for the company,” Juechter said. “That’s another reason why Corvettes have such long life cycles. We have a lot of things to do, and technology evolves during the lifecycle.”

As a reminder, the Corvette ZR1 comes equipped with 755 horsepower from a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, plus a huge amount of downforce from a variety of carbon fiber exterior elements. Carbon ceramic brakes haul it down, while magnetic suspension helps it turn. The sprint to 60 mph takes less than 3 seconds, while top speed eclipses 210 mph.

References

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


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Read our full review of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.


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Read our full review of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible.


2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 - image 538131

Read our full review of the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Chevy Corvette Stingray


2014 - 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - image 526921

Read our full review of the 2014 – 2017 Corvette Stingray

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 Was An Unplanned Baby Created by Curiosity

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Recently revealed in successive events in Dubai and Los Angeles, the ZR1 Coupe and Convertible are absolute beasts, rocking the most power and highest top speed of any production ‘Vette ever created. But this synthesis of all-American muscle and race-bred performance wasn’t the culmination of some drawn-out development process. Rather, it was more of a spur-of-the-moment kinda thing, as confirmed by Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter in a recent interview with GM Authority.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“This synthesis of all-American muscle and race-bred performance wasn’t the culmination of some drawn-out development process”

In the interview, Juechter says GM was far more concerned dealing with immediate issues than long-term plans when the C7 dropped in 2013. “We don’t always do a ZR1 every generation of Corvette… we weren’t looking that far ahead. We did the C7 in a panic coming out of bankruptcy, with the C6 being long in the tooth,” Juechter said.

However, Juechter continued by saying the C7 platform still needed to have some extra performance potential left in reserve, just in case. “But most of us worked on the C6, so it was always in the back of our minds that the architecture needs to be capable of going farther if someday we were able to do (a ZR1).”

Then the Z06 dropped, and it didn’t look like the C7 would get any faster. But, as is often the case, the ceaseless progression of technology afforded new opportunities for the team and, in just a few short years, the ideas started to fly.


2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 - image 749338
“The ceaseless progression of technology afforded new opportunities for the team and, in just a few short years, the ideas started to fly.”

“We started working with our suppliers; we started doing experiments, we actually built some cars with big aero wings… and we were starting to see what we could get out of a wing package, and see if that was a big advantage over the Z06,” Juechter said.

Eventually, the team put together something resembling the new ZR1. “New front clip, new engine, rear wing, everything… and a program that made business sense for the company,” Juechter said. “That’s another reason why Corvettes have such long life cycles. We have a lot of things to do, and technology evolves during the lifecycle.”

As a reminder, the Corvette ZR1 comes equipped with 755 horsepower from a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, plus a huge amount of downforce from a variety of carbon fiber exterior elements. Carbon ceramic brakes haul it down, while magnetic suspension helps it turn. The sprint to 60 mph takes less than 3 seconds, while top speed eclipses 210 mph.

References

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 - image 744525

Read our full review of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.


2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible - image 749381

Read our full review of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible.


2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 - image 538131

Read our full review of the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Chevy Corvette Stingray


2014 - 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - image 526921

Read our full review of the 2014 – 2017 Corvette Stingray

PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible: Old vs New – Almost 50 Years Apart

First introduced in 1969, the Corvette ZR1 has been offered for all generations since the C3, except for the C5 model. This pretty much makes it a constant presence in the Corvette lineup. However, when Chevy revised the ZR1 for the first time in 1990 after a 21-year absence, it didn’t offer a convertible version. The drop-top was ignored with the C6 model, produced between 2009 to 2013, too. Chevrolet finally took the roof of the ZR1 at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, unveiled the convertible model only weeks after it launched the beefed-up coupe. This makes the C7-gen Corvette ZR1 Convertible the first topless ZR1 in 48 years, and the event requires a bit of celebration with a proper comparison between the two.

The ZR1 nameplate has come a long way all these years, and this comparison’s purpose is to showcase just that. Now a full-fledged, stand-alone performance model with radical changes compared to the standard car, the ZR1 actually started life as a package for a trim that wasn’t even the most powerful in the lineup. But let’s find out more about that in the comparison below.

Continue reading for the full story.

How They Came to the Market


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“The first ZR1 was conceived by Zora Arkus Duntov, who wanted a race-ready Vette with a small-block engine”

The first ever ZR1 Convertible came to be in 1969, when the Chevy launched the ZR1 upgrade for the LT1 model. The bundle was conceived by Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus Duntov, who wanted a race-ready Vette with a small-block engine. Duntov applied the lesson learned from the big-block L88 model and used almost identical chassis preparation and drivetrain updates to develop the ZR1. Despite being labeled as a special engine upgrade, it was basically a small-block version of the all-conquering V-8.


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The current ZR1 arrived in 2017, a full four years into the C7-generation Corvette’s life-cycle. Unlike its grand-grandfather, the C7 ZR1 received a brand-new, exclusive engine and a unique aerodynamic kit on top of the retuned chassis and suspension. It was also design as a stand-alone, full-time model and not just a package upgrade to existing versions like the standard Corvette or the Corvette Z06. You’re not buying any options and you’re not stuck with an engine already available in other models.

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“The C7-gen ZR1 is a significant departure from the first ZR1, as it features a comprehensive aerodynamic kit”

The ZR1 upgrade for the C3-generation was as subtle as they get design-wise, because there were no styling add-ons included. Customers got exactly what they ordered on the their LT1 models, nothing more, nothing less. Except for the wheel covers. While these were optional on all versions, they were removed from the ZR1’s list. This strategy basically placed the ZR1 below the L88, which came with a bulged hood and special graphics.

The C7-gen ZR1 is a significant departure from this concept, as it features a comprehensive aerodynamic kit. There’s a redesigned front bmper with large intakes, a unique engine hood, side sill extensions, a carbon-fiber splitter, and exclusive wheels. On top of that, customers have two wings to choose from. There’s a low wing that delivers the highest top speed and a high wing that offers maximum downforce and forces quicker laps on the race track. All told, the ZR1 is instantly recognizable when parked alongside the standard and Z06 models.

Interior


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“The power windows, air conditioning, rear window defogger, and the radio were deleted from the C3 ZR1's configuration.”

The story is pretty much the same here, as the ZR1 package added nothing to the C3 LT1’s interior. It actually removed a few things in order to keep it as light as possible for race-track duty. The power windows, the air conditioning system, the rear window defogger, and the radio were deleted from the LT1’s configuration.


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Moving over to the C7-gen Corvette ZR1, it gets a number of unique features. The steering wheel comes with carbon-fiber inserts, while the seats are wrapped in leather and Alcantara. There’s carbon-fiber on the dashboard and center stack too, while a bronze aluminum trim adds more uniqueness to sporty cabin.

Drivetrain


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“The C3 ZR1 was rated at 370 horsepower, but it was no match for the 7.0-liter big-block-engined Corvettes of the era”

This is where the ZR1 magic happened for the C3 Corvette. Sort of. The upgrade mated a Muncie M22 heavy-duty four-speed transmission, known as the “Rock Crusher,” to the V-8 engine and added an aluminum radiator with surge tank and metal fan shroud, a lightweight flywheel, and a heavy-duty L88 starter. The chassis was almost identical to the big-block L88 model and included special, stiffer springs and shocks, a stabilizer bar, and spindle-strut shafts. The ZR1 also gained J56 power brakes, but the power steering was removed for weight-saving purposes. The 5.7-liter V-8 didn’t change beyond the radiator, flywheel, and starter. Output was rated at 370 horsepower, which was pretty solid for 1969, but the LT-1 was no match for the 7.0-liter big-block engines output-wise. The ZR was actually upgraded to big-block LS-6 specifications in 1971, but the nameplate was changed to ZR2 for this model. Output increased to 425 horsepower.


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“Unlike its predecessor, the C7 ZR1 Convertible, gets its own unique engine”

Unlike its predecessor, the C7 ZR1 Convertible gets its own unique engine. Called the LT5, it displaces 6.2 liters, which makes it larger than the original LT-1. It also stands out for using forced induction in the form of a massive supercharger. The bundle generates 755 horsepower, more than twice as much as the original ZR1. It’s obviously quicker from 0 to 60 mph, needing less than three seconds to hit the benchmark, and hits a top speed of 210 mph, figures that were considered science-fiction back in the late 1960s. The modern ZR1 can also be ordered with an automatic transmission. The C3 model was restricted to a manual. Some say that having a manual is better for performance cars, but it’s nice to have options right?

Pricing and Production


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“A 50-year-old ZR1 will cost you more than the current version!”

The first-even ZR1 package was priced at $1,221, almost a quarter of the LT-1 sticker of slightly over $5,000. The ZR2 package was a bit more expensive at $1,747, as was the model it was based on in 1971, when the Corvette’s price jumped to $5,500.

The ZR1 upgrade was offered from 1970 to 1972 and total production included 53 units. Only eight convertibles were fitted with the ZR1 package in 1970, which makes it the rarest small-block Corvette in history. The ZR2 was very short-lived, offered in 1971 only. The big-block model was built in just 12 examples, two of which were convertibles.


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The C7-generation Corvette ZR1 was launched with a starting price of $119,995. Compared to the C3 model, it’s a significant jump from the standard model and even the Z06, which retail from $55,495 and $84,055 for the 2018 model year. Just like its ancestor, production will probably span over a few years only, but Chevy will build significantly more C7 ZR1s. Thousands are likely to hit the streets until the C7 is discontinued.

Due to the first-gen ZR1 being so rare, mint-condition models fetch in excess of $200,000 at auctions, while well-maintained cars that need mild restoration go for at least $130,000. Yes, a 50-year-old ZR1 will cost you more than the current version.

Conclusion


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Given the massive, near-50-year between the C3 and C7 ZR1s, this comparison is only a way to see how the nameplate evolved in half a century. The C7’s performance is colossal compared to the original ZR1, which is proof that technology has made tremendous progress. The most important fact here is that the C3 ZR1 was a pretty spectacular car for its era, much like the C7 ZR1 is stepping into supercar territory with more affordable pricing. Granted, the C7 ZR1 is the true king of C7 Corvette performance-wise, whereas the C3 ZR1 wasn’t as powerful as the big-block cars, but the latter still has a special place in Corvette history. The big question is will the C7 ZR1 be as desirable and expensive in 50 years as the C3 ZR1 is in 2017 compared to 1970?

References

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


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Read our full review of the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1


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Read our full review of the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 Convertible


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Read more 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show news.

PostHeaderIcon First Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Will Be Auctioned for Charity in January

Unveiled in mid-November 2017, the C7-gen Corvette ZR1 is the quickest, most powerful, and most aerodynamic Corvette ever built. At the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Chevrolet also unveiled a convertible version, only the second such body style to be offered since the original ZR1 was introduced back in 1969. While launching the ZR1 Convertible, Chevrolet announced that the first production unit of the ZR1 will be auctioned for charity in January 2018. Specifically, a coupe example will go under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson event in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 20.

All proceeds collected by the 755-horsepower, 715-pound-foot supercar will benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which builds mortgage-free smart homes for severely injured firefighters through its Building for America’s Bravest program. The foundation is named for a New York City firefighter and first responder who died during the World Trade Center terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The Corvette ZR1 joins an impressive lineup of first-production models that were auctioned for charity by Chevrolet in recent years, like the Corvette Z06 and several Camaro models, including the drag-spec COPO. Given that the Corvette Z06 was auctioned for $1 million back in 2015, it’s safe to assume that the ZR1 will also raise a seven-digit sum for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. We will be back with the result in January.

References

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 - image 744525

Read our full review of the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1

Chevy Corvette Stingray


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Read our full review of the 2014 – 2017 Corvette Stingray


2017 Los Angeles Auto Show – Visitor's Guide - image 745566

Read more 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show news.

PostHeaderIcon Taco Bell Employees Can Get As Much As $4,000 In Discounts On A Chevrolet Corvette

Being an employee of a fast food chain doesn’t traditionally come with a lot of perks. But just in case you’re an employee of Taco Bell, you should know that you qualify for a discount of a little more than $4,000 on a Chevrolet Corvette. Turns out, employees of the fast food restaurant are considered suppliers to General Motors. That designation means that you’re eligible for discounts under GM’s Supplier Pricing scheme. It’s not just the Corvette either as a significant number of models under the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac model are included in the discount program.

For those who are unfamiliar with it, the GM Supplier Discount is a program that was created by General Motors to reward supplier companies that do business with the automaker. It’s essentially a “thank you” program by the automaker to show appreciation for its suppliers.

In this case, Taco Bell is counted as a GM supplier, so its employees get the same perks and benefits as other companies that are also in business with the automaker.

If you happen to be a Taco Bell employee, you’re gonna want to read this because you can actually get good savings on your next auto purchase, provided they’re from General Motors. The Corvette is just one example too. Models like the Camaro, Equinox, Cruze, Cruze Limited, Malibu, as well as the base Colorado and base LS Traverse are included in the program. Buick models that are available in the program include 1SV variants of the Cascada, LaCrosse, Regal, and Verano. For GMC, its SL versions of the Acadia, Canyon, and Terrain.

If you need a better understanding of how the discount affects certain models, check the table below.

Model Trim MSRP Invoice GM Suppler Discount Price Current Cashback Incentives Total Potential Savings
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 1LT 4×4 V6 All Star Crew Cab $45,175 $42,280 $42,480 $2,000 $4,695 off MSRP
2017 Chevrolet Corvette 1LT Grand Sport Coupe $66,445 $61,863 $62,063 None $4,382 off MSRP
2016 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 2WD $48,195 $44,905 $45,105 $1,500 $4,590 off MSRP
2016 GMC Canyon SLE 4×4 Crew Cab $35,810 $34,066 $34,266 $750 $2,294 off MSRP
2017 Cadillac CT6 2.0-liter RWD $54,490 $51,547 $51,747 None $2,743 off MSRP

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