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Corvettes easily captured American’s hearts on the road and it didn’t take long before they were stealing hearts from the big screen. These Corvettes in movies are only a small handful of the several films that have helped shaped Corvette into the elite and powerful muscle car that it is today.
When the concept Corvette for Transformers was revealed in 2009, fans were amazed. Known as Autobot Sideswipe, it was built to represent Corvette’s past, present, and future. Elements from several Corvette generations found their way onto the concept, including the 1963, spilt rear window. The Corvette Transformer was interior and exterior was high in design, but so was the powertrain. The Corvette Transformer was a conceptual hybrid powertrain with a V8 engine with cylinder deactivation for higher fuel efficiency (Jalopnik). This preview Chevy put together to highlight all of their cars featured in the Transformers film, including SideSwipe.
The Last Stand Corvette
When The Last Stand premiered many fell in love with the film’s unexpected star, a souped up Corvette ZR1. The Last Stand Corvette was the perfect choice for the high speed and dangerous lifestyle of cartel drug runners. It blew through police blockades, SVU’s, and even beat out a helicopter. Chevrolet gave the film’s directors 7 Corvette ZR1s for shooting and when filming wrapped the directors were only able to give back two. Neither of which were in good condition.
There can’t be a list of popular Corvette movies without Corvette Summer. Featuring a young Mark Hamill, Corvette Summer was a wild tale of unexpected romance, thieves, and fast cars. The featured Corvette was a customized Stingray with right-hand-drive. For shooting purposes there were two Corvettes made. One still lives in the United States with a private collector while the other was sold to a collector in Australia. The original mold for the car can be seen on display in the National Corvette Museum.
Apollo 13 Corvette
It’s well known that Corvettes and astronauts have history. In the 1960’s Corvette made a deal with NASA to give each astronaut a new Corvette. So naturally when Apollo 13 was filmed, Corvettes were included. Tom Hanks’ character drove a red 1970 Corvette, which was featured in the well-known scene of it pulling up next to a Shelby GT350 at a stoplight. Gary Sinese was filmed in a Y-body ‘Vette as the grounded astronaut and CAPCOM.
Rush Hour Corvette
This 1972 convertible is better known as the Rush Hour Corvette. For ease of shooting purposes this 1972 is an automatic with a 350ci, 270hp engine. Chris Tucker, who is a fan of nice cars himself and a Ferrari owner, said he enjoyed the Corvette and thought it fit his personality. The original Rush Hour Corvette was auctioned off before anyone knew that there would be a Rush Hour 2. Fortunately, Ted Moser was brought in to transform a second black Corvette to match the original.
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A Corvette C7 ZR1 May Be Among Us
There is no denying that Corvette has been up to something big. With the major recent investments to the Corvette plant expansion to the secretive late night track testing, Corvette has been buzzing with mystery. Finally light has been shed onto the rumors with multiple sightings of Corvette’s latest project, the 2018 ZR1.
As an American made superpower car that is remarkably affordable and luxurious, Corvette will naturally always receive heat from supercar competitors. A rivalry has formed between the Corvette Z06 and the Dodge Viper ACR. Some may say the Corvette Z06 vs. Viper ACR is an unfair match, however, Corvette has never backed down from a challenge no matter the situation.
Both Motor Trend and Top Gear have taken the Corvette vs. Dodge Viper challenge. Head-to-head the Corvette is the more affordable and driver focused option. The ACR comes equipped with a track ready package and a more powerful engine. A few high level specs of each supercar are highlighted below:
2016 Corvette Z06
- Z07 Package
- 6.2L Supercharged V-8 RWD
- Under $98,000
2016 Dodge Viper ACR
- Track Set-Up
- 8.4L V-10 RWD
- Starting at $131,000
Corvette Z06 vs. Viper ACR Track Face-Off
Motor Trend drivers took both cars out onto the MRLS track to test how the Z06 handled being compared to the 10 time track record breaker ACR. Corvette Z06 came out only 3 seconds behind the ACR but six-tenths of a second faster than the Viper TA. The ACR comes with a very large jet-sized rear wing that helps keep the car on the ground making it better equipped for the demands of the track. However, the rear wingless Z06 isn’t to be overlooked. Top Gear says that the Z06 has one of the most sophisticated chassis-control systems in the world. Just don’t turn off the chassis-assistance systems unless you’re ready to take full control. Motor Trend’s drivers agree that for Corvette to beat the Viper it would need a Corvette equivalent to the ACR track package.
While racing enthusiasts may choose to be 3 seconds faster, even the driving experts at Top Gear say that if you want supercar performance and everyday practically, it’s hard to think of a better choice than the Z06.
Corvette vs. Dodge Viper Practicality
After just a few hours of driving the ACR both Motor Trend and Top Gear drivers said their ears wouldn’t stop ringing and joked about how driving for too long may cause driver deafness. Without a racing harness the ACR also threw around its passengers and made for anything but a comfortable ride. The Viper’s air conditioning isn’t guaranteed to work and the brake and clutch pedals are switched. There is no expectation of comfort when driving the Viper, its sole purpose it to serve drivers as much power as possible.
On the other hand, Corvette has managed the incredible feat of combining supercar power with driver and passenger comfort. Each driver of the Z06 came out with a new appreciation for the power and fun of the supercar with the luxury of a comfortable ride. Jason Cammisa of Motor Trend says, “The Chevy feels as though it was actually engineered around the human body, and as such it’s an absolute pleasure to drive. The ‘Vette works with you to be smooth, comfortable, and fast, whereas the Viper’s interior does everything to make you not trust the car, yourself, or anyone around you.” Motor Trend finished up its day of competition on the track by voting the Z06 the most friendliest and livable car on a daily basis.
There is no denying the impressive speed and power of the Dodge ACR. However, when considering whether to purchase a Corvette or Viper the choice seems to be clear. For a practical car that can go from driving the family around town on the weekdays to causing trouble on the track during the weekends, the experts agree there is no better choice than the Corvette Z06.
When you think of American super muscle you think Corvette, but when you think overall engine power and performance superiority perhaps the Lamborghini comes to mind. On highways across America these two have come head-to-head and Corvette has always proudly held its own.
A Corvette Z06 vs. Lamborghini Aventador Roadster Challenge
Top Gear recently took the Corvette Z06 with a Z07 performance kit head-to-head against the Lamborghini Aventador LP700 Roadster and while it may seem like an easy one to call, even the driving experts on Top Gear were impressed. The 650bhp supercharged Corvette may be down in power compared to the 690bhp Lambo but to some surprise, they both weigh exactly the same at 1625kg. Both super cars reach 60 mph in about 3.0 seconds but the Lambo’s top speed is 17 mph higher at 217 mph.
As the boys took the two up into the hills of California the Z06 did not become a distant blob of color in the Lambo’s rearview mirror. Instead, the Z06 engine remained composed and fluid to the rough terrain of hills and was constantly riding the Lambo’s bumper. Up and downshifts came easily thanks to the seven-speed manual gearbox and Corvette’s exclusive use of Michelin Cup 2 tires combined with the Corvette Z06 racing performance traction management kept the Z06 grounded and on track.
After days of putting each car to its limit Top Gear’s very own Ryan says he cannot believe how fast and generally competent the Z06 has become (Top Gear).
Corvette vs. Lamborghini Chance Encounters
Several instances of impromptu Corvettes street races against Lamborghinis have surfaced on the internet. These videos below show just how capable the Corvette is even against some of the most expensive motor muscle available to buyers.
The Most Bang for Your Buck
It would cost you $445,300 plus tax (GM Authority) to own the Aventador Roadster featured on Top Gear while you can get a Corvette Z06 for around $84,000. Even with performance packages and all the add-ons, both Top Gear and GM Authority struggled to bring the cost of the Z06 well above $100,000. For the price, the power and control offered by the Corvette Z06 is truly unmatched.
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Since the first Corvette concept was presented as a “dream car” at GM’s Motorama in New York in 1953, America has never been the same. American drivers have claimed the Corvette as one of their favorite American made sports cars and the relationship grows stronger every year.
Made for Americans, By Americans
The incredibly popular Corvette has settled their assembly plant in the quaint American town of Bowling Green, Kentucky, now employing over 950 residents. Corvette’s first home was Flint, Michigan, where on June 30th, 1953 the first production Corvette rolled off the assembly line. Next Corvette made the move to St. Louis where it settled down until the opening of the Bowling Green plant in 1981. All three of Corvette’s assembly plants have been located in American towns and proudly employed American workers with little outside material or labor needed.
Corvette Cares About America
Corvette puts as much importance on respecting the land of Kentucky as much as it does on hiring American workers. The assembly plant features a wildlife habitat that spreads across 75 acres. Local Boy Scout troops have installed bluebird boxes while local students planted sunflowers. Employees appreciate an environmentally friendly picnic area while the land enjoys only native plant species thanks to Corvette’s environmental team.
Number One in America
In 2014, the Corvette Stingray ranked number one on the annual “Made in America” Automotive Index. Up against 318 other new car models, the Stingray was judged on its headquarters, design, research, manufacturing facilities, and where the profits go once it is sold (Motor Authority). The 2016 Stingray has ranked third overall.
Investments That Give Back
In 2015, General Motors announced a plan to spend $439 million on a new paint shop for the Bowling Green plant. This work has begun and will be completed in 2017. The newest plans from GM include spending $290 million on technology and manufacturing process upgrades for the Bowling Green assembly plant. GM North American Manufacturing Manager Arvin Jones stated, “We are making technology investments that will continue to improve our manufacturing processes and ultimately the quality of our vehicles.” Although nothing has been confirmed, enthusiasts hope that these latest plans are for the redesign of the next generation Corvette.
The assembly plant workers will not be affected during the construction process and will be able to keep working their 8-hour, Monday-Friday shifts. Each time Corvette has invested in their American assembly plant they have added to the number of jobs available. Rumors are the next round of upgrades will create over 270 new jobs.
Corvette is the world’s longest-running, continuously produced passenger car and always has been and will always be made proudly here in the United States of America. The craving for Corvettes grows stronger each year and Corvette is proud to supply American sourced technology, manufacturing and labor resources large enough to handle the demand.
When you purchase a Corvette, whether a classic or a newer model, rest assured you are purchasing a true American made sports car legend that was built on American land by hard working American hands.
When driver enthusiasts dream of the ultimate track to test their skills they think of the infamous Nurburgring track. Designed to push cars and drivers to their limits, car manufacturers have used the Nurburgring track to prove their engineer advancements and gain bragging rights over competing manufacturers for years. Those on the Top 100 Nurburgring lap time list are usually proud of where they stand, but all are eager to return and improve.
Spots #13 and #15 are held by Corvettes and the rumor is Corvette is itching to get back on the Nurburgring and fight for higher spots.
Corvette ZR1 vs. Nurburgring
At spot #13 sits the 2012 Corvette ZR1. Surprisingly the ZR1 driven was one with no special racing modifications. It was completely stock, sporting nothing but what was available to any Corvette buyer. In fact, the only changes made were for safety purposes and actually increased the weight of the Corvette. This added weight is said to have slowed it more than the ZR1’s available to the public. Whether or not it was really slowed by the extra weight, it was hard to tell. The ZR1 reached speeds up to 180 MPH and finished with an official Nurburgring lap time of 7:19:63. The 2012 ZR1 was completely driver optimized with aero package improvements along with Pilot Sport Tires. The track driver was Corvette’s very own lead chassis development engineer, a typical move by Corvette. Corvette believes that having one of their own engineers drive the car will allow them to more easily translate notes from track performance into the changes on the manufacturing floor.
Corvette Z06 vs. Nurburgring
At spot #15 is the 2011 Corvette Z06. Taken to the Nurburgring track to test its substantial performance upgrade, the Z06 did not disappoint. New to this model was the ZR1 performance traction management system. Available for the first time to Z06s, this system allowed for custom tuned vehicle behavior for each driver. The Z06 also had the help of its new braking system, allowing a 60–0 stop to happen in just 100ft. The chassis development engineer drove yet again, reaching speeds of 170MPH and finishing with a strong Nurburgring lap time of 7:22:68.
What’s Next for Corvettes on the Nurburgring Track?
So why are newer corvettes not on the list? Unfortunately for all manufacturers, including Corvette, in early 2015 there was a fatal accident during a Nurburgring race that killed an audience member. Following the accident the Nurburgring implemented speed limits on certain parts of the track and disallowed the sharing of lap times. The 2015 Corvette Z06 still took to the track despite these new limitations, but unfortunately crashed. For the laps it did complete there are rumors of very impressive speed improvements but due to the strict “no share rule” we will never know the truth.
2016 brings excitement and hope again as the Nurburgring speed limits have been lifted and lap times are shareable once again. The question now is will Corvette return and fight for a spot higher on the list? While there is no way to be certain one thing we know for sure is Corvette has created a track beast that is hard to contain, making the Nurburgring even harder to resist.
The 2016 Corvette has changed the game. For those shaking their heads, claiming there wasn’t much improvement to be made from 2014 and 2015, be prepared to be mistaken.
The 2016 Corvette is available to drivers in both coupe and convertible in the base Stingray, Stingray Z51 or Z06 trim style. The coupe offers drivers unmatched style, power, and usability. With an impressive 15 cubic-foot trunk, stashing a change of clothes to go from work to play won’t be a problem. Drivers now have more room to pack their luggage, golf clubs and even the groceries.
The Stingray trims have 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels, Brembo brakes and are powered by a 6.2-liter V8 that drives the rear wheels. They come standard with seven-speed manual transmissions but drivers can opt for an eight-speed automatic. Regardless of which one you select, both transmissions feature a launch control mode.
The 2016 Corvette engine has also been designed to present drivers with instantaneous adaptable driving modes when needed. If you encounter poor weather, there is no reason to worry. A simple switch of a dial puts the 2016 Corvette in weather mode. Or perhaps you’re spending the weekend at an open autocross event and want to open her up on the track, there’s a mode for that too. In fact, there are five different modes including weather, eco, tour, sport and track.
Don’t be fooled, though. The Corvette’s evolution hasn’t been restricted to just under-the-hood improvements. Inside the 2016 Corvette several changes are capturing the hearts of driver enthusiasts. Edmunds.com 2016 Corvette review says that thanks to the center stack and wraparound door panels, drivers feel as though their operating a fighter jet.
The “fighter jet cockpit” consists of several luxurious features including a leather wrapped steering wheel, hands-free Apple CarPlay and in advanced models front-view parking cameras and driver memory settings.
Chevrolet is blessing the roads with the new 2016 Corvettes at prices that are shocking everyone. Even Edmunds.com 2016 Corvette review claims that “Calling it a world-class bargain is no longer faint praise; it’s genuinely hard to believe that you can get this much car for what Chevy’s charging.”
As the packages increase so do the luxuries and the price, but what’s included in the base Stingray is more than enough to impress. The roads have seen an increase in the presence of the 2016 Corvette and as more drivers discover the sheer power, luxury and usability these supercars offer we are sure to see that trend continue. We’re far from complaining, in fact we encourage it. Shop the largest selection of new 2016 Corvette inventory in the southeast and start enjoying what many already are.
Corvette owners, fans and dreamers got let in on GM’s little a secret last year when it leaked that the name “Corvette E-Ray” was submitted to be trademarked in December of 2015 and later also trademarked the stand alone “E-Ray.” Does this mean we should be on the lookout for a hybrid or electric Corvette? What do you think about this classic American sports car going electric?
The Barrett-Jackson Auction season is in mid-swing, traveling from city to city auctioning off some of the most interesting and expensive cars in the world. With a reputation that impresses, it comes with no surprise that the recent Palm Beach Barret-Jackson auction sold over $23.2 million and achieved the highest sell through rate to date at an impressive 96.3%. “Our Palm Beach auction was a remarkable success with an incredible docket of desirable supercars, original muscle cars and automobilia,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. Celebrities including William Shatner and Zac Brown were in attendance, both selling their exceptional rides. Among the notable collection of items sold were a large amount of cars benefiting charities. These included the VIN #001 Corvette Grand Sport Collector’s Edition!
With over 525 cars sold, these Top 10 Best Sellers managed to bring in the highest sales, including two Chevrolet Corvettes!
- 1969 Ford Mustang Boss (Lot #423) Sold: $550,000
This Ford Mustang Boss was the 170th unit produced in Ford’s effort to remain competitive in NASCAR. At a recent Mustang Meet in Charlotte, North Carolina it received an impressive 504 points thanks to its pristine condition and original paperwork.
- 2006 Heritage Edition Ford GT (Lot #401) Sold: $467,500
This Heritage Edition Ford GT is one of only 343 produced in tribute to the original Gulf Oil sponsored GT40. With only 5 miles and the original factory transport stickers, shrink wrap, steering wheel warp and seat plastic still in place, this Ford GT feels as though it just rolled off the factory floor.
3. 2006 Heritage Edition Ford GT (Lot #426) Sold: $412,500
5. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible (Lot #402) Sold: $192,500
A Custom Corvette proudly takes the number 5 spot! This impeccably designed Corvette Convertible has a detailed engine bay, sculpted fender walls, a Haartz Stayfast top and a clear coat polished to a mirror shine. Custom touches also include an Autosound stereo with a Kenwood amplifier and a Bazooka subwoofer.
6. 1987 Ferrari Testarossa (Lot #419) Sold: $189,200
This 5-speed manual transmission Ferrari Testarossa was delivered new to the Symbolic Ferrari of La Jolla and spent a majority of its life on the coast of California accumulating just 37,980 miles. It was sold with the original books, pouch, tool roll and jack kit.
7. 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo (Lot #398) Sold: $187,000
One of only 717 produced, this 930 Turbo is extremely rare. Both the interior and exterior are in great shape and the engine remains the original 3.0-liter 260hp no-intercooler with only 15,200 miles driven.
9. 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo Cabrio (Lot #417) Sold: $183,700
This Porsche 930 Turbo represents an advancement is technology with its 3.3-liter turbocharged Flat-6 engine and 5 speed manual transmission. Less than 1,000 were built around the world and it continues to be one of the most sot after 911s.
10. 1967 Corvette Roadster (Lot #375) Sold: $181,500
This Corvette Roadster is an incredibly rare piece of history. It is Bloomington Gold Certified and believed to be one of only 34 red leather cars in 1967. It is has undergone a complete restoration and still has the original motor.
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