Last week the Geneva International Motor Show was lucky enough to host the unveiling of Chevrolet Corvette’s 2017 Grand Sport, collector’s edition.
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The unveiling of Corvette’s newest track-ready legacy came to a surprise for many show attendees who only heard rumors that the unveiling was taking place. After delaying its initial anticipated unveiling by nearly two months, the show attendees were anything but disappointed.
2017 Corvette Zora
Continuing a proud American tradition, General Motors (GM) has confirmed they will introduce a new C8 Corvette for the 2017 model year that features a striking mid-engine design. Named after legendary Corvette engineer Zora Arkus Duntove, the Zora Corvette represents a significant evolution of the platform designed to appeal to a new generation of Corvette enthusiasts.
For the past 50+ years there’s been a natural connection between iconic athletes and their equally as renowned rides. The history of Super Bowl MVP cars is a fascinating one full of top brands, starting with the proud and historic Chevrolet Corvette.
With the passion and dedication Corvette enthusiasts boast for their Vettes, it comes with little surprise that their fanatical ways have crossed over into the realm of Star Wars.
The recent release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has resulted in an internet flood of pictures of Corvettes and their drivers enjoying their Star Wars themed cars.
The lure of the open road has been an iconic part of American culture for nearly a century. Since its introduction in 1953, the Chevrolet Corvette has been a symbol of the freedom and independent spirit so often exhibited by its drivers. The distinctive silhouette of the Corvette ensures that it is instantly recognizable both on the showroom floor and on the highway. The design choices made by Chevrolet throughout the history of the Corvette have meshed with the branding and promotional efforts of their marketing team to create true synergy in the automotive marketplace.
Rick Hendrick has long been identified with the Chevrolet brand and with the Corvette in particular. That association has now been officially recognized with Rick’s induction into the Corvette Hall of Fame during the 21st Anniversary Celebration of the National Corvette Museum. Rick was honored for his achievements both on the racetrack and in the automotive sales and service field. These accomplishments led to Rick’s selection in the Enthusiast field as a 2015 inductee into the Corvette Hall of Fame.
Chevy introduced the seventh edition of the Corvette in 2014. The car company also reestablished the Stingray name when it unveiled the C7 ‘Vette. A long, slanted hood, contoured body and bold aura form the sports car’s exterior while the interior offers drivers the latest in automobile technology.
Here’s a synopsis of what happened this month in the Corvette world:
2015 Z06 Corvette Engine Update: Chevy is confident they have found and fixed all potential engine issues in the 2015 Z06, but does suggest that owners get an oil change after the 500-mile break-in point.
Corvette Reunion: A 1977 Corvette brings tears or joy to its previous owner’s eyes. Yep, people love Corvettes that much!
Trio of Corvette Firsts: Each firsts in their own right, these three classics will be auctioned off in Scottsdale this coming January.
Purple People Eater: It’s back, and it’s upgraded.
Corvette aficionados have described the sixth generation of the sports car as perfect. Dave Hill, the chief engineer of the C6, defines the model in just three words, which are power, precision and passion. Chevy introduced the first C6 in 2005. The last one rolled off the company’s manufacturing line in 2013.
The C5 Corvette is the fifth generation of the iconic American sports car. Manufactured from 1997-2004, the C5 proved to be a remarkable engineering achievement considering the turbulent environment surrounding General Motors at the time. Many purists believe the C5 saved the Corvette franchise and represented a rebirth of the energy, excitement and freedom that has defined the car since its introduction in 1953.
C5 Corvette Features
The C5 Corvette concept was developed by the prestigious Chevy 3 design team headed by Jerry Palmer and John Cafaro. Hampered by severe budget constraints and rumors that the C5 might not ever be built, Cafaro and his team worked over seven years to produce a design that finally received management’s approval. The C5 was a radical departure from previous generations, and virtually everything in the car was conceptually original. This included the interior, exterior and suspension. In fact, new construction methods were devised to produce a revolutionary hi-tech frame.
C5 Vette Body Style
The final C5 design was driven in large part by the input of Corvette enthusiasts, who were surveyed extensively by the Chevy 3 design team. The new Corvette was very different than its wedge shaped predecessor and featured dramatic flowing contours and aerodynamic styling loosely based on the CERV III mid-engine Indy Corvette. The original 1997 model was available only as a coupe, but a convertible was introduced in 1998, and a hardtop followed in 1999.
Under the Hood
Like the vast majority of its powertrain components, the C5 Corvette’s LS1 5.7 liter engine was a completely new design. The all-aluminum engine had an output of 345 horsepower when matched with the Borg-Warner T56 four-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. An innovative rear-mounted transaxle helped create more interior room and achieved a front to rear weight distribution of almost 50/50. In 2001, the Z06 model was added to the lineup and featured an LS6 V-8, which produced 385 horsepower with a top speed of 170 mph. The careful design and placement of the frame and transmission created more room for interior designers to work with.
The C5 Corvette Today
In general, all Corvettes that are properly maintained will eventually appreciate in value. However, the C5 was produced in relatively large numbers, and more time must pass before the model is considered collectible. The only exceptions are the 2004 Z15 and Z16 commemorative edition C5 Corvettes. The coupe and convertible were given the Z15 moniker, and the Z16 includes a high performance package based on the popular Z06. The commemorative edition models are highly sought after since production volume was very limited.
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