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EFY Body Colored Vents Option

I have always shared any and all info for your folks regarding your New Corvette, I even share my honest opinion and many of you know I am all about individuality when it comes to Corvette.

This new feature, different is one I am still not 100% on, I guess because we have had the era of a monochromatic Corvette already. Now I am not always right and some of you may enjoy this new feature in which is color keys the vents when ordering a 2016 Corvette.

Corvette option code: EFY

Source: Rick Conti

Submitted by Phil Ellison

2015 Stingray Makes Your Veins Pop

Before I got behind the wheel last week, I was ready to shred the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray-and not in a good way. I had already sharpened my dagger, just itching to plunge it into the 'Vette's soft, midlife-crisis belly and rip.

The weapons will have to wait for another day. After a week of feeling the muscles of the uncommonly powerful V8 flex underneath me-become part of me-I realized: Never before has a car changed my mind so quickly and so completely as this one has.

You have to understand. The $73,000 (base MSRP $55,000) Corvette I drove has a major image problem. One simple post I put on Facebook, which included a photo of this silver convertible, inspired comments such as: "It may be powerful but it lacks grace, like the guy who spends too much time yelling through his daily workout at the gym and then walks around in a tank top" and "It's the basic male accessory equivalent of when a basic girl gets Louboutins and thinks she's being super fashionable."

The best/worst was this: "Owning a Corvette is a great way to let people know you didn't always have money." All of those were from the audience that should have wanted to buy this car-personal friends of mine who are educated males of means in their early thirties.

Last year Chevy sold 34,000 'Vettes. This year, so far, it has sold 11,986 of them, up 2.5 percent over the same period in 2014. The company hasn't commented on who is buying them, but I can say, anecdotally, that I have never seen a woman, a person of color, or anyone who looked to be under the age of 50 who wasn't an auto journalist driving one. (Barbie, with her fly pink version, doesn't count.) That's driving one on any street, at any time-let alone owning one.

Turns out, it's their loss. Yes, the Stingray screams like an animal as it blows down the street, which can be obnoxious, and the huge hood covering the bulging V8 engine is phallic by any measure. (You get a bundle of "Compensating for something?" jokes when you drive this.) The sheer lack of subtlety in any form with this car, whether in its styling or its performance, advertises a driver who seems desperate for attention.

It's unnaturally hot to drive and miserable over cobblestones, or in traffic. But when you drive it fast, it'll make your veins pop. I had more fun in this vehicle than anything I've taken out in the past six months, and that includes the BMW i8, Mercedes-Benz SL variants, and the Jaguar F-Type. I had so much fun with it that I drove for 10 hours one day around Long Island beaches, then drove it out to Southampton and back on a whim to fetch a friend.

The Corvette Stingray is certainly not for everyone. But anyone in the market for a two-seat convertible toy for weekend driving should give it serious consideration. The modern Corvette is much improved over earlier versions. It won North American Car of the Year in 2014. The main thing to know about the Stingray is how special its engine is. Chevrolet has dropped a 6.2-liter pushrod V8 into the rear-wheel drive 'Vette, which is good for 455 horsepower and 460 pounds-feet of torque. That means that at 3.8 seconds, it'll hit 60 miles per hour eons faster than an Audi R8, Porsche 911 Carrera, or BMW M3. Top speed is 200 miles per hour. (We're not even talking about the $79,000 ZO6 and Z07 'Vettes, which each have a supercharged V8 engine that gets 650hp.)

You can drive 85mph in fourth gear-and there are seven gears on its manual transmission. (An eight-speed automatic version is available, but please don't be a baby and get that.) It also has a new rev-matching function, which increases shifting efficiency and finesse. Driving it feels real, for the first time in your life. It's not as if you're in a futuristic spaceship (BMW i8) or a race car (Porsche 911), or on a thoroughbred (Mercedes-Benz SL). Driving it feels as if you have become the car. You feel every piston, every sinew, meld, and thrust immediately when you want, where you want. It's as if your hands on the wheel and the wheels on the ground are one and the same. Even think about turning, weaving, swaying, and the 'Vette will take you there.

The Corvette strikes in a straight line with the certainty of a cobra. But its steering is as responsive as any I have ever felt. It will squirm and fishtail and screech if you ask it to. The chassis is arrow-straight, stiff as an iron rod. Shifting it feels as smooth as a marble mantle. You get the sense that it has much to give. And rather than fighting you like an old Challenger or Charger, the Corvette Stingray aims to please.

I do not like how this car looks. It's too ballsy for me, with no sense of elegance or refinement. I wish it evoked more of the slim classic Corvette look. But you might like it: The hood is spread wide in front, with an angry air duct front and center, sides rounding over the front tires and a flat open grille straight across the lower bridge. The smallish xenon headlamps sit angled up, far apart on either side, like the eyes on a camel.

From the side, the body has been carved out and then tucked at the ribs before a straight line juts toward the sharp rear. It's almost geometric in its severity. The quad air exhaust pipes are grouped in a clod at the back, which is flat across the top over the trunk and squared off on either end. There is no softness here, anywhere.

The quality of the trim inside is sufficient but not exceptional. It's much improved over previous iterations, with GT-style bucket seats covered in bright red leather that feels cheap, compared to anything you'll feel in a BMW or Land Rover. Carbon fiber accents are available.

That said, the seats are designed well, able to accommodate a long back like mine and to hug my shoulders and hips without confining them. The rear vision backup cameras, dual climate control, 8'-inch disappearing color touchscreen, and camera-recording device are (rightfully) focused on the driver and to that end, satisfactory. The double cup holders and USB plugs strike me as smart decisions to include, even though racing purists scoff at such creature comforts. Chevy also did a great job of eking 29 miles per gallon on the highway with this-astounding for a performance car. (Credit for the improvement goes to improved engine engineering, sleeker design, and a better use of lightweight materials on the body.)

The real problem inside, though, has to do with dimensions. A 6-foot, 3-inch friend who got inside on Sunday struggled at first to fit his lanky legs behind the dash. (This may also have had something to do with his fashionably tight jeans.) We both found ourselves ducking a bit to see stoplights-the top edge of the windshield hit us nearly at eye level with the top down. Speaking of the top, it's an automatically powered ragtop that deploys in noticeably longer time than those found in the Mercedes SL and Bentley Continental convertibles. It's not sealed well enough, with the top up, to keep it quiet inside-also unlike the Merc and Bentley. The button to retract is tucked under the steering wheel on the dash, to the left. It's out of the way, but nonetheless oddly placed. Another odd feeling: using a heads-up display while driving a stick. (Most premium cars these days don't even offer manual versions.) That duality encapsulates something pretty major about this car-it serves as commentary on how Corvette must straddle a half-century heritage with an attempt at relevance in the modern age.

You will sense this struggle if you buy this car. You'll be forced to explain it in real time to your friends and lovers when they ask why you bought it, rather than something-anything-else. Just know that you are in the right. And if they drive it themselves, they'll know it, too.

Source: Internet

Submitted by Phil Ellison

Vette News - More Bad News - NCM Museum Sinkhole

1992 LT1 is running once again, but recently discovered signatures have complicated its restoration

General Motors has been working to restore the vintage Corvettes that were swallowed by a sinkhole last year, but one model has proved particularly challenging, thanks to some recent discoveries. As CNN reports, the white 1992 LT1 roadster - the millionth Corvette ever produced - is now running, with its structural damage repaired, although GM says only about 15 to 20 percent of the car has been restored.

The process has been complicated, in part, by the fact that many of the men and women who assembled the car had signed their names all over its parts. Their signatures were discovered in April, when the car was first taken apart, and they forced GM to rethink its strategy in order to save all of the parts and preserve their names.

"Somebody took the time to write their name on the undercarriage," Dave Bolognino, GM's director of design fabrications operations, tells CNN. "We need to take the time to make sure that we straighten that piece of metal instead of replacing it."

The LT1 was one of eight cars that fell into a sinkhole under the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, last year, and one of three that were deemed salvageable. GM restored a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil that fell into the sinkhole last year, while the museum plans to restore a 1962 convertible on its own. The part of the museum where the sinkhole opened is also nearly repaired, with its floor reinforced with micropiles and concrete beams. Underground lights and cameras will be installed to allow visitors to see inside the sinkhole.

GM says it expects the LT1 to be restored by Labor Day weekend in early September, but there's still a lot of work to be done. The car sustained significant damage to its paint and rear bumper, which is tagged with several signatures. GM also has to decide whether or not to replace its hood, which Bolognino describes as a question of "risk versus originality." "While we know we can repair it, we don't want to see it degrade several years from now," he tells CNN. "So we're going to try some things ... and then we'll make that decision."

Credit: NCM

Submitted by Phil Ellison

Vette News - Corvette: Milestones & More - C7

Over its 60-odd-year run, the Corvette has largely stuck to its original objective of providing homegrown performance wrapped in a stylish, two-seat package. Its journey has at times been an uncertain one, but now in its seventh generation, it's safe to say the hits have outnumber the misses. Here's our look at the Corvette story from conception to the C7. This is article seven in a series of seven.

C-7: 2014 - ??

2014: The C7 Corvette Stingray debuts at the Detroit auto show in January 2013 wearing a hood and a roof made from carbon fiber, and is followed in March 2013 by the introduction of the Stingray convertible at the Geneva auto show. Packing a naturally aspirated 455-hp, 6.2-liter pushrod V-8 mated to either a seven-speed Tremec manual or a six-speed automatic, we can tell you it's plenty quick. The optional Z51 performance package adds an electronically controlled limited-slip diff; closer gear ratios for the manual gearbox; dry-sump lubrication to prevent oil starvation in racetrack settings; additional cooling for the brakes, differential, and gearbox; larger brakes; and aerodynamic bits to increase high-speed stability. Z51s also get 19-by-8.5-inch front and 20-by-10-inch rear wheels and tires, up from the standard 18-by-8.5- and 19-by-10-inch package. In addition to all the go-fast dirty bits, the C7 generation brings a pretty thorough interior overhaul, including new seats and unprecedented attention to detail. We've already published enough stories on the C7 to fill a small book, but there are many more chapters to come.

Credits: Internet article/series by Andrew Wendler and Kevin Wilson

Submitted by Phil Ellison

Vette News - Corvette: Milestones & More - C6

Over its 60-odd-year run, the Corvette has largely stuck to its original objective of providing homegrown performance wrapped in a stylish, two-seat package. Its journey has at times been an uncertain one, but now in its seventh generation, it's safe to say the hits have outnumber the misses. Here's our look at the Corvette story from conception to the C7. This is article six in a series of seven.

C-6: 2005 - 2013

2005: Filing the C5 down to a tidier, lighter, 5.1-inch-shorter package on a longer wheelbase, the C6 is the first Corvette with headlights since 1962. It also gets a nicer interior and seats, and finally powers up the convertible top. Plus the base price is $290 lower. Hill says it is more about perfecting rather than inventing. We think they succeeded: Writes C/D's Larry Webster in our first test: "It's the perfect everything sports car: fast enough to keep you interested during a day of lapping and refined and comfortable enough to make the slog home, or the daily commute, a relaxing experience."

2006: A redesigned Z06 returns after a one-year absence. An aluminum frame, fixed magnesium engine cradle, and carbon-fiber appointments all contribute to weight savings. A new 7.0-liter small-block makes 505 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque in the Z06, and a six-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission is introduced.

2007: The Ron Fellows Championship Edition is the first signed limited edition in Corvette history.

2008: A new LS3 6.2-liter V-8 appears as the base engine, increasing output from 400 hp to 430 hp. And lest anyone in Speedway, Indiana, forget what the Corvette looks like, an E85-fueled Z06 paces the 500 with Patrick Dempsey at the wheel.

2009: The new Corvette ZR1 debuts, roaring to a top speed of more than 200 mph thanks to the muscle of its supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V-8.

2010: The Grand Sport model returns, powered by the base LS3 V-8 and packing the elements of the discontinued Z51 performance option. Side airbags are now standard on all models.

2011: With seven available models, including the Z06 Carbon Limited Edition, the lineup and option availability is the greatest in Corvette history. Curiously, a Corvette doesn't pace the Indy 500.

2012: To celebrate the division's 100th birthday, Chevrolet busts out a Centennial Edition package (available on all Corvettes), featuring Carbon Flash Metallic paint, satin-black graphics, satin-black wheels with red stripe, unique badges, a specially trimmed interior, and Magnetic Selective Ride Control. More important, the Corvette returns to pace Indy with celebrity chef Guy Fieri at the wheel.

2013: With the C7 around the corner, Corvette news is limited to the 60th Anniversary package and the introduction of the one-year-only 427 convertible, which is as close as Chevrolet got to producing a droptop Z06. It sprints to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

Credits: Internet article/series by Andrew Wendler and Kevin Wilson

Submitted by Phil Ellison

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