• Jun 30, 2005
Blue Devil Corvette 250 PR Photo

The concept here is simple. Start with the already stunning Corvette Z06. Add a supercharger to its 7-liter V8, yielding something north of 600 HP. Use enough carbon fiber to bring the weight down to 2900 lbs or so (about the weight of a Cobalt SS). Call it the Blue Devil, charge approximately $100,000, and let the debate begin. Will it be the fastest vehicle for the money? Almost certainly. Will it be "exclusive" enough to justify the price; that is, does it look too much like its more pedestrian siblings? Frankly, I don't care. It could look like a minivan, and I'd still want one. Rumor from a year or so ago had it that GM was having difficulty getting the lower end to survive at those power levels (keep in mind just how stringent WOT testing is at the OEM level), but it's reasonable to think that they've figured out how to fix those problems by now. Look for this in the 2007 model year.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      djteqneek, I don't get BBC here stateside, but I am sure that I would watch said show if I was across the pond. Yes, cornering is what makes the car, and the reason that your fq400 cornered so much better than the Lambo was because it weighs 400 lbs less. The new Z06 is about 50 lbs. lighter than the fq400, and even though it doesn't have AWD, I imagine that it will hang with the super mitsu around a track. If the Vette was all about straight line speed, you wouldn't see such gargantuan FRONT tires (tyres) on the new Z06, nor the massive disc brakes. That car was made for the twisties, but I'll hold off on final judgment until we actually see some tests. As for this rumored Blue Devil, if it were to gain 100-150 hp and lose another 250 lbs. off of the Z06, I imagine it's be showing the fq400 its tail lights on pretty much any track that wasn't made of dirt. As for the Saleen S7 (which I mistakenly overlooked when comparing Blue Devil to near performers), its a nice car, but with an extra 100 hp and only 150 lbs more weight, I'd think the S7 would have a good challenge from the ($300,000 cheaper) Blue Devil. Again, we'll have to see when it comes out (hopefully). Either way, this can be nothing but good news to those of us that lust over the many cars we'll never be able to afford.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Part of the je ne sais quoi is the haut prix and the interior refinement that comes with it. A Porsche really does look special, even if it's numbers are no better than the Vette's. At $50k, no one cares if a Vette looks like a Malibu on the inside. At $100k, folks will care a little more. Corvette's traditional value proposition will not be as relevant at the higher price point.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Dustin, ummm....why would you think a Vette is a muscle car?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Im very disappointed by the snobbery here. If anyone questions the Corvettes pedigree all that needs to be said is Le Mans. End of argument, have a good day.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Sorry, "Blue Devil" Vette.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Dustin, don't be hatin'. Certainly, this is "still" a Corvette - but that is a good thing. It means that it will be a reliable, daily driver with low maintenance costs and decent fuel economy. I mean, the current Z06 holds it's own against some of the best in the world already. The new Z06 should outperform all but the very highest of performance supercars. The new SS (Blue Devil) will be nearly unparalleled regardless of price. I think most would agree that it is easier to make a $300,000+ supercar than a $100,000 supercar. Comparing it to Mustangs and Chargers is a joke, right?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Good points - of course the vette isn't a musclecar, but the vette provided the yardstick to which they were measured. The biggest problem production US sports cars have suffered, IMHO, is their inability to do anything shy of go fast in a straight line... the vette has finally ironed out some of these dynamic design issues compared with production costs, go on a diet, add some comfort, etc. I will give it props in those regards - I'm sticking to my guns that it's a great performer, but it's common roots will hold it back in certain circles. The blue devil will be collectable, any expensive, limited production car almost certainly attracts collectors. The price isn't so expensive that it'll be unobtainable by regular people (not just celebs and the uber rich), but there will be a contingent (mea culpa) that would rather have a european performance car than a souped-up vette for the same money. That said, I concede (I actually never agrued against it) that the Z06 is a great sports car - the best performing production car all-around (there's a subjective qualifier!) that the US has made... as the vette gets more and more expensive, though, it's forced to compete with markets it's not accostomed to... I think GM can't effectively work in those eschelons, personally.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This car is definitely for real. I hear it is putting out about 650 HP with the current tuning. A guy I know who drove it told me it was "insane". This is the same guy who told me the new Z06 is "much more than most people could handle". Bring it on!
      • 9 Years Ago
      In that range? I would personally rather have a 997-GT3. As I stated before - I'm actually quite impressed that we can finally make a production sports car that can go fast *and* handle a turn like the Z06. I love the USA and am hugely patriotic, just very dissappointed that the US has had such a hard time making "desirable" cars as readily as Europe (and now, Asia). Anyway - we're all getting ahead of ourselves - lets look at how many of these bad boys Lutz makes (if any, but it looks probable)... and where the pricing falls. Maybe it's just a homologation trick... or worse - a tease just to stir up interest. I would also be curious to see if these things are only happy on the track - you can make a car fast (that's the easier part), you can make it handle on track surfaces (more difficult) - can you make it drivable for the non-pro pilot? I can see it now - a sun visor sticker "warning this car is wicked fast... failure to respect it will cause you to die in a manner resembling a bug on a windshield"
      Zach
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Z06 was number three for the fastest car on Nurburgring, 10 seconds behind the Porsche so if the Blue Devil is to get tested it will be the fastest car to ever race Nurburgring. And it was faster than the S7 so basically the Blue Devil will Annihilate the S7 along with almost every car just short of that new bugatti veyron.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I wonder if there will be any packages on this "blue devil" configuration, if it gets the go ahead? Porche has a stripped down version of a Carrera GT3, which caught my eye, but if chevy can add a roll-cage, sport bucket seats, twin-turbo setup (instead of the supercharger), a cheaper price-tag, I would some way, some how try to get this car, even if my low funded college education won't allow me to.
      • 9 Years Ago
      How long will the stress of a supercharger allow this bucket of bolts to stay together. As they are corvettes lay down a trail of parts behind them. The blue devil just may be the fastest car to the service department.
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