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The saga of the 600-hp super-Vette named Blue Devil has gone back and forth more times than a Sampras/Agassi grand slam, but it’s just been reported by AutoWeek that according to Tom Wallace, GM’s performance cars chief, the devil in a blue dress Vette is a go. Wallace told the weekly car mag that the biggest challenge is figuring out how 600 horsepower is going to be handled by people who can afford to buy the car.

His concern is legit, as the performance value leader Vette has always been a great bang-for-the-buck. The Blue Devil will likely offer performance on par with the fastest production vehicles in the world and yet still be considered “affordable” in supercar circles. GM is considering requiring Blue Devil buyers to attend a driving school, perhaps one rolled in with the purchase price, before they hand over the keys to such an awesomely powerful vehicle. 

Thanks for the hot tip, Keith!

[Source: AutoWeek via CorvetteBlogger]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      The Blue Devil is Go!

      Almost makes sense when you've got 600 horsepower.

      I'm guessing GM felt the need for some relatively inexpensive good PR and morale boosting.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's pretty funny to see them pretend that 600 HP is some magical, hard-to-handle HP figure. I know lots of people with daily drivers putting that much, and far more, to the wheels. It's only a problem if you drive like an idiot. Natural selection is a wonderful thing.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "You forget that by the time this "blue devil" comes out, everyone will have their new car out, including honda, nissan and lexus. The NSX-R with 200hp less laps only 12 seconds slower than the Z06 on the ring. Once that hp gap is closed the next NSX-R will have no contest."
      HAHA! You're benchracing two cars that don't even exist yet. The NSX is an underpowered, over-rated, & over priced POS for suckers like you to buy.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I agree with everyone's sentiments about the driving school. I mean...a free lesson in how to expertly pilot your new vehicle, and a free opportunity to drive it the way God intended!

      It's win-win, baby!
      • 9 Years Ago
      and to think I told you it was a go back in december!

      you can look it up.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I attended the SRT Experience. It's not called the "SRT Driving School" for a reason. You drive at least nine different cars, so you spend far more time learning the cars than learning how to drive better. It's as much marketing exercise as instruction.

      I wrote the Experience up in my review of the Magnum SRT8: http://www.epinions.com/content_193671499396
      • 9 Years Ago
      The NSX-R, once passing the Zo6, or the new Blue Devil, will probably be priced ove 120K. For a JAP car, thats a little bit pricy. American Power reigns, and will always be the best!

      I do like this new blue devil, but the driving school, is worthless. Your cant be taught over night how to drive a 600HP supercar.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This car will be the GREATEST VALUE EVER!! great feedback from most...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Your comments: This is a great idea, it should be mandatory when buying any vehicle with a power to weight ratio better than 200hp/tonne

      Not only will it improve safety it will help drivers enjoy their car more and be a serious bit of value added.

      Roll the course costs into the price and make it a weekend event.

      You'll get to meet other performance minded drivers and learn about something important.

      This is such a good idea.

      It would be great if it were a vettes only course, they could also teach about the vette your buying in order to help thepeople appreciate their cars.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Lets face it, GM has the most incredible small block ever conceieved, the LS7 (427cid).They are going to ensure that Ford, and Dodge know their place in the food chain by yet again out performing them price/performance.

      The "Blue Devil", which I am sure will be called the "Stingray" will be the end all in top performance in the industry. Exotics to compete with the "Blue Devil" will start in the $300k range and therefore it it once again will be the most performance per dollar of any sports car.

      The C6 Z06 completes the 1/4 mile in mid 11s on street tires. The "Blue Devil" should easily plow its way into the mid to low 10s with some decent traction and will likely not venture too much above $100k MSRP.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I would totally support having to attend a driving school.

      It would be fun.

      You would learn about driving.

      You would learn about the car.

      Did I say FUN!?
      • 9 Years Ago
      The school is a wonderful idea and including it in the price of the car is just fine. If I could afford a 100k car, 4 grand wouldn't kill me.

      I just wish Enzo-boy had gone before he got his hands on the one he ruined.
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