• Jan 12, 2007
When word of a 600-hp Dodge Viper first crossed our desks, we immediately figured that the on-again, off-again super Corvette "Blue Devil" project would immediately get a green light for production. The current Z06 produces a stout 505 hp, about 5 hp shy of the current Viper's 8.3-liter V10. We knew, however, that General Motors would never let a 95-hp deficit stand. Thus, it's not much of a surprise that the Detroit Free Press is reporting none other than Bob Lutz has indicated that Blue Devil/SS/Stingray/whatever is definitely a go. Lutz's exact words were, "the Corvette vehicle line executive will not take that lying down." His comments were made at a meeting yesterday with analysts, at which he also stated, "It is very important for Corvette to be the most powerful, most capable, best handling sports car in the United States." Them sounds like fightin' words to us. Rumors about the Blue Devil peg its power at well above the 600-hp mark, which means not long after the 2008 Viper's steam-rolling rear tires hit the street, a new top-dog will arrive sometime in 2009.
[Source: Detroit Free Press]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      The problem is that if both companies keep upping the stakes it'll only be a matter of time before the Vette's engine can keep up. The Viper on the other hand seems to have an "unlimited" amount of streetable horsepower potential.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Craig, you do realize that with all those plants in other countries, and even with foreign expansion in the US, GM still employs more people in the US than Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, BMW, and VW COMBINED?
      GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT, YA TWIT!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      " With their Korean Daewoo built Aveo, Mexican built Avalanche and HHR, Canadian built Monte Carlo and Impala, Isuzu built diesel M class trucks, some models of Suburban, Tahoe, and Silverado made in Mexico, and finally the Equinox being of such Chinese flavor, with ALL these vehicles described as "AN AMERICAN REVOLUTION" it may be the best thing to start at least telling the truth and not lies! While GM puts it's money into Mexico and now so much in China, thank you Toyota for providing jobs here. "


      Actually Craig they do. They provide about a 100x the jobs Toyota does!

      But since those Tahoes and Suburbans go to the Mid East mostly-it's easier to build them in Mexico!

      Amazingly GM build far more vehicles in the US and Canada then Toyota does! Canada-our neighbor to the North and staunch ally and friend!

      As for the rest-well most of your info is out of date. GM still designs and builds the majority of it's vehicles here-but is still growing way faster than Toyota in emerging markets!

      Why!?!

      People like the value these cars provide and they have alot more style and reliability than an over prices Toyota. That's why GM dominates the Chinese market and Chevrolet is the fastest growing car company in Europe!!!

      You don't see GM quietly paying out for a sludge settlement-after saying it didn't exist, or cheating on their taxes like Toyota.

      As for quality-the Silverado pretty much swept every award for trucks this year!!!! The new Tundra....... well it didn't win anything. Sorry!

      Hey, maybe you should try to keep up with the facts instead of rolling history and rumors into a post!!!! Whatever Toyota is paying you-it isn't enough!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      i thought the blue devil was a winding road hoax...
      ironman52
      • 6 Years Ago
      I bought a nissan 350 z after my daughter wrecked my 2001 trans am....It sucked...for something so exspensive.I hated it...I lost about $3000 but traded and bought a corvette...I love it ...wouldnt trade it for anythig...keep your japenese crap!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Perhaps it would be in the best interest of Chevrolet to not concern itself with what German owned Dodge is doing and concentrate on not getting crushed by Toyota. With their Korean Daewoo built Aveo, Mexican built Avalanche and HHR, Canadian built Monte Carlo and Impala, Isuzu built diesel M class trucks, some models of Suburban, Tahoe, and Silverado made in Mexico, and finally the Equinox being of such Chinese flavor, with ALL these vehicles described as "AN AMERICAN REVOLUTION" it may be the best thing to start at least telling the truth and not lies! While GM puts it's money into Mexico and now so much in China, thank you Toyota for providing jobs here. (love your resale values too that humble GM crap. Those Honda engines sound great in GM's Saturns. Can't you even build your own motors? And you want me to buy "American"?
      Paul
      • 8 Years Ago
      #3 i agree

      why would anyone buy one of these rattle trap bucket of bolts. typical over hyped american made crap.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A couple things to remember here:
      1) This viper is the (existing) ZB platform with a revised engine.
      2) The ZB will be retired at the end of the 2008 (extended) model year.
      3) The ZB is being replaced with the ZC for model year '09
      4) The ZC will have between 650-750 N/A HP and 600+ lbft of twist, depending on which rumors you believe. Either way, the engine will be more potent than the '08.
      5) The ZC will be using a platform with extensive use of alloy technologies, such as newly developed carbon forming technologies, allowing the ZC to be drastically ligher and provide more chassis strength.
      6) The new platform is reportedly going to spawn as many as three models... and is flexible enough to allow multiple engine configurations (FR, MR) and multiple drivelines (RWD, AWD)
      6) The ZC Viper will reportedly use a rear mounted transaxle.

      SRT knows the Blue devil is coming, and they have their plans to render the Blue Devel as nothing more than a $40,000 coupe with a big engine and a bigger price tag.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Personally ... I think this is all a bit NUTS !!!

      Like who needs 500 hp let alone 600 hp. Just for bragging rights !?!?! Give me a classy, quiet, well built fun to drive convertible with 300 - 400 hp max. 3-400 hp is already pushing the "need" envelope.

      How many of these will they sell? Not many. Spend the $$$ in upgrading the products that do sell well so they will sell better.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And one more thing... how come foreign automakers like Bugatti and Ferrari can have 600 - 1000 HP Super Cars but when an American company tries something like that everyone says it's "Too Much"?

      Uhhhh ... Wake up Buddy!! It is not just to much for American Co's ... All that hp in a Ferrari or Bugatti is also NUTS!! It is a free country so if they can sell them ... go for it ... but it is still goofy!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      #20, let me quote the Motor Trend article on the new Viper...

      "Oh sure, there are one-off tuner toys running hand-grenade motors that claim big power - at least until their internals morph into shrapnel. Don't even ask if they'll run on pump gas, pass a smog inspection, or if that engine-block shredding ker-blammo is covered under warranty."
      • 8 Years Ago
      I really don't care how fast these 4, 6, 10, or 12 cylinder cars are, I like the v8 sound and the viper, hondas and toyotas dont offer this in performance cars, not to mention the looks of the C6 vette, camaro, and mustang, which clinch it for me.
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