• Apr 13, 2007

By golly, when Bob Lutz wants to make you feel good, he sure knows how to say all the right things. After hitting the pause button on GM's RWD cars -- a gut punch to GM fans waiting for some high horsepower goodies -- Lutz acknowledged the existence of the Blue Devil Corvette for the first time, and told Car and Driver that along with the Camaro, the Blue Devil has escaped the Reaper and is "in the final stages of tuning."

While saying that the development of the car has been challenging, he delivered a number of heartwarming quotables like "This thing has so much power that we have to explore a dynamic envelope that we've never explored before. . . . We're really into a speed and power realm that General Motors has never been in before. We're way up there with Porsche Carrera GTs and Ferraris."

What does that mean? It means more displacement than the Z06's 7.0L V8, but Lutz wouldn't say how much. It means "comfortably in excess of" 600 hp, but not quite 700, which GM's Head of Powertrain, Tom Stephens, says pehaps might come "in the second year." It means 0-to-60 in less than 3.4 seconds. And it means so much torque, Lutz says, that "we're obviously going to have to restrict it because otherwise you get nothing but wheelspin."

Lutz also wouldn't be cornered on an arrival date or the official name of the car, but rumors are 2009 and SS, Z07, or Stingray, along with a $100,000 price tag. Leave it to Bob to deliver that kind of good news on Friday the 13th.

[Source: Car and Driver]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Vette guys are quoting 680h.p. & 217m.p.h. and about 3000lbs. ROCKET SLED!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "24. Except the fact that the Z06 and Atom are both road legal."

      Road legality has nothing to do with comparing them. The Atom is a weekend play thing that is completely and utterly impractical for anything but. The Z06 can be used every single day, comfortably, and trouble-free. The list of compromises and priorities between those two types of cars is long and very different.

      "25. I would think that 454 cubic inches would put out greater than 600 hp if massaged properly."

      What engine are you referring to? The LS7 is a 427, and is more than capable of putting in excess of 600 horsepower to the rear wheels naturally aspirated, and yes it's still streetable.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm sure the interior will get touched, considering they're doing the exterior too. It's not as if they're just slapping on a blower, or swapping in a new engine and then sticking on a $100,000 price tag.

      Honestly though, the interior of the Z06 is not -that- bad. I'm quite comfortable in it, it's very purposeful and accomplishes everything it needs to do. The only thing I would to do it, is maybe give it some racey touches, with real metal and carbon fibre trim, with a healthy dose of alcantara, and a proper streetable racing bucket.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 997 Turbo is faster than the Z06 on the ring.
      7:40 --- 161.217 km/h -- Porsche 997 Turbo, 480 PS/ ??? kg, Michelin Cup Sport tyres (Motortrend)

      7:42.9 - 160.207 km/h -- Corvette Z06, 500 PS/1319 kg, Jan Magnusen, (Sporbilen, jun,26 05)

      Pretty good result considering that the Z06 lap was by the factory test driver in a closed ring. Even he said that it was a lucky lap and he was doubtful he would get anywhere near it again.

      Car and Driver also has done a direct comparo between the Z06 and GT3.
      Z06 - 2:01:00
      GT3 - 2:01:50
      The Z06 beat the GT3 but not by much. Also notice the peak speed at the end of the start/finish straight is almost the same which is a surprise.

      The cheaper Atom demolishes everything near it by miles.

      Now that GM has resorted to forcefeeding the Vette, it makes me wonder how they are going to keep on top of the game. Viper is still NA and producing just as much as the SC vette. Stick a blower on Viper, how will the vette be able to compete.

      • 7 Years Ago
      The last time Corvette had any style was in 1967. Since then, they have gotten more boxy and predictable. It's like the design team ran out of idea's for the back end and just sawed it off. It is UGLY. These cars can't hold a candle to the real Stingrays.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would think that 454 cubic inches would put out greater than 600 hp if massaged properly.

      I like #5's comment on 666 hp. Heh-heh........
      • 7 Years Ago
      ok, first off cars like this are nice but the big three need to get with the program. japan and europe are kicking their asses. a Z06 with Only 500hp and a big 7.0 litre is crap audi manages a naturally aspirated 4.2 dohc with 440hp. 60 hp down yes but with a much much smaller and more efficient engine and yes it's a v8 (over rated engine btw) People need to get with the program. it's the 21st frikkin century.. come on now.. high time to get real and with the technology that has the countries overseas keeping us in envy of their accomplishments. time to atleast to move to SOHC for our cars like the vette, hell the zr1 was dohc and it was the ultimate. GM didn't learn from it. And we need to stop this carberated engine nonsense. fuel injection is far superior and more efficient. more hp and torque. the truth is harsh whether any of you want to believe me or not.. when gas hits $20 a gallon you'll see.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Doesnt GM Make A 572 or is it 527c.i Big Block V8 That Produces 625hp? That Very Well May Be The Motor That Lutz Is Talking About. As Far As The Pix Of The Car With A SuperCharger, Im Sure That They Are Exploring All Of Their Options To Find The Best Setup For This Car To Make Sure They Get This One Right
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bobodobbs

      You apparently haven't been paying attention! Do the terms "G8" "New Malibu" "Saturn Aura" "Saturn Astra" or hell even "Chevy Beat/Trax/Groove" ring any bells?
      • 7 Years Ago
      There were more like 10 to 20 R390s built. The car was in production for two years, the second year models having a few improvements over the first year. The reason that you don't see them around as much as other supercars is because 10 or 20 cars is still low-volume even by supercar standards, and it's a road legal homologation Le Mans car that was probably only bought by millionaire Nissan collectors who keep them out of sight, just like most of the Z-tunes. The McLaren F1 LMs and GTs and such are kind of like this, but the difference is that they're very high profile cars with a massive fanbase who seem to be able to track down almost every F1 that was made. Even if they did only build a couple of them as you may incorrectly think,
      that means nothing as I was simply showing 'doglet' that he was incorrect on at least two counts that I could think of off the top of my head by saying that no Japanese car has ever been as fast or faster than a Z06. There are probably a dozen more faster cars built by small companies around Japan that have nothing to do with the big manufacturers except for maybe the engine, similar to the many tiny British companies that make some insanely fast cars. The size of production or price means nothing, as the cars exist and they're faster than a Z06 that's all that matters.

      Isn't it strange how every time someone has anything positive to say about a non-American car you come up with some sort of excuse to make it not count? Like you said the GT3 was some sort of stripped out street-legal race car not a comfortable everyday car like the Z06, when the GT3 is in fact just as comfortable and practical as a Z06 (for everything except cargo space because of it's RR layout, not that that means anything in a sports car however) while it's the GT3 RS that is the stripped out hardcore car. A GT3 is hardcore compared to a Carrera yes, but it's no more different in that respect as a Z06 is to a standard Corvette.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The new 2009 Corvette SS is an General Motors engineering "challenge"? Trying to figure out to secure that much power to the road? This Corvette SS is going to be an animal, frankly we at SmokinVette.com (Corvette Forum,) currently have a couple 2005 C6 project Vettes and would gladly look forward to getting our hands on the Corvette SS when it is released!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just what GM needs to sustain its profitability: A low-volume, no-margin vehicle.
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