• May 9th 2007 at 1:08AM
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The Corvette Z07/SS/Blue Devil is fast becoming one of the worst kept secrets in Detroit. It's not for GM's lack of trying to keep the lid on it, but rather on account of the zealous nature of the Corvette Nation. They're an impatient bunch and are having a hard time waiting for next year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where many suspect the super Corvette will bow.
Here we have a set of new pics taken god knows where that show one of the Corvette Z07's most closely hidden secrets. We all assumed that camo on the hoods of development mules was hiding an air intake. Guess what. It wasn't. If these blurry camera phone shots are the real deal, then the ultimate Vette ever will be sporting a clear polycarbonate window in its hood to show off the goods underneath. Say whu? Yeah, a plexiglass window, not unlike the totally transparent hood on the car in which John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John liberated themselves from terra firma at the end of the 1978 film musical Grease. Anyway...

The shaky shots also show some serious braking hardware and what appears to be more extreme air extractor vents behind the front wheels. Aside from that, it appears the Z07 may look much like the Z06. Again, we have to qualify all this with the disclaimer that the car in these pics is most likely not a final production model and may be nothing like what we eventually see on stage in January. Still, a polycarbonate window? We admit, didn't see that one coming.

[Source: Digital Corvettes via GMInsideNews]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      #4 -

      The reason I said that is because this picture indicates that the part of the engine "on display" is simply a plastic cover... on a F430, a Lambo, a Zonda, or any other car that shows off its engine; you get to see the actual engine (intake runners, cylinder heads, turbos, intercoolers, whatever).

      i'm completely fine with cars that display their engines under clear covers - so long as the visible parts are legitimate; not cosmetic plastic covers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I sincerely hope they don't do something that tacky."

      I agree with zach. I just dont know if having a WINDOW to show an engine cover is cool. at least take off the clear plastic window and have the engine peak its beauty outside. Now that would be cool!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Quote by WhyNotLS2/LS7?: "Brian, those aren't faux covers. They're real covers. They cover the valve rockers. The Vette is an OHV engine not a flathead, so there are still valves up there, just not cams. That stuff has to be accessible, and so there are real removable covers up there."

      The red plastic, faux cam covers seen here, covering the actual valve covers, are most certainly fake (in that they do nothing but project the image of an OHC engine's cam covers): http://seriouswheels.com/2006/2006-Chevrolet-Corvette-Z06-LS7-V8-Engine-1280x960.htm

      Having worked on the LS-series engines, I will agree that the coil-on-plugs look much better if moved to a location other than the valve covers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I take it back. I guess it does have leaf springs, as it uses a transverse spring on the front of the car as well as the rear. My mistake.

      Some companies would just make up a new name to replace the term "leaf spring", as this spring bears no relation to a typical leaf anyway. Maybe GM should consider this.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sometimes automakers install clear hoods and tape little bits of string inside the engine room to analyze airflow.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe it's for the gear-head to see how dirty the engine is getting or to check for oil and water leaks..
      Errr, wrong brand. That has been a life long trait of VW engines.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I can't see having a clear hood window when the device underneath (air/water intercooler) is a featureless box of metal (not plastic).

      To those who say the F430 picture is wonderful, you're still only seeing the air intake plenum. The only difference is it's metal and a paintjob. If that is what it takes to make an engine window acceptable, then I'm sure GM can oblige by making the top of the Vette engine fancy-looking.

      I personally find the F430 window tacky as hell. The convertible version lacks it though, which means it looks good from the back (the front still has the ridiculous air openings though).

      The hood on the Vette is already much lower than almost any other front-engined car, due to the compact size (esp. height) of the pushrod V8. I don't find the small hump objectionable.

      The Corvette doesn't have leaf springs. It has a single transverse fiberglass leaf spring in the rear of the car. Replacing it with coilovers and a sway bar would add a lot of weight (semi-unsprung weight), and so the GM designers kept it in there when designing the C5 after considering removing it. The adjustability of the leaf spring is limited, its largest drawback in the Corvette application. All in all, it's a great solution, which is why it replaced coil springs on the rear of this car in the 70s.
      • 8 Years Ago
      WHY, in Corvettes valiant attempt to rank with the big boys of high end sports cars, would they go and put a clear hood on the car?
      So, name one mass produced "Big Boy" that the Corvette does not "out-rank" in the performance arena?

      Oh, while you're at it, define Big-Boy.

      From where I am sitting if your exotic cannot out perform the "Lowly" Corvette (which by the way has become everyone's performance benchmark) you're just another pretty face.

      Whenever your everyday exotic car driver comes upon Corvette, they cross their fingers and pray that it's not a Z06
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't buy it. I think it is just a cut out. The glare might be from a light behind the car, not a reflection of the flash.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #4 -

      One more thing - the F430 is actually showing off the structure of the car; which is perhaps the least glamorous part of ANY car. If you really think the two situations are comparable, please just shut up.

      And again I stress that my comments are based solely on the picture that accompanies this post. I'm hopeful that the cutout is simply the place where a functional hood scoop would be. I don't think Chevy can afford to cut corners with this car and still be taken seriously.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "4. Why is it "tacky??" Doesn't Ferrari do something similar with the F430???"


      That's a bit more than just a chunk of grey plastic.
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