• Jul 12, 2007
With all the rumors surrounding the hyped-up Corvette, Jim Dunne over at Popular Mechanics wanted to get some answers, so he went to the source – well, a source, at least.
According to the "largest Corvette dealer in Michigan" the Blue Devil/SS 'Vette will get a singular supercharger, will cost upwards of $100k and could possibly push out the current Z06 to be the dominant Corvette in the General's lineup. Only 3,000 abnormally-aspirated, Corvette supercars will be built over two years, with 1,500 units being allocated for sale each year.

The shocker? According to the unnamed dealer, none of GM's manual transmissions are up to the task of handling all the ponies produced by the blown powerplant. The solution: it's getting an automatic.

The one question that wasn't answered (or possibly even asked) is "when?" We're putting our money on Detroit or Chicago, but considering all the misinformation out there; we'd suggesting talking to a dealer.

[Source: Popular Mechanics]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      This would not be the first time the Corvette has been without a manual transmission. For a few years the C3 Corvette was only sold with an automatic transmission for the same reason that none of the General's manual transmissions could handle the power at the time. Having an automatic as the only offered transmission is not as far fetched as many of you think.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't recall that ever being an issue on the C3... The early 427s were the most powerful of the C3 run, and they were offered with 4-speed manuals. Even the mighty L88s could be had with a Muncie 'Rock Crusher'. As a matter of fact, out of 116 L88 '69s produced, only 17 of them were fitted with automatics.

        So yea, I don't know where you pulled that fact from.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In my last comment I forgot to mention that the GM Corvette engineer that I talked to said that the SS is forsure going to be priced under 100K
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well isn't your friend a good news / bad news kind of fella. "Hell yeah its cheap! But you gotta beat AJ Foyt around Indy", "It's capable of 280mph, 'cept the gov'ner kicks in at seventy-five...", "congrats on the baby! too bad it'll never amount ta squat"

        I think everything on his cons list would keep any buyer away from this car, its yours right? Or do you have to persuade some OnStar service rep that you aren't drunk, you just wanna take a spin w/o being interrogated. If it's going to cost more than 100k, its going to top 199mph. The price would constitute the extravagance. Otherwise we have a "Modest Proposal."
      • 7 Years Ago
      A few months ago I talked to one of the GM engineers that is working of the Corvette SS (yes, SS and not blue devil and certainly not Z07). He said that the SS engines being tested have been averaging 620HP with some producing as much as 650HP. The car will also only be sold to anyone that has taken classes at a driving school. The part that pissed me off is that the SS is going to be limited to 199mph because GM thinks selling a car capable of over 200mph is reckless and irresponsible. It will however be significantly faster to 60mph than the Z06 and will, I quote, "blow the europeans out of the water".

      i can't wait to see a race between this car and the enzo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That bit about the transmission is complete bull IMO. Look at the Viper right now even, pushing 600 horsepower and 560 pound feet, all routed through the newest iteration of the traditional Viper/Corvette T-56 transmission. Hell, just look at the number of current Viper/C6/C6 Z06s that are running over 600 horsepower through the T-56 just fine.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does Gm even have an auto that can take that (besides silverado HD)? What we need are some interior pictures of this thing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What!? We need to shy away from looking anywhere inside the corvette, just keep our eyes pointed out the windows, maybe even put a HANS device into it, so we aren't tempted to cock our collective heads in disgust after witnessing the aftermath of the Tupperware-Tornado that hides in each and every GM.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "The shocker? According to the unnamed dealer, none of GM's manual transmissions are up to the task of handling all the ponies produced by the blown powerplant." I've got a crazy idea... call 500hp sufficient.
        • 7 Years Ago
        are you saying don't make a vette with over 500 hp?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I totally agree.
        Is this vette a much better car because it has much more HP. Who can use all that power anyway. How about making a vette actually look nice for once. I am so tired of all these versions of vettes that all look the same since the 80's.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, and all those stupid 911s that look the same since the 60s, right? LOL

        I really doubt the automatic thing is true. I know I couple of guys with turbo'd vettes putting down WELL over 600hp that get flogged at the strip and they take it with ease.

        Besides, they're doing this to keep up with Viper, and you cant have bragging rights with a *but only with an auto* disclaimer attached. I call BS on this one.
      Jonathan Hicks
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh no! Please don't tell me that its not getting a manual transmission.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Hicks
        Well that cuts it, when the powerball calls my name ill just have to get a z06 and cry myself to sleep for the lack of another 100hp with a stick.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's funny how ALL the rumors about the Blue Devil production being strictly limited come from a couple of high-volume Corvette dealers (yes, Rick Conti, I'm talking to you), aka the guys who stand to benefit most from the huge deposits and markups they can generate from those who are worried about limited supply.

      I'll believe it when GM tells me it's true, thanks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe all those Nurburgring expeditions were to test the Blue Devil's 6-speed Allison transmission
      • 7 Years Ago
      This rumor was reported a while back on Digital Corvettes, from a noted vette salesman who does have alot of inside info guys very credible. Said the car is having a very hard time putting power to the ground!
      • 7 Years Ago
      What's a singular supercharger? Will it be AT&T when it's released?
      While I'm sure the 6L90 could be made to handle the power, but the T56 will do just fine.
      When was the last time anyone here went to a dealership and though that the staff there was really well informed about the vehicles? The only one I've come accross was the 19y/o kid who sold me a civic 8 years ago.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It is comforting to know that at $100k, that you will be getting $99,900 in performance and engineering, and a $100 interior, which cost $5 to design and $95 to build.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hold onto the interior critism until you see the 2008's new cut and sew all leather interior option. Leather covers virtually everything.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Ferrari, although better, is by no means a 220k interior."

        You're not paying 220k for an interior, you're paying 220k for what is arguably the most balanced and refined driver's car of the century, with a wonderfully high-strung V8 sitting behind you while you're in a beautiful driver-oriented, yet still very Italian (ie. sexy) interior, wrapped in great Pininfarina lines. Then obviously, there's the whole Ferrari lifestyle that you're buying into.

        The Corvette, while incredible performance for the money, is nowhere near as refined, balanced, and finely crafted as the Ferrari. It's simply about getting bang for the buck, which isn't a bad thing either by any stretch, it's just different from what Ferrari does.
        • 7 Years Ago
        LOL
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