November 11th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
For Chevrolet fans the next-gen Corvette can’t come around soon enough, but it’s not scheduled to arrive 2013 as a 2014 model. While it’s still a few years off, there is plenty of wild rumour and speculation about exactly what form the new model will take. Will it use a turbocharged V8 engine, will it have a retro-inspired split rear window design? Nothing is certain, but recent reports have been leaking out from GM sources that it might not be as exciting as fans hope.
The reports are stating that the design of the next Corvette will be more evolutionary than revolutionary. The design won’t include anything as far out as a standard split window, and it probably won’t be offered as an option, either. The rumored new 5.5-litre V8 may not happen and the new Corvette could push on with the tried-and-true 6.2-litre V8 as its base engine. The rumour of a mid-engine layout was always a bit fanciful and has also been denied. Continue reading “2014 C7 Corvette to be conservatively updated” »
May 20th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
German coachbuilder Endora Cars has decided to dip its toe into supercar waters with a striking retro-inspired machine which it has named the SC-1.
Rendered images have just been released and it’s already clear that the SC-1 borrows heavily from American and European sports cars of the 60’s and 70’s. It’s a mix tape of styles and eras but the most telling design features are lifted straight from the Corvette like the Coke-bottle profile and distinctive rear end. That comes as little shock because the Corvette makes up the SC-1’s platform.
Under the bespoke body lies the chassis and mechanical hardware of the sixth generation Corvette. Endora Cars will offer tempted buyers the choice of three configurations. A base model which comes packing GM’s 6.2-litre V8 with a 325kW output, while a second option is a larger 7.0-liter V8 with 381kW and 636Nm of torque. Topping the range is a supercharged version of the 6.2-litre V8 engine that will put a frightening 482kW of grunt and 817Nm of torque to the rear axle. Continue reading “The Endora SC-1 – another Corvette based Supercar” »
May 18th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
A new video has been doing the rounds online and shows some of the World’s finest sports machines battling it out on the racetrack. A simple idea sure, but when it’s done with stock production models and a level playing field it makes for compelling viewing.
The all star cast includes the Lexus LFA and its main rivals, the Japanese Nissan GT-R, the American Corvette ZR1 and the European Porsche 911 GT2 RS. There’ s also a Ferrari 430 F1 thrown into the mix for good measure. The battle takes place on the Fuji Speedway and is fought over three laps. Continue reading “Gang of top supercars battle it out on Fuji track (+video)” »
April 29th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
The 2012 Chevrolet Corvette has been revealed for keen badge fans with some subtle tweaks and updates to the hard-serving C6 platform. The enhancements are aimed at improving the Corvettes on-track performance and on-road comfort levels.
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Zero Pressure tyres are now optional on both top spec variants – the Z06 and Zr1. Chevrolet claims that the new rubber should be good for an eight-percent gain in lateral acceleration (more than 1.1g) and will make for shorter braking distances.
The Z06 also gets some fresh optional gear like performance traction control, a full-width rear spoiler and a carbon fibre bonnet. The top dog ZR1 receives taller gearing in the fifth and sixth ratios to maximize fuel economy and possibly push out the top-end as well.
The entire 2012 Chevrolet Corvette line now benefits from a slightly reworked interior that includes a new steering wheel and new seats. The racing pews have more supportive bolstering along the sides and microfibre inserts are now available for the first time as well. The new steering wheel features leather-wrapped spokes and all models receive contrasting coloured stitching and more padded centre console and armrests. Interior appointments have been considered a weakness of the C6 Corvette and this changes should go some way to change that opinion. Continue reading “Chevrolet Corvette updated for 2012 (+video)” »
February 23rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Iconic British automaker AC Cars has just released the initial details and images of its new 2011 AC Cobra MkVI. This ‘new but old’ machine which will debut at the Geneva Auto Show next month and is being released to celebrate the company’s 110th birthday.
Set to combine American muscle with precision German engineering, the AC Cobra MkVI is powered by a Corvette V8 engine developing 430 bhp. Unfortunately that’s about all the technical details that have been released about the car so far. But AC also announced that the base model Cobra MkVI price will cost 109,000 EUR, plus taxes.
In Europe, the new AC Cobra will for sale in the UK, at the Brooklands AC Heritage Center in Surrey, and in Germany, at AC Germany located in Dresden. For the USA, Iconic Motors will sell the retro machine.
To read more about AC Motors and the new Cobra MkVI, check out the full press release below. Continue reading “AC Cars celebrates 110th anniversary with Cobra MkVI” »
October 18th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
Not a lot has been happening at defunct British sports car maker TVR in the past few years. The company was bought by Russian rich kid Nikolai Smolenski from late founder Peter Wheeler when it was in serious financial trouble, he didn’t do much with it, declared it bankrupt to clear its debts, then bought the company out of bankruptcy. After that there has been little news for badge fans except for a court case with a TVR remanufacturer and some rumours about using an American V8 to power the firm’s new car.
The V8 issue finally appears resolved with the Corvette’s 638-horsepower LS9 winning the deal. The new TVR car it will be used in is to be called the MD-1.
The question almost everyone is left asking is, will the car be at all British? With Smolenski looking to draw a line under the Wheeler era once and for all it seems unlikely. Although, currently the MD-1 is being developed by a UK firm, but Smolenski says production could shift take place in Europe or South Africa just as easily.
So could a South African-built, American-engined TVR still be a TVR like the Griffith or the Tuscan(pictured)? Smolenski thinks TVR fans wouldn’t think so, but he doesn’t really seem to care.
Wherever it is build the new LS9-powered MD-1 will be exclusive, with just 250 made annually when it arrives in 2012.
July 15th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
Over in the States, GM spends mega bucks annually on advertising its ever growing model range. While most of these marketing dollars are pumped into the ad campaigns for volume models like the Malibu, Equinox and Traverse, the Corvette has just got its own dedicated television spot. The Vette needs little introduction but occasionally the public need to be reminded exactly how awesome it is.
The new ad, debuted in the States earlier this week and shows off the top-rung Corvette ZR1. That’s the the supercharged one with 638 horses under the bonnet. The Corvette and this ad might just prove that America still builds rockets. Check it out below. Continue reading “Corvette ZR1 gets all new TV commercial (+video)” »
June 18th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
The big news coming out of the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash is the enhancements made to the 2011 Z06. The 2011 Corvette Z06 features new tires from Goodyear, an aggressive dual mode exhaust tune, as well as the aforementioned Z07 performance package featuring the Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and the CFZ Carbon Fiber appearance package.