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Corvette Today: Corvette News & Headlines, Early October 2023

The automotive industry is going through a tumultuous time right now with the United Auto Workers striking the Big 3 automakers. Your CORVETTE TODAY host, Steve Garrett, teams up again with Keith Cornett from CorvetteBlogger to bring you the most up-to-date information in the world of Corvette.;

Besides the UAW strike, here are some of the other Corvette topics that Steve and Keith will discuss:

1. 2024 Corvette production started on Monday, September 18th

2. Two ZR1 prototypes are spotted in Colorado with no wheel coverings and no exhaust sounds

3. A C3 Corvette gets a "Mako-over" into a Mako Shark II

4. A C8 Z06 falls off a lift at a dealership

5. A 2023 70th Anniversary Z06 sells at Mecum for $247,500

6. A Chevy Silverado rolls over a C8 Corvette....ON PURPOSE!

Every other week, CORVETTE TODAY brings you the latest news in the world of Corvette to keep you informed on what's happening with America's Sports Car!
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2024 & 2023 Corvette Info Including E-Ray, SR & Z06 Pricing, SR & Z06 Visualizers, 70th Anniversary Info, Press Releases for SR & Z06 & Their Build & Price, Order Guides & Visualizers

2024 Order Guide Here:
2023 Corvette Brochure:
E-Ray Visualizer:
Official E-Ray Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
Official GM E-Ray Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...and-visualizer
+ 25 KEY E-Ray Components/Factors:
E-Ray Leaked Info/Visualizer: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...tte-e-ray-leak
Z51 & Z06 GM Track Specs: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ecommendations
Z06 Order Guide:
Z06 MSRP and Options Pricing: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...freight-charge
2023 SR Build & Price: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...up-and-running
*2023 SR & Z06 Official Owners Manual:; and,
* 2023 GM Bash Major Seminar with HQ video: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ore-bash-video
*2023 Stingray Visualizer:
*2023 Stingray (ONLY Order Guide:
*70th Anniversary Combined Press Release For SR & Z06: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...iversary-model
*Z06 Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
*Z06 Reveal Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...eveal-pictures
*Z06 Visualizer:
Order Guide (unofficial): https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-action-center
*Z06 vs Z07 Aero Components: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...s-similarities
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ID:	483161 Finally envisioned as the perfect weapon to fight European sports cars and GTs, the eighth iteration reinvented itself from the long days of the front-engine RWD setup to a rear-mid-engine strategy that sent it clashing with all the Old Continent's heroes, including the passionate folks over at Ferrari. Sure, it was not the C8 Corvette Stingray that represents the clear and present danger because it 'only' has up to 495 horsepower under its belt. Instead, the weapon of mass track and street destruction is the latest Corvette Z06.

    Equipped with the new LT6 naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8 with FPC (flat-plane crankshaft), it has become a record-holding mill rocking 670 hp (500 kW/679 ps) at 8,400 rpm and 460 lb-ft (624 Nm) at 6,300 rpm capable of sprinting to 60 mph (96 kph) in as little as 2.6 seconds. Featuring a wider body than the Stingray, the Z06 is now the very definition of classic sports car performance in a world of CUVs, SUVs, and trucks.

    Speaking of the latter, with mere hours until Toyota finally officially unveils the 2024 Tacoma pickup truck – which was again teased in TRD Pro and Trailhunter guises – you would think that everyone only cares about off-road and trailering adventures. Well, that may be valid for the real world, but things are a bit different across the imaginative realm of digital car content creators. And there is no need to take our word for granted, as we have an eloquent example from Jim, aka jlord8, when dwelling around his "imagination land."

    This pixel master usually dabbles with vintage digital projects – such as a recent C6 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 transformed into a practical Sportback Shooting Brake. And, of course, we could not help but embed it second below. But sometimes, he also derails into contemporaneity for moments of genius or madness – categorizing them depends entirely on your POV. Such was also the case recently when he created this 'Ford GT 500' project, a daring mix of Ford's GT mid-engine supercar and the outgoing S550 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500high-performance muscle car.

    Frankly, although this is pretty obviously merely wishful thinking and also an outrageous CGI mashup at heart, it's also not bad at all. Imagine it on the streets and at the track – both on winding courses and the quarter-mile dragstrip, ready to duke it out with the 670-horsepower C8 Chevy Corvette Z06. And just to be sure it wins all battles, may we also suggest swapping the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 for the supercharged 5.2-liter Predator V8?​
    I’m goin’ driving 👍

  • #2
    Thank you, but not going to become reality. Fun to read about however.
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    • #3
      Very cool looking concept.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by DavidM
        Very cool looking concept.
        Best looking Mustang I’ve seen……..shame it’ll never happen.
        I’m goin’ driving 👍


        • #5
          The days of developing a new vehicle with an internal combustion engine are now past! Beginning in September, Honda will discontinue the manufacturer of gasoline powered lawn mowers!
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          • #6
            Reads like it was written by ChatGPT. And I wouldn't be surprised if the render isn't from a generative AI application.
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            • #7
              If this Ford-thing was produced at Real-Z06 priced, then the Ford fans would be pogoing up and down like Super Maasai, totally out of control.


              • #8
                Originally posted by SheepDog
                If this Ford-thing was produced at Real-Z06 priced, then the Ford fans would be pogoing up and down like Super Maasai, totally out of control.
                Some Corvette guys would have a look as well. 👍
                I’m goin’ driving 👍


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Meldoon

                  Some Corvette guys would have a look as well. 👍
                  With GM and Ford making an attainable ME alternative America would be on the map as an exotic car source. Chrysler had a sharp, stillborn ME concept. Click image for larger version

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                  • #10
                    Someone just grafted the GT500 front onto a Ford GT. Not very inspired IMO


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Meldoon

                      Some Corvette guys would have a look as well. 👍
                      i'd be one, but not cross-shopping, more so an addition to the stable.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by meyerweb
                        Reads like it was written by ChatGPT. And I wouldn't be surprised if the render isn't from a generative AI application.
                        I would hope that ChatGPT would have been a lot smarter and more clear than that mish-mosh piece. It would have known that Ford conquered the "Old Continent's heroes" with the it's first mid-engine race car (GT40) with 4-in-a-row, first-place overall wins at Le Mans from 1966-69. The second gen appeared in 2005-06, and the third in 2016.

                        That piece acted like a mid-engine American sports car was some kind of new thing with the C8.
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