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Mar 23, 2005 (1:50 pm)
Most Powerful Small-Block Ever - Available in a Crate
DETROIT - Chevrolet unveiled the 2006 Corvette Z06 at Detroit's North American International Auto Show in January, and now GM Performance Parts is unveiling the crate engine version of the LS7 engine that powers it. This latest Z06, billed as "the fastest, most powerful car ever offered by Chevrolet and GM," has enthusiasts looking for that kind of power in a crate engine. GM Performance Parts is ready to end that search as it offers the LS7 (P/N 17802397) at GM dealerships and Authorized Centers, nationwide in August.
This small-block V-8 dreams big, displacing big-block cubic inches at 7.0 Liters (427 cubic inches) and big-block power at 500 hp at 6200 rpm. It also benches 475 lb.-ft. of torque at 4800 rpm. Helping to create its high power and high revving capability are details such as cylinder heads with computer numerical control (CNC) intake and exhaust ports and combustion chambers - which creates ports with surgical accuracy for maximum power production. In addition, the intake valves and connecting rods are made out of high-strength lightweight titanium.
The LS7 engines are assembled by hand at GM Powertrain's new Performance Build Center in Wixom, Mich.
Pricing will be announced mid-summer; however, early estimates indicate that the GMPP LS7 crate engine will sell for well below the cost of comparable custom-built aftermarket engines.
Enthusiasts who must have the latest technology, maximum horsepower and the largest production cubic-inch displacement small-block ever built will be able to purchase the LS7, as well as other GM Performance Parts crate engines, blocks, heads and components, from GM dealerships or GMPP Authorized Centers nationwide. Following the release of the LS7 in a crate, GMPP will offer select parts, such as the crankshaft, connecting rods, cylinder heads and valves separately, and in kit form. To locate the closest GM dealership or GMPP Authorized Center or dealership, call 1-800-GM USE US or visit www.goodwrench.com.
#497 of 917 Re: Anyone here buy their Corvette through the GM-S Program? [mpuzach]
Mar 28, 2005 (6:26 pm)
GM does not offer incentives like you are mentioning for the corvette(2005). I get the "A" plan and did not qualify. If you shop around you can get $2,000-3,000 of MSRP. Kerbeck in Atlantic city will give 2500 off, and I bought my at Maxie Price Chevrolet (Loganville) outside of Atlanta last week for 2k off MSRP and drove home to Florida.
#498 of 917 Correct and good deal ...
Mar 28, 2005 (10:41 pm)
The big discounts went with the end of the '04 model year, which is why I got the wife an end of C5 model. The extra HP wasn't going to make any difference to her, or me for that matter if it's just a weekend and touring car. And as of now I'm finding that keeping a C5 on the track is plenty expensive with just 17/18's and brakes.
Not sure your ref, to the "A" plan, but I know that getting either GM employee or supplier pricing on C6 Vettes is really hard to do. The $2-3k off seems consistent with what I hear if people do the work, while there are many local dealers still asking for many K over MSRP, I don't get why people pay that. Enjoy the Vette, don't forget to wave and glad to see another smile out there. Did you go through the Forum, Action Center or other web source? Seems like Maxie Price is in the top 5 nationally for deliveries so they work to make a good deal.
I will probably wait for supplier pricing but I know why it isn't available at this point. The dealer ends up with about $500-600 at the end of the deal and that's about 6k off. Nobody needs to go that low at this point and it is a business, the discounts are as much about moving inventory as doing a favor for a loyal customer.
#500 of 917 I've decided to take the plunge
Mar 31, 2005 (7:52 am)
After a lot of thought and wavering back and forth, I've decided to sell the Audi A6 4.2 and get a new Corvette. What pushed me over the edge was an experience I had last night. I stopped at the local dealer on the way home from work; they were closed and no one was around but their only C6 (black/ebony) was outside and unlocked. I opened the door and got in, just sitting there and enjoying how good the car felt. I turned on the lights and admired how nice everything looked. (Believe it or not, one of my biggest reservations about giving up the Audi has been giving up its stunning interior.) The Corvette's interior isn't as upscale as the Audi's (nor is it meant to be), but it's plenty nice and I can certainly live with it.
Now the only questions are exterior color and transmission choices. The color nominees are LeMans Blue, Victory Red, and Monterey Red. (The interior will be Ebony). While I think the 6-speed manual would be a lot of fun, I worry that in Bay Area traffic it would quickly become a nuisance. If I go with the automatic, I'll order a 2006 as its automatic will be a 6-speed as opposed to the '05's 4-speed.
I also have to decide whether it will have Z51 or F55. My only concern with the Z51 is whether or not it produces a ride that's excessively harsh. Can anyone here share their experiences with either set-up? Thanks very much.
#501 of 917 Looking to buy a 2005 Corvette
Apr 06, 2005 (7:08 am)
Can anyone suggest to me, options that a new Corvette owner might want. For instance, Z-51 package, or the magnetic control?
#502 of 917 Re: Looking to buy a 2005 Corvette [joe6pack2]
Apr 06, 2005 (7:51 am)
Just one opinion but I think the suspension and tranny are linked. I went with a 6sp since I don't do a lot of commute traffic and therefore I got the performance suspension, Z51 with the manual. I just think when I get around to selling that the combination works better together. As it turns out that was the best combination for going to road courses and I do it regularly, any one want to watch at the NASA event this weekend at Sears Point, I'll be running on Saturday?
For the Automatic, only a 4sp currently, I'm betting that getting the electronic magnetic shock suspension would be the best match for a touring car and probably not even bad for the drags once in awhile. That would not be a car to get out on the road course, I'm guessing, although I've seen several auto's do track days in the past. Pretty hard to match revs on down shifts in an auto.
As to the Z51 we have it on both our Vette's and the wife loves rowing the gears as much as I do. We have been on trips up to 1400 miles and find the ride to be very comfortable with no undue tiring when doing a long day either driving or being a passenger. I know one couple with a Z06 and a stock suspension coupe and they try not to take the Z06 on long trips having done it once. FWIW
#503 of 917 Re: Looking to buy a 2005 Corvette [starrow68]
Apr 06, 2005 (3:58 pm)
Thanks for the information starrow, now I have to decided if I go manual or automatic.
#504 of 917 Re: I've decided to take the plunge [mpuzach]
Apr 06, 2005 (6:34 pm)
I've had the six speed and drive it every day as a business car. I am now getting a 05 with automatic because as you say the stop and go traffic is a nuisance and I never thought I would say that. You mentioned the color "Monterey Red" which is actually "Magnetic Red" and the original color I had and the same as my new one. Maybe you haven't heard but this color and the yellow have been dis-continued by GM. Doesn't make sense to me.