C6 Rumour File Part II

Although the C6 won’t go into production until the middle of next year it will be unveiled to the public at the Detroit Motor Show on January 4th 2004. For those impatient people such as your Editor there is quite a bit of firm information available about it now.

SOME DETAILS

Engine: 6.0L LS2 V8 SFI

Transmission: 4 speed Auto or 6 speed manual (no paddle shift)

Tires: front P245/40ZR18, extended mobility, Eagle F1 (Z06 replacement model P275/35ZR18)

Tires: rear P285/35ZR19, extended mobility, Eagle F1 (Z06 replacement model P325/30ZR19)

Wheels: 5-spoke aluminium (polished optional), 18" x 8.5" (45.7 cm x 21.6 cm), front and 19" x 10.0" (48.3 cm x 25.4 cm), rear
Performance Handling Package (option): performance-oriented package for the Gymkhana/Autocross enthusiast, includes power steering, engine oil and transmission coolers, stiffer springs and stabilizer bars, specific shock absorbers, larger brakes with cross-drilled rotors, specific tires and performance gearing, Z51-specific, 6-speed manual transmission or performance axle ratio with automatic transmission

Active Handling: YES, standard

Magnetic Ride:
Option, not standard

Convertible top:
manual with power folding option, includes glass rear window with integral defogger

Headlamps:
non pop-up, bi-functional high-intensity discharge, includes automatic exterior lamp control

Keyless Access: with push-button start, includes 2 remote transmitters which enable automatic door unlock and open by touching door switch

Sound system with Navigation:
ETR AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback, (U65) Sound system feature, Bose premium 7-speaker system, DVD navigation with GPS, 6.5" LCD color display touch screen, voice recognition, includes Radio Data System, seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, automatic volume and TheftLock

CD Changer:
6 disk in dash option

Homelink Garage Door Opener:
YES
Head-Up Display, includes dot-matrix readouts for street mode, track mode with g-meter, vehicle speed, engine rpm, and readings from key gauges including water temperature, oil pressure and fuel levels

Seats:
leather, heated, driver and passenger, sports optional
Console, floor, lockable, includes 2 covered cupholders, ashtray with cigar lighter, auxiliary power outlet and CD storage

Memory:
memory everything is just a given..

Air bags:
frontal and side impact, driver and front passenger

Body:
no carbon panels

Exterior Colours:
Note—the long running Torch Red is no longer an option
10U Arctic White
19U LeMans Blue Metallic1(premium extra cost color)
27U Precision Red
41U Black
67U Machine Silver Metallic
71U Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic
79U Millennium Yellow (Extra cost color)
86U Magnetic Red Metallic II

Interior colors

- Ebony
- Cobalt Red
- Steel Gray
- Cashmere

Unfortunately of particular interest to Australians, GM has announced there will be no RHD version of the C6. Power output of the new 6.0L LS2 motor is still unconfirmed with guesses ranging from 405 –455 HP. It is expected to be a 2 valve motor. However the new GEN IV family it originates from will be available in different sizes and will have variants with 3 valve heads and variable displacement on demand, all however will be OHV motors.

GM has announced the Corvette won’t be getting the variable displacement on demand motor but has said that the performance Z06 successor variant due in 2005 will have 500 HP. Based on that and information released elsewhere it seems likely that the Z06 successor will have a 6.4L 3 valve head motor with a redline of 7000 RPM.

Looking further ahead it seems GM isn’t happy to be left behind Ford. Ford has their new supercar GT due out shortly and GM are working on a Supercar version of the Corvette. Code name Blue Devil it apparently is based on a 7L Supercharged version of the Gen IV making 625 HP. Body weight is also said to be reduced several hundred pounds by use of carbon fibre body panels down to about 2900 pounds. If this project gets approved for production expect to see this car in 2006. Internal GM documents have this car priced at $100000 USD.

The Chevy Club Connection and The Corvette Marketing Team have announced a web cast unveiling of the C6, http://www.chevy.com/corvette (look for the icon under Corvette News section on January 5, 2004) and http://www.GM.com,. The show is planned to start at 10:00 am Brisbane time . There will also be a C6 website, http://www.chevy.com/2005corvette beginning January 5th. 2005 Corvette die casts will be available January 6, 2004, on http://www.chevymall.com.


Recent Spy Picture of Real C6





Spy Picture—Front view of Early C6 body





Spy Picture—Front view of Early C6 body