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Chevrolet’s Special ‘427 Limited Edition Z06′ Salutes Classic 427 Corvettes

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

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DETROIT – Chevrolet announced the 2008 Corvette 427 Limited Edition Z06, a limited-production model that pays homage to the big-block Stingray models of the mid-1960s. The 427 designation refers to the cubic-inch displacement for the highest-performance engines offered between 1966 and ‘69 – and is also the cubic-inch equivalent of the Z06’s 7.0L LS7 small-block V-8.

The 427 Limited Edition Z06 features a Crystal Red Tintcoat exterior, the first Z06 ever offered with a red metallic tintcoat paint. It also features graphics on the hood and fascia that evoke the style of the famed “stinger” hood design and graphics that were offered with 1967 models equipped with the 427 engine. Also unique to this model are “427″ hood badges. Each example is numbered and signed by Wil Cooksey, the Corvette assembly plant manager who is retiring after 15 years on the job, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

“The heritage of the 427 designation with the Corvette is legendary,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product manager. “Recognizing the tie-in of the original 427 engine and the LS7’s 427-inch displacement has been on the Corvette team’s mind since the Z06 was introduced, and we’re thrilled to express it in this special model.”



Available under order code Z44, this special Z06 enters production this spring. Only 427 will be offered in the United States and Canada, with 78 more exported outside North America. That’s a total of 505 production vehicles – the same number of horsepower produced by the LS7 engine.

The special-edition Corvette carries a MSRP of $84,195 and includes the 3LZ premium equipment package with a custom, leather-wrapped interior. A navigation system is the only option ($1,750). As with other Corvette models, customer delivery is available at the Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky.

A breakdown of the 427 Limited Edition Z06’s unique content includes:

* Crystal Red Tintcoat exterior paint with stinger-style graphics and 427 hood badges
* Exclusive, new chrome wheels
* Body-color rear spoiler and door handles
* Exclusive dark titanium custom leather-wrapped interior
* Special Crystal Red interior trim plate graphic pattern
* Console armrest signed and numbered by Wil Cooksey
* “427″-embroidered seats and floor mats
* “Z06″ sill plates

The 427 Limited Edition Z06 joins the Indy 500 Pace Car replica – available in coupe and convertible configurations – as the second limited-production Corvette model introduced for 2008, giving enthusiasts and collectors a wealth of choices. In January, Chevrolet also announced the 2009 Corvette ZR1, which enters production later this summer.

“There’s never been a better time to be a Corvette enthusiast,” said Charles. “The performance and refinement are exemplary and special editions, like the 427 model, enrich the heritage of America’s sports car.”

Corvette Z06 details

The Corvette Z06 that is the foundation for the 427 Limited Edition offers carefully executed levels of capability and technology, making it one of the best performance values on the market.

The Z06’s LS7 7.0L engine reintroduced the 427-cubic-inch engine to the Corvette lineup. It uses racing-derived lightweight technology, including titanium connecting rods and intake valves, to help boost horsepower and rpm capability – it is rated at 505 horsepower (377 kW).* The only transmission offered with the Z06 is a six-speed manual.

In the car’s 3,162-pound (1,437 kg) package, the LS7 engine helps deliver 0-60 mph performance of 3.7 seconds in first gear, quarter-mile times of 11.7 seconds at 125 mph and a top speed of 198 mph (as recorded on Germany’s Autobahn) – the Z06 also circuited Germany’s famed N ü rburgring racetrack in a time of 7:43.

The Z06 has a unique aluminum body structure for optimum stiffness and light weight for the fixed-roof body style. Perimeter rails are one-piece hydroformed aluminum members featuring cast suspension nodes, which replace many welded steel components on other Corvette models. Advanced structural composites featuring carbon fiber are bonded to the aluminum structure. Wider front wheelhouses, for example, are carbon composites and the passenger compartment floors combine carbon-fiber skins with an ultra-lightweight balsa wood core.

A firm, race-proven suspension works harmoniously with large 18 x 9.5-inch cast-spun aluminum wheels and 275/35ZR18 tires in the front, and 19 x 12-inch cast-spun aluminum wheels with 325/30ZR19 tires in the rear to achieve lateral acceleration of more than 1 g. Complementing the suspension system and large rolling stock is an equally capable four-wheel disc brake system, consisting of 14-inch (355 mm) vented and cross-drilled front rotors and 13.4-inch (340 mm) vented and cross-drilled rear rotors.

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The front rotors are acted upon by large, red-painted six-piston calipers that use six individual brake pads. Individual brake pads are used because they deliver more equalized wear compared to what would otherwise be a pair of very long single-piece pads. For the rear brakes, four-piston calipers with four individual brake pads are used. A Delphi four-channel ABS system is standard, as is a very competent active handling system – complete with a Competitive Driving mode.

History of the Corvette and the 427 engine

The Chevrolet Mark IV V-8 debuted in the Corvette in 1965 and was dubbed the big-block, because it was physically larger in all respects than Chevy’s other V-8 engine, which became known as the small-block. In ‘65, the big-block was offered in a 396-cubic-inch displacement, with a maximum rating of 425 gross horsepower (317 kW). In 1966, the big-block received larger cylinder bores and grew to its legendary 427-cubic-inch form. It came in two power levels: 390 hp (291 kW) and 425 hp.

By 1967, the Corvette’s 427 engine was a legend in its own time and was offered with a unique induction system that featured an inline trio of two-barrel carburetors. Known as the “L71″ (its order code), it was characterized by a large, chrome triangular air cleaner assembly. It was rated at 435 gross horsepower (324 kW). The ‘67 big-block Corvettes were easily distinguished from their small-block brethren by a raised “stinger” hood.

A handful of Corvettes with the “L88″-code 427 engine slipped out of the factory in 1967, each rated at 430 horsepower (321 kW), but the L88 would be more closely associated with the redesigned 1968 and ‘69 models. The L88 breathed through a single four-barrel carburetor rather than the L71’s three two-barrels. The triple-carburetor induction system was still available, however, as the Corvette was offered with both the L88 and L71 versions of the 427.

No less than six versions of the engine were offered in 1969, the final year for the 427. They included the L88, the L71 and a very rare ZL1 427 that was built with a lightweight aluminum cylinder block. Only two regular-production Corvettes were built with the ZL1 engine, putting them on the short list of the most collectible Corvettes in history.

The big-block increased in size to 454 cubic inches in 1970, and the original big-block engine family exited the Corvette lineup after the 1974 model year. The 2008 Corvette Z06’s LS7 engine offers big-block displacement and horsepower, but in a more efficient small-block architecture.


[Source: GM via Corvette Blogger]

“Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later!”

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Yes, that’s right and yes, you may have heard it before. I’m old enough to remember hearing it on a commercial for car maintenance many years ago. For some reason a lot of people are forgetting about it or maybe the younger kids have just never heard the saying or don’t really understand what it means.

Today’s average car payment is over $600.00 per month and the average length of payments is 78 months (that’s 6 ½ years!). At the same time, the warranty runs out at 3 years or 36,000 miles. This means that you run out of warranty before you run out of payments. However, I think that most people want their car to last longer than the payments, and you can as long as you maintain your vehicles properly.

Well, here it is in a nutshell:

The ONLY way that your car will outlast the payments is to do regular maintenance. Period!

That means you need to find a good, qualified, full service, repair shop in your area. Basically everything that needs to be done to your vehicle should be done at one place if possible and this does not include specialty shops either. They specialize in just one or two things, and can’t do everything your car needs. Specialty shops are just not trained to give you all that your car requires.

I recommend going to the same repair shop for everything.

Think about it for just a second, isn’t it great going someplace where they know you? Isn’t the service always just a little bit better than if it’s your first time? I know that in my experience, I love being a “Regular.” When I go to a restaurant a few times and get to know the wait staff, the manager or even better, the owner, the service is always better. The food even seems to be better than the first few times.

We have a couple of local restaurants, (no, not chains) that we go to and are considered “Regulars.”

The owners will try to seat us themselves and if they’re busy when we come in, they always come over to our table to greet us. We don’t even look at the menu. Usually it’s a short greeting and they will ask us what we are in the mood for. Most of the time they whip up something that’s not even on the menu and it’s always incredible! Now what in the world does this have to do with your car?

Being a “Regular” in a repair shop works the same way. If you only come in once or twice you will get good service. Come in several times and you get better service.

If we know that you bring your car to us for everything you are one of the reasons that we get up in the morning.

When you have issues, they become our issues. Our best clients have my personal cell number. I don’t ever want them to worry about being stuck without wheels.

It’s simply human nature. We want to take care of the people that take care of us.

Take a look at our website for information about “Finding a Good Repair Shop”: http://www.theautoshop.com/main/auto_repair.html

Now that you have found “your” repair shop, bring your car into that shop at least 3 to 4 times per year. Get the oil changed every 3,000 – 4,000 miles. While it’s in the shop, ask them to look at your car to see if anything else needs to be serviced. Usually this can be done while at the same time so you don’t have to bring it back, especially if you scheduled an appointment for the service and told them that you wanted them to take a look for required maintenance.

We keep all of the service history in our computer. We track everything so you don’t have to.

That’s important because, sometimes if you take your car into several different shops for maintenance you might get the idea that they are all trying to sell you stuff that you don’t need or even worse, stuff that you have already bought. It may be that they are only looking at the mileage recommended services and not actually going over your car.

Again, one of the advantages of being a “Regular” is that the shop knows your car and everything that they have done to keep it running for you. Some of the best news is there is actually huge savings to be gained by simply doing what it is considered regular maintenance to your car.

The numbers work out to this:

“Pay me now.” - With regular maintenance you can expect to spend between $0.08 to $0.12 for each mile that you drive your car on maintenance and repairs.

Or “Pay me later.” - Without regular maintenance you can expect to spend between $0.22 to $0.35 for each mile that you drive your car for repairs.

Please schedule your next auto service now, save some money, and find out why people call us

“The Shop You Trust.”

Have a safe drive home,

Jerry

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