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The seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette will make its official debut on January 13, 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show. Unfortunately, all Chevrolet has unveiled until now are three teaser videos that show almost nothing from the Chevrolet’s challenger to the new SRT Viper. Today however, we have a video for you that presents the building process of the car’s new LT1 6.2L small block engine.

The new LT1 Gen V engine delivers at least 450 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 450 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. This represents a minimum of a 20-horsepower increase over the previous 6.2-liter V-8. Additionally, Chevrolet announced an impressive fuel economy of 26 mpg for the 2014 ’Vette .

The new engine will be built by Darryl Johnson and the workers at the Tonawanda (NY) Engine Plant. It is here where Chevrolet made a $425 million investment and created over 700 new or retained jobs.

Chevrolet COPO Camaro

The sixth generation Chevrolet Camaro won’t be revealed until late in 2016, but until then the company has a few more surprises prepared for us. A leaked GM service document has revealed that the 2014 Camaro will receive two additional engines: a 3.6-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo and a LS7 V8 engine.

The V6 version will be offered with an aluminum-block, direct injection and variable valve-timing. It has been rumored that this new engine will deliver about 355 HP. The second one, the LS7 V8, has been included in the engine list for the VIN key and listed as a possible engine for the Camaro, but Chevrolet did not revealed a name for this future LS7-powered Camaro. Could it be the previously rumored Z28 or just the 2013 version of the COPO Camaro ? However, this latest version is not being sold with a VIN number, so, unless Chevrolet has other plans for it, we can not tell for sure what specific model will get this LS7 engine.

Full details will be unveiled in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!

It’s perfectly understandable to drool over the Chevrolet COPO Camaro . After all, Chevy will only build 138 models - 69 for the initial batch and another 69 due to huge public demand - so it’s safe to say that only a handful of lucky owners will get the chance to own one.

But if you’re really adamant to have one, you can get the chance to bid for this one-off Inferno Orange Metallic COPO Camaro Convertible that will be auctioned off at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January to benefit the American Heart Association. However, before that, the car will be in attendance at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show .

There are a number of things to love about this particular COPO Camaro Convertible. For starters, it’s car number 69 and will be the one of only two convertible models built. More importantly, this one will be the only one to be handed to an actual owner because the other model - car number 68 - isn’t planned for public sale.

It’s also the only 2012 COPO Camaro model to be painted in Inferno Orange Metallic with matching custom graphics and a special interior trim. Likewise, only 20 COPO Camaros will carry the unmistakable 327 engine and 4.0-liter supercharger that produces 550 horsepower. This bad boy is one of them.

Jim Campbell, GM U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, understands better than anybody else the exclusivity of this one-off model. “The COPO Camaro program has been a special program and there’s not a better way to close out the 2012 racing season than with the final – and most unique – one of the production run,” he said.

“Chevrolet is proud to once again partner with the American Heart Association at Barrett-Jackson for the sale of this COPO Camaro convertible. It will make a great race car or collector vehicle for a lucky bidder, who will be buying a piece of history.

Charitable cause notwithstanding, you don’t need any more convincing that this 2012 COPO Camaro Convertible is worthy of your bids.

Updated 12/20/2012: Chevrolet will be auctioning its last 2012 COPO Camaro early next year to benefit the American Heart Association. Until then, Chevrolet has unveiled a cool video featuring some great shots of the heart of this inferno orange metallic convertible race car’s assembly by Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports.

Hennessey has announced that their latest HPE700 package offered for the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has run the quarter mile in a time of 10.82 seconds at a speed of 131mph, making it the fastest street-legal Camaro currently available on the market.

We have to remind you that the HPE700 is one of the less impressive upgrades packages Hennessey is offering for the Camaro ZL1 . It "only" gets the 550-horsepower Camaro up to 707 horsepower thanks to the addition of a new HPE cold air induction system, a supercharger pulley upgrade, an HPE engine management calibration, an HPE700 camshaft upgrade and high flow cylinder heads.

So, if the HPE700 obtained this impressive result, we were wondering how the HPE1000 will do it? That package delivers an amazing 1,021 HP thanks to the addition of an extra 427 cid LSX engine.

Sub-9, perhaps?

Hit the jump for a video of the HPE700 running the quarter mile.

At the end of November, the seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette made its virtual debut inside the famous Gran Turismo 5 racing game. Today, Clay Dean, Global Director of Advanced Design, discusses how the Corvette C7 Prototype made it into PlayStation’s Gran Turismo and how video game fans helped in developing new Chevrolet products.

Dean explains that while developing this virtual prototype, designers from Chevy and Polyphony Digital paid attention to even the tiniest details and tried to replicate the real car by as much as possible. The only thing we do not like is the fact that the Corvette is being heavily camouflaged, so we can’t make an idea on how the next sports car will look like.

But luckily. full details on the Corvette C7 will be unveiled on January 13th, 2013 and we will learn everything there is to know at that point. Stay tuned!

The guys over Motor Trend had the chance to bring two of the most amazing American supercars out there: a 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the new SRT Viper for a test comparison at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. No doubt both cars were equally impressive and the new Viper has been simple described as "just more of an animal."

But no matter how impressive it is, or how fast it is, the ZR1 turned out to be even more impressive. With Randy Pobst behind the wheel the ZR1 managed to set a new Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca lap record with a time of 1:33.70. The previous record was held by a 2010 Dodge Viper ACR for more than three years with a time of 1:33.99.

The car used was a ZR1 straight from the showroom and Pobst needed only five laps to establish this impressive result. By comparison the new SRT Viper managed to lap the Laguna Seca in 1:35.77 - making it even slower than the old ACR version.

Note: no car was harmed during this test drive!

Source: MotorTrend

Earlier today we saw the third official teaser video for the C7 Corvette and now it’s time for another inside look at the next sports car, thanks to a few leaked images. This new illustrated image, which is obviously taken from the 2014 GM service manual, offers a good look at the car’s front end and a good glimpse of its front brakes.

As you can see our previous suspicions are confirmed, as the front will get a more pronounced hood scoop and larger headlamps. The suspension image reveals that the C7 Corvette will get slotted front disc brakes with what appears to be two-piece composite rotors, which help keep the brakes cooler and reduce brake fade.

We already know that the C7 Corvette will be powered by a new LT1 Gen V engine, which pumps out at least 450 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 450 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. This represents a minimum of a 20-horsepower increase over the previous 6.2-liter V-8. Additionally, Chevrolet hopes to deliver a fuel economy of 26 mpg from the 2014 `Vette.

Full details on the C7 Corvette will be unveiled on January 13, 2013 so stay tuned!

Thanks to Chris Doane and his sleuth-like photography for digging up these images.

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Over the past six generations, the boys at GM have given the exterior design of the Corvette

Over the past six generations, the boys at GM have given the exterior design of the Corvette more preference over the interior design and build quality. This theory explains the bland interior and average build quality inside the Chevy Corvette.

With the C7 Chevrolet Corvette though, that’s about to change. At least that’s what GM’s latest teaser video alludes to.

Chevrolet has finally realized that just by focusing on the exterior and powertrain is not enough to take down its emerging European rivals. The interior will be a point of focus for the development of the 2014 `Vette, a department ignored by GM when rivals like Porsche and Audi invest greatly on it.

Chevrolet has displayed proof of its change in a new teaser video of the much anticipated C7 Corvette called "Craft".

This teaser shows us that one of the focal points of the next-gen `Vette is the usage of higher-quality leather upholstery, carbon-fiber accents, softer materials and contrast stitching. With this aspect, the owners will find touching the interior and buttons, something to look forward to.

With a promising exterior design, performance and, now a revamped interior, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette may have the chance to give its European competitors a run for their money. Who knows? It can obliterate them as well. Here’s to hoping...

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With the launch of the C7 Chevrolet Corvette inching closer, the current-gen Corvette is about to become obsolete — in a way — for most enthusiasts. This is all thanks to new upgrades to almost every aspect of the Corvette, making it a potential game changer in its segment.

However, the C6’s upcoming elimination didn’t stop Wisconsin-based Bennett Coachworks from giving the outgoing generation a full overhaul. This overhaul is called the Bennett ZX-1, and if there is one word that we can use to describe this build, it’s "insane.” Even the 638-horsepower ’Vette ZR1 stares in awe when the ZX-1 zips past.

The Corvette donor car is fitted with custom body panels that include new carbon-fiber bumpers, doors, fenders, quarter panels, hood and ground effects. Bennett also deleted of the "tear drop" window and installed its own custom setup. This custom build looks like some mad-scientist mash-up between a Chevrolet C6 Corvette and a Lamborghini Reventon .

Bennett also offers comprehensive interior updates with special leather, Alcantara headliner and pillars, as well as upgraded seats from Sparco, Corbeau or Recaro. However, if the owner so wishes, the C6’s interior can remain stock.

The real fun happens under the C6’s hood, as Bennett upgraded it to stratospheric levels. The latest build is powered by a 6.0-liter LS2 V-8 which now cranks out 860 horsepower and 740 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 460-horse bump from the stock engine. This bump is thanks to an Eaton or Magnuson’s Roots‐style supercharger, water-to-air intercooler, long-tube headers, high-flow cats, X-pipe, Trick heads and some electronic refinements. The base-level ZX-1 tune is includes just the long-tube headers, high-flow cats, X-pipe, supercharger and intercooler, and is good for about 630 horsepower. If you lack the equipment to handle such power, Bennett will gladly leave the performance mods off.

With the enormous power output, the `Vette needs an equally capable braking system. To address this, Bennett installed the Brembo Gran Turismo braking kit, which includes 14-inch front rotors with six-piston caliper and 13.6-inch rear rotors with four-piston calipers. To help you out in the twist, Bennett installed a Pfadt coil-over adjustable suspension along with front and rear sway bars.

With a production run of just 200 cars, the Bennett ZX-1 won’t be a car commonly seen, so snag one up while you still can.

Click past the jump to read Bennett’s press release

Back in 1967, the RS Appearance Package for the Chevrolet Camaro included something that has since become one of the more desirable features on classic Camaros : hidden headlights. When you turned on the headlights, the doors opened and when the lights went off, the doors closed, giving the grille a sleek look. Sure they were loud, clucky and malfunctioned after 20,000 miles, but damn they were cool. Well, Forgiato is bringing headlight doors back to the Camaro with its DiFalco Retractable Hidden Headlight Grille.

This isn’t a joke, folks. Forgiato, known more for its fine wheels than anything else, has developed a unique matte-black-finished grille that comes with brushed stainless steel accent trim and shuttered LED-accented headlight covers. In terms of its design the grille really does stand out on its own merit, thanks to a simple black mesh grille insert with the distinctive white "F" Forgiato logo. The grille treatment continues in the lower aperture with black mesh that is trimmed in white.

But the real moneymaker, as far as this retro accessory is concerned, are the headlight covers, which have been have their own horizontal LED accent lighting that is reminiscent of the first-gen cover’s horizontal chrome accents. As soon as the driver switches on the headlights, headlight covers open up, revealing the standard headlight and turn signals behind it.

The accessory will cost $3,399, a pretty price to pay, but you can rest assured that few will have a Camaro as retro-looking as yours. The DiFalco Retractable Hidden Headlight Grille is available for LS, SS, and ZL1 Camaro models.

This could be the perfect gift for a loved one that wants to add a little first-gen styling to his modern Camaro. The real question is whether you are prepared to shell out over $3K for said gift…

Click past the jump to see a video of the old, clunky RS headlight door from 1967.


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