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Posted on by Christian Moe +  

For a lot of car enthusiasts there tends to be a certain brand or make that “is their life.” We know many fans of Mopar, Ferrari fanatics and plenty of Porschephiles, but in most cases those cars actually have very little to do with a person’s life or well being, beyond fascination.

That doesn’t hold true to Mike Furman. When he says Corvettes are his life, he means it. From the age of 17 when he started working at Malcom Konner Auto Group in New Jersey, Mike has made his living putting Corvettes in other people’s garages. If you ever wanted to get into Corvette sales, Konner was the place. From the early ‘60s until the family sold the dealership in 1991, Konner was the world’s largest Corvette dealer.

To date Mike has sold more than 3,000 Corvettes and in the process has become one of the biggest names in the new Corvette market. He also holds the GM records for most Corvettes delivered in a single month at 57. We caught up with Mike to ask him about his storied sales career and find out where he wants to go next.

Read on to find out what we learned about this super salesman.

Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

First-production models for the Camaro usually find themselves on the auction block with proceeds being sent directly to charity.

So, when Chevrolet announced last week that it was sending the first-production models of the 2014 Chevrolet COPO Camaro and the 2014 Z/28 Camaro to Barrett-Jackson, none of us were surprised the least bit.

What we did find surprising, though, was the enormous interest bidder had in both cars, culminating in a total auction of $1.35 million. Broken down, the Z28 netted an impressive $650,000 and the COPO Camaro received $700,000.

Compare that to the $400,000 the 2013 COPO Camaro Convertible fetched in the same event last year and we’d consider that almost 100-percent bid increase proof that the new look of the Camaro, coupled with the uniqueness of the models, equates to a lot of interest from a lot of people.

Besides, the amount both cars received will go to a good cause, with the proceeds from the COPO Camaro going to the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans and the money from the Z/28 will go to Detroit’s Cornerstone Schools.

Good on the buyers of both first-production models for shelling out that much money; just goes to show that people are willing to fork over money to score these muscle cars .

Click past the jump to read about both new Camaros

Posted on by Simona  

The 2014 Detroit Auto Show is pretty much in the books — at least for the press — so our attention is now focused on this weekend’s Barret Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction. Lots cool cars will be auction in here, including supercars , classic cars and muscle cars , so if you have the money this is the place you want to be during this weekend.

Two of the models to be auctioned this weekend come from Chevrolet . We are talking about the first retail-production 2014 Camaro Z/28 and the first limited-production 2014 COPO Camaro . All the proceeds coming from selling the COPO Camaro will go to Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans and the ones from the Z/28 will go to Detroit’s Cornerstone Schools.

The COPO Camaro will feature a very cool, one-off COPO Ice Blue Metallic satin paint scheme and a LS-based, supercharged 350-cubic-inch engine. The Camaro Z/28 will feature identification number ending in 0001.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Camaro Z/28 And COPO Camaro.

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As the new Chevrolet Corvette is the star of the week, we will continue in the same spirit and present to you the Corvette SC610 developed by Callaway Cars . The new SC610 Package will be available starting in spring of 2014 and will be priced at $22,995 on top of the base Corvette Stingray price.

What’s really cool about this new SC610 package is the extra power it adds to the already potent Stingray. Callaway’s newest creation boosts the 6.2-liter, V-8 engine to a mighty 610 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and a 556 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm.

In order to obtain the extra 150 horsepower, the new kit includes an Eaton TVS four-lobe, high-helix-rotor supercharger, a Honker high-flow intake and a new Double-D stainless-steel exhaust system. What’s really neat is that this supercharger actually pokes out of a hood a bit, and Callaway accents this by adding in a carbon-fiber hood surround.

With the extra power, the new Corvette SC610 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and will run the quarter mile in 11 seconds at a speed of 125 mph. Top speed is rumored to be somewhere in the 200 mph area.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette SC610 By Callaway.

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Chevrolet Corvette Z06

While the future of the Corvette ZR1 remains a mystery for now, Corvette product manager Harlan Charles said in a recent interview at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show that the company is considering a track-oriented Z06X version.

If built, this version should take inspiration from the Z06X Track Car Concept unveiled at the 2010 SEMA Show. Of course, the new Z06X version will be based on the 2015 Corvette Z06 , but with some of the elements revealed by the 2010 concept. This means the model would get lots of carbon-fiber elements, a new set of wheels, with carbon-ceramic brakes and a modified suspension. It should also be equipped with a more aggressive aerodynamic kit, a role cage and three-point seat belts — all elements required by a "non-street-legal, factory-built track car."

If built, this will be a very strange move for Chevrolet , considering that the new model may steal the thunder of the optional Z07 package. However, such a model could be a hit, considering the amazing reception the other track-oriented model — the Camaro Z/28 — received.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

After all of the good stuff we’ve seen come from the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, we were starting to think that it could do no evil. Well, we were sadly mistaken. Chevrolet amazed us with the revealing of the new Corvette Z06 and its supercharged 6.2-liter engine, but the other shoe dropped when news broke that this will, in fact, be the range-topping Corvette for the foreseeable future.

In a brief interview with Autoblog, Tadge Juechter, chief engineer of the seventh-generation Corvette, said that the recently launched Z06 is the only range-topping model currently considered by Chevrolet . This plan could be modified in the near future, but a new-generation ZR1 is not currently part of Chevrolet’s plan

Sorry, but we call shenanigans here...Sure, the new Z06 will grab the the last-generation ZR1 by its lug nuts and make it scream for mercy, but we highly doubt that GM will just forget about it. Chances are that Chevy is already hard at work finding every little trick it can to pack some more muscle into the C7 Corvette and bump up its performance beyond the Z06’s numbers before deciding to kill the notorious ZR1 name for an entire generation.

Keep in mind, we are entering the era of hybrid supercars, ladies and gentlemen, (see 918 Spyder , LaFerrari and P1) so it is obvious where the next step is for injecting more muscle without more engine. We are willing to bet that GM is simply waiting for batteries that are light enough for use in the C7 Corvette before exploring this route in any depth. And it is possible for this technology to be available before the C7’s production life ends.

Purist may be charging the TopSpeed offices with Daniel Akerson-blessed holy water, screaming "NEVER!!!" But remember, the Corvette would also "NEVER" switch from pop-up headlights and "NEVER" rid itself of the dual-round taillights either...

Of course, this is pure speculation and maybe a little bit of us refusing to believe that GM would dare axe the ZR1...

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Corvette Z06.

Source: Autoblog
Posted on by Simona  

With the new 2014 Corvette Stingray already in showrooms, we all knew that we were going to soon see a more powerful version. And now that has become a reality, as Chevrolet revealed the potent 2015 Corvette Z06 today at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

The Corvette Z06 will keep enthusiasts happy until the the new ZR1 model hits the market late in this generation’s product cycle.

Just like the previous Z06 , the 2015 model, will be offered with a more aggressive exterior look, a more powerful engine, sport suspension and a new, high-performance brake system. General Motors is also offering an optional Z07 kit that will transform the new Corvette Z06 will deliver unprecedented levels of aerodynamic downforce - in fact the best in any GM model ever.

Updated 02/17/2014: Chevrolet unveiled a series of new images for its Z06 sports car. Check them out in the picture gallery.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.


Chevrolet has just pulled the covers off its highly anticipated C7.R, the racing version of its new C7 Corvette Stingray . The news falls with the unveiling of the new Corvette Z06 , the car the C7.R shares many design and performance attributes with. The two beasts were co-developed to take full advantage of the engineering expertise and technology both versions of the Vette use to succeed.

The C7.R features the same fuel-saving/power-making direct injection technology as the production C7 Z06, though used on a 5.5-liter V-8 instead of the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 - all mounted to a highly-ridged aluminum frame. Vents, scoops, extractors, wings, and underbody panels all act together in reducing drag and creating down force.

The lessons learned on the race tract with the outgoing C6.R were key in assisting designers and engineers in developing the current C7 and more so the C7 Z06. For more info on the new production model 2015 Corvette Z06, check out TopSpeed’s full coverage .

Click past the jump for more info on the C7.R and official Press Release

It seems like just yesterday we were discussing the debut of the 2014 Corvette Stingray , and now GM is releasing information on the 2015 model year. No, we do not have any hard details on the 2015 Stingray, but GM did reveal the Performance Data Recorder (PDR) , which will be available starting with the 2015 Stingray.

General Motors teamed up with the folks at Cosworth top develop the PDR system, which includes three main components: a 720p camera mounted near the top of the windshield, a self-contained telemetry recorder and an SD memory card slot in the glove box to store the data and video on your own memory card.

The 720p camera eliminates the need to pick up a digital camera capable of withstanding the wear and tear of the track, as it takes high-quality, first-person footage of your track session. There is also a microphone in the cabin, so you can elaborate on what’s going on. You can watch the video either on the eight-inch display in the car when it is parked, or you can upload it to your computer, using the SD card.

The telemetry recorder makes use of a GPS receiver to track the car’s positioning. This is not your standard, choppy, in-dash GPS; rather, this bad-boy operates at 5 hertz — five times faster than a standard GPS — which precisely tracks the Stingray’s positioning and draws a precise driving line that allows you to see how well you tackle turns. Also weaved into this recorder is the Corvette ’s Controller Area Network, allowing it full access to the engine speed, gear selection and steering angle, giving you an in-depth look at how these aspects affect your performance on the track.

There are three overlay modes for the video, with each one displaying only the data you need. The Track Mode displays all of the possible data on the screen, including speed, rpm, G-force, a location-based map and tons of other pertinent info. The Sport Mode reduces the clutter on the screen, but still shows important data, like speed and G-force. Touring Mode only records video and audio, rendering a dash cam useless. The final mode it the Performance Mode, which includes all of the key performance details, including 0-to-60 mph time, quarter-mile time and speed, and 0-to-100-to-0 time.

Using the included Cosworth Toolbox, which shows your lap times on a Bing satellite map, and allows you to compare each lap corner-by-corner.

GM didn’t reveal the price of the PDR, but it made it pretty clear that this will not be a standard feature. This will simply add to the popularity of the Stingray rolling into the next model year. Hat’s off to GM for really putting all it has into the Stingray!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Stingray .

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Hennessey unveiled its updated version of the Chevrolet SS in early December 2013, and only one month later the tuner took the HPE600 supercharged version out on the Texas Toll Road to test the TxTag System — Texas’ automated toll-billing system — and to see just how bad-ass the boosted SS really is..

The results were nothing short of incredible, as the SS HPE600 was able to hit a top speed of 163 mph on Grand Parkway toll road near Houston, Texas. If you’re wondering why it only hit 163 mph, is because the SS’s factory six-speed automatic transmission is geared in a way that prevents it from going any faster.

Updates offered for the HPE600 kit include a high-flow air induction system, engine management tuning upgrades, a high-flow intercooler system, an exhaust system and turbocharging system. With all these changes the SS’s output jumps from the standard 415 horsepower up to 600 horsepower. Other updates also include a Brembo brake upgrades, suspension upgrades, and wheel and tire upgrades.


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