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What the Devil's going on? Corvette team said to be working on Ford GT fighter


By BOB GRITZINGER



THE 2005 C6 CORVETTE hasn’t even been officially introduced, but the Corvette development team is already hard at work on future, high-performance variants, including a wild 600-plus horsepower Ford GT-fighter known internally as “Blue Devil.”

While chief engineer Dave Hill has publicly announced the Z06 version of the next-gen Vette due in 2005 will have 500 hp, his engine team wasn’t sure until recently that they could actually achieve that impressive figure. Sources now say that it will be a case of “nothing beats cubic inches” with 95 extra horses (compared to today’s 405-hp Z06) coming as a result of boring and stroking the next-gen Chevy small-block V8 to 427 cubic inches—7.0 liters. Not since the late-1960s has that magic number of cubes been under a Corvette’s composite hood (though there were some 454s along the way).

More important, Chevy is clearly investigating an ultra-performance Corvette designed to do battle with—and conquer—the mid-engined GT from rival Ford, as well as many supercars from across the pond. Called Blue Devil (no one knows why it has that name—could it be Chevy hopes to bedevil Ford’s blue oval?), unofficial stats make the name seem appropriate. Reportedly producing 625 hp, Blue Devil’s initial power will come from a supercharged 427 engine—and it will use lightweight carbon fiber for key body parts, reducing weight by several hundred pounds to drop the super C6 to about 2900 pounds.

The price indicated on the internal documents is $100,000 for Blue Devil, if and when it actually makes production in 2006—at the earliest. We wonder whether the Devil’s chances of seeing light are further improved following product czar Bob Lutz’s comments that he’d like to see a Chevy-badged car like the 2002 Cadillac Cien concept.

General Motors officials aren’t connecting the dots and saying this is a “go,” but the high-performance heart of Blue Devil is the kind of specialized, high-content engine project envisioned for the General’s new Performance Build Center set to open shop next year in Wixom, Michigan. The center is intended to attack projects with “a sort of race team mentality,” says Ed Koerner, vice president of GM Powertrain engineering operations.

Patterned after low-volume race shops, the center could build up to 10,000 powerplants per year for very specific, high-end, high-performance GM vehicles. Koerner says engines from the shop should appear in showroom vehicles by 2005.

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From Autoweek magazine
 

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i like what i'm hearing
 

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I think supercharging is the way to go.
 

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This was found by Auriga at crossedflags.com..its a great article discussing the future of Corvette!

Pretty cool yet somewhat expensive Corvette!

100 grand..ouch!
 

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I was wondering how long it would be until a new 427 came out, a supercharged one at that :partyon:
 

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:cool: There's no way short of winning the Lottery that I could ever afford to spend $100K for a car, but I like the idea of Chevy going after the big dogs.

Thank you Mr. Lutz!
 

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Let's hope the GM Financial Beauracrats don't kill it. Low volume, high dollar cars haven't faired well in GM since the ZR1's demise.

But it sounds like a beast!
 

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In about ten years or so Ford may figure out how to sqeeze some real horsepower from their V-8 without supercharging it. Cost? why does Ford
charge $150,000 for 500 HP? Chevy is way ahead of the game.......:cool:
 

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In about ten years or so Ford may figure out how to sqeeze some real horsepower from their V-8 without supercharging it. Cost? why does Ford
charge $150,000 for 500 HP? Chevy is way ahead of the game.......:cool:
The Ford GT is much more than just a 500 hp engine, it's about handling and stopping too. It beat out the best of Porsche and Ferrari in the latest issue of Car and Driver, it's a true supercar. As great as the Corvette is, it's not in the supercar class yet.
 

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Arnie said:
The Ford GT is much more than just a 500 hp engine, it's about handling and stopping too. It beat out the best of Porsche and Ferrari in the latest issue of Car and Driver, it's a true supercar. As great as the Corvette is, it's not in the supercar class yet.
Well see when the car hits.
 

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Arnie said:
The Ford GT is much more than just a 500 hp engine, it's about handling and stopping too. It beat out the best of Porsche and Ferrari in the latest issue of Car and Driver, it's a true supercar. As great as the Corvette is, it's not in the supercar class yet.
This is true, but the Corvette has an edge that beats out any supercar in my book- Affordability. The Corvette offers amazing power and handling in a well performing and very beautiful, and relativly inexpensive, package. The only way I would ever choose any supercar over a good ol' Corvette Z06 is if it were free, because there is no way it's worth the money for a Ferrari when the Vette offers a hell of a lot of whallop for a fraction of the cost.
 

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gonna have to sell some property to get that one:partyon: :thumbsup:
 
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