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New C7 Options for 2016 Corvette Unveiled at NCM Birthday Bash

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/5/2015 Walt Thurn

When the redesigned seventh generation Corvette was introduced on 1.13.2013 it’s boldness startled the motoring press and Corvette enthusiasts alike. Suddenly buyers flocked to the showroom and bought 37,288 versions of the new Stingray. The demand has not slowed for 2015. With the addition of the 650 hp Z06, the total production for the 2015 Corvette will probably exceed the 2014 total. For 2016 the Corvette group decided to add more option packages for customers to choose from when they order their new car.

These changes were introduced at the annual National Corvette Museum’s Birthday Bash on April 23-25, 2015. The Bash began in 1998 and each year the event introduces the next year’s version of the Corvette. Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter, Harlan Charles, Jeff Lamarche and Ryan Vaughn provided a detailed look at the new model changes. We learned that they include two new exterior colors (Long Beach Red and Corvette Racing Yellow), a blade style wheel, and three new personalization packages. These packages require that the 3LT interior be ordered on the Stingray and the 3LZ interior on the Z06.


Here is a close look at a Twilight Blue Design top fitted to this Shark Gray convertible.

Here is a close look at a Twilight Blue Design top fitted to this Shark Gray convertible.
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Here are the details:

1. Spice Red Design Package (RPO ZLE) includes;
•Deep Red Interior
•Convertible top Spice Red
•Polished Motorsports wheels on Stingray
•Spice Red Brake Calipers
•Shark Gray vents (except on Long Beach Red Metallic)
•Exterior color choices: Shark Gray, Blade Silver, Arctic White and Long Beach Red Metallic
•Optional Blade wheel with Pearl Nickel finish

2.Twilight Blue Design Package (RPO ZLD) includes;
•Shark Gray vents
•Black or Gray brake calipers
•Chrome exterior badges
•Optional tri-color stripe package
•Convertible top is blue with Shark Gray tonneau inserts.
•Optional Blade wheel with Pearl Nickel finish
•Twilight Blue full-color interior
•Exterior color choices: Shark Gray, Blade Silver, Arctic White or Night Race Blue

3.Jet Black Suede Design Package (RPO ZLG) includes;
•Satin Black wheels with red stripe
•Red brake calipers
•Satin black hood extractor and graphic
•Convertible has a black top
•Exterior color choices: Black, Blade Silver, Arctic White or Torch Red
•Jet Black suede microfiber interior with suede microfiber steering wheel and shifter.
•Carbon fiber interior trip plates


These two-tone gray suede seats are shown inside the Jet Black Design ZLG convertible. The flat bottom steering wheel will be standard on all 2016 Corvettes. This interior includes a suede wrapped steering wheel with a “competition” plaque added to the bottom of the wheel.

These two-tone gray suede seats are shown inside the Jet Black Design ZLG convertible. The flat bottom steering wheel will be standard on all 2016 Corvettes. This interior includes a suede wrapped steering wheel with a “competition” plaque added to the bottom of the wheel.
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In addition to the new design packages here is a list of new features for the 2016 Corvettes;

•C7.R Edition
•Carbon fiber hood option with visible weave section
•Blade accessory wheel
•Two-tone GT seats – red or gray in leather or suede
•Red or yellow stitching with the 3LZ Jet Black interior
•Power cinch latch on the coupe or convertible
•Front curb view camera offered on the 2LZ or 3LZ trim option
•Enhanced MyLink system
•New high definition video camera for a better quality picture.

A wide variety of 2016 early build Corvettes were on display for inspection parked outside of the conference center. Staff from the Bowling Green Assembly Plant and Corvette Engineering in Detroit were on hand to answer questions about the new Corvettes.

Besides learning about the new Corvettes, the Bash had a full agenda all weekend. Corvette Racing Manager Doug Fehan gave a large crowd of enthusiasts an update on how the 2015 season is progressing for the C7.R program. Driver Tommy Milner answered questions and talked about how the team is using the NCM Motorsports Park for testing the C7.R. The Performance Build Center disassembled and reassembled an LT4 engine each day much to the delight of the large audience that was in attendance. The contractors gave an update on the progress of the sinkhole repair (see sidebar). A large turnout of Corvette owners were on hand for the Celebrity Car Show. All of the winners gathered their cars on the circular driveway to receive their awards. Guy Larsen from Bloomington Gold and Chris Chessnoe from Callaway Cars held a seminar on how to inspect and buy a vintage Corvette. Speaking of Callaway, Chris brought their first upgraded Z06 that is still undergoing final calibration. The company is targeting 750+ hp at the crank. It is an awesome sounding Z06, can’t wait for a test drive. All in all it was a very busy weekend at the NCM museum and the NCM Motorsports Park. If you ever feel like immersing yourself in Corvettes for a weekend, plan on attending the 2016 Bash. Who knows what Tadge and his merry band of Corvette engineers might unleash on us next year? For more museum news and schedule go to www.corvettemuseum.org.

Justin Norton owns this 1,000 hp 2015 white Z06 with prototype Corsa exhaust tips. Justin’s company, Atlanta Custom Wraps, covered the white car with one of its signature vinyl wraps to match the performance enhancements by Late Model Racecraft. It was on display at the Corsa exhaust exhibit. This is a very fast Z06.

Justin Norton owns this 1,000 hp 2015 white Z06 with prototype Corsa exhaust tips. Justin’s company, Atlanta Custom Wraps, covered the white car with one of its signature vinyl wraps to match the performance enhancements by Late Model Racecraft. It was on display at the Corsa exhaust exhibit. This is a very fast Z06.
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2016 C7.R Edition Unveiled

A limited edition 2016 C7.R Corvette was unveiled at the 2015 NCM Birthday Bash by Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter. The Z07 performance package equipped Z06 will be available in Corvette Racing Yellow or Black. It will be built in coupe or convertible with 3LZ trim. Only 500 of these Corvettes will be built (including coupes and convertibles) and each will carry their own VIN number starting at 700001. Each car will include the following:

•C7.R graphics package
•Yellow brake calipers
•Visible carbon fiber hood section
•Black wheels with yellow accent stripe
•Corvette Racing-logo center caps
•Carbon fiber ground effects package
•Spectra Gray grilles and vents
•Jet Black leather interior with suede accents on the doors and instrument panel.
•Yellow stitching in the interior
•Carbon fiber interior trim package
•Corvette racing sill plates
•C7.R edition interior plaque
•C7.R graphic covered indoor car cover

Corvette Racing parked one of its actual C7.R racecars in front of the new Corvette. The new special edition captures the look of the actual racecar. It will be interesting to see how quickly this beautiful new edition sells. The buzz in the crowd over this new car was very positive.

A plaque is mounted in front of the shifter to identify the car as a C7.R Edition. It also shows the number of championships Corvette Racing has won.

A plaque is mounted in front of the shifter to identify the car as a C7.R Edition. It also shows the number of championships Corvette Racing has won.
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NCM Sinkhole Update

In the early morning hours of February 12, 2014 the unthinkable happened. The floor of the National Corvette Museum Skydome opened and swallowed eight historic Corvettes. Each were recovered, but only three are repairable. They are the ZR1 (repair completed), 1 millionth convertible (repair in progress), and a Tuxedo Black 1962 Corvette donated by the late David Donoho (repair has not begun). The remains of the other five Corvettes will become museum displays. We did a four-part feature in 2014 detailing the history of all eight of these cars. When the series was completed the NCM board had not decided on how they should remedy the hole in the floor. Late last year the decision was made to completely fill the hole. When that was completed, a new flat concrete floor was poured over an extensive network of steel rebar. Underneath, it is being supported with numerous deep pilings (some extend 200 feet) to prevent another failure.

When Team Vette attended the 2015 Bash, we were allowed to visit the work site so we could update you on the construction progress. The Scott, Murphy & Daniel Construction crew has completed half of the concrete floor. The remaining floor should be finished by Labor Day. We think the NCM made the right decision to fill and extensively support this giant hole that opened under this key museum display area. To get the latest update on the progress of the construction go to www.corvettemuseum.org.

General Motors recently completed the restoration of the “Blue Devil” and it has been returned to the museum for display.

General Motors recently completed the restoration of the “Blue Devil” and it has been returned to the museum for display.
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Callaway Introduces 750+ HP Z06

Can a person ever get enough horsepower? The folks at Callaway don’t think so. They upgraded the one-element 650 HP factory supercharger to increase power. The posted horsepower results were not available at the time of this story, because the final engine calibration and dyno results were not completed. Callaway’s Program Manager, Chris Chessnoe told Team Vette at the Bash that he is confident the engine will produce over 750 hp at the crank. This will make for a very STOUT Z06! The price for all of this pleasure is $16,995 and can be added to any new 2015 or 2016 Z06.

The General Motors warranty applies and comes with a supplemental Callaway 3 year/36,000 mile warranty that covers Callaway-installed and certain GM components. A Callaway 5-year/100,000 mile service contract is available. For more details visit www.callawaycars.com.

Callaway wisely decided that the C7 Z06 does not need a lot of body modifications. The company is all about subtle horsepower as this photo shows. Only the opening in the hood lets you know this car means business.

Callaway wisely decided that the C7 Z06 does not need a lot of body modifications. The company is all about subtle horsepower as this photo shows. Only the opening in the hood lets you know this car means business.
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