From the Assembly Plant,
June 15, 2004.
The C6 has a need for speed
economy ! Some quick facts about the performance of the C6 - - ->
. 0-60: 4.2 Sec (Base
. 0-60: 4.52 Sec (Base Auto Std Axle)
. 0-60: 4.5 Sec (Base Auto w/ Perf Axle)
. 0-60: 4.49 Sec
(Auto w/ Perf Axle & Z51 Pkg)
. 0-60: 4.1 Sec (6-Spd Z51 Pkg)
. 1/4 Mile: 12.6 @ 114 mph
. Top Speed: 186
. Base Car Acceleration is better than the
Legendary ZR-1.It nearly matches the Z06
. Top Speed Exceeds all Factory Corvettes
. Fuel Economy Labels
Expected to Match C5
The Famous Official C6 Registry
2004 Hot News:
December 16, 2004
Los Angeles Auto Show Corvette Corral January 10, 2005
GM is pleased to invite a LIMITED
number of Corvette Enthusiasts to a Private Tour of the GM Exhibit at the Los Angeles
Auto Show. Pre Registration is required and participation is limited.
The Corvette Corral will be located at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall with
entry from Pico Drive. You MUST have a Corvette Corral Pass in order to enter the Corvette Corral.
Upon entering the Corvette Corral you will pay $10 to the Parking Attendant.
Entry into the Los Angeles Auto Show will be $6
to be paid inside the Corvette Corral. Cars will be parked in the Corvette
Corral from 8 AM until 8:30 AM.
There will be no admittance to the Corvette
Corral after 8:40 AM.
We will walk from the Corvette Corral at 8:45 AM
to a special entrance into the GM Exhibit. In order to receive your Corvette
Corral Pass and be placed on the Registration List, please send a Self Addressed
Stamped Envelope (SASE) to Janet Curran Post Office Box 550 Yucaipa, CA 92399
Include with your SASE a note containing the License Plate number of your
Corvette, your first and last name, the first and last name of anyone that will
be with you and an email address where we can reach you.
If your name is not on the Registration List, you
will not be permitted to enter the Private Tour of the GM Exhibit at the Los
Angeles Auto Show.
Deadline for Registration is January 3, 2005.
December 15, 2004 Two C6 Hot Rod Corvettes From The 2004 SEMA Show
The sixth-generation, all-new 2005 Corvette is already considered
a benchmark performance vehicle. For the enthusiast, however, such
a benchmark is just a starting point to build something even better.
Special high-performance features produce an estimated 25-horsepower
boost to the LS2 engine’s normal 400-hp output. Added to this power
are subtle styling features that put this Victory Red Corvette
convertible on an even faster track.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW
C6 Z06 West Coast Unveiling Change!
GM has changed the Los Angeles unveiling of the C6 Z06 to
MONDAY, January 10,
2004. Please mark your calendar and as soon as GM has details buttoned up we
pass on the Unveiling details.
The West Coast unveiling of the C6 Z06 is "tentatively" set
for January 11, 2005. We are working on a Corvette Corral and maybe another perk
or two. We will be limited to the number of participants, so this will be on a
first come, first serve basis. Pre-registration will be required. More details
will be posted as they are finalized. Mark your calendars.
Shop online for the latest C6
parts and accessories from Corvette Central. They offer the largest
selection of C6 Corvette parts in the industry, and are adding more every day.
How about custom sill plates, a variety of car covers, body-color door handles
or a third-brake-light housing? Corvette Central has it all and more. Just go
and click on the C6 icon in the top right of their home page
C6 Story On Discovery Channel
A program called "Rebirth of an American Icon" aired on the Discovery Channel
last evening, Septermber 29th, at 8 and 11:PM EST. It was a fascinating
program! Not only were many of the C5/C6 Registry members attending the C6
unveiling in Detroit were on the program and even interviewed. An interview
with Dave Hill our illustrious co-leader, Jake Drennon
about thoughts on the car was shortend, but there was a lot to be learned
about the development of the C6 through the whole program. One really great
program! Don't miss it if it should run again. You can check the program
listings at: http://dsc.discovery.com/
This program will air again SUNDAY
OCT. 3:00 PM. On the DISCOVERY CHANNEL
The Registry at Road Atlanta
Dan and Jake headed back to Florida after the C5 Registry dinner at Road Atlanta
last evening because of the approaching hurricane. Jake reports Dave and Karen
Hill, Dave and Glenda
Dave McLellan, John Cafaro and son, attended the dinner, all
spoke at the dinner hosted in the BBS wheel room. The Corvette Coral, sponsored
by IMSA, The National Corvette Museum, and the C6-C6 Registry was great! Dave
Hill's team brought several C6's to the event. Four were convertibles, and
one had the new power top. Members present were treated to an demonstration of
the ease of use and the flawless operation of the new power top.
DETROIT - General Motors Corp. today announced its
latest marketing program, "The GM 72-Hour Sale," which runs from Sept. 28-30,
2004. Qualified buyers are able to finance a new GM vehicle through GMAC for
72 months at 0 percent interest. All 2004 Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Pontiac and
Oldsmobile cars and light duty trucks are included in this program.
"A great deal like this doesn't come around very often," said John Smith,
group vice president, GM North America Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing. "We
think consumers will respond very favorably to this offer, but they need to act
quickly as the program lasts only three days. GM offers the most wide-reaching
portfolio of vehicles, including high performance vehicles like the
Chevrolet Corvette and the Pontiac GTO and the broadest lineup of SUVs
in the business - ranging from the Chevy TrailBlazer to the GMC Yukon Denali. We
also offer more segment-leading fuel efficient vehicles than any other
manufacturer. Combine all this with interest-free financing for up to 72 months,
and consumers will find truly great values during GM's 72-Hour Sale."
"The GM 72-Hour Sale" will be supported by a national advertising campaign
scheduled to run from Sept. 23-30. It will include network television,
newspapers, radio, interactive and extensive dealer promotions.
What’s In Your
A new class of gasoline,
called Top Tier Detergent Gasoline, will be appearing at retail
stations of some fuel marketers. This gasoline meets detergency standards
developed by four automotive companies. A description of the concept and
benefits of Top Tier is provided in the following question and answer
is Top Tier Detergent Gasoline?
Top Tier Detergent Gasoline is a new class of gasoline with enhanced detergency. It
meets new, voluntary deposit control standards developed by four automotive
companies that exceed the detergent requirements imposed by the EPA.
Who developed Top Tier
Detergent Gasoline standards?
Top Tier Detergent Gasoline standards were developed by four automotive
companies: BMW, General
Motors, Honda and Toyota.
was Top Tier Detergent Gasoline developed?
Top Tier Detergent Gasoline was developed to increase the level of detergent additive in
gasoline. The EPA requires that all gasoline sold in the
U.S. contain a detergent
additive. However, the requirement is minimal and in many cases, is not
sufficient to keep engines clean. In order to meet Top Tier Detergent
Gasoline standards, a higher level of detergent is needed than what is
required by the EPA. Also, Top Tier was developed to give fuel marketers
the opportunity to differentiate their product.
Why did the four automotive
companies join together to develop Top Tier?
corporations recognized the benefits to both the vehicle and the consumer. Also,
joining together emphasized that low detergency is an issue of concern to
several automotive companies.
are the benefits of Top Tier Detergent Gasoline?
Top Tier Detergent Gasoline will help keep engines cleaner than gasoline containing the
"Lowest Additive Concentration" set by the EPA. Clean engines help provide
optimal fuel economy and performance and reduced emissions. Also, use of Top
Tier Detergent Gasoline will help reduce deposit related concerns.
should use Top Tier Detergent Gasoline?
All vehicles will
benefit from using Top Tier Detergent Gasoline over gasoline containing
the "Lowest Additive Concentration" set by the EPA. Those vehicles that have
experienced deposit related concerns may especially benefit from use of Top
Tier Detergent Gasoline.
Where can Top Tier
Detergent Gasoline be purchased?
The Top Tier
program began on May 3, 2004. Some fuel marketers have already joined and are
making plans to introduce Top Tier Detergent Gasoline. This is a
voluntary program and not all fuel marketers will offer this product. Once fuel
marketers make public announcements, a list of all fuel marketers meeting Top
Tier standards will be made available. For now, look for the "Top Tier"
designation at the gas pump near you.
C5/C6 Registry Members
- Our deepest apologies! Due to the amount of damage Hurricane Frances did to
our area of the state of Florida, Dan and Jake, who are insurance agents on
the east coast of Florida, will NOT be able to attend the
MidAmerica FunFest in Effingham, IL this weekend. Members, please don't
change your plans! This is a great event for ALL Corvette enthusiasts.
If you were planning to attend, please do so and support one of our
Again, we regret this late cancellation, but under the circumstances this is
our only option. We plan to see all of you at Road Atlanta on
September 24-25. Please see the Events Page for the latest
C5/C6 Registry Update
As Most of you know Jake Drennon and myself are both State Farm Insurance agents in
Florida. My office is in Merritt Island which is the southern half of the
Kennedy Space Center and my house is on Cocoa Beach. Both place were on the
North side of the storm and were hit by the Eye Wall as Frances came ashore.
Jake's home is on Merritt Island and
his office is in Titusville which is 20 miles north of
Merritt Island. At this point we have had moderate damage
and have no electricity in
but both Jake and I, and our families are OK which is
the most important thing. Both our homes are still habitable,
but with moderate damage, and as of today, finally,
electricity. We are also setting up generators
at our offices to handle the expected flood of
claims. We have not internet services or phones at any of
our locations at this time. Marginal cell phone service is
our means or communication.
We ask that the
members bare with us during this time since most of our
waking hours will be spent taking care of our insured's and
we will not have a lot of time for Registry business. Please
keep emails to the C5 Registry office to a minimum as not to
stack up in the incoming mail, the Registry office has no
power yet, no internet service, and marginal phone service. Kathy
will be in the office at times but she also has damage to her
home, and again, phone service at the office is iffy.
We hope to be back
to normal in 30 days but I will keep you all informed.
Photo of LS7 Engine, Maybe......
In the GM press release on the new
center, the statement :
"The LS7 OHV V-8 for 2006
Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 is the first engine confirmed for the
Performance Build Center, but others will follow." is
pretty clear. However, this GM released photho of a workman in the center shows
a pretty good view of and engine being built there ...... umm....... wonder what
C5/C6 Registry Members
- Our deepest apologies! Due to the approach of Hurricane Frances to
the state of Florida, Dan and Jake, who are insurance agents on the east
coast of Florida, have been called back by their company and will NOT be
able to attend the 10th Anniversary NCM Labor Day Event this weekend.
Members, please don't change your plans! This 10th Anniversary of the NCM is
a very special time for ALL Corvette enthusiasts. If you were planning
to attend, please do so and support the greatest museum for the greatest
performance icon on earth! We ask that you keep everyone in the path
of this powerful hurricane in your prayers.
Again, we regret this late cancellation, but under the circumstances this is
our only option. We plan to see all of you at the MidAmerica Corvette
Funfest on September 17-19 and/or the following weekend at Road Atlanta on
September 24-25. Please see the Events Page for the latest
C2L Roof Package Constraint Notice From Factory:
On Thursday, August 19, 2004 after the normal start of the
DOSP weekly cycle, it became necessary to place option (C2L) Roof Package on
full stop for the VET (Corvette) Allocation Group. In that regard, a
constraint was entered in the system that will stop the processing of any
orders that contain (C2L) Roof Package in this week's DOSP Cycle. We
anticipate this constraint will last for several weeks at the very least.
Due to the late implementation of the (C2L) Roof Package constraint, GM will
protect all Dealers' VET Allocation for! this week's DOSP cycle. Any dealer
who does not enter a buildable order will have a VET pattern order placed
for them and available to view in the "Placed" tab of VOM Order Management
on Tuesday, August 24, 2004. Dealers should review placed VET orders at that
time and make any required changes within the current posted constraints.
While this constraint is in place, dealers may still order the (CC3)
Transparent Roof Panel. If CC3 is not specified, the vehicle will be shipped
with the standard painted roof panel. For customers who wish to have both
roofs, we do anticipate having the transparent roof available through GMSPO
in the future. Please suggest these customers order the vehicle with the
painted roof panel, and then purchase the transparent roof panel through
GMSPO at a later date.
KY – YES, IT’S TRUE! Today is the day that will go down in history… as
tractor trailer loads of C6s were released from the Bowling Green assembly
plant to be dispersed amongst all the children of the world! Of course, they
must first go to your dealer to be bathed and beautified before you are
allowed to experience “that C6 feeling”!
they are coming. The latest word it that they are not necessarily being
shipped by those that were built first, but are going out in groups that so
that they can be dropped off at dealerships in a delivery pattern. Those
cities closest to Bowling Green certainly can have a C6 by tomorrow morning.
If your dealer told you that yours was built, you possibly could have it by
this weekend. Start calling your C6 dealership!
Hot Links to C6 Commercials
C5/C6 Net Member "Rand from Ohio" has taken the time to distill
links to the new commericals, for the C6 located on the Chevrolet web site:
Caution, Long load times but way kool !
"Dreams" C6 commercial:
Boy's Dream" commercial:
Convertible Power top:
CORVETTE LS2 Engine:
Know your 2005 Corvette
- Second Installment
Keyless Access Transmitter-
The C6 features Keyless Access and Push Button Start. You can keep the Keyless
Access Transmitter in a pocket or purse and operate the doors, trunk and
open the doors
you do not
need to press the unlock button on the Keyless Access Transmitter, simply
touch the pad located at the edge of each door and the doors unlock and open
if the transmitter is within three feet of the door.
Start the Engine
brake pedal on an automatic transmission or the clutch pedal on a manual
transmission car. Then press the top of the start button located on the
instrument panel to the right of the steering wheel. The engine will start if
the Keyless Access Transmitter is in the car.
Stop the Engine
Park on an automatic or Reverse on a manual and press the Off/ACC button (the
bottom part of the Start button). The electrical system will not shut off
unless the car is in Park or Reverse, which could run the battery down.
Extended Mobility Tires-
The Corvette comes with Goodyear Extended Mobility Tires that eliminate the
need for a spare tire. Even when the tire loses pressure you can drive up to
100 miles at 55 mph. When a tire is under inflated, a warning light will come
on and alert the driver to check the tire pressure. Press the Reset button and
then press the Gauge Information button to display which tire has low
The Head-Up Display projects instrument panel information on the windshield,
so you can keep your eyes on the road. The HUD displays the speedometer, turn
signal indicators, high-beam headlight indicator, tachometer, oil and
temperature gauges, performance shift light, check gauges warning light and
G-force gauge. The controls to move the HUD higher or lower on the windshield
or brighter or dimmer are located on the instrument panel to the left of the
Know your 2005 Corvette
Active Handling and Traction Control Systems
This system limits wheel spin and helps maintain directional
control during most driving conditions. The Active Handling message is
displayed in the Driver Information Center when the system is turned on.
To turn the
Traction Control off, press the Active Handling Button located on the
Press it twice
to turn on the Competition Mode.
Press and hold
it to turn off the Active Handling and Traction Control Systems.
Magnetic Selective Ride Control
The Magnetic Selective Ride Control provides benefits such
as: reduced impact harshness, improved road isolation, improved high-speed
stability, improved handling response and better control of body ride
motions. The control knob is located on the center console. You can select a
setting at any time.
Select Tour mode for normal
city and highway driving for a smooth, comfortable ride. Select Sport mode
where road conditions or personal preference demand more control. This
setting has more feel, or response to the road conditions.
1st – 4th Shift Feature for
The 1st –4th shift
feature helps you get the best possible fuel economy. A 1st-4th shift light
will come on when the following conditions are met:
Engine coolant temperature is
higher than 169 degrees Fahrenheit
You are going 15 to 19 mph
You are at 21 percent
throttle or less.
When the light comes on, you
can only shift from first to fourth. After shifting to fourth, you may
downshift to a lower gear if you prefer.
Collector Color, Maybe.....
Final orders for the discontinued Precision Red (27U) must be entered by
Saturday, August 21st. Precision Red will be constrained as it is phased out.
As a result, any Precision Red orders not selected for production by the end
of business on Tuesday, August 24th, will need to be changed to another color
before that order can be scheduled for production.
Corvette Engine Plant Tour
St. Catharines, Ontario (10 minutes from Niagara Falls)
There will be an Open House with Plant Tours on August 4, 2004.
10:00 am - 7:00 pm (self guided tour)
Noon - 7:00 pm Car Show
Guest Speaker Ron Fellows
Corvette Heritage Tour
Entertainment & BBQ
Merchandise for sale.
Register with Tom Laing at 905- 641-4163 or
Astronauts & Corvettes they got together,
download this cool
PDF Graphic celebrating the 35th
Anniversary of the Moon Landing!
It's Here 2005 C6 CORVETTE PRICING!
CLICK HERE for the pricing and order guide!
and Johnny O'Connell
today, in the Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C5-R
NEW CORVETTE RED
The new C6 Red replacing Precision
Red, and a closer match to Torch Red, will be called Victory Red. Ummm ...
So let's see, if you got one of the few Precision Red C6's, how long before it's
a collector car?
The Next Generation of
MICHIGAN – The sixth generation C6 Corvette can turn heads by simply standing
still. Add to that an all-new generation of accessories, designed and
engineered by the same people that created the vehicle, and the result is a
Corvette enthusiast’s dream.
While designing the
C6 expressive new muscular design GM took it one step further and integrated
accessories into the vehicle development. Corvette Chief Engineer and Vehicle
Line Executive, David Hill, worked with the accessories team at the onset of the
Corvette design process. “All Genuine Corvette Accessories are engineered to
meet strict OEM quality standards,” said Hill. “The result is an array of
accessories with the best fit, best function and most tailored appearance for
the Corvette.” GM’s design studio created a genuine Corvette accessory logo
that will be featured on many of the new accessories.
It’s all about
personalization. The Corvette owner can customize the appearance of their
vehicle by alternating the standard ebony pieces for body color trim pieces.
Body color accessories, including interior trim, a center high mounted stop
lamp, license plate holders and exterior door handles, offer C6 owners an extra
dose of vehicle personalization. There are also color keyed interior options
for the shift knob and boot, and park brake handle and boot. A 10-spoke wheel
will be offered in multiple finishes and aluminum sill plates coordinate with
the standard metal interior accents. “Such high-level integration with the
vehicle ensures harmony between the vehicle and the accessories,” said Vicki
DeGrace, Corvette Accessory Program Manager. “Genuine Corvette Accessories were
designed to enhance the appearance and meet customer needs. To increase storage
space, GM has designed a storage tray for the Coupe and a storage pouch that
works in both the Coupe and Convertible. A wind break reduces air turbulence
when the Corvette is in top-down cruising mode.
Accessories offer the peace of mind of a GM limited warranty,” said DeGrace.
“Either 36/36 on parts installed at the time of new vehicle delivery or a 12/12
on over-the-counter sales. The advantages of Genuine Corvette Accessories are
clear: most tailored appearance, OEM quality, and the GM limited warranty.”
For a complete list
of Chevy Accessories and to find out about more ways to personalize the Corvette
C6, please visit
www.chevyaccessories.com or call toll-free
866-901-9001 to speak to one of GM’s knowledgeable accessory agents. All
Chevrolet accessories can be purchased through Chevrolet dealerships.GM parts and
accessories are sold under the GM, GM Goodwrench, GM Performance Parts and
ACDelco brands through GM Service and Parts Operations. GM engines and
transmissions are marketed through GM Powertrain
Torch Red…or something like it…the saga continues!
– The saga really does continue. The
latest word is that the powers to be are REALLY Listening and are taking
ACTION! Thanks for all the emails we have received expressing interest in
“It’s about time RED”. Your submission of names has been overwhelming and we
certainly must say that our members are the most creative Corvette owners we’ve
the latest plan…it is to only offer Precision Red for a period of time at the
start of C6 production. (There’s no word on what “a period of time” is, so your
guess is as good as ours. We believe that it would happen by mid September
2004.) Then Precision Red will be ELIMINATED and this "NEW RED" will
take its place. So if you are ordering (which everyone who wants a C6 is) then
you would have to have your dealer hold off on your Precision Red order until
the "NEW RED" is released into the dealer ordering system. Once again, this
“NEW RED” is not going to be exactly like the C5 Torch Red we all know and
love. We do know it is going to be a new VERSION of RED for the C6. The latest
guess (and that’s all it is) is that this red is similar to the red that is on
the SSR Chevy truck which is currently called "REDLINE RED". But I promise you
they will not use that name. Redline Red is a brighter truer colored red. It
does not have the C5 Torch Red orange hue color in it.
For all our
members who have been asking about a Torch Red type replacement interior to be
used in the C6 lineup, we have heard of NO plan for that color of interior for
the 2005 C6 model year. But things can always change!
Ordering Begins Today!
Registry Members – Scott Montgomery,
sales manager for Les Stanford Chevrolet in Dearborn, MI has informed us that
the first batch of C6 allocations will be accepted by GM today!
We’re sure that many of you have been standing in line at your dealer’s to place
your order your brand new C6 or have left large deposits with them.
Today is the day to call your dealer and ask, “when will MY order be
submitted???” We know that all 7,500+ of you will keep the phone lines busy to
your dealers today! Thanks, Scott, for this valuable info!
In Other News…
Les Stanford Chevrolet
is continuing to discount his remaining C5s. You can get a Z06 Z16
for $12,000 off MSRP with GM Owner Loyalty. He is also offering up to
$13,000 off all other Coupes, Convertibles, and non-commemorative Z06’s
in stock. Don’t miss out on one of these great deals! Give Scott a call today at
Les Stanford Chevrolet at 313-724-1412 or e-mail him at
Torch Red…or something like it has been approved
Registry Members - FINALLY the powers to be at C6 are listening. All during the
Birthday Bash, especially at the seminars, it became very evident from our
members that a C6 without TORCH RED was not what the members envisioned. Our
members wanted something similar to Torch Red to be offered in the C6 color
palette. We have learned that our concern about no Torch Red was taken
seriously by GM management and effective sometime after start of production the
additional “NEW VERSION” of C6 Torch Red (which we are very sure will have a new
name) will be offered to Corvette owners when they order their new C6. Let’s
have some fun with this and submit names that we think GM should call this new
red. We will gather all the emails and forward them to our friends at GM. At
the Registry Office our personal favorite so far is “it’s about time RED”! So
if you would like to submit a name for this new C6 red which will be unveiled
after the start of production, we will pass it on. This should be some GREAT C6
So, let's help them give this new color a name! Send your suggestions, for a
name, Click on
this link, include your Name, Member Number, and what you think the color
should be named. Be sure and do this before June 18, 2004 !
The last C5 convertible was scheduled to come off-line on Monday, the build of
the very last C5 is just weeks away. The final one of the popular fifth
generation Corvettes is currently slated for build the week of June 28th.
June 3, 2004
Rick Daniel of Les Sanford Chevrolet has just
informed us of a fantastic offer on new 2004 Corvettes!
For the non-current GM owner; $3000 rebate, or 0.0% interest for 36 months, 1.9%
for 48 months or 2.9% for 60 months. For a current GM product owner with current
registration on the vehicle, $4000 rebate, with no promotional % rates, and, for
GM Employees, the first option plus $1000 bonus cash. Give Rick a call at
866-700-8388 or e-mail him at
for all the details!! Rick informs
us he has over 80 Corvettes in stock,
check out his website for the inventory:
GM made a terrific showing in the just-released Strategic Vision 2004
Total Quality Index (TQI), providing further evidence that GM is making
significant strides in its quest for quality leadership in the automotive
industry. Among GM's 11 of 19 segment winners were the Corvette and XLR.
Chevrolet ledin five segments, Cadillac topped three segments (and had the
highest scoring model - the Cadillac XLR), Saturn had two wins and Buick
measures new vehicle owner satisfaction by assessing buyers' responses to the
complete ownership experience, including buying, owning and driving. Corvette
was No 1 in the Sports Cars Over $25,000 category. The Cadillac XLR was tops
for Convertibles over $30,000.
C6 Chassis Enhancements
Registry Members – All aspects of
the Corvette chassis have been improved over ALL the previous Corvette
generations. The word is that NOTHING was compromised relative to past
generations. As I’m sure you’ve heard, with the exception of some nuts and
bolts, all significant chassis parts are new for the C6. Every part of
this new generation of Corvette contributes to the total package of the C6.
As an example, the Goodyear run flat tires are larger (they refer to this
generation of run flats as the third design) which are substantially quieter
than previous EMTs. You will notice fewer bumps into the C6 cabin, even
with the EMTs newly designed lower aspect ratio.
the Birthday Bash everyone talked about the improved cornering and the feel that
the C6 was having no problem in getting the increased horse power (400 HP and
400 lbs Torque) to the ground. (How members seem to find this out while JUST
RIDING in a C6 is not clear!) We were told the improved ride is directly
related to the front suspension travel being increased 13mm. In technical terms
that’s 9mm in rebound and 4mm in jounce. They also shared with us that the rear
has a full 20mm increase, all in jounce. What does this mean…more travel allows
the shocks to dissipate the wheels energy with less disturbance to the body.
the driver the feel of the steering will be more of a precise on-center touch
with improved straight line tracking and less wheel kick from road
disturbances. This allows for overall improved handling because the steering
castor angle was increased from 7 to 8 degrees for high speed stability and
reduced “trough wandering” coordinated with increased stabilizer bar sizes for
less roll in the corners which we all know improves responsiveness and
Plant Holiday Shut down
If you're planning a holiday trip to Bowling Green, you should be advised,
for the first time the Bowling Green assembly plant will have a four
day Memorial Day weekend. The plant will shut down both Friday, May 28,
Saturday May 29, Sunday May 30, and Monday, May 31. Normal operations will
begin Tuesday, June 2nd.
Safety Is Always an Important Consideration
The new 2005
takes safety very seriously.
of the new C6
belt pretensioners with improved buckle access.
seam side impact air bags within the seats.
Passenger air bag hidden seam design within the
Manual PSIR on/off switch for passenger air bag.
Pass Key III vehicle immobilizer system.
Keyless entry system with
Entrapment release handle
within Convertible trunk.
Optional OnStar available
with automatic crash notification.
Enhanced seat belt warning
Dual level front air bag.
Seat position sensors.
Telescopic steering column.
Crash Avoidance Features:
lights/fog lamps/side turn signal repeater.
ABS along with
Run flat tires with
tire pressure sensors.
April 6, 2004
A special C5-C6 Registry thank you to Rick Daniel of
Les Stanford Chevrolet or making the preliminary ordering
workbook available to our members! Thanks to Rick, you can download the
workbook with all the options, RPO Codes, Interior and Exterior colors and
more.. The real thing folks, not just another internet rumor!
CLICK HERE ,
to visit Rick's web site and download the workbook.
April 3, 2004
Stabilizer Bar Comparison
Registry Members – Thanks for all your emails requesting detailed details about some of the finer points of the new C6. Today’ school will be on stabilizer bar comparisons between the C5 and the new C6.
|STD / F55||23.0 X 3.8|| 25.4 X 4.0|
|Z51||28.6 X 4.5||30.7 X 5.0|
|Z06||30.0 X 4.5 9;
REAR SUSPENSION Diameter-X-Thickness
|STD / F55||17.2 X 2.5||17.2 X 2.5|
|Z51||23.6 X 3.5||25.2 X 4.4|
|Z06||23.6 X 3.5||
The C6 will have remarkably improved handling. For example, the steering caster angle increased from 7 to 8 degrees for high-speed stability and reduced "trough wander". This leads to a noticeable improvement in responsiveness and maneuverability with less cornering roll. As you can see, the stabilizer bars above make a difference.
2, 2004Air Conditioning Controls and Flow Improved
Registry Members – The automatic HVAC system which is now (easier to operate) standard on all C6s has been improved with a liquid crystal display. It will be a much easier to operate dual-zone system than in the past. The cabin air will have a new filtration and odor control system along with a thermal expansion valve that will improve AC performance. The new dash outlet vents are more accessible and have chrome accents. They also can be individually shut off. The new outlets allow for a much improved airflow distribution for both instrument panel and heater ducts with reduced blower noise.
Exterior Lighting for the C6
Registry Members – Internationally acclaimed fog lamps were chosen for the
C6. The stylish design chosen is a halogen parabolic reflector lamp within a
black housing. Of course the most stylish look of a C6 will be the one your
competition (and we know there isn’t much) will see from behind as your C6
“Exceeds their Expectations”! You will be smiling knowing that they’re looking
at what Corvette calls the “classic round tail lamp look”. It is a complex
multi-faceted reflector with 301 facets per lens. This design eliminates all
exposed fasteners. The Low mounted back-up lamps were designed for mounting on
a surface which would be less disruptive. Therefore they are mounted very low
on each side of the rear bumper fascia. The smooth reflector lens optics are
protected by a neutral density lens.
Exterior Lighting for the C6…the first exposed headlamp since
Registry Members – The C6 will have HID Xenon-Arc high density lamp low
beam and halogen high beam projector system. The four-bulb system operates
concurrently with the low and high beams within a stainless steel chrome plated
bezel. This has the affect of putting out 80% more light than the C5’s lighting
system currently does. Of course this allows for greater visibility of signs
and road markings because of the improved light spectrum output.
C6s Removable Roof Panel is Completely Revised
– Both roof configurations for the C6 (painted and transparent) will have a
Textured Powder Coating for their frame and hardware components. These will be
considerably more scratch and mar resistant. The painted panel will have the
latest technology regarding its finished paint coat look. Both tops are larger
by 15% over the C5 and yet are 8% lighter than the C5’s current removable roof
panel. This weight savings is primarily achieved through the use of computer
analysis, highest quality materials, and magnesium processing for improved
Rick Baldick, Corvette Marketing Director Shares C6 Launch Game Plan
Registry Members –
Sebring…what a great venue for Corvette and its
C5-R Racing Program, as well as visiting one-on-one with Corvette’s Brand and
Marketing Team. A friend of the Registry, Corvette Marketing Director, Rick
Baldick shared with us the current plan for launching the C6 in late July (after
the plant’s two-week summer vacation break). The start up will be with the C6
Coupe ONLY being produced for possibly six to ten weeks to allow the production
cycle to ramp up. After the Coupe’s production is proceeding smoothly, then the
C6 Convertibles will be brought on line slowly…tentatively scheduled for mid to
late October 2004. Because of the slow start up associated with any new model,
it appears that the 2005 model year run will produce approximately 4,000 fewer
Corvettes than in previous years. But this we can promise, under Plant Manager
Wil Cooksey’s leadership C6s will be CORRECT from the beginning!!!
It is with great sadness that I wish to tell
the C5-C6 Registry that our friend Chip Miller, who founded Corvettes @ Carlisle
and Carlisle Productions passed away early this morning after a heroic battle
with amyloidosis, a very rare plasma cell disease. Our prayers go out to his
wife Judy and his family. We will let you know as more information becomes
available as to any arrangements that are made. Chip was an inspiration to me
personally with his advise and foresight. The Corvette hobby has lost a great
supporter and a great friend. His family has been keeping a journal at
We hope that you will visit the site and sign the guest book to let the
family know that you are thinking about them. If you would like to send cards,
letters, etc. to Judy and the family, their address is:
1040 Bryn Mawr Road
Carlisle, PA 17013
The Funeral is Sat April 3rd 2004 in Carlisle, PA
Please join Jake and I in praying for Chip and his family.
Direct from GM Racing Regarding Sebring Corral
Registry Members –.We have just received the following from GM Racing:
"Due to budget cutbacks, we will have the corral area and will have a limited amount of water and soda. There will be no food this year. The corral will be a combination of Cadillac and Corvette on Friday and the Corvette only on Saturday. The corral will open at 7:30 on Saturday. It has been moved to turn 1 (one)."
Go in the Main Entrance and you will be directed to the corral. For a map of the track go to
Quieter C6 Coupe or Convertible !!!
– Several noise improvements came about due to the XLR Cadillac program. A four-point powertrain mounting system (first used on XLR) significantly reduces vibration. A full-length tunnel insulator reduces both road and engine noise. Numerous seals, baffles and sound absorbers have been added, as well as a bulkhead for the convertible to improve storage space behind the seats.
Mario Andretti at Sebring.
Mario Andretti returns to Sebring this year for induction into the Sebring
Sports Car Racing Hall of Fame. Ceremonies will take place Friday, March
19, the day before the 52nd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Andretti will be inducted along with Carroll Shelby, Sir Stirling Moss,
Bobby Rahal, Bob and Al Holbert, race official Ford Heacock, Sr., and the
legendary manufacturer Ferrari. CLICK HERE FOR
Passion for Corvette !!!
Registry Members – Our Corporate Member Dealers have passed along this C6 marketing information, which they received. It appears that Corvette is fortunate to have the most dedicated and enthusiastic customers in the world. The loyalty rate for Corvette is 77% !! Its customer awareness percentage of 94% is the highest level of any automotive nameplate. I wonder how much they spent in finding this out? All they had to do was ask any of our members! It is reported that on any given weekend (with over 270 Corvette Clubs registered around the country) you could find a Corvette Club meeting, show, race or sales event to go to and discuss Corvettes. It is estimated that there are 95,000 Corvette Club members (7,400+ of them are C5 Registry members!) around the world.
Finally a C6 Battery that will Last !!!
Registry Members – If the C6 doesn’t do anything else for Corvette owners, it will finally provide a battery that will actually last. Our 006 Agent has just risked his very soul in getting us the most recent test results regarding battery stand times from the "battery test central command". Drum roll please…the new C6 flooded battery for 2005 should last in an unused mode 52 DAYS! As opposed to the wonderful C5 AGM battery (99-03) which could survive only 25 DAYS! At least the 2004 final year C5s received a special newly designed flooded battery that was good for 41 DAYS. Halleluiah!!!!!
C6s Automatic Transmission Improvements
Registry Members –
Great news for automatic transmission C6s! The torque converter has increased in efficiency to 300 mm which means a much more efficient design as well as .5% fuel economy improvement. Enhanced software will be the most noticeable improvement that one can feel in the seat of their pants due in part to a revised valve body. The computer will also recognize aggressive driving and adjust the shifts to better match those driving conditions. Internal transmission upgrades include: 5 pinion input and reaction carrier, 7 plate versus 6 plate in the 3rd to 4th
clutch pack, and a new heat treated turbine shaft as well as "high speed"
C6s Manual 6-Speed is going to be Fabulous!
– The information continues about the fabulous improvements to the C6 manual transmission. This gets a little technical, so please read closely. The shorter lever (fore/aft reduction by 26mm and a vertical reduction of 14.5mm over the current C5) really improves the feel along with a stepped tooth synchronizer (which reduces gear clash). The ball/spring detent is now made with a roller detent as well as the linear bearing to the top shift rail (this all is an effort reducer). The synchronizer sleeve width increased to allow for the shorter throw. Newly designed shift knob improves operation in a number of positions (joy stick or palm). All manual C6s will have a shift to reverse for vehicle shut down by way of a dedicated reverse engagement electrical switch.
The Z51 optioned 6-Speed manual will have its own special set of gear ratios. They are as follows: 1st gear 2.97:1, 2nd gear 2.07:1, 3rd gear 1.43:1, 4th gear 1.00:1, 5th gear 0.71:1, and 6th gear 0.57. This will allow for aggressive peddle to the metal with no loss in top speed. Now for the really big news…a manual transmission integral cooler pump is part of the Z51 package. This of course is for high-speed heat reduction. This pump will be driven by the countershaft pushing transmission fluid through a heat exchanger inside the radiator end tank. You will be able to monitor the temperature because of a lubrication temperature sensor that will be included with Z51 C6s.
CLEVELAND, OHIO - The 2005 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, a member of
the sixth generation of an American performance car legacy, will be
unveiled March 2, 2004 at the Greater Cleveland International Auto Show by
Brent Dewar, head of the Chevrolet division of General Motors. Brent Dewar
will pull the cover off to reveal a completely new Corvette convertible.
The Corvette convertible along with the recently introduced coupe will
deliver more power, passion and precision than any previous model and will
set a new standard for performance car excellence.
Following the unveiling, Tadge Juechter, assistant chief engineer for
the Corvette launch team, will do a vehicle walk-around pointing out the
key features of the exterior and interior, as well as the powerhouse under
Members of the Cleveland area Chevrolet dealer body and Chevrolet
Corvette enthusiasts clubs will also be present to view the unveiling. The
event will take place at the Chevrolet exhibit at the 2004 Greater
Cleveland Auto Show. All members of the media are invited to attend.
C6 Cooling for LS2
Registry Members – The
Z51 optioned C6 Corvette will have a larger radiator – 34mm sized core –
over the non-Z51 equipped C6’s. The Z51’s will also include an engine oil
cooler and a transmission oil cooler, manual or automatic, which will run
through the larger radiator end tanks. The cooling fan will be larger to
meet this need and reported to be much quieter
C6 Convertible Power Top
Registry Members – C6’s Convertible Power Top is reported to cycle down and up in 18 seconds. So you have to ask yourself… Just how many raindrops can fall in my interior in 9 seconds? Visibility in the rear on a C6 Convertible has improved by 18.5%. The power top will be a one button does all operation. Current rumor is that the power top option will cost between $1,500 and $1,600 over a manual-operating top.
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The 2nd Manufacturing
Validation Build (MVB) for the C6 began February 20th. The goal of this
build is to test the assembly tooling and processes for this new car. For
each bucket of cars built, the plant should see improvement in parts
and tooling. The first car came off the end of assembly February 20th. A
total of 20 units will be built in this bucket during the next few weeks.
C6 Vehicle Performance
Registry Members – Mesa, AZ – The information just keeps coming! Our "006 Agent" has been busy! His preliminary report of a C6 Coupe with 6-speed completed a 0-60 run in 4.2 seconds with Z51 and a base Coupe completed 0-60 in 4.3 seconds. Quarter mile times are reported at 12.6 @ 114 mph with a lot more testing to go. These numbers could conceivably improve. The way we see it, the numbers above are better than the ZR-1’s acceleration was and almost equals a 2004 Z06.
February 15, 2004
Official Top Speed For C6
Registry Members – Mesa, AZ – Just in, the C6 has been undergoing continuous durability and speed testing. Our "006 Agent" on the spot reports that a 2005 C6 Coupe with 6-speed manual transmission and Z51 performance handling package reached 186 MPH or 300 KPH! It has long been rumored that Corvette’s European Division wanted a 300 KPH Corvette to enhance their marketing effort. We’ve been on the Autobahn and they’re right!!
Unfortunately for us here in the US, we’ll just have to save this ability of 186 MPH for the Nevada Silver State Classic Challenge, May 13-16, 2004 or September 16-19, 2004
www.silverstateclassic.com/ , or for those of you closer to Nebraska, don’t miss the Sand Hills Open Road Challenge, August 5-7, 2004
It appears that the C6 will have the highest top speed of ANY Corvette EVER produced! Keep in mind that the 2006 Z06 hasn’t even arrived…hang on, there’s more to come!
February 15, 2004
The C6 promises to be the best Corvette yet, and Mallett’s renowned Hammer
conversion will make it just that much better. Exclusive Mallett engine
and suspension modifications will make the C6 Hammer a
performance-driver’s dream, while Mallett styling features will set it
apart from the rest.
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS and SPECS.
February 12, 2004
The second batch of the manufacturing confirmation build (MVB2) of
non-saleable C6s starts in uniframe Monday, Feb. 16. A total
of nine units will go on line next week, with one expected off the end of
assembly Friday. A total of 20 units will be built in this batch during
the next few weeks. Some units will be painted the new paint colors for
C6 including sunset orange and cobalt red.
Luxo blue will also be painted.
January 28, 2004
The all-new 2005 Corvette just edged out the all-new
2005 Mustang as the favorite vehicle of visitors to the Official Web Site
of the North American International Auto Show 2004
on MSN Autos. The 2005 Chevrolet Corvette and 2005 Ford Mustang
are new production versions of American automotive icons, and unlike many
of the concept vehicles that debuted at the Detroit show, they will be
available in showrooms later this year.
2005 Corvette is powered by a new LS2 6.0-liter small-block V8 that
produces an estimated 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. In terms of
overall dimensions, the C6 is more compact than its predecessor, measuring
5 inches shorter and about one inch narrower than the current Corvette.
The wheels increase to 18 inches in diameter at the front and 19 inches at
Nine vehicles were nominated by the
editors of MSN Autos as significant
vehicles of the show, representing a cross section of production and
concept vehicles. Visitors to the MSN Autos NAIAS Web site then voted for
their favorite show vehicle. Photos of each vehicle were displayed online
and the photos were randomly served into a special grid to ensure fairness
and to prevent any particular vehicle from consistently appearing in a
favorable position. Blocking technology was used to ensure that no
individual could vote more than once.
January 16, 2004
This week C6 builds started in
uniframe on Tuesday and went through cockpit on Wednesday. Today it was
loaded into Trim to begin it's build in General Assembly. It will be
finished this coming Tuesday. Meanwhile car two started in uniframe
yesterday and will be in cockpit today to be assembled. It will go to G.A.
this coming Wednesday, Jan. 21st and come off line on the afternoon of
Thurs., Jan. 22, 2004
Each time a car is built,
the plant is documenting problems found with parts, build processes,
engineering and tools. This is our time to get these problems solved
before we go into saleable vehicle.
January 14, 2004
GM AT THE NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW.
(Courtesy or the
"Performance Gazette") The North American International Auto Show in
Detroit has garnered a great deal of media attention over the past week.
This news coverage can potentially change the way consumers think about GM
and impact their eventual purchase decisions.
Journalists’ and analysts’ opinions, such as “They’re certainly doing a
lot of the right things” (George Peterson, president of the Auto Pacific,
in the San Jose Mercury News, referring to Pontiac) and “We’re very
impressed with the new model” (David Champion, Consumer Reports, in Time
Magazine, talking about the Chevrolet Malibu) carry considerable weight
with consumers, who often look for objective, third-party endorsements
when making a major purchase like a vehicle.
December 23, 2003
2005 Corvette Official Press Unveiling
received word that the official unveiling of the new
C6 Corvette at the
International Auto Show in Detroit on January 4, 2004, will be
web cast! Go to
www.chevy.com/corvette and look for the icon under Corvette News. It
will also be broadcast via satellite (coordinates: Galaxy 11, Transponder
12 K, Uplink: 14242 Horizontal, Downlink: 11942 Vertical, 36.000 MHz,
Analog, Ku band). The show is planned to start at 7:00 EST so tune in and
be part of the excitement!
For those of you on the West Coast, the 2005 C6
will also be on display at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show beginning
January 5, 2004.
If you are interested in purchasing one of the brand new
2005 Corvette die cast models, they will be available after January 5, 2004