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The publisher of autoextremist.com was on the latest Autoline Detroit TV show talking about the C6 he saw. Here is a copy of what's on the website:

Details are emerging about the all-new, 2005 C6 (sixth generation) Corvette that will be introduced at the 2004 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. Though the new chassis is now shared with another car (the Cadillac XLR luxury sports car) for the first time in Corvette history - the two cars have distinctly different missions and differ substantially from each other. The new Corvette is five inches shorter than the C5 in overall length but retains the same interior room. The overall road presence of the new C6 exterior design and stance is improved dramatically – certainly enough to make C5 owners drool over it and feel compelled to get one. But the new car should turn heads of non-Corvette-owning enthusiasts, too, because of its improved quality, upscale interior materials and outstanding performance capability. The standard 6.0-liter V-8 will now deliver 400HP and around 400 lb-ft of torque, just under the 405HP figure of the current ultra-performance Z06 C5. The front tires will be 245/40ZR 18s, mounted on 8.5" wheels. The rears will be 285/35ZR 19s, mounted on 10.0" wheels. The Z51 Option for '05 will include bigger brakes with cross-drilled rotors, specifically tweaked tires, gear ratios, springs, shocks and sway bars, plus an engine oil cooler and a power-steering cooler for serious off-road performance work. Other details: the HUD on the new car will have a built-in G-meter, a power top will finally be available (long overdue) on the convertible, and a six CD in-dash changer will be an option, as will an onboard navigation system. With the standard Corvette going to 400HP, the ZO6 will now go to 500HP and be available in the fall of '05. And there's no official confirmation (yet), but there's also a "super" C6 rumored to be on the way with 600+HP (with assistance from McLaren engines). This super C6 will take Corvette's classic performance-value-for-the-dollar equation to new heights and could potentially embarrass all of the other high-priced supercars from around the globe in the process. The "super" C6 will cost more than the standard car by a bunch, but it may still come in at "around" $100,000, undercutting even the Ford GT in cost. And its performance is said to be simply mind-boggling, making even hardcore enthusiasts weak in the knees. The "super" C6 will not appear before mid-2006 at the earliest, but it may be considered enough of a milestone car in the pantheon of great Corvettes to wear the storied "ZL1" designation. Stay tuned...
 

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These are heady times indeed!

I'm glad to see The General working some of their in-house magic/talent. There is no reason why they can't build a car that is world-class. The C6 is going to be amazing. Too bad so many old guys/gals with too many gold chains will be driving them...:p
 

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Factory Five is developing a chassis that uses C5 running gear. I can't say I like the body design, but it should be a rather quick car. Under 2200 lbs. with 385-405 hp and alot of rubber on the road should make a nice track and street car.

I did a test drive in a new Z06 today. I'd been for rides in them on the track before, so knew what to expect. They sure have alot of low end. I can't imagine what the Z06 powertrain would feel like in a 1000 lb. lighter car. I thought the ride quality was very good for a capable track car. If they fix the interior quality and general fit and finish, it'd be something I'd consider. Paint job didn't look great.

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shinoo said:
The C6 is going to be amazing. Too bad so many old guys/gals with too many gold chains will be driving them...:p
Heh, I've seen the people at Lotus gatherings before, and let's put it this way... They've got no room to talk about any owner group being sartorially or cosmetically challenged. :D

I'm looking forward to seeing what GM will do with this new test bed too. Every couple of years we are treated to a round of breathless speculation on whether or not the General will "get serious" with the Vette or not. I'm amazed at the initial estimates of the base C6 price - if it stays that low, the waiting list is going to be a mile long.
 
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