Saturday, June 18, 2005
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Red Dawn

The Colonel: All that hate's gonna burn you up, kid.
Robert: It keeps me warm.

I rented Red Dawn after watching a Scrubs episode in which it is mentioned. I have to admit I love it. It's just funny movie in a Tim Allen grunt grunt stupid guy way. I rember watching it on video when I was 10 or 11. I thought it was the coolest thing ever and I wanted the Russians to invade so I could go out and be a "freedom fighter". Wolverines!!! Yeah, pretty silly huh :D I also find it funny that John F. Milius was the inspiration for Walter Sobchak in the Big Lebowski because according to the "Which Big Lebowski character are you?" quiz: I am Walter Sobchak.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005
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RELEASE: 2005-06-13

Chevy announces Corvette Z06 0-60 mph time and base price
Corvette outperforms key competitive supercars at 1/3 the price
DETROIT – The ultimate Corvette—the 2006 Corvette Z06—is posting numbers at the track and on the window sticker that will get attention. Chevrolet has announced that the fastest Corvette ever—the 505-horsepower Corvette Z06—will achieve 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds while still in first gear, and pricing will start at $65,800, including destination and freight charges.

“Corvette is a global icon for world-class sports car performance at an incredible value, and offering the fastest production Corvette ever at this price is another testament to that reputation,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “When you compare the Corvette Z06 performance stats to other supercars, you see numerous examples where you’re getting better performance with Corvette for one-third the sticker price of the competition.”

Developed alongside the Corvette C6.R race car, the Corvette Z06 uses advanced lightweight materials typically found only in the most exotic supercars. Use of weight-saving materials such as carbon fiber, aluminum, titanium and magnesium give the 3,132-pound car a highly competitive weight-to-power ratio of 6.2 pounds per horsepower.

“The new Corvette Z06 is the dividend from competing so successfully in endurance racing,” said Dave Hill, Corvette’s chief engineer. “It combines the strong attributes of the new, sixth-generation Corvette with the spirit, technology and know-how from the race program to form an American supercar with outstanding credentials.” The highly anticipated Corvette Z06, which will be available in the fourth quarter of 2005, completes the sixth-generation portfolio, which also includes the 400-hp Corvette coupe and convertible.

Previous Corvette Z06 models, from the original 1963 model to the 2001-04 editions, incorporated suspension and engine upgrades that complemented existing Corvette systems. The 2006 Corvette Z06 is more differentiated from the standard Corvette than any other Z06 in history with every design element serving a performance function.

Corvette Z06 features include:

* LS7 7.0-liter/427-cubic-inch Gen IV V-8 engine with lightweight reciprocating components
* 505 horsepower (373 kw) @ 6300 rpm
* 470 lb.-ft. of torque (657 Nm) @ 4800 rpm
* 6-speed manual transmission
* 7000 rpm redline
* Aluminum body structure with one-piece hydroformed perimeter rails frame and magnesium engine cradle
* Carbon-fiber composite front fenders, front wheelhouses and floors
* Dry-sump engine lubrication system
* Hand-built engine at GM’s new Performance Build Center
* Unique design styling that includes a larger grille, cold-air scoop and lower air splitter, wide-body front and rear fenders and a taller rear spoiler
* Engine, transmission and differential oil coolers and steering cooler

For all its race-inspired functionality, the Corvette Z06 also is designed to be refined as a daily driver with a sophisticated and comfortable interior and generous cargo volume. The Z06 will be offered in Machine Silver Metallic, Victory Red, Daytona Sunset Orange, Le Mans Blue Metallic, Velocity Yellow Tintcoat and Black exterior colors.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader since 1931. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 321,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2004, GM sold nearly 9 million cars and trucks globally, up 4 percent and the second-highest total in the company’s history. GM’s global headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. More information on GM can be found at

Travis Parman
Chevrolet Communications
(313) 667-5051

Wendy Clark
GM Product Communications
(586) 492-8100

Wednesday, June 01, 2005
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