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2019 Corvette ZR1 Unveiled by Chevrolet

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever – the 755-horsepower 2019 ZR1.

Elizabeth City, NC — Last week the 2019 Corvette ZR1 was unveiled by Chevrolet and is described as a supercar with the highest power, greatest track performance and most advanced technology in Corvette history.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is powered by a 755 horsepower LT5 6.2L V8 supercharged engine that delivers the highest output ever for any Chevrolet production vehicle. The LT5 delivers the highest output ever for a Chevrolet production vehicle, thanks in part to a new, more-efficient intercooled supercharger system that offers 52 percent more displacement than the Z06’s LT4 supercharger.

Seven-speed manual and eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmissions are available with the LT5. It’s the first time an automatic transmission has been offered in a ZR1.

The ZR1 will offer two wing packages: a standard rear Low Wing, which delivers the highest top speed, and an available two-way-adjustable High Wing that offers about 60 percent more downforce than the Z06 with the available Z07 Performance Package.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever – the 755-horsepower 2019 ZR1.

The Corvette ZR1 introduced in Dubai also debuted a dynamic, available Sebring Orange Design Package. Centered on its Sebring Orange Tintcoat exterior color, the package also includes orange brake calipers, orange rocker and splitter accent stripes, orange seat belts, orange interior stitching and unique, bronze aluminum interior trim. The driver-focused cockpit includes standard leather-trimmed seats, with sueded microfiber inserts offered. Heated and vented Napa leather-trimmed seating is also available, as well as a carbon fiber-rimmed steering wheel, competition sport seats, Performance Data Recorder, Bose premium audio system and more.

If you just can’t wait til next spring to purchase the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, give our sales team a call at Performance Chevrolet to get more information on our 2017 Chevrolet Corvette models. Performance Chevrolet is located at 1005 W. Ehringhaus Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 and we are here to help! For more information on Performance Chevrolet or for any questions call us at (252) 338-9100 or visit our website:

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Valet Mode Lets 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Owners Breathe Easier

Corvette Valet Mode

Elizabeth City, NC If the thought of handing the keys to your beloved vehicle to a valet attendant is coupled with anxiety, there’s good news: the new Valet Mode feature in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette not only keeps belongings safe, but gives owners a way to keep tabs on their vehicular pride and joy.

“With great power, like that found in the new 2015 Corvette, should come great responsibility,” says Jimmie Ritter from Performance Chevrolet. “Unfortunately, not every ‘parking professional’ entrusted to move your vehicle lives up to that expectation. The new Valet Mode in the 2015 Corvette gives owners additional peace of mind by letting them see what happens once someone else slides behind the wheel.”

The industry-exclusive system allows drivers to lock the interior storage, disable the infotainment system and record video, audio and vehicle data when the Valet Mode is active.

Introduced in 2014, the Corvette Valet Mode is turned on through the settings menu and activated by entering a unique four-digit code. A confirmation entry of the code simultaneously locks the storage bin behind the center stack display, the glove box and turns off the stereo.

With the introduction of the industry-first Performance Data Recorder for 2015, Corvette drivers can also record HD-video, in-car audio, and vehicle data – including speed, engine RPM, gear position and g-force – when Valet Mode is active.

The video can be viewed instantly on the Corvette’s eight-inch color touchscreen when the car is parked, or downloaded to a computer.

The Performance Data Recorder, or PDR, system was developed with Cosworth, the British motorsports-engineering company that supplies the Corvette Racing team’s data acquisition and telemetry electronics systems.

The system includes three major components. First is a 720p, high-definition camera mounted within the windshield header trim, which records the driver’s point-of-view through the window. Audio is recorded via a dedicated microphone in the cabin.

Second is a self-contained telemetry recorder. The system utilizes a dedicated GPS receiver and is hardwired into the Stingray’s Controller Area Network to access vehicle information.

Finally, the system features a dedicated SD-card slot in the glove box for recording and transferring video and vehicle data. An 8-gigabyte card can record approximately 200 minutes of driving time.

Valet mode with the Performance Data Recorder will be available on all 2015 Corvette models. Look for the 2015 Corvette range to arrive at Performance Chevrolet later this year.

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is Most Capable, Ever

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Elizabeth City, NC – Chevrolet recently introduced the most track-capable Corvette in the brand’s history – the 2015 Corvette Z06. It stretches the performance envelope for Corvette with unprecedented levels of aerodynamic downforce, at least 625 horsepower from an all-new supercharged engine, and an all-new, high-performance eight-speed automatic transmission – all building on the advanced driver technologies introduced to Elizabeth City-area enthusiasts, on the Corvette Stingray.

“Corvette is notorious for delivering high-level design and technology, as well as first-rate driving experiences,” said Trey Colbert of Performance Chevrolet. “The all-new Z06 expands upon that and brings levels of performance, design and technology I’ve never seen.”

The 2015 model is the first Corvette Z06 to offer Elizabeth City-area drivers a supercharged engine, an automatic transmission and, thanks to a stronger aluminum frame, a removable roof panel. The new, supercharged 6.2L engine is expected to deliver at least 625 horsepower (466 kW), and can be matched with either a seven-speed manual or an all-new, high-performance eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for manual control. The aluminum frame carries over from the Corvette Stingray and will be used essentially unchanged for the Corvette Racing C7.R.

A track-focused Z07 Performance Package adds unique components for true aerodynamic downforce, Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires for enhanced grip, and Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors that improve braking performance and contribute to greater handling through reduced unsprung weight. Although development testing is ongoing, the Z07 package has already recorded some of the fastest lap times ever for a Corvette, surpassing even the ZR1.

The heart of the 2015 Corvette Z06 is the all-new LT4 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine, expected to deliver Elizabeth City-area drivers an estimated 625 horsepower (466 kW) and 635 lb-ft of torque (861 Nm). To balance performance and efficiency, the LT4 leverages the same trio of advanced technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray: Direct injection, Active Fuel Management, or cylinder deactivation, and continuously variable valve timing.

These technologies – combined with the fuel-efficient multi-speed transmissions, aerodynamic design and lightweight construction – help make the new Z06 surprisingly fuel efficient.

To maintain the Z06’s mass and performance targets, the LT4 engine was designed with a more-efficient, more-compact supercharger. Even with its integrated supercharger/intercooler assembly mounted in the valley between the cylinder heads, the engine is only about one inch (25 mm) taller than the Corvette Stingray’s LT1 engine – while delivering nearly 37 percent more horsepower and 40 percent more torque.

The supercharged LT4 is offered with a standard seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Match, or an all-new 8L90 eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission designed to enhance both performance and efficiency for Elizabeth City-area drivers.

The seven-speed manual incorporates rev-matching technology for upshifts and downshifts. This driver-selectable feature can be easily engaged or disengaged via paddles on the steering wheel. The seven-speed is used with a new dual-mass flywheel and dual-disc clutch, which deliver greater shift quality and feel through lower inertia.

The eight-speed automatic is tuned for world-class shift-response times, and smaller steps between gears keep the LT4 within the sweet spot of the rpm band, making the most of the output of the supercharged engine for exhilarating performance and greater efficiency.

For performance driving, the transmission offers full manual control via steering wheel paddles, and unique algorithms to deliver shift performance that rivals the dual-clutch/semi-automatic transmissions found in many supercars – but with the smoothness and refinement that comes with a conventional automatic fitted with a torque converter.

To deliver the levels of grip needed for the Z06’s performance targets, the Z06 was fitted with larger Michelin tires (Pilot Super Sport tires for the Z06; Sport Cup 2 tires with the Z07 package). The P285/30ZR19 front tires are 1.5 inches wider than the tires on the Stingray, while the 335/25ZR20 rear tires are two inches wider.

To cover the wider tire tread, the fenders of the Z06 were extended by 2.2 inches (56 mm) at the front, and 3.15 inches (80 mm) at the rear. These extensions give the Corvette Z06 a wider, lower appearance further emphasized by a unique rear fascia. It incorporates the same taillamp assemblies as the Stingray, but on the Z06 the taillamps are pushed approximately three inches farther apart, toward to edges of the body.

The tires are mounted on lightweight, spin-cast aluminum wheels that are also wider than the Stingray (19 x 10 inches in front and 20 x 12 inches in the rear). Their open, ultralight design showcases the massive Brembo brakes, which are part of the design aesthetic.

To harness the cornering and braking grip afforded by the larger tires and brakes, the exterior of the Corvette Z06 is tailored to produce aerodynamic downforce that presses the tires to the ground at high speeds.

The exterior design also reflects the increased cooling required for the new Corvette Z06. For example, the mesh pattern on the front fascia was painstakingly designed to deliver the most possible airflow to the supercharger’s intercooler heat exchanger, so much that the mesh grill directs more air into the engine bay than if the grille was removed.

The unique grille also features dedicated brake-cooling intakes and wider grille outlets on the bottom serve as air diffusers. The grille is complemented with a larger hood vent, which vents hot air from the engine compartment and contributes to downforce by allowing air driven through the grille to exit through the hood rather than being forced under the car, which could create lift.

Additional cooling elements include larger front fender vents and unique air blades over the inlets on the rear fenders, which force about 50 percent more air into the cooling ducts for the transmission and differential coolers than those on the Stingray. To cope with the additional airflow, the Z06 has also has larger rear-fascia openings than the Stingray.

Standard front and rear brake-cooling ducts, including Z06-signature rear ducts integrated in front of the rear fender openings, are also part of the functional design changes.

Inside, the Corvette Z06 is distinguished from the Corvette Stingray by unique color schemes that emphasize the driver-focused cockpit, and a unique, flat-bottomed steering wheel.

Like the Stingray, the Z06 will be offered with two seating choices: a GT seat, for all-around comfort, and a Competition Sport seat with more aggressive side bolstering, which provides greater support on the track. The frame structure for both seats is made of magnesium, for greater strength and less weight than comparable steel frames. They’re also more rigid, contributing to the enhanced feeling of support during performance driving.

The Z06 also benefits from interior details designed for high-performance driving, first introduced on the Stingray, including a steel-reinforced grab bar on the center console for the passenger and soft-touch materials on the edge of the console, where the driver naturally braces during high-load cornering.

The performance-supporting elements inside the new Corvette Z06 are complemented by unprecedented attention to detail and build quality. All models feature a fully wrapped interior, where every surface is covered with premium, soft-touch materials. Available materials, depending on the trim level, include Napa leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and micro-suede.

The new Corvette Z06 will be available, in the Elizabeth City area, early 2015. Performance data and pricing will be announced closer to the start of production.

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Need to fulfill your need for speed before the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Detroit Debut? Stop by our Hertford Area Chevrolet Dealer to check out our impressive New Chevrolet Cars and learn more about the 2014 Corvette Stingray! Perry Auto Group has two dealership locations at 1005 W. Ehringhaus St, Elizabeth City, NC, 27909 or 1001 Halstead Blvd Elizabeth City, NC 27909.

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Chevrolet Giving Elizabeth City Residents a Chance to Own a Piece of Corvette History


Elizabeth City, NC–The seventh-generation Corvette will debut Jan. 13, 2013, in Detroit and Chevrolet is providing Elizabeth City area drivers an opportunity to own a piece of Corvette history.

To commemorate the unveiling of the new Corvette, Chevrolet has donated the first issue of a limited edition run of press kits to be auctioned off by the American Cancer Society (ACS). The auction will help raise funds for the organization’s fight against cancer.

The press kit to be auctioned off will be from the invite-only reveal of the all-new Corvette and will include one-of-a-kind features.

“Elizabeth City area Corvette drivers and enthusiasts are really excited about the all-new seventh generation design,” said Trey Colbert, Internet Director of Perry Auto Group. “By participating in this auction, not only will they have the chance to own a piece of Corvette history, they’ll be helping a worthwhile cause.”

The ACS auction will begin at 7:10 p.m. EST on Jan.13 (when the Corvette is publicly revealed) and end 3 days later at 7:10 p.m. EST on Jan. 16. You can view the auction by visiting

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“I’ve always wanted to drive a Corvette”

“I am 75 years old.  I have always wanted to drive a Corvette.  My wife thinks I’m nuts, but I’m here to drive a Corvette…big motor, stick shift, and all.  If I like it…I’ll buy it.”

I stood there staring at this guy, trying hard not to telegraph my misgivings about taking him for a test drive in a new Corvette.  The truth is, he looked more like 95, but still had that sparkle in his eye, reminding me that some things about our 20s we never leave behind.

Nevertheless, I knew if we wrecked that 430-horsepower car, the deductible would come out of my pay.  If he punched the pedal and popped the clutch we would burn through the rear tires faster than I could even open my pay envelope (which…again…would be empty after paying for new tires).

I tried to bolster my confidence by reminding myself that over the years I had taught a lot of pilots to fly jets, and could surely stay ahead of the situation in a ground vehicle with a guy who now looked more like he was 125 years old (every professional pilot should begin his career as a flight instructor because that’s where you learn how to keep people from killing you!).   I said, “Great!  Let’s go put some pavement in the rearview mirror!”  We talked about the car for a few minutes, did a walk-around, located and explained the function of critical systems and operating procedures, and strapped in.

He was a surprisingly fit fellow, and had no difficulty with the degree of yoga one must master to get in and out of the Corvette with the ease of a NASCAR driver.  If you have ever sat in a Corvette you know that it fits like a glove once the seat is adjusted and the mirrors properly angled.  But it sits low and has a drag-reduction profile that allows the car to slice through the air like an eagle.

It was amusing to watch his face as he gently pressed and released the start button.  The car automatically brought itself to life, and the 6.2 Liter motor growled like the king of beasts.  At first, he was a little afraid of the clutch, because he did not want to make everyone standing around think he was a novice to muscle cars.  He slowly (and I mean S-L-O-W-L-Y) let out the clutch and the car crept ahead.

It was instant gratification; suddenly, he morphed into a pro.  Clutching and shifting from first to second was as smooth and well-timed as if an Earnhardt were at the controls.  If fact, I began to think he had been fooling me into thinking he had never driven a Corvette.  We only got to fourth gear when we came to the first traffic light, and then he got a little confused about how to get back to first gear, so I knew that he really was still on the front side of the learning curve.  Actually, in his defense, the shifter IS pretty short-throw.  He was trying to move it a little too far to find the gears.

Once we got out on open highway, he relaxed and asked how I thought he was doing.  “Fine,” I said.  “You drive this machine like you’ve driven it all your life.”  He began looking around the cockpit and figuring out various amenities.  He commented over and over on how well the Corvette handled and how quiet it was.  Every now and then he would stab the accelerator and his head would smack the headrest.  He grabbed and regrabbed the steering wheel like someone who’s thinking, “I can’t believe I’m actually in command of this baby.”

Most folks have no idea that the Corvette spawned many great systems and design concepts used on many other cars to this day…even foreign cars (or as they say down South here…” ’em FURN cars”).  For instance, the split-cockpit design of the new Chevrolet Cruze first appeared in the 1963 split-window coupe Corvette.

Here’s another one.  I get tickled when I see the TV commercial of one of “ ’em furn car” makers whose name they try to tell us is synonymous with “runs forever” where they show a magnet holding black fluid off the floor.  When they release the magnetization the fluid falls to the floor, and the narrator tells us that this innovative idea is the principle behind real-time shock damping…as though THEY had invented the concept.  Nope.  WRONG!  Fakers!  FURN FIBBERS!  That system first came out in the early ‘90s on…you guessed it…the CORVETTE!!!

Ever stand and look at a 1953 Chevrolet sedan?  If you’re not sure what one looks like, google it and study the design for a moment.  Beautiful isn’t it?  Two years later, the ’55 hit the market with a bold new aerodynamic design.  And then came the beloved ’57, where momma learned to bake apple pie at the levy.

It is amazing how the design changed from ’53 to ’57.  But wait, go back to ’53, but this time google “CORVETTE”.  Yep, the Corvette first came out in 1953!  Chevrolet was that far ahead of the game, Corvette was leading the way, and an American legend was born.  In fact, a whole string of legends was born at Chevrolet.  Stick THAT in yer furn pipe and smoke it.

As a kid in the early ‘60s, I tried never to miss an episode of “Route 66” with Martin Milner and George Maharis.  Da-dadaya-da-da…Da-dadaya-da-da…Da-dadaya-da-da”:  The Nelson Riddle theme song still runs through my mind every time I see a Vette (the TV producers asked Riddle to write the memorable TV theme because they didn’t want to pay royalties for the 1946 Bobby Troupe composition “Get Your Kicks On Route 66” made famous by Nat King Cole and others).  That TV show permanently imbedded both the highway and the car…both Route 66 and the Corvette…in American national consciousness.

Now I know I talk a lot about aviation and flying and jets.  And I realize many people have never even been on an airplane, let alone take the controls.  If you are among those who always wanted to fly a jet…GO DRIVE A VETTE!  The only thing you’ll be missing is altitude.  No body scanners, no TSA security pat-downs, no over-bookings.  YOU are calling the shots, and you will feel like you are at the controls of the greatest fighter of them all.  You’ll feel like the sky’s the limit, and the stars are in reach, and there really is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Make sure the mirror is adjusted so that you can watch your face regain its younger years as you drive this “fountain of youth.”  I guarantee you will see the wrinkles roll off your brow and the bags disappear from under your eyes.  Don’t waste your money on a face lift; put your money down on a new Corvette instead.  Invest in Chevrolet’s fountain of youth, and you will once again look like a 20-year-old with no need to have the corners of your mouth surgically stretched behind your neck so far that you can’t keep the soup in your mouth.   Although, when you push the start button on that big motor…that dumb grin is gonna let the soup run everywhere anyway.  Oh yeah…by the way, that big motor?…26+ miles-to-the-gallon baby!  Da-dadaya-da-da…Da-dadaya-da-da…Da-dadaya-da-da…

Uncle Ben


Performance Chevrolet is proud to serve the auto dealership needs of cities such as Elizabeth City, Edenton, Hertford, Currituck, Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Moyock, South Mills, Camden, Williamston, Ahoskie, Chesapeake, Columbia, Shiloh, Virginia Beach, Norfolk and counties that include Dare, Chowan, Perquimans and Pasquotank in North Carolina and Virginia. We provide exceptional customer service, a warm and friendly environment, auto financing options to fit your budget, and an inventory of great new and used cars, trucks, SUV’s and crossovers. Our ASE Certified Service Technicians at the Performance Chevrolet Service Center service and repair all makes and models both foreign and domestic. Call us at (252) 338-9100 or stop in at 1005 W. Ehringhaus St, Elizabeth City, NC, 27909 and check out our great GM inventory.

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