From: AutoWeek What the Devil's going on? Corvette team said to be working on Ford GT fighter By BOB GRITZINGER THE 2005 C6 CORVETTE hasnt even been officially introduced, but the Corvette development team is already hard at work on future, high-performance variants, including a wild 600-plus horsepower Ford GT-fighter known internally as Blue Devil. While chief engineer Dave Hill has publicly announced the Z06 version of the next-gen Vette due in 2005 will have 500 hp, his engine team wasnt sure until recently that they could actually achieve that impressive figure. Sources now say that it will be a case of nothing beats cubic inches with 95 extra horses (compared to todays 405-hp Z06) coming as a result of boring and stroking the next-gen Chevy small-block V8 to 427 cubic inches7.0 liters. Not since the late-1960s has that magic number of cubes been under a Corvettes composite hood (though there were some 454s along the way). More important, Chevy is clearly investigating an ultra-performance Corvette designed to do battle withand conquerthe mid-engined GT from rival Ford, as well as many supercars from across the pond. Called Blue Devil (no one knows why it has that namecould it be Chevy hopes to bedevil Fords blue oval?), unofficial stats make the name seem appropriate. Reportedly producing 625 hp, Blue Devils initial power will come from a supercharged 427 engineand it will use lightweight carbon fiber for key body parts, reducing weight by several hundred pounds to drop the super C6 to about 2900 pounds. The price indicated on the internal documents is $100,000 for Blue Devil, if and when it actually makes production in 2006at the earliest. We wonder whether the Devils chances of seeing light are further improved following product czar Bob Lutzs comments that hed like to see a Chevy-badged car like the 2002 Cadillac Cien concept. General Motors officials arent connecting the dots and saying this is a go, but the high-performance heart of Blue Devil is the kind of specialized, high-content engine project envisioned for the Generals new Performance Build Center set to open shop next year in Wixom, Michigan. The center is intended to attack projects with a sort of race team mentality, says Ed Koerner, vice president of GM Powertrain engineering operations. Patterned after low-volume race shops, the center could build up to 10,000 powerplants per year for very specific, high-end, high-performance GM vehicles. Koerner says engines from the shop should appear in showroom vehicles by 2005.