As a jeweler and jewelry store owner, Ray Bergman is surrounding by beautiful things every day. Precious metals, sparkling jewels, the dazzling opulence of hand-crafted trinkets and adornments that surround Ray on a daily basis would naturally have an effect on things outside of work, like his ’06 Corvette.
He ordered the car new in October 2005, but it wasn’t long after he took delivery that Ray noticed all the stuff guys were doing with C6s on the Internet, and decided it was time to start modding up his new convertible. At first it was a few simple mods, but then he decided it was time to get serious.
One of the first things Ray wanted was some extra punch above what the LS2 put out. After considering all the options that would give a street friendly setup that wouldn’t require a lot of engine modifications and upgrades, but also left room for further mods, he went with a twin-turbo kit from APS. To make the most of the boost, Next Level Performance in Altamonte Springs, Florida, installed a COMP Cams turbo cam and matching valvesprings, along with a water/meth injection kit. The car’s 4L65E transmission was rebuilt with forged internals and heavy-duty clutches by Top Flight Automotive to handle all the power that would be going through it once full boost kicked in, and the rearend gear was changed to a 3.15.
On the outside, the 345/25R20 rubber Ray planned to use on the rear to handle all that turbo power would be sticking well out of the stock C6 wheelarches. So, a Super Vette body kit was ordered up and installed on the car, fully enshrouding the fat rear rubber and giving the Vette a more aggressive look. This was further bolstered by the installation of a Motor City hood, C6 Z06 rear fascia, and a C6 ZR1 front fascia with billet mesh inserts.
Inside, custom seats were installed, along with a carbon-fiber dash; Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel; and Pioneer AVIC Z3 Nav/Stereo system with a complement of JL Audio speakers, subwoofers, and amps. For an extra bit of style, Ray had a Lambo door-hinge kit installed, Lloyds mats, sill plates, and a host of other interior accoutrements.
While this C6 definitely has all the looks, it backs up those looks with its performance. Ray has taken it down the quarter-mile with a lighthearted 11.40 e.t. pass, and has taken the car on the road course at West Palm International Raceway for some fun as well.
|Vehicle:||2006 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible|
|Engine:||LS2 tuned by Next Level Performance|
|Transmission:||4L65E built by Top Flight Automotive with forged internals and 1,800-stall converter|
|Power-Adder:||APS twin-turbo kit|
|Suspension:||Pfadt FeatherLight coilovers, Z51 sway bars|
|Brakes:||C6 Z06 with ceramic pads|
|Tires:||Pirelli P Zero Rosso 275/30R19 front, 345/25R20 rear|
|Body:||Super Vette body kit, Motor City hood, C6 Z06 rear fascia, C6 ZR1 front fascia with billet mesh, C6 Z06 rear spoiler|
|Interior:||Custom leather seats, carbon-fiber dash, Lloyds floor mats, Pioneer AVIC Z3 Nav/Stereo system, Alcantara steering wheel|