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    A Final Farewell To The C7

    A Final Farewell To The C7

    It's the end of an era... one of the most epic eras we've ever known! The last front-engine C7 Corvette will roll off the line this summer and will be auctioned off Barrett Jackson's Northeast 2019 auction June 28th, 2019. The auction comes less than a month before the brand new, mid-engined C8 Corvette is released on July 18th, 2019. Proceeds from the auction will benefit a non-profit foundation for first-responders and injured service members.

    Back in April, GM announced that the final C7 would be produced this summer before it headed off to auction. The auction company has now released official details and photos of the car.

    According to Barrett Jackson, "The last C7 will be a black Z06 coupe with Adrenaline Red trim. The car will have a 3LZ trim level, a custom leather-wrapped red interior package that provides the ultimate sport and luxury experience and includes Performance Data Recorder and navigation." Although the C7 is still in production, the car seen here is an exact replica of the final C7 headed to auction.

    While hype surrounding the mid-engine C8 continues to rise, including the addition of a second shift at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant and the unveiling of the C8 logo, the final C7 proceeds are making news by benefiting a great cause. Sales proceeds will go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which honors the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. The foundation also honors the military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for the United States every day.

    As the front-engine Corvette era comes to an end, the winning bidder will own a piece of General Motors and automotive history. We will continue to watch closely as the last of the C7s make their way down the line and, of course, when the C8 makes its debut on June 18th. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for all of the latest Corvette news!

    C8 Watch: 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette Logo Unveiled

    C8 Watch: 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette Logo Unveiled

    The C8 announcements continue to come in and the engine placement isn't the only thing changing on the Next Generation Corvette. On Friday, GM released the new emblem the sports car will don and the sleek look is the perfect addition for the new 'Vette.

    GM unveiled the new emblem through a video on Corvette's social media pages. The video goes through the series of Corvette emblems, starting with the 1st generation and finishing up with the 8th gen. "A Corvette this different deserves a symbol all its own," states the Instagram post.

     

     

    Although the Corvette logo has undergone some significant changes since its inception in 1953, it has always featured two flags: the red flag and the checkered flag. 

    The unveiling of the new logo follows up a major announcement last Thursday that the Bowling Green Assembly Plant will add a second shift and over 400 employees to assist in the production of the new C8. Stay tuned to Corvette Store Online for all of the latest C8 news, leading up to the big reveal on July 18th.

    C8 Watch: GM To Add Second Shift and Over 400 Employees At Bowling Green Assembly Plant

    C8 Watch: GM To Add Second Shift and Over 400 Employees At Bowling Green Assembly Plant

    The mid-engine C8 Corvette, set to debut at an unspecified event on July 18th, 2019, continues to make headlines this week. GM Chairwoman and CEO, Mary Barra, announced Thursday that GM will add a second shift at their Bowling Green Assembly Plant, providing more than 400 new hourly jobs. The additional jobs are needed to support the production of the C8, and will increase the assembly plant's workforce to more than 1,300. 

    Barra stated, "The Corvette’s iconic status owes so much to the men and women of Bowling Green, where it has been built exclusively for almost 40 years." She added, "This is the workforce that can deliver a next generation Corvette worthy of both its historic past and an equally exciting future, and today’s announcement gets us one step closer to its reveal on July 18."

    While the new generation leaves behind the front-engine placement in favor of the mid-engine design, there have also been rumors of a dual-overhead-cam V8. The mid-engine design means big changes for car covers, WindRestrictorsfloor mats and more. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to know about the latest C8 accessories and apparel

    According to Chevrolet, "The Next Generation Corvette is the most anticipated Corvette ever. It’s the sum of each generation before it, but will stand alone as the new standard of performance." 

    The C8 Corvette - What We Know So Far

    The C8 Corvette - What We Know So Far

    After several decades of speculations, concepts, and renderings, a mid-engine version of  the greatest American Sports Car, the Chevrolet Corvette, is finally on its way. There's been rumors, leaked info, and real, actual prototypes filmed on the road. Here's what we've seen:

    Originally, we'd heard that the mid-engine Corvette would debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, that turned out not to be the case.  It now seems likely the C8 will probably debut this summer—possibly August at an event at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky—and will reach production in December.

    Speculation is that Chevy has delayed because of new electrical architecture issues and some structural issues found in testing a version with a twin-turbo V-8.

    But before that, you might see a prototype or two on the street:

    The opening price point could be between $60-$70,000 where it'll be equipped with a new version of the current Corvette's naturally aspirated LT1 6.2-liter V-8. This engine, likely dubbed LT2. It  should make around 500 horsepower—up from the LT1's 460 horsepower. A 500-hp V-8, good though that may be, is only the beginning. We've heard that Chevy is working on a twin-turbo overhead-cam V-8 for the C8, possibly with a flat-plane crankshaft.