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    Possible Color Options for 2022 C8 Corvette

    Possible Color Options for 2022 C8 Corvette

    The possible color options for the 2022 C8 Corvette have been revealed through a report obtained by CorvetteBlogger. Three of the existing color options are likely to be dropped for the 2022 model according to Chevrolet. The retired color options include Sebring Orange, Shadow Gray, and Zeus Bronze. Motor1.com reached out to confirm this information with Chevrolet and received the following response:

    We notified Chevy dealers that we intend to discontinue a few exterior paint colors on Corvette at the end of 2021 model year. This was done so they could provide accurate information to customers who are interested in ordering a 2021 Corvette so customers can get the color they want while still available. At this time, we are not providing specific details on color options for model year 2022. Those options will be communicated to dealers closer to the time of 2022 model year ordering.

    Sebring Orange and Zeus Bronze will be able to be requested through April 29th, 2021, while Shadow Gray will be available to order through May 27th, 2021.

    While solid details about the 2022 color options likely won't be confirmed until July, when Chevy plans to release the first official details on the Corvette C8 Z06, the CorvetteBlogger source did share what we can anticipate. There is a strong likelihood that we will see one brand new color, as well as replacements for Sebring Orange and Shadow gray.

    The information was obtained from the European Corvette Dealer's website where they shared some of the color options that will be offered. The paint choices are listed out as: Amplify Orange Tintcoat, Hypersonic Gray Metallic, and Caffeine Brown Metallic. These are the internal names used by General Motors and we can expect these colors to debut with names different than those listed above. 

    For more updates about the 2022 C8 Corvette, visit our previous post The 2020 C8 Corvette: What to Expect.

    The 2022 C8 Corvette: What to Expect

    The 2022 C8 Corvette: What to Expect

    The evolution of the C8 Chevrolet Corvette will no doubt be a fascinating one to watch. While rumblings of various models start to swirl around the internet, will it be the Z06, ZR1, or the Zora model that we see next? Details from a recent Motor Trend report via an anonymous source tip us off to what we can expect out of the 2022 C8.

    According to the anonymous source, we should expect to see five different C8 models over the next four years. The Z06 is rumored to join us for 2022, while the ZR1 and PHEV models are expected in 2023. The EV model will debut in 2024, and finally, the Zora model is rumored to arrive as a 2025 model.

    The Z06 will likely sport a naturally aspirated engine with a 5.5 liter flat-plane crank V8 under the hood with up to 625 horsepower. Rumor has it that optional carbon-fiber wheels will be offered with this model, along with carbon-ceramic brakes and high-performance tires. Expect the Z06 to debut with a base price in the $80,000 range. 

    The Motor Trend report goes on to detail the 2023 ZR1, which will likely feature the same 5.5 liter V8 as the Z06, with some additional turbochargers. With up to 850 horsepower, this model is going to be an absolute powerhouse. Pricing will likely start in the $120,000 range with a variety of additional add-on features.

    In addition to the ZR1 model, 2023 seems like it's geared up to be the Corvette fanatic's best year yet, with the likely debut of the first ever hybrid version. Also packing a 5.5 liter V8 under the rear hood, the hybrid model will sport a pair of electric motors connected to the front axel. Horsepower for the hybrid edition is predicted to be somewhere between the Z06 and ZR1, at approximately 700-HP. Base models are rumored to start at $100,000.

    An all-electric model is also in the works, taking the hybrid version up a notch for the 2024 model. There will be an additional motor in the rear, along with a larger battery pack. Although details are limited right now, it's rumored that the all-electric model will pack 500 horsepower with a range of 200 miles in the $100,000+ range.

    The pinnacle of the C8 series will no doubt be the 2025 Zora model. While it's been rumored for many years now, this will be the most incredible Corvette ever built. It will feature a combination of the twin-turbo V-8 engine from the ZR1 with the hybrid system of the E-Ray, producing in excess of 1,000 horsepower. Base models will start around $150,000.

    Image: Via Corvette Forum

    The First 2020 Mid-Engine Corvettes Are Here

    The First 2020 Mid-Engine Corvettes Are Here

    The first 2020 Corvette C8 cars are now heading to Chevy showrooms across the country. With production kicking off on February 3rd, we've been anxiously awaiting the first arrivals of the mid-engine sports car. A blurry video clip shows 4 transporters carrying 2020 Corvettes on March 4th from the Bowling Green, KY plant. 

    Back in January, the VIN 001 sold for $3 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction. The winner of the first mid-engine Corvette, Rick Hendrick (owner of Hendrick Motorsports and founder of Hendrick Automotive Group), recently took delivery of the car at his dealership in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
    Although the vehicle at the Barrett-Jackson auction was a red prototype, the actual VIN 001 is a black-on-black 2020 Corvette Stingray coupe. It comes loaded with the Z51 performance pack, which includes a 6.2 liter V08 rated at 495 horsepower, with the ability to reach 60 mph in under 3 seconds. 
    Proceeds from the $3 million sale benefited the Detroit Children's Fund, helping with educational resources across Detroit. 
    Production was initially expected to begin towards the end of 2019 but was pushed back due to the strike last fall at the Bowling Green plant. Now that production has begun, you have your chance to own the new mid-engine sports car for just $59,995. Production on the convertible option is expected to begin soon. 
    Now that the 2020 Corvette C8 is headed to showrooms, it's time to start stocking up on your C8 gear, especially if your Corvette is one of those being delivered soon. We are excited to now offer C8 Covercraft car covers, a great way to protect your investment both indoors and outdoors. We also have a full line of C8 gear, including apparel, glassware, art, bags, and more. This is a great way to show your loyalty to America's favorite sports car. 
    Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on the latest Corvette news, as well as any new items we bring to our shop. We are growing our collection every day! You can subscribe by visiting www.corvettestoreonline.com and scrolling to the bottom of the homepage where you will see an option to sign-up for the newsletter.

    Just Announced: The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Pricing Guide Revealed

    Just Announced: The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Pricing Guide Revealed

    When the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette debuted in Orange County, California, GM President, Mark Reuss, announced the pricing would start "under $60,000". This morning we learned that it really does start below $60,000 with a base price of $59,995.

    Chevy released a full pricing guide Thursday morning, and here's what we've learned.

    With the 1LT model starting at $59,995, the mid-engine sports car comes in just $3,000 above its front-engine predecessor. 

    The 2020 Corvette has three trim packages with increasing levels of equipment. Chevy states, "1LT is the car for driving purists who want the lightest Stingray possible, but one that's still very well equipped." It comes with a Bose premium 10-speaker system, standard 8-way power GT1 seats, driver mode selector, and all-season performance tires. It also comes in 8 standard exterior colors, with the option to upgrade to 4 additional colors. For a full list of 1LT options, visit https://www.chevrolet.com/upcoming-vehicles/2020-corvette/1lt-pricing

    Next up, the 2LT, starting at $67,295. Chevy states, "2LT adds a number of comfort and convenience features in addition to color-matched interior options." The 2LT comes with everything the 1LT does, plus additional interior options, Bose Performance Series 14-speaker audio system, heated/vented seats and a heated steering wheel, the option for GT2 seats in Napa leather, as well as head-up display and PDR. 

    Finally, the 3LT model "is the utmost in luxury performance, with a leather-wrapped interior," according to Chevy. It comes with everything the 2LT comes with, plus 13 interior color options, a custom leather-wrapped instrument panel and door, suede microfiber upper interior trim, and standard GT2 seats in Napa leather. The 3LT starts at $71,945.

    You can now pre-order your 2020 Corvette and the options seem nearly endless. Assembly kicks off later this year in Bowling Green, Kentucky. To shop 2020 gear, visit https://www.corvettestoreonline.com/collections/next-generation.

    The 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette

    The Next Generation Corvette is finally here! However, GM reports that now it's almost gone, with the 2020 allocation being nearly sold out. 

    "I think the orders have already hit the first year of production numbers," said Michael Simcoe, GM design chief. "It’s nearly sold out. It’s so close that it’s bound to be sold out soon."

    Curious about the specs of the 2020 'Vette? Of course you are! Read on for a recap of the brand new mid-engine Corvette.

    The Mid-Engine Corvette made its official debut on July 18th, 2019 in Orange County, California. The debut highlighted the history of the Corvette with a nod toward the future with a completely redesigned 'Vette. In case you missed it, you can watch the debut below.

    Now for the specs. The mid-engine Stingray is the fastest and most powerful entry-level Corvette ever released. It's also the first without a manual transmission. Chevy announced it will do 0-60 in less than 3 seconds with the Z51 Performance Package, keeping it in the running with the earliest Bugatti Veyron-- clear evidence of the potential of the mid-engine placement.

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    Much of the acceleration capacity can be accredited to the transmission. The Next Generation Corvette is the first 'Vette to offer a dual-clutch automatic, an eight-speed unit designed by Tremec. With this being the only transmission option available, it's the first time in history you won't be able to get a manual transmission in a new Corvette. However, the dual-clutch allows for a very low first gear and close ratios between gears two through six. 

    For all of the details on the 2020 Corvette, read on.

    ENGINE

    Type: LT2 6.2L V8 VVT with direct injection and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation)

    Bore & stroke (in / mm): 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92

    Block Material: A319-T7 cast aluminum with cast-in iron cylinder liners and nodular main bearing caps

    Oiling System: Dry sump-type (7.5-qt. capacity); includes oil-spray piston cooling

    Oil Type: Dexos 2 0W40 synthetic

    Cylinder Head Material: 319-T7 cast aluminum

    Combustion Chamber volume: 59cc

    Compression Ratio: 11.5:1

    Valvetrain: Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder; dual-equal variable valve timing.

    Valve Size (in / mm): 2.13 / 54 hollow (intake) & 1.59 / 40.4 sodium filled (exhaust)

    Fuel Delivery: Direct injection with Active Fuel Management: Max pressure: 2,175 psi (15 Mpa / 150 bar)

    Firing Order: 1-8-7-2-6-5-4-3 (all cylinders); 1-7-6-4 (with deactivation)

    Throttle body: 87mm single bore (electronic)

    ECU: GM E99 (32-bit processing)

    Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 495 / 369 @ 6450 rpm (with performance exhaust)

    Torque (lb.-ft./ Nm @ rpm): 470 / 637 @ 5150 rpm (with performance exhaust)

    TRANSMISSION & AXLE

    Type: M1L 8-speed dual clutch (DCT)

    CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

    Front Suspension: Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, forged aluminum upper and cast aluminum L-shape lower control arms; monotube shock absorbers (46mm /); Magnetic Selective Ride Control 4.0 available on Z51. Adjustable front lift with memory is available.

    Rear Suspension: Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone, forged aluminum upper and cast aluminum L-shape lower control arms; direct-acting stabilizer bar; monotube shock absorbers (46mm); Magnetic Selective Ride Control 4.0 available with Z51

    Steering Type: Bosch/ZF variable-ratio rack-and-pinion with electric power assist; includes Active Steer Stops with available Magnetic Ride Control 4.0

    Steering ratio: 15.7:1

    Turning Circle: 11.6 m (std.); 11.1 m (with FE4 Magnetic Ride Control)

    Brake Type: Front and rear E-boost-assisted discs with Brembo four-piston/two-piece front calipers and four-piston/monobloc rear calipers. With Z51: Front and rear E-boost-assisted discs with Brembo four-piston monobloc caliper at front and rear

    Brake Rotor Size (in / mm):

    Front: 12.6 x 1.18 (321 x 30)

    Front: 13.3 x 1.18 (345 x 30) – with Z51

    Rear: 13.6 x 1.02 (339 x 26)

    Rear: 13.8 x 1.06 (350 x 27) – with Z51

    Wheel Size:

    Front: 19-inch x 8.5-inch (w/5 x 120mm bolt pattern)

    Rear: 20-inch x 11-inch (w/5 x 120mm bolt pattern)

    Tire Type and Size:

    Stingray: Michelin Pilot Sport ALS

    Stingray with Z51: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S

    Front: 245/35ZR19

    Rear: 305/30ZR20

    EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS

    Wheelbase (in. / mm): 107.2 / 2722

    Overall Length (in. / mm): 182.3/ 4630

    Overall Width (in. / mm): 76.1 / 1934

    Overall Height (in. / mm): 48.6 / 1234

    Track (in. mm): (front) 64.9 / 1648 (rear) 62.4 / 1586

    INTERIOR DIMENSIONS

    Headroom (in. / mm): 37.9 / 962

    Legroom (in. / mm): 42.8 / 1086

    Shoulder Room (in. / mm): 54.4 / 1381

    Hip Room (in. / mm): 52.0 / 1321

    WEIGHT & CAPACITIES

    Dry Weight (lb. / kg): 3366 / 1530

    Cargo Volume (cu. ft. / L): 12.6 / 356.8

    *Specs provided by Chevrolet and Road and Track

    With a starting price of less than $60,000, it's no wonder the new Corvette is almost sold out. There's no other car like it at that price point. It's a good thing the Bowling Green Assembly Plant added on a second shift, because clearly they're going to need it. We're excited to be part of this monumental moment in Corvette history! For all of your Next Generation Corvette gear, shop CorvetteStoreOnline.