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    2021 Corvette Production Updates

    2021 Corvette Production Updates

    GM Authority has announced that 2021 Corvette Production is set to wrap up the week of July 19th. Those who are interested in buying the latest C8 should plan to place their order by the end of May.

    Production of the newest C8 Corvette has been somewhat of a rollercoaster since it began. While it was set to hit the ground running in December of 2019, the 2019 Auto Union Workers strike delayed production to early 2020. It incurred another hiccup when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. in March, 2020. 

    Additionally, supply issues caused further delays throughout the 2020 production cycle, causing several 2020 C8 customers to push their order back to the 2021 model. Those who were forced to push their order back are also incurring price increases for some of the options, including the Z51 Performance Package and the Front Suspension Lift Feature.

    The 2021 C8 Corvette production was subsequently delayed due to the variety of delays in the previous years' model. While production was set to begin in November of 2020, it was ultimately pushed back to December, 2020. In January 2021, Chevrolet faced another parts supply issue, halting production for a week. Additional supply issue delays happened in February and March as well.

    As long as things stay on track, we will look forward to a production end-date the week of July 19, 2021. 

    Photos obtained from GM Authority 

    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. 
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    GM To Debut The 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette Convertible in October

    GM To Debut The 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette Convertible in October

    Just when the dust has settled from the unveiling of the 2020 mid-engine Corvette, GM has us back on the edges of our seats. On October 2nd Chevrolet will debut the first ever mid-engine Corvette Convertible. Although we’ve already been teased with images of the convertible back in July, we’ve never received a full introduction to the new super-car. The reveal will take place at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Merritt Island, Florida.

     

     

    Chevy made their official announcement via Twitter on Tuesday morning, showing an illustration of a coupe that turns into a convertible. If you look close enough, you’ll notice the transition from coupe to convertible makes the body slightly longer, while changing out the sloped rear window for rear-mounted ribs. The convertible also appears to have a sleek flying-buttress design behind the roll over structure and on the lid that covers the top stowage area. Rumor has it, there will be a power-retractable hard-top which would be a first for Corvette.

    We estimate that the convertible will add on an extra $5,000. Stay tuned for the latest Corvette debut on October 2nd. Be sure to check out our growing selection of Next Generation Corvette Gear!