Book Your 2020 C8 Corvette ASAP Because Chevrolet Is Going to Hike the Prices for the Next Model Year
When GM announced a sub-$60,000 price for the new Corvette C8, including the destination charges, it sent the automotive community into a spiral. How could GM price a car that was built from scratch so close to the starting price of the outgoing C7? A lot of speculations were made about this ‘sorcery’ and as it turns out, there was a catch all along. According to MotorTrend, the sub-$60,000 base price would only last for the first model year. This means that for the 2021 model, GM will bump up the prices. Surprised, angry, or befuddled?
2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette ZR1
The 2021 Chevrolet C8 Corvette ZR1 is an upcoming high-performance version of the eighth-generation Corvette. Likely to debut toward the end of 2020, the Corvette ZR1 should become the range-topping version of the C8 Corvette lineup and sit above the upcoming Corvette Z06. Details are slim as of 2019, but the 2021 Corvette ZR1 should feature a more aggressive and more aerodynamic body, extra carbon-fiber, a V-8 with forced induction (it could even be a hybrid), and a beefed-up chassis packed with race-bred components.
Original rumors claimed that the ZR1 might feature a "Zora" badge in honor of former GM engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov, also known as the "father of the Corvette" and the man who experimented with mid-engined Corvette designs back in the day. It seems that this rumor might not become a reality, but the C8 ZR1 could be a massive departure from its predecessor thanks to a hybrid layout and all-wheel drive. Of course, this has yet to be confirmed, but Chevy did admit that the C8 Corvette was developed with electrification in mind. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.
What Does GM’s Bowling Green Plant Need to Build the New C8 Corvette?
General Motors has recently confirmed that the eighth-generation Corvette will go into production in 2019 as the first mid-engined version of the iconic American sports car. Not surprisingly, GM is also retooling its manufacturing plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, specifically for the C8 Corvette. Needless to say, shifting from front-engined to mid-engined cars is a big deal for any factory, but it’s an even bigger deal for the plant that has built one million Corvettes since 1981.
Arguably the hottest and most discussed car to be unveiled in 2019, the Chevy Corvette C8 remains a mystery, with very little official information to run by as of November. Thankfully, the rumor has provided us some data in recent months and now it’s back with pricing information, placing the mid-engined sports car at $169,900 before options.
When Chevy introduced the C7 Corvette, we’re pretty sure that the Earth stood still for a moment. The car managed to maintain the classic Corvette philosophy but came to the market with an all-new design, new powertrain, and a brand-new interior. It was a complete makeover, yet it was still very distinguishable as a Corvette. This is evolution done right, folks. When introduced in 2014, it delivered 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque from a naturally aspirated, direct-injected, 6.2-liter V-8. It was also available with a performance exhaust system at launch that raised those figures to 460 and 465, respectively. Zero-to-60 mph? That sprint comes in less than four seconds. Needless, to say, the Corvette is the epitome of sports cars and muscle cars alike, and that’s why we’ve decided to honor it as the Wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked our favorite, but we’ve included a rather sizeable gallery that you’re more than welcome to pick and choose from. Go ahead, now, get to downloading already.
2018 Chevy Corvette Orders Halted, Bowling Green Assembly Plant Shuts Down
Back in May, we brought you news about Chevy’s Corvette factory and its 18-month shutdown of public tours beginning in June. At the time, Corvette expert and trusted source, Mike Furman, sent out an e-mail saying giving us a number of possibilities as to why the tours were being shut down. The distinct possibilities included the retooling of the factory to produce the mid-engined Corvette ZR1 “Zora” and the possibility that GM is switching from pushrod engines to DOHC engines. I personally speculated that it could be both – GM is trying to hide as much as it can about the ZR1, with tours obviously a serious threat to the way information is leaked these days and the switch to DOHC being a huge undertaking. Keep in mind that the ZR1 will also be based on the C7 instead of the upcoming C8, so it’s possible that GM is preparing the factory for C8 production. Now, as we approach fall and August is ready to kick off, GM is shutting down the Bowling Green plant. The shutdown is going to last through the month of October – something that is also causing a halt of all new Corvette orders until further notice.
So, what is the shutdown really for? Well, that’s still a mystery as far as we’re concerned, but according to spokesperson Ron Kiino, the reason revolves around the building of a new paint shop that is said to be state of the art. That’s the most official information we’ve heard about the shutdown so far, but is it just a front as GM begins to shift toward building DOHC engines or the C8? It’s hard to say, but shutting down an entire factory, just to build a new paint shop seems a little sketchy to us. For what it’s worth, the shutdown doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be able to get a Corvette for the next three months. You won’t be able to order a 2018 model, but GM currently has 14,700 Corvettes in stock as of July 1, 2017. That’s the word from the Automotive News Data Center, and it does make sense considering such a long halt to production. So, what’s it all mean for those looking to buy a Vette in the next couple of months? Keep reading to learn more about it.
2018 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Fresh Options, Familiar Sticker
We’re big fans of the latest seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette, even naming the 650-horse monster machine Z06 our Performance Car of the Year when it was first released in 2014. But now that we’re three years into production, its time for a little refresh. As such, the Bowtie is shaking up the options list, while keeping that old bargain pricing static.
Updates for the 2018 model year include a slew of aesthetic changes, as well as a few updates to the performance side of things. Outside, you’ll find standard staggered wheel sizing with an extra inch in diameter (20 inches in back, 19 inches in front). The new wheels come from the Z51 package, and there are new wheel designs on the table as well. A new Ceramic Matrix Gray exterior paint option replaces the outgoing Sterling Blue. Improvements inside include updates for the heads-up display and rearview camera, while the infotainment now comes with HD digital radio as standard. New interior colors were added to the 2LT trim level, while a Spice Red finish was added to the convertible top colors list. Spice Red was also added to the list of interior finishes for the 3LT and 3LZ trim levels. Go for the Jet Black suede interior, and you’ll get carbon fiber on the steering wheel and various trim bits. Finally, the 3LT and 3LZ trims get new stitching packages, including red, yellow, and new blue. Read on for details on the go-fast stuff.
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2017 Yenko S/C Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
Back in the day when muscle cars dominated the American auto consciousness, the name Steve Yenko was regarded as a wizard of performance modifications. As the man who ran Yenko Chevrolet of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Yenko oversaw an aftermarket division that gave birth to the Yenko Camaros, considered today as one of the most sought-after Camaros among enthusiasts of the pony car. Yenko Chevrolet’s run was brief, though, as the company stopped making customized Camaros in the early 80’s, and it wasn’t until 2009 when the name returned to the spotlight with the announcement that General Marketing Capital Incorporated (GMCI) announced its ownership of the Yenko trademark. Fast forward to today and the name “Yenko” has officially returned, albeit on a different model altogether. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the 2017 Yenko S/C Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, a heavily modified Corvette that comes with upgrades galore, none more impressive than a new engine output of 800 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque.
The modifications themselves are about as extensive as it’s going to get and the company behind the build of these cars – Specialty Vehicle Engineering – says that the whole custom package for the Corvette took six months to develop. Ultimately, the final product is what you see here and it’s modified looks serve as a nice preview of what’s now lurking under that vented hood.
Unfortunately, a difficult and time consuming build like this one means that SVE isn’t making a lot of them. Only 50 units of the Yenko S/C Chevrolet Corvette are going to be built and those who are interested to get one will have to shell out an extra $46,000 for the modifications alone. That cost is on top of the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport’s starting price of $66,445. Do the math and that adds up to $110,445 for an 800-horsepower Corvette Grand Sport that bears the name of the iconic Camaro tuner.
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The Christmas season is now in full swing and, as many of you can attest, the roads have been pretty jam-packed the past few days. It’s a tricky situation to navigate, and while we are celebrating Christmas today, it’s reasonable to expect that the roads are going to be just as bad over the next few days. Obviously, many of us are in different positions. Some have yet to complete their holiday shopping. Some probably have yet to start. There are also those who celebrated Christmas away from home and are planning to go back to their own addresses. Then there’s the always unpredictable mood of Mother Nature.
All these things could add up to a debilitating late holiday rush. So if any of you find yourselves in the aforementioned positions, be advised that we’ve picked out some cars that would work best in certain conditions.
Not everyone will be fortunate enough to have the specific kind of car they’re going to need should, for example, they get stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. But in the event that they do find themselves with the right car, at the right place, and at the right time, they should be able to navigate cleanly around the expected rush of the coming days.
These are the ideal cars you might need for certain situations. Good luck on your travels and happy holidays to all of you!
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Rumors about a hybrid C7-generation Corvette first surfaced only months after GM unveiled the sports car, but Chevy denied such a model, arguing that the current platform can’t be fitted with an electric motor and a battery. However, the hybrid Corvette resurfaced with the Zora, a mid-engined version of the ’Vette that will reportedly arrive alongside the C8-generation car. Now, it’s being reported that The General filed a trademark for the "Corvette E-Ray" name, which pretty much confirms that the iconic sports car will get a hybrid drivetrain.
Obviously, there’s no info as to when that might happen. Likewise, there are no hints as to whether Chevy wants to electrify the current C7 or wait until the C8-gen model arrives.
According to Car and Driver technical director and Corvette guru Don Sherman, GM could hybridize the C7 by "hanging a motor/generator onto the rear of the differential," while also adding a compact lithium-ion battery at the rear. To do that, GM would have to make major revisions to the exhaust system, as well as sacrifice some of the Vette’s 15 cubic feet of cargo space.
Granted, that’s an interesting and doable solution for the C7’s platform, but GM might have different plans, especially if the modifications needed to make room for the motor and battery would require a major investment. Chevy could also launch the Corvette E-Ray as a separate model on different underpinnings or simply design the next-gen model on a platform that will also support a hybrid drivetrain.
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Typically, when an automaker invests capital into a production facility, it goes by unnoticed. However, amid rumors of a mid-engine Corvette, GM investing $439 million into the paint shop at the Bowling Green Corvette plant leaps off the paper to us as a sign of good things to come.
The press release doesn’t have any incriminating evidence of this rumored super-Corvette, but it does mention that the investment will include new tooling and robots, and building a 450,000 square-foot painting facility.
Other changes to the paint shop include a dry scrubber booth with a limestone-handling system that eliminates sludge water and waste, LED lights for the process decks for visual inspection, FANUC robots with versa-bell 3 electrostatic applicators to give each paintjob a smoother finish and to reduce lost paint materials by 25 percent, and high-efficiency baking ovens.
Could these heavy modifications to the paint shop be in anticipation of the hotly anticipated Corvette Zora ZR-1?
Unfortunately, it is hard to tell, as these modifications could simply be to improve flaws in the current paint shop or just to increase efficiency. Then again, an investment this big into the Corvette plant at this point in time just seems strangely coincidental.
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Chevrolet isn’t letting the Corvette C7 get stale. For 2016, the Stingray gets a host of changes and upgrades that center around added colors, options and convenience features. These upgrades aren’t earth-shattering, but do give new Vette buyers something different over the last two model years.
The 2016 Stingray returns will all the same body panels and interior design. The majority of the changes, however, are wrapped into three, all-new, color-themed design packages. Twilight Blue, Spice Red and Jet Black Suede offer custom-like appearances. Chevy has also integrated a new front curb-view camera for tight parking situations, and a power-cinching latch for the coupe’s rear lid.
Besides the three main colored themes, The Corvette gets two new exterior color options. Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat and Long Beach Red Metallic replace Velocity Yellow and Crystal Red. The standard wheel package has been upgraded to a new design that comes in silver, black, machined or chrome.
Also offered is a clear-gloss option over the carbon-fiber hood, leaving the intricate weave visible. Chevy’s faux carbon-fiber material, Carbon Flash, is available to replace the chrome bar on the front grille. Inside, The GT seats are now offered in two-tone, in either red or grey with leather or suede microfiber.
More importantly to those who values performance, Chevy is now offering its Magnetic Ride Control on the base Stingray without having to upgrade to the Z51 Performance Package. Lastly, a flat-bottomed steering wheel is now standard across the board.
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After collecting several industry awards in its first two years on the market, the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette receives an array of appearance and technology upgrades for the 2016 model year. The update also brings three new, color-themed design packages to further help buyers park a customized sports car in their driveways.
Arguably the most important change for 2016 is the availability of Magnetic Ride Control on Stingray models without the Z51 package. The bundle is still compatible, but customers are no longer required to get the Z51 package in order to have GM’s fancy suspension.
Two new exterior colors are also on the table for 2016. Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat replaces velocity Yellow, while Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat replaces Crystal Red Tintcoat. There’s also a new standard wheel design finished in either silver, black, machined or chrome. The Carbon Flash badge option now deletes the chrome bar on the front grille, while the Carbon Fiber Hood option features a visible weave section.
Inside, the 2016 Corvette is getting a Z06-like, flat-bottom steering wheel and optional two-tone GT seats upholstered in leather or sueded microfiber. Corvettes ordered in 3LT trim and with Jet Black interior now get a red or yellow accent stitching option.
More goodies can be had with the three design packages, available on Stingray 3LT coupe and convertible models, which are detailed below.
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You’ll find some seriously heavy-grade speed-weaponry at the annual Texas International Automotive Airfield Exhibition. Some of the biggest names in performance tuning show up to compete and showcase their latest builds, including AMS Performance, Nitrous Express, and T1 Race Development.
Participation is by invitation only, which makes for a field of some of the fastest machinery in the country. Every manner of suped-up speed monster makes an appearance on the long runway, from high-end European exotics like Porsches and Lamborghinis, to powerhouse imports like the GT-R and Supra, to the no-displacement-replacement domestic iron of Vipers and Ford GTs. Four-digit power figures and 200 mph are commonplace.
At the top of the EV class, we find this extensively modified C7 Corvette driven by one of the most badass four-year-olds to put pedal to metal (er, plastic that is). Dear ol’ Dad helped with the upgrades, which include doubled power over stock trim, with 24 volts of tire-shredding electric muscle. Complementing this are two big bottles of nitrous mounted in the rear.
This thing scrambles for traction everywhere. The pilot can barely contain it off the line, but somehow manages to get it to the finish without incident, a testament to his innate driving talent. He even throws in an end-swapping skid at the end of his run for extra style points.
If you need a smile, don’t hesitate to hit play.
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When it comes to official Nurburgring lap times, Chevrolet is the proud owner of the tenth-quickest lap for production cars, an achievement it unlocked back in 2011 with the Corvette C6 ZR1, which stormed the Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 19.63 seconds. That benchmark will certainly change once the 2015 Corvette Z06’s lap becomes official, but, if we are to believe a recent report coming from HorsepowerKings, GM’s new halo car improved upon the ZR1’s time by no less than 20 seconds.
Specifically, the report claims a 2015 Corvette Z06 equipped with the Z07 aerodynamics package and the quick-shifting, 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission, lapped the "Green Hell" in 6 minutes, 59.13 seconds. The HD on-board video will be released "soon," HorsepowerKings adds. On the flip side, the report doesn’t quote a source, and the video that comes with it is actually older footage of the Z06 being tested on the Nordschleife. What’s more, the 2-minute video seems very similar to the one YouTube user "cvdzijden" uploaded back in October 2014. Not that I’m accusing HorsepowerKings of anything, but refurbishing an older video doesn’t help with credibility.
The lap time itself is also possibly far-fetched, as such a benchmark would make the Corvette Z06 only two seconds slower than the Porsche 918 Spyder supercar. And while I agree the Z06 is worthy of the term "supercar" in some respects, I have my doubts it is nearly as quick as an 887-pony, 940-pound-feet hypercar equipped with one of the quickest transmissions ever built. Make sure you keep it locked here for more details on the matter, but until we can dig up new info, take this outstanding lap time with a pinch... make that a jar of salt.
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If the 2015 North American International Auto Show is a litmus test for the future of the automotive industry, sports car enthusiasts have plenty to look forward to. This year’s Detroit show had an eclectic mix of introductions ranging from high-efficiency green cars to pickup trucks, but most surprising was the large number of high-horsepower performance cars.
Regardless of what type of performance you like, the Detroit Auto Show had it. There were high-powered sedans like the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V and 2016 Lexus GS F, there are more practical vehicles like Mercedes GLE63 AMG S Coupe and Ford F-150 Raptor and traditional sports coupes like the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider and 2016 Shelby Mustang GT350R also had their time to shine. Stealing the spotlight, though, was the debut of two awe-inspiring supercars: the 2017 Ford GT and the production version (finally) of the Acura NSX
While both of these cars showcase the future that awaits supercar enthusiasts, they both do so in slightly different manners. The Ford GT, which will enter production next year in time to run in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, is all about racing with an aero-tuned body and the “most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever,” with initial estimates rating this mid-mounted, twin-turbo V-6 at more than 600 horsepower. The 2016 Acura NSX is more of a high-tech beast with a mid-engine, twin-turbo V-6 producing "north of 550 horsepower," which is paired to a three-motor electric drive system resulting in the latest version of Acura’s Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. Of course, we still have to wait for pricing on both of these new offerings, but it seems like the NSX will start in the $150,000 range while the GT will likely be a bit higher.
The birth of the hypercar may have already changed how we, as enthusiasts, look at sports cars (including the high-end supercars), but for now, we take a look at how the newest breed of supercars — those that have debuted over the last year — stack up against the Ford GT and Acura NSX.
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