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Corvette Today Podcast With Kai Spande BGA Manager

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Four ‘19 GS Special Editions On Display Friday

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  • Four ‘19 GS Special Editions On Display Friday

    There are four, new different, 2019 special edition C7 Grand Sports which will be on display Friday at the Chevrolet Experience Area at DIR. Source=Corvette Racing.

    Might you want one of the these/these options:

    XXX Picture not until 11:30 AM (EST) Friday XXX

    XXX Ordering Code Chart not until 11:30 AM (EST) Friday XXX

    However, might they look something like this?

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    Here’s an earlier thread on this subject which might interest you...

    https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-track-version

    As was earlier suggested in the MECF link below, but now about to be confirmed GM, had some plans up its sleeve to help weather significantly declining C7 sales and to keep BGA at full 5/8 production capacity, and now coupling that with we what strongly believe, that the C8 is not coming out for a while, GM had concrete interim, new C7 models were planned — as in these special editions C7’s.

    In the below link, are some related questions and ideas about what other ideas GM might have up its sleeve, as many feel that the C8 should have been revealed by now if a regular September production initiation of customer ME’s had begun (especially as the first C7 was customer received on September 19, 2013).

    https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.com/forum/main-forum/21408-c7’s-end-c8’s-beginnings-what-could-be-gm’s-game-plan-to-deal-with-both-changes


    Sorry, but that is all to be shared at this time.
    Last edited by John; 01-22-2019, 10:13 AM.
    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

  • #2
    That Grand Sport SE looks mean, I like it!!
    Maybe trickle down ZR1 parts can buy some time for the C7, while the ME gets sorted out for production.

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    • #3
      It will be nice to see the details of the four GS’s this Friday.

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      • #4
        I'll be there, can't wait to see them! If I get there early enough and there's no info out already I'll post whatever I find here.

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        • #5
          We look forward to your being there. Just a reminder because on one of my earliest posts, I incorrectly mentioned that the reveal will be at the Corvette Corral. It will be instead at the Chevrolet Experience center — just 50 years from the track’s finish line. Best of luck and we look forward to your being our roving reporter. BTW, our Keith Cornett (CorvetteBlogger) wil be also be there too.

          If anyone is going the first time, facility maps:

          http://www.daytonainternationalspeed...isit/Maps.aspx

          Thanks NYC!
          Last edited by John; 01-22-2019, 07:16 PM.
          GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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          • #6
            CorvetteBlogger, thank you for your take on what is probably happening Friday, what is not, and how this could tangentially relates to the upcoming ME.

            Originally posted by CorvetteBlogger
            Four Special Edition 2019 Corvette Grand Sport Coupes Confirmed for Rolex 24 Reveal

            By Keith Cornett

            Jan 22, 2019

            Four Special Edition 2019 Corvette Grand Sport Coupes Confirmed for Rolex Reveal
            Photo Credit: 2017 Corvette Brochure

            We’ve got more news regarding the new 2019 Special Editions in the works. Last week we learned through the official agenda of events for the Rolex 24 Corvette Corral that a 2019 Corvette Special Edition was going to be revealed this Friday morning.



            Today, we now know that four special edition Corvette Grand Sport Coupes will be at the Chevrolet Experience Center in Daytona’s infield.

            That bit of news was confirmed in Corvette Racing’s pre-race report that came out this morning. In it, the new special editions are mentioned as part of the display at the Chevrolet Experience Center:

            Also located inside the track and next to Victory Lane, the Chevrolet Experience Center will have a number of additional Chevrolet production vehicles and product specialists throughout the Rolex 24 weekend. Fans can walk through the Experience Center and see models such as four special edition Corvette Grand Sport coupes, Corvette Z06, Camaro ZL1 and Silverado. [emphasis added]

            Also, I’ve been asked time and again if these are going to be mid-engine Corvettes or if they are the new 2020 Corvettes. Folks, the agenda is calling them 2019s and now we know they are Grand Sports, so it’s going to be a front engine car.

            Since last week’s announcement of a 2019 Corvette Special Edition, many are sharing the photos of this high-wing Corvette Z06 Coupe that was spied in the Detroit area last May.

            With the ZR1’s high wing, a roll cage, and the base aero package, some are even speculating this could be a Grand Sport hiding in plain sight as we see the base Bembo steel rotors and what may be the smaller profile Grand Sport hood covering a naturally aspirated LT1.

            Photo Credit: Autoblog.com

            Such a car would be a cool addition to the Corvette lineup but its appeal may be limited based on whether or not the creature comforts were deleted for track use as Chevy did with the Camaro Z28. Price would also be a factor and how close it comes to the Z06 which the Corvette team has long promoted as its best track-oriented Corvette.

            Both Tadge and Harlan have mentioned at different times that a C7 track car would be something they want to do. We even speculated early on with the ZR1 that it might be the return of the Z06X concept. So we are not discounting that possibility for the team to do these smaller production runs for specialty cars like the ZR1 or a track oriented Grand Sport (Grand Sport X?).

            I’m still on the fence as to what this Special Edition will be but if I had to guess, I would say we’re looking at a “Paint and Stickers” package with at least four variations based on the number of Corvettes that will be displayed. The question we have is will it be enough to juice sales of new Corvettes through the end of 2019’s production, which by the way is celebrating its 1-year anniversary on January 29th.
            https://www.corvetteblogger.com/2019...erm=2019-01-23

            GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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            • #7
              Sure would be cool if the four grand sport special editions came with a hotted up 520 hp v8...

              im still holding off for a c8 but it would make corvette owners open their wallets faster than just decals and wings.

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              • #8
                Just when all of the Corvette faithful are ready to throw in the towel on the C7, GM comes up with a plan that extends it's life! Who would have thought? ...And at the Rolex, they will be seen. What is that in the distance? A line of lemmings??

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                • #9
                  Details of the new special edition have leaked thanks to the Daytona International Speedway App:

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                  Senior Editor and Founder of CorvetteBlogger.com. I drive my dad's 1966 Corvette Sting Ray Convertible and the National Corvette Museum is my personal Graceland.

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