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Corvette Today Podcast With Kai Spande BGA Manager

On this episode of CORVETTE TODAY, you get to meet the Corvette Plant Manager for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, Kai Spande!
Your host, Steve Garrett, introduces you to Kai as he traces his career with GM. Kai talks about how the Bowling Green Assembly Plant transitioned from the front engine, C7 Corvette, to the mid-engine C8 Corvette. You'll get insights on the plant expansion and how they made that all happen...giving the new C8 Corvette a true state-of-the-art build facility. Kai also tells you about the Corvettes he has owned and the funny story of how he loved Corvettes, but never thought he'd get to work for it during his tenure at GM. Get to personally know Corvette Plant Manager, Kai Spande, on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY!

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    https://autos.yahoo.com/corvette-cha...190000568.html

    Corvette changes for 2022 include engine tweaks, higher price


    Details for the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray are officially out. We already knew it was getting three new colors: Hypersonic Gray, Caffeine and Amplify Orange Tintcoat. But now Chevy has given us some other juicy details.

    The big news concerns changes made to the 6.2-liter small block V8. Chevy says it upgraded the fuel injection system and “improved” the engine calibration. That said, the engine keeps its 490 horsepower rating in base trim and 495 horsepower rating with the performance exhaust system. The 0-60 mph time for the Z51 car remains at 2.9 seconds, too. We’ll hope to gain some answers on the reasoning behind the changes when we chat with engineers later today.

    The last powertrain tweak is an “enhanced” Active Fuel Management range. Chevy didn’t release fuel economy yet, but there could be some changes there with these enhancements to the cylinder deactivation system.




    A few lesser changes include the addition of some aero options. There’s a new low-profile rear spoiler and a new front splitter available. Both will only be optional on the non-Z51 models.

    Lastly, we come to the price. The 2022 Corvette will start at $62,195, including the destination charge. That’s a $1,200 increase over the 2021 model and $2,200 higher than the original 2020 model year price that started at $59,995. It’s never fun to see prices go up, but even with this price increase, it remains a performance bargain.

    If you were thinking about going Convertible, the price went up on this model, too. It’ll start at $69,695, which amounts to the same $1,200 price increase year-over-year as the coupe. Production for the 2022 model year (in all configurations) is currently slated to begin late in the third quarter this year.
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  • #2
    An "Upgraded Fuel Injection System" ???? mmm So, what's wrong with the existing system? That it needs upgrading ???

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    • #3
      And some more details:

      The big news concerns changes made to the 6.2-liter small block V8. Chevy says it upgraded the fuel injection system and “improved” the engine calibration. We chatted with Chief Engineer Josh Holder to dig into this and the other changes on a deeper level. Essentially, the injection system operates at a higher pressure now, and Holder says this helps to lower emissions and provides greater stability at idle. That said, the engine keeps its 490 horsepower rating in base trim and 495 horsepower rating with the performance exhaust system. The 0-60 mph time for the Z51 car remains at 2.9 seconds, too. Holder noted that it took some work to both lower emissions and keep the power levels where they stand currently.

      The last powertrain tweak is an “enhanced” Active Fuel Management range. Holder says that the engine will now deactivate cylinders over a broader range of rpms and in lower gears now. Engineers aren't claiming that the EPA ratings will inch upward yet (we're told to wait and see on that front), but they're certain that real world fuel economy will see a noticeable improvement."
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      • #4
        Oh, and a more than fair price increase.

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        • #5
          I'll reserve judgement until I see which options get a price increase and how they are.

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          • #6
            With the pricing on the special edition packages already being released and our knowing the specific components within the SE’s, quit a few of the major components are not increased at all. We are not yet seeing any which have.
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            • #7
              Thanks meyerweb for this thread.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by ZORA 69 View Post
                An "Upgraded Fuel Injection System" ???? mmm So, what's wrong with the existing system? That it needs upgrading ???
                Carbon deposits on the valves.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MikeC8 View Post
                  Carbon deposits on the valves.
                  The update won't address that. It's still a direct injection system, with no fuel washing the backs of the intake valves.
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                  • #10
                    I'm kind of surprised that they are not going with dynamic fuel management like on truck 6.2L. Although maybe it's coming down the pike.

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                    • #11
                      Upgraded direct fuel-injection system?

                      From Car and Driver..
                      The 2022 Corvette's naturally aspirated 6.2-liter LT2 V-8 is equipped with a new fuel pump and fuel injectors that allow for running higher fuel pressures.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MELc8 View Post
                        Upgraded direct fuel-injection system?

                        From Car and Driver..
                        The 2022 Corvette's naturally aspirated 6.2-liter LT2 V-8 is equipped with a new fuel pump and fuel injectors that allow for running higher fuel pressures.
                        Detailed in post #3
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by meyerweb View Post

                          The update won't address that. It's still a direct injection system, with no fuel washing the backs of the intake valves.
                          Makes me wonder even more about an oil "catch can" for the intake.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by STVDMAN View Post

                            Makes me wonder even more about an oil "catch can" for the intake.
                            The catch can on my C7 captured at least 1 oz every 1,000 miles or so. I think it's something that's not really necessary, especially if you don't put a lot of miles on your Corvette, but something that does have value, especially if you do plan to put a lot of miles on.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by meyerweb View Post

                              The catch can on my C7 captured at least 1 oz every 1,000 miles or so. I think it's something that's not really necessary, especially if you don't put a lot of miles on your Corvette, but something that does have value, especially if you do plan to put a lot of miles on.
                              IF the valves were still getting wet with fuel, I wouldnt have any issue.

                              But, after seeing what the underside of some intakes look like in various cars..heck, even Throttle bodies being oil stained...I just dont like the idea of oil mist possibly building up on the backside of the valves slowly collecting whatever small small particles that may come by.

                              May be a wasted $250 for "piece of mind" for some, but, for others, it may be worth it.
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