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CORVETTE TODAY #121 - Corvette News & Headlines, Mid August 2022

The world of Corvette is really heating up with the release of pricing for the C8 Z06. Your CORVETTE TODAY host, Steve Garrett and Keith Cornett from CorvetteBlogger are back with the most current Corvette news and headlines. https://youtu.be/QRAUz6Att0k; https://podcasts.adorilabs.com/corve...jnmYV0amyIoQR2
Here are a few of the topics discussed in this week’s show….
1.Chevrolet offering C8 Z06 buyers $5,000 in rewards for not “flipping” their car
2.GM limits the warranty transferability of the C8 Z06 to people who flip their cars
3.The C8 Z06 Order Guide is now available for download
4.FBI raids a Chinese-owned company that makes aluminum wheels for GM
5.Spring Mountain is back open after a flash flood covered the track with sand & debris
6.Our "Corvette Insider" Manny Katakis is back with insider information!
7.Lingenfelter introduces high performance CAI for the C8
8.The first 35th Anniversary Callaway C8 arrives at Ciocca Chevrolet
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Find out your C8’s Order Status by asking!

Information provided to MidEngineCorvetteForum members, and with great thanks to Corvette Ed for answering your inquiry requests in our sticky’d “The C8 Order Inquiry Status Thread” in our “Purchasing Section.”https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...inquiry-thread
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2023 Corvette Info Including SR Pricing, SR 2023 Visualizer, 70th Anniversary SR/Z06 Press Release; The C8 Z06 Press Release, Order Guide & Its Visualizer Link

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  • Another C8 Steering Wheel Article

    If you missed our first one....

    https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...steering-wheel

    Here’s today new article. While not a new idea, I do like the idea of the top center of the steering wheel having a contrasting color stripe. Fashionable and purposeful. Maybe standard, and color coordinated to the interior color you select. Or, maybe another option you can choose.

    As Fasttoys1 told us over one year ago, the C8 options will be similar to the Porsche model, with more options than the C7, and we all know that options create profit (another hallmark of the Porsche model).

    Originally posted by gmauthority
    Mid-Engine Corvette C8 Steering Wheel Detailed In New Spy Pictures

    Chevy’s upcoming mid-engine Corvette C8 has been spied testing in the wild for a while now, enabling us to see the upcoming sports car from all angles, in action on the track, while being towed, and even parts of its interior. Under all that camo is undoubtedly the best Vette ever. So while we wait with bated breath for the official reveal, let’s take a closer look at the Corvette C8 steering wheel, which we recently managed to get detailed photos of.

    http://gmauthority.com/blog/2019/04/...-spy-pictures/

    First up is the shape of the wheel. As we noticed before, the Corvette C8 steering wheel has a flat top and bottom that should result in a sportier feel. The shape doesn’t necessarily have a functional element, but it does make it easier to maneuver quicker than a wheel that’s more round.

    The Corvette C8 steering wheel has two spokes – one at the 4 o’clock position, and the other at the 8 o’clock mark. The middle section has tasteful red stitching around the soft/leather-wrapped airbag panel. That stitching runs around the inside circumference of the wheel, and matches nicely with those red seatbelts we noticed last month. And though the center of the steering wheel is covered by tape, we know full well that it’s hiding the latest iteration of the Corvette logo.

    There are also tasteful flashes of aluminum (surrounding the logo) and glossy black finishes (for the buttons and area around the buttons), giving the Corvette C8 steering wheel a rather high-tech and tasteful appearance with high levels of functionality, to boot.



    The controls on the right-hand side of the wheel are organized into two sections. The part closest to the center of the wheel starts off with a heated steering wheel switch at the top for those chilly winter days. Just below it is the voice command button that will likely continue integration with the Chevrolet Infotainment System (née MyLink), Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. At the very bottom of the Corvette C8 steering wheel sits an end call button.

    On the outside portion is a chrome scroll wheel to control the audio volume. Surrounding it is a multi-directions D-pad to control that digital gauge cluster. We believe that the scroll wheel will also double as a “push selector” to select an item on the gauge cluster. Answering a call will probably be completed by pushing this chrome selector on the “answer” soft button in the gauge cluster when a call comes in.

    There are also two buttons beneath that section mounted on the inside of the wheel, but we can’t make them out from these photos. These have a set of twin buttons on the left side of the wheel.

    Chevrolet Mid-Engine Corvette C8 Interior Instrument Panel Spy Shots - April 2019 007

    On the left-hand side of the Corvette C8 steering wheel, we see controls for cruise control, with a chrome up/down toggle (identical to the volume toggle on the right-hand side of the wheel) to raise or lower the cruising speed. Interestingly, the inside portion of the steering wheel is taped up. We would expect that section to have buttons to control following distance and other items related to cruise control.

    Beneath those live two buttons to control favorites/presents.

    Chevrolet Mid-Engine Corvette C8 Interior Instrument Panel Spy Shots - April 2019 004

    Behind the wheel is a set of large paddle shifters. These are nice aluminum-looking units, although they could also be magnesium like in some Cadillac models. What transmission these paddles will control is still a mystery, but the latest rumor has it that the mid-Engine Corvette will use a double-clutch gearbox from ZF. A manual transmission is not expected to be part of the lineup.

    We should also note that the 12 o’clock section of the steering wheel has black tape on it, making us wonder whether it has a 12 clock position line. This element in red would go really well with the other red elements in the cabin.

    http://gmauthority.com/blog/2019/04/...-spy-pictures/



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  • #2
    I guess that the colored steering wheel top stripe will free on a 2LT/3LT. $149 on a LT1?

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    • #3
      I suggested the tape at the top of the wheel might be covering a contrasting stripe when these photos first saw the light of day. And I'm willing to the bet the two switches on the inside of the steering wheel on the right are volume up/down, just like on the current Corvette, and the chrome toggle is used for other purposes.
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      • #4
        Well I love all of the good info, I just hope G. M. will have it ready to deliver by mid September

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        • #5
          golden boy, we all wish you were right, but some of us think you are a bit optimistic. The repeat rumors are reveal this summer, ordering afterwards, and start of production (SOP) late this year.

          We hope the rumors are wrong, instead that you are correct!
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          • #6
            Thanks meyerweb. I do remember your earlier post first suggesting exactly that. Because you guessed it first, I will ask GM to make your stripe any special color(s) you wish.
            Z06 coming late this summer: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, complete high wing/aero package. CCB’s, with every piece of visible carbon fiber available to us. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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            • #7
              I really hope gm offers up a list of options that allow consumers spend money on their cars like drunken sailors.

              i wont be ordering most of these delicious options yet I want gm to be as profitable as possible.

              titanium paddle shifters....special interior options that will elevate the msrp to unheard of levels..

              as long as I can get my c8 z51 fe4 dct with minmal other options...im all for people to have a great swath of choices of how to outfit their corvette..

              yes i believe the small strip of color at the top of the steering wheel.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by John View Post
                Thanks meyerweb. I do remember your earlier post first suggesting exactly that. Because you guessed it first, I will ask GM to make your stripe any special color(s) you wish.
                LOL. I'm sure that will go far towards getting me just the car I want!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JB View Post
                  I really hope gm offers up a list of options that allow consumers spend money on their cars like drunken sailors.

                  i wont be ordering most of these delicious options yet I want gm to be as profitable as possible.

                  titanium paddle shifters....special interior options that will elevate the msrp to unheard of levels..

                  as long as I can get my c8 z51 fe4 dct with minmal other options...im all for people to have a great swath of choices of how to outfit their corvette..

                  yes i believe the small strip of color at the top of the steering wheel.
                  Couldn't agree more. The more they make on options, the lower they can afford to set the base price. And I'll guess that small strip of color on the wheel is a $150 - $200 option. Or more likely, part of an interior trim option package that costs $1500 to $2000 dollars (over and above the cost of a 2LT or 3LT package).
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                  • #10
                    Still wondering about the "Z" button. Apparently it's significant enough to cover with tape.

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                    • #11
                      That's the "ZOOM" button. Kicks in the rocket motor, a la Tesla:

                      https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-road...pacex-package/
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