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Corvette Brand Manager, Harlan Charles Talks Everything E-Ray

Corvette Marketing & Brand Manager, Harlan Charles returns to CORVETTE TODAY with your host, Steve Garrett, to talk about the new 2024 Corvette E-Ray. ; Harlan gives us an extensive overview is this revolutionary new Corvette and give us insight never heard before about the upcoming E-Ray.
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Corvette Today News & Headlines: Late January, 2023

With the announcement of the 2024 Corvette E-Ray, your CORVETTE TODAY host Steve Garrett, and Keith Cornett from CorvetteBlogger have a lot to tell you about !!!;
Plus, we get a possible glimpse into the Corvette future with Manny Katakis from Muscle Cars & Truck with what the C9 Corvette could look like. Besides the E-Ray, here are some of the other stories Steve and Keith will discuss....
1. Corvette beats the Porsche 911 as Consumer Reports most satisfying car to own.
2. GM delivers over 9,000 Corvettes in the 4th quarter of 2022
3. Corvette Racing debuts the GT3.R on January 27th at the Rolex 24
4. The Mecum Auction at Kissimmee sells the very first Corvette Sting Ray
5. The National Corvette Museum hosts exhibits to celebrate 70 years of Corvette
All the Corvette E-Ray news you want and need plus much more on next week's CORVETTE TODAY News & Headlines show!
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2023 Corvette Info Including E-Ray, SR & Z06 Pricing, SR & Z06 Visualizers, 70th Anniversary Info, Press Releases for SR & Z06 & Their Build & Price, Order Guides & Visualizers

E-Ray Visualizer:
Official E-Ray Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
Official GM E-Ray Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...and-visualizer
+ 25 KEY E-Ray Components/Factors:
E-Ray Leaked Info/Visualizer: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...tte-e-ray-leak
Z51 & Z06 GM Track Specs: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ecommendations
Z06 Order Guide:
Z06 Pricing Spreadsheet: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...9Chvp%E2%80%9D
Z06 MSRP and Options Pricing: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...freight-charge
2023 SR Build & Price: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...up-and-running
*2023 SR & Z06 Official Owners Manual:; and,
* 2023 GM Bash Major Seminar with HQ video: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ore-bash-video
*2023 Stingray Visualizer:
*2023 Stingray (ONLY Order Guide:
*70th Anniversary Combined Press Release For SR & Z06: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...iversary-model
*Z06 Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
*Z06 Reveal Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...eveal-pictures
*Z06 Visualizer:
Order Guide (unofficial): https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-action-center
*Z06 vs Z07 Aero Components: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...s-similarities
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Will the New C8 continue to be a RIOT. in Vette tradition --- or a 911 laser?

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  • Will the New C8 continue to be a RIOT. in Vette tradition --- or a 911 laser?

    Forum member JoeCT raised a fundamental question not previously addressed.

    Will the New C8 continue to be a RIOT. in Vette tradition --- or a 911 laser?

    Joe CT said "I happen to be one of those guys ordering a new C7 right now, well before the 7-18-19 reveal. The timing has a lot to do with the value I’m placing on being able to order precisely what I want with no constraints. It may turn out to have been fine (for me) to have waited but then again, maybe not. To me it’s not just about C8 being objectively “better” which it surely will be. I know enough to make a decision and it's simply what I want. So that being the case, why take a chance?

    A new C7 for me is not about nostalgia. Frankly, when the C7 debuted, I was disappointed in its sharp angles but it has grown on me. Fundementally, I appreciate the “raw” nature of Corvette. As much of a leap C7 was in refinement and tech, it maintained that character. It's not the laboratory and laser beams that a 911 is, it's more of a riot! The C8 rear mid-engine may continue some of that sense, maybe not, but either way it will be a very different experience in many ways including most obviously, the cabin forward design which is something with which we’re already very familiar.. That’s good and that’s fine! I just know that for me, it’s just not the different I want right now.

    Better isn’t necessarily on a continuum. Will the C8 be better than a 63 split window coupe? In too many objective ways to count, yes…but is it? Is a manual “better” than an automatic? If better means faster then nope - but it's way better to me

    As I write this, it occurs to me I faced a similar dilemma between C6 and C7. I had my heart set on a 60th anniversary edition vert. I liked special editions and loved the notion of a 427, in no small part because of nostalgia (it was also a beast of course). I remember watching the reviews of the 60th SE - the C6 swan song. However, because of the leap ahead in so many ways, the C7 won my $$$. The C8 is a different proposition. It will be better in many if not all objective ways but it will not share the traditional feel of Corvette and while that’s absolutely okay, it’s not for me, not yet. Hmm, I used the word traditional and am talking about feelings, maybe I am more about nostalgia than I think.

    I appreciate this and the Stingray forum and the fact that folks here are considerate of alternative views - “Whatever floats your boat” (by the way, don’t ever buy a boat) " Foregoing stated by JoeCT in another thread.

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    Sounded that way leaving the Corvette Museum Circle in the video.


    • #3
      I expect the C8 will be a bit brash, but refined enough for my tastes and needs.

      I drive my C7 more like a muscle car when on my local city streets, but then enjoy the transition to an able-handling sports car when I get on my favorite roads outside the city.

      The C7 certainly is a riot, to use your description, and the most fun I've had in a Corvette (so far)!

      So, I'm optimistic that the C8 will be as brash as the C7, and with the distinctive Corvette family "personality" that I (and the masses) love in the C7.
      Last edited by Mobius; 04-30-2019, 01:50 PM.
      My C8:
      '20 Elkhart Lake Blue 2LT Coupe, Natural Interior, GT2 Two-Tone Seats, Performance Exhaust, Front Lift, Carbon Flash Wheels, Engine Appearance Package 2000 Status December 27, 2019; 3000 Status January 2, 2020; 3400 Status March 10, 2020;TPW March 16, 2020; Built June 4th, 2020 (COVID-19); Delivery July 1, 2020

      Current Vettes:
      '68 Lemans Blue 327/350 Convertible
      '91 Turquoise Convertible with Hardtop
      '14 Lime Rock Green 2LT Convertible, Black Top, Kalahari, 7-Speed, Performance Exhaust


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        The C8 is going to rock my boat!
        2023 Z06: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, CCB’s, 3LZ, E60, and with every visible carbon fiber option order-able including wheels. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


        • #5
          I look at the C8 as potentially a whole new experience. I'm old school and have enjoyed driving several of the previous generations each with its own characteristics. Yes, I have held on to the big block and small block 427 models because there is no substitute for cubic inches, and the personal experience one has with their cars. I'm looking forward to experience this completely new generation and look forward to a certain level of refinement the mid engine should give to the driving experience. I'm especially looking forward to a Z06/ZR1 C8 model, as a standard unit will not suffice for me. I personally think it will be a "RIOT"!
          Proud owner of
          1966 Ermine White/White Blue Interior L72 Coupe
          2013 Artic White/Diamond Blue Interior LS7 Convertible


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            Totally agree jsmatt, and why I am 100% confirmed for heading to the Corvette Owners School at Spring Moutain to learn how to properly drive a ME. Nicely at the Bash, GM confirmed the COS will be happening for the C8.
            2023 Z06: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, CCB’s, 3LZ, E60, and with every visible carbon fiber option order-able including wheels. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


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              The yet unknowns about the C8 Z06/ZR1 engines will be a focus of intense scrutiny and guesswork post 07.18.19. We will get the specs on the base power plant. That will be interesting. The variance from LT1 to LT2.

              But the unknown specifics about the LT6 and 7 is what a lot of folks will think about. CrossPlane or flat? Displacement? Boosting? RPM?Torque?SoundTrack? Will it sound like the C8R? Which one will like that? And how long is the wait for that guitar?

              The switch to the DOHC is full of ??????????????????????? Very interesting????????????? And the intro will come out slowly

              A Ferrari 488 type engine on steroids? Bigger? Stronger? Faster? LessExpensive? Legendary potentials?
              Last edited by SheepDog; 05-01-2019, 09:13 AM.


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                Viper's Rubicon?

                Really too bad for Viper that Chrysler was absorbed into the Roman Empire. The Roman army was not allowed to cross the Rubicon, a river near Rome. That was seen as an act of treason against Caesar, The Empire. Once hooked up with Fiat, Mr. Ralph Giles and crew could not do a ME Viper. That would have been a treason against the 488. The ME possibility/option became Viper's Rubicon.

                A Hemi or the 8 liter V10 in a ME platform/chassis would kicked the 488 in the pants. At at relatively affordable too.

                But all that is good for the C8 ME? Would an ME viper have helped or harmed the C8 ME?

                But Chrysler struggled for whatever reasons. The AMG GT cloned the Viper DNA so it lives on in Germany.
                Last edited by SheepDog; 05-01-2019, 11:25 AM.