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CORVETTE TODAY #163 - Corvette News & Headlines, Late May 2023

Recognizing Memorial Day, there is still a lot of news coming out in the world of Corvette! Keith Cornett from CorvetteBlogger is back on the show with your CORVETTE TODAY host, Steve Garrett, to detail all the important things happening with America's Sports Car.;
Here are a few of the topics covered by Steve and Keith on this week's show:
1. Engineers are spotted in what we think is the C8 ZR1 prototype
2. We have two new E-Ray videos available
3. New Z06 allocations went out in the middle of this month (May 2023)
4. The National Corvette Museum names a new Marketing Director
5. Australia recalls the 2022 C8 Corvette for being too loud
6. Did GM's Instagram page give us a C9 Corvette preview?
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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

2023 Corvette Brochure:
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 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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The ME’s Interior

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    We had some forum thread posts briefly mentioning the ME’s interior the other day. Thank you “Rfong,” for noting that one the things he wanted in the new ME, was a different looking interior than the C7’s. Still being “driver centric” was something he wanted, but the same time he was wishing for the ME’s interior to be a visual change befitting a new Corvette generation.

    I then seconded his thoughts, both his very positive ones about the C7’s interior, and also his wanting something visually new for the ME.

    The wonderful interior of the C7 was created under the leadership of GM Design Chief Helen Emsley. Day to day interior design was created by Ryan Vaughan, formally its “Lead Interior Designer.” Ryan soon thereafter was promoted to becoming the “Design Manager for GM Performance Car Interiors.”

    Thanks to forum member “Skank,” we just learned that Ryan Vaughan was again very recently promoted, just reassigned to GM’s joint-venture with China’s SAIC Automotive Company (called “PATAC”). Ryan is now PATAC’s “Executive Director of Design.”

    However those of us, including the automotive media who strongly praised the design of the C7’s interior, should not be concerned about Ryan’s leaving, since just like exterior design, developing the interior design of a Corvette is a many year process, and again just like the ME’s exterior body panels being finalized (signed off approximately two years ago), the final ME interior design was similarly totally completed before Ryan left the Corvette team.

    However, all of us who knew him, would liked to have said goodbye in person, so as second best, we will say here, “we are sorry Ryan we do not get to meet and discuss Corvette interior design with you vis-a-vis “a certain upcoming potential future product.” However, Ryan, we will welcome you back as the designer of the C9 or the C10’s interior.”

    So what we do we know about ME’s interior? Thanks to Skank, we learned the ME’s interior will be different from the C7’s, and that it will have “interesting shapes.”Beyond that, a little birdie was not willing to say anything more to him.

    How different and in what way? Ah yes, that same answer we are unfortunately knowing from hundreds of our ME specific questions, i.e., that we are going to have to wait for the reveal itself, or perhaps we could learn sooner than that with another pre-reveal-tease video of the interior (as GM shared for the C7 about 6 weeks before the Stingray was formally revealed).
    Last edited by John; 08-06-2018, 11:27 PM.
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    Cool.. cant wait to see how the c8 interior evolves...

    driver centric sounds quite interesting...

    i have no idea what to even expect...