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CORVETTE TODAY #164 - My Trip To The Amelia Island Concours

In March of this year, your CORVETTE TODAY host, Steve Garrett, attended the unveiling of the three 1960 Cunningham Corvettes from Le Mans at the Amelia Island Concours. Steve recaps his weekend at Amelia Island and all the events that took place during the show!;
The Cunningham Corvettes were the hit of the entire weekend and you'll hear about the whole story on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY.
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Sigala Back As MECF Venodr

What is new? For MECF members, has developed a new customer communications system, trained more staff, and with some inducements is committed to providing your products along their stated completion timelines.
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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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    Some assumptions here, but based on several factors, they could well become probabilities.

    Prior to the C7’s ordering began, GM’s internally-forecasted that the take rate for the optional Comp Seats would be 8%, yet for the 2018 year the actual purchase rate for those seats was a little more than double of GM’s original projections, with 16.2% of 2018’s being ordered with the $1,995 Comp Seat option.

    In the U.S., every single different seat offered must be separately tested for compliance with NHTSA safety standards. As Tadge noted during the early days of the C7, just separately testing to destruction six brand new C7’s with Comp Seats (as is required for all the NHTSA tests), cost $500,000 — but based on the nice take rate for those seats, it is a highly likely assumption that the ME would offer both the GT seats and the Comp ones — though they could be physically modified, with certainly a high probability as GM has done for all new Corvette generations, that the ME’s seats would look very different from the C7’s.

    Another very popular interior option for the C7, has been the number of customers buying seats with suede (alcantara-like) inserts. For 2014 for example, 16.3% bought the suede option. So we should expect that suede option to continue. While the percentage has changed from year to year, suede seats are still a desired option by many buyers. Of course, traditional leather seats still are the overwhelming choice of Corvette buyers, so that option will obviously continue.

    The following were comments forum member Stevera2 a personal friend who lives close to where I do, made to me at the end of the summer of 2017.

    Originally posted by Stevera2
    This summer, I had a fun time visiting all exotic car dealers within a 100 mile radius. Every single exotic brand offered, on many of their models, not just a suede seat material option, but additionally matched that with suede their dashboards, door cards, consoles and often more, and in fact for some of their models, suede/alcantara was the standard material.
    Clearly suede/alancata is becoming the in interior material for many exotics. Might we similarly expect the ME to similarly, like European exotics, have suede as its standard and primary dashboard, door card, seat insert, and console armrest, etc.?

    I do not think so, but perhaps that could be the package offered in the top ME, “level 4” top interior.
    Last edited by John; 11-06-2018, 03:43 PM.
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    While alcantera is relatively higher cost i bet microfiber material knockoffs are actually less expensive than leather...

    for the love of god i hope corvette goes with a soft touch material throughout the touch really cant be that much more expensive to get rid of the hard plastic on touch points in the interior...

    could it possibly be the assembly of hard plastic pieces is easier?

    i think you d have to be stupid not to figure out consumers prefer squeezable interior touch points...

    tell the suppliers what the consumers and automotive journalists have been saying for years..

    lexus does a nice job on their door panels at least on the upper half...

    would be nice not to jear journalists write the same **** decade after decade...

    thick soft steering d shaped wheel...would nt hurt either..

    the seats could use nice bosltering on the bottom and sides....

    i hate when my cuv has better contoured seats than my corvette..

    Last edited by John; 08-08-2018, 12:47 PM. Reason: Fixed typos.


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      Cadillac seats have to be made by the same vendor as are the Corvettes. Their "bucket" seats have a far better "seat" than does both the GT and Competition C7 seats. The seat is more rectangular than radiused and has significantly more bolstering than do the Corvette seats. The M8 car will (must) try and emulate more of what is expected from its more exotic competitors. The C7 3LT and 3LZ interiors were considerably better than previous generations of Corvettes. That same improvement should continue with the ME car.
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        I totally agree with most points. I truly like the sueded microfiber trim on my 3LZ, especially the steering wheel. The seat inserts not only look great but offer much better “butt stability” during severe cornering such as Autocross and HPDE’s. I was, however, very disappointed in the down grading of my 3LZ (Z06) interior from the 3LT (Stingray) interior. The 3LT, specifically in my Kalahari got a complete dash covering, while my 3LZ only received the Kalahari on the “eye brow” of the drivers side. Which was more like the 2LT interior. I’m hoping that the C8/ME will continue the trend of bringing Corvette (especially the higher optioned interior levels) up to the premium levels it deserves.