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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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  • AD PERSONUM anyone???

    I think GM could really change the domestic game if they added an "AD PERSONUM" program as other exotic car makers do.
    Give C8 Corvette buyers the opportunity to totally customize their car with different colors, interior treatments etc.......all at a price.

  • #2
    I like the idea, but I'm sure the cost adders for such customization would be very high. Not sure that that's the market they want to be in.
    Proud owner of
    1966 Ermine White/White Blue Interior L72 Coupe
    2013 Artic White/Diamond Blue Interior LS7 Convertible

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    • #3
      That's a very expensive option on lambos... only people with BIG money go for that.
      Torch Red C8 Spider

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      • #4
        While it would be very nice. I too would love to have customization, and would be willing to pay more for a singular option, maybe even two. However, when one produces 40,000 vehicles per year on one assembly line, set up from start to finish to keep the Corvette costs low due to assembly line mass production efficiencies, I too am doubting it would happen.

        Yet choices on the C8 are going to increase over the C7; the best example is that seat belt choices goes from two on the 2019 Stingray to six on the first year C8. There will be many more choice options than the 2019 Stingray.

        Not disagreeing that some brands do already assembly line offer customization of a color, but still not thinking it would be coming to BGA.

        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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        • #5
          For specialty products, a full custom ordering process works fairly well since the process is not running fast enough to prevent in-the-middle alterations. Back in the '60s you could check off boxes on an order form (which was really satisfying!) while sitting in the sales geek's office to get exactly what you wanted, regardless if it was officially supported or not. Green interior with a blue exterior? Sure, why not! The customer is always right!

          Manufacturers found that this onesy-twosy process really put a dent in the production schedules, and that led to the "package ordering" that we have today.

          I understand the need to not slow down the production line, but I really wish I had more control over what I want to have sitting in my garage! <pout>

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          • #6
            I sure get/understand your drift. Things are now option “packaged,” with no ability to get some individual options we crave without buying a package (an expensive path in many cases). As we know, all OEM’s do this. And all of us customers prefer they not do this.

            If however, you were being literal about color selections, all of us can get the combo we want, eg., a 1 o1 one Corvette, just by ordering a yellow convertible, with a red top, and a blue interior. Color override “option D6D” at $590 would be your key to do so. Sometimes dealers do not want us to know about it, for if we back out of a purchase with one of “those,” the dealership is left trying to sell that unique combo.

            However, as Harlan is a strong believer in giving us more choices, I am thinking we will have more choices and options for our C8’s.
            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
              Even D6D has limitations. I wanted to use it to get a dark gray interior for my Stingray, but since dark gray was only offered on the Z06 they told me "no."
              Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Naturalw/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust, MRR 755 Gunmetal wheels

              Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club: https://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org/

              Never grow up - It's a trap.

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              • #8
                Thanks meyerweb. I did not know that.
                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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                • #9
                  I sure understand the cost benefits of restricting customization on the BGA line but maybe Chevy could partner up with a outside vendor like Ford does with Shelby to do custom work with GM's blessing and would result in no warranty voiding issues.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 455SDguy View Post
                    I sure understand the cost benefits of restricting customization on the BGA line but maybe Chevy could partner up with a outside vendor like Ford does with Shelby to do custom work with GM's blessing and would result in no warranty voiding issues.
                    That's an interesting approach, but boy would it be EXPENSIVE. After GM built the car, the outside vendor would have to take it apart to replace / repaint / reupholster the parts you wanted changed, and then put it back together again. But for those who can afford it, why not?
                    Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Naturalw/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust, MRR 755 Gunmetal wheels

                    Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club: https://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org/

                    Never grow up - It's a trap.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by meyerweb View Post

                      That's an interesting approach, but boy would it be EXPENSIVE. After GM built the car, the outside vendor would have to take it apart to replace / repaint / reupholster the parts you wanted changed, and then put it back together again. But for those who can afford it, why not?
                      Yes sir it would but as the old saying goes if enough buyers ask for it maybe Chevy would consider doing it and not use a 3rd party.

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                      • #12
                        Shades of Boss 429s being built at Kar Kraft!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 455SDguy View Post
                          I sure understand the cost benefits of restricting customization on the BGA line but maybe Chevy could partner up with a outside vendor like Ford does with Shelby to do custom work with GM's blessing and would result in no warranty voiding issues.
                          Iu

                          Now THAT is a great idea!! The way I see it the buyers who are going to be ad personum customers will be looking at the higher end models ala Zora (ZR_1). Afterall the Zora will be on the level of the current exotics and an ad personum program would really level the playing field. Either way I look forward to the C8 showing the world what American car makers can do. Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren.......be Fraid, be very afraid because the C 8 is COMING!!!!!!!

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                          • #14
                            Speaking of mass produced cars, I've wondered how VW pulls off their "Spektrum" selection of 40 colors for the Golf R, over and above the standard 5. It costs something like $2500 extra and adds several months to delivery time, but it must give VW with some interesting production scheduling headaches.

                            Pics of all 40 colors here.

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                            • #15
                              Back when manufacturers allowed "paint to match" option (want your Corvette painted Ford Highland Green? No problem!) They'd primer the car, pull it off the line to the custom paint shop and hand paint it. I'd imagine that VW does the same thing.

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