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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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Z06 Version Being Street Tested?

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  • Z06 Version Being Street Tested?

    The case to support that Z06’s are being street tested right now is growing, and the following has collectively convinced me that the Corvette team is already testing the Z06 version of the C8 — and not just in their secret testing facilities.

    First, a couple of unsolicited communications I have received. These are from folks who provided not one detail other than their cryptic messages using such words as “the next version has started testing.” Given the length of time GM has been street testing the first year entry C8 version (now 2 1/2 years), this would sure makes sense to me/us.

    Second, thanks to Corvette_Nut for sharing the below pictures. He noted that they were taken “California Cruising.”

    These pictures lead to the obvious question, i.e., why are they now returning to the much thicker black cladding camo, when we have seen hundreds of pictures since last September 5th with the mules since mostly being in the thin vinyl camo? Duh, to hide something.

    What are they hiding? According to rumors, the Z06 version would differentially have hood ducting, a slightly wider side scoop for more cooling, a revised rear spoiler (perhaps active aero), and a revised rear fascia (perhaps incorporating top center exhaust pipes). While again all those things are unconfirmed, they sure make logical sense for what changes the Z06 could bring about — plus the attendant mechanical and chassis upgrades to support that more powerful version. And thus to hide them now from our prying eyes, the GM “Masters of Disguise” have re-introduced the thicker black camo.

    What is now hiding in plain sight, but slotted rotors— the first time we have seen those, i.e., in literally mega-hundreds of C8 earlier spy shots, those were never seen before.

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    For more detail, CorvetteBlogger has some C7 Generation, brake evolution pictures, showing their evolution from base plain rotors, to the Z06’s slotted ones , to Z06/Z07’s with ceramics here:

    https://www.corvetteblogger.com/2019...6-in-disguise/

    Better brakes being sighted also fits with other repeated-ad-nauseam rumors that the Z06 would be powered by a twin turbo V8, with its famous “whistling sound.” Listen toward the very end of the following video we first saw/heard a few days ago, that mule’s motor whistle, its even being exclaimed by the enthusiastic videographers.

    Originally posted by CorvetteBlogger
    Then the big surprise is revealed. “It’s leaving,” he says and then you can hear a distinct whistle sound coming from the car. “You hear that! You hear that! You hear that whistling?” he yells and then chuckles.
    https://www.corvetteblogger.com/2019...hat-whistling/



    However, there are more than rumors the Z06 could be having twin turbo V8’s, e.g., in the fall of 2017, a IHS Markit Engine Forecast listing that the Y2 Corvette (the mid engine) will be having a “5.5L, 32V, DOHC, V8.”

    As it is believed that production of the first year, entry C8 would traditionally have a 16V, OHV powered by a motor called a “LT2” (something verified by the leaked but unconfirmed Jalopnik specs), an entry C8 that GM Authority has stated would start production this December, and as GM has filed a “twin stage, twin turbo V8 motor patent,” it could well be that we are now seeing initial, street testing of the next version’s twin turbo powered, Z06 C8.

    When might the Z06 C8 start production? No one media has even ventured a guess — though we do have a C6 and C7 pattern that the Z06 version is released in year two of a new Corvette generation.

    Hell, we haven’t even gotten to the first year C8’s reveal yet, but are already doing our focused reading of the tea leaves as to the next mid engine C8’s version .

    If we are now believing that we are starting to see street testing of the Z06, the Z06 has been long testing both at GM’s 140 miles of track hidden within its Milford Proving Ground (Milford, MI) and at its 40 miles of track within its U.S. army base, no fly zone, secured testing facility in Yuma, AZ.

    ****, we are the “unsatiables!”


























    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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    Certainly explains the whistling of Turbos reported by some and The heavier black bags tells of Body changes, Flared fenders etc. I believe they have been testing the TT in the stock Stringray body

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    • #3
      John, I think you are spot on with this. They are out driving them with the heavier camo. This is the car I am "patiently" waiting for. It will be worth the wait.

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      • #4
        With the C7 was there a delay between introducing the Z-06 and the GS? The GS or equivalent is the one I'll be interested in.

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        • #5
          Stingray was 2014; Z06 was 2015; GS was 2017; and ZR1 was 2019. However, could all that change in the C8 generation? I think it could, dependent on engineering progress. I have heard that the body panels for more than just the Stingray have been completed.
          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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          • #6
            Thanks John, if the current gen's timeline is repeated that would suit me just fine -- enjoy the Stingray for three years, then get a GS with all the little improvements made along the way.

            Or maybe we'll be looking forward to the C9 by then?

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            • #7
              Loving all of this!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Klinn View Post
                Thanks John, if the current gen's timeline is repeated that would suit me just fine -- enjoy the Stingray for three years, then get a GS with all the little improvements made along the way.

                Or maybe we'll be looking forward to the C9 by then?
                Except the only thing I worry about, is that I'm not getting any younger. LOL!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by CraZ8 View Post
                  Loving all of this!
                  Me too!!! So exciting

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by VetteStromWing View Post

                    Except the only thing I worry about, is that I'm not getting any younger. LOL!
                    If your not getting older you’re not worrying about it anyway.
                    There is a madness to my method!
                    C8 on order Torch/Adrenaline Z51, MSRC, front lift
                    2015 Z06 Torch/adrenaline
                    2001 coupe Torch/oak R8C
                    79 coupe Silver/oyster
                    All one owner
                    Museum lifetime members

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                    • #11
                      The tail pipes squares are looking bigger and bigger every time I look back. I see by expectation.

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                      • #12
                        I'm not convinced this is a higher performance version as the brake calipers themselves look about the same as the other test cars seen before. I'd expect larger calipers along with slotted 2-piece rotors in a Z06 version. The rotors in these pics look like Z51 co-cast rotors rather than true 2 piece ones. Hard to be sure from the photo though.

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                        • #13
                          These were just spotted by my neighbor in Scottsdale, AZ and shared with me. It is about 105 degrees today. Perfect for hot weather testing the "Z06". Looks to be a HT Convertible regardless of whatever engine it has. Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG950509.jpg Views:	1 Size:	27.0 KB ID:	46966Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG950504.jpg Views:	1 Size:	79.6 KB ID:	46967Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG950505.jpg Views:	1 Size:	69.7 KB ID:	46968Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG950506.jpg Views:	1 Size:	134.6 KB ID:	46969
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                          • #14
                            Talk about a # 1, first post. Great share azacellerated. Thank you,
                            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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                            • #15
                              Tail pipe tip size: Is it just my imagination, of are these tail pipes one size larger than what we have been seeing heretofore?

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                              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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