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Corvette Today Podcast: TONS OF NEWS THIS WEEK

We've been doing Corvette news & headlines podcasts on CORVETTE TODAY since September 2020. I don't remember ever doing a news & headlines podcast with this much critical information packed into one podcast! https://podcasts.adorilabs.com/show/...ppfrkBCyZstwdl. This is a "must listen" to podcast. Here are a few of the topics covered in this episode....

1. Chevrolet confirms the introduction this Fall of the 2023 C8 Z06 with a new video release-and it sounds like a Ferrari
2. Corvette dominates sales in Q2 2021
3. Chevy dealerships have received their first 2022 C8 allocations
4. Callaway looks ahead to 2022 and the Callaway C8 Corvette
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6. New GT-3 spec C8.R expected in 2024
7. California will start failing cars with tuned ECU’s during smog checks
8. The National Corvette Museum delivers their 14,000th Corvette
9. A couple exchanges wedding vows before taking delivery of their C8 at the NCM
10. "Life in the Fast Lane" by The Eagles is a story of cocaine and a fast Corvette
11. Sigala Designs shows off a completed widebody kit for the C8
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Tonawanda Plant to build LT2

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  • Tonawanda Plant to build LT2

    From the NCM web site.

    TONAWANDA-BUILT NEXT GEN 6.2L SMALL BLOCK V-8 TO POWER ALL-NEW 2020 CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY

    July 23, 2019
    General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) today confirmed its Tonawanda, New York, engine plant will build the company’s next-generation 6.2L Small Block V-8 engine that will power the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Production of the 2020 Corvette Stingray begins at GM’s Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant in late 2019.

    This news follows the reveal of the 2020 Corvette last week in Tustin, California.

    Powered by the Tonawanda-built next-gen 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the 2020 Stingray will offer customers the most horsepower and torque of any entry Corvette: SAE-certified to 495 hp and SAE-certified to 470 lb.-ft. of torque (when equipped with performance exhaust.)

    “The 2020 Stingray is Chevrolet’s first production mid-engine Corvette – the fastest, most powerful entry Corvette ever – offering new levels of performance, technology and craftsmanship,” said Mark Reuss, GM president, during a visit to the plant to meet with employees and community leaders. “The Tonawanda team is up to the challenge to build this new LT2 engine at world-class quality levels that Corvette customers have come to expect.”

    Tonawanda currently builds a variety of award-winning engines used in a wide range of GM products including:
    • 2.0L Turbo/2.5L – Chevrolet Camaro, Malibu, Colorado, Equinox, Traverse and Impala; Buick Regal, GMC Canyon, Acadia and Terrain and Cadillac ATS and CTS.
    • 4.3L V-6, 5.3L V-8; 6.2L V-8 – Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Yukon/Yukon Denali and Cadillac Escalade.
    • 6.6L HD Small Block gas V-8 – 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD.

    In 2016, GM announced it would invest nearly $300 million in the Tonawanda plant to prepare the facility for future engine production. The next-gen 6.2L V-8 completes the work related to the investment. GM has invested more than $23 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations over the past decade.

    Tonawanda employs more than 1,500 people and the hourly workforce is represented by UAW Local 774.
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  • #2
    The plant workers need to try and quell their unbridled enthusiasm.

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    • #3
      I've been to Tonawanda. Not to the plant, but to the city. Can't honestly say it was an exciting place to be.
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      • #4
        Gm building the corvette engine along with the truck engines. I wonder how long before the camaro switches over to the lt2 architecture.

        somewhat bizare bowling green is building cadillac engines and the towanda plant in NY is building corvette engines.

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        • #5
          Btw Marc Reuss is an awesome president of GM....

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          • #6
            Originally posted by meyerweb View Post
            I've been to Tonawanda. Not to the plant, but to the city. Can't honestly say it was an exciting place to be.
            That is the story of American industrial cities in deep decline. Detroit, Schenectady, Camden NJ, Flint.

            In some places, the old plants have been repurposed. Manchester New Hampshire, for example.

            Tonawanda had close proximity to raw materials and Niagara electricity.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JB View Post
              I wonder how long before the camaro switches over to the lt2 architecture.
              Never. Camaro6 development is concluded and Camaro7 development was terminated (aka, "delayed until further notice, aka, "she didn't break up with me she just won't see me until further notice."). The entire Camaro engineering team was disbanded so now it's just a figurehead chief engineer who oversees new colors, wheels, and decal sets. A sad end to an amazing car that was sabotaged by bad design.

              GM does have a team developing a lower priced sports coupe similar to the Camaro but it won't be V8 powered and it's years away from market. It's quite different from any sporty cars GM now sells, but not from another car GM sells.


              One thing left out of the OP article is that Tonawanda also manufactures the LT1 and LT4, so it's a continuation of production of the base Corvette engine. GM's Spring Hill plant was updated to manufacture V8s with Dynamic Fuel Management but since the LT2 continues with AFM there's no need to move it's production out of Tonawanda.

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              • #8
                I've got news, I've been in GM plants that build multiple lines. To the folks building the stuff, i'ts just another motor going by. As long as they have a job, that's all they care about. If GM killed the LT2 tomorrow they would just keep screwing together the next motor down the line. Don't want to sound negative, I'm talking about reality. The picture of their faces confirms what I'm saying. Some of them were probably wondering if the guy talking said his name was Chuck or was it Mark.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Phil1098 View Post
                  I Some of them were probably wondering if the guy talking said his name was Chuck or was it Mark.
                  And hoping he'll shut up soon so they can get back to work instead of standing around being bored.

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                  • #10
                    I'm confused. Setting aside my witty comments about the wisdom of having old geezers like me doing the assembly - what about all that engine production capacity in Bowling Green? I thought that BGA got expanded in the engine area. What are they going to be doing now? A handful of Caddy engines?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bikerjulio View Post
                      I thought that BGA got expanded in the engine area. What are they going to be doing now?
                      Maybe a certain engine for a certain upcoming high performance version of the C8?

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