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Corvette Brand Manager, Harlan Charles Talks Everything E-Ray

Corvette Marketing & Brand Manager, Harlan Charles returns to CORVETTE TODAY with your host, Steve Garrett, to talk about the new 2024 Corvette E-Ray. https://youtu.be/3u0WMcgtnWI ; https://podcasts.adorilabs.com/corve...GToHlBAjuBPZxz. Harlan gives us an extensive overview is this revolutionary new Corvette and give us insight never heard before about the upcoming E-Ray. www.CorvetteToday.com
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Corvette Today News & Headlines: Late January, 2023

With the announcement of the 2024 Corvette E-Ray, your CORVETTE TODAY host Steve Garrett, and Keith Cornett from CorvetteBlogger have a lot to tell you about !!! https://youtu.be/734VgDupTBI; https://podcasts.adorilabs.com/corve...UAAEX2obMOXMml
Plus, we get a possible glimpse into the Corvette future with Manny Katakis from Muscle Cars & Truck with what the C9 Corvette could look like. Besides the E-Ray, here are some of the other stories Steve and Keith will discuss....
1. Corvette beats the Porsche 911 as Consumer Reports most satisfying car to own.
2. GM delivers over 9,000 Corvettes in the 4th quarter of 2022
3. Corvette Racing debuts the GT3.R on January 27th at the Rolex 24
4. The Mecum Auction at Kissimmee sells the very first Corvette Sting Ray
5. The National Corvette Museum hosts exhibits to celebrate 70 years of Corvette
All the Corvette E-Ray news you want and need plus much more on next week's CORVETTE TODAY News & Headlines show!
Listen to the podcast, watch the YouTube video, join the Facebook group, sign up for email notifications and shop in the Merchandise Store at: www.CorvetteToday.com
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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

E-Ray Visualizer: https://visualizer.chevrolet.com/ui?...US&channel=b2c
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: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...rs-information
E-Ray Leaked Info/Visualizer: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...tte-e-ray-leak
Z51 & Z06 GM Track Specs: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ecommendations
Z06 BUILD & PRICE: https://www.chevrolet.com/performanc...d-price/config
Z06 Order Guide: https://www.gmfleetorderguide.com/NA...D=22412&type=0
Z06 Pricing Spreadsheet: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...9Chvp%E2%80%9D
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: https://www.corvetteblogger.com/docs...ersManual.pdf; and,
https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...owner-s-manual
* 2023 GM Bash Major Seminar with HQ video: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ore-bash-video
*2023 Stingray Visualizer: https://visualizer.chevrolet.com/ui?...US&channel=b2c
* COPMPLETE 2023 STINGRAY PRICING: https://www.corvetteactioncenter.com...ion-Center.pdf
*2023 Stingray (ONLY Order Guide: https://www.gmfleetorderguide.com/NA...D=22412&type=0
*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: https://visualizer.chevrolet.com/ui?...US&channel=b2c
Order Guide (unofficial): https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-action-center
*Z06 vs Z07 Aero Components: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...s-similarities
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  • Glass Roof Pros/Cons?

    Looking at the glass option for the C8 but do not want to pony up for the dual roof option. Never had experience with the glass roof option although I had wanted to purchase it used for my previous C7. Never was able to make a deal so I never got it.

    Just curious of the pros and cons from those that have experience with it.

    Noticably hotter in summer? Colder in winter? Heavier/Lighter? Thoughts?

    Thanks!

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    It looks great. That is definitely a Pro. It actually holds its value somewhat decently when most other standalone options get you pennies on the dollar.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Jljordann922 View Post
      Looking at the glass option for the C8 but do not want to pony up for the dual roof option. Never had experience with the glass roof option although I had wanted to purchase it used for my previous C7. Never was able to make a deal so I never got it.

      Just curious of the pros and cons from those that have experience with it.

      Noticably hotter in summer? Colder in winter? Heavier/Lighter? Thoughts?

      Thanks!
      I’ve spent a lot of time reading about this, and talked to a couple friends who have owned transparent roofs over the years.

      The consensus is that there is no consensus. I’ve talked to people from Florida who say they don’t feel any more heat from it, I’ve talked to someone in Michigan who says it was very warm.

      Ultimately I've decided I’m going to get the transparent roof. I’m sure I can tint it to alleviate the rays if necessary down the road

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      • #4
        My C6 came with the painted top and then I purchased a transparent top from a big Chevy parts vendor when he had them on sale. Like you I live in Florida, Pensacola area, so I only used the transparent top during our brief winter.

        When I bought my C7 I decided that I didn't use the transparent top enough so I just went with the painted one.

        The transparent top for the C6 was lighter but that may not be true now that the painted one is carbon fiber. You'll get a little more road noise and a little more heat but it's not that bad.

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        • #5
          I've had a transparent top on Corvette and it was fine, the tint is pretty dark and it wasn't uncomfortably hot. Personal preference, I'm getting painted and would be happy if it was part of the structure and was epoxied in place.

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          • #6
            The big negative I see is lack of suede headliner with stitching design on 3LT.

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            • #7
              Great thread Jljodan922. Thanks for asking. There is one nice advantage for a translucent top, in that, and I have not measured the difference, but have been told several times, that it add another roughly inch of head clearance for those who need.

              Re weight, we need to see the actual weights on the C8’s different tops, for on the C7 the two CF tops weighed 17 pounds, the translucent one weighed 22 pounds — so it changes from generation to generation.
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              • #8
                I have a C6 3LT Z51 that I ordered and had delivered at the museum with only the transparent roof. I live in NC and can feel the heat from the sun but A/C keeps everything comfortable. I also have a C7 3LT Grand Sport that was dealer ordered with the painted roof. I like the transparent roof but have not been motivated to purchase one for the C7 as I like the headliner on the 3LT roof. I would l consider a transparent top if I decide to order a C8.
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                • #9
                  Thanks for the replies...Looking at the C7 i see they had aftermarket shades for it that suctioned to the glass if it was really unbearable...I didnt plan on going 3LT so I don't mind the lack of headliner...think I would probably go with the glass

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                  • #10
                    I'm getting it because i figure it will give me "more" of the roof off experience when driving in colder or bad weather... actually more the roof off experience all of the time I'm driving the car I also like the idea of it brightening a dark interior.
                    2020 C8 | Torch Red | Z51 | 3LT | Carbon | Comp Seats
                    2016 Porsche GT4 | Black everything ... sold
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by brad66 View Post
                      The transparent top for the C6 was lighter but that may not be true now that the painted one is carbon fiber. You'll get a little more road noise and a little more heat but it's not that bad.
                      Do we know for a fact the roof on the C8 is still carbon fiber? I looked through the ordering guide and the dealer materials, and the standard roof is described only as "painted." I haven't seen anything else that says it's carbon fiber, either. I'm not arguing it isn't, just wondering if anyone has confirmed that?
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                      • #12
                        I too wondered about how much hotter a tinted glass roof would be. I asked our guide at the assembly line tour who had one, he said no problem. So when I went to the Ron Fellows Driving School I was able to drive one for about a half hour. It was HOT and I made sure I didn’t get that car again, nor would I ever consider buying one.

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                        • #13
                          The headliner in all models on the C8 are nice with the design. BUT who looks up ?? You only see the headliner when you take the top off and I sure do like the look of the Transparent top on the car gives it a rich look you only find in Panoramic roofs on more expensive cars. Hell, what am I talking about. I have had my 19 C7 for a year now and the day I brought it home I took the top off and have not put it back on since. Hope I remeber how to do it, lol. I use my toy cars in fair weather only living on the Coast in Florida They sit in the garage and if there is a hint of rain, I do not drive the toys.

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                          • #14
                            I guess it's a matter of individual perception. I have only had transparent tops on all my Vettes (starting in '85) and I live in Florida. And they are my only car (i.e., daily driver). Never felt they added particularly to the heat (then again, I seldom run a/c even in the summer except when I am stopped at a light). I would never order anything other than the transparent top. But everybody's idea of heat/cold/comfort varies ...

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                            • #15
                              I mean if you guys are dealing with it in Florida, I'll be more than fine in NY lol

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