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Corvette Today Podcast With Kai Spande BGA Manager

On this episode of CORVETTE TODAY, you get to meet the Corvette Plant Manager for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, Kai Spande!
Your host, Steve Garrett, introduces you to Kai as he traces his career with GM. Kai talks about how the Bowling Green Assembly Plant transitioned from the front engine, C7 Corvette, to the mid-engine C8 Corvette. You'll get insights on the plant expansion and how they made that all happen...giving the new C8 Corvette a true state-of-the-art build facility. Kai also tells you about the Corvettes he has owned and the funny story of how he loved Corvettes, but never thought he'd get to work for it during his tenure at GM. Get to personally know Corvette Plant Manager, Kai Spande, on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY!

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POLL: C8 Option Pricing & Contest

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  • POLL: C8 Option Pricing & Contest

    To add a little more spice into our C8 Stingray option pricing countdown, with GM stating in writing that they are releasing this information next Thursday (15th), let’s have a poll, and I will donate a small prize to the winner.

    Here’s the rules for this poll IF you wish to be eligible for the contest prize:


    1) You must post in the thread itself, listing your estimate (to the nearest $1) as to each of the five options. If your post does not give a specific price for each option, your entry will not be considered.

    2) If you list and provide a price for other options other than the five, in the case of a tie, you get bonus points if you are correct on more specific options you are right with your pricing.


    3) The poll/content ends at midnight (EST), on Tuesday, August 13th (just in case GM were to release prices one day earlier).


    4) You may change your individual post estimates as many times as you want (maybe others will convince you of their wisdom).


    The five options one must list in your own, subsequent post are the costs of:


    A) 2LT


    B) Z51 package


    C) GT2 seats


    D) ZZ3 engine appearance package


    E) E60 Front Lift
    36
    2LT is lower than $5,000
    22.22%
    8
    2LT is $5,000 or higher
    69.44%
    25
    Z51 is lower than $5,000
    27.78%
    10
    Z51 is $5,000 or higher
    66.67%
    24
    GT seats are lower than $1,750
    47.22%
    17
    GT seats are $1,750 or higher
    38.89%
    14
    ZZ3 is lower than $1,200
    38.89%
    14
    ZZ3 is $1,200 or higher
    44.44%
    16
    E60 is lower than $1,600
    27.78%
    10
    E60 is $1,600 or higher
    52.78%
    19
    Last edited by John; 08-09-2019, 12:26 PM.
    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

  • #2
    Here are my pricing thoughts although I'm getting a 'vert' so the engine dress up is a moot point but it will have the 3LT....

    A: 2LT..... $3495
    B: Z51.... $7775
    C: GT2... $1595
    D: ZZ3.... $1195
    E: E60.... $1575
    2020 HTC Torch Red with lots of goodies. Built in September. Museum Delivered in October......

    Other toys in the garage: Ferrari California, BMW i8 Roadster, Bentley Flying Spur

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    • #3
      This is fun! here are my estimates...

      A) 2LT $4,595

      B) Z51 package $6,295

      C) GT2 seats $1,295

      D) ZZ3 engine appearance package $995

      E) E60 Front Lift $1,695

      -------------------------------------------------------------

      5ZU High Wing Spoiler $1,800

      AE4 Competition Seats $2,100

      FA5 Interior Carbon Pckg $1,200

      Q8Q Carbon Flash 5-Open Spoke Wheels $595

      J6F Brake Calipers RED $625

      -------------------------------------------------------------

      GMO Rapid Blue Paint $995 (Premium Color and Constraint)
      GDO Accelerate Yellow Metallic $995 (Premium Color)
      G9F Ceramic. Matrix Gray Metallic $995 (Premium Color and Constraint)
      G26 Sebring Orange Tintcoat $995 (Premium Color)
      G1E Long Beach Red Metallic $995 (Premium Color)



      2020 C8 | 2LT | GKZ Torch Red | Z51 Performance Pckg | FE4 Mag Ride | J6F Red Caliper | C2Z Carbon Roof | AE4 Competition Seats | FA5 Carbon Interior | E60 Front Lift | ZZ3 Engine Appearance Pckg | 5ZU High Wing Spoiler | SPY Black Lug Nuts | 5JR Carbon Fiber Mirror Caps | VQK Front/Rear Splash Guards | RCC Red Engine Cover

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      • #4
        Base Stingray price $59,985. Destination $1195.

        A: 2LT..... $6095
        b: Z51.... $4595
        c: GT2... $1095
        d: ZZ3.... $1095
        e: E60.... $1695

        5ZU.........$1895
        AE4.........$2095
        FA5..........$1195
        Q8Q.........Included in Base Price
        J6F...........$595
        FE4..........$1795

        Need Code? Glass Roof........$1095
        ZYC Carbon Flash Mirrors and Spoiler.....$100
        Last edited by mpgxsvcd; 08-09-2019, 01:21 PM.

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        • #5
          Base Stingray $ 59,995 ...... Freight: $1195

          Here's my guesses:

          A: 2LT...... $7225
          B: Z51...... $5095
          C: GT2..... $1695
          D: ZZ3...... $1195
          E: E60...... $1895

          FA5: Carbon Fiber interior trim..... $1095
          5W8: Carbon FLASH painted Ground effects: $3095
          ER1: Battery Protection $100
          FE4: Mag Ride.......... $1895
          3LT Trim Level....... $5995 ( in addition to the 2LT trim price)
          J6F Red Calipers...... $595
          TU7 Two Tone seats..... $425
          ZYC Carbon Flash Mirror and spoiler paint..... $120
          Q8Q Carbon Flash Wheels $495
          3F9 Red Seat Belts....... $395
          VQK Splash Guards painted... $395
          SFE Wheel Locks....... $100
          Last edited by Strake; 08-12-2019, 03:51 PM.
          3LT Coupe, Z51 Torch Red with two toned Red/black interior. 5VM visible CF ground effects, Carbon Flash wheels, engine appearance package and Carbon Fiber interior trim. Mag Ride control. Red Calipers. VQK Splash Guards. Carbon fiber mirrors and spoiler. Carbon Fiber door handles & boomerangs, and front grill trim

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          • #6
            My guess:

            Base Stingray $ 58,995 ...... Freight: $1195

            2LT...... $4295
            Z51...... $4995
            GT2..... $1995
            E60...... $2195
            ZZ3........$1995

            FE4: Mag Ride.......... $1995
            3LT Trim Level....... $8295
            J6F Red Calipers...... $585
            Last edited by bpost22; 08-09-2019, 01:58 PM.
            TPW 2/17 .. Shadow Gray Metallic w/Natural, 3LT, Z51, Mag, Lift, Spectra Gray Trident, Edge Red Calipers, Body Color Accents.

            Past owned: 1984 C4, Medium Gray Metallic, Coupe, VIN# 1004; 1981 C3 White Coupe; 1980 C3 Dark Claret, Coupe

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            • #7
              A)2LT - $6295
              B)Z51 - $4995
              C)GT2 - $1495
              D) ZZ3 - $995
              E) E60 - $2195

              Extras
              Destination - $1095
              FE4 - $1800
              Transparent Roof - $995
              Rapid Blue - $995
              High Wing Spoiler - $1100
              D30 Color Override - $600
              Last edited by Jljordann922; 08-09-2019, 03:10 PM.

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              • #8
                2lt - $6,950
                z51 - $5,000
                gt2 - $1500
                zz3 - $1850
                e60 - $1600
                Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust

                Current C7: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black overDaytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

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

                Never grow up - It's a trap.

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                • #9
                  2LT - $8495
                  Z51 - $4995
                  GT2 - $1095
                  ZZ3 - $1195
                  E60 - $1495

                  Magnetic ride control $2195
                  Carbon flash over carbon fiber ground effects $3095
                  carbon flash high wing $1195
                  convertible top $7495
                  two tone int $895
                  carbon fiber int pack $1095
                  red seatbelts $395

                  all that without the ZZ3 equals... $32,455 + $59999 = $92,454

                  I really REALLY hope I'm wrong

                  and I forgot the calipers...

                  and I forgot the color charge...
                  Last edited by TOMDOM69; 08-09-2019, 05:11 PM.

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                  • #10
                    A) 2LT $6795

                    B) Z51 package $5000

                    C) GT2 seats $1,295

                    D) ZZ3 engine appearance package $1195

                    E) E60 Front Lift $1595

                    ———————————

                    FE4 $1895




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                    • #11
                      A: 2LT..... $6500
                      B: Z51.... $5900
                      C: GT2... $1900
                      D: ZZ3.... $1450
                      E: E60.... $1750

                      The Spyder will cost one an extra $9500

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                      • #12
                        I just hope we are pleasantly surprised.
                        frankb

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                        • #13
                          A: 2lt..... $4795
                          b: Z51.... $5995
                          c: Gt2... $995
                          d: Zz3.... $1095
                          e: E60.... $1995
                          2014 Laguna Blue 3LT Stingray
                          2019 Sebring Orange 2LT Grand Sport

                          2020 C8 in Sebring Orange 2LT with Z51, Magnetic Ride, Spectra Gray Trident wheels, Carbon Flash Mirrors/Spoiler, Front Lift, Orange Seat Belts, Black Interior, GT2 seats, Engine Appearance Package

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by frankb View Post
                            I just hope we are pleasantly surprised.
                            That would be very nice, though personally, seeing the car and knowing is goes under 3.0 seconds to 60 MPH, Mark Reuss could have livestream announced it was stating at $64,888 (one of my earlier guesses), and I would have been pleased as punch that reveal night.

                            I think we got at least a $5K MSRP, 7.18.18 bargain, and would not be surprised if that that initial $5K, will be “returned” to GM when options pricing is announced this coming Thursday.

                            Last edited by John; 08-10-2019, 10:13 AM.
                            GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                            • #15
                              I would think the multitude of options themselves could aid the corvette individual transaction price increase more so than each option price dramatically increased.

                              at least I hope...

                              i normally dont load my cars up with options so i shouldnt be too surprised.....

                              2LT could be the only wild card based on increased content from the c7...justifiably so.

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