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CORVETTE TODAY #109 - Corvette News & Headlines, Mid-May 2022

Join your CORVETTE TODAY host, Steve Garrett and Keith Cornett from and they discuss what’s happening with America’s Sports Car.;
1. Hard Top Convertibles now account for 48% of Corvette orders
2. Here are the most popular Corvette colors of 2022
3. 70th anniversary models delayed because of wheel constraints
4. Export versions of the C8 Z06 with corner mounted exhaust will be exported
5. The 2023 Stingray/Z06 Owner’s Manual available for download
6. The 2023 C8 Z06 is the official Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500
7. Corvette Racing’s drivers take a C8 Stingray on the track at Spring Mountain
8. Corvette Hall Of Fame inductees announced
9. Corvette is the AutoCar 2022 Dream Car of the Year

CORVETTE TODAY is the best way to stay current on what’s happening with Corvette! Don’t miss this episode…..

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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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2018 Powertrain Development Vehicle (Pics)

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  • 2018 Powertrain Development Vehicle (Pics)

    The following are photos of the 2018 Powertrain Development Vehicle that was used to test the new LT2 in the mid-engine configuration. It was primarily used at the Milford Proving Grounds in Milford, Michigan. This vehicle is currently displayed at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and is on loan from General Motors. The following is the description of the car on the “Did You Know” placard that is displayed with the car.

    “This 2018 development mid-engine Corvette was used at the Milford Proving Grounds to test the new 6.2-liter LT2 engine. The vehicle is outfitted with test equipment to record data during testing on track at the proving grounds, with a unique exhaust system that allowed Corvette engineers to run various tests on the engine. During its test runs at the proving grounds the car was vinyl wrapped with the now famous 8th Generation camouflage. After the reveal of the new mid-engine Corvette in California, the camouflage was stripped from the development vehicles, revealing this multi-colored, Next Generation Corvette.

    The new mid-engine Corvette is the culmination of years of developments in engineering and styling. Since the 1950s, Zora Arkus-Duntov had pushed for Corvette to become a mid-engine sports car to rival the likes of mid-engine European sports cars and race cars. For over 60 years Chevrolet has experimented with mid-engine vehicles including CERV I, CERV II, Aerovette, Astro II, Corvette INDY, and CERV III. Aerovette, Astro II, Corvette INDY, and CERV III, to just name a few. It is with the 2020 production mid-engine Corvette that Zora’s dream is realized and this development vehicle played a major role in making it happen."

    In addition, GM had sent one of the early 40% sized clay models to be viewed during the 25th Anniversary Celebration.


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    Thanks Jag. Since the rear lower valance is light gray instead of black, there are some details that are more apparent. Looks like there are two rear cameras just below the license plate area for the backup view. At the rear corner there appears to be a second sensor just below the one we've seen in the exhaust grille. I wonder if these are both for the cross-traffic alert and blind spot alert or something different?

    I guess that 40% clay was the one they used for preliminary wind tunnel testing? (as shown in one of the vids you posted)


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      Those of you who don't like the C8's exhaust tips? Be glad we didn't get these (photo 2, above).
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