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Things are starting to heat up about the new C8 Z06! And CORVETTE TODAY covers it all in this News & Headlines episode. Here are some of the topics you'll hear about ...
1. Final stats for the 2021 model year C8 Corvette
2. Nearly half of the C8.R IMSA Edition C8’s are already sold
3. 2022 C8 Configurator is now live
4. The C8 was the 2nd fastest selling new car in August 2021
5. Consumer Reports declines to recommend the 2021 C8 Corvette
6. 2021 C8 tops its class in the JD Power APEAL Study
7. A Nurburgring video captures 2023 C8 Z06 with unofficial track time
8. We have video evidence that the C8 Z06 will also come in an HTC
9. Did we see the reveal colors on the last teaser video for the C8 Z06?
10. Another Easter Egg discovery on the C8 Z06 “Save the Date” video
11. Spy photos of the C8 E-ray confirm it’s a performance hybrid
12. New Zealand about to get their right-hand drive C8 Corvettes
13. The C8 Z06 might break 3 production V8 records
14. Chevrolet has officially quit making the LT5 engine with 755 hp

This is a long list of topics, and it's not everything that's covered in this episode of the CORVETTE TODAY podcast.

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  • New C8 Spy Pictures

    Thanks so much to Motor1, we have these just released ME pictures. Gee, what a pity, that some of the front grille camo came off.

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    [Quote=Motor1] New Mid-Engined Corvette Spy Photos Reveal Details Front And Rear


    MAR 12, 2019 at 3:39PM

    Christopher Smith
    BY: CHRISTOPHER SMITH It's our best look at the C8's front fascia and sculptured taillights.


    Today’s been quite a day for C8 Corvette news. Earlier we reported on an article from Hagerty that talked about some of the mid-engined Corvette woes, including its advanced electrical system and aluminum frame that can’t seem to withstand extremely high horsepower. Now, we have a new set of spy photos showing some fresh detail on both the front and rear of the forthcoming supercar. The Latest C8 News:

    Largest Corvette Dealer Taking C8 Deposits, Reveal Possibly Nigh

    'GM Supplier' Alleges C8 Corvette Production Begins In December

    C8 Chevrolet Corvette Fleet Spied With GM President In Passenger Seat

    GM Patent App Suggests Variable Geometry Spoiler For C8 Corvette
    This particular test car is still heavily wrapped, but the area around the corner intakes on the front fascia are surprisingly open. A good telephoto lens and some help from the sun illuminate some of the details underneath. The intake looks very much like the renderings we’ve seen in the past, right down to the bisecting piece of horizontal trim that could also be an LED light on different Corvette models. We’re also granted a close look at the multi-matrix LED headlights, which we believe to be production-spec at the point.
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    Turning our attention to the back, the sunshine once again helps reveal details to the C8’s taillights. The look isn’t too far off from the current Corvette, with two aggressively sculptured vertical bars connected by a horizontal one. It’s also wearing the “batwing” spoiler we’ve seen previously, though this one looks like it might be toned down ever-so-slightly. We’ve seen many wings on various prototypes at this point, suggesting Chevrolet is still trying to pin down the best design.

    Other components could still be in flux as well. The recent Hagerty report mentioned something of a struggle taking place between Chevrolet engineers and designers over various C8 bits, with the two sides apparently seeking a compromise between form and function. It’s allegedly part of the reason behind reports of delays for the much-anticipated mid-engined Corvette. Initially, it was expected to debut in Detroit, then the New York Auto Show was on the docket. Various sources now tell us the C8’s development problems are largely a thing of the past, and a standalone reveal in late spring or early summer is almost guaranteed, with production beginning in December.

    Of course, none of this information can be confirmed at this point.]


    Source: Automedia[/Quote]

    https://www.motor1.com/news/313226/m...hotos-details/
    Last edited by John; 03-12-2019, 04:05 PM.
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    GM spent literally over 100 hours on the 2019 ZR1’s front fascia/grille airflow in the wind tunnel, most personally done by Chief Corvette Designer Kirk Bennion. Notice the similarity with what they learned from the ZR1, now appearing on the ME. (Below picture is fromm GM official ZR1 initial press release photo files.). While not identical, some learning has carried over.

    We just love it when camo flies off.

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    • #3
      I am also struck that this is the clearest picture we have seen about the headlight’s straight LED strip going across the top of it. Thanks again Motor1. You are a terrific source of C8 news.

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      • #4
        I know with the C7 in front of the rear tire gets rock chips unless you added sides to the bottom. With the vent on the C8 I hope they come up with something the same to protect the paint surface.
        frankb

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        • #5
          Clearest ME tail light pictures ever!

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          • #6
            A couple additional ones:

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            • #7
              Serious upsloping rear deck angle is a surprise to me. Sure there is a perspective issue on this picture, but this amount of deck upslope is not what I expected. Totally a camera angle issue?

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              • #8
                Looks to be on a track? And with snow on the ground. So, location? Like my property right now, so I'd believe it's current Detroit area.

                Car still loaded with camo fakery around the rear. More even than we have seen on "naked" cars.
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                2LT, Z51 + MRC. GT1 seats.
                Spectra Grey Tridents.
                Carbon flash mirrors and spoiler.

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                • #9
                  Good question Bikerjulio. I do not recognize the track either. Might it be GM’s Milford Proving Ground, for it has 140 miles of track? Never been invited to experience that facility.

                  Anyone recognize it please?
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                  • #10
                    The taillights remind me of those on the new Blazer and new Camaro with such a 3D design.


                    Also note the red seatbelts, which we’ve seen available on the ZL1 with various exterior colors. The squircle steering wheel is still there, which is something I’m a fan of.
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                    • #11
                      Thanks Quinten. I had not noticed a couple of the items you pointed out.
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                      • #12
                        GM Authority’s take on today’s pictures.

                        Originally posted by gmauthority
                        Mid-Engine Corvette C8: Our Best Look At Production Front Fascia

                        The mid-engine Corvette C8 may be slightly delayed, but that hasn’t stopped the development team from continuing to test the model. And today, our sleuthing spy managed to catch up to the latest prototype of the upcoming sports car and snap photos of the production-intent front fascia and headlights.



                        That, in and of itself, would not be very news-worthy given that we already got a good look at the front fascia and headlights late last month. But this time around, some of the camo was being blown off, revealing more about the face of the future Corvette.



                        Interestingly, the front clip of the mid-engine Corvette C8 seen here looks identical to the leaked photo from the Corvette factory that we saw in October 2017. We can also see the design of the plastic insert flanking the grille, below each headlight. That pattern is nearly identical to that of the grilles on the sixth-gen Camaro ZL1 as well as Chevy’s new Blazer RS.
                        2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS Photo Exterior 005
                        The grille pattern of Corvette C8 seems highly reminiscent to that of 2019 Blazer RS, pictured

                        2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Flowtie Chevy logo
                        Gen six Camaro ZL1 was the first Chevrolet model to introduce the grille patterns seen on the 2019 Blazer RS and upcoming Corvette C8

                        In addition, we got an even better look at the upcoming Corvette’s headlights. The headlight cluster houses a multi-matrix LED configuration. A white strip at the top does double duty as the Daytime Running Light (DRL) as well as a signature lighting accent. Notably, the strip turns amber/orange when the turn signal indicator is enabled.

                        Mid-Engine Corvette C8 - Spy Shots - Exterior - March 2019 003 - Headlights

                        The latest scuttlebutt has it that the mid-engine Corvette C8 will go into production in December 2019. The base variant will continue using the Stingray name, much like the the current Corvette C7.

                        Mid-Engine Corvette C8 - Spy Shots - Exterior - March 2019 004 - Headlights

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                        • #13
                          Does it look like there is a second, shorter, more vertical LED light strip on the headlights (“yellow arrow”)?

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                          • #14
                            Camo's wearing off. Its gonna come off one way or another.

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                            • #15
                              It may be the angle of the camera but those rocker panel side skirts seem awfully large. Just some additional padding? I agree John about the back in....must have lots of padding there...at least I hope it does because that is one BIG BUTT.... Thanks Motor1....made my day with some fresh info and pics.

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