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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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  • c8 colorway builds by FVS

    Just a few colorway builds I was playing with.

    I kinda like the grill winglets and scoop blade in body color. Balances better to my eye.

    What do you think?

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    Last edited by fvs; 07-31-2019, 06:21 PM.

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    Very nice.

    I also like your single color fender hash marks better than the current "two tone" offerings.

    If I decide to add hash marks to my C8, they will be aftermarket (and solid colored).
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    • #3
      Originally posted by fvs View Post
      I kinda like the grill winglets and scoop blade in body color. Balances better to my eye. What do you think?
      I agree with the front air intakes. The thin horizontal bar and vertical outside edge add a nice bit of body color to a front end which is mostly dark air intakes. If I end up not getting the body color exterior accents package I probably will have those particular pieces custom painted to match.

      I like the *idea* of body colored side scoop blades to clean up the lines of the car, but I'm worried that the offset between surfaces will make it look odd. The blade starts out flush at it's highest point, by the time you hit the door cut line it's already almost 1/2 inch recessed, and the offset becomes even more pronounced further down. Body colored, you may look at it and feel "they must have installed it in a hurry and couldn't get it to line up". I know that isn't actually true, but that's just the immediate reflexive response one might have.

      Edit: I personally don't care for the black rocker ground effects you've shown on the red car. I think it minimizes the muscularity of the rear "haunches" swelling out around the rear wheels. I like the smaller black rocker trim piece though since it tends to emphasize the coke-bottle shape.

      Edit 2: By the way, in case you haven't seen it, we got our first real life shot of the body colored exterior trim on the silver car in this thread.

      Body Coloer Exterior Trim


      Decisions, decisions.
      Last edited by Klinn; 07-31-2019, 06:54 PM.

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      • #4
        Those two renders are gorgeous! I'll take one of each AND I'll graciously give the red one to my bride.
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        • #5
          Thank you so very much fvs! Great choices and options for individual to consider.
          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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          • #6
            I really like the pewter 5 spoke wheels (at least in the visualizer) But I'm confused by the 'accessory' label attached to them. And the dealer brochure saying they only come as an 'extra' set of wheels. Could that actually be true...doesn't make any sense to me?

            Does anyone know more about that?
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            • #7
              Yes, they are sold as a second set of wheels delivered to your dealer. Same as the all-black Trident wheels (5DF). I have no idea why certain wheels are sold that way and others are not. Maybe somebody with more GM experience can chime in.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mobius View Post
                Very nice.

                I also like your single color fender hash marks better than the current "two tone" offerings.

                If I decide to add hash marks to my C8, they will be aftermarket (and solid colored).
                they are the factory hash marks. Just happens that the base color matches the hash color under color! ; )

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                  • #10
                    This thing is like a camelion!! It's possible no 2 will be alike!

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                    • #11
                      As Harlan said, 11,000 options altogether.
                      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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                      • #12
                        I agree FVS, I like the winglets and scoop trim in body color, but I like the rear vents in black. Your second post color, is that shadow gray?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by fvs View Post
                          Just a few colorway builds I was playing with.

                          I kinda like the grill winglets and scoop blade in body color. Balances better to my eye.

                          What do you think?
                          Thank you! I never considered builds with body color winglets and blades. Now that I see them it looks nice.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Djnsoxfan View Post
                            I agree FVS, I like the winglets and scoop trim in body color, but I like the rear vents in black. Your second post color, is that shadow gray?
                            I like the black vents too but could not figure out the options ! ; ).

                            second car is actually black. Lighting.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by George View Post
                              I really like the pewter 5 spoke wheels (at least in the visualizer) But I'm confused by the 'accessory' label attached to them. And the dealer brochure saying they only come as an 'extra' set of wheels. Could that actually be true...doesn't make any sense to me?

                              Does anyone know more about that?
                              Originally posted by Klinn View Post
                              Yes, they are sold as a second set of wheels delivered to your dealer. Same as the all-black Trident wheels (5DF). I have no idea why certain wheels are sold that way and others are not. Maybe somebody with more GM experience can chime in.
                              Note in the very last page of the order guide it shows that the black 5-open Spoke wheels are a duplicate set of wheels, one setthat comes from the factory and a second set you pick up at your dealers. Also true of the pewter ones, e.g. two complete sets of wheels.

                              If a wheel is designated as an accessory set (as those two are), they are again two complete sets of wheels.

                              As to why GM designates some as this two set combo, others as factory available, no one knows (but has been done this way for a while).
                              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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