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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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NSX 1.0 and ls2 GTO guy here waiting on the c8

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  • NSX 1.0 and ls2 GTO guy here waiting on the c8

    I was just at NSXPO annual NSX meet and a few of us are holding off on getting the NSX 2.0 when news of the c8 with the engine in the proper location. Came out.

    Exciting times......
    Supercharged (Twin Screw) NSX
    Supercharged (Roots) GTO
    Supercharged (Centrifugal) S-10
    PRHT Club Sport MX-5

    SOLD: 1993 RX-7

  • #2
    Welcome BATMANs. This is exactly the kind of news that GM is hoping for, that the new ME 2020 Corvette is attractive to non-traditional Corvette buyers. In the highly competitive world of sports cars, a “brand conquest’ (the industry term for a new to the brand buyer) is the ultimate prize.

    Welcome to MECF! We are pleased you joined us.
    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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    • #3
      A little background:

      I've always liked the NSX for it's build quality and everyday usability.

      But it's lack of TQ (namely towards the lower end of the RPMs) made me park the car in the garage for a couple of years (after I picked up a 2005 GTO with a Maggie) - only to drive it once in a while to lubricate the parts and charge the battery.

      I almost sold the NSX for a C6 Z, but when my friend gave me a ride in it, I felt that the car could use more weight over the rear wheels.

      We've all heard and seen the drawings of the rear mid engine vettes for 4 decades.

      This time this looks like the real deal.

      I just hope it's not rolled out during our much overdue market correction.

      Ford GT is nice, but if this vette rolls out, it's not that nice.

      Supercharged (Twin Screw) NSX
      Supercharged (Roots) GTO
      Supercharged (Centrifugal) S-10
      PRHT Club Sport MX-5

      SOLD: 1993 RX-7

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      • #4
        Good analysis and helpful info. How does the 2020 Corvette ME's around 475-505 TQ sound to you, especially with its price being about half of the NSX 2.0's intro price?
        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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        • #5
          Since my NSX (430rwhp on Costco gas and 500rwhp on E85) has already walked my friend's 570SL Gallardo and another friend's F458 I would like to see something in the 700HP arena since there is a strong chance that the C8 won't be at the 3000lbs range due to current safety and emission regulations. NSX 2.0 are already having quality issues. But then again it's an untested build team in OH, not in Japan. The only good news is that I have learned is that Bobby Rahal son supposedly cracked the ECU and said that NSX's making 700HP with stock engine will be cake. His exhaust makes 40rwhp from what I have heard. But the NSX 2.0 is a porker at 3800lbs (weight of my GTO).
          Last edited by BATMANs; 10-10-2018, 11:09 AM.
          Supercharged (Twin Screw) NSX
          Supercharged (Roots) GTO
          Supercharged (Centrifugal) S-10
          PRHT Club Sport MX-5

          SOLD: 1993 RX-7

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            Welcome to the site, enjoy all the members & information you'll find here ... Click image for larger version

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            • #7
              They should call it a Mid-Rear engine since the current C7 is a front mid like an RX7.... or miata
              Supercharged (Twin Screw) NSX
              Supercharged (Roots) GTO
              Supercharged (Centrifugal) S-10
              PRHT Club Sport MX-5

              SOLD: 1993 RX-7

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              • #8
                I think that mid rear engine term would confuse a whole bunch of folks, for not all are car crazies as we are. Only 50% of current Corvette owners even know that there are Corvette forums, and only 1 in 4 Corvette owners ever join one.
                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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