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  • Proof: 1st 2019 Option Extinct

    We all suspicioned that the first of the ordering constraints on the 2019 C7, and therefore in my personal opinion the entire C7 generation, would be starting sometime next year, but here is official GM proof from the www.GMfleetorderguide.com web site, that already the very first 2019 option can no longer be ordered.

    I wondered last week, posted this very question in our “Weekly Constraint Updates” thread, that it was suspicious to me that the option code “RQ2” chrome torque directional wheels, for the first time were 100% constrained two weeks in a row, and asked then, “whether this could be the first permanent 2019 constraint?”

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    Thankfully this particular option was ordered in pretty small amounts — thought it was available for the Stingray, Z-51 and Grand Sport models.

    Bottom line is that the first of the 2019 ordering options is already extinct, so IMO anyone still wanting to order a 2019 C7 with exactly the options there were wanting (minus that one), best of luck, and please do not wait much longer to place your 2019 C7 order.

    I consequently believe that now the first 2019 C7 option is now gone, but that we will increasingly see additional 2019 options be phased until, sometime during the 2018/2019 winter, we should not be surprised that the last consensus, the last time to order, a 2019 C7 is publicly announced.

    Could that time also be the very last time to order any C7. I personally think so. Of course, I can not stress enough that we have heard nothing official from GM that even there will be a mid engine Corvette ever coming, let alone that the 2019 Corvette will be the last time one could order a C7.

    However, when something looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, ???

    Next, we will see the second 2019 option go away, perhaps again a limited order, secondary one. But for those who wait to place their order, please be aware that those who “wake up late,” could find that the exact seat color they were wanting has also just been declared extinct sometime over the next several months Or could it be, that no more 7M’s, or even no more convertibles, or even no more, eventually we will learn that no more of a major model (such as a Z06), could have its 2019 order placed.

    If you are ordering a 2019 C7, please do not wait, instead contact your dealer fairly soon, for the next ordering consensus is exactly one week away, for while sometimes GM announces “upcoming last opportunities” to order a specific option, GM is never required to give such advance notice — just as it did not in the case of the R2Q wheels.

    What will be the next 2019 C7 option to become extinct? And when might that be? And what could be the consequences of waiting one extra week to place your 2019 C7 order? Eventually that extra week could mean disaster for your chosen option, or much worse than that.
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    I am very surprised to see the first C7 option be no longer be available. I would have expected the first one to become passé not until early next year.
    Enjoying my Shadow gray C8. What a car it is.

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    • #3
      Getting close to 50 days until the detroit auto show possible reveal...

      i expect all hell to breakloose once that happens..

      discounts on left over c7 s could be tough for many to ignore...

      the c7 has beem such a great model.

      even it ints last year..r oad and track magazine just named the corvette zr1 performance car of the year...

      thats dam impressive.

      the news media usually buries the last year corvette of each generation to make room for all the accolades they will pile on the mext new generation corvette as it breaks cover..

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      • #4
        Could there simply be a problem with those particular wheels or the company had some problems and no longer offer or do not wish to stand behind the warranty?
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        • #5
          Good question Frenzy36.

          Unlike some other C7 wheels, I am unaware of a single issue with the R2Q wheels, have not read a single post on any forum of anyone who had an issue with their bending, cracking, nor similar.

          Doubt we will ever know the exact reason, but since GM has stated in their official documents that that option is ‘build out for the 2019 model year,” we are seeing the very first of the C7 options to be no longer offered, especially interesting and candidly surprising since the 2019 model year is scheduled, as currently noted on dealership computers, to at least go through the end of March. To totally end an option 4 1/2 months before the model year is schedule to be over, is candidly early.

          If we start to see additional options being listed as ending in the next couple of months, personally, I am going to read the tea leaves as pointing to not just 2019’s ending, but all C7 production ending sometime in the spring. But of course, the last time I was infallible, was when I was a teenager.
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          • #6
            Well, this puts some pressure on the Z06 vs C8 in 2019 decision.....

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            • #7
              Wonder what will be the next shoe to drop by the wayside, e.g, the next 2019 option to become extinct?
              Enjoying my Shadow gray C8. What a car it is.

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              • #8
                Quite honestly, I believe that those 'chrome' wheels were dropped because of a lack of buyer interest. I'll refrain from going further on the issue of 'chrome wheels' in general. Beyond that, I believe John's thoughts and concerns are valid.
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                • #9
                  That could well be tooold2race. Say those chrome torque direction wheels were selling at a rate of 150 sets a year, and get manufactured in sets of 100. And GM saw a chance that if they ordered another 100 sets from the supplier, that they would have some unsold when 2019 C7 production ended.

                  However, what if, that is not the only option that has gone missing —though the chrome torque directional wheels are the only option that is yet officially listed as finished for the entire production year in the GMfleetorderguide? The reason I ask that is that I cam across an interesting other item listed in the publicly-accessible GMfleetorder guide, and that is the following ones:

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                  Could that be a different circumstance, for those items have only been three weeks “not available,” and might return as soon as next Thursday’s concensus? Could be that we see them available the next ordering cycle; though, could it be that they do not return.But if we we see them unavailable for much longer, maybe that is a hidden, additional, no longer available this MY set of options.

                  The reason I am suspect about these items no returning, is that they are individually and collectively, visible carbon fiber, made at the same factory that is making the most-constrained, all year long, visible carbon fiber parts for the ZR1. Knowing the importance of the ZR1 (the “king”), and knowing that they are all hand laid up with no additional supplier manufacturing capacity, did GM tell that supplier to forget the non-ZR1 parts and put all your capacity into making parts for the king?

                  Inquiring minds are curious; I will monitor this public document over the next weeks/months, and see if we could learn more.
                  Last edited by John; 11-24-2018, 09:59 AM.
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                  • #10
                    Here is that www.GMfleetorderguide site that is publicly available, that you might wish to look at periodically. The key is that if you select “distribution updates,” it brings you any/all ordering changes that occur week by week. If you instead select “ordering information,” you get detailed lists of which options are, and which ones are not availble for different model/sub-model combinations. It is a great resource for those interested.

                    www.gmfleetorderguide.com
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                    • #11
                      Effective 11/26/2018, the following changes will be made to the Vehicle Order Guide:
                      • Stingray, Z51, Grand Sport Coupe Mechanical section-(RVK) LPO, Performance air intake, added a footnote 1 to all equipment groups that reads "No longer available to order."
                      • Stingray, Z51, Grand Sport Convertible Mechanical section-(RVK) LPO, Performance air intake, added a footnote 1 to all equipment groups that reads "No longer available to order."
                      • Z06 Mechanical section-(RVK) LPO, Performance air intake, added a footnote 1 to all equipment groups that reads "No longer available to order."
                      • ZR1 Mechanical section-(RVK) LPO, Performance air intake, added a footnote 1 to all equipment groups that reads "No longer available to order."

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                      • #12
                        Thank you Jag. That is a surprise; wonder why.

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                        • #13
                          Did anybody buy GM s performance intake?

                          i think gm should cut down on options and colors to get a fever pitch for those who must have a front engine corvette...

                          drag out the beginning of the end for those that hate change with each new generation..

                          its funny to read and watch as some of those guys can go absolutely beserk

                          im still laughing about the round taillight freak out when the c7 came out...

                          talk about rigid ....oooohhhh...

                          i actually think flip up headlights were more easily processed by corvette enthusiasts than many had with regards to losing those round tail lights...

                          i cant wait till the corvette goes rear mid engine only and we get to watch some old corvette enthusiasts heads explode...

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                          • #14
                            Is this evidence that the C7 is coming to an end?

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                            • #15
                              The fact that this option has not been orderable for many months, does not mean the C7 is coming to an end. Also, re that performance intake option, I am starting to see info that it could return at some time as a dealer installed option.

                              As to the the overriding question as to whether the C7 is ending, that is a completely separate question. I believe that the 2019 C7 is its last year, as do most of the members of this forum. However, there is a strong minority of MECF members who believe the C7 will be co-assembled along side the C7.

                              Of course GM has not said a word either way as to whether the C7 is continuing, nor has GM said that the C8 mid engine is coming either.
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