It’s hard to believe that production of the 2016 Corvette will be ending in just a few months. Seems like we were just at the NCM for last year’s bash where all the great updates and specials editions like the Z06 C7.R Edition were announced. But time flies and model years come to an end. Thanks to our friend Rick ‘Corvette’ Conti, we have some important production-related dates for the 2016/2017 Corvettes.
Production of the 2016 Corvettes will end on June 24th. That means your last opportunity to order a 2016 Corvette will come with the final order cycle on May 12th. Get with your dealer sooner rather than later and if you’ve been getting the run-around from a smaller dealerships with limited inventory, you might want to take a look at the larger volume dealers who will have allocation and inventory right up to the very end of production.
Production of the 2017 Corvette Stingray will start on June 24th while the 2017 Z06 will start on September 5th. Yes, 2016 and 2017 Corvette production will be a ending and starting the same day which sort of implies no major tooling changes will be necessary for the 2017s Corvette Stingrays. However, it is interesting that GM is staggering the start of the 2017 Z06 until September 5th so that means nearly two and a half months without Z06 production. Let’s hope that downtime will be put to good use!
The first order cycle for the 2017 Corvette Stingray will be May 26th while the first order cycle for the 2017 Corvette Z06 will start on July 28th.
GM will be showing off the changes for the 2017 Corvette Stingray and Z06 at the annual National Corvette Museum Bash event, now sponsored by Michelin. The 2017 Corvettes will be on display beginning on Thursday, April 28 and the annual “What’s New with Corvette” seminar will be held the following morning at 10 am CT on Friday, April 29th.
Normally, the order guides are available just after the bash but pricing always seems to lag into June. As GM has raised pricing every single year of the C7’s production, bargain hunters might consider looking at picking up a 2016 Corvette which are always discounted by the large volume dealers, especially at the end of the model year.
CorvetteBlogger is already booked for the Michelin NCM Bash and so make sure you check back as some details of the new Corvette will inevitably leak prior to the Bash event.
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