For those Corvette buyers who are waiting for the new 2017 color Admiral Blue, it looks like General Motors is going to grant your Christmas wish early. We learned that the new color (RPO GTR/705U) is already in the order system and is available to be ordered on 2016 Corvettes in April with production scheduled for May and June.
The Admiral Blue exterior is almost synonymous with the Grand Sport model and while the color is coming early, you’ll still have to wait for 2017 production to begin before you can get your 2017 Grand Sport.
But for you 2016 buyers that have waited until the last moment, this could be a unique opportunity to get a low production color for your Corvette. Chevrolet will offer Admiral Blue during the next two consensus order periods which end April 14th and April 28th. The Admiral Blue is RPO Code GTR but it may show as Opulent Blue Metallic (705U) in the order system.
The first opportunity to order a 2017 Corvette (Stingray and Grand Sport) will begin in May.
In another first, GM has promised the 2017 Corvette Order Guide on April 25th which is before the 2017 model rollout at the NCM Bash later that week. That means we may learn much about the 2017 Corvette in the days leading up to the Bash as we scrutinize the Corvette Order Guide for changes and updates to the car.
Production of the 2016 Corvette is still expected to end on June 24th with the 2017 Corvette Stingrays and Grand Sports starting up the same day. GM has said that they will be offering a 50/50 mix of Grand Sports and Stingrays during the initial 2017 model run while the Coupe/Convertible production split is expected to be around 80% Coupes and 20% Convertibles.
Production of the 2017 Corvette Z06 will begin in late summer with the first order cycle scheduled for July 28th.
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