One of the many advantages that Corvette has over its competitors is the ability for the team to interact directly with buyers and enthusiasts on a personal level. That’s one of the reasons why Chevrolet sends so many of its engineers and other team members to enthusiast events like Corvettes at Carlisle.
Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles was back in Carlisle for his 16th straight show and this year he brought with him the new 2018 Corvette Carbon 65 Edition as the featured model. But wait, there’s more! Towards the end of the presentation, the new Sebring Orange exterior was revealed and with the news that it will be available on 2018 Corvettes later this year!
Harlan was joined in the 2018 presentation by Phil Minch, Corvette’s Program Engineering Manager and Ben Whybrew, Bowling Green Assembly Plant’s Quality Engineering Manager.
First up was the Carbon 65 Edition which celebrates the 65th Anniversary of the Corvette. A total of 650 Carbon 65s will be offered and already the model is close to being a sellout. Harlan then offers a walkaround, talking about the new Ceramic Matric Gray exterior and all the carbon fiber content on the car.
After Harlan went through the updates for the 2018 Corvette, Ben Whybrew talked about the changes to the plant’s assembly process and how the changes will improve quality.
Phil Minch talked about one of his favorite options, the ability to order the Grand Sport with the J57 Carbon Ceramic brakes without having to order the Z07 package with the cup tires. He talked about the retirement of Black Rose Metallic and commented that “we probably pulled the plug on a little too early” on the popular color. But he said there was a reason for it.
Harlan asked the crowd if they were expecting a big announcement at Carlisle, alluding to the rumors of the 2018 Corvette ZR1 that would be revealed at the show. Telling the crowd they are going to be disappointed, he did offer “a little announcement” in showing off the new exterior color for 2018 Corvettes called Sebring Orange that will replace Black Rose Metallic.
Here is the 2018 Corvette Presentatation from Corvettes at Carlisle: