With last week’s reveal of the Final Edition C7 Corvette for the European market, Car and Driver offered up their opinion on one of the most asked questions about the C8: Will Chevy produced the front engine C7 alongside the mid-engine C8?
The question has been ever-present since the first sighting of the mid-engine Corvettes and while we initially believed that C7s and C8s were going to be manufactured together, our opinion changed sometime last summer with it looking more and more like the C8 would be offered exclusively with the C7s retired after the 2019 model year.
But the truth of the matter is we just don’t know yet.
But that doesn’t mean we don’t have an opinion. Our take is that if the C8 Corvette is affordable and has the storage space needed to make it a daily driver (and we hear that it is), then there is no reason to continue to produce the C7 alongside it. Remember that Tadge Juechter once said the C7 makes the C6 obsolete? What’s the C8 going to do to the C7? Higher performance versions will come, just as they did in previous generations, and Chevy gets repeat customers who move up to the next model as they have always done.
I also like to point to the fact that Chevrolet is currently producing as many C7s as it can, despite lower sales, a higher MSRP, and no sign of factory incentives anywhere to move the estimated 8,000 Corvettes on the ground at this time. You could almost say that Chevy doesn’t have to build the C7 and C8 concurrently with that kind of inventory already available.
Car and Driver did put a nice twist with their take, suggesting that only the higher-end C7 models like the Z06 and ZR1s will be built alongside the C8s:
We have it on good authority that there will be some overlap between production of the C7 and C8 Corvettes for the first year or two of the mid-engined C8 car’s run, with the high-performance Z06 and ZR1 C7 models continuing on as Chevrolet builds out the C8 lineup beyond the base car, which will launch first.
It does make sense for Chevrolet to get as much production out of the high-performance models like the ZR1 which can retail for $140,000 or more. Chevy listed a total of 1,940 ZR1s sold and/or ordered as of January 2nd and it was estimated early on that the ZR1 would run have a production run somewhere around 2,500 or so. If the C8 is delayed as rumored, run as many ZR1s as you have sales for and we might also suggest some additional 7-speed manual Grand Sports and Z06s as well.
Because once the C8 hits the market we’re going all in on the new car. The radically new Corvette will cause such a stir in that the base model will be the one to have, just like the C7 Stingray was the hot car in late 2013 and throughout 2014.
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