Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles sits down for an extended interview with John Price of the East Ontario Corvette Club. We previously featured John’s interview with Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter back in May, so we expect this to be a great interview as well.
The only ground rules with Harlan are “no questions about future products,” which we all know members of the Corvette Team can’t discuss anyway, but everything else is pretty much open to discussion.
John does a great job in setting up the interview with Harlan, who has been with GM since 1988. Harlan is an engineer in his own right and many might not know that he holds 11 patents. After the great set-up, Harlan talks about his path from first joining the automaker to his insistent lobbying to get on the Corvette Team, which happened in 1991.
Harlan tells some of the backstories of when the team actually started working on the modern mid-engine design which goes back to 2006, and then some of the obstacles that were in the way through its initial design phase and leading up to production.
The Product Manager is asked some about the changing demographics with the new mid-engine Corvette, and the discussion also includes several of the prestigious industry awards that have been bestowed upon the 2020 Corvette.
Harlan does talk about the 2021 Corvette and the discusses the new colors. He confirms that the pricing for the next model will stay the same as the 2021 Corvettes, and he specifically states that base prices for the 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT packages will be unchanged. Prior to his interview, I believe we only heard the Corvette Team state that the “base model” MSRP pricing hasn’t changed. So great news there!
Some other new features for 2021 he discusses are the FE2 Magnetic Ride for non-Z51 cars, as well as wireless phone projection, a new interior as well as all the new stripe and graphics coming, and something new to 2021 is that the MyMode and ZMode will have a visual configurator that allows owners to easily adjust the settings.
As the host is Canadian, he asks Harlan about his memorable trips into the country and he’s been through nearly all provinces. Harlan talks about one of his most memorable trips when he drove to Alaska in his 1991 Corvette and talks about some of the experiences along the way.
It’s a great interview as John covers all the important aspects of Harlan’s work with the Corvette, but also many of his personal experiences and opinions are drawn out as well.
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