It’s been one year since the reveal of the 2020 Corvette and now we have the C8 Coupe, Convertible, and the C8.R racecars in the current portfolio. Tadge offers a quick update on the recent success of Corvette Racing over the last three races before moving on to the latest news with new Corvette production which can be summed up with the following:
We’ve literally built thousands of corvette coupes 2020 coupes since we started production in February, even though we did have to take a pretty substantial break for a few months for the COVID pandemic. Our first priority of course was the safety of our team members at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. But now we’re back up and running, and we’re running full steam ahead. We want to build as many cars as we can for the customers that have been waiting for many many years…”
Tadge goes on to talk about how they extended the 2020 model year as long as they could to build those Corvettes that were ordered. The 2020 Convertible has also started production and Tadge points out that the Accelerate Yellow Convertible behind him in the GM Heritage Center is the car he has been driving all summer.
When it comes to revealing the “future” of the C8 Corvette, Tadge shares the latest 2021 model year information and what’s new for the C8’s sophomore year. The biggest news for Tadge is that the Magnetic Selective Ride Control that can be ordered without Z51:
Probably the biggest change we made for 2021 is that we’re making the magnetic selective ride system that previously could only be gotten with the Z51 package. Now you can have that on every Corvette. It’s almost a “magic shock absorber system” that combines the best of roadworthiness and compliant plush ride.
The C8’s color offerings for 2021 are being updated with the two new colors, Silver Flare and Red Mist. Tadge says the Silver Flare features “a lot of travel,” meaning that the difference between the bright sections and darker sections depending on the way the car is lighted is much greater than most silver exteriors. Red Mist is a favorite color of the Chief Engineer and he says “photos don’t do it justice,” and adds “It looks really rich but it has a fire that comes through that tintcoat that’s unlike any paint color we’ve done in recent memory.”
The 2021s will start immediately after 2020 model year orders are wrapped up and Tadge says there will be “essentially no break” between the model years and that they are going to “Roll into 2021 to build as many cars as they can.”
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