We’ve spent pretty much most of Wednesday following the launch of the 2022 Corvette IMSA GTLM Championship Editions and now we’ve received the official release detailing the new model as well as the other options and upgrades available for the 2022 model year. We recap the C8.R Special Edition below, but let’s first take a look at the other new information for the 2022 model year.
Probably the most important detail was saved for last in the release as Chevrolet is raising the starting MSRP price by $1,200 for the 2022 Corvette Coupe from $60,995 to $62,195, and the 1LT Convertible will also see an increase of $1,200 as it will now retail for $69,695, up from $68,495. Chevy only revealed the 1LT base price for both models so it’s possible the upper levels might see a different rate of increase as that’s where the majority of production has been.
Chevy engineers have tweaked the Stingray’s LT2 V8 engine for 2022 with an upgraded direct injection fuel system, improved engine calibrations, and an enhanced Active Fuel Management range. Those changes don’t offer any additional improvement in the performance numbers and the engine remains rated at 490 hp (non-NPP) or 495 hp with the NPP performance exhaust system.
Chevrolet also released a new image of the new low-profile rear spoiler which will be offered on non-Z51 models. The new spoiler also comes with the Z51 front spoiler which helps provide an aerodynamic balance to the car.
Three new colors have already been revealed and hopefully, we might see them for real on a CTF car in the near future. Those colors are Hypersonic Gray, Caffeine and Amplify Orange.
Finally, Chevy made our day with the announcement of the first official special edition for the C8 Corvette generation. The official name is the 2022 IMSA GTLM Championship Edition and it’s available in Accelerate Yellow or Hypersonic Gray signifying the No. 3 and No. 4 liveries on Corvette Racing’s C8.Rs. Each car has reversed stripes and a C8.R Edition graphic is behind the side intakes. The interior features the Strike Yellow/Sky Cool Gray GT2 seats (upgradeable to Competition Seats) with Yellow seatbelts and a very cool-looking interior plaque featuring the build number. Only 1,000 will be offered and each will come with a No.3 or No.4 Corvette C8.R car cover that matches the car’s color scheme.
Pricing for the IMSA GTLM Championship Edition adds $6,595 to the cost of the car. Based on the new rates, the base price for the Coupe would be $86,735 and the Convertible would start at $94,035.
You can read the official release below.
CHEVROLET INTRODUCES SPECIAL EDITION 2022 CORVETTE STINGRAY
To celebrate Corvette C8.R IMSA GTLM 2020 season dominance, Corvette Stingray enters model year 2022 with a special edition, plus new exterior color and spoiler options
DETROIT – Chevrolet took over the Raceway at Belle Isle Park today to celebrate Corvette Racing’s dominant 2020 season by introducing the 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition.
In left-hand drive markets, Chevrolet will release just 1,000 of these distinctively styled Corvettes, which resemble the No. 3 and No. 4 Corvette C8.R race cars. These special edition supercars were designed to commemorate the mid-engine Corvette C8.R’s inaugural season. In 2020, Corvette Racing swept IMSA’s sports car championship series, taking the Manufacturers, Drivers and Team titles.
Corvette Racing’s Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia drove coupe and convertible No. 3 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Editions across Belle Isle’s MacArthur Bridge and onto the track. Teammate Nick Tandy led on track in a Corvette Stingray convertible, the official pace car of the 2021 Detroit Grand Prix. Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner followed the group in the No. 4 Corvette C8.R race car.
“Racing has been part of the Corvette’s DNA from nearly the beginning,” said Laura Klauser, General Motors Sports Car Program manager. “Both the Corvette Stingray and C8.R have seen tremendous success capitalizing on the benefits of a mid-engine platform – and we’re just getting started.”
Corvette Racing shined during IMSA’s 2020 sports car championship series, capturing six victories and seven pole positions, and setting the fastest class race laps in six events. During the 2020 series, Chevrolet won the GT Manufacturers title – its 13th since 2001. Taylor, Garcia, and the No. 3 Corvette C8.R crew won the GTLM Drivers and Team championships.
The C8.R races on home turf in Detroit for the first time Saturday, June 12. The Chevrolet Sports Car Classic will air live at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
IMSA GTLM Championship Edition
The 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition is based on the 3LT trim with Z51 Performance Package. Each car includes Corvette Racing-themed graphics packages. Accelerate Yellow No. 3 editions feature gray graphics and Hypersonic Gray No. 4 editions feature yellow accents.
Additional exterior content (varies by market):
Each car comes with a custom-fitted indoor car cover rendered to the appearance of the No. 3 or No. 4 Corvette C8.R race car, per each Special Edition’s color and graphic scheme.
The IMSA GTLM Championship Edition package starts at $6,595. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes tax.
Corvette for 2022
In addition to the all-new IMSA GTLM Championship Edition, the 2022 Corvette Stingray lineup features three new exterior colors: Hypersonic Gray, Caffeine and Amplify Orange Tintcoat1. A new low-profile rear spoiler and the Z51 design front splitter will be offered on non-Z51 models.
Corvette Stingray’s LT2 6.2L V-8 engine enters 2022 with an upgraded direct injection fuel system, improved engine calibration and an enhanced Active Fuel Management range. It remains rated at 490 horsepower or 495 horsepower, with the available performance exhaust system. Driving through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, a Z51-equipped model is capable of 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds.
The mid-engine Corvette Stingray is offered in coupe and convertible models in 1LT, 2LT and 3LT trims, with the Z51 Performance Package available on all trims. Magnetic Ride Control is available with or without the Z51 Performance Package. Coupes include a removable roof panel that stores in the rear trunk, and convertibles include a power-retractable hardtop.
Dual cargo compartments offer a total of 12.6 cubic feet of cargo volume, with a trunk large enough for two sets of golf clubs.
The 2022 Corvette Stingray visualizer is now live on Chevrolet.com. Dealers will begin taking orders July 1, starting at $62,195, including destination freight charge, for coupe models and $69,695, including DFC, for the convertible. The MSRP excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Bowling Green Assembly will begin model year 2022 production in late third quarter.