Celebrating the Manufacturers, Drivers and Teams titles achieved by the Corvette Racing during the IMSA Sports Car Championship Series in 2020, Chevrolet presented the special edition 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship, both in coupe, as well as a convertible version.
2020 was the inaugural season of the Chevy Corvette C8.R in these IMSA championships, achieving 6 victories and 7 leading positions, in addition to setting the fastest race laps in 6 of the races.
The presentation of this special edition of the new Corvette took place on the race track at Belle Isla Park. There Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia of Corvette Racing drove a No. 3 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Editions coupe and convertible across the MacArthur Bridge from Belle Isle and onto the track. His teammate Nick Tandy led the track in a Corvette Stingray convertible, the official safety car of the 2021 Detroit Grand Prix. Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner followed the group in the No. 4 Corvette C8 race car. .R.
Regarding the new super sports car, in left-hand drive markets, Chevrolet will release just 1,000 of these distinctively styled Corvettes, which closely resemble the No. 3 and No. 4 Corvette C8.Rs.
In the presentation the manager of the sports car program of General Motors, Laura Klauser, commented “Racing has been a part of Corvette DNA from the beginning. Both the Corvette Stingray and C8.R have had great success leveraging the benefits of a mid-engine platform and we’re just getting started.“.
Speaking of C8.R, this super sports car, this Saturday, June 12, will race for the first time on its own terrain, in Detroit, in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic, an event that will be broadcast live at 5 pm ET (Eastern time) on NBCSN.
Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition 2022
This new vehicle is based on the 3LT model with the Z51 Performance Package. Each car includes graphics packs with the Corvette Racing theme:
- Accelerate Yellow No. 3 editions feature gray graphics
- The Hypersonic Gray No. 4 editions feature yellow accents.
Depending on the market, vehicles will have additional exterior content:
- High wing spoiler in Carbon Flash
- Yellow brake calipers
- Black Trident design wheels, with the “Jake” logo on the center caps and black lug nuts
- Exterior mirrors in Carbon Flash
- Black side rockers
Inside, it features a Strike Yellow / Sky Cool Gray cabin that mimics the yellow / gray exterior racing theme, with standard GT2 seats and optionally also available with competition sports seats. Also includes yellow seat belts and a C8.R Special Edition numbered plate.
In addition, each vehicle will come with a custom interior cover in the appearance of the No. 3 or No. 4 Corvette C8.R race car, depending on the color scheme / graphic of each car.
In addition to the new IMSA GTLM Championship Edition, Chevrolet announced that the 2022 Corvette Stingray lineup will feature new exterior colors: Hypersonic Gray, Caffeine and Amplify Orange. The 2022 Stingray will also feature a new low-profile rear spoiler and Z51-patterned front deflector on non-Z51 models.
The 6.2L LT2 V-8 engine in the 2022 Corvette Stingray features an improved direct injection fuel system, improved engine calibration and an enhanced range of active fuel management.
The engine will continue to offer 490 or 495 horsepower, with the high-performance exhaust system being of course optional. Its eight-speed transmission is dual-clutch.
The 2022 Corvette Stingray will also be offered in coupe and convertible trims, with 1LT, 2LT and 3LT trim levels and the option of the Z51 Performance Package on all trims. Magnetic Ride Control is available with or without the Z51 Performance Package and coupe models include a removable roof panel, which like the previous version can be stored in the rear trunk. convertibles include a retractable (electric) hardtop.
The 2022 Corvette Stingray Viewer is now available on Chevrolet.com and pre-orders will begin July 1 at Chevrolet dealers. The starting price will be $ 62,195, including the destination freight charge, for the coupe models and $ 69,695, including the DFC, for the convertible.
Production of the 2022 Corvette will continue at the Bowling Green Assembly plant and will begin at the end of next September.
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