Corvette C8 sports car production suspended again – DRIVE

While on sale there are only ordinary Corvettes with body targa or roadster – for $ 59,995 and $ 67,495, respectively (4.4 and 5 million rubles). For another $ 5,995, the Z51 package can be ordered with sportier suspension, powerful Brembo brakes and an electronically controlled differential lock.

The Corvette C8 was not only long-awaited, but also long-suffering. Market launch in 2019 moved due to a strike by workers at the Bowling Green Corvette Assembly. Then there was a pandemic, due to which there were interruptions in the supply of components, due to which the operation of the conveyor was suspended four times already. And then the fifth happened, as the communications manager of the assembly plant Rachel Bagshaw said. In fact, due to a lack of components for the aluminum body structure and transmissions, the production of Corvettes was planned to be stopped from February 1 to 8, but the unresolved problem led to the extension of the production stop for another week.

But all these twists and turns also delayed the exit other versions… According to the Motor Trend edition, citing an anonymous source in General Motors, in the second half of this year, the market will enter the market Corvette Z06 with a naturally aspirated V8 5.5, which is expected to develop 624-634 hp and a track package (carbon fiber empennage and wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, carbon-ceramic brakes). The track Z06 will be followed by the Corvette ZR1 with a V8 5.5 biturbo engine for 836-860 hp. We are expecting it in mid-2022.

Despite all the difficulties, the two-door Corvette C8 was received warmly by buyers in the States. In 2020, 21,626 vehicles (45.2% of the market) were sold – the first place in the class. The second is Porsche 911 (8840 pieces), and on the third – Mercedes-AMG GT (3491).

An anonymous source has also confirmed the premiere of three electrified modifications of the Corvette. A plug-in hybrid will be offered to buyers next year E-Raywhich was expected in 2020. The model will receive a V8 6.2 engine and an electric motor on the front axle. The all-electric four-wheel drive Corvette will appear in 2023, and a year later the family will be headed by the hybrid Corvette Zora with a twin-aspirated V8 5.5 and an electric engine, which will produce over 1000 power in total. And the top version will be two and a half times more expensive than the base Corvette – about $ 150,000 (11.1 million rubles). By comparison, a mid-engined hybrid Acura NSX costs $ 157,500 (11.6 million).


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