When production of the 2022 Corvette started during the week of September 6th, General Motors had already registered 412 orders for the Championship Edition. Only 1,000 of these limited-run Vettes will be produced for the 2022 model year, so nearly half of the allocation has already been spoken for so far. Order books for the 2022 Corvette Stingray opened on July 1st.
The IMSA GTLM Championship C8.R Edition was introduced on the C8 Corvette Stingray for the 2022 model year and is intended to mark Corvette Racing’s impressive 2020 IMSA GTLM championship-winning season. The special-edition model is offered via a separate equipment package for the range-topping 3LT trim level only and costs $6,595. This package is also limited to left-hand-drive markets only, which include the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Middle East, and is only available to order in either Accelerate Yellow Metallic or Hypersonic Gray Metallic. Models ordered in Accelerate Yellow receive gray contrasting graphics, while Hypersonic Gray Metallic models have yellow graphics.
In addition to the unique Corvette C8.R-inspired graphics packs, the limited-run special edition also adds the following equipment:
- High-wing spoiler finished 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
- Black splash guards
While it may take on a race car-inspired exterior appearance, the 2022 Corvette IMSA GTLM Championship C8.R Edition sticks with the now-familiar 6.2L LT2 V8 engine, which produces 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional Performance Exhaust. The IMSA GTLM Championship C8.R Edition package requires the buyer to order the Z51 Performance Package, so all examples will be shipped with the Performance Exhaust.