The Engine Appearance and Lighting Package for the Chevy Corvette C8 Stingray will soon be constrained, GM Authority has learned.
The constraint will be the result of the supplier discontinuing carbon fiber operations effective January 31st. It is currently unclear if GM will move to a new supplier.
The Engine Appearance and Lighting Package (RPO code ZZ3) includes Carbon Fiber trim as well as lights in the engine bay of the Corvette C8 Stingray. It is offered only on the Coupe and not the Convertible, for obvious reasons and is available on all 2022 Chevy Corvette C8 Stingray trim levels (1LT, 2LT, 3LT) with a price of $995.
As a reminder, the 2022 Chevy Corvette C8 Stingray is motivated by the atmospheric 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine. Output is rated at 490 horsepower at 6,450 rpm and 465 pound-feet of torque at 5,150 rpm. Opting for the optional performance exhaust raises the output to 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Output is sent exclusively to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
In late spring, the 2023 Chevy Corvette will arrive as the fourth model year of the latest eighth-generation Corvette C8, debuting the new go-faster 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06 and a few small updates for the 2023 Chevy Corvette Stingray, including a new Corvette 70th anniversary edition.
Without a doubt, the most exciting update arriving with the introduction of the 2023 Chevy Corvette is the debut of the new 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06. The heart of the new Z06 will be the naturally aspirated 5.5L V8 LT6 gasoline engine, offered as the highest-horsepower atmospheric V8 ever fitted to a production vehicle. With a low weight, flat-plane crankshaft, dual-overhead cams, and all-aluminum block, the LT6 produces 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet pf torque, with redline set at a screaming 8,600 rpm. Output is routed rearwards through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and 5.56 final drive ratio, which is shorter than that of the Corvette C8 Stingray. It’s currently unclear whether the newfound constraint to the Engine Appearance and Lighting Package of the Stingray will transfer to the 2023 Corvette Z06.
As GM Authority was first to report, pricing for the 2023 Corvette Z06 will be released in March, and 2023 Corvette C8 production scheduled to begin on Monday, May 9th, 2022. Assembly will continue taking place at the GM Bowling Green plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the exclusive assembly facility of the Chevy Corvette since 1981.
That date may be far enough out that a looming strike by Corvette plant workers won’t delay those plans, because production of the Corvette C8 has been a tumultuous affair since the beginning. A nationwide labor strike in 2019 delayed the initial production start date for the eighth-generation sports car, followed by production delays resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and associated supply chain issues. Most recently, production was impacted by a tornado that damaged the facility and destroyed several vehicles. All that is rather unfortunate, since GM can’t build the Corvette C8 fast to enough to meet demand.
Sales of “America’s sports car” continue to obliterate the premium sports cars segment in the U.S., with Chevy’s new mid-engine Corvette outselling its rivals from all over the world on a combined basis.
Second only to the Porsche 911 Turbo S. No word yet on when they may resume.
Second only to the Porsche 911 Turbo S.
No word yet on when they may resume.