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Old 02-02-2019, 01:33 PM
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January 25th: Daytona Motor Speedway, Chevrolet unveils 2019 C7 Corvette Grand Sport Driver’s Series Editions.

January 30th: Chevrolet Europe releases a press room announcement; “As of now, coupe versions of the Grand Sport and Z06 Corvette models are available as a limited Final Edition, in which the best attributes of the seventh Corvette generation are combined”. Interesting to note, there is a specific reference to a Final Edition 7th Corvette generation, however there is no reference to the model year. Also note, the reference to “As of now”.

Link to press room announcement
https://media.chevroleteurope.com/me...rvette-c7.html

Could this all be pointing to:
* Short early year run of 2019 C7 Corvette Grand Sport Driver’s Series Editions.
* Short early year run of 2019 C7 limited Final Edition Grand Sport and Z06 in Europe and hopefully in the US as well.
* Short early year run of additional 2019 C7 ZR1 allocations.
* Allow dealers additional time, with the assistance of factory incentives, to blow out C7 inventories on the ground.
* Address the C8 electrical issues.
* Keep the BGA plant running until GM is ready to introduce the 2020 ME C8 in mid to late 2020.

Corvette Racing has started the 2019 IMSA season with their C7 platform. The late year 2020 ME C8 announcement may coincide well with the Corvette Racing late season debut of their C8 ME platform. A debut venue solely focused on Corvette ME C8 and Corvette Racing with lot’s and lot’s of hoopla.

Much of this has been already been well discussed on the Forum, just trying to piece it together to make some sense. Please rain in.

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As of now we are all waiting to hear from Chevrolet.
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Like reading the tea leaves and about as effective too. GM is keeping tight to the chest, is what it is.

that's alot of cliche sayings and not much there!

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I don t know. What do you think? Pray tell.

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To me, the official Chevrolet announcement of the limited European “Final Ediiton” C7 confirms the end of the C7. At some point, in the near future, when the C8 is ready for production, Chevrolet will introduce the new ME C8 and announce the end of FE C7 production.

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It might be a tough sell cf the new Cayman GT4...https://www.motor1.com/news/303662/p...man-gt4-rumor/
I hope the C8 can keep ahead performance-wise at the same price point. It may be a tough choice, esp for those that like a manual trans.
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Originally Posted by 638HP View Post
Could this all be pointing to:
* Short early year run of 2019 C7 Corvette Grand Sport Driverís Series Editions.
* Short early year run of 2019 C7 limited Final Edition Grand Sport and Z06 in Europe and hopefully in the US as well.
* Short early year run of additional 2019 C7 ZR1 allocations.
* Allow dealers additional time, with the assistance of factory incentives, to blow out C7 inventories on the ground.
* Address the C8 electrical issues.
* Keep the BGA plant running until GM is ready to introduce the 2020 ME C8 in mid to late 2020.
No disagreement
A) drive up interest in current buildable cars to keep plant active
B) blow out already built cars so dealers will want new inventory when C8 is buildable.
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Old 02-04-2019, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by G fix needy View Post
It might be a tough sell cf the new Cayman GT4...https://www.motor1.com/news/303662/p...man-gt4-rumor/
I hope the C8 can keep ahead performance-wise at the same price point. It may be a tough choice, esp for those that like a manual trans.
The last Cayman GT4 couldn't keep up with the Corvette at the same price point. Why would you expect the new one would?
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It might just simply be that the Euro market isn't worth chasing and GM has finally realized it. There are sales in the Euro market but they are less than 1000 per year. (613 sold in 2017 as an example). With the new ZR1 they flat said they threw the Euro standards aside and built the car the best they could and simply wouldn't sell it over there. I'm guessing the reworked C7 front engine car will also throw those standards aside which will make the car better for us and cheaper to build since they won't have to deal with the Euro standards.
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Will there be a final final edition?
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Originally Posted by vetteLT193 View Post
It might just simply be that the Euro market isn't worth chasing and GM has finally realized it. There are sales in the Euro market but they are less than 1000 per year. (613 sold in 2017 as an example). With the new ZR1 they flat said they threw the Euro standards aside and built the car the best they could and simply wouldn't sell it over there. I'm guessing the reworked C7 front engine car will also throw those standards aside which will make the car better for us and cheaper to build since they won't have to deal with the Euro standards.
Subaru did a similar thing with the STI. Ran a final edition in Europe due to changes in emissions stuff, and is still selling the cars everywhere else without regulations that place fantasy over consumers.
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Originally Posted by Racer X View Post
The last Cayman GT4 couldn't keep up with the Corvette at the same price point. Why would you expect the new one would?
Maybe it was just a bit of apprehension after seeing the 911 GT2RS do 6:47.25 at the 'Ring, followed by the GT3RS with a 6:56.4, both markedly improved over their previous iterations.
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Originally Posted by G fix needy View Post
It might be a tough sell cf the new Cayman GT4...https://www.motor1.com/news/303662/p...man-gt4-rumor/
I hope the C8 can keep ahead performance-wise at the same price point. It may be a tough choice, esp for those that like a manual trans.
Good luck getting a GT4 the. waiting list 1 plus year out. Buy used last generation GT4 and they still demanding close if not over MSRP. Great drivers car.

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