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    Corvette C8 Almost Sold Out Already

      ...better get your deposit in soon...

    When the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette debuted a week and a half ago, there was some speculation that buyers might not go for it because of its mid-engine design or its outworldly styling.  Well the nay-sayers might just have to start cooking up their crow.   According to Michael Simcoe, GM's Design Chief,  the orders have nearly hit the first year of production numbers.  "It's nearly sold out. It's so close that it's bound to be sold out soon." Simcoe said.

    Now the caveat is that Simcoe has not revealed what the planned production numbers will be, so we have no idea if it will sell at a higher or lower rate than the C7 Corvette. 

    The 2020 Corvette Stingray comes with a mid-mounted LT2 V8 making an SAE certified 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque when equipped with an optional exhaust.  In Z51 form, the car can hit 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. Pricing will start under $60,000.

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    1 hour ago, ykX said:

    Technically that might be true, but changing gears by yourself while driving on a curvy road on a nice sunny day in a nice sports car is one of the greatest pleasures a car ENTHUSIAST can have. 

    Only a small fraction of sports car buyers actually take their cars to a track or care about extra couple seconds.  There is a reason why Porsche, BMW and some other sport car manufacturers go back to offering manual transmission at least on some of their models.

    There are some cars that need a good manual to really enjoy properly. The BR-Z/86 is one, the Miata/Fiata would be another. I'm sure the Porsches in a similar vein would be also. 

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    3 hours ago, ykX said:

    Technically that might be true, but changing gears by yourself while driving on a curvy road on a nice sunny day in a nice sports car is one of the greatest pleasures a car ENTHUSIAST can have. 

    Only a small fraction of sports car buyers actually take their cars to a track or care about extra couple seconds.  There is a reason why Porsche, BMW and some other sport car manufacturers go back to offering manual transmission at least on some of their models.

    Enthusiasts don’t drive the market or determine what gets built.  Crossover buyers and government regulations do.  

    Another reason to kill the manual is electric cars are going to replace ICE anyway, government regs will force that in time.

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    I truly believe their sales will dip once the bulk of buyers who have been waiting for one get theirs because of the lack of a manual transmission. 

    The most recent total sales number breakdown for Corvettes was 2018 model year(as 2019 isn't over yet)

    2123 manual transmission sales - 21.9%

    7563 auto transmission sales - 78.1%

    9686 total 2018 model year Corvettes sold(not sales in 2018). 

    https://www.corvetteblogger.com/docs/2018CorvetteFINALYearEnd.pdf

     

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    46 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    Enthusiasts don’t drive the market or determine what gets built.  Crossover buyers and government regulations do.  

    Another reason to kill the manual is electric cars are going to replace ICE anyway, government regs will force that in time.

    We are talking about sports cars, not crossovers.  You hardly can buy a regular car or crossover with manual transmission now anyway.  Enthusiasts with different budgets buy cars like Miata and 911, so if automaker does make cars like that (and some choose not to, or simply can't afford to) than the automaker has to listen to the enthusiasts.

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    Chevy made the right call to go automatic only.  Manual would add to the price, add to the engineering budget then they have to pay to certify it , and then they would sell 50 of them a year and have to discount them when they sit on dealer lots.

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    Read above numbers.

    The last two entire model years they sold 22% Corvettes with manual transmissions. I'll let you look up 2017. 

    If they sold 20% with manual transmissions, that's roughly 3000-6000 per year for the last ten years. 

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    Chevy sells more 2-3X more Corvettes with a manual transmission than Mercedes sells AMG GTs in a year. 

    Maybe they should get rid of the AMG GT because they sell so few. 

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    22 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    Chevy sells more 2-3X more Corvettes with a manual transmission than Mercedes sells AMG GTs in a year. 

    Maybe they should get rid of the AMG GT because they sell so few. 

    I bet the AMG GT outsells the ZR1 that is equal money.  Probably still less money since an AMG GT can go to $200k.

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    Chevy has sold 1636 ZR1's to private parties and the car has only been on sale/produced since MARCH. . 

    So no, Chevy will still sell more ZR1 trimmed Corvettes than Mercedes will sell AMG GTs.

    https://www.corvetteactioncenter.com/specs/c7-corvette/corvette-zr1-registry/

    Also, 30% of which are manual transmission. 

    As much as I love the AMG GT, the new Vette will whoop it sales-wise and I'd wager money that id would whoop it on a race track as well. 

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    On 8/2/2019 at 11:31 AM, ccap41 said:

    that it would whoop it on a race track as well. 

    Typo correction. 

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