When we first reviewed the 2020 C8 Corvette, we pondered whether the sub-$60,000 price was too good to be true. All this performance and mid-engine layout for $59,995, including destination charge? There wasn’t much ceiling to stay under 60 large, but the 2021 model year saw a $1,000 price jump, and the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette’s pricing gets another hike to $62,195, up $1,200 since 2021 and $2,200 in two model years. But what else has changed for 2022?
Not a lot, it turns out. For 2022, the Corvette’s 6.2-liter V-8 (490 to 495 horsepower, depending on trim level) receives an upgraded direct fuel-injection system, improved engine calibration and enhanced Active Fuel Management range, the third of which allows the engine to cut off cylinders to save fuel in more situations, according to a Chevrolet spokesperson. The Corvette lineup also offers three new colors: Hypersonic Gray, Caffeine and Amplify Orange Tintcoat. On cars without the optional Z51 Performance Package, a low-profile rear spoiler is newly available, and Chevrolet will offer the Z51 front splitter on non-Z51 ’Vettes.
New Special Edition
For $6,595, an IMSA GTLM Championship Edition on coupes and convertibles is based on the 3LT trim level with Z51 Performance Package. That’s a lot of acronym to unpack, so for those unfamiliar, IMSA is the International Motor Sports Association, a race-series sanctioning body; and GTLM, or GT Le Mans, is a class within IMSA’s sports car championship series in which Chevrolet prepares C8.R racing versions of its roadgoing C8. The IMSA GTLM Championship Edition mimics the color schemes of the No. 3 and No. 4 Corvettes that won the GT Manufacturers, Driver and Team titles in the car’s 2020 debut year.
The special edition’s exterior also includes a high-wing spoiler and side mirrors in a carbon finish, plus yellow brake calipers and black Trident wheel design. Inside, the special editions feature yellow and gray interior highlights with standard GT2 seats and yellow seat belts, plus a numbered plaque commemorating the limited availability of the 1,000 cars that will have the package. Lastly, a fitted car cover is included that’s rendered to the appearance of the race car corresponding to the Corvette’s color scheme.
Look for the 2022 Corvette’s release date later in the year after production starts late in the third quarter of 2021. Until then, you can build your own example in Chevrolet’s 2022 Corvette Visualizer.
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