The 2022 Corvette gets some minor updates, a new special edition, and a slight bump in price.
Even before the pandemic and attendant supply chain disruptions upended automotive manufacturing, GM was struggling mightily to get the C8 Corvette off the production line and onto dealers’ lots. The newly reconfigured midengined Corvette was, and remains, a hot commodity. With perhaps a year between now and when production get back to a semblance of normalcy, Chevrolet is marching ahead with the 2022 model year Corvette, albeit with the long awaited Z06 another year off.
2022 Corvette updates start with the addition of three new colors: Caffeine, Amplify Orange Tincoat, and Hypersonic Grey. So brown, orange, and grey…. Snide remarks aside, these do compliment the already eye-catching list of paint options for the Vette. The C8 is already a statement making presence on the road, and you’ll have up to twelve shades to pick from ranging from the ultra-loud Accelerate Yellow to the more restrained Artic White.
The 2022 Corvette will also receive some mechanical updates to its 6.2L V8. These include a new fuel injection system and engine recalibrations as well as tweaks to the car’s cylinder deactivation “Active Fuel Management” system to operate at lower gears and lower revs. None of these changes will increase the base Corvette’s output, which remains at 490 horsepower (and 495 with the performance exhaust). In addition to these efficiency boost, the Corvette will also be getting a new low-profile rear spoiler and front splitter on non-Z51 models.
The base price of the Corvette will also be getting a boost up to $62,195, a $1,200 increase from last year. The convertible version will likewise rise to $69,695. Despite the jump, the 2022 Corvette is still a heck of a bargain compared to the rest of the field of midengined supercars. A big reason why demand has so thoroughly outstripped supply.
Chevrolet also announced a new special addition to celebrate the C8.R’s multiple IMSA wins this past year. The new 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition (yes, that’s a comically long name) will come in either Acceleration Yellow No.3 or Hypersonic Grey No.4 with contrasting accenting of the opposing color. The IMSA Champ. Ed. will also come with yellow brake calipers, black wheels and side skits, carbon wing mirrors, GT2 seats, and an indoor car cover that matches the car’s chosen paint scheme. The new special edition will come in the top 3LT tip trim along with the Z51’s Performance Package.
The 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition will carry a $6,595 premium and just 1,000 will be built. We suggest getting your orders in now if you’re interested.
Well, that’s a good question. It looks like the demand for the current Stingray is so high that GM can’t make them fast enough. Currently, the C8 Stingray is down to a 6-day supply at dealerships (compared to a 44-day supply for new cars nationwide). Therefore, Chevrolet hasn’t been able to pivot to Z06 production and probably won’t be for many months to come. That puts the Z06 off until at least the 2023 model year. Though it’s final arrival may still be up in the air its engine is reported not, a 5.5L V8 is still in the works and aiming for 600+ horsepower.
Will it be worth the wait…? The Z51 will still get you from 0-60 in just under 3 seconds, and the wait won’t be as long. So, maybe?