Corvette Factory Closing to Visitors Until Late 2018

The Corvette plant closes tomorrow for 13 plus weeks. The closure is for plant upgrades in preparation for manufacturing 2018 models. GM is spending nearly $500 million to finish construction of the paint shop and another $400 million for other changes/upgrades.

The 2018 corvette is getting some changes also. Aside from the upcoming ZR1 (still unofficial) and the Carbon 65, the Corvette Stingray gets an upgraded standard wheel package that sees standard 19-inchers up front and 20-inchers out back and an upgraded heads-up display. There are also five new wheel choices and several new exterior and interior colors. The Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension is now optional without having to get the Z51 performance package.

The Performance Data Recorder was also upgraded and will record info for individual wheel speeds, suspension movements, intake air and ambient air temperatures, and yaw rate.

The best change is an almost non-change. Both the Stingray and Z06’s base prices are just $45 more than 2017, at $56,490 and $80,490, respectively.

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