2022 Chevrolet Corvette 3LT Convertible
Pretty much everyone who cares about the automotive industry knows
that the 2020 C8 Corvette is the first in the history of the
legendary sports car to have the engine mounted behind the driver.
Many of those same people know that the first man to envision a
Corvette with the engine mounted towards the rear of the vehicle
was Zora Arkus-Duntov. "Zora", as he is better known today, helped
the Corvette gain its early popularity, pushing for stronger V8
engines, promoting motorsports programs and transforming the car in
ways that attracted buyers. Sadly, Zora passed away in 1996, well
before the C8 Corvette was anywhere near the first stages of
development, so he never got to see his vision come to life.
However, his role in the evolutionary change of the Corvette over
the years is not lost on the current design team. His likeness was
included on the first test car to be shown in New York City.
Although the theory is that mid-engine configuration has handling
advantages, which is true, it also offers straight line performance
benefits. The reason is weight distribution. Under hard
acceleration, weight naturally shifts towards the rear wheels,
which explains how it's easy to chirp the tires on a front wheel
drive car. The same effect is an advantage for mid-engine cars as
weight is on the drive wheels. Now you may ask why I'm boring you
with technical nonsense, the answer is simple...Here at the Classic
Auto Mall we never know what's going to roll through the doors
next, and on this particular day it was our second C8 Zora
Corvette. For consignment and your viewing pleasure, a mid-engine
2022 Vette decked out with the 3LT package, a carbon fiber package
and extra carbon fiber change-outs to move the needle even closer
to the 50/50 weight to power distribution. This road rocket is
sporting a mere 9,131 break in, light on the loud pedal miles, our
offering is a mid-engine work of modern art and barely broken in.
Look in your rear view mirror Modena.
You could get a 2022 C8 in 12 colors and our consignor opted for
Amplify Orange. With its 3LT trim and Z51 performance packages is
an absolute stunner that looks like it's going 100mph just standing
still. The engine's repositioning required a stronger focus on
stark aerodynamics and cooling, and the resulting front fascia,
side scoops with air intakes, and rear vents out back below the
taillights all work to that end. The Z51 package punches up the
C8's styling with a Z51 specific rear spoiler and LED lamps
everywhere. Carbon Flash outside mirrors and black composite
rockers give the car an even more aggressive look, if that's
possible. Think of those distorted coke bottles you used to want at
Spencer gifts, and this one takes that art form and exaggerates it
on the width scale. Of course, as a new car, it's in showroom-fresh
condition with impeccable paint, perfect factory gaps, and not a
mark on the slick finish. In fact, the highest praise we can pay
any car is that it looks like it just rolled out of the factory,
and in this Corvette's case, that's completely true! Also to
preserve that look, an Expel 10+ wrapped PPF coating, will make it
have more eye candy longevity. Add in a splash black striping, and
now you've designated it purely American Muscle that no longer
lumbers when it cuts curves. You won't be able to get the full
effect of this car from the photos but spend some time looking it
over and you'll really dig all the little details, from the cool
badges to the chin spoiler, Paragon radiator mesh, to the oversized
exhaust tips at the flanks of the slick black rear diffuser, and
you get the impression that there's nothing on this car that
doesn't serve the purpose of going fast. Carbon Flash painted
aluminum wheels in 19 and 20-inch are on and work with the Z51
mandated high performance tires and continue this image.
Corvette fans have been asking and the design engineers listened. A
full-on redesign that outshines any previous version of the Vette
is seen within the supercar cabin. Striking dipped in ceramic
coated Natural Dipped (saddle) leather mixes with black carbon
fiber on the door panels and is highlighted by tan stitching.
Various toggles and buttons are seen for a litany of controls.
Moving inside, more saddle leather covers the optional GT2 form
fitting bucket seats which provide comfort for long drives as well
as any track day excursions. A F-1 inspired steering wheel with the
iconic crossed flags and multiple control buttons fronts the paddle
shifters and fully digital dash. A full on 8" touchscreen
Infotainment system is just to the drivers right and provides
navigation, Wi-Fi connectivity, a rear view camera, and audio
options galore. A saddle leather and black center console swoops up
to meet the dash and holds the gear selector buttons as well as the
manual shift mode toggle and hidden under a Corvette badged fold
down is the dial for the magnetic selective ride control. In the
back, shades of its ancestors with a black carbon fiber vertical
console with an interior light topping it. Clean dark beige,
(nearly gold), carpet floods the floors and presents as new, as
does the entire interior because, well it is only 9K plus miles
short of being so.
A flip open of the rear body reveals the all aluminum 6.2 Liter LT2
V8 which makes a stunning 495hp. This engine benefits from the
optional engine cover in black and the optional engine appearance
package. This work of automotive art is bolted to an 8-speed dual
clutch automatic transmission. Putting the power to the pavement is
a 5.17 geared rear axle with an electronic limited slip unit. All
looking more Koenigsegg Jesko than Corvette under the long rear
hood. Eat your heart out Fernando Alonso
Up in the air we see a litany of aerodynamic pans to keep air
moving smoothly under this domestic supercar. Z51 high performance
independent short/long arm suspension is seen both front and rear
and the Z51 high performance 4-wheel disc brake package is noted
with their Corvette emblazoned brake calipers. High performance
factory exhaust is also on for a perfect symphony of exhale.
As with all of the low mileage vehicles that grace our halls, we
kept the test drive short to not diminish value. A perfect seating
position is easily attainable for drivers of any stature and the
bevy of available bells and whistles on the various screens is
enough to send even the most tech savvy to Valhalla. During our
short drive we experienced lightning fast acceleration, F-1
car-like handling and braking that will embarrass cars 3 times the
cost. All functions were operational during our drive, and we were
left with a gleaming smile from this domestic serious track and
street savvy kit.
The new and used car market is crazy these days with shortages and
prices through the roof even for the most basic of transportation.
You'd better hurry so you too can be part of the Corvette elite as
this 3LT model won't last long. I wonder how I would look in full
race regalia piloting this C8 around Nuremberg.....hmmmmm Kathy!...
get Leno on the phone.
D-Manual Belts, Front & Side Airbags
4-6.2L LT2 V8 495hp
5-Bowling Green, KY Assy Plant
106064-Sequential Unit Number
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