April ended with a bang, with the National Corvette Museum’s annual bash. The highlight of the event was the What’s New Seminar, which allowed attendees to get a glimpse of the new Corvette models coming in 2019. Let’s take a look at the latest news coming out of the seminar, and what it means for car lovers the world over.
Recap to Present Day
2017 was a great year for the Corvette, with the car holding more than 40 percent of the market share for luxury sports cars in the United States. 2018 has been pretty decent so far too, with more than 7,000 Corvettes manufactured or ordered and scheduled for production. The most popular exterior colors are Watkins Glen Gray, Arctic White, and Black – though if you’ve got your heart set on that particular gray, then you want to pick up a 2018 Corvette because the color is being retired in 2019 in favor of Shadow Gray. Of course, you can always wrap it to whatever color you want, which is still very popular as well.
Corvette oil changes will be a little different starting with the 2019 model. All of these new models will come filled from the factory with 0W-40 synthetic oil. This means that you don’t need an oil change between road driving and track days.
Many of the models are also getting new accessories to play with. A new performance air intake will be available for LT1, LT4, and LT5 engines, and a new accessory rocker kit will be available for just shy of $900 for the Stingray and Z51 models. New calibration upgrades for the Magnetic Ride Control suspension system will also be available.
The new Corvette ZR1 pace car for the Indy 500 was also revealed, though it was joked that it’s the only pace car that will stay on the track and just go on to win the race.
One announcement that is suspiciously absent from the Corvette Seminar is any news on the new C8 mid-engine Corvette that we’ve been speculating about for a few years now. A test version of this model was spotted in March in Colorado, sporting plenty of camo plastic and a flat-top steering wheel, according to spy photos, but Chevy is playing this one close to the chest so there’s no telling when we might get an official announcement.
Even without the mid-engine Corvette announcement, this year’s Corvette seminar gave us plenty to chew on while we wait for the new model year to start showing up at our local dealerships. You can take a look at the whole seminar presentation here, including all the questions that hosts Tadge Juechter and Harlan Charles answered after the presentation came to a close.