Let’s simply say the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R race vehicles did fairly properly within the 2020 IMSA collection, taking house the Producer’s, Drivers’, and Staff titles. To commemorate this, Chevy whipped up a particular version bundle for the 2022 Corvette Stingray: the 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Version, which debuted at Belle Isle in Detroit. It is not fairly the so-called “Stingray R” we thought the tempo automotive at Highway Atlanta hinted at, but it surely has an analogous vibe and could be the closing model of that concept. And positively there are broad similarities.
What the 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Version’s identify provides up in size, it makes up for in relative rarity. Simply 1,000 of those specially-equipped C8s will likely be constructed, and each take after the race vehicles and exude a efficiency taste.
The inspiration for the Championship Version is the Stingray 3LT Z51 in both Speed up Yellow (to honor the No. three automotive) or Hypersonic Grey (the No. 4), to which the particular version provides a $6,595 bump. That upcharge nets consumers contrasting accent stripes—grey for the yellow automotive, and yellow for the grey—and a bevy of particular touches. A Carbon Flash-painted high-wing spoiler, yellow brake calipers, black-finished “trident” wheels with “Jake” middle caps, Carbon Flash-painted mirrors, black rockers, and splash guards are the principle items. And do not forget the big “C8.R” decal on the flank.
However there are additionally a lot of different adjustments. Particular numbered plaques report the construct quantity, whereas a customized automotive cowl carried out up with one of many C8.R liveries is normal. Yellow seat belts praise the Strike Yellow and Sky Cool Grey cabin on each exterior colours.
Sadly, these in right-hand-drive markets will not get any. That is the primary Corvette to have a local RHD variant, in order that’s some comfort at the very least. The order books for all 2022 Corvettes—which have some new paint colours and exterior characteristic choices—open on July 1, and this consists of the Championship Version choice. 2022 Corvette coupe costs begin at $62,195, and convertibles at $69,695.