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2022 Chevrolet Corvette Launches With New IMSA GTLM Championship Edition

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  • 2022 Chevrolet Corvette to start at $62,195 in the United States, Canadian pricing not yet available.

  • New limited-run IMSA GTLM Championship Edition package for Corvette Stingray 3LT.

  • Dealers will start taking orders for the new model year on July 1st.

Production of the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette will get under way shortly, and General Motors unveiled a new limited-run variant of its mid-engined sports car called the IMSA GTLM Championship Edition.

Celebrating Corvette Racing’s sweep of the 2020 IMSA sports car championship series with Manufacturers, Drivers and Team titles, the Championship Edition is based on the 3LT trim level and includes the Z51 Performance Package, in either coupe or convertible body styles. It’s available with Accelerate Yellow paint and gray graphics, mimicking the No. 3 Corvette C8.R, or with Hypersonic Gray with yellow graphics as a tribute to the No. 4 race car.

Also included is a Carbon Flash high-wing spoiler, yellow painted brake callipers, Black Trident wheels with Jake logo center caps and black lug nuts, Carbon Flash mirror caps, Black side rocker extensions and splash guards. The car’s cockpit is dressed up in Strike Yellow and Sky Cool Gray, with Yellow seat belts and a C8.R numbered plaque. GT2 seats are standard, although they can be substituted with Competition Sport seats. In addition, each car comes with an indoor car cover with the appearance of the No. 3 or No. 4 Corvette C8.R race car.

In the United States, the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette IMSA GTLM Championship Edition package costs $6,595 over the price of a 3LT with the Z51 package, and only 1,000 units will be built, all with left-hand drive—the Bowling Green factory also produces RHD Corvettes for markets like the U.K. and Japan. Speaking of money, the 2022 model year gets a $1,200 price hike in the U.S., which means the 1LT coupe starts out at $62,195, destination freight charge included, while the 1LT convertible gets the ball rolling from $69,695.

GM has announced some minor powertrain changes as well. The 6.2L LT2 V8 benefits from improved engine calibration and tweaks to the Active Fuel Management system. Output remains at 490 horsepower without the optional performance exhaust system, and 495 hp with the pipes. No word on fuel economy numbers yet.

In other 2022 Corvette news, there are three new paint colours: Hypersonic Gray, Caffeine and Amplify Orange Tintcoat. A new low-profile rear spoiler will become available as well.

Dealers can start taking orders for the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette on June 1st.


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