Lovers of Front-engined Corvettes Stand to Save Big, but Only If They Spend Big

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
lovers of front engined corvettes stand to save big but only if they spend big

Who’s talking about the C7 Corvette these days? Precious few, that’s who, as the recent appearance of the mid-engined C8 has sucked all the attention away from the current-generation Chevrolet two-seater.

This situation, paired with the need to clear existing inventory, could be advantageous for buyers of the departing model, assuming you’re ready to shell out nearly six figures for the hottest C7s around.

As reported by Cars Direct, General Motors is upping incentives on the outgoing C7 between now and Labor Day, offering up to $9,404 in savings to buyers who like sitting behind their engine. Naturally, buyers of entry-level models stand no chance of seeing this upper amount.

The offer carries the enthusiasm-sparking billing of “Supplier Pricing for Everyone.” Available on any Corvette model, the deal ties itself to the vehicle’s configuration, meaning less savings for Stingray buyers and more for Z06 customers. Maximum savings come to those who already own a Vette, as there’s a $3,000 loyalty offer in play.

Should this be your first Corvette purchase, the maximum savings to be had (no lease offers, sorry) totals $6,404, and that’s if you’re prepared to fork over just north of $95k on a ZO6. But wait, you ask — doesn’t the Z06 start at around $85k? Indeed it does, meaning you’ll likely have to add some options in order to pare down the final selling price. Yes, this is one of those instances where being a return customer really sweetens the pot.

Any money on the hood of a car is appreciated, however, and customers eager to get into a new Vette — but who didn’t get their name on a reservation list early — could find themselves waiting for a 2021 C8, not a 2020 model. The next-generation model’s first-year popularity boost might lead them to the C7 instead.

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  • TheDutchGun TheDutchGun on Aug 06, 2019

    I checked whatever new 2019s are advertised on auto trader for the province of Ontario and they're definitely marked down to varying degrees. The best deal I found was an all-black base stingray with a manual for $61k, which is $12-$13k off MSRP here. That one was the outlier though. Most were not marked down to that degree.

  • 87 Morgan 87 Morgan on Aug 06, 2019

    No need to rush in to purchasing a C7. No doubt their will be stores with C8's and new C7's on the ground simultaneously, though I suspect the c8's will be spoken for. I am very interested, from an arm chair qb position so to speak, to see what trades come in on the C8. Thos car is a game changer for GM in a positive direction. 2021 Suburban/Tahoe hopefully attracts new buyers as well.

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    • 87 Morgan 87 Morgan on Aug 06, 2019

      Hummer, I believe that most people who do serious towing either now or in the future will do so with a pick up vs using a Tahoe/Suburban/Yukon/Yukon XL/Escalade an IRS. I used my Suburban to tow my pop up Coleman when we had it a solid 3x times a year. I do not believe that a IRS will decrease the number of sales, it will increase them as the increase in interior space along with the improved ride will make these far more an attractive purchase. Again, time will tell.

  • SCE to AUX I charge at home 99% of the time, on a Level 2 charger I installed myself in 2012 for my Leaf. My house is 1967, 150-Amp service, gas dryer and furnace; everything else is electric with no problems. I switched from gas HW to electric HW last year, when my 18-year-old tank finally failed.I charge at a for-pay station maybe a couple times a year.I don't travel more than an hour each way in my Ioniq 1 EV, so I don't deal much with public chargers. Despite a big electric rate increase this year, my car remains ridiculously cheap to operate.
  • ToolGuy 38:25 to 45:40 -- Let's all wait around for the stupid ugly helicopter. 😉The wheels and tires are cool, as in a) carbon fiber is a structural element not decoration and b) they have some sidewall.Also like the automatic fuel adjustment (gasoline vs. ethanol).(Anyone know why it's more powerful on E85? Huh? Huh?)
  • Ja-GTI So, seems like you have to own a house before you can own a BEV.
  • Kwik_Shift Good thing for fossil fuels to keep the EVs going.
  • Carlson Fan Meh, never cared for this car because I was never a big fan of the Gen 1 Camaro. The Gen 1 Firebird looked better inside and out and you could get it with the 400.The Gen 2 for my eyes was peak Camaro as far as styling w/those sexy split bumpers! They should have modeled the 6th Gen after that.