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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Chevrolet PH Finally Ready To Launch 2022 Mid-Engine Corvette This Month


It may have taken a while, but it’s happening. The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the exclusive distributor of Chevrolet in the Philippines has already begun teasing the arrival of the first-ever mid-engine Corvette into the country through its social media pages.

First launched globally in 2019, TCCCI first confirmed the arrival of the all-new Corvette way back in 2020. Almost a year later, it’s here. Well, almost here since the launch date is actually set for this Friday, November 19.

So far, TCCCI has kept details about the 2022 Corvette a closely-guarded secret, but sales agents have already begun pre-selling the sportscar.



If the details of what they posted are true, the Philippines will get the Corvette Stingray fitted with the 3LT package.

For starters, that means having a 6.2-liter direct-injected V8 engine fitted just behind the passenger compartment. The engine puts out 490 horsepower and 630 Nm of torque. It should be enough for a 3-second 0 to 100 km/h time. A dry sump oil management system means the engine can withstand heavy cornering loads without fear of the engine suffering from oil starvation. This powerplant is then mated to an 8-speed dual clutch transmission with paddle shifters and a double paddle declutch function.

The platform itself is built around a backbone, which is, in this case, the center tunnel. This enables a light, stiff structure to serve as the foundation for the suspension system to perform in an optimized manner. As part of the 3LT package, it also has Brembo brakes with 4-piston calipers at the front and 2-pistons at the back, and a limited slip differential.



Despite the continuation of the Corvette’s standard removable roof panel (which can be stored in the rear trunk), it has an ultra-rigid body structure thanks to the use of high-pressure diecast aluminum parts. It also has the industry-first carbon fiber curved rear bumper beam for weight reduction. Meanwhile, the trunk tubs and dashboard are molded from ultra-lightweight fiberglass and a proprietary resin that’s so light it actually floats in water. This works with other fiberglass and carbon fiber variants to lower mass and reduce noise and vibration.

Outside, the 2022 Corvette Stingray will offer mixed tire sizes with 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the back. These are then wrapped in 245/35R19 tires at the front and 305/30R20 tires at the back. Inside, it will have a 12-inch digital gauge cluster, 8-way powered driver and passenger seat, dual zone climate control, wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto, and a 14-speaker Bose sound system. For safety, it will have front and rear cameras, blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

In terms of pricing, the 2022 Corvette Stingray will be priced at P 9,915,888—a P 1,369,000 jump over the outgoing Corvette Stingray.

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