Lots of Changes For the 2022 Corvette: What We Know So Far

For such a new vehicle the 2022 Chevy Corvette is getting a bunch of changes. Of course, it is the third year of its run. So it’s not that new. Still, there is a lot of new on the horizon for the 2022 Corvette

Dealers will start taking orders in just a couple of weeks. If you’re thinking about ordering one there are some changes. One of the biggest is the engine.

Some of the 2022 Corvette changes are under the hood

Mark Reuss, president of General Motors Co. (GM), speaks during an unveiling event for the GM red 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray sports car in Tustin, California, U.S.
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Those changes for 2022 include an upgraded direct-fuel-injection system, improved engine calibration, and an enhanced active fuel management range. Many of these changes are to meet more stringent emissions mandates, according to Automotive News. Output has remained the same, however. Either the 490 hp or 495 hp with performance exhaust is still the magic number. 

“Usually when you do a new emissions requirement, you have to sacrifice horsepower and torque to meet the new emissions requirement,” Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter told Automotive News. “That wasn’t the case. The solution adjusted the way the injectors atomize the fuel into the cylinder for the cleanest possible burn. You’re not left with any waste products, just water, and carbon dioxide.”

Moving on to other changes, there are three new exterior colors. They are Hypersonic Gray, Caffeine, and Amplify Orange Tintcoat. Prices will vary based on packages and special editions

How much will a 2022 Corvette cost?

New Torch Red Corvette
New Torch Red Corvette | GM

The coupe starts at $62,195 while the convertible comes in at $69,695. Two special editions will be the International Motor Sports Association and GT Le Mans Championship Edition. Either package for the coupe is $87,085, and for the convertible it is $94,085. 

In spite of several stoppages at the Bowling Green, Kentucky, plant where Corvettes are made, there has been no slowdown in demand. “We’re still seeing rampant demand for this car. Customers are beating the doors down to get ahold of it,” said Tony Johnson, Chevy director of car and crossover marketing. “This generation has brought new customers not only to Chevrolet but a younger customer to Corvette overall. And we’re earning high marks of customer satisfaction across the board.”

For buyers that don’t get their 2021 model, they’ll be the first for a 2022 model

A red mid-engine 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray at the Next Generation Corvette Reveal event in Irvine, California, on July 18, 2019
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Production of 2021 Corvettes was halted earlier this month. For those who ordered a 2021 model and didn’t receive it, they’ll get the 2022 Corvette. Supplier issues, not the chip shortage, have caused Corvette production to halt at different times this year. And 2021 production was put off by a couple of months to get a few more 2020 models out the door.

With any luck, the Corvette will see a full year of production for the 2022 models. And both these changes and the racing plans for the 2022 season will help to cement the legacy of the Corvette. 

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