Go grab one before inventory runs out.
Unless you've been living without electricity, you should know by now that the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette features the most radical change we've ever seen for the nameplate. As a result, most of the latest 'Vette news has centered around this new C8 generation car, which is propelled by a 6.2-liter V8 producing 490 horsepower going out through a dual-clutch transmission. Sadly, no manual option is available, but if you prefer to row your own gears, you can still get a great deal on one of the remaining C7 models in dealer inventory.
That said, if you want a C7, you'd better act fast because dealer stock is running out. At the launch event for the new C8 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Corvette Blogger learned that there are fewer than 2,600 C7 cars still available nationwide. Chevrolet Marketing Manager Steve Majoros says by March 1, there will be fewer than 2,000 left.
Majoros didn't specify how many of those cars are the high-performance Z06 model, which packs 650 hp from its supercharged LT4 V8 and can be equipped with either an eight-speed automatic or seven-speed manual (unlike the new car). But a quick online search turned up slightly less than 300 Z06 models nationwide, and only 19 of them are listed with a manual transmission. 18 of the 19 are coupes, and just one is a convertible.
Moreover, if you like the handling characteristics of the Z06 but can make do with just 460 hp, there are roughly 783 Grand Sport models left in inventory, just over 100 of which are equipped with a manual.
For those holding out, there will be a new Z06 model based on the C8. But like the Stingray, a manual transmission likely won't be on the options list. So if you are a manual diehard, now is the time to go buy a new Corvette. You'll even get a hefty discount, as some dealers offering over $8,000 off on a new Z06.