There’s been so much hype about the new C8 – and justifiably so. But we wanted to give some love to this 2019 Corvette Stingray C7 that was recently in our shop. Orange and yellow and red are certainly get more attention, but I’ve always been a fan of the classic gray. For this one, Shadow Gray Metallic, to be specific. And even though the talk now had turned to mid-engine, the Car & Driver Magazine article on the C7 Engine, Transmission and Performance takes me to a happy place:
“Eight growling cylinders and 455 restless ponies mean the Corvette is intoxicatingly fun to drive. The V-8’s pervasive howl is enough to convince eager drivers that every stop sign is a set of drag-strip Christmas-tree lights. Things quiet down to a tolerable throb at highway speeds. A seven-speed manual is standard, while an eight-speed automatic is available. There’s something truly special about cranking through gears in the manual on the way to the Corvette’s sub-four-second zero-to-60-mph run—in the lower gears, your neck strains to hold your head up—but the eight-speed is smooth and even quicker in our tests, aiding the Vette in hitting 60 mph in a stunning 3.7 seconds.”
As for protection, we applied XPEL PRIME XR 35 window film, that has a multi-layer, nano-ceramic technology and provides superior heat rejection, blocking up to 98% of the infrared heat. It also blocks over 99% of damaging UV rays, and the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends this product as an effective UV protectant.
To protect the paint, we applied XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS™ paint protection film to the front bumper and mirrors. This is a virtually invisible urethane layer that protects your vehicle’s paint from everyday damages including scuffs, scratches, chips, and more. This film is self-healing, provides protection from discoloration, is resistant to stain, and comes with a 10-year warranty.