Two down, two to go. This year, Chevrolet has already cut two colors from the 2016 Corvette’s resume. Now another two colors are headed out, so if you want them, you’d better get your order in fast.
The first to go was Night Race Blue with a Z06 Coupe. The last ‘Vette to get this color rolled off the line on January 7th. The next color to get chopped was Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic. It headed out on a Stingray Z51 Coupe on February 15th.
Next on the chopping block come Shark Gray and Laguna Blue. Shark Gray will be phased out in May. The last day to order the Shark Gray is on April 15th. Laguna Blue, which will stick around for the end of the 2016 model year, must be ordered by April 28th.
Chevrolet is currently building a new paint shop as part of $439 million dollars in upgrades at its Kentucky Corvette plant, so it will be interesting to see what its plans are for the 2017 model year. Also, it’s possible the automaker could introduce new colors at the Michelin NCM Bash at the end of April.
But until then, Corvette fans are left scratching their heads. National Corvette Museum’s Shane Webb says he is confused by the sudden drop of four colors. He hasn’t seen so much change in the Corvette color palette in the last decade. He makes a special note that it is odd that Shark Grey is getting axed since it was the third most popular color from 2015.
The 2016 Corvette is available now. It starts at $55,400 for the Stingray and $79,400 for the Z06. The Stingray carries a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine with either 7-speed manual or 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmissions. It gets 460-horsepower and 465 lb-ft torque for a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds. The Z06 packs a 6.2-liter aluminum V8 engine with 650-horsepower and a matching lb-ft torque. It also offers 7-speed manual and 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmissions. It gets an under three second 0-60 mph time of 2.95.
So to recap, as of April 28th, the Corvette will only be available in six colors: Black, Arctic White, Torch Red, Blade Silver, Long Beach Red, and Corvette Racing Yellow. That is until we see what Chevy has up its sleeve in the color department next.