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Chevrolet to reveal limited-edition Corvette at Rolex 24 race

by Ronan Glon

This could be the last C7 off-shoot.

Chevrolet did not make a single announcement during the 2019 Detroit auto show, an event held down the street from parent company General Motors' global headquarters. That doesn't mean the company will remain silent during the first half of the year. It will introduce a limited-edition version of the 2019 Corvette at the upcoming Rolex 24 race.

Enthusiast website Corvette Blogger noticed the reveal is scheduled to take place on Friday, January 25, at 11:30 am. The program lists an event called "2019 Corvette Special Edition Announcement at the Chevrolet Experience," but it doesn't shed any insight into what Chevrolet will show. The fact that the model is making its debut at a race, not at a major auto show, suggests -- but doesn't confirm -- that it will be related to Chevrolet's racing program.

Corvette Blogger speculates the limited-edition model will be relatively affordable, so not a super-high-end variant with a six-digit price tag, and it could arrive as a package that will be available on several models. That means it won't be coupe- or ZR1-only, for example. Nothing is official at this point, however.

Regardless of what Chevrolet unveils, the limited-edition Corvette will be one of the last off-shoots of the seventh-generation model. We were expecting to see the mid-engined, eighth-generation Corvette at the Detroit show; it wasn't there, allegedly due to a massive electrical problem that requires re-engineering the entire electrical system. Its debut is now scheduled during a standalone event that will take place in the summer of 2019.

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