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The C7 Corvette ZR1. Photo via Chevrolet.

Say you wanted a new V8-powered sports car with two seats, a manual transmission, and a surprising amount of luggage space for a price of, say, between $55,000-$110,000. We regret to inform you that such a vehicle is no longer available from the factory. Instead, it’s been replaced by something completely different. The engine is now in place where the signature storage space was, the clutch  pedal has been eliminated for something called a DCT, and you can’t tune it for power upgrades. These are just some of the reasons why the C7 Corvette is still highly appealing compared to the reimagined C8. And even though the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly plant is no longer producing the C7, there are still a few hundred examples of them available at dealerships nationwide.

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C7 Corvette Grand Sport. Photo via Chevrolet.

According to Corvette Blogger, just under 300 C7 Corvettes can be found across the United States, comprised of the base Stingray model, all the way up to the 755-horsepower 2019 Corvette ZR1. Over half of the entire makeup is actually the C7 Corvette Grand Sport, which utilizes the chassis, brakes, tires, wheels, aero and body of the Z06, but with a far more approachable 460 horsepower from its LT1 V8 engine, and not the 650 horsepower LT4. But of the 162 Grand Sports available, only eleven of them have manual transmissions, as of June 4.

Those that want to go top-shelf and get the C7 ZR1, there are just four of them, and only one in convertible guise. The ZR1 coupes, meanwhile, all feature a seven-speed manual transmission. However, if you really want to separate yourself from the pack, there’s a single C7 Corvette Z06 fitted with a Z06 Callaway SC757 package. That would technically be the most powerful new* Corvette on the market, based on the report.

Per the report, the highest concentration of C7 Corvettes for sale is in the little state of New Hampshire, with 28 of them up for grabs. Second is Illinois, with 22. Third is Florida, with 21. On top of whatever incentives a dealer may have in place to help move these cars, Chevrolet is still offering 0% APR financing through 72 months or a $3,250 rebate.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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