Corvette Stingray Experience hits central Illinois for a day

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WASHINGTON, Ill. — The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Experience has come to Uftring Chevrolet in Washington.

The all-new 2020 Corvette Stingray is on display from noon to 5 p.m. Friday. This will be the tour’s only stop outside of Chicago in the state of Illinois.

Guests can sit in the first-ever mid-engine production Corvette and talk to Chevrolet product specialists, view interactive displays and more.

Executive Manager at Uftring Washington Joe Kapp says this car has features Corvettes have never had before.

“Front end where the engine used to be, is the trunk. The rear of the car has the engine. It’s a big departure from what it’s always been,” Knapp said.

Gary Uftring, Dealer at Uftring Chevrolet, says his mechanics are entering into new waters when it comes to working on these vehicles.

“We have to learn how to service the car and we have to have special equipment and parts and tools. we’ve already got our technicians in training and we’ve got the new parts and tools that are necessary to properly maintain this automobile,” Uftring said.

Thirty-three customers have already ordered the 2020 Corvette, and can look forward to driving it in the next two months.

“The car will go on production sometime in February, and all of them (customers) are saying they just can’t wait,” Uftring said.

“This is an aluminum frame platform. It’s a composite material that is what the body is made of. It makes it light, extremely easy to design and sculpt, to really flow through air with less wind resistance,” Uftring added.

Uftring started the dealership in 1982 and has since helped create a strong Corvette community here in central Illinois.

Uftring says the car has almost 500 horsepower, but an optional exhaust system that adds five more horsepower.

“It has a special-built 8-speed automatic overdrive with paddle-shift capabilities. It is a state-of-the-art suspension. It has the capabilities of carrying three sets of golf clubs,” Uftring said.

“It’s a car you can vacation in and go golfing in,” Uftring added.

Knapp says the starting price is $59,995.

Uftring says this car makes it much more comfortable for the driver and passenger. He adds it has more hip room and legroom. He says each time a new Corvette model comes out he likes to have an open house at his Washington dealership.

Uftring Chevrolet is located at 1860 Washington Road.

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