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Test Corvette Hits the Streets, Only to Have Its Wheels Stolen

Preproduction Stingray found up on blocks in Detroit
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2020 9:45 AM CST
Preproduction Corvette Found With Wheels Stolen
People check out a Corvette C8 Stingray during the 25th anniversary celebration at the National Corvette Museum last August in Bowling Green, Kentucky.   (Bac Totrong/Daily News via AP)

(Newser) – The 2020 Corvette Stingray can go 194mph, but one found on a downtown Detroit street last week was going nowhere: The test vehicle was up on blocks, its wheels missing. It was parked near GM's headquarters, the Detroit News reports. A company spokesman said a police report has been filed.

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The thieves might find selling the wheels difficult for a while, Motor Trend points out. There isn't much demand for replacement parts; production of the new model doesn't begin until next month. The car will sell for more than $60,000, and new tires cost about $1,000. The wheels will cost much more. Wheel locks, on the other hand, cost about $90 each, Car and Driver points out. (Two GM engineers face charges after giving the new Corvette their own test drive.)

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