Until recently, all we had were rumors that Chevrolet was developing the 8th-gen of the Corvette which has been informally named 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8. However, spy photographers recently captured shots which we believe are of a new mid-engine supercar thus confirming that Chevrolet is really working on a new Corvette. Although the photographs show a heavily camouflaged car, they give us a glimpse of the car’s design and also give credibility to the CAD renderings that surfaced last month on the internet. The switch from front-engine to mid-engine platform means the Corvette will gain a new look, a new personality and offer drivers a new driving experience. The car which was expected for the 2019 model year will delay until the 2020 model year; in the meantime, Chevrolet will release a revamped Corvette C7 for the 2019 model year.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Exterior and Interior Styling
According to rumors, the Corvette C8 will ride on a new platform known as the GM Y2. The platform will be exclusive to the Corvette C8. The change to mid-engine layout will result in a change of the Corvette’s dynamics, styling, performance and driving experience. This rear, mid-engine configuration is used by other supercars such as the Porsche 911, Ford GT and Audi R8, models that the C8 will compete with. The configuration also facilitates ideal front-rear weight distribution and optimal power delivery.
When it finally shows its face, we expect to see the C8 in coupe and convertible bodies. Due to the change of engine layout, the new Corvette will look different than past generations which had a front-engine, rear-drive layout. The past generations of the C8 were characterized by a long engine hood and short rear deck but the new model will likely have a shorter engine hood and an extended rear deck just like the Audi R8 and Ford GT. The decision to switch to this layout is to enable the Corvette to reach a higher performance level.
From the prototypes we have seen doing test runs, their wheels were the most exposed features; the units feature five spokes and are finished in black. The rear wheels have a two-caliper braking system and the calipers seem to be integrated to steel rotors. The exhaust tips are also exposed and look identical to units on the current model, the Corvette C7. The roof has a seam line in front of the B-pillar which hints that the models doing test runs has a removable roof. The model’s side-mirrors stretch further than those of the current model, a common feature with mid-engine supercars.
There is no information about the interior of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 as of this writing. Due to the change of the engine configuration, the cabin layout will be definitely overhauled.
Engine and performance
As of this writing, little is known about powertrain that GM is planning for the Corvette C8 but we know the unit will be new. According to the CAD drawings, the unit will likely be a twin-turbocharged DOHC V-8 whose displacement could range from 4.2 liters to 5.5 liters. The engine is expected to produce around 700 hp or more as the larger twin-turbocharged 5.5 L, DOHC mill is good for up to 850 hp. As for transmission choices, the model will likely feature either a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic sourced from Tremec or the GM’s own 10-speed automatic gearbox that was developed in partnership with Ford. Our engineers argue that the current winter tests of the C8 prototype are actually validation tests of the vehicle on its new engine platform to ensure the engine is viable for all weather conditions.
All this is pure speculation at this point; we have to wait for Chevrolet to shed more light regarding the coming of the new-generation Corvette.
Price and release date
The C8 is expected to be more expensive than the current C7 which has a starting price of around $60,000. The Corvette C8 will have a starting price of over $70,000; the premium is due to the more premium exterior look, more powerful engine as well as a better cabin. Adding optional features will hike the price even further.