Now that’s it’s been officially confirmed that upcoming 2020 Chevy Corvette generation will switch over to a mid-engined layout, there’s a lot to talk about. While we’ve spent many years speculating, hunting details, unofficially confirming specifications, and breaking any news that leaks out, this real-deal confirmation comes straight from GM. The mid-engine is actually only a few months out, so here’s what else we’ve learned about the industries worst-kept secret.
GM CEO, Mary Barra, made the announcement of the C8’s debut at a charity event in New York City honoring the first responders killed on 9/11. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is making its official debut this summer on July, 18th, 2019 – this information is noted on the camo that still adoring the car. GM added along with the pictures of the Corvette that “Camouflaged preproduction model shown. Actual production model may vary. Availability to be announced at a later date,” but it would be practically insane for GM to make many changes to the design at this point.
Besides the debut and pictures, which were essentially the same spy photos making their rounds – the only thing special about them is that GM released them this time – is that you can follow along for updates on their site about the new Corvette.
— Chevrolet (@chevrolet) April 11, 2019
Also on their site, at the moment is the most obvious statement ever made in the automotive industry, “The Next Generation Corvette is the most anticipated Corvette ever,” and continuing that “It’s the sum of each generation before it, but will stand alone as the new standard of performance.” So we’ll see about that latter statement once we see some real life road testing of it.
For now, we’d put money on most of the information from ‘leaks’ about the Corvette C8 to be true. It’s likely a DOHC engine with LT5 designation, the Z06 models are probably going to get the twin-turbo DOHC LT7, and we’re hoping that GM releases an AWD version, but that’s far from confirmed at this point.
On a side note to all this C8 news, we have also learned that the last of the front engine Corvettes will be sold at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast sale in Connecticut on June 28. Benefits from the final hammer price will support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Whoever gets this final C7 will undoubtably be holding onto one of the most significant pieces of Corvette history, and we expect to see it surface in a couple of decades with a jaw-dropping valuation.
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