The next-generation 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 has recently been spotted in the form of a final prototype on its public road test. Wrapped in heavy camouflage during testing, the upcoming Corvette C8 has finally switched to a mid-engine layout. This is clearly shocking news for Vette enthusiasts who have long heard that General Motors will offer a new Corvette C8 with a mid-engine layout. And now the rumor become reality, this high-performance sports car will truly adopt the newly developed mid-engine layout and will soon leave the front-engine era (FMR) offered with standard rear-wheel drive configuration (RWD).
Initially General Motors chose the front-engine setup to reduce production costs as low as possible on the Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray. So offering a mid-engine layout on the Corvette is actually not impossible for large car manufacturers like GM. If it wasn’t due to buyer’s interest and financial stability issues, GM had clearly offered the mid-engine Corvette since a few years ago. Various rumors related to the mid-engine Chevy Corvette C8 have been around for several years, even since 2014. So Chevrolet actually has long intended to release a mid-engine version of Corvette in the United States.
Some new spy shots released by General Motors show that the 2020 Chevy Corvette C8 mid-engine has adopted a very different design proportion from the previous C8 prototype version which has a lower silhouette. According to the recent report, the new mid-engine Corvette C8 will be introduced first in the form of a Corvette C7 Stingray before this high-performance sports car is truly released to the market. The biggest news is that GM will offer several high-performance variants on the next-gen 2020 Corvette C8 which includes Z06, ZR1, and Zora (hybrid version) specifically for the U.S. customers.
Under the hood, the 2020 Chevy Corvette C8 is powered by a new 6.2-liter pushrod LT2 V8 engine that is claimed to be able to produce around 500 horsepower. Unfortunately, General Motors will no longer offer a manual transmission on the upcoming Corvette C8 mid-engine. The only one option is a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic gearbox that will be supplied by TREMEC manufacturer. As the North American manufacturer of automobile transmissions and drivetrain components, TREMEC is very well known for its range of transmission products which are more intended for high-performance cars. So it will obviously be very suitable for the eighth-generation Corvette (C8) that offers higher performance than its predecessor.
Furthermore there’s another high-performance variant called “Z06”. It will be offered with a 5.5-liter DOHC V8 engine and has been equipped with a flat-plane crankshaft, but without turbocharged. While the 2020 Corvette C8 “ZR1” will get a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine, but no performance figures have been announced so far. If that isn’t okay, buyers can make a choice on a new hybrid variant called “Zora”. It’s claimed to be the most powerful version of the mid-engine Corvette C8 which is capable of cranks out around 1000 horsepower from under its hood. Well, the Zora hybrid powertrain consists of a twin-turbo 5.5-liter DOHC V8 engine paired to an electric motor that is installed on the front-axle.
Speaking of release date and on-sale date, the mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 will be officially revealed on July 18, 2019. See number 07.18.19 on the car door, it’s a scheduled release date for this high-performance sports car. As for the on-sale date and price, the all-new 2020 Corvette C8 will go on sale in U.S. showrooms later this year with prices ranging from $62,000. So, there might be a slightly price increase of around $5,000 from the Corvette Stingray (C7) which is currently priced at $56,995. However, please look for official pricing details close to the car’s release date.
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