After several decades of speculations, concepts, and renderings, a mid-engine version of the greatest American Sports Car, the Chevrolet Corvette, is finally on its way. There's been rumors, leaked info, and real, actual prototypes filmed on the road. Here's what we've seen:
Originally, we'd heard that the mid-engine Corvette would debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, that turned out not to be the case. It now seems likely the C8 will probably debut this summer—possibly August at an event at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky—and will reach production in December.
Speculation is that Chevy has delayed because of new electrical architecture issues and some structural issues found in testing a version with a twin-turbo V-8.
But before that, you might see a prototype or two on the street:
The opening price point could be between $60-$70,000 where it'll be equipped with a new version of the current Corvette's naturally aspirated LT1 6.2-liter V-8. This engine, likely dubbed LT2. It should make around 500 horsepower—up from the LT1's 460 horsepower. A 500-hp V-8, good though that may be, is only the beginning. We've heard that Chevy is working on a twin-turbo overhead-cam V-8 for the C8, possibly with a flat-plane crankshaft.