After years of waiting, months of speculation, and plenty of rumors along the way, it's finally official: The mid-engine Corvette, fully acknowledged by Chevrolet for the first time tonight.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced the mid-engine 'Vette at the Siller Foundation Footsteps to the Future Gala, a charity event in New York City honoring 9/11 firefighter Stephen Gerard Siller.
The C8 Corvette will make its official debut on July 18, 2019, judging by the date emblazoned on the camouflaged prototype just posted on Instagram:
Chevrolet is staying tight-lipped about exact specs, but our pals at Car and Driver have some very specific expectations about the vehicle: A 6.2-liter pushrod V-8 making around 500 horsepower and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission to start, with later Z06 and ZR1 high-performance editions. Current expectations state that the Z06 would have a 5.5-liter dual-overhead-cam, flat-plane-crank V-8, while the ZR1 will add twin turbos. A range-topping Corvette Zora is anticipated to have the twin-turbo V-8 plus an electric motor driving the front axle, for a grand total of up to 1000 horsepower, Car and Driver suspects.
We suspect the 2020 C8 Corvette will start in the low-$60,000 range. Chevy has already rolled out a next-generation Corvette page on its website, hyping that July 18th date for the reveal event.
To learn more about the C8-generation 2020 mid-engine Corvette, check out our continually-updated rumor page.
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