The Latest Iteration of America’s Sports Car, the Chevy Corvette C8
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America’s car spies suggest that the new mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette is coming real soon.
But, I have yet to see it in the metal without camouflage, and these new renderings seen today provide an accurate vision of the coming latest iteration of America’s sports car.
Sure, these images from MidEngineCorvetteForum.com lack some of the in-depth details of the real car, but they do show us a good idea of the upcoming C8-generation Corvette.
This new US sports car looks like a competitor for the European supercars: Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracan, and McLaren 720S.
The C8 Corvette looks very different compared to the outgoing model.
That is because it has a mid-engine layout now, which changes a lot of things design-wise. The nose is shorter, and the middle section is longer. There are bigger vents in the rear fenders, which are also longer and wider to make room for the engine.
The front end still has the V-shaped nose and hood, while the aggressively swept-back headlamps look similar to the C7 Corvette’s. The C8 also retains the quad taillight layout seen on every Corvette since the 1960’s, although the 2 lights on each side are now integrated under the same lens.
The rear boasts a heavy reconfiguration.
There are big vents under each taillight, and the license plate recess was moved higher into the fascia. And Chevy has ended the center-mounted exhaust for a more usual 4-pipe layout with 2 exhausts on each side of the diffuser.
We do not know that now, but word has it the C8 will arrive with more than just 1 drive-train. There will be a base model powered by the 6.2-liter V-8 from the C7 Corvette and a mid-range model with a twin-turbo, 4.2-liter V-8 borrowed from Cadillac. While the former will deliver less than 500 horsepower, the latter should boast at least 600 horses.
GM is reportedly working on a new 5.5-liter V-8 for this Top model. The twin-turbo mill is rumored to put out around 850 horsepower. And, a hybrid version could arrive sometime in the future. The setup will pair the 5.5-liter V-8 to an electric motor for a total output of around 1,000 horsepower.
The C8 is scheduled to debut in 2019, most likely at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
Stay tuned for updates…