CHEVROLET'S NEW MID-ENGINED CORVETTE C8 LAUNCHES IN JULYDate: 2019-04-15
It's confirmed, the new mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette will launch in July.
Chevrolet has distributed more teaser images of it's latest and greatest, the all new eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette C8 – with a mid-mounted engine. Its official debut is set for July 7 and will take aim at the Ford GT and a few cars from across the pond, like the Lamborghini Aventador S and McLaren 720S.
In the images provided, wearing far less camo, we get a much clearer idea of what the new Chevy is going to look like. Overall, the Corvette retains it's classic shape even though it's been turned into a mid-engined sports car. The nose appears sharp and aggressive, with an angular front splitter, massive side air intakes and purposeful rear diffuser. There are also new enclosed headlights, reminiscent of the outgoing model, and redesigned LED tail-lights that sweep along to indicate which direction the driver is going to turn.
The powerplant is expected to be the same as that from the current model but the LT1 6.2-litre V8 will probably make more than the 449bhp output of the current C7. Some have speculated there could be a hybridisation of the C8, with an electric motor that would probably send extra juice to the front wheels, making it, essentially, all-wheel-drive.
In other interesting news, Chevrolet has said they're looking to compete in the World Endurance Championship with the new Corvette. Which means they've, apparently, been developing a race-prepped 5.5-litre turbocharged V8 version called the C8 R.
The good news about that is there will inevitably be a road-legal version down the line – and that means more power, possibly as much as 750bhp.
Sales are expected from launch with deliveries shortly thereafter in the US. Could this be a game-changer for Chevrolet? We can't wait to get behind the wheel of this Corvette.