The word ‘corvette’ has been synonymous with speed and power for a long time. The very first corvettes were nimble warships used in early naval combat. Of course, the most famous and widespread use of the term is undoubtedly to refer to Chevrolet’s top-end sports car brand. Corvettes have been around since 1953 and will be celebrating their 65th anniversary this June.
Over the years, Corvette has boasted many design and mechanical elements that have marked them as a top competitor in the sports car market. Their newest model, the 2020 Corvette C8, is no exception. It has recently been spotted (sporting minimal body camo) out on a test drive, and it looks incredibly promising. It is set to debut relatively soon – plausibly sometime in 2019 – and will replace the 2014 C7 as the newest model of Corvette.
There is not much known about the 2020 Corvette C8 due to the secretive nature of the vehicle’s development process. In fact, the only people who are allowed to know the details of the planned vehicle are a small and exclusive group of world-renowned engineers and designers. This devotion to secrecy is a good sign for the C8, suggesting commitment to the product and a strong belief in its market viability. However, there are some things we can deduce about the vehicle – read on to find out.
From the sneak preview camouflage shots, it is evident that the new C8 will bring something new to the table. Though it will draw from many other Corvettes – particularly its predecessor, the C7 – the low, aggressive, and wide stance of the C8 lets it stand apart from the other models. Besides the overall construction of the 2020 C8’s body, it will also boast some cool design elements. For instance, it will feature buttresses flanking the engine bay. Rumor has it that GM’s designers will even include a pane of glass here that will allow the motor to be easily viewed.
While no official confirmation about the engine included in the 2020 Corvette has been released, it is likely to feature the same 460-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 engine that was included in the 2014 C7. This is a considerable amount of power and should have no problems helping the new C8 fly down the asphalt. If you have a taste for something more, however, there will likely be a few other options for the motor.
Namely, the new LT7 twin-turbo V8 – which hasn’t been put into any Corvettes yet – may be an optional performance upgrade for the new model. With the green wave that has been taking place in automobiles recently we may also see a hybrid option. With the advancements in this type of technology in the past few years, a hybrid Corvette would likely drastically improve fuel efficiency while sacrificing very little performance.
This Corvette will mark the retirement of the front-engine, real-wheel-drive layouts that have been traditionally included in every Corvette created. Instead, it will use a mid-engine design – the first of its type from this manufacturer. With the new placement, it will provide a steady and stable ride, and will take corners like a charm. It may even be hooked up to an all-wheel drive system rather than only driving the rear wheels (though this is pure speculation).
While not much is certain about this vehicle, there are a few tech details that show that this car is the Corvette of the future. For example, instead of a normal rearview mirror it will include a digital one that makes use of a rear-facing video camera to capture images. It will also likely include a customizable LCD digital dashboard with the option of a heads-up display. Chances are, the new C8 will also boast a Chevrolet MyLink system that can provide a mobile wi-fi hotspot (using the 4G LTE network) and will be capable of receiving texts, playing music, and much more.
While the C8 has been kept well under-wraps so far, the price of the model is not as mysterious. Though the C7 pulled in around $60,000 for a base model, we can expect the new C8 to cost at least $80,000 for a minimally-upgraded vehicle. This will allow it to achieve semi-exotic status (which is also promoted by the new mid-engine layout).
Overall, the new C8 looks like it will be a great entry into the mid-engine scene from Chevrolet. It has the looks for it – and will have the power and aggression necessary to remain a viable competitor in the sports car collector’s market. Therefore, the raised price will probably be worth the improved features – which required millions of dollars in upgrades to their manufacturing plant to achieve.