The Detroit-based automaker, General Motors, has finally officially decided to use a mid-engine layout for the next-generation 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8. Of course, this is great news for Vette enthusiasts because the manufacturer decided to change the engine layout from the front-engine (FMR) with rear-wheel drive (RWD) to the newly developed mid-engine layout. That’s official, and the good news is the new mid-engine C8 Corvette will be officially unveiled in the next few months.
It Will Be Officially Released in Mid-2019…
As we know, the front-engine platform was originally chosen by Chevrolet to make the production costs lower on the Corvette C7 Stingray. GM engineers revealed that the company’s financial stability and buyer interest were the main considerations in the mid-engine Corvette over the past few years. If you surf the internet, you will see many articles that talk about the upcoming mid-engine Chevy Corvette C8 and it has been a big rumor since 2014 or even before.
The photos you see here are supplied directly by Chevrolet / General Motors, and that’s the “REAL” 2020 Corvette C8 prototype with a mid-engine layout wrapped in full-camouflage being tested on the highway. It’s very different from the previous spy photos of the mid-engine Corvette C8 that have been circulating on the internet for the past few years. The previous Corvette C8 spy photos show very different design proportions and it has a low-slung silhouette.
The Newly-Upgraded 6.2-liter LT2 V8 Engine Can Produce Around 500 HP… But, No Manual Gearbox!!!
Chevrolet is still silent about detailed technical specifications, but according to our sources, the mid-engine 2020 Chevy Corvette C8 which will be introduced in the next few months will be present in the form of a base Corvette Stingray. Under its hood, the Corvette C8 will be powered by a newly upgraded 6.2-liter pushrod LT2 V8 engine paired to a TREMEC dual-clutch seven-speed automatic gearbox and it’s claimed to produce around 500 horsepower. However, there’s no manual option and the only transmission option is the dual-clutch gearbox from TREMEC manufacturer.
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 will also be offered in several high-performance variants shortly after the car was released to the market, including the Z06, ZR1, and a hybrid version called “Zora” for the U.S.-spec model. As for the engine specs and powertrain, the new (C8) Corvette Z06 will most likely be powered by a GM 5.5-liter DOHC V8 engine featuring a flat-plane crankshaft.
1000-HP Corvette C8 “Zora” Hybrid…
While the high-performance ZR1 variant will get a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine under its hood. Finally, of course, the most powerful 2020 Chevy Corvette C8 Zora will be equipped with a twin-turbo 5.5-liter DOHC V8 engine combined with an electric motor mounted on the front-axle. The rumor said that this Zora variant was predicted to be able to produce a combined power output approaching around 1000 HP.
2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Mid-Engine Release Date and Pricing Info
Although it’s too early to talk about release date and price, but the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 mid-engine is scheduled to be officially released on July 18, 2019 and will go on sale at U.S. dealers later this year. While the starting price for the 2020 Corvette C8 is predicted at around $62,000, despite the abundance of new technology brought by this new sports car. Given that the current Corvette C7 Stingray has a starting MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) of $56,995. So, will there be a price increase of around $ 5,000 for the next-gen Corvette C8? I’ve no idea…