Code named "Zora" after the Corvette's first chief engineer, Zora Arkus-Duntov, the C8 will be the first-ever mid-engine Corvette. It is the first time Chevrolet has confirmed the C8 Corvette's existence and the first official images outside of spy shots. There's no official on-sale date yet, but given that Chevrolet is already rolling out a "Next-Generation Corvette" page on its consumer website, we feel certain that the order books will open by the end of 2019 at the latest.
A camouflaged prototype has been seen driving around Manhattan with General Motors CEO Mary Barra in the passenger seat, but the timing was too tight to have a launch at the New York Auto Show next week.
Despite the announcement, we don't really know much more about the auto. However, we've heard plenty of rumors about what will be going into this Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren slayer. The engine will be modified to fit the rear-mid-engine layout and perhaps given a power boost to take it above 500 hp.
We believe the upcoming high-performance versions will use an all-new engine. Expect the new Corvette to cost around $62,000 to start, an increase of around $5000 compared to the C7 Stingray's starting price of $56,995. There's even talk that there could be a hybrid version of the C8 Corvette with even more power.
We've known for some time now, that the C8 Corvette will break tradition and go for a dual-clutch transmission instead of a manual or an automatic. But what we really want to know is if that second sports vehicle will be the Corvette.
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