The new Corvette C8 makes its debut July 18, 2019, and will go on sale by the end of the year. We've spilled plenty of ink (and pixels) about the upcoming C8 for the past five years (not to mention our relentless and breathless coverage of the idea of a mid-engined Corvette spanning several decades), and now Chevrolet is finally ready to talk about it as well.
General Motors executives in New York City to announce a benefit auction involving the last C7 Chevrolet Corvette also used the occasion Thursday to confirm that the long-anticipated mid-engine C8 "Next Generation" of America's sports vehicle will be unveiled July 18.
The new sport auto has been photographed undergoing road tests for months. Chevrolet calls this next-generation model "the most anticipated Corvette ever". As for exactly what engine will reside amidships, that's still unknown, but rumors have suggested a 520-horsepower V8 will be on offer. The engine will also be renamed LT2 to reflect its new location in the auto. It's also been reported that at least some trims will get a dual-clutch automatic transmission to replace the current automatic. The Stingray will then be joined by higher-performance variants, including a 5.5-litre flat-plane crankshaft V8 Z06, 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged ZR1 and flagship Zora model that will augment the potent bi-turbo mill with hybrid electrification and produce over 740kW of power.
Last we heard, the midengine Corvette was delayed due to its electrical system not being up to snuff.