The Big Reveal Is Today

2020 C8 Corvette Logo
C8 Corvette Logo

For over 65 years the Chevrolet Corvette has been the quintessential American sports car, and by introducing a mid-engined platform, the Corvette is undertaking its most profound transformation yet. And on the evening of July 18, 2019, Chevrolet will officially debut the 2020 Corvette C8 Stingray. The time is nearly upon us.

While the Corvette has been a traditional front engine rear drive layout since its introduction in 1953, the idea of a mid-engine Corvette is not a new one. Zora Arkus Duntov, the man who is credited as being the father of the Corvette, believed that the American sports car should have become mid-engined starting in the late 1950’s. He would spend the rest of his career at General Motors pushing for and tinkering with his goal. While he was never successful in totally changing the Corvette’s layout, General Motors has finally come around to Duntov’s idea. Finally.

Every new Corvette generation is a big deal, but there has never been so much hype surrounding the debut of a new Corvette like this before. There are many unanswered questions about this mid-engine Corvette that have not really been applicable to Corvettes of yore, including how far upmarket the car is going, and what this means for the future of the Corvette itself.


Fans of the marque will be able to have some of their questions answered via a livestream of the mid-engine Corvette C8 debut. Starting at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET on July 18, you will be able to tune in and hear directly from the top brass about this revolutionary new generation. The link is provided here.

If the livestream doesn’t cut it for you, the mid-engine Corvette is heading on two national dealership tours, complete with vehicle specialists and interactive displays to further answer any questions about this eight generation of the American sports car.

Tours will begin on the East and West Coasts include over 125 dealerships across the United States. Like trying to follow a rock band, tour dates of the 2020 Corvette C8 will become available on July 19.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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