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.