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Dual Cockpit, Indicator Stripe, And… Buttons!

C8 Corvette Z51 Interior

As the time of the mid-engine Corvette debut grows nearer, we have been treated to a leaked image of the cars interior. Based on what we can see from the photo, the layout of this eight generation car isn’t the only big leap forward for America’s sports car. We’re going to assume this is a Corvette with the Z51 package, based on the indicator stripe on the steering wheel, and aggressive black/red colors. originally posted the image.

Front and center in the shot is the previously reported square steering wheel, this time sporting a red band to mark the upright position. To the right of the wheel sits a much larger infotainment screen than the previous car, that is rotated towards the driver. The overall shape of the center stack carries on this same driver focused design, and is home to a new push button gear selector for the Corvette’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.


The hot topic of the mid-engine Corvette interior leak has to be the large section to the right of the infotainment screen, which is home to an assortment of buttons that house the climate controls. The vertical design of the stack is unique, and it is definitely better than digging through multiple infotainment screens to find these essential controls. People have been asking to bring buttons back into car interiors. Yet that hasn’t stopped some from feeling that Chevrolet missed the boat on this layout. It’s impossible to please everybody.

Overall, the interior looks like cockpit that is focused on driving. While the design is surely a step on from the previous generation, we will have to wait and see what the eight generation Corvette’s interior is like to live with until we can get our hands on one. Material quality is always a touchy subject with Corvette fans, and perhaps the mid-engine Corvette will make a step forward here as well.

The mid-engine Corvette will debut live tonight, and you can tune in to watch the new Corvette emerge via a livestream.

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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