Flat Bottom, And Flat Top


With the introduction of the 2020 C8 Corvette nearly here, more and more details about the car are coming to light. It is well known at this point that Chevrolet will ditch 65 years of tradition to adopt a mid-engine platform, but that’s not the only part of the new Corvette that’s dramatically different than the previous generation.

For the mid-engine Corvette, Chevrolet has also decided to go with a squared off design for the steering wheel, and officially teased it before its debut. The decision for the oddly shaped two-spoke steering wheel obviously draws inspiration from motorsports, and helps to set the tone for what General Motors expects this car to be. Other cars to debut with a square steering wheel in recent years include the Ford GT and the LaFerrari. Not a bad bunch of vehicles to draw some inspiration from in the pursuit of a kick-ass car.

Based on the photo, the C8 Corvette wheel will be finished in leather, and will feature contrast stitching. It also appears that the metal shift paddles are mounted on the steering wheel itself, and not on the steering column. There are a bevy of controls integrated onto either spoke, as well.

Oddly enough, steering wheels have been a contentious issue for the Corvette in the past. When the sixth generation Corvette launched, many fans of the brand were disappointed to find out they would be piloting their American sports car with the parts-bin wheel out of a Chevrolet Cobalt. While this may have been okay if the steering wheel was a good design, it simply wasn’t.

It was obvious that Chevrolet had decided to save money in the one place that you’re always making contact with while driving the car, which rubbed more than a few people the wrong way.
The introduction of the mid-engine Corvette is a historic departure for one of the most beloved models on sale today.

While there are still many questions about what exactly that means for the future of Corvette, perhaps this new wheel design shows that Chevrolet is fully intent of making this eight generation Corvette a radical departure from the Corvette brand of the past.

Catch the livestream reveal of the all-new Corvette tomorrow evening.

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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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