The C8 Corvette will be revealed on July 18, 2019 as a 2020 model year vehicle. Its release coincides almost exactly with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission. The C8 is the first mid-engine Corvette to see production, after decades of Chevrolet teasing the world with concept vehicles. It is easily the most anticipated vehicle General Motors has revealed in a long time, or perhaps ever.
The 2020 C8 Corvette will integrate a mixed material body composition of aluminum and steel, with more exotic materials mixed in slightly. Its body panels are still expected to be made of rust-proof composite materials. Power will be sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed Tremec dual-clutch transmission. Along with its revolutionary mid-engine layout, the new Corvette may also be the first Corvette without a manual transmission.
C8 CORVETTE PRICE
Official 2020 Corvette C8 pricing is still unknown. However, our estimates point to an incremental price change from the base model – likely lining up with what we currently see with the wide-bodied C7 Grand Sport ($65,900) or the 650 horsepower C7 Z06 ($78,995). By comparison, the base Corvette costs just under $56,000.
C8 CORVETTE ENGINES
The LT2 will be the entry level engine of the 2020 Corvette Stingray, and is very closely related to the LT1 V8 found in the C7 Corvette, and Chevrolet Camaro SS. Its displacement will be 6.2 liters. Its horsepower is expected to be at least 460 horsepower, but is anticipated to be more than that.
The LT6 is expected to be an extremely high-output variant of GM’s new DOHC twin-turbo V8 engine family. It will likely slot above the LT2 NA small block V8 and below the herculean LT7, which is also a twin-turbo DOHC V8. It will likely appear in the C8 Corvette Z06 or its equivalent. Its expected time table is 2-3 years from the launch of the C8. Its displacement is currently unknown.
The LT7 is anticipated to be part of GM’s DOHC V8 engine architecture, as first previewed with the LTA “Blackwing” V8 engine in the Cadillac CT6-V. This engine is expected to be the most powerful production V8 engine General Motors has ever produced, and likely will ever produce. We expect this powertrain to be found exclusively in the most range-topping model of the C8 Corvette. Allegedly, the LT7 will be joined with all wheel drive to help manage the power, and hybrid technology to deliver it seamlessly. Its timeline is expected 2-4 years after the launch of the C8. Its output and displacement remains unknown.
C8 CORVETTE TRANSMISSION
The 2020 Corvette Stingray will launch with a Tremec TR-9070 seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. A manual is not expected.
C8 CORVETTE TECHNOLOGY
The mid-engine Corvette is expected to utilize the new Global B electronics architecture from General Motors, which is five times more capable than the system it replaces. Global B will allow for OTA updates, and will be able to simultaneously handle systems such as Super Cruise. Global B will also have to process the inputs of the steer-by-wire, drive-by-wire, and brake-by-wire systems. This will easily be the most technologically advanced Corvette the world has yet to see. Its Engine Control Unit is said to be have the most robust cybersecurity system GM has so far produced, which will deter tuning companies and hobbyists from tinkering with the engine beyond simple bolt-ons.
C8 CORVETTE INTERIOR
The cabin of the 2020 Corvette will maintain its traditional seating for two, but based on spy photos, it will easily surpass the premium look and feel of any Corvette generation before it. It is expected to offer multiple seat choices, based on preferences for handling or touring comfort. It will have both a flat top and a flat bottom steering wheel that’s unique to the vehicle.
High-resolution displays that will be highly customizable and the center console will be more driver-oriented than before. More refinement and comfort will be present, as well. A sloped ledge between the passenger seat and the cupholder tray will feature a row of buttons controlling HVAC and heated/cooled seats. There will be no space behind the rear seats for storage anymore – which gave the liftback coupe models of the Corvette surprising levels of practicality. Instead, storage is moved to a “frunk” between the two front wheels.
C8 CORVETTE TIRES
The tires seen on the C8 Corvette Stingray prototypes are Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. According to spy photos, the mid-engine Corvette tires measure 245/35ZR19 in the front – equal to the C7 Stingray – and 305/30ZR20 in the rear- which are 20mm wider than the C7 Stingray, but 20mm narrower than the C7 Grand Sport
C8 CORVETTE BRAKES
The brakes on the 2020 Corvette Stingray are sourced from Brembo.
C8 CORVETTE PRODUCTION
The mid-engine Corvette will be produced at the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly plant, across from the National Corvette Museum and the NCM Motorsports Park.
C8 CORVETTE SPECS
Weight: Unknown – but expected to be heavier than the C7
Cargo Volume: Unknown
1/4 Mile: Unknown
1/2 Mile: Unknown
Top Speed: Unknown
Total Downforce: Unknown
Nurburgring Lap Time: Unknown
60-0 braking: Unknown
Skid Pad: Unknown
C8 CORVETTE VARIANTS
The 2020 Corvette C8 is expected to keep around every variant name found on the C7, starting with the Stingray. The Z51 performance package will be a step up from that. Following the launch year, the mid-engine Corvette is expected to introduce a Grand Sport, a Z06, and likely a ZR1, as well. Further evidence points to the “Zora” name to appear somewhere in the lineup. For those unaware, Zora was the first name of the “father of the Corvette”, Zora Arkus-Duntov.
Other famous Corvette names on the shelf include Manta Ray, Mako Shark, and L88. Lastly, the Corvette’s 70th anniversary is 2023.