It’s finally happened – Chevrolet has unveiled the highly-anticipated C8 Corvette. With the sheets off and information about the car now in the public domain, there’s a lot to talk about.
The first and most notable thing is the mid-engined layout – something we’ve known about for a while now. That’s right, after 66 years of front-engined Vettes, the model is now going the traditional supercar route of mounting the engine behind the driver.
GM president Mark Reuss said the reason behind the change was that ‘the front-engine vehicle reached its limits of performance, necessitating the new layout’. Chevrolet has boasted better weight distribution, better responsiveness and a faster 0-60mph time as a result.
One piece of information announced at the reveal event was what engine would be powering the new Stingray. Some speculated a downsized and/or turbocharged unit would be utilised, but actually Chevrolet has decided to go with a new naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8.
Dubbed the LT2, the eight-cylinder direct injected motor produces 495hp and 637Nm of torque – although Chevy claims these numbers are only achieved when the C8 is fitted with the manufacturer’s performance exhaust. Full performance figures are yet to be announced, but a 0-60mph time of under three seconds has been touted.
The design of the car is said to have been inspired by fighter jets and Formula One racing. It features a recognisably Corvette look, however, adapted to the new mid-engine configuration. And just like iterations of the past, the model comes as a targa, meaning you can remove the roof and pop it in the boot. Speaking of boots, thanks to the layout, there are two in the C8 – one in the front and one in the back.
If that all sounds great to you, here’s the cherry on top – prices for the new Stingray will start at under $60,000. And for those in the UK, the American manufacturer will be bringing over the car, which will be right-hand drive for the first time.