The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Debuts on July 18 and We’re Going to Be There – Here’s What We Expect It’s going to be an amazing show!
It’s going to be an amazing show!by Robert Moore, on
The mid-engined, 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette is probably the most anticipated debut of the decade, and it’s been nearly seven decades in the making with the first mid-engine concept being the 1964 CERV II. It was followed by the XP-880 of 1968, the XP-882 of 1970, and the XP-895 and XP-897GT of 1972 and 1973, respectively. There was also the 1973 Four-Rotor, the ’76 Aerovette, the ’86 Corvette Indy, and finally the 1990 CERV III. They all featured radically different designs, but they all have one thing in common – none of them ever went into production. We’re in 2019, though, and the 2020 model year is finally going to bring all of our hopes and dreams to life: Chevy is finally introducing a mid-engined Corvette that’s destined for production. The best part? We’ll be there to see Chevy pull the covers off what will instantly become the brand’s most important model.
Here’s What We Expect to See at the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette’s Debut
Thanks to all of the spy shots, and one official teaser image, we know that the mid-engined, C8 Corvette will look more like a supercar than a thoroughbred American muscle or sports car.
And, that’s okay, because the tradeoff of having the mid-engine layout is well worth it. Besides, you can only do so much when you have the engine sitting behind the front seats – a short nose is a must.
Chevy is Going to WOW us With the 2020 Chevy Corvette in One Way or Another
At this point, we’ve seen so many renderings and spy shots that it’s nearly impossible not to have a basic idea what to expect. The C8 Corvette will have the look of a supercar, but it will have American muscle at its heart. The interior will be on par with that of the Ford GT – it’s main competition – and maybe even other exotics from Ferrari and Lamborghini. And, you can probably expect it to be the most technologically advanced car to ever wear the Chevy emblem. This technology includes a high-definition instrument cluster and another high-def screen above the center console.
This won’t be what knocks it out of the park, though. Be it a substantially high price, ridiculous requirements for purchase (think about what Ford did with the GT), or some other kind of industry-shaking secret, Chevy is going to surprise us.
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette is Going to be a Powerhouse
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette will be powered by a traditional LT V-8, but full details have yet to be unveiled.
We’ll undoubtedly hear all there is to know at the debut because Chevy wants to express its dominance with its first supercar. What we’re expecting is a 6.2-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that – all by itself – is good for somewhere in the vicinity of 850 horsepower. But, there’s a secret here because the rumor mill is churning out word that the C8 Corvette in at least one form or another, will offer hybrid power too – that means we could see an AWD setup and 1000 horsepower or more. We don’t expect it to be a plug-in hybrid, so maximum horsepower in that setup will only come in short bursts, but then again, Chevy might surprise us. Maybe this will be that WOW factor I mentioned earlier.
In the end, this baby will be able to compete with some of the hottest supercars out there. We’re anticipating the sprint to 60 mph taking less than three seconds. Hell, it might even be able to do it in 2.5 seconds. Top speed will likely approach 220 mph. This will, however, only be possible thanks to the active aerodynamic system that we’ve seen hinted at since the patents were uncovered back in 2018. Oh yeah, sorry to tell you, but there will be no choice of a manual transmission. This baby will be dual-clutch only. But hey – it’s a supercar; it’s par for the course.
There’s No Doubt About it – The Chevy C8 Corvette Will Battle Out the 2017 Ford GT at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
It might not be this year, but the C8 Corvette and the Ford GT are natural born enemies, and Chevy will seek out to beat the GT at every single corner. Just think about the C8 Vette and the Ford GT going head-to-head down The Mulsanne straight. These two cars are the cream of the crop, and it will happen. And, even better yet, you can expect the C8 Corvette to tackle any record it can come close to. Chevy will go to the Nurburgring, and it will beat records. Chevy hasn’t waited 60 years to produce a car that doesn’t come with its own book of bragging rights.
Chevy is Going to Put on One Hell of a Show for the 2020 C8 Corvette’s Debut
Chevy isn’t only live streaming the C8’s debut. No; it’s going all out. The company is flying journalists from all over the country to attend the live debut. Chances are, we won’t get to drive it, but Chevy isn’t going to spend that much money not to have a great show. In fact, we expect the C8’s debut to be the hottest show of the year. We’ll be there to experience it all, and we can’t wait to tell you all about it. So, on July 18th, be sure to watch the live stream of the debut, then come straight here to find out everything we learned about the C8 Corvette behind the scenes.
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