The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Is Delayed for Electrical Problems Yet It’s Still Testing In Michigan
Prototypes are back in the wildby Jonathan Lopez, on
We were all primed and ready to get every nitty gritty detail on the new mid-engined C8 Corvette in just a few weeks, as it was expected to debut at the Detroit Auto Show early next month. Unfortunately, it’s looking like that’s not gonna happen, as Chevy recently announced it wasn’t bringing anything new this time around. Apparently, the Bow Tie is struggling to sort out the new ‘Vette’s wiring. As such, C8 prototypes are once again popping up in the wild, as spotted in these recent Instagram posts.
Gotta Get It Right The First Time
While it might be a bit of a letdown to learn that the C8 Corvette won’t be making the rounds at the Detroit Auto Show in January, it’s important to remember just how critical first impressions can be.
This is particularly true for a model as new and different as the C8, given the revolutionary new platform Chevy’s building. This will be the first production Corvette with a mid-engine layout, so everything will need to be perfect before it rolls out in front of the public sans camo.
For now, it’s looking like we may have to wait a full six months before everything gets sorted out, although some sources say the C8’s electrical issue could get fixed in just a few months’ time. And considering we’ve been waiting for a mid-engined Corvette for roughly six decades at this point (remember the Zora Arkus-Duntov prototype from 1959?), it shouldn’t be too much of an issue to wait a bit longer.
It’s also important to remember that Chevy never actually confirmed a debut in Detroit, and rather, speculation and rumor were all we had to go on. So in that sense, GM’s delay is entirely justified.
In the meantime, all we can do is can cross our fingers and hope for the best. Personally, I want GM takes its time and makes this thing right.
The C8 Corvette is just too important to rush out the door to meet some nebulous market demands
As a reminder, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 will offer a new cab-forward exterior style decked out in carbon fiber and active aerodynamics, with more balanced proportions compared to the long-nosed C7. The cabin will offer a wide swath of race-inspired technology and features, as well as additional carbon trim and deep bucket seats.
The big question we have is what its got under the hood. Both a new V-8 and a new V-6 have popped up in speculation, as has hybrid power. One thing that’s for sure is that it’ll be fast, with less weight and tons of tire to help it get up and go. Pricing could start as high as $150,000.
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