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Chevy Says It's Not Bringing the 2020 C8 Corvette to the Detroit Auto Show

Chevy Says It’s Not Bringing the 2020 C8 Corvette to the Detroit Auto Show

You’ll have to ride the hype train a bit longer before the new ’Vette reveals itself

Were you expecting to see the mid-engine Corvette C8 at the Detroit Auto Show in January? Well, hold your breath no more because it’s not going to happen. When reached to comment about whether or not something will be unveiled at the 2019 North-American International Auto Show, GM stated that there’s nothing planned for the Chevrolet brand - something that’s leaving everyone frustrated.

The rumor mill’s been going and going at an unimaginable speed when it comes to the upcoming Corvette generation. It’s no wonder when you think that it’s been the wet dream of Zora Arkus-Duntov himself to see a mid-engine Corvette in showrooms and now it’s finally about to happen. But the unveiling won’t happen, as many were hoping, at the final Detroit Auto Show to be held in January. Instead, the only new car that will come from the whole GM stable should be Cadillac’s XT6 crossover. Not really something to cause a massive stir like the Corvette would have done.

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Here's the Chevy Corvette C8.R Testing at Sebring

Here’s the Chevy Corvette C8.R Testing at Sebring

The new mid-engine race car is put through its paces on the tough Floridian track

We’ve been talking endlessly about the upcoming Chevrolet Corvette C8 and, also, the race-going C8.R. Fans of old are lamenting about how it’s not really a Corvette if the engine isn’t in front of the driver, but this might not be the only problem the old guard will have with the new car. As we can hear in this new video captured at Sebring Raceway, the C8.R tries to sound like a Ferrari 488 GTE which suggests the push-rod V-8 might be a thing of the past, at least on the race car.

Chevy’s been busy testing the C8, that will be the first production mid-engine Corvette ever made, for over a year. At the same time, the guys at Pratt & Miller are racking up the test miles of the C8.R mules that should taste competition for the first time at the 2020 Daytona 24 Hours race.

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Check Out the New Logo On the Leaked 2020 Mid-Engine Chevy Corvette Key Fob

Check Out the New Logo On the Leaked 2020 Mid-Engine Chevy Corvette Key Fob

The patent application shows a 2020 model year too…

We’ve been chomping at the bit to get any and all details we can on the upcoming mid-engine Corvette C8 that’s slated to drop early next year, and now, we’re getting another piece of the puzzle as the C8’s key fob just leaked onto the web. Even more important that the leak is the fact that it has an all-new logo.

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The 9 Mid-Engine Corvette Concepts That Didn't Make it To Production

The 9 Mid-Engine Corvette Concepts That Didn’t Make it To Production

All of these prototypes paved the way for the upcoming C8

For over five decades we’ve been teased with various Corvette concepts displaying the idea that the engine should be moved from just in front of the cabin to behind the rear seats. While this idea might seem ludicrous to purists, we know that it will finally become a reality with the forthcoming C8. But there wouldn’t have been a C8 without all the prototypes that preceded it.

If everything we’ve seen and heard in the past couple of years regarding the 8th generation of the Chevrolet Corvette is true, and there’s little doubt about it, the C7 will become the final front-engined Corvette because the C8 is bound to have the engine where rivaling Lamborghinis and Ferraris have had it since forever - behind the front seats. A few camouflaged prototypes have been seen testing over the past few months and, while we aren’t sure about its name, we know that it’ll be based on a new platform and it will cost a whole lot more than the current model.

The best view we’ve got of the new Chevrolet sports car is of a mule testing at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife in Germany. It features a radically different design although some design cues from the current model, like the side air vents up front, remain. We don’t know what engine will power the new car, pundits reporting that a racing version seen testing at Road America might sport a V-6, and we might not get much more insight on it until next year’s Detroit Auto Show where, supposedly, Chevy will take the wraps off the new model. Until then, here’s a look at the plethora of prototypes that predated it.

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Latest Renderings of the Mid-Engined C8 Chevy Corvette Depict a True Ferrari 488 Competitor

Latest Renderings of the Mid-Engined C8 Chevy Corvette Depict a True Ferrari 488 Competitor

Still looks familiar though

While spy shots suggest the high-anticipated mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette is just around the corner, we have yet to see it in the metal without camouflage. Thankfully enough, Chevy has been using lighter camo recently, thin enough to notice most of its exterior features. And these new renderings provide an accurate depiction of the upcoming sports car.

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Mid-Engined Chevrolet Corvette C8 Could Cost $170,000

Mid-Engined Chevrolet Corvette C8 Could Cost $170,000

Ouch!

Arguably the hottest and most discussed car to be unveiled in 2019, the Chevy Corvette C8 remains a mystery, with very little official information to run by as of November. Thankfully, the rumor has provided us some data in recent months and now it’s back with pricing information, placing the mid-engined sports car at $169,900 before options.

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1

The mid-engined Vette is coming in early 2019!

The Corvette Zora ZR1 is one of the rumored names for Chevrolet’s upcoming mid-engined sports car. Set to be unveiled in 2019, it will be part of the eighth-generation Corvette, also known as the C8. For the time being it’s not yet certrain whether Chevy will keep making a front-engined Vette, but the midship sports car has already been spotted on public roads as a prototype.

Whether Chevrolet will keep offering a front-engined Corvette or not, the company’s goals with the C8-generation car are more than obvious. Chevy is not only aiming to offer a competitor for the Ford GT, but also wants to enter the entry-level supercar market dominated by the Porsche 911 Turbo, Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracan, and the McLaren 720S. Keep reading to find out what we already know about the upcoming Corvette Zora.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Corvette Zora.

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Former Corvette Engineers Look at Why It Took So Long for GM to Build a Mid-Engine Vette

Former Corvette Engineers Look at Why It Took So Long for GM to Build a Mid-Engine Vette

I’ts taken a while, but there will be a mid-engined 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette

Talk of a making mid-engined Corvette has been constant since the 1970s, but the idea never really fully materialized and if you want to know why GM only is just now testing one with plans to release in 2020, then do read on.

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Chevrolet Corvette C8 Caught Testing at the Nürburgring

Chevrolet Corvette C8 Caught Testing at the Nürburgring

It’s certainly looking like a mid-mounted engine is on the way…

Hype continues to build for the up-and-coming eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette, as rumor has it the American icon will finally step up to a mid-engined platform in a bid to challenge top-shelf sports machines from Europe. Now, you can get a sneak peek at what’s in store, as the C8 was just spied lapping the Nürburgring.

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Mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette C8 caught testing at Nurburgring

Mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette C8 caught testing at Nurburgring

Still under camo

It’s been only hours since our paparazzi spotted the mid-engined Corvette on public roads and GM’s upcoming supercar took another trip outside the garage. This time around, the mid-ship ’Vette got its wheels stretched on the famous Nurburgring track.

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The Mid-Engined, 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Got Caught Testing On Public Roads

The Mid-Engined, 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Got Caught Testing On Public Roads

It’s still hidden under camo, though

The mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette is arguably the most anticipated car of 2018, but GM’s contender for the supercar market is in no hurry to unveil itself in the metal. Our paparazzi just spotted the vehicle in the wild, but it’s still wrapped in camouflage from bumper to bumper.

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2019 C8 Corvette to Feature Active Side Skirts, Spoilers, and Downforce Generating Ducts

2019 C8 Corvette to Feature Active Side Skirts, Spoilers, and Downforce Generating Ducts

Could the mid-engine Corvette get first dibs on these new aero technologies?

Patent filings are flying all over the place as automakers rush to protect their home-grown inventions. The latest company to do so is General Motors, which has secured patents for a number of active aerodynamic components that could soon find their way to the Chevrolet Corvette. All in all, GM was recently awarded three new patents involving adaptive aero technologies, specifically Active Side-Skirts, Active Spoilers, and Downforce Generating Ducts..

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Video: Mid-Engined Chevrolet Corvette Caught Testing Next To The ZR1

Video: Mid-Engined Chevrolet Corvette Caught Testing Next To The ZR1

We’ll eventually see this bad boy in all its glory

Like a unicorn that pops up whenever it feels like it, the mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette is arguably one of the most sought-after test mules in the business today. Sightings have increased in frequency in the last few months, and the latest one shows the Corvette prancing around in Colorado, still decked in thick black wraps with some camouflage thrown in for good measure.

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