Bet You Didn’t Know the U.S. Air Force Uses the Chevy Camaro to Help Land U2 Spy Planes
There are a lot of businesses and institutions that use cars to support their activities. You’ve got your police forces, the army, your airport support vehicles, you get the point.
Speaking of airports, the U.S. Air Forces use Chevrolet Camaro SS chase cars that help land U-2 spy planes. That’s right, the mighty U-2 needs to be guided for a successful landing from a fast car because its highly-specialized build is more suited to high-altitude flying than landing easily.
Latest Update From Leading Corvette Salesman Paints a Clearer Picture of the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette
If you’re waiting for an all new 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette, it’s only natural that you’re wondering when your allocation is going to come up. And, with production just now kicking off, it’s easy to wonder whether yours will be considered a 2020 or a 2021 model (and what pricing implications that will have on your bottom line.) I’m sure some of you have plenty of other questions too and now, thanks to Mike Furman – one of the most famous Corvette salesman in the world – we have some answers. Keep reading for a full update on the Chevy C8 Corvette and what’s going on behind the scenes.
2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray
The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette is the eighth-generation of the iconic sports cars. Unveiled in 2019 for the 2020 model year, the C8 Corvette marks a massive departure from the C7 and its predecessor. For the first time ever, the Corvette features a mid-engined layout and becomes a full-fledged sports car rather than a sporty two-seat grand tourer. In this new configuration, the 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette competes against sports cars like the Ferrari 488 GTB, Ford GT, Lamborghini Huracan Evo, and Audi R8.
Redesigned from the ground up, the C8 is a brand-new car on the outside, but it still sports some trademark Corvette cues. The headlamps, the taillights, and the nose are clearly reminiscent of the C7 model. But the entire is entirely new and boasts more technology than any Corvette from the past. There’s big news under the rear hood as well, where Chevy stuffed a new LT2 V-8 engine. Likewise, the C8 is the first Corvette to feature a dual-clutch transmission, as well as the first of its kind to not have a manual transmission option. The C8 Corvette is also the quickest and more powerful naturally aspirated model of its kind, but more about that in the detailed review below.
Update 8/18/2019:We’ve updated this review with new pricing and performance information. Check out what’s new in our review below!
Lock it Down: The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Has "Instant Collectible" Written All Over it
The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 has arrived. Mind you, the Corvette C8 isn’t just the latest-generation Corvette to arrive. Everyone who has waited to see a mid-engine Corvette can finally breathe a sigh of relief. It’s here, folks! After 60 years of waiting — it’s been a long wait that included many prototypes that almost made it to production — the vision of Zora Arkus-Duntov has finally come alive. There are a lot of firsts that come with the arrival of the Corvette C8, not just for the model itself, but for Chevrolet as a company. It stands to reason then that this could be one of the most important models of the Chevrolet Corvette in its long and illustrious history. And as one of the most collectible cars in the auto industry, you can be sure that the C8 has “instant collectible” written all over it. Don’t be surprised if the first-production model ends up in an auction house sometime in the latter part of the year. All bets are off if that happens, ladies and gentlemen. If you thought the $2.7 million price tag the final-production Corvette C7 fetched last month at the Barrett-Jackson auction is too much, wait until you see the frenzied bidding that will come in the auction of the first-production Corvette C8.
Here’s What Nobody Is Telling You About the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette represents the most radical, yet required evolutional step for the Corvette name and maybe even Chevrolet and GM as a whole. In terms of tech, design, aerodynamics, and performance, the new C8 Corvette is a massive departure from the C7 and the models that came before it. With the C8, Chevy is rewriting the rule book for its performance division, and the new C8 will probably lead to a number of significant changes within GM as a whole over the next decade.
With the C8 being such a huge big step forward, there’s so much to discuss regarding it and what Chevy had to do to create such a powerful car worthy of the supercar name with a price point that starts below $60,000. It certainly wasn’t easy, and since we were there for the C8’s big debut, we thought it would only be fitting to discuss what the mainstream media and other automotive outlets just aren’t telling you about the new C8 Corvette. With that in mind, I invite you to join me on a journey that dives deeper into the C8 Corvette and exposes what nobody else is talking about.
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Found A Way Around the U.S. Ban On Sequential Turn Signals
The car industry has evolved to the point where we can have cool lighting systems on our vehicles, like Matrix headlamps or sequential turn signals. However, Matrix lights aren’t yet allowed in the U.S., while sequential turn signals are very rare due to a silly regulation by the United States Department of Transportation. Lexus and Audi, for instance, had to remove sequential turn signals from some of their cars in the U.S. because they were, wait for it, too small. Fortunately, Chevrolet found a loophole in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for lamps and equipped the C8 Corvette with sequential turn signals.
Two Trunks Ensure The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Will Be As Practical As Possible
The eighth generation of the Chevrolet Corvette was finally unveiled officially during a dedicated event in Irvine, California, and, in the hours that have passed since that genuinely historical moment, the internet has been filled to the brim with material about the first production Corvette with the engine behind the seats. Now, this means that the Corvette finally becomes a bona fide supercar after being a Grand Tourer that hit above its weight for decades. The figures too back the reposition of America’s Sportscar in the market but Chevy knows full well that its core customer base wants a practical, user-friendly car and the C8 won’t disappoint in this department as we shall explain.
The first things you probably heard about the new-for-2020 Corvette C8 is that the base model, called the Stingray, will be powered by an updated version of the C7’s push-rod 6.2-liter V-8 - now dubbed LT2 - that will produce 490 horsepower without the Z51 Performance Package that, among many other things, adds five ponies. You’ve also heard that if you opt for the Z51 Performance Package, the base model C8 will sprint from naught to 60 mph in under three seconds or, in other words, as fast as the quickest C7, the 755 horsepower ZR1 that was on sale for anywhere between $120,900 and $155,300. You also know that the C8 won’t cost $120,000 and it won’t even cost $100,000 or $80,000, Mark Reuss announcing a sub-$60,000 base MSRP. But what about practicality? With the hatchback gone, where will you fit all your stuff?
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Mixes Two Technologies No Other Car in the Segment Has
Every time an automaker launches a really expensive supercar we expect it to come with a range of extraordinary or industry-first features. Not so much when we’re dealing with more affordable sports cars, but the 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette is an exception from this rule thanks to boasting cylinder deactivation technology combined with a dual-clutch transmission.
The New 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette’s interior is befitting of a supercar, even though it will start at under $60,000
Corvette interiors were never anything to write home about. Sure, they improved from generation to generation in terms of materials quality, design, as well as fit and finish, but there was nothing especially remarkable that put them ahead of other sports car interiors. This has now all changed with the all-new mid-engined Corvette C8 which features an interior that makes the C7’s interior look like a spiced up Chevy Cruze.
The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette May Be Cool and All, But Tt’s Not As Practical As The C7
The Chevrolet Corvette just became an even more awesome car with the release of C8-generation. Not only it boasts more technology than ever, but it also made the switch to a mid-engined layout. America’s coolest sports car ditched its traditional configuration to move into a segment that includes sports cars like the Ford GT, Ferrari 488 GTB, and McLaren 720S. That’s insanely cool! But the C8 Corvette isn’t all bells and whistles. When it comes to trunk space, the mid-engined Corvette isn’t as practical as its predecessor.
We’ve Seen Nose-Lift Tech on Super Cars Before, but the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Takes it to a Whole New Level
Chevrolet just unveiled the highly anticipated C8 Corvette. It’s not only the first mid-engined Corvette in history, but the C8 also packs some ground-breaking technology. Like most supercars out there, the C8 Corvette features a nose-lift system, but it’s a bit different than what you get from other brands.
Wait, the All-New 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is Priced How Much?!
The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 has arrived, and as expected, it has the entire auto industry in a tizzy. Chevrolet unveiled the long-awaited Corvette C8 — the first mid-engined Corvette, too — in Los Angeles, California, and yes, there’s a lot to unpack in the way of details surrounding the new sports car. So while the rest of the auto world drools over its design and performance potential, there was one particular detail about the Corvette C8 that caught a lot of people off-guard, specifically its price point. Apparently, pricing for the 2020 Corvette C8 starts at just under $60,000. That’s an incredibly affordable price relative to other performance cars of its ilk that it’s expected to compete against once it hits the market. Talk about making a proper first impression, right?
How Will the 2020 C8 Corvette Production Compare With Other Mid-Engine Sports Cars?
An additional workforce of 400 workers could have some severe ramifications on the production output of the Corvette C8 at its Bowling Green plan. Now with 1,300 workers in total, the plant is ready to achieve record production numbers and enable the Corvette C8 to make record-breaking sales. I will remind you that back in 2014, GM flipped more than 34,000 units of the Corvette C7. With the mid-engine layout, and, I hold my hopes, an affordable price, the C8 could topple that easily. To show you the sheer importance of the new Corvette C8, I will tell you how its production stack up compared to the most significant mid-engine cars in the world.
How Will Additional Workforce Affect the 2020 Corvette C8 Production?
Just before starting the production of the Corvette C7 in 2013, GM added 150 new jobs at its Bowling Green Corvette plant. That number rose to 250 very next year. Right now, as the C7 spends its last days on the Bowling Green production lines, GM announced that it would add a new workforce of 400 workers just before the mid-engine 2020 Corvette C8 production starts later in 2019. The move of adding more jobs is a commonality with the introduction of the new cars. Especially ones that make a significant departure in terms of design and underlying architecture compared to its predecessors. The C7 was a significant departure compared to the C6. Actually, it shared only two parts with it - the cabin filter and the rear latch for the removable roof panel. On the other hand, I feel that the C8 will share more with the C7 despite such a profound change in its form. The added complexity of the new design could be a part of the reason for the significant workforce increase.
Will GM’s Strengthened Bowling Green Plant Work On Anything Beyond the 2020 C8 Corvette?
Chevrolet recently confirmed that the much-speculated and awaited mid-engine avatar of the Corvette is not a myth. The Chevrolet C8 will officially debut on July 18th. Since then, people have kept a keen eye on the proceedings of the C8. Now, Chevrolet has announced that it will add a second shift of workers, more than 400 hourly jobs, to its factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Although GM has added the additional workforce by speculating an unprecedented demand for the C8, will this strength be restricted to the C8 only?
Chevy Adds Hundreds of Workers to 2020 C8 Corvette Production
General Motors just announced that it will add more than 400 hourly jobs and a second shift of workers to its production facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, upping the plant’s total workforce to over 1,300. The strengthened production capacity is intended to meet demand for the forthcoming C8 Corvette, which will debut July 18th.
2018 - 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
Unveiled for the 2017 model year, the sixth-generation Camaro ZL1 is by far the most impressive Camaro with forced-induction built to date. Powered by the the same LT4 engine introduced with the Corvette Z06, the latest ZL1 packs 650 horsepower, looks incredibly menacing, and costs a little more than $60,000, an amazing sticker given the performance. But, as incredible as it may sound, Chevrolet just managed to the make ZL1 even better by giving it the 1LE upgrade.
Previously available on the SS model, the 1LE package was made available for the V-6 version too for the sixth-generation Camaro. Now, Chevy devised a similar package for the ZL1 and claims that the supercharged 1LE is the most track-capable Camaro ever, meaning it should outgun the bonkers (and now discontinued) Z/28 too. These claims are backed by racing-based suspension and aero technologies, as well as exclusive Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, and a range of weight-saving measure. How powerful and fast is it? How much it cost? How does it compare to the Shelby GT350 and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat? Read my review below to get all the answers.
Update 01/29/2019: Chevy has updated the Camaro ZL1 1LE for 2019. Check out the drivetrain section below for the full scoop.
Cars That We Can’t Wait to See in 2019
What does the future behold? There are countless future classics ready to slide out from under the sheets of which they’ve been covered, and it’s all set to happen in 2019. There will be new EVs, new muscle cars, and a complete evolution of luxury cars. One of America’s most loved sports cars, the Chevy Corvette, is set move into a mid-engine configuration - something that’s been in the works for decades. With that said, we have a lot to be excited for, and this is a list of the models that we just can’t wait any longer for.
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.
The Hoonigans Go Deep With Cleetus McFarland’s Insane ’Vette Kart: Video
How about stripping a Chevrolet Corvette down, strapping in a 7.0-liter LS, and going after some world records for manual Corvettes? Sounds like an insane project to you? It sure didn’t sound too daunting to Cleetus McFarland, the creator of "Leroy The Savage."
"Leroy The Savage" is, at its core, a Chevrolet Corvette C5 that was stripped of its bodywork and was able to run the quarter mile in 11 seconds with no other modifications. Then came an LSA supercharger and other mods that brought the time down to 9 seconds. McFarland then smelled blood and reckoned his creation could go after some records on the dragstrip and one thing led to another.
Budget Direct Renders the Evolution of 7 Timeless Models
There is no shortage of car models in the auto industry these days. Some models have gained followings while others have become flashes in the pan. Then there are the titans of the business, the models that have lasted the test of time and have been around, literally, for generations. In the course of their respective lifetimes, these models have evolved in more ways than one, none more evident than their designs. These seven models have been around for so long their designs have evolved considerably from when they first came out. Knowing their place in the business, these models are unlikely to go away anytime soon.
2019 C8 Corvette to Feature Active Side Skirts, Spoilers, and Downforce Generating Ducts
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..