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    Thanks to “unlimitedPower” who postulated today a very interesting series of Corvette information and predictions. unlimitedPower is a member of and originally posted the following on Corvetteforum. Thank you both.

    For your consideration and thoughts.

    Originally posted by unlimitedPower
    I’m close enough to the inside to know the following about GM’s plans for the Corvette. I cannot reveal all I know without jeopardizing my business’s success, so please do not ask me to explain further, I will not answer. If you don’t believe me then that’s fine, I wouldn’t either if I was in your shoes, but I’m compelled to post now so there is less disappointment later when the Eagle has Landed.

    The C8 Corvettes at Nurburgring are the real thing - the 2020 Corvette Manta Ray. This base Corvette will be powered by an updated LT1 V8 with about 520hp and 485 lb-ft torque. A DCT transaxle is used in all C8 Corvettes, no exceptions. The R&D investment in the DCT is said to be equivalent to that of both the manual and automatic in the C7 - they knew they had one chance to get the DCT right. The interior will be somewhat higher quality than the C7, and GM’s stylists have attempted a more “upscale” design. I have not seen it but those who have say it’s impressive, but still not at Porsche or Ferrari levels, which seems fair given the price.

    In 2021 GM will revolutionize the Corvette lineup. In addition to the base Corvette two different high-end models will be introduced: Corvette Grand Tour and Corvette Grand Sport. The GT is as luxurious as if Cadillac designed it, because a Cadillac team is in fact responsible for the GT. It’s a true GT and in addition to standard MRC it will deploy a full gamut of NVH countermeasures like acoustic glass, heavy sound deadening, and special wheels/tires, all for a cross country tourer that with a twist of the mode dial will handle any road or even a race track. The GT will be propelled by a version of Cadillac’s 4.2L twin turbo V8 with the turbos moved to the sides, and this engine is said to be the quietest V8 GM has ever developed. Word is that GM benchmarked the Corvette GT’s NVH against German luxury tourers from Mercedes Benz and BMW. Not sports cars, tourers.

    The Grand Sport moniker will be used for the insane sports version and it will feature additional escalating packages with more and more track orientation. GM found that buyers liked the name “Grand Sport” better than their alphanumeric gibberish “ZO6” so they ran with it. MRC is standard and in later years there will be a track package with DSSV and a higher output engine. What engine, you say? Hold on to your butts because the GS will be powered by a beastly 5.5L twin turbo V8 that is said to be frighteningly powerful and in private track sessions has dominated both “the Germans and Italians.” That’s just the first year GS, not the track-oriented version. My description isn’t hyperbole - those who have driven the GS tell me that it is literally frightening to floor it. GM even had a team of lawyers in to advise on the legal perils of selling such a potent vehicle for street use.

    How the Corvette is sold will change as radically as the engine mounting position. Any GM dealer will be able to sell the Corvette brand, but on the flip side, it will be far more difficult for dealers to qualify to sell Corvettes. You won’t have to worry about Joey the Chevy Cruze expert wrenching on your Corvette since dealers will require a minimum count of certified Corvette techs and only those techs will be permitted to work on Corvettes. Since “Corvette” will be a brand unto itself it implies more than just the GT and GS sub-models, doesn’t it? Make of this what you will.

    Interestingly, a mid engine Corvette makes space for the 7th gen Camaro to slip into the C7’s current segment in 2021, at current Camaro prices. The 2021 Camaro will be as revolutionary as the C8 but that’s for another forum at another time.

    So there you have it, GM’s bold and brash sports car strategy. These will be the last of GM’s gasoline powered sports cars, a bright nuclear flash before the onset of an EV future. I’m familiar with one of the upcoming EV sports cars as well. Suffice to say, performance gearheads have absolutely nothing to worry about because every one of the sports cars (and sports CUVs) in development at GM are poised to vastly exceed expectations.
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    Last edited by John; 12-06-2018, 06:31 AM. Reason: Fixed a one-letter typo.
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    Wow, great info, sounds like I want a GS then.

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    • #3
      All sounds plausible and jibes with predictions we have heard about.

      "In 2021 GM will revolutionize the Corvette lineup. In addition to the base Corvette..." So the base 2020 LT1 continues along side the upgraded versions in subsequent years. Makes sense.

      BTW, 520hp is plenty for me.

      Last edited by Boomer; 12-04-2018, 05:16 PM.

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      • #4
        Sounds good to me. Next real question is price and the brand to itself statement.
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        • #5
          Unlimitedpower's information sounds correct to me. I have thought from the beginning that GM would offer a base then step up to higher versions like the Grand Sport and Grand Touring. However I am surprised that unlimitedpower did not mention a convertible.

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          • #6
            Getting 520 HP and 485 TQ, with an excellently purchased and perfectly-software-calculated DCT would be a screamer. If they also remove say 75 pounds in weight, I would not be surprised if it were capable of consistent 3.2 second 0-to-60 runs.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by WoW Factor View Post
              Unlimitedpower's information sounds correct to me. I have thought from the beginning that GM would offer a base then step up to higher versions like the Grand Sport and Grand Touring. However I am surprised that unlimitedpower did not mention a convertible.
              I think it was a mere omission for him to not mention the HT convertible (Spyder) given all the extremely detailed high resolution photos we have seen. I am personally very confident that we will get a 2020 C8 HT convertible — though have no clue as to whether it starts at the beginning of the run, is one month, two months or three months later than the coupes start.
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              • #8
                And look at this very smart earlier post by Jerradl1987! Thank you very much.

                Originally posted by Jerradl1987
                Okay guys so I just wanted to put this out there and discuss what could be coming, based off whats been in front of our Faces all along... The name of this car. Some people believe this will be named the "C8 ZORA" based on beliefs that GM will name it after "Father of the Corvette" Zora Arkus Duntov. Which is honestly a Genius Name for a car like this. Some believe it will just be called "Corvette" that is it just a 8th Generation car. I seriously doubt GM would kill off the FE car and jump to something to this magnitude just like that. In my opinion were looking at 2 names. As I stated before I think it will be called the "Corvette Manta Ray" because GM filed a trademark for that name back in 2015

                Now this could be a Possibility because they are going along with the "Theme" of the "Stingray" name. And I believe GM is going to resurrect the name for something this Special.
                Okay Now even more Evidence pointing towards the "Ray" Theme here... "E-RAY"




                That is a name that GM "Patented" also in 2015. why? well think about it, an electric Hybrid Corvette. maybe that 5.5 Twin turbo/Front electric drive 1,000 Hp Top of the line Corvette??? I believe so.I dont see any other reason GM would call it anything other than this. What do you guys think?

                Thank you Jerradly1987 for earlier posting the above on Corvetteforum.


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                • #9
                  Still think it would be cool for at least one of the variants to be named Zora. Perhaps the Corvette community will nickname it Zora, like the Nissan GT-R community nicknamed their rig Godzilla (or Godzirrah if you were in the other running lane).

                  Perhaps the biggest piece of this - if it is in fact true - is the Corvette branding piece. THAT would be a marked change. Model names are just that. Separate branding and increased GM expectations regarding service capability could be a big deal.

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                  • #10
                    I think your idea that the Corvette community will name the top version Zora is a very good one. As is fitting, regardless of what the official GM name for it is.

                    The one negative, as has been correctly pointed out by several, of GM naming it, is that with their plans for brand conquests, few others than us Corvette lovers know about Zora’s importance to our Corvette existence and development.
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                    • #11
                      John, that's a fair point re the extent to which conquest buyers and others may not be familiar with Duntov.

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                      • #12
                        Many ideas in unlimitedpower’s proposals are very believable to me. I find his logic to be good and his conclusions very reasonable. Of course a few things might well not become reality, but I think most will.

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                        • #13
                          For the record, I was the first to predict 520 hp. I want credit for that! If they are in fact moving away from the Z-nameplates...big mistake. And please don’t tell me they are actually calling the base car “Manta Ray”....C’MON man!

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                          • #14
                            OP sounds very plausible.
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                            • #15
                              Your forum name could become the most coveted one! Great choice you made when you joined us.
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