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  • April 2nd Spy Pictures & ME Article

    Thanks to Motor Authority, we have this today article. Here are some pictures that look new and are not here yet.

    Originally posted by MotorAuthority
    Prototypes for a mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette have been spotted again, and the latest testers are wearing the least camouflage gear we've seen yet. In fact, most of the new car's final details, including the interior, can be seen.

    The prototypes are for the next-generation C8 Corvette due out this summer as a 2020 model, specifically a base variant. The C8 was originally expected for 2019 but then Chevy went and launched the C7 ZR1.

    Even so, that's still a relatively short lifespan for the C7 Corvette which first arrived for 2014. The reason for the quick changeover is because General Motors had started work on a mid-engine design for the C7 but ended up scrapping the plans in the tumult of the 2009 bankruptcy, with the C7 we ended up with being somewhat of a placeholder.

    Looking at the new shots and video of prototypes, we see can see that the C8 will be similar in size to the C7 but with a lower, wider stance. It won't get vertical-lifting doors of many exotics, though it looks like there will be a short front overhang. Flanking the engine bay looks to be a pair of chunky buttresses and we’re told designers will add a sheet of glass in the center to show off the engine (it's concealed here). One of the biggest challenges is thought to be heat management. We can also see a rear-facing camera that feeds images to a digital rearview mirror inside (there's also a digital instrument cluster) and what also looks to be dual-caliper brakes at the rear.

    The new Corvette won’t be a pricey limited edition supercar like the modern Ford GT, though. We hear the basis for the car’s mid-engine platform will be the C7’s aluminum spaceframe structure rather than a completely new design. As for powertrains, the base model shown here should come with the C7 Corvette Stingray's 6.2-liter V-8 delivering about 500 horsepower. Later, a 5.5-liter V-8 with a flat-plane crank and DOHC design is expected to be dropped in, complete with about 600 hp. Then, a twin-turbocharging option for this engine could surface, seeing output rise to 800 hp.

    But wait, there's more. At the top of the heap is expected to sit a hybrid—yes, a hybrid Corvette—powertrain adding an electric motor to the front axle and utilizing the twin-turbo V-8 for the rear axle to generate a hypercar-rivaling 1,000 hp.


    1960 Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle (CERV) 1 - Image via RM Auctions
    1960 Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle (CERV) 1 - Image via RM Auctions

    By now you’re probably wondering why GM would rock the boat with such a dramatic change to the Corvette formula. Apparently the front engine, rear-wheel-drive layout is reaching its limits. Also, the Alpha-based Camaro is already snapping at the heels of its big brother. Thus, to help separate future Corvettes from the Camaro, a more exotic design was required.

    There’s also a bit of mid-engine Corvette history. Corvette father Zora Arkus-Duntov was a huge fan of the layout, especially for motorsports. He helped GM build a number of mid-engine concepts for testing purposes, the original being the first CERV (Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle) concept rolled out in 1960. Don’t be surprised if a Corvette ZR1 successor is named after him, since we know GM has a trademark for Zora.

    Going mid-engine won’t be the only major change for the C8: another will be price. While the base C7 starts close to $60k, the new price of entry is thought to be rising to approximately $80k. The higher price can be justified by the more exotic layout, plus it provides a nice buffer with the Camaro. The change will also help the C8 become a semi-exotic halo model for Chevrolet worldwide, similar to what the GT-R is for Nissan and the NSX is to Acura and Honda. It will also make the C8 a better performer on the racetrack.


    2020 Chevrolet Corvette (C8) spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Chevrolet Corvette (C8) spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Production will take place at the Corvette’s home in Bowling Green, Kentucky. GM has spent over $700 million in upgrades to the plant in preparation for the new car and closed public tours for a period. We can't have any members of the public getting an early look after all.

    Unfortunately, the news of the mid-engine Corvette means the C7 will likely be the nameplate's last with a front-mounted engine. GM may have introduced the ZR1 to send the older format off with a bang.

    Stay tuned for updates as development continues.
    https://www.motorauthority.com/news/...hots-and-video

    Thank you MotorAuthority!

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    Going mid-engine won’t be the only major change for the C8: another will be price. While the base C7 starts close to $60k, the new price of entry is thought to be rising to approximately $80k.
    Yet another guesstimate on price.

    Personally, I'm leaning towards the majority of price estimates for the base C8, meaning about ~$5,000 over the base C7... As the blind man said, "We shall see."
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    • #3
      Love the basic exterior shape but the dash looks a little boring.
      There is a madness to my method!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mobius View Post

        Yet another guesstimate on price.

        Personally, I'm leaning towards the majority of price estimates for the base C8, meaning about ~$5,000 over the base C7... As the blind man said, "We shall see."
        M & B Commodity Traders should be able to do a futures contract on that. The market can determine the price.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mobius View Post

          Yet another guesstimate on price.

          Personally, I'm leaning towards the majority of price estimates for the base C8, meaning about ~$5,000 over the base C7... As the blind man said, "We shall see."
          If the base price is, and it hopefully will be, 65K, then a few thrifty souls will figure out how to pay that 65k as the out-of-the-door price, But most folks want irresistible options that add another 10K to 20K. So there is good reason for it to be officially 65K for the careful few. The effective price may be optioned up to 70K, 75K,80K even 85K$ for most cars anyway.

          What percentage will settle for plain-Jane 65K$ C8 Corvette? Surely some but fewer
          Last edited by SheepDog; 04-02-2019, 06:55 PM.

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          • #6
            So true! At the beginning of a new Corvette generation, few order the car without any options (or with very limited ones). As the initial rush recedes, however the base car percentage wise gets ordered without any options by a larger percentage than the initial orders.
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            • #7
              I am betting on $68,725, so with its transportation charge, it is just a few bucks under $70,000.

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              • #8
                Im thinking base c7 price 55495 , then add five grand and we are at 60500.

                the automatic transmission in the c7 adds say 2 grand...so we are at 62500..

                at a minimum I plan on these options which are z51 mrc so the final tally for the c7 z51 with mrc shocks and an automatic transmission is 63385..

                add five grand an we are at 68385 plus a grand for destination..

                if I want 2LT ..add five grand to that at 73385..

                those are my estimates on pricing amd I could be high...

                gm may not add the automatic transmission (2 grand in a c7) and then add five grand...

                there is a possibility the five grand increase is inclusive of several items presently offered as options and just make the. standard and then raise the price five grand...

                we wont know for awhile...first we all will find out the engine hp levels and of course see the final styling....then we will find out the msrp after that...

                the longest delayed launch ever.

                gm has been in control of the launch...and the leaks..

                personally I think now its getting a little drawn out...a little too long...i almost was thinking a c7 z06 today and even had a few passing crazy thoughts or moments of an alfa 4c to tide me over...just for a few minutes....

                then last niht I was thinking a mercedes amg gts which are going for as low as the 70s...with very few miles...and an extended fidelity warranty for only $1000 a year to avoide concerns with regards to repair craziness...

                and then logic prevailed....just enjoy my current 190 mph sports car (which I never drive that fast) until we get some official photos and informantion on the c8 vehicle itself...

                if a diehart corvette enthusiast is having such meandering thoughts.....just think of all those less driven to the qualities of the brand...

                the true test will be the give away incentives not that far off on the c7 models inclusive of the 650 hp z06...

                ive seen brand new ones 1LT s of course in the low seventies...or about the price of a c8 z51 mrc dct by my estimation...but with only 500 hp...

                ​​​​​​​thats not so easy a choice...

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                • #9
                  Notice the rear air intakes don't cross the door jam anymore. The leading edge of the intake appears to be behind the door edge.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks ABorC. We need to start with the accurate fact that you posted, that no part of the actual scoop is on the door. However, notice the monster bulge (circled) on the door itself. That is not disguise but is covering over the initial curvature leading to the scoop. Under the first part of the curvature which is on the door, is the pressure switch by which the door is opened.

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                    Last edited by John; 04-03-2019, 01:15 PM.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by John View Post
                      Thanks ABorC. We need to start with the fact that he posted, that no part of the actual scoop is on the door. However, notice the monster bulge (circled) on the door itself. That is not disguise but is covering over the initial curvature leading to the scoop. Under the first part of the curvature which is on the door, is the pressure switch by which the door is opened.

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                      not following you john, i read the article but didn't see any mention that no part of the scoop is on the door, i was referring to the pics in the OP.

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                      • #12
                        This fvs rendering is still a very accurate in depicting the there will be a lead in curved piece that remains on the door permanently. I will add in shortly
                        a second picture that might show it better.

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                        Last edited by John; 04-03-2019, 12:58 PM.
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                        • #13
                          This picture showing the curvature actually being part of the door is not merely camo. To open the door, one reaches under that piece and squeezes the door opening pressure switch which is mounted to the underside of the piece.

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                          • #14
                            Gotcha, thanks.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SheepDog View Post
                              What percentage will settle for plain-Jane 65K$ C8 Corvette? Surely some but fewer
                              Guess it all depends on what's included in that "plain Jane" package. I've got a 2 LT now, and in hindsight could probably live without the features it added. That doesn't mean I don't appreciate them, just that I don't think I would really miss them all that much.
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