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SEMA eNews Vol. 22, No. 24, June 13, 2019 Spy Shots—Corvette C8 Caught In Base Trim

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  • SEMA eNews Vol. 22, No. 24, June 13, 2019 Spy Shots—Corvette C8 Caught In Base Trim

    From SEMA eNews today:
    Photo credit: Brian Williams, SpiedBilde

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    This is the mid-engine Vette track testing and also a first look at a near-production prototype without an aero package (no spoiler, no front splitter), presumably the base model.

    The mid-engine Corvette will undergo a landmark change in philosophy, as Corvettes have always been front-engined, rear-wheel-drive sports cars. Chevrolet has studied the idea of a mid-engine Corvette at several points in the nameplate’s history (and in fact, a mid-engine Corvette program was approved in 2007 but shelved due to GM’s 2009 bankruptcy).

    The Vette was originally expected to use GM’s upcoming twin-turbocharged 4.2L V8, but there are now rumors that it will borrow the 6.2L LT1. Transmission is expected to come from a DCT unit, with lightning-fast shifts, and according to Car and Driver, “Tremec’s TR-9007 seven-speed DCT will be the one and only transmission available.”

    Chevrolet has also trademarked the name “E-Ray,” which likely signifies that an electrified version will be available as well. This could come in the form of a plug-in hybrid or possibly even an all-electric version in the vein of the Audi R8 e-tron.

    GM has announced an $800 million investment to be designated for the Bowling Green assembly plant, which is likely tied to the introduction of this car.

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    I like it without any add-ons (spoilers, etc.). Make it whatever the medium metallic red is going to be with the mickey-D wheels and I'll be happy! Getting closer every day!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by [email protected] View Post
      The Vette was originally expected to use GM’s upcoming twin-turbocharged 4.2L V8, but there are now rumors that it will borrow the 6.2L LT1. Transmission is expected to come from a DCT unit, with lightning-fast shifts, and according to Car and Driver, “Tremec’s TR-9007 seven-speed DCT will be the one and only transmission available.”
      Its good SEMA recognizes this info thats been around for a while. Hope the DCT is there and does great.

      Last edited by Boomer; 06-13-2019, 05:51 PM.

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      • #4
        Thank you Jeff. We will end the info dance and search in 35 days, but as we all know, it will start the morning of July 19th for the Z06. We are an insatiable crew.

        Thanks again!
        GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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        • #5
          Deliveries of the C8 will be after SEMA this year. I will return there next year to see all the C8 customization ideas.

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