The news of the new 2020 C8 Corvette took the world by surprise and filled some with excitement as this corvette will have a rear-mid engine instead of the usual front-engine Corvettes like C6 and C7.
The last ever production-spec C7 corvette, the 2019 Corvette Z06 was just auctioned for a whopping $2.7 mil and thus marked the end of an era. An era that introduced the people to a diverse lineup of this iconic sportscar and gave the ZR1, an ultimate and affordable sports car, to the world.
With every new generation, Corvette broke its mold and offered something new yet relatable to the people. With less than 24 hours in hand, this iconic car will step into a whole new era and become the next torchbearer of its legacy.
With rumor mills started to churn from early 2015 about this new generation Vette, we have compiled an epic and exhaustive list of the things that we can expect from the upcoming C8 Corvette.
Kindly note that this article was an analysis of all the things we thought were possible with the new Vette. For a more comprehensive analysis, check out our detailed review of the 2020 C8 Corvette.
So without further delay, let’s start the ultimate rumor compilation!
The project C8 was meant to be a secret, but until the mid of 2018, many sources started coming out with scoops and spy shots of the 2020 Corvette. The highlight of the upcoming Vette is its mid-engined character. The placement of the engine at such a point was something entirely unexpected from the fans, but surely, they will like it. This move from Chevrolet will not only allow the engineers to push the limits of the C8 Vette beyond the C7’s benchmarks but will also enable the car to be more stable.
Starting from the middle of 2018, there were many leaks related to its exteriors, the optional packages, and many more. And like always, Chevrolet is expected to launch a lineup similar to what was offered with the C7. The 2020 C8 got codenamed as ZERV. From the spy shots and other leaked footage from the ground zero, we can expect the Stingray to be the entry-level Vette along with a souped-up variant of the same with an optional Z51 performance package.
What will be the name of the new 2020 C8 Corvette?
Though the actual terminology for the upcoming Vette is under the wraps, the thing that we are sure about is that the new base-model C8 will be called “Stingray.”
2020 C8 Corvette Exterior
The 2020 C8 Corvette will be based on an entirely new platform and thus will be introducing new exterior features. Gone are the days of the long hood, front-engine days for the Corvette. Deducing from the spy shots from various sources, we can expect the car to offer exotic proportions with aggressive styling and improved aerodynamics.
Also, it is expected that some of the design elements might make their way from the C7 onto the 2020 C8. Looking at the spy shots, it is clear that the new C8 will have more aggressive lines and curves on it, ranging from the sharp front, edgier looking headlights, prominent aero elements placed all around its skin.
This move is expected to give the Corvette an advantage and better stand in the league where the exotics like McLaren, Ferrari, and many more exist. This mid-engined sports car might also offer a front trunk space, unlike the C7 with a rear trunk. Also, due to the new engine placement, there will be a large engine cover at the rear. The rear cover will be a significant and continuous piece and thus will also aid the driver while backing the car.
From the sides, the car feels a lot more aggressive and agile than the previous generation. The air intakes are the most prominent feature of it and might house the door handles. Overall, Chevrolet has given a significant overhaul to next-gen Corvette’s exterior.
Coming to the lights, the front headlamps look quite aggressively designed with upgraded lighting systems from the C7. On the rear, the lights feel reminiscent of the C7 but are redesigned in conjunction with the car’s new character. Also, instead of the centrally placed exhausts with the C7, the C8 will offer dual side-mounted exhaust tips on the bumpers.
2020 C8 Corvette Interior
Moving onto its interiors, the new Vette will offer a digital gauge cluster along with an upgraded HUD. Also, a picture released by Chevrolet gave a glimpse of the original steering wheel with a squared-off shape. A few control buttons are placed on it with a paddle shifter set as usual. Finally, the wheel seems to be wrapped in leather with contrasting stitching, Corvette logo placed in the center. Also, there are rumors that the steering wheel will be heated.
Like the outgoing Vette, the 2020 Corvette will boast a driver-centric layout. But unlike the aggressively styled cockpit of the C7, the C8 will offer a better and real cockpit-like experience to the occupants.
Coming to the interior quality, it feels that Chevrolet has stepped up its game and feels much more refined and improved. Finally, optional packages will add heated and cooled seats.
Moving on to the storage and luggage capacity, the C8 will not be offering any space behind the seats due to the presence of a firewall. The front trunk is expected to be big enough to hold a couple of golf bags, though at this point we can’t confirm this. Also, the trunk is expected to be deeper than what was offered with the C7 Corvettes.
Sources suggest that the 2020 base C8 Stingray will be powered by a naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8 motor. The motor is similar to the previously used LT1 engine but is different as it has been slightly tuned and modified to make it work with the new mid-engine platform. Also, it has been rumored that its output will lie between 480 to 500 hp.
It is rumored that the new Corvette could share the Tremec gearbox with the 2020 Shelby GT500. Finally, looking carefully at the spy shots, we can see the second set of rear brake calipers. Sources suggest that this additional set of calipers will allow higher-performance braking on the new C8. Also, it could enable the brakes to work more efficiently and cool them quickly.
Chassis and Framework
All because of the new platform, the 2020 Corvette C8 will be built on an improved aluminum space frame used for C7. Not only this, Chevrolet is looking to keep the costs as low as possible and hence might not go for high-end materials like carbon fiber, etc. According to sources, the main focus of the R&D team was to minimize the vibrations and noise throughout the structure.
Magnetic ride control will be an optional thing. And not just this, Electronic Limited Slip Differential might be used which will help in gain extra traction. Upgraded brakes will be offered with the Z51 package, and Finally, throttle, steering, shifting, and braking will all be digital (fly-by-wire).
Unlike the C7’s functional but outdated infotainment system, the C8 corvettes will be equipped with the much needed third-generation infotainment system. Also, the new C8 will come with a rear camera mirror with a rear-mounted parking camera.
The new C8 will also boast Intellibeam technology that will automatically turn off the high beams. The new C8 will also come with General Motors’ Global B electric architecture, which will prevent any hacking or manipulation by adding an extra layer of security.
Where will the 2020 C8 Corvette be produced?
Like the C7, the 2020 C8 corvettes will exclusively be manufactured at the GM Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky.
As of now, we don’t have any confirmation on what all will come in the final package for us to get our hands on, but based on the insights from multiple sources, we can say that Chevrolet will be offering an extensive list of exterior customization options like paint choices, racing stripes and more.
How much will the 2020 C8 Corvette cost you?
Official pricing of the 2020 Corvette C8 is still unknown, but various sources suggest that the upcoming C8 Corvette will be priced somewhere closed to what the C7 is priced at, hence it is safe to expect a price tag closer to $60,000.
When can we see the 2020 C8 Corvette on the road?
The new generation of Corvette will make its grand debut on the 18th of July in an old airship hangar located in Tustin, Southern California.
Keshav Katyal is a person who is an admirer of everything with an engine, and especially when it comes to the American muscle and Japanese imports. He drives his ’10 Chevrolet Cobalt SS. During his leisure time, he loves playing with Legos or just reading about upcoming cars and bikes or just working on his ride in the garage.