Call us Captain Ahab, because the upcoming mid-engine Corvette is our great white whale. Each passing day sees us get closer to laying eyeballs on the finished beast, and these images mark some of our best views yet of what to expect from the C8-generation Vette.
Although the car remains cloaked in camouflage, a number of new details about the latest iteration of the American sports car can now be confirmed. Notably, the fast rear glass that marks today’s Corvette won’t be carried over to the eighth-generation model in the form of an engine cover. Instead, the two-door coupe appears to take a page from the likes of the McLaren 570S, offering a flat, vented panel between a pair of flying buttresses. What appears to be a camera mounted at the rear of the roof ought to help mitigate the C8’s limited rear visibility.
As in today’s Corvette, it seems the new model will sport a removable roof panel, as evidenced by what appears to be a cutline just aft of the windshield header; it’s possible this will be stowable in the nose of the car. Inside, the driver will be greeted by a “squircle”-shaped steering wheel with a flattened top and a flattened bottom. Paddle shifters will be mounted either to the wheel itself or to the steering column, as we believe the mid-engined monster will come exclusively with a Tremec-developed eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The eighth-gen Corvette is expected to enter production powered by the pushrod 6.2-liter V-8 engine that powers the current car. Later on, we expect a twin-cam 5.5-liter V-8 with a flat-plane crankshaft and close to 600 horsepower to find its way into the engine bay.
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While the wait continues for an unfettered look at the all-new C8 Corvette, tidbits like these keep our appetite whetted for a car that’s shaping up to be one of the most significant in General Motors history.
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