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New 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Has Hidden Features

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Chevrolet has outdone itself with the C8 Corvette. Some might be critical on the styling, and others may believe a “real” Corvette must have its engine in the front. The C8 Corvette is a mid-engine vehicle that can hit up to 60 mph in three seconds, and it has a price of just under $60,000 (plus destination). 

It has enough styling cues which can give them the recognition as a Corvette. Buyers and armchair enthusiasts are still enthralled with the vehicle. It’s a topic that many buyers are bringing into conversations when it comes to purchasing.

The folks over at Motor Trend have spent some time with the C8, and they have unearthed six of the interesting tidbits about the vehicle that isn’t general knowledge for the public. Some of these facts are pretty well known – especially to those Chevrolet Corvette owners. However, there are a couple of neat Easter eggs that Motor Trend has discovered.

Something GM has told the public in the C8’s reveal is that the top fitting in the trunk isn’t any big news. The Corvette unlock button on the key fob can be held down to open the windows; there’s also a hidden button that opens the C8’s trunk. The hood release is located above the left vent on the lower fascia so you can open the hood without having the key or getting in the car if it’s unlocked.

The C8’s engine hood doesn’t have to be slammed to close, its soft-close. It’s something that buyers and prospective buyers will learn very quickly. The speaker grille, which is between the seats, actually displays the Corvette’s winged logo, but they can only be seen from certain angles. 

There are more logos on the Corvette’s rear glass, along with the frit. Instead of seeing the little black dots, there are small Corvette logos in its place. There will be more things to learn as the car enters production. 

The Latest Generation:

The C7 Corvette was introduced in the 2014 model year after having a three-year delay, and it marked the return of the name Stingray. Compared to the car that it replaces, the C7 Corvette has a more aggressive exterior design, squared-off taillights, a departure from its predecessors. There is a 6.2-liter V-8 under the hood which is rated at 455 to 460 hp, depending on whether the car has a performance exhaust. 

The Z06 vehicle returned in 2015 with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 which was rated at 650 hp and 650 lb-ft. Chevrolet also brought back the Grand Sport in 2017 featuring all the suspension bits from the Z06, such as the larger alloy wheels, and the available aero kit. For 2019 the new seven-speed automatic transmission is standard while the eight-speed manual is offered as an option. 

You can search the inventory of Chevrolet Corvette at Miami Lakes Automall.  Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Engine Reveals Twin-Turbo V-8

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

There’s a chart allegedly showing General Motors’ future engine offerings for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 floating around on the internet, bringing an abundance of new rumors for the upcoming Corvette’s performance trims. The leak is fresh from a member in the Corvette Forum, who claims to have obtained a photo showing the future lineup of the C8 Corvette from a “guy who knows a guy.” There is no confirming the validity of the leak; however, it does tick quite a few boxes for the C8s enthusiasts, that they have have been expecting to see released during the C8’s lifespan.

For example, there is the LT6 code which is said to identify a 5.5-liter naturally aspirated V-8, and although it’s smaller in displacement, it reportedly carries a strong punch, with 620 pound-feet of torque. This power rating places the motor square in the sights of the Z06, though it raises eyebrows to expect GM to release a lower-output engine for its new flagship sports car. Perhaps for a new Grand Sport vehicle?

If you want to feel more adventurous then more power could be the answer. The LT7 platform has reportedly slapped twin-turbochargers onto a 5.5-liter V-8 which produces 850 horsepower; which is a good fit for the future ZR1, which is still a rumor. The specifications for the LT7, allegedly leaked, create a bit of confusion when compared to previous reports which had placed GM’s eyes on a Blackwing-based 4.8-liter twin-turbo platform, although neither has yet been confirmed or denied.

Perhaps the most interesting is the inclusion of the electrification across the LT platform. The LT7 is listed as being available in both a traditional internal combustion engine with 750 pound-feet of torque or an electrified behemoth with a monstrous 922 lb-ft. There’s even mention of the LT2 (which is currently in production) being eyed for a form of hybridization.

When GMAuthority reported all of the mid-engines for the Corvette C8’s, the specifications for the LT6 match the, soon-to-be discontinued, next-generation of Camaro. So while there might be some claim to legitimacy, it might be more believable to think of the chart as a list of pre-production considerations for the C8 (especially considering that the LT2 is listed with 469 horsepower rather than the actual 495 horsepower). Maybe a list of general in-development engine programs.

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While what’s in the chart doesn’t seem wildly unrealistic, it’s essential to treat this particular rumor with a heavy dose of skepticism. If it did come from GM, there’s no telling if this specific range of engines has made it through the chopping block and whether it will find their respective places in the mid-engine sports car. 

When reached out for comment, a Chevrolet spokesperson didn’t disclose on the rumor. The Chevrolet spokesperson said the following: “We don’t engage in rumor and speculation, but I can tell you that’s not a document familiar to the engineering team.” This could very well be a fabrication of the member in the Corvette Forum. 

RUMORS:

It is believed that the first production units of the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette could start coming out of Bowtie’s Bowling Green, Kentucky, factory as early as September 2019. Industry analyst Auto Forecast Solutions told Autoline that the C7 production would end in August 2019. That’s when the plant would switch over to the new model by the following month.

The rumor doesn’t line up with the previous speculation about the mid-engine Corvette production. Reports published have indicated that Chevy had updated the factory and that it was able to assemble both the next-gen model and the existing ‘Vette on the same production line. If they did this, the company could continue to fill the demand for the current, presumably less expensive model as well as the mid-engine C8.

The September 2019 production start date matches the reports of the mid-engine Corvette which is going on sale in the 2020 model year. However, the debut could take place much earlier because the rumors have been suggesting its unveiling since the North American International Auto Show which happened in January 2019. A trademark registration indicates that the name Zora might appear somehow on the new ‘Vette, which is a nod to the original model’s father, Zora Arkus-Duntov, according to motor1.com.

The mid-engine ‘Vette has a turbocharged engine, but reports have indicated that the base version of the road-going model would have a naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V8 with around 460 horsepower (343 kilowatts). A 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 with about 650 hp (485 kW) would be available as an upgrade. A rumored range-topping variant allegedly uses a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 making 850 hp (634 kW). 

You can search the inventory of Chevrolet Corvette’s at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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An Overview of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

The 8th Generation of the Iconic Corvette has arrived. After waiting for, what seemed like an eternity, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette has made its debut. As the spy shots have predicted, the eighth generation of America’s iconic sports car is a revolutionary vehicle, which shreds many of the ideas of what a Corvette should be. 

There is also the fact that the C8 Corvette Stingray has a mid-engine design. Corvette fans refer to the different periods of the car by the generation number of the vehicle. Hence, why the new version is the C8 Corvette, while the current model is the C7.

Over the 66-year history, the seven older age group of the ‘Vette have been front-engine designs, with a mile-long hood which covers the potent engines. Chevy has stated the front-engine layout had extended its peak of performance with the C7 Corvette. For the first time, the engine has been moved behind the seats in the 2020 Corvette. 

The Stingray coupe is one of the first new Corvettes to launch. Many believe that it will be followed by higher-performance variants and a convertible. It’s the first corvette that will also be built with right-hand drive, so the rest of the world can experience America’s affordable supercar. 

The Corvette gets a new shape with the original Corvette design having a shape inspired by the aeronautical advancements. In keeping with the tradition, the plan for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is encouraged by the F-35 Lightning II fighter jets and F-22 Raptor. The lines are curvy and crisp, with a dramatic profile. 

The design elements that show the C8 is a descendant of the C7 Corvette, as well as the body’s proportions, are drastically different. Gone is the Corvette’s signature long hood. An aggressively sculpted short hood has replaced it, and the cabin has been moved ahead by 16.5 inches. 

The sides of the new Corvette C8 are dominated by massive air intakes that look like they could have come from a Ferrari LaFerrari or Ford GT. Those air intakes are needed to feed the V8 that’s located behind the cabin, forward of the rear wheels. That V8 is visible below a large rear window that displays the powerplant like a fierce zoo animal. 

There is only one engine for now, but it’s potent. Chevrolet made a splash at the recent Corvette C8 introduction when they announced the base Stingray model’s engine. It will come with a 6.2-liter small-block LT2 V8 engine that produces 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when it’s equipped with the optional performance exhaust. 

That’s 40 horsepower more than the LT1 V8 in the current C7 Corvette Stingray, and the most ever provided in a base Corvette. It is the only non-turbo- or supercharged V8 in the class. According to Chevy, a C8 Stingray equipped with the Z51 package will launch from zero to 60 mph in less than three seconds.

Of course, you won’t find traditional door handles to break up the Corvette’s lines. They’re hidden at the front edge of the air intake since the engine is on display through the rear window, Chevy designed every visible part with an appearance in mind. They refer to the engine as a “jewel in the center” of the car.

It has an updated infotainment system. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will include the company’s most advanced infotainment system, supported by an all-new electrical system that permits higher-resolution touch screens and lightning-fast data transmission. An 8-inch infotainment touch screen comes standard. 

Chevy says the new wiring architecture will support over-the-air updates and has been designed with cybersecurity in mind. The new system can be outfitted with an advanced Performance Data Recorder (PDR). It monitors vehicle data and matches it with video from a forward-facing camera.

When it’s not used as an analysis tool, the camera acts like a traditional dashcam, triggered each time the car starts or when it’s put in valet mode. To help avoid damaging the Corvette’s massive wheels, buyers can add a curb-view camera. 

Every Corvette available features a 12-inch customizable panel display and other new advanced features to the model. A wireless phone charger is available. Buyers with smartphones that can perform Bluetooth pairing can put their phone near an available near-field communication spot on the dash.

The C8 Corvette’s voice recognition system, according to Chevrolet, will learn as you go. The available navigation system features improved real-time traffic updates, though they’re redundant if you use Waze with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. There’s also an available full-color head-up display project driving information into the driver’s line of sight.

You can search the inventory of Chevrolet Corvette’s at Miami Lakes Automall.  Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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Chevrolet Drops Another C8 Corvette Teaser

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Chevrolet is continuing to reveal details of their new Corvette C8, in small increments. Thanks to its teaser campaign, for the all-new mid-engined Corvette. It’s been well over a couple of weeks since the automakers had released the first C8 teaser video when it was announced that the new Vette’s would be revealed date on July 18, 2019.

The footage was shot at night, and it shows a fully camouflaged C8 prototype resting in a parking lot on Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. Despite the car’s camouflage, we’re able to see a handful of new details, including the rear wheels’ dual brake calipers. The smaller of the two brake calipers is all-but-certain to serve as the car’s parking brake.

The larger caliber is sure to help bring the sports car to a stop. The video opens up with the Corvette “Godfather” Zora Arkus-Duntov saying “Let’s Go,” and then several shots are seen of past mid-engined prototypes and it’s also seen that various other vehicles for the test from Chevy’s past, interweave with notices of the C8 driving. Chevy has released a second C8 teaser video, and it’s a clear continuation from the first one.

So how is it a continuation? It goes back to the first video published, and you can see that something is “hidden” within those short cuts. It’s challenging to decipher everything that’s happening, but it’s clear that there are enough clues in it to provide some Easter Eggs to be discovered. It’d be interesting to see if Corvette enthusiasts will pick up on anything.

The video’s description is as follows: “The Next Generation Corvette teaser video has more than 60 years of mid-engine history and heritage hidden within its 07.18.19 length.” The video looks at the car’s side air intakes, which seem to have fake panels to conceal the original design. The cutout in the body’s side profile for the scoops is quite large, as you’d expect from a full-fledged supercar.

It appears that the test vehicle has the C8 production body, including the finished headlight and taillight designs and the available rear spoiler. The extensive camo does a great job at hiding any extra juicy bits from prying eyes. It’s anyone’s guess what exactly Chevy wants you to see, but all that means is that you’ll have to have your eyes open wider to not miss the details.

The 30-second video had a lot of Easter eggs not only on Corvette’s history but also on the mid-engined Corvette, which is not a new idea. Chevrolet has toyed with this idea since the beginning of the Corvette program, which was more than half a century ago. However, Zora Arkus-Duntov, the father of the Corvette, couldn’t get a mid-engine Corvette approved for production.

The fact that Arkus-Duntov continues to be a major theme is no longer a mystery; for years he advocated a switch from a front- to a mid-engine design because of the latter’s superior engineering and weight balance. He envisioned the Corvette as a truly world-class sports car, and going mid-engine was essential. His dream is finally coming true.

It has an audio clip of Arkus-Duntov. The mid-engined C8 Corvette has more than 50 years of hard work under its belt. It’s the Corvette Arkus-Duntov wanted from the beginning, and Chevrolet is finally delivering.

Regardless, all questions will be answered in just over a month. At the end of April, Chevrolet dropped a teaser for the Corvette C8. Also teased was the mid-engined layout.

Chevrolet has experimented before with the idea of a mid-engined Corvette and a lot of the ideas were crammed into the teaser. Chevy has released a video which goes slower to view all of the hidden references from the original Corvette video, a lot were difficult to distinguish because of the teaser’s quick cuts. The breakdown video opens with a camouflaged C8 Corvette before breaking down the transition between the C1 and C8 Corvette logos.

Here’s to hoping it’s everything Zora could have wanted or imagined. Chevy and the Corvette nameplate have a lot riding on the new mid-engined layout. It’s also unsure why Chevy chose the date 07.08.19 for the reveal.

You can search the inventory of Chevrolet Corvettes at Miami Lakes Automall.  Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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The 2020 C8 Corvette Is Rumored To Get A Computer Upgrade

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

MuscleCarsandTrucks.com is claiming that the 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette may be “un-tunable.” Meaning, you can’t modify the car’s engine computer to get more power out of it without potentially “updating” the vehicle. Or at the very least sending the electronics where they reduce engine power to a sort of safety mode.

According to the site’s sources, the C8’s engine computer will be capable of detecting the power-swelling code, fun-loving, and defaulting to some “recovery mode,” in MuscleCarsandTrucks’ own words. It could be accurate, but there are hints in that publication’s wording that suggests they’re making a mountain from a molehill. For sure, the C8 likely has some computer encryption—as most cars do—that when faced with incomplete or incompatible software will default to a failsafe mode. MuscleCarsandTrucks.com says the C8 will do this when “a programming event fails.”

That doesn’t suggest that the C8 is inaccessible to aftermarket tuning efforts—only that the C8 is like any other modern vehicle. What might be at play here is MuscleCarsandTrucks.com’s sources where they were answering questions regarding GM’s new Global B electrical architecture, which is said to be guarded against hacking. Yes, ECUs are so equipped will brick themselves if malicious code is introduced into theirs—but that’s separate from tuning efforts.

What MuscleCarsandTrucks.com is describing will not be a big concern for any C8 buyer or the tuners who like to handle code in the pursuit of power. Even today’s C7 Corvette possesses layers of security similar to what’s described here, and it is hardly “un-tunable.” Properly fleshed-out tuning software, although it’ll likely void the C8 Corvette’s warranty, it’s probably not an impossibility.

There’s a new teaser video for the C8. The video shows clips of fighter jets flying, rockets taking off, and mid-engined Chevy concepts of the past scattered with footage of the C8 racing around what looks a lot like the Nürburgring. The timer ends on 07.18.19, which is the release date for the C8.

General Motors is revealing that the Corvette will reach another generation and has confirmed that the car, the bona fide 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8. There’s a rumor that it will make its debut on July 18th. There’s been plenty of information on the upcoming C8 for the past five years, and Chevrolet is finally ready to talk about it.

While spy photos showing the C8’s vastly different proportions and low-slung silhouette have circulated on the internet for years now, what is out there are the first real photos of the car that Chevrolet has supplied—and it’s also the first time the company has even acknowledged the existence of what might be the auto industry’s secret. GM CEO Mary Barra is announcing the Siller Foundation charity gala in New York, and she drove in style in none other than in the Corvette itself, driven by Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter. While Chevrolet is keeping quiet on any specifications for the next few months, there is plenty to know about the C8’s powertrains, and there have even been glimpses of its interior.

The Stingray is this first Corvette C8 model we will see in July, which will kick off the lineup. The upgraded version of the current car’s pushrod, which is the 6.2-liter V-8, will be used and it will most likely be updated to produce anywhere around 500 horsepower; the engine will also be renamed to LT2 which will reflect the new location in the car. There is a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic gearbox which is supplied from Tremec, and it’s slated to be the only transmission choice.

Multiple high-performance alternatives are set to follow in quick succession, which are the Z06, ZR1, and a range-topping hybrid that could use the Zora name. The Z06 could have a DOHC 5.5-liter V-8 with a flat-plane crankshaft, while the ZR1 could add twin turbochargers to that engine. The Zora will get the twin-turbo V-8 and an electric motor in the front axle to cement its place as the most potent Corvette, with a combined power rating that could approach 1000 horsepower.

Chevrolet will hold on pricing for the 2020 Corvette. Expect the new Corvette to cost around $62,000 to start, an increase of around $5000 compared with the C7 Stingray’s starting price of $56,995. There’s no official on-sale date yet, but given that Chevrolet is already rolling out a “Next-Generation Corvette” page on its consumer website, we feel certain that the order books will open by the end of 2019 at the latest.

You can search the inventory of Chevrolet Corvette at Miami Lakes Automall.  Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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Corvette’s C8 Demand Has Chevy Asking For More Help

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

General Motors CEO Mary Bara has made a big announcement about the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette. It will make its debut on July 18, 2019. Well, it’s here, they’ve announced it will be adding a second shift (which is more than 400 jobs) at its Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant to support the production of the next generation Corvette.  

General Motors has reported that the Chevrolet Corvette will continue manufacture in Bowling Green, KY after it changes into a mid-engined car. The automaker will add a second shift to the 400 new jobs to support the creation of the new model. It will bring the factory’s workforce to more than 1,300 individuals.   

With all the cash that’s flowing from the site, it should surprise no one that the C8 production is remaining in the old Kentucky home. Vette aficionados are just hoping that the issues that were reported with the car’s frame (which was the mid-engine getting bent out of shape) and the electrical system (which was the current system that was being used wasn’t robust enough to carry the load that was necessary to support all of the car’s components simultaneously) are nowhere to be found in the production model. After all, this is the mid-engine C8 that has been the most anticipated new sports car in a while.

A post on the GM forum makes it appear that GM is at least thinking about producing the C7 Corvette into the 2020 model year. It’s still to be determined, but the document lists the C7 production for 2020. There’s only speculation from here on out as to what the automaker plan to do with the current-generation Corvette it introduced in 2013.

GM is in the waiting game as they are still deciding what to do with the Corvette manufacturing based on the development of the C8 Corvette. Previous reports have indicated the C8 Corvette production would start in 2019 with the 2020 model. But problems have already plagued the development process which has delayed the rollout of the vehicle.

Carbuzz.com reported that the C8 Corvette was delayed by six months due to an electrical issue. News of the delay came after GM said it would not unveil the mid-engine Corvette at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. New rumors suggest production won’t start until December of this year, three months later than previously believed.  

Although there isn’t a lot going on, there are a few differences that separate it from the current symbolic object. For the new car, Chevy decided on a V-shaped badge with fewer embellishments, though only Vette fans will be able to spot the difference. To help clarify the changes the media team decided on a brief video of the logo’s evolution throughout the years.

“The Corvette’s iconic status owes so much to the men and women of Bowling Green, where it has been built exclusively for almost 40 years,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “This is the workforce that can deliver a next-generation Corvette worthy of both its historic past and an equally exciting future, and [this] announcement gets us one step closer to its reveal on July 18th.”  

Bowling Green has over one million Corvettes since it opened in 1981 and has received more than $900 million worth of investment for a new body shop, increased engine capacity, new paint shop, and a new Performance Build Center. It has been reported that GM has spent around $349 million getting the plant ready to build the new C8, a task which has likely not made the switch to a mid-engine any cheaper. As for the assembly, GM has commented that their commitment to the Kentucky plant will remain strong, insinuating that “the company is indebted to the factory that has served as the Corvette’s home since 1981,” according to the truthaboutcars.com.

We still don’t know if the new workforce will be made up of previously laid-off employees from the Chevy Cruze plant in Lordstown, Ohio but it’s a possibility. Chevy dealerships have already started taking pre-orders for the new vehicle, so GM needs more employees to keep up with the anticipated demand. After months of sneaky spy shots, we can’t wait to see what the new C8 Corvette is going to look like and it’s only a few months away.  

You can search the inventory of Corvette’s at Miami Lakes Automall.  Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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