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2020 Corvette Boasts Best MPG of Any Corvette

Thursday, January 30th, 2020
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The growing anticipation for the upcoming 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is hitting a fever pitch. The latest news for the upcoming “C8” has been focused on the imminent start of production. For the masses, the Chevy Corvette will begin to start its roll out soon enough. The first production 2020 Corvette has been made and already sold for a robust $3 million cost to Rick Hendrick, dubbed the King of Corvettes. He claims he won’t ever drive the vehicle. However, the biggest news has come in the form of fuel efficiency. 

Better Than the Previous Generation Corvette

The upcoming mid-engine car has recently learned the final highway mpg rating at a remarkable 27 highway mpg. This rating is better than both the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S and the previous generation, the “C7”.  The previous Corvette was rated at 25 highway mpg. The reason owners aim to drive a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is to drive at fast speeds. Customers will love knowing the C8 Stingray can launch from zero to 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds with a maximum speed of 184 mph. But production is still yet to start (for now). 

Production Is Ready To Ramp Up

The new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette will begin rolling off the assembly line next month after experiencing delays. The current orders are frozen, so customers looking for the 2020 Corvette will have to wait. Custom orders that have come in include widespread similarities like the battery protection package and the Z51 package with MagneRide. For an additional $5,000, buyers get a revamped suspension, performance exhaust, greater engine cooling, an electronic limited-slip rear differential, and more power. MagneRide is a $1,895 upcharge.

More On the 2020 Corvette

The base trim of the 2020 Corvette utilizes a 6.2-Liter LT2 V8 producing 490 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. Buyers receive solid power from even the base trim, but many customers have decided on gaining the Z51 pack that bounces those numbers to 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. As of January 2020, the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is hard to find for purchase, but that will soon change. 

The 2020 Corvette has a starting price of $59,995 MSRP (Plus destination fee), while the popular 3LT trim that starts at $72,000 MSRP (Plus destination fee) and adds some excellent touches like extra carbon fiber bits, GT2 seating, microfiber inserts throughout the interior, to name a few extra goodies. Want to drive a new Chevrolet? We can help today.

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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). 

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The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Officially Debuts

Thursday, August 15th, 2019
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In a class by itself, the all-new Chevrolet Corvette C8 will become entirely synonymous with “High-speed adrenaline” for all owners. Do not take this sports car lightly. It’s one of our favorite vehicles to arrive in 2019. The all-new generation Chevrolet Corvette simply looks like a beautiful spaceship that landed on Earth! It’s stunning and we want our readers to consider the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 as the new champion of sports cars on the road today. Other sports cars may wish they could come as close, but they were not made in the same way the Corvette C8 was. Sleek, fast, optimal, and with the first mid-engine Chevrolet has ever added to their Corvette. Let’s explore all the C8 has to offer customers.

Step Into the C8

The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 was built for the modern professional with a fitted connected charging port, an ultra-responsive touchscreen, and more high-tech goodies. Included in the 2LT and 3LT are improved safety features ranging from Side Blind Zone Alert Mirrors, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Upgraded HD Rear Vision Camera, and an Updated Front Curb View Camera as all cameras capture video in HD. Park Assist will display the distance to the object near the Corvette. GM has truly gone all out to reward Corvette owners will top-notch safety and high-tech features. 

“This car is very fast and aerodynamics play a big role in keeping this car stable at all speeds. It is easy to see the influence of aircraft design in the body shape. The body ridges help direct the airflow around the body and into the cooling inlets. Cooling and downforce help keep this vehicle stable,” said Kirk Bennion, part of the C8 Design Team

Create the 2020 Corvette C8 From the Ground Up

Perhaps the most customizable Corvette, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 will allow more flexibility than before. Owners will have their pick at nearly anything important. For example, an improvement over previous-generation Corvette models, the C8 Stingray trim affords three seating options instead of two. Custom color options now go up for the tones, materials and seatbelt colors. In total, there are two different tones, three materials and six seatbelt colors the owner can decide over. Want LED lighting? That is an option as well. The former “Automobile of the Year” winner by Automobile Magazine and named to back to back Car and Driver “10Best list” in 2018 and 2019, drivers can expect only the best in top-notch materials from Chevrolet.

Carbon Fiber Anyone?

For those who prefer carbon fiber accessories, they can do that. Just want carbon fiber on the front splitter or roof? Maybe both of those and the side skirts, grille and side mirrors? The entire vehicle allows for the choice to be made by the owner. What does this mean? The chances are higher that each Corvette C8 Stingray will look different than any other.  To keep customers even happier than all these available options is the low entry price to own a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray; the starting price is $60,000 MSRP (plus destination fee). We recommend previous owners of the Corvette to consider trading in and upgrading to the latest Corvette. This kind of speed and horsepower may take getting used to for new owners, but that will be the fun part. Trust us. We can expect the C8 to come to dealerships nationwide by the end of summer 2019.

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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.

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New Mid-Engine C8 Corvette Set To Debut in Car Event in California

Monday, May 6th, 2019

It’s only a few months ahead, three months to be exact, July 18, 2019, GM will confirm the new 2020 Corvette this summer. That’s when the covers for the long-awaited mid-engined C8 Corvette will finally be revealed. Now there’s a word from midenginecorvetteforum.com that the location for the big event will be in Southern California, specifically in Orange County.

Chevrolet has confirmed that yes, SoCal is the location where it will all be revealed. This comes with Chevrolet’s new teaser that, among other things, goes through Corvette’s history. You can see the C7.R racing ‘Vettes, the 1963 Corvette GS-II experiment racer, and the previous mid-engine concepts including the Corvette Indy.

The last thing that’s been said about the vehicle was the possibility that the Corvette C8’s release may have a delay of six months due to a problem with its high-tech 48-volt electrical system, which made it miss its scheduled Detroit auto show debut. But then GM Authority reports it might not even debut at any auto show at all. The C8 is said to be debuted at a standalone event in the middle of the summer, and not at one of the many auto shows such as the New York auto show.    

But not to worry this isn’t the first time that Chevrolet has forgone the traditional auto show reveal in favor of a more marque-focused event: Chevrolet decided to bring the newest Camaro ZL1 to Dubai and revealed it there. Bob Lutz, former GM executive, said in an interview that the new Corvette would cost almost about $5,000 more than the C7 when it’s compared trim to trim. It’s good news for the fans of the working man’s sports car.  

What do we know about the new supercar? Officially, there’s only the reveal date and location available but the rumors out there suggest the first model on sale will be the Stingray packing the familiar 6.2-liter V8 used in the current front-engined model. The transmission rumored is said to be a new dual-clutch gearbox, though the very clear-sounding manual shifts in the recent teaser video leave the door open for a three-pedal arrangement.   

There are no names available yet, but perhaps it will be called the LT2, with about 500 horsepower. As for the additional variants and powertrains will come afterward. Another name that could be a possibility is the “Zora” in a nod to the Corvette’s godfather and famed chief engineer in the 20th century.

Eventually, Chevrolet might introduce a higher horsepower option, with the ultimate “Vette possibly being a 1,000-hp hybrid model that reportedly was so powerful that it twisted the frames of prototypes. What is the other option? A mid-range twin-turbo mill based on the 4.2-liter Cadillac Blackwing V8, which likely will produce somewhere in the 600-hp range.   

As to why did GM and Chevrolet choose California, it’s not explicitly clear. But with the popularity of Orange County and its affluent area with plenty of high-end supercars parked in garages and driveways. However, Chevrolet wants to take the fight directly into enemy territory with the C8 Corvette’s debut.   

Only educated guesses have been formed, and aside from the California decision, there’s been none other. If the weather is beautiful, it could allow the Corvette team to reveal the sports car outdoors. And judging by the shebang that GM did for the sixth-generation Camaro reveal, the C8 Corvette’s debut should be a sight to see.  

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?:

For starters, it looks terrific as a convertible. The photos and videos that have been out so far only show the upcoming mid-engined Corvette which has a hardtop coupe. However, the Midengine Corvette Forum member Chazcron is thinking about the future by creating a video rendering of how a convertible version of the new ‘Vette would look, which includes how the way the folding roof might work.

Putting the top down means that there has to be someplace to store it. The Chazcron completely overhauls the mid-engine Corvette’s rear deck into a flatter, yet still attractively sculpted panel. The section behind the seats tilt upward, and the roof slots are vertically into that space.   

Even with the top out of the way, the mid-engined Corvette still looks excellent. Chazcron adds nacelles behind the seats that provide rollover protection and style. The only thing possibly missing is a wind deflector between the nacelles for making the interior a little quieter when occupants don’t want a lot of wind in their hair.  

According to Car & Driver, the C8 Corvette, which Chevy calls “the most anticipated Corvette ever,” will debut in the Stingray form. It will be a dual-clutch seven-speed auto gearbox, with no option for a manual. The high-performance trims are as follow, which include a Z06, ZR1, and a top-of-the-model-line hybrid rumored to answer to the name Zora and harnesses nearly 1,000 horsepower of combined electric power and combustion.

The big news is the placement of the engine. The Corvette is set to get a mid-engine layout, which has resulted in some significant changes to the car’s overall profile. The most recent shots, the camouflaged shots of the vehicle, represent the most detailed and official look to date.

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Spotted: Mid-Engine Corvette

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

There have been a lot of camouflaged prototypes for the highly anticipated mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette. The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette will switch to the mid-engine configuration for the first time in the model’s history. Two prototypes were spotted testing on the Nurburgring, ditching the loose black rags to expose a more form-fitting spotted white camo underneath.

When viewing a prototype you get a better view of the C8’s front end, which looks very little like that of the front-engine C7. The front valance features large intake vents on either side and a large splitter juts out from beneath the front lip. The headlights don’t appear to be production-spec.

There’s a large vent in front of the rear wheel and the mid-engine Corvette’s body has lines running across the doors and fenders. It also has significantly widened hips and in the back, the Corvette’s characteristic four-lamp taillights peek through the camo. There have also been glimpses of its square-tipped quad-exhaust and a new wing.  

Exact specs are not known, but there have been rumors that two-dual-overhead-cam V-8 engines will be offered. The front brakes feature one large multi-piston caliper, but you can see a second caliper opposite the primary clamping unit. The mid-engine proportions are very apparent when viewed from the side.

It’s expected that the mid-engined Corvette or C8 will be a bit heavier than the current car’s roughly 3500 pounds, but according to caranddriver.com, “it will compensate for that with about 500 horsepower from the LT1”. Thanks to the increased traction of rearward weight bias and a quick-shifting transaxle, it’ll be quicker than the C7.

The mid-engined Corvette will need massive amounts of airflow, meaning the entire leading plane of the nose will be open to the air and packed full of heat exchangers. The C8 will extract engine-compartment heat through vents below the taillights on the rear fascia. Combustion gases will be fed through an exhaust that includes the familiar dual-mode system to maximize airflow and noise generation at high engine loads.    

General Motors wants to replace the traditional hydraulic master-and slave-cylinder mechanism with an electronic actuator in the transmission triggered by a sensor on the clutch pedal. If they proceed, at the moment it’s just a rumor, this system would make for a much simpler clutch actuation system, which would certainly be helpful in a mid-engine car with the transmission at the rear. So what kind of engine can it possibly have?

As mentioned the engine will be heavier as it could possibly use a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox sourced from Tremec. Of its seven speeds, the top three are overdrives and Tremec says it can handle 9000 rpm input speed and 664 lb-ft of torque. According to Car and Driver, they argue that Chevy will only offer this Corvette with one gearbox to reduce cost and complexity, “but a world without a manual-transmission ‘Vette is hard to imagine”.     

According to a 2017 leak by gmauthority.com, the mid-engine Corvette will likely be offered with the following three engines:

  • Naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 LT1, which makes a maximum of 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in the C7 Corvette Stingray with the Z51 package.
  • Twin-turbo 4.2-liter V-8 DOHC (Double Over Head Cam) engine making in the vicinity of 600 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque.
  • Twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 DOHC engine making in the vicinity of 700 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque.     

The engines will likely be manufactured at the GM Tonawanda powertrain plant. The mid-engined Corvette will likely be offered with a choice of two transmissions – a seven-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic. The market forecast has the majority of volume going to the 6.2L V8 with 14,000 units produced annually from 2019 to 2021.            

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