New Chevrolet Corvette photos, premiere date revealed

Alfred Osborne
April 14, 2019

It's just the thing to make the hearts of Corvette fans race: A new rendition of the classic sports vehicle is coming.

Chevrolet has released the first official images of its new, 8th-generation Corvette and scheduled its premiere on July 18, 2019. Chevrolet announced it would auction the final production front-engined Corvette, a black 2019 Z06, at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast sale in CT on June 28. Code named "Zora" after the Corvette's first chief engineer, Zora Arkus-Duntov, the C8 will be the first-ever mid-engine Corvette.

You can check out Chevrolet.com for the latest official information.

A camouflaged prototype has been seen driving around Manhattan with General Motors CEO Mary Barra in the passenger seat, but the timing was too tight to have a launch at the New York Auto Show next week.

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This first Corvette C8 model we will see in July is the base Corvette Stingray, which will kick off the lineup. The engine will use a version of the existing pushrod 6.2-liter V8 making around 500 horsepower. But at least we know 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is coming for sure. The engine will also be renamed LT2 to reflect its new location in the vehicle.

For starters, it's expected that the base models of the C8 will feature an upgraded version of the 6.2-liter V8 engine now used in the C7 Corvette Stingray.

There's also a possibility of a dual clutch automatic transmission, with a possible manual version in the works. A number of higher performing Z06 and ZR1 variants, as well as a range-topping hybrid, will follow, all expected to use a newly-developed 5.5-liter DOHC V8.

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