Chevy has been teasing the idea of a mid-engined Corvette for over a decade. Finally, the time has come. For us at BBV Customs, the year 2020 will forever be known as the year of C8.
A Revolutionary Ride
The newest Vette is a true supercar. The C8 will be a mid-engined vehicle that adds more power to its front-engine design. By adjusting the engine’s mass to be closer to the drive tires, the C8’s acceleration and braking will be more effective than ever before.
Rumors suggest the C8’s engine will reach 800 hp. This is due to a 5.5-liter DOHC flat-plane crank V8 engine that reaches 600 hp combined with twin turbos that send the car to max out at 800 hp.
A Tribute to Its Father
In December 2018, General Motors filed to trademark the name “Zora” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It’s speculated that this name will be involved with the brand-new 2020 C8 Corvette.
The name pays tribute to Zora Arkus-Duntov, known as the Corvette’s father and head engineer in the 1950s. After retiring from GM, Zora was heavily involved in Corvette communities and was very vocal about a mid-engine setup for the sports car. Now that Chevy is finally delivering on his request, it makes sense to name it after the man responsible for the C8’s new layout.
C8 Corvette’s Debut
Originally scheduled for 2019, Chevrolet postponed the C8’s introduction. This is due to electrical issues and structural problems in its twin-turbo V8. We believe the C8 Corvette will premiere during an event at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in August 2019. We expect it to reach production by December 2019.
Expected C8 Pricing
Currently, the Corvette Stingray can be purchased around $55,000 while the ZR1 comes in around $119,000. We estimate the C8 Corvette’s price to be between $60,000 and $70,000, although there have been reports of as much as $150,000. With a variety of add-ons and engine options, the final price of the brand-new C8 Corvette may have a broad range.
While we may have to wait longer to experience the C8, the supercar is definitely worth it. We’ll be keeping our eyes out as 2020 gets closer to learn as much about the newest Vette addition as we can.