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2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Convertible Totaled

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Convertible embodies a major overhaul compared to the C7. A key revision in the series is its retractable hardtop, which is a departure from its predecessor’s soft-top roof that Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter considers as one of the reasons why the C7 underperformed in the market.

Recently, Drive 615 was looking for a quick scoop of the C8 topdown in Accelerate Yellow finish at the assembly plant of Corvette in Bowling Green, Kentucky. As he was snooping around, one version of the car caught him by surprise instead. What he saw was a totaled prototype of the vehicle.

Sitting in the yard of the automaker is a completely camouflaged version of the C8 Convertible. That means it is one of the model’s test cars. Noticeably missing in the auto is one of its front wheels and its airbags have been deployed.

We can only speculate about what caused the condition of the C8 Convertible in the video. It is possible that the car underwent a crash test, but its front and rear do not appear to be crumpled from the collision. Another scenario is that something may have gone wrong that sent its front wheel flying out along the way. Regardless, this is a clear indication that Chevy is going into great lengths in testing its cars to ensure their performance and safety.

According to Chevrolet, the new Corvette C8 Convertible will only be $7,500 more expensive than its coupe variant. That means its starting price should start at the $67,000 mark. The production of the vehicle is expected to begin before 2019 ends.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Versus 2019 Corvette C7

It’s a battle of Corvettes wherein one is mid-engined and the other is front-engined. Recently, the debate as to whether or not the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 is quicker than the 2019 Corvette C7 was settled at the Grattan Raceway in west Michigan.

Both cars were equipped with the track-focused Z51 Performance Package for the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The two were also fitted with adaptive dampers and they feature an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The C8 and C7 were wearing Corvette-specific Michelin tires but the C8 had the new Pilot Sport 4S rubber while the C7 settled for the old Pilot Super Sports tires. Then as mentioned, the C8 features a mid-engine setup while the C7 had its engine positioned in front.

The electronic stability control (ESC) of the cars was deactivated so that the organizers could make a more accurate comparison of the chassis differences of the vehicles. Next, the RaceLogic VBox LapTimer of the Corvettes was activated for more precise data logging.

The face-off between the Corvettes took place in a 2.2-mile stretch for each lap. After 6 laps, the C8 finished faster with a lap time of 1:26.1 as opposed to the C7’s 1:27.0, which is nearly a second difference. The older car appeared to close the gap in some instances but the C8 was just too much for it.

The C8 was more agile and it conquered corners more smoothly than the C7. Furthermore, the tires of the newer Corvette were more planted on the ground during the event.

Overall, the Corvette C8 managed to hold its own against its predecessor with its better performance and better handling.

5 Options You Can Choose For The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette

The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette isn’t available for purchase yet, but Chevy released an online configurator that we can have all fun with. There are a lot more options than ever before for the mid-engined sports car.

Here are eight of the options you just need to choose for the best-looking and best-performing 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette:

1. Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic

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There are 12 colors you can choose from: black, white, silver, gray, red, bronze, orange, and yellow. There are two different shades of blue—the Rapid Blue and the Elkhart Lake Blue Metallic. The latter is the more exotic hue of blue available. The Rapid is a lighter shade.

2. Visible Carbon Fiber

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If you’ll have the removable top, you can customize it with a carbon-fiber lid with a transparent finish instead of the standard body color. The transparent lid lets you see the carbon weave. This is a cool option because it will shed some weight off.

3. Z51 Performance Package

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This package adds the performance exhaust that brings five more horsepower and five pound-feet of torque. After the package is applied, the total output would be 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The performance package is also bundled with higher performance suspension, larger brakes, electronic limited-slip differential, and an electronic limited-slip differential.

4. Spectra Gray Machined Trident Spoke

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There are six wheels options to choose from, but the rim design that stands out is the Trident Spoke. It has a five-spoke design with Y-shaped elements. The design is available in three finishes: black and silver, Spectra Gray Machined finish and dark gray with silver. The Spectra Gray, with its two-tone look, is the coolest option.

5. Carbon Fiber Exterior Accents

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The carbon fiber option is available not only on the removal top, but also on the mirror caps, the front bumper side vents, the front splitter, and the side skirts.

Hennessey Provides 1139 HP to the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

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While everyone’s attention at the moment is focused on the new 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray, another Chevy, the Corvette ZR1, just made the headlines too because Hennessey Performance Engineering revealed its new tuning package for it.

HPE just gave us a preview of the most powerful Corvette ZR1 to date by giving it a boost to bring its total output to a whopping 1,139 hp while its torque going to the rear wheels reached 994 lb-ft.  An E85 fuel was used for the car during the dyno testing.

In comparison, the stock configuration of the Corvette ZR1’s 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine is 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque. HPE’s tune raised the figured by a mindblowing 384 hp and 279 lb-ft of torque. The difference is already nearly the power of a high-performance car like the new Mercedes-AMG CLA45 with 387 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.

When the Corvette ZR1 made its debut, HPE promised that it would be working on models of the car to raise its bar to up to 1,200 hp. Being true to its word, the unit we are looking at here is only 61 hp below that target.

HPE didn’t reveal the full details surrounding the performance upgrades of the Corvette ZR1. The description of the video mentioned though that its supercharger was tweaked to deliver 13 psi.

The sweet sound of the vehicle’s V8 unit can be heard as its pedal was put to the metal. It’s also worth noting that due to the enormous power of the car, it’s digital speedometer was already going nuts and hitting the numbers by tens.

Watch the video showing the dyno testing of the HPE-enhanced Corvette ZR1 below:

2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray Officially Unveiled

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The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray was just unveiled. The car features a mid-engine setup, which is a first for the Corvette series.

The mid-engine configuration for the Corvette is not entirely a new idea from Chevrolet. More than half a century ago, Zora Arkus-Duntov already conceived such, and it spawned several prototypes along the way. It’s only now that his vision has been realized for the range.

Power

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The C8 is equipped with its maker’s new LT2 6.2-liter V8 engine. It is derived from the LT1 unit found in the C7 but it features an all-new architecture because of the new engine placement in the C8.

The power unit produces 490 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. With Chevy’s optional Z51 Performance Package, the numbers are subtly raised at 495 hp and 470 lb-ft torque. The output is distributed to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with an option to switch towards manual using the paddle shifters located behind the steering wheel.

Chevy promises a 0-60 mph sprint from the C8 in under three seconds. In comparison, the C7 does that in 2.8 seconds, so that’s a good start for the C8, which is expected to spawn more powerful trims.

Styling

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Traces of the C7 can be seen in the design of the C8. However, the C8 distinguishes itself from its predecessor with its cleaner but sportier look showcasing huge side intakes. Like the older models, this one also offers an open-air driving experience through its detachable roof. The front end of the vehicle can be elevated too in order to provide some ground clearance when passing through those pesky speed bumps.

Interior

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The C8 has an aeronautical-themed interior inspired by the F22 and F35 jets, and it also draws inspiration from the layout of Formula 1 cars. Two digital displays adorn its cockpit but it ditches the popular approach of automakers nowadays that prefer touchscreen controls over the physical ones. Instead, the Chevy still uses a lot of buttons to control its key functions such as climate control, suspension, and drive mode, among others.

Availability and Pricing

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The Chevy will start the production of the new C8 in the late part of 2019. It is expected to arrive in dealerships next year. The company said that the car will have a starting price less than the $60,000 mark.

4 Things We Can Expect From The Mid-Engined 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette

The mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette is finally going into production. It has been a long time coming… seven decades, in fact, for those who have been counting. It all started with the 1964 CERV II until the 1990 CERV III. Even after featuring radical designs that could change the game forever, Chevrolet never moved these concepts into production.

And yet, on July 18, Chevy is finally going to unveil the 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette. What are we expecting?

The Corvette Is Going To Be A Supercar

No matter what Chevy does with the mid-engined Corvette, one thing is for sure: the brand is going to wow us. There have been so many spy shots of the car it’s hard to imagine how it’ll really look like, though we expect a short nose because the engine is placed behind the front seats. It’ll also look more like a supercar than an American muscle car. It will also have the most advanced technology—a high-definition instrument cluster and screen—we’ll ever get to see in a Chevy.

The Corvette Is Going To Be Powerful

The C8 Corvette is powered by a traditional 6.2-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that, by itself, can produce 850 horses. But rumors have it that the car will offer hybrid power, too, which means the possibility of an AWD setup and 1,000 horsepower or more. The sprint to 60 mph should take only three seconds while the top speed is at 220 mph. There’ll be no manual transmission and it will be dual-clutch only.

The Corvette Is Going To Try To Topple The Ford GT At The 24 Hours Le Mans

Sure, it might not be this year, but we’re betting the Corvette is going to try to put out the Ford GT at the 24 Hours Le Mans. It’s inevitable. Chevy didn’t wait almost seven decades to produce a car that won’t be able to battle it out with the likes of the Ford GT.

The Corvette Is Going To Wow Us During Its Debut

Chevy is going livestream its debut, and it’s also flying journalists all over the country to see the C8 Corvette in the flesh. Expect to see a great show that, much like the mid-engined Corvette, is seven decades in the making.

Mid-Engined C8 Corvette Is Coming On July 18

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For years, a mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette was like a mystical creature we cannot fathom if real or not. But the 2020 C8 Corvette has just made its first public appearance in New York City with full-on leopard-print camouflage and towing General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter.

The production trim will be making its first public appearance on July 18 at a location that’s still to be determined. Expect the production version to be made available for sale next year. This new Corvette is the eighth generation of America’s greatest sports car and it features the most radical engineering change since it first debuted in 1953.

The change comes from moving the engine from under the hood (which made it possible for the car to have a shorter hood than most) to tucked between the passenger compartment and the rear wheels (as evident of the big air scoops ahead of the rear wheels).

Nearly all of the world’s fastest and most maneuverable cars put their engines behind the passengers. This setup allows the driver to better handle the car because the weight of the engine is in the middle, which means better balance and plenty of grip in corners. It also provides better traction for the rear wheels.

According to Car & Driver, the C8 Corvette will launch in Stingray trim, which will use an updated version of the car’s 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces around 500 horsepower. There will be many high-performance options that we can choose from once the production version is ready. Sadly, a manual transmission is not in the mix.

The C7 Stingray has a starting price of $56,995. Some auto pundits predict that Chevrolet will increase that price by $5,000, putting the entry-level C8 Corvette in the $62,000 mark. Based on the projected specifications of the new mid-engined Corvette, that’s pretty reasonable.

Spy Shots Of Mid-Engined C8 Chevrolet Corvette Spotted

The images are grainy, but that won’t stop us from contemplating how sexy the mid-engined C8 Chevrolet Corvette will be once it is ready for production and release.

The spy photos show a prototype of the C8 in its actual body, so we can go ahead and start with the speculations. The front end is wrapped in blocky camouflage, effectively covering its contours, but the doors are only wrapped with squiggly patterns. And though there is a camo on the read end, too, it has been stretched tautly thus, revealing the rear’s overall wedge shape.

It’s easy to see that the C8 will have mid-engine proportions, any doubts whether or not the car will have a mid-mounted powerplant should be satisfied with these photos.

What to expect for the rear end are small rear windows, Corvette’s signature quad taillights, amber turn signal lights, forward-hinged doors, and frameless windows.

The C8 is expected to arrive with a small-block V-8 engine that can produce 450 to 500 horsepower. Shifting gears will be handled by a new Tremec-sourced seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.

But aside from this, a hybrid model is also expected to be launched online later in the car’s life cycle. This is based on reports that General Motors trademarked the Corvette E-Ray, meaning it would probably use it on something. The C8 could also be developed using lessons from Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911 Turbo and BMW i8. More powerful versions might also be introduced later on, though this would also mean the revival of the ZR1 moniker.

This mid-engined Corvette will reportedly make its debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in January. It will arrive in showrooms later than year as a 2019 model.

Expect the C8, which would effectively retire the C7 (though a few units will remain for those opting for a traditional powertrain), to top $100,000 in price tag.

Spy Shots of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8

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A prototype of what looks to be a mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette was sighted near a General Motors Company facility in the United States.

These latest shots came after similar ones published last year that showed a “mysterious” test car whose body bore inspirations from several other vehicles such as the Holden Commodore Ute for the front and rear sections and the C7 Corvette for the mid-section.

Wasn’t it just last month that reports came about the next-generation Corvette, the C8? Back then, there were indications that the C8 will be launched in mid-engine form at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

However, if the C8 will arrive in 2018, that means it’ll be a 2019 model, giving the C7 a relatively short lifespan since it arrived as a 2014 model. The reason for this is because GM started working on a mid-engine design for the C7, though those plans get scrapped before the company announced bankruptcy in 2009.

Based on these photos, the C8 will be sized similar to the C7, except that the former has a lower and wider stance. There are chunky buttresses on the sides of the engine bay, and if reports are right, there will be a sheet of glass in the center to show the car’s engine. Just how cool is that?

Only a small group of people have seen the C8 prototype, meaning designers and engineers (the same thing happened when Ford came out with the GT supercar), as it has been protected even from employees.

There’s not going to be a new design. Rather, the platform will be based on the C7’s aluminum spaceframe structure. This shows that although the C8 is an exotic car by itself, it cannot exactly justify a pricey tag.

The C7’s starting price is close to $60,000 while the C8 would probably have a base price of $80,000, add-ons not included. Production of the C8 will be at the Bowling Green, Kentucky, which GM has upgraded for the new car. The company apparently spent $700 million for the facility.

Corvette AeroWagen Improves Cargo Space And Aerodynamics

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Callaway is giving us another reason to adore the ground it stands on. The company is best known for tuning the likes of Corvettes, Camaros and Silverados, and it even gave us the 757 bhp Corvette Z06.

Its latest project, the Corvette AeroWagen, is the stuff legends are made of, however. According to Top Gear, the product is based on the AeroWagen Concept, Callaway basically churned out a shooting brake Corvette. For a reported $15,000, Callaway will remove the tailgate from your Corvette. It’ll replace it with a one-piece carbon fiber structure to lengthen the Corvette’s roofline, as well as expand its luggage space.

This means the Corvette AeroWagen will feel bigger and bulkier. It uses the same factory seals, hinges and latches, meaning the Corvette’s targa top will remain fully functional. Oh, but don’t be too hopeful. There are still no extra seats despite the “improved” cargo space.

If you’re really interested with what Callaway is offering, then you better own a targa-top Corvette. Any hard top ‘Vette, even the Z06, as well as the Stingray and Corvette donor car, can be converted. It doesn’t even matter if it has one of Callaway’s performance kits or not.

And don’t be too afraid of having your vehicle converted. The installation is fully reversible. Installation will start later this year with orders being received as early as now.

The Corvette Z06 is priced under $80,000 with the SC757 power kit at $18,000 and the AeroWagen tailgate adding another $15,000. All in all, that’s a combined power kit of $113,000 for a 757bhp Corvette shooting brake.

The concept was first showed off in late 2013 with Callaway Cars planning to start production of the Corvette C7-based AeroWagen later this year. During that time, Callaway said the shooting-brake-style conversion would cost $23,000.

This particular Callaway look was built by Montreal-based car designer Paul Deutschman, but it remains unclear if he also had anything to do with the AeroWagen’s styling.

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