C8 Corvette in New York
C8 Corvette in New York
The C8 Corvette made an appearance in New York Times Square on April 11, 2019 still wearing its camouflaged exterior colors. I can’t think of any previous model introduction that was done like this one. Look at the photos. The camouflaged exterior is striped with an official release date of July 18, 2019 which itself is highlighted by white numbers and a bright red number 8. I’m sure the release date of the 8th generation Corvette has an obvious numerical significance which we will all become aware of in July. You can’t miss it!
The mid engine Corvette looks like it’s finally going to be produced. Rumors about a mid engine Corvette have been in the press since the late sixties with the 427 powered Astro II concept car. That’s over fifty years of mid engine Corvette rumors. I’m not going to go down the unimportant list of all the other mid engine concepts that have been created over the years. I’m just going to focus on the reality of this C8 Corvette.
Yesterday, on Friday April 12, 2019, an announcement was made on the big stage at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, that the LAST C7 Corvette is going to be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson Northeast on June 28, 2019. It’s going to be a black 2019 Z06 Corvette. That settles another rumor. The rumor of the C8 Corvette being sold along side the C7 Corvette is now defunct. It’s not going to happen. There will only be one body style for the Corvette and it will be the next generation mid engine C8 Corvette.
General Motors and Chevrolet have spend a tremendous amount of time creating, developing, testing, and selling the current engines that power the Corvette. What’s going to happen to the LT4 and LT5 engines? Who Knows? Recently, Mercury Marine released an over the counter SB4 7.0 liter engine that pumps out 750 horsepower without a supercharger. This engine has updated 4 valve per cylinder heads that are several steps beyond the C4 ZR1 LT5 engine which was discontinued after the 1995 model year basically because of the external size of the engine. There have been other rumors about twin turbochargers on a smaller engine, and rumors about another supercharged engine. A hybrid rumor is even flying out there with possible all wheel drive adaptations. I don’t do rumors, especially since rumors about the mid engine Corvette have been overworked for over fifty years now. So at this time, there is no official confirmation one way or the other regarding engines and transmissions that will be standard or optional in the next generation Corvette.