Engined C8 Corvette Will Debut July 18

Ruben Fields
April 13, 2019

Like the many spy shots we've seen of the auto, this photo shows a prototype of the new Corvette C8 with camouflage-but this time, it's coming directly from General Motors.

Chevrolet has been toying with the idea of a mid-engine Corvette since the 1960s, but has stuck to the front-engine layout since the first one went on sale in 1953, despite the limitations of the design.

And General Motors has a big change in the next generation Corvette being revealed July 18.

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General Motors executives in New York City to announce a benefit auction involving the last C7 Chevrolet Corvette also used the occasion Thursday to confirm that the long-anticipated mid-engine C8 "Next Generation" of America's sports vehicle will be unveiled July 18. It is the first time Chevrolet has confirmed the C8 Corvette's existence and the first official images outside of spy shots.

While Chevrolet is keeping mum on any specifications for the next few months, we know plenty about the C8's powertrains and have even seen glimpses of its interior thanks to our intrepid spy photographers. Chevrolet calls this next-generation model "the most anticipated Corvette ever". The engine will use a version of the existing pushrod 6.2-liter V8 making around 500 horsepower. The engine will also be renamed LT2 to reflect its new location in the auto. Unfortunately for stick-shift lovers, the range is said to be mated exclusively to a Tremec seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, bringing an end to the manual-equipped Corvette.

You won't be able to order the very last example, though.

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