To say that General Motors has been secretive about the future Corvette would be an understatement. While the project has had its fair share of fits and starts, an endless stream of spy photos and trademark filings in the last few years solidified the mid-engine Corvette as a reality long before GM acknowledged it. But earlier this month, Chevrolet officially announced the car and that it’d reveal it July 18th. The announcement was followed by the Corvette taking a highly-publicized drive of a C8 prototype through New York City. And while the C8 Corvette received most of the attention, it wasn’t the only GM vehicle in attendance. You could say the next-gen Corvette had quite the security detail.
The SUVs, sometimes up to five at a time, accompanied the next-gen Corvette as it drove through the streets of New York City.
They likely had multiple purposes, the most important of which is creating a buffer between the next-gen Corvette and the myriad of other cars on the streets of Times Square. The last thing GM wants is for the new Corvette to come into proximity with the city’s various unassuming motorists.
It’s also likely that the SUVs were there in case something had gone wrong – a mechanical failure, car crash, or alien invasion. The last thing the world needs is GM CEO Mary Barra and Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter exposed to the rough streets of the NYC.
The gaggle of security vehicles was also necessary to keep those pesky life bloggers from getting too close. As you can see above, those folks are a sneaky bunch.
Here we have the next-gen Corvette doing its best Kim Kardashian pose – too cool for protection.
Clearing New York City traffic is no easy feat, but the large Suburban SUVs do the trick quite well.
If you’re not looking, the black SUVs are hard to distinguish from the other vehicles on the road.
But an overhead look at the Corvette shows the extent of the security detail: four Suburbans in this shot.
See, there’s another lurking black SUV.
The extent to which General Motors has gone to keep the next-gen Corvette safe, secure and secret is astonishing. While the security vehicles did little to keep people from taking photos and video of the new sports car – which was probably welcome by GM and Chevrolet – they were menacing nonetheless.