Future Chevrolet Corvette
We expect the next, eighth-generation or C8 Chevrolet Corvette to reach the market around the 2020-2021 model years. Until then, we expect the current, C7 (seventh-generation) Corvette to receive minor changes, updates, and improvements.
Following is speculative and unconfirmed information about the next Chevrolet Corvette. This page is a continuous work-in-progress and will be updated on a regular basis as we await official details from General Motors and Chevrolet.
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- What: an all-new Chevrolet Corvette sports car that will represent the eighth generation of the nameplate, informally called C8 (for Corvette 8) that will represent a significant change for the Corvette, changing the vehicle from a front-engine roadster to a mid-engine super car
- When: we expect the next Corvette to launch in the 2020 or 2021 calendar year as a 2021 or 2022 model year vehicle
- Why: an all-new Corvette will push the performance envelope of the Corvette while ensuring Chevy’s leading position in the high-performance sports car space
- Where: sold in all current markets where the Corvette is currently sold, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Russia, and the CIS, the Middle East
Following are our expectations about the future Chevrolet Corvette:
- Switching from a front mid-engine layout to a rear-mid engine layout, profoundly changing vehicle dynamics, driving experience, performance envelope and styling. The rear mid-engine configuration is used by various Lamborghini and Ferrari models along with the Porsche 911, Audi R8 and Ford GT, as it enables optimal engine placement for high-performance vehicles, facilitating perfect front-rear weight distribution and balance and optimal power delivery while keeping drivetrain components more compact.
- Powered by a V-8 engine in Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) configuration making around 700 horsepower mated to either a new dual-clutch automatic from Tremec (specifically the TR-9007 seven-speed) or the new GM 10-speed automatic transmission co-developed by Ford and GM
- Rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive
We expect the upcoming future Chevy Corvette C8 to be available as a two-door coupe and convertible with seating for two. If the C8 does adopt a rear mid-engine powertrain layout as is largely expected, then its styling will change significantly from the first seven generations of the Corvette, all of which were defined by a long hood and a short rear deck. Instead, a mid-engine Corvette would have a shorter hood and a longer rear deck, along the lines of the Ford GT, Audi R8, as well as various Lamborghini and Ferrari models.
Common sense tells us that the purpose of shifting to a rear-mid engine layout is to push the C8 into a new, higher performance envelope. The move is necessary given the sixth-generation Camaro becoming a very competent sports car, thereby stepping on the toes of the C7.
We expect that the starting price of the next Corvette will grow from the $55,000 of the current, seventh-generation model by at least $10,000 to $65,000.
We expect the next-gen Chevy Corvette to ride on a new platform whose name and specifications are currently unknown. The architecture will be unique to the Corvette C8, though it could also be shared with a Cadillac super car in the future.
It should be noted that GM is moving its vehicle platform strategy to four vehicle sets, and it is currently unknown if the platform set to underpin the next Corvette will be part of those four vehicle sets, or a fifth set.
We expect the C8 to be powered by a V-8 engine in Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) configuration making a guesstimated 700 horsepower. The powerplant is part of a new engine family in development by General Motors. Other possibilities include an entry-level twin-turbo V-6 motor and even electric motors in the front wheels.
Further details pertaining to the C8’s powertrain are hazy: some peg the transmission as being a new dual-clutch automatic from Tremec (specifically the TR-9007 seven-speed) while others believe that the new DOHC V-8 will be paired with the new GM 10-speed automatic transmission co-developed by Ford and GM.
Likewise, it’s also unknown which wheels will be responsible for putting the power to the ground, with the two surefire possibilities being rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive.
The future Chevrolet Corvette will have the following competitors:
- Ford GT
- Porsche 911
- Audi R8
Before The All-New Model
It is believed that the current-generation C7 Corvette will continue being sold alongside the all-new mid-engine C8 Corvette, with the former appealing to traditional Corvette customers while the latter being aimed at attracting a new exotic super car customer base. Whether this strategy will be temporary or permanent is unknown.
We expect the current seventh-generation Corvette to receive minor changes, updates, and improvements. See information about the current-generation Corvette by using the following links:
- 2014 Chevrolet Corvette
- 2015 Chevrolet Corvette
- 2016 Chevrolet Corvette
- 2017 Chevrolet Corvette
- 2018 Chevrolet Corvette
- 2019 Chevrolet Corvette
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