Prepare a large grain of salt for this next story. A user by the name of “unlimtedPower” has taken to the Corvette Forum and claims he has insider, first-hand knowledge about the forthcoming mid-engine C8 Corvette.
He refers to this car as the C8 Corvette Manta Ray, a name we’ve also seen in the past via trademark filings. And the user begins their post with a humble disclaimer that he or she cannot share any more information and “if you don’t believe me then that’s fine.”
According to this information, the base C8 Corvette will be called the Corvette Manta Ray and feature an updated LT1 V8 engine that makes 520 horsepower. A dual-clutch transmission will be the only transmission offered, something previous rumors have also floated in the past. We’ve also heard the mid-engine C8 Corvette on video numerous times, and the shift points all sound like they com from an ultra-quick automatic gearbox.
In 2021, the C8 Corvette lineup will expand to include a Corvette Grand Tour and Corvette Grand Sport, per the poster. Allegedly, the Corvette team will do away with the Z06 name in favor of “Grand Sport.” We find that incredibly hard to believe, so have that grain of salt ready.
The “Grand Tour” model will allegedly feature a version of Cadillac’s Blackwing V8 engine with the turbos moved to the sides of the engine and put an emphasis on quiet cruising and luxury. The user said the GT version will have Cadillac’s fingerprints all over as a Cadillac team supposedly helped develop this particular model.
The “Grand Sport” will be the Z06 equivalent, per the anonymous poster, and feature the long-rumored 5.5-liter V8 engine.
Finally, the Corvette won’t be found solely at Chevrolet dealerships anymore, according to this “insider.” Instead, any GM dealer will be able to apply to sell the C8 Corvette, but the application process is reportedly stringent and very strict. Certified Corvette technicians will also be the only techs permitted to work on the mid-engine Corvette.
Some of this we can certainly believe, but we’re unable to corroborate the story laid out here. Our sources say not much of this is true, but Manta Ray is absolutely on the table for some variant of C8 Corvette.