Auto journalism veteran Don Sherman sat down with Autoline After Hours earlier this week to dish the latest details about the Chevrolet C8 Corvette. Through his network of sources and other tidbits of news, Sherman paints an enthralling picture about the current state of the program—which General Motors has yet to officially acknowledge it exists—while also speculating about several aspects of the mid-engine Corvette that’s been 60 years in the making.
Sherman believes the C8 Corvette will enter production by the end of the year as a 2020 model with deliveries starting around February 2020 due to a developmental delay. That lines up with rumors we’ve reported that production will begin in December. Sherman added that he believes Chevrolet will unveil the car near the end of August during the National Corvette Museum’s 25th-anniversary celebration. This would avoid any conflicts with other auto shows or reveals.
Sherman also corroborated another interesting Corvette rumor—price. Late last year, Bob Lutz noted the mid-engined C8 Corvette could see a modest price increase over the current C7 Corvette. Sherman expects the C8 Corvette to start in the $60,000-$70,000 with a pushrod V8 engine. After that, there will be a litany of powertrains, including one nearing 1,000 thanks to a hybrid powertrain. There could be a full electric powertrain, too, as GM pushes toward an all-electric future.
The discussion has a host of interesting tidbits—encompassing the entirety of the Corvette’s 60-plus-year history. Finally, though, it seems head honchos at General Motors have the business case they’ve been looking for to green-light the project. We could have had a mid-engine Corvette several years ago, too. GM executives gave the go-ahead for a mid-engine Corvette, but the company’s financial missteps put the car on hold with the automaker putting its efforts into the C7 we have today. GM won’t acknowledge its existence; however, we should have proof soon enough of its existence. Oh, and dealerships are taking deposits.
The C8 Corvette discussion starts at the 5:55 mark—it’s filled with interesting bits of info. Check it out.